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Sarah Novotny
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Looking forward to seeing all the awesome creativity that is submitted in the CFP.
 
Share your technology know-how and passion for open source at ‪#‎OSCON‬ 2015. Whether you're a designer, developer, sysadmin, or manager, we want to hear from you!

CFP open through February 2:
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While not compulsory, video clips of the speaker will count favorably toward your proposal. If you don’t have video of the speaker in action at an event, you are welcome to create a very short clip (2-3 minutes) proposing the session. We don’t care about the quality of the video, we care about the quality of the speakers.

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more people should be talking and thinking about this.  depression affects a staggering number of people.
 
Paul Fenwick always draws a crowd - but his talk on "Depression, Bugs in the Brain" was especially important. Watch the Mainstage Video from #OSCON  2013:
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I'll talk about my mental health issues, but I've learned to filter a bit over time ^_^
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art + tech has so much potential.
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the ever evolving OSCON chair crowd!
 
OSCON chairs are like the open source Doctor Who. I'm now regenerating into +Simon St.Laurent, seen here with +Matthew McCullough, myself and +Sarah Novotny. Looking forward to a vital OSCON 2014 under Simon, Sarah and Matthew's care!

This picture was our chairs' after-party, hence the whiskey in my hand. They don't let me do that in the daytime.

(Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oreillyconf/9371547367/in/set-72157634769772086)
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a brilliant assessment of what I hope next gen fitness apps will do!
 
Turning Fat into Gold
What a fitness app needs to be successful

So I have been using a handfull of fitness tracking apps, and hardware, and have come up with a short list of things I think every app must have.  I welcome your input.

1) Less manual input - I think any app must have an easy interface with all the major harware players out there, including +Fitbit+Basis+Nike (FuelBand,) +Jawbone (Up,) +Motorola +MOTOACTV Dev, +BodyMediaFIT (Core,) +Withings, and LarkLife (Not on G+) -- If you make an app, make sure it interfaces with all these and more.  The less I have to add manually, the more likely I am to continue to use your product.

2) Better Database of foods - If I chose to continue to count calories (I don't - more later) I want to spend less time tapping my keyboard, and more time self-evaluating, and making decisions.  If the app can scan a barcode on a product, and get the nutritional info, I move on to stretch, and exercise  if I have to type the name of the product, find the nutritional info on the box, and type that in... well, by then, you've lost me.  Sync your app up to the grocery stores, so if I eat the same thing every day for a week, the store, or manufacturer sends me a coupon, or better yet, their competition does.

3) Better feedback.  if I choose to allow push notifications (I don't, because they are not any good yet) then I want positive feedback, and useful tips. If I have been sedentary for an hour or so, the app should know if I am riding in a car (GPS) or sitting at a desk.  It could let me know to look away from my screen to avoid eyestrain, show me diagrams of how to stretch my wrists to avoid Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, it could remind me to take a break, and be healthier without pushing me to lose weight, or feel guilty.  If, near the end of the day, I have not met some goal I applied to myself for calories burned, or distance traveled, maybe the app could tell me that If I am not going to go jogging, at least I could stretch before bed, or while watching my favorite TV show.  The real value of the tracking app is tracking, and providing data feedback.  The value of the feedback it is keep reminding me of what I can do other than sit around and be fat.

There are more, but these will do for today.  What would you add, and why?

#Fitness   #Health   #data   #Tracking   #Apps   #MyFitnessPal   #MapMyRun  
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I can't compete with +Edd Dumbill's eloquence.
 
Make it your 2013 resolution to speak at OSCON!

The call for proposals is open now for OSCON 2013. We'd love to hear from you and encourage everyone to submit a proposal, and we especially welcome proposals from people usually under-represented at technical conferences.

As well as all your our usual fare, we're looking for topics including:

* How expanding one’s skills beyond a core competency makes for a better technologist
* Best practices for building a business around open source
* Innovations in user experience such as interfaces, design, and usability
* Cultural changes due to ubiquitous networks and computing devices
* Cloud computing, and openness in distributed services
* Geek lifestyle—hacking, productivity tips, maker culture
* Open web, open standards, and open data
* Leadership in the changing open source culture

Take a look at the call for participation below, and feel free to ask questions of me or my fellow chairs +Sarah Novotny or +Matthew McCullough.
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I'm a sucker for accents for sure.
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thanks!
 
Congrats to +Sarah Novotny and all at +Nginx, Inc 

"The web server is now used by more than one-third (39.4 percent) of the world’s busiest 10,000 websites, edging out Apache which accounted for 39.1 percent of those sites. NGINX already led the market in the 1000 sites, according to W3Techs."
Summary: Nginx touts new numbers showing the use of its web server is on the rise, especially by the biggest websites.
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Nice. K8s is an exciting offering, I'm keen to see how the space and community grows. :-)
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It's super exciting to have NGINX included in Trusty main.  I'm going to try to stop by the release party!
 
Looking forward to the Ubuntu 14.04 release party in San Francisco on Thursday next week - http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-california/2761-san-francisco-trusty-release-party/ - I hope to see you there, everyone is welcome! #ubuntu  
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The Community Leadership Summit 2014 is announced, but we are looking for feedback for how to refine the event from last year's attendees. If you joined us last year, please add your suggestions and ideas to our forum thread at http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24 #cls
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I'll miss you!
 
A few thoughts on my last OSCON as program chair. It's been a humbling and thrilling ride, and I couldn't be happier to have left on such a high note: a vintage 15th edition of the show.
In 2008, I took over from the inimitable Nat Torkington as a program chair of OSCON, O'Reilly's Open Source Convention. As is wise when replacing someone who is a noted personality, I determined to bring my own style to OSCON...
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OSCON 2013 schedule published, registration open

Delighted to be able to share the OSCON schedule with you. +Sarah Novotny, +Matthew McCullough and I, along with a great program committee, have been working on this for a while and are very excited about it.

Check out the schedule at http://www.oscon.com/oscon2013/public/schedule/grid and snap up the early bird price!
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don't forget!
 
Today's the last day for your OSCON proposal

Get them in by the end of today, Monday! +Sarah Novotny, +Matthew McCullough and I are busy sitting in the Github offices, watching the proposals come in as we plan out this year's show.
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yay! 
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translate business speak to tech speak and vice versa
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  • Google
    Kubernetes Community, 2015 - present
  • O'Reilly Media
    OSCON program chair, 2010 - 2015
  • Nginx, Inc
    Evangelist, 2013 - 2015
  • Meteor Entertainment
    CIO, 2012 - 2013
  • Blue Gecko
    founder and boardmember, 2001 - 2012
  • Beta Ltd.
    Producer, Seattle Beta, 2011 - 2012
  • Opscode
    Sr Field Architect, 2011 - 2012
  • Amazon.com
    varied, 1997 - 2000
  • OurSQL
    co-host, 2010 - 2011
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seattle, wa - williamsport, pa - los alamos, nm - tokyo, japan - hague, netherlands - canadian lakes, mi - mill hall, pa - reno, nv - detroit, mi - bronx, ny - chapel hill, nc
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generally pleasant person continuing to learn new things wherever i can. 

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http://nginx.com

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Education
  • Fordham University
    physics, 1991 - 1995
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    physics, 1995 - 1997
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