My wake up times are getting gradually later and later. That’s a good thing for now, but will make the journey home harder.
The day started with a bit of work on those articles I mentioned yesterday, with the inevitable trip to Lori’s Diner for breakfast of course.
I headed off to the gym, which felt super-hard. I’m trying to get some cardio in every day, in addition to the weights. I enjoy lifting weights, but if you are fat it just makes you look bigger, so in clothes you look even fatter. I despise cardio, but it is a necessary evil. I’ve been pretty good on the exercise front since I’ve been away. Not so good on the eating front though…
During the day we had the EMEA User Group Community session called “More Than Another 12 on Oracle Database 12c”. I was one of the 16 speakers, which included:
- Jonathan Lewis
- Julian Dontchev
- Gurcan Orhan
- Osama Mustafa
- Bjoern Rost
- Alex Nuijten
- Brendan Tierney
- Douwe van den Bos
- Chris Antognini
- Martin Widlake (my crazy Oracle Uncle, who we don’t talk about)
- Heli “Hell-Squirel” Helskyaho (my Oracle daughter)
- Oded Raz
- Alex Zaballa
- Maria Colgan
- Lucas Jellema
We each got 7 minutes for our particular topic and a buzzer went off when your time was up, so there was no over-running. Some were much quicker than others, but that’s all good. We had a 2 hour block and we finished at about 1 hour and 45 minutes, so we I think we did pretty well.
I really like this format. If there is a topic you are not into, you are only 7 minutes away from the next speaker. It also forces you to be extremely specific and direct your talk. You can get a lot done in 7 minutes if you need to. I’ve uploaded a video of my section of the talk.
I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as the speakers. Please send your feedback, so we know if we should do this sort of thing again next year…
After the session, I chatted to a few people, including Gilbert Standen. You may have seen me tweet about some of the Oracle RAC on Ubuntu stuff he does. It’s pretty interesting and far more geeky than the stuff I do. He gave me a t-shirt and swag, which I’ll hopefully remember to wear at my session on Wednesday.
After chatting to a few folks, I hooked up with Jonathan Lewis and we went off to Ghirardelli to eat ice cream and chat about the stuff that had happened so far this year at San Francisco. I didn’t realise he was an ice cream fiend.
After that, we headed back to the OTN lounge for the group photo, but found we were too late, so when you are looking at it, imagine were are there too. Then it was back to the hotel to dump our stuff before heading to the Oracle ACE dinner.
This years ACE dinner was really nice, although semi-clad dancing girls, contortionists and silks performers were conspicuous by their absence. Jokes aside, what made it nice was it was great for mingling. Everyone was on their feet, moving round the room chatting to each other. As well as all the usual suspects, I got to speak to a bunch of people from the OTN tours I’ve been on. It’s always good to reconnect and talk about the next visit. I also got to speak to Liron Amitzi about his recent move to Vancouver, which is a pretty interesting life change! You also get to meet some people in person for the first time. I was really happy to finally meet Mahir M. Quluzade in person. I feel like I already know him, but now we have met.
At about 22:00 we got on the bus and headed back to the hotel, where I completely zonked out!
All in all, it was a good day!
This morning is the start of the main OOW15 conference and I’m already knackered.