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Linux Outlaws Live in Liverpool

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There are a number of events in my geek calendar I really look forward to throughout the year, most of them centre around a particular group of people too.  This year an extra event has turned up early in the list, Linux Outlaws Live, or LOL as it seems to be more affectionately known. The live show, celebrating the 300th episode of Linux Outlaws, was held at Leaf on Bold st, Liverpool.

I set off around 3pm, driving as I couldn’t be bothered buggering about getting to Manchester to catch the train, and picked Stu up who, may I add was a LO virgin. Yes he’d never listened to Dan’s dulcet tones, or endured a Fab rant, his reaction alone I was quite looking forward to.  Anyhoo, fast forward a couple of hours and we’re parked up and looking for a (working) cash machine so I can indulge in a coffee or 2. It was actually my first experience of Leaf, and after hearing many good things it didn’t disappoint, a really cosy venue with what can only be described as an “all the tea in China” range of teas.

Just about to sit down and I realised I’d left my phone in the car (no jokes here please), who do I bump into walking out of the door? Olly, Matt C and of course Mr Cannon. They quickly said hello and Pete started f’ing and jeffing about not being invited to lunch, excellent! Tonight is going to be a good laugh… Back in Leaf, we headed upstairs where a number of familiar faces were already settled, Les P, Becky and Phil Newborough and a few more, fab looking venue with the thrones already setup for the show. Dan running back and forth trying to get stuff setup – he’s a busy guy, and I could just see Fab in a crowd.

Les proceded to tell me I should be drinking coke, that way I could at least suggest there was vodka in there. However I was quite happy with the coffee. Second trip to the bar I finally got a chance to speak to Pete, and proceded to ask him how his journey was…. How did I know there would be a story there? We had a good giggle at the fact.

Onto the show, which was quite different from a normal one not just in the obvious sense but it was far more chilled – I think that may have been the jazz, nice! – and reflective over the past. A lot of good content which I won’t go into as you can watch the video or listen to the feed whichever happens. The twitfall was fairly amusing from blatant LUG plugs, to Jon the nice guy telling some joker trying to advertise to Foxtrot Oscar.

A nice touch to the show was the intro which Les P put together containing messages from community members congratulating them on the 300 eps, amusingly Dan happened to accidentally fade it out just as I was saying my piece. I also liked the engraved “diamonds” Les P presented them with, nice touch alongside the thrones.The aftershow party was great, managing to get to chat to some ace folks there.

I always come away from these events feeling happy, the community which attends them are such nice people and make me proud to be part of something (not sure what like). Cheers guys, here’s to the next event.


Whats on my Podcatcher?

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What are my current favourite podcasts?

  1. Mysterious Universe – Brilliant podcast covering pretty much every aspect of the paranormal, but not overly serious and no signs of any tin foil hats!
  2. Linux Outlaws – Superbly fun podcast, covering the latest news in the Linux, Open source and free software world with the (more than) occasional rant from Fab.
  3. Ubuntu UK Podcast – Another easy going Linux (Ubuntu centric) podcast, good bunch of presenters, covers the latest news in the Ubuntu world.
  4. Little Atoms – A very interesting podcast, each cast is an interview with highly intelligent folks, mainly science based but not always.
  5. TDTRS – The Dick Turpin Roadshow, another Linux/Free software based podcast but very entertaining.
  6. BBC Click – Technology focussed podcast from the BBC, fairly low tech level but interesting nonetheless.
  7. Rathole Radio – Music based podcast, not mainstream music but collected from around the web. Creative commons music features highly in this cast, presented by Dan who is also from Linux Outlaws(2).
  8. Little Atoms Road Trip – Spin off from the Little Atoms (4) podcast, featuring interviews Neil Denney recorded during a road trip through the US.
  9. Corsten’s Countdown – Trance DJ Ferry Corstens weekly podcast showcasing his radio show with a top 3 based on web voting from the previous week.
  10. A State of Trance – as above (9) but with Armin van Buuren

I do listen to a few others but these seem to take precedence. Numbers 1 and 2 are pretty much joint first, but depends on  my mood. I will always push them both to the top of the playlist when they are downloaded.

If anyone is interested I listen to these using BeyondPod on my Android phone.