My Penguicon Schedule

I’m being completely honest — I still find it a bit surreal people actually want to know my schedule at Penguicon this year. I’ve gotten several emails, tweets, and facebook something-or-others asking for it. It makes me feel a bit like the nerd that gets asked to the prom as a prank. If anyone throws eggs at me, I’ll be so angry.

Actually, being egged might be fun… ANYWAY, here’s my schedule:

May 1, 2009 10:00 pm
“Lightning Talks”
Featuring: Jorge Castro, Bill Childers, Jim Hall, Shawn Powers, Kyle Rankin, Catherine Devlin

May 2, 2009 1:00 pm
“Atari Competition”
Featuring: John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton, Shawn Powers
Atari competition for charity. Shawn Powers of Linux Journal & Wil Wheaton of Teh Internets & TV duel old-school style, with John Scalzi as the Master of Ceremonies. Watch while they beat each other senseless with Atari consoles. Hold on… Oh, that’s not… I’m told that they’ll actually be playing Atari console games against each other, which should result in a lot less blood.

May 2, 2009 6:00 pm
“Death of Retro Gaming”
Featuring: Wil Wheaton, Shawn Powers, Craig Maloney, Jeff Hanson
In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, arcades and old video game consoles like Atari were selling like hot cakes. What happened to this style of gaming? Are movies like King of Kong bringing the franchise back? This panel will discuss that and give newer game examples with the classic feel for the legacy gamer.

May 2, 2009 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“Taking Over the World with Penguins and Free Beer”
Featuring: Shawn Powers (with Bill Childers and Kyle Rankin for Q&A)
I’ll start with a talk about some of the problems we’ve had as a Linux community with really getting our operating system in the hearts and hands of desktop users. I’ll give a short history, describe some present problems, propose some ideas, and discuss some of the things I’ve learned as a journalist and sysadmin regarding the introduction of people to Linux. After my presentation, time for Q&A!

6 thoughts on “My Penguicon Schedule”

  1. That is so cool that you have a schedule!
    I’m so disappointed that I (and so many of the UCF) couldn’t make it this time.
    You’ll do awesomely, I’m sure. You’ll have to give us a really great description of the events.
    Kick Wil’s butt!

  2. I am so sad that I am not there. I hope someone takes lots of video for use back at the office. 🙂

    If you can convince someone to get the Atari battle AND the talks, I’d be grateful 🙂

  3. Great job at the retro gaming panel. I really enjoyed that discussion. Remember to check out Katamari Damacy. I think you will like it.

  4. Thanks for the Atari match that was fun. Penguicon is not at all what I thought it would be but it’s a lot of fun. People watching was probably the best part of the day.


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