I'm sitting in on a birds of a feather session for education. First observation: wow, there are a lot of people in here. I actually feel bad taking up a seat, because its crowded and there are definitely people at the back who can't hear. (I'm delighted to see Evergreen represented here! Woot!)
I'm enjoying the session on OpenID (which, I just realized, was yet another concept to come from the mind of Brad Fitzpatrick, the "Brad" who caused me to be known as "the other Brad" as an undergraduate).
Highlights from Dries Buytaert's keynote address.
- Overview of Drupal 6 - bigger community, better administration, easier theming, more secure, more scalability, easier to develop for, better localization. The State of Drupal is <strong>
- However, Drupal is still in the early adoption phase, and a transition to the mainstream is essential (and very difficult). What must happen:
- Redesign drupal.org
- Drupal 7 killer release
- Broad, strategic changes
These guys don't seem too organized. Twenty-five minutes in they were still just barely touching on the basics of Image, imagecache, and Imagefield modules. Zero energy, lots of clumsy half-demos of the modules, and no good guidance on top of the demos. Pretty disappointing start. People keep leaving the room.
- Image module: Creates image nodes, and is good for uploading and managing galleries and sites with lots of images that need to be navigated. Also has a number of helpers.
I'm on the ground in Boston. Tomorrow is the first day of my first DrupalCon. I've come here, in part, because I convinced myself that it would be a good precursor to my thesis research later in the year, as I'm going to need social access to the Drupal community in order to do my research.
In reality, though, I'm hear for two reasons, neither related to my academics.
1. My employer paid for a good chunk of the trip, after I convinced them (correctly) that my week here will more than pay for itself in increased output in the next few months.
I've been reading "The Wisdom of Crowds" today (and blogging about it elsewhere), and came across several instances of the thing I hate the most about economics.
"Plank-road fever was a vivid example of a phenomenon that economists call an 'information cascade.'" (Surowiecki, pg 53) [bold mine]
Why have I fixated on this sentence? I'll answer with two questions:
Old news, I know, but now it can't be denied...
I know I should be past the point where this surprises me, but I am absolutely appalled by CNN.com.
Here's what they have "above the fold" right now:
- Lawyer: Clemens upset about steroid report (plus three other Mitchell Report links)
- Michael Vick to judge: 'I am not the beast'
- E-mails hint at astronaut love triangle
- Police: LSU students die in home invasion
- Ticker: Clinton discusses her apology to Obama
- Cop finds 3 bodies in SUV
- WPLG: 2 women, 2 kids found dead