[K12OSN] Best Week Ever (My NELS Wrapup)

cliebow at midmaine.com cliebow at midmaine.com
Sat Jul 22 01:20:49 UTC 2006

next year...i gotta break away ....somehow

> I just had the best week ever.
> As many of you know the NorthEast Linux Symposium in NH started and ended
> this week. I was looking forwardw to it as I have never had the chance to
> attend ME NELS in the past (I always end up teaching at UMaine that week).
> I
> meet many people from all over who were as geeky about OS as I am. The
> first
> night I sat and had a couple of beers with Jon "maddog" Hall, Dave Trask,
> Matt Oquist, Dick Clark (no not that Dick Clark) and a very bright high
> school student interested in programming as a career. I sit back now and
> wonder where else I would have a chance to sit down at one table with a
> group like. The conversations were amazing.
> NELS offered everyone a chance to meet people the only know through email.
> I
> know I put a face to at least 10 people I knew from online.
> I left NELS on wednesday an inspired man. The air at NELS was electric and
> I
> have so many ideas for next year that I am not going to get to half of
> them.
> My school already has a pretty big deployment of K12LTSP boxes and open
> source is an integral part of what we do in Glenburn, but I want to keep
> pushing to make sure the district doesn't sit on laurels. Seeing what
> others
> are doing and their excitement about OS has charged me to no end.
> I have to thank everyone I met and had conversations with. Thanks to Dave
> and Matt for putting on such a great conference. Literally the best
> conference EVER. I hope in the future we can get one going for every state
> in the union.
> And if that wasn't enough. I get home and find out my wife is pregnant. I
> AM
> GOING TO BE A FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With all this week has brought I
> haven't
> been able to sleep as my brain will just not shutdown.
> Like I said best week ever. Thanks again to everyone at NELS. Here's to
> next
> year.
> Tim Hart
> Glenburn School District
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