Symposia Robusta

I’m going to give a talk in a few weeks, at Seneca College’s Free Software and Open Source Symposium. I’ve got it on good authority that it’s supposed to be a PG-rated thing, and that I should substitute a measure of decorum in place of my usual frothing lunacy. With that in mind, I plan to deploy allusion, oblique reference and metaphor in place of the blunt and graphic that are my preferred instruments, because I am nothing if not accommodating.

The audience-participation part of the talk will thus involve you, audience, filling in those gaps in the narrative with dark imagery drawn from the dimly-lit corners of your very own subconscious mind, and each image you conjure will seem a crawling horror crafted personally just for you. Think of it as the “long tail” of paranoid psychosis.

There’s a lot of smart people presenting at this thing, which makes the fact that I’m going to be there a little puzzling, but I suppose if I were smarter it wouldn’t be. Anyhow, if you’re interested hearing me tell nerd ghost stories, come take a look. They’ll end on an optimistic note, and there’ll be enough great presentations there that even if you do come to mine it won’t feel like a total waste of your time.

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 4, 2007 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh, man. I gotta be there, just so I can find out what an enterprise is!

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    In your case, it’s the place you get to be a redshirt.

  3. Sean Ross
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    “dark imagery drawn from the dimly-lit corners of your very own subconscious mind, and each image you conjure will seem a crawling horror crafted personally just for you. Think of it as the “long tail” of paranoid psychosis.”

    Sounds more like a Lovecraft lecture....
    
    Ia! Ia! Tux Fhtagn!
    
  4. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    “The Power Management Techniques Of The High Priests Of Yog-Sothoth”

  5. Posted October 5, 2007 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Sadly, I’m not allowed to wear red anymore. Hell, there are rules now about who I can and cannot share a shuttlecraft with!