Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

10 May 2010, 10:29 a.m.

GNOME & Conference Planning & Writing

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2010 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm back in New York City. Big priorities this week include:

  • Preparing to move to a bigger apartment here in Astoria
  • Getting the GNOME 3.0 launch marketing machine up and running
  • Organizing the late May release of GNOME Journal
  • I am speaking at Open Source Bridge in Portland, Oregon in June 2010Preparing my Open Source Bridge talk, The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits.Even at pro-FLOSS businesses, logistical obstacles and incentive problems get in the way of giving back. I show you how to fix that. (Business track, date & time TBA)
  • WisCon prep. I'm helping with food for the vid party and I'm speaking on four panels:
    1. Let's Create an Online Business Model That Works. I'm moderating this one: Sat, 10:30-11:45 pm with Jennifer K. Stevenson and an anonymous participant. What makes Facebook games very, very profitable, while online SF/F magazines are usually struggling? If the money from subscribers and from advertisers isn't enough, then where does the money come from? Is the word "magazine" holding some of these ventures back? Let's put our collective knowledge of fandom, web 2.0 and visions of the future together and see if we can't come up with something great.
    2. Must Pleasures Be Guilty?, Sun, 10:00-11:15 am with Vito Excalibur, Lesley Hall, Sumana Harihareswara, John O'Neill, and Sonya Taaffe. Why are we ashamed of the books we love? Critical acclaim recognizes some SF/F as serious literature, works one might recommend to a non-genre reader who thought it was all talking squid and ray-guns in space, to demonstrate what the genre can do. But are these the books you love and reread over and over again, especially when feeling low? And if not, why not? What is the difference between love and admiration? And why is pleasure so often constructed as "guilty" or embarrassing to admit?
    3. Once Upon a Time, Sun, 1:00-2:15 pm with Vylar Kaftan, Terry Bisson, Richard Chwedyk, Sumana Harihareswara, and Ellen Klages. Pro writers use the card game "Once Upon a Time" to tell half-baked fairy tales for laughs. Find out what happens when four panelists play tug-of-war on a story, trying to bend it towards wildly different endings.
    4. Facebook and Its Discontents, Sun, 4:00-5:15 pm with Cat T. Rambo, Kater Cheek, Sumana Harihareswara, Penny Hill, and Alena McNamara. Have your friends abandoned their blogs and LiveJournals for Facebook? How does writing on our friends' walls differ from commenting on their posts? How do you navigate privacy on a system that forbids anonymity? Is "liking" someone's update the same as commenting "This!"
  • Submitting a couple OSSPAC talks
  • Figuring out other GNOME stuff like GUADEC attendance and applying for Foundation membership
  • Wouldn't it be nice if I finished blogging the marketing hackfest and QuahogCon sometime this week? It would.


10 May 2010, 14:02 p.m.

Welcome back! And I already told Leonard congrats on the apartment, but congrats on the apartment to you too.

Those WisCon panels look awesome. Maybe some year I'll get a chance to go.