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PyCon 2016 just ended! I had a far more relaxing time this year, since I didn’t have to give a talk.

Highlights:

Ned gave an amazing machete-mode debugging talk this year.

machete

I’ve seen a couple of his talks over the past years, and this one is my favorite.

pyladies

I bought a super cute PyLadies Seattle tshirt, featuring plaid hair!

motorcycle

Lars gave an incredible keynote! It was also great to see him again.😀

excited

I’m not sure if it was the talks or the general atmosphere, but I felt excited/inspired about software development in a way that I hadn’t been for a while.

I also got to see a lot of friends I don’t usually get to see, which was great.

Until next year, PyCon!

I registered last minute for the Mammalian Synthetic Biology Workshop and it was awesome. It was really neat to see all the research everyone’s doing.

I got to chat with Ron and Mariola, from iGEM 2011. Definitely a blast from the past.

Ron and Mariola

Ron said he still shows my animation occasionally. Haha, sweet.

Irving Weissman gave a really cool stem cell keynote.

Weissman

Alex said Irv is like the godfather of stem cell research. Very impressive!

I unexpectedly ran into Pete! I haven’t seen him in like maybe 6 years!

Pete

It was great catching up!

Alex also gave a talk! I really enjoyed the talk, not only because I’d never heard Alex give a talk before, but also he had a clear and fun delivery style.

Alex

He thanked his wife, Amy, in the credits slide which I thought was super cute.

I think it’s super cool when couples are involved in each others’ fields. Amy probably provides some extraordinary research feedback just like how Harry gives me a lot of feedback for my conference talks.

Anyhoo, mSBW3 was great event. I saw some old friends, learned some neat stuffs, and in general had a good time.

One wish: I wish the the slides from talks are posted online somewhere. A great feature software conferences is that a lot of talks are recorded and the talks’ slides are posted online. This way, the conference can benefit a greater community.

I recently discovered a group of friends live in this house they named “hygge”.

Hygge is a Danish word that briefly translates to “coziness that gets people through the dark Danish winters”.

How delightful!

small infinities

Most recently, I went to see Small Infinities with hygge friends. It’s a play about the life of Issac Newton, and turned out to be more bleak than I’d anticipated.

Overall, I like hanging out with the hygge folks a lot. They tend to be a lot more interested in arts and humanities than my typical group of friends, which feels really nice.

Will hangout again🙂

I finally got to meet Bassam at LibrePlanet 2016.

He’s a super cool person who runs an animation studio using libre tools!

bassam

I went to his Blender API talk and learned that if you right click on any menu button, you can edit the source of that button!

Amazing!

Anyhoo, this was my first year at LibrePlanet and I really liked it. Lots of awesome socially conscious folks doing awesome work. Definitely thinking about going again next year.

Here’s some highlights from the rest of CES / my Vegas trip:

congee

There was congee at the hotel’s breakfast buffet! SO GOOD!

craps

First time playing craps, I won $10 and then immediately took my winnings and ran.

fishfordinner

Harry and I imagined having fish for dinner.

Overall, fun trip. Got to talk to a lot of people about 3D printing. Got to see some friends (great surprises).

No Elvis though.