April 2012 Archives

Quantum-Relativistic Time-Travel in Lisbon

My brief visit to Portugal just expanded a little.

In addition to the two public classes we’re running (and, yes, there are still a few seats left for either day), I’m now also going to be delivering my infamous Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine Programming In Multiple Topologically Connected Quantum-Relativistic Parallel Spacetimes…Made Easy! presentation, as a free seminar next Thursday night.

This talk has already melted hundreds of geek neocortexes in both London and Oslo in the past fortnight; next week it will wreak its terrible destruction on Lusitanian minds as well.

So, if you’re in Lisbon, don’t miss out on my most brain-twisting talk ever. Thursday May 3 from 7pm at Edifício Fórum Picoas. Entry is free and everyone is welcome (though you do need to register to ensure a seat).


PS: My sincere thanks to SAPO for sponsoring this event.

Post-mortem Linguistics in Zurich

For reasons I don’t entirely understand, it’s been quite a few years since I last gave a public talk in Zurich. Happily, we’ve been able to remedy that on this visit.

Digicomp run a regular seminar series entitled “Open Tuesday” on the first Tuesday of each month, and I’m going to be speaking at that event on (no surprise) Tuesday May 8, from 6pm. Specifically, I’ll be giving my Fun with Dead Languages seminar.

The event is completely free, but they do need people to register so they can manage numbers correctly (just follow the “shopping cart” link on the Open Tuesday webpage)

Meanwhile, my various Perl-related classes at ETH are slowly filling, but there are still plenty of places left if you’re interested in some (entirely new) classes on Test-Driven Development, OO or API design, or optimizing your Perl development processes.

So if you’re in Zurich in early May, sign up for one (or more!) of my events. At very least, drop in to the “Open Tuesday” talk and see me do great and terrible things with ancient langauges.


And now Lisbon too...

So, apart from London, Oslo, and Zurich, I’m delighted to say that I’m now also going to be visiting Lisbon during my current European speaking tour…on May 3rd and 4th.

We’ll definitely be offering a public talk one evening for the local Open Source community (I’ll update when I have the details), but we’re also running a couple of public classes in Portugal for the first time in several years.

The classes are the recently updated Features of Modern Perls and the hugely popular Mastering Vim, and you can sign up for either (or both, with a discount) on the Caixa Mágica website.

I’m very much looking forward to catching up with many friends in Portugal next month. And, after what will have been nearly a full month in London and Oslo, and as lovely as those two cities are, I suspect I will secretly also be looking forward to some warm and sunny weather as well. ;-)


Returning to Zurich

I have been most fortunate to have been able to visit Zurich every year since 2008, to teach classes at the ETH.

Zurich is one of my favorite cities in the world: there’s something undefinably “civilized” about it. It’s elegant, but vibrant, and yet strangely tranquil too. From the glorious lake-front to the sylvan Zurichberg, its natural beauties always draw me back. Not to mention the wonderful food.

And yet, the reason I keep returning to Zurich is not any of those undeniable attractions. It’s the people I meet and work with there. Smart, serious, witty, genuine, and generous people. Developers, academics, and scientists, who are always a pleasure to teach…and a joy to learn from as well.

This year we’re going to try something a little different in Zurich. My previous visits have always been later in the year, but in 2012 we’re experimenting with a Spring schedule with four completely new classes.

It’s taken longer than we’d hoped to arrange our venue and classes1. So much so that there is now only just over a month until the classes begin.

So, if you’re in Zurich (or could be) in early May, and you’re looking for some entirely new classes on designing and developing in Perl, sign up now and join us next month.

What better excuse to be in Zurich in Springtime?!


1 Previous visits during the summer break, when there is much less demand for teaching spaces, have always been much easier to organize.

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