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Oh boy! It’s Pygotham weekend!

Alberty, Harry, and I got up obscenely early today to attend this adorable New York python conference.

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It was well worth it, ’cause we made it for breakfast, as well as for an amazing welcoming keynote by Hilary Mason.

She told us to stay curious, build community, and pave the way forward for Python (major paraphrase here).

HIlary Mason

After her talk, we briefly met up with my work buddies Adam and Jeff, before scurrying off to the talks.

stickers

Throughout the day, I got some nifty stickers for our tech sticker collection! :D

Tomorrow, Brandon Rhodes is giving the closing keynote tomorrow. I saw him at the last Pycon and he was an amazing speaker!

He’s also going to be the co-chair of Pycon in 2015!

So excited!

 

 

 

Harry and I went pseudo-camping this weekend. We’d wanted to test a tent we’d bought, so we went to his family home (conveniently a Christmas tree farm).

tent

There, we plopped our tent among the fledgling Christmas trees, and camped the night.

The verdict? A wee bit too small.

Time to get an upgrade!

Best Parts:

  • Saw Rassi! That was an awesome surprise! :D
  • Really good talks (like the one on North Korea) !
  • A lot of cool groups with neat stuffs (FSF, No Starch Press, etc)!

Worst Parts:

  • Hope X was kinda oversold, and they couldn’t fit a lot of people for the keynote talks. It was a huge bummer.
  • Videos of talks won’t be up for a while. Info Booth folks said Hope was planning to sell them as DVDs, and then release them much later. (Temporarily, they’re up on Hope X stream archive)

 

 

Last Friday night, I took the Brooklyn VI out of Sheephead Bay with some of my fellow anglers for an awesome night of fishing.

The waters were great and the night was cool and breezy. This boat was a lot smaller than the GoRuCo cruise ship so you really felt the tossing of the waves.

It was my first time fishing in the ocean (also first time fishing with a real rod). I was super excited.

fishing rod

We started off jigging. No luck.

Next we tried bait.

bait

I was a little squeamish about the bait, since they were large chunks of fish instead of nightcrawlers (what I’m used to). What kind of monstrosity were we fishing for?!

Turned out we were fishing for sharks.

Over the couple hours, we caught loads of sharks. Though, not the bluefish or bass we were hoping for, sharks made it a very exciting night.

When I caught my shark, it was a surprise. I was casually reeling in my line, when all of a sudden it got really hard. I panicked a little when I saw a shark emerge from the surface. Harry had to help me reel it in all the way.

shark

We returned all the sharks back to the sea. Due to peer pressure, I had to personally return my shark.

Oh boy was that an experience.

Overall, the night was super fun. We didn’t catch any keeper fish, but we still had a great time.

I wanna go fishing again!