PyCon2019 poem


I’m back in Cleveland for another Pycon. Yesterday
was my first full day here. Along with Matt
Seale
, I
was a helper at Matthias Bussonnier tutorial (“IPython and Jupyter in Depth: High
productivity, interactive Python
). The sticky system
is efficient at signaling when someone in a classroom needs help, and a lot of
folks don’t know that this practice was popularized by Software
Carpentry workshops and continues to be used at The Carpentries.

Explanation of The Carpentries Sticky system: "It is easy to get help.
We use a system of sticky notes to allow learners to seek help without having to
call attention to themselves or interrupt the Instructor’s flow. Learners are
issued sticky notes of two different colours - generally red and green - and use
them to signal ‘it’s all good’ or ‘I need help’. When a learner posts a red
sticky, a helper in the room will assist them to get back on track"

I stepped out for a coffee refill and bumped into a large contingent of
Bloomberg folks I’d never met (Princeton office). I guess we have something like
90 people at the conference this year, and I made the usual and true remark about
how I go to conferences to meet the other people who work at our company. Then
after his tutorial concluded, Matthias and I bumped into Tracy
Teal
, exchanged some stickers, and
chatted about The Carpentries,
Jupyter, organizing conferences, governance and
sponsorship models, and a bunch of other stuff.

Matthias was a good influence in trying to participate in the swag bag stuffing,
but it turned out we had almost an hour to kill maim (we decided injury’s a
better fate than death for that hour). Luckily, we bumped into John
Lam
and proceeded to chat away and entertain one
another. The swag bag stuffing was really fun – highly recommend it to everyone!
Smart people performing a task that allows for lots of banter and brief social
interaction turn while there’s music and a chance to move around turns out to be
a good way to have time continue flying by. Too many people to name here, but
Scopz was there and we made terrible puns, as
usual.

After the swag bag stuffing party, reconnected with Tracy and we chatted some
more while walking around and picking up swag (mostly socks), joined by Gil
Forsyth
who handed me Xonsh
sticker, bumped into Saul Shanabrook. Then
stopped by to say hi to Jess, a friend of Anna
Vu
‘s, whom I only ever see at PyCon), and then
chatted with Scott Sanderson, met Hugo
Bowne-Anderson
, and got to briefly greet
Jonathan Helmus.

I walked Matthias to his hotel, then went back to Butcher and the Brewer (again,
Matthias joined me for dinner there the night before), and wrote out the poem
you’ll find below. After I wrote it, a bunch of my Bloomberg colleagues showed
up, and I ended up chatting for long time with John
Purviance
. In keeping with tradition, though we
work at the same company, I met John by accident at a coffee shop during last
year’s Pycon (he works in the New York office, whereas I’m in SF).

One day down, and it’s already been a wonderful Pycon.

May 2nd, Pycon Cleveland Two, as well
The social wealth observed, created
not jaded, lots to say and listen to
Bring energy and silliness, too
My objective to subjectively inject 
a crack and tear decorum fabric
be vulnerable
a buzzing bee
break up the swag bag stuffing monotony
walk the path, switch sides, talk trash
Great folks, give stickers, smiles, rehash
A splash of warmth, a squak, a "BAM!"
A nudge - we jam enjoying this team work
not work at all - a play - a sandbox
roles all clear yet much room left 
to improvise
Devise a way to make us laugh
each finds their path
rocking forth and back
swaying fro and too
a rhythm of a train a-moving
Clapping celebration when we're done
"Hey-hey! We're done!" - a dinner earned
and well deserved - many socks collected
New people met and old friends reconnected
Tutorials and opening reception done
and now Pycon 2019's officially begun





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