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    Bob Balaban  August 14 2008 06:28:31 PM
    Greetings, Geeks!

    Good news (for me, anyway)! I get to attend UKLUG! The people who pay me, Binary Tree, are a sponsor, and will have a ped (or table, or booth, or however they set it up) at the show.

    Unfortunately they ran out of speaker slots before I could get one, so I won't be presenting a session. However, the kind/generous/ organizers were nice enough to offer me the unique (to me, anyway) chance to host the "Gurupalooza"panel, which,of course, I immediately accepted. This should be fun.

    I had another idea that is still in the brainstorming stages -- I'd love to get some feedback on it. Can't promise that it will happen, of course, but what about this:

    I'd like to organize a "Speakers Roundtable" kind of get-together. The basic idea is along the lines of a Lotusphere BOF, except more collective. We'd get a bunch of the conference speakers together in a big room, each with a table to sit at. Attendees could come and sit, chat, ask questions, etc., move around, maybe talk to some people they wouldn't normally talk to.

    And, since the "official" conference space is both limited and expensive, it was suggested that maybe the venue could be one of the local pubs..........

    So, discuss! Good idea? Bad idea? Anyone who lives or works in the area willing to help organize it? (We'll come up with a suitable reward, I assure you).

    Hope to see you there!

    1Mary Beth Raven  08/14/2008 7:56:25 PM  UKLUG!

    This is a great idea! even at a local pub (or especially) at a local pub!

    If I were going, I'd definitely Be there.

    Humm. in this world of virtual reality and video hookups.. depending on the time, I kight actually volunteer to be there... Say, 20.00hr. would be 2 pm my time.. sure, i could count some kind of video "appearance" as "work"... right????

    2Kerr  08/15/2008 5:53:26 AM  UKLUG!

    @MBR, but since it will be in a pub, you'll have to have a drink. ;)

    3Jason Hook  08/15/2008 6:58:08 AM  UKLUG!

    Great news! Which I will now use to inspire me to retrospectively ask for permission to go :-)

    I signed up on the day of the announcement I just forgot to tell my employers...

    4Bob Balaban  08/18/2008 4:02:10 AM  UKLUG!

    @1 - We'd certainly love to have you! Make your cheapskate boss approve the trip! (Tell Chris I said "hi"...)