Day 1 of the conference went really well. My presentation started a little late, so I missed out a few slides to try and get the timetable back on track. It was a bit unusual using a translation service for the first time. I speak quite fast so I think the translator needed a break once I was done. πŸ™‚

I was on quite early, so I had the rest of the day to relax, chat to people and watch other presenters, including Dan Morgan, Robert Freeman, Hans Forbrich, Ben Prusinski and Graham Wood. The more I present, the more interesting I find watching other speakers. There are always lessons to learn.

In the evening we went out to dinner and I’m sure you will see a bunch of group photos appearing on people’s blogs over the next few days. πŸ™‚



A few more Discworld books…

I’ve not been reading too much recently, but I managed to get through a few more Discworld books:

Night Watch: Vimes goes back in time and teaches a new recruit (his young self) to be a good copper. Probably my favorite book in the series so far. It has a bit of everything in it.

The Wee Free Men: Another in the “Young Adult” series of books. A young witch is on a mission to save her borther. Nice enough story, but being aimed at young adults, it doesn’t have the depth of some of the other books.

Monstrous Regiment: A young girl joins the army to search for her missing brother. Not nearly as similar to the last book as the one-line summary would have you believe. Some proper belly-laughs in this book.



CLOUG Day -1

It’s 10:50 am and I’m in my room in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Santiago, Chile. The CLOUG conference starts tomorrow and I’m feeling a bit nervous. MyΒ last presention was in Sweden (ORCAN) in December, but it seems like an eternity since then. πŸ™‚

I’ve already got a whole bunch of stuff lined up this year. The current timetable looks like this:

13th-14th April: Chilean Oracle User Group (CLOUG)

24th-25th April: Bulgarian Oracle User Group (BGOUG)

27th-28th April: Oracle University 2-day workshop in Slovakia (still unconfirmed)

11th-12th May: Swedish Oracle User Group (ORCAN)

14th May: Oracle User Group Finland (OUGF)

21st-25th June: ODTUG in Monterey, California. This is combined with a visit to Oracle’s head office for a briefing, which should be interesting.

11th-15th October: Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco.

Things seem to be popping up all the time, so who knows what else will be in that list as the year progresses. The world tour continues. πŸ™‚