My mother who is a young 59 year old who watches what she eats, exercises every day, and has a rather low cholesterol level, had a heart attack Saturday.
It completely blew my mind. It completely blew every one's mind! Nobody would have ever suspected that this woman, who takes such good care of herself, would be struck down by a heart attack.
Turns out that it was only one artery with a blockage. She was catheterized and they inserted two stents. The Doctor was rather surprised by how clear all her other arteries are.
So.... Ultimately, she will be fine. The damage to her heart was negligible, and the shape that she is in will make the cardiac therapy extremely easy (Dr.'s words). But what an experience...
My cousin has not mastered the art of bike riding yet, so this was a joint multigenerational effort to help him get the two wheeler down pat. It was an hour and a half of very physical labor for everyone involved (especially Riley, who fell once to demonstrate to my cousin that a fall, while a bit painful, will not kill him).
After a quick ice cream stop at the local Dairy Queen, we went to Beaver Bend Golf Course, a par three course in Hummelstown. It's a great place to teach the kids about the basics of golf, without wearing them out completely.
Although the bike riding had taken it's toll, so their energy waned on the back nine significantly.
It is very nice to be able to spend time with family.
Now to bed so that I can rest up for more biking tomorrow.
What a great concept this is, a gigantic community moving forward to make great software, and to continuing to improve that same software. I am proud to be a part of this movement, and I look forward to seeing how many events are held this year. I am working with the Ubuntu Local Community Team for Pennsylvania and CPLUG (Central Pennsylvania Linux Users Group) in the Harrisburg and York areas right now. One of our teammates is looking into setting up at the York Fair, which would be rather amazing considering the thousands of people who go through that fair.
Around Harrisburg, I am more interested in getting together a group of people to host a screening of Revolution OS, or set up cook outs at various busy parks or colleges.
Also I am starting to assemble my media kit, and my "hit list" for the local media to be invited or for press releases.
Stay tuned for more exciting information!
Everyone on the team deserves a huge round of applause! I am honored and proud to be working with such great people.
|03:51||jsgotangco||ok let's move to pennsylvania|
|03:52||jsgotangco||Zic: i doubt he'll come today|
|03:52||cypherbios||Sounds really great! Thanks all!|
|03:52||freelancer317||That's us! I'm the team contact!|
|03:52||freelancer317||Our application page is http://wiki.ubuntu.com/PennsylvaniaTeam/ApprovalApplication|
|03:52||Zic||jsgotangco: ok ... thx|
|03:52||freelancer317||Congrats to Brazil!|
|03:52||pleia2||I'm here for pennsylvania too :)|
|03:52||rpereira||Thanks everybody. :)|
|03:52||Joe_CoT||I'm not from Pennsylvania, but i live very close!|
|03:52||jedijf||congrats serbia and brazil!!|
|=== etank is cheering for pennsylvania \o/|
|03:52||Ubuntuser||this is begin... ;)|
|03:52||freelancer317||Thank you for the opportunity to review our application to become and approved Local Community Team! First off we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the great people who have joined this team, and although I started it, without them, there would be no application in front of you now, nor would there be for a very long time.|
|=== andrew is here for PA|
|03:53||freelancer317||The US-Pennsylvania LoCo Team was established in March by freelancer317 (Bret Fledderjohn) with the assistance of Vorian (Ohio Team Contact). Since that time, we have grown to 51 direct members on Launchpad. We have also established strong bonds with active LUGs, had four successful events, and are building several ongoing projects and events which will not only spread the word about Ubuntu, but also (in many|
|03:53||freelancer317||cases) will help make our local communities better places.|
|03:54||freelancer317||http://www.meetlinux.com is our website.|
|03:54||dholbach||what has the team been concentrating on in the last time? how did you find new members?|
|03:54||freelancer317||We've initially been working with LUGs and several Nonprofits|
|03:55||lamalex||We've been working with a lot of non-profits to help under priveleged people benefit from technology and free software|
|03:55||freelancer317||the forum and Launchpad have also been attracting alot of attention|
|03:55||jedijf||and with local lugs to cross-promote events|
|03:55||freelancer317||We had a joint installfest with the Central PA LUG and we had our own installfest in Philly|
|03:55||jsgotangco||i see lots of activites with non-profits on the website|
|=== jwendell [n=wendell@ubuntu/member/wendell] has left #ubuntu-meeting ["Bye"]|
|03:56||jedijf||that is an ongoing thing - now that we've started relationships, the projects flow from one to the next|
|=== myriam_rs cheers for US-Pennsilvania LoCo Team too!|
|03:57||dholbach||that sounds good - launchpad says you have 55 members - do you have a chance to meet often as a team?|
|03:57||pleia2||thanks myriam_rs :)|
|03:57||freelancer317||We are also putting together a statewide media contact list, and will have a subteam working on distributing press releases and interacting with the media|
|03:57||lamalex||not in person as a whole team|
|03:57||lamalex||pennsylvania is a large state|
|03:57||freelancer317||dholbach outside of irc meetings, no|
|03:57||jedijf||weekly irc chats|
|03:57||lamalex||wednesday nights, 8:30pm est|
|03:57||jedijf||and active daily irc contact|
|03:57||jsgotangco||yeah i saw the calendar|
|03:57||freelancer317||we have subteams that cover the different regions|
|03:58||Vorian||Pennsylvania has been doing wonderful things in the name of Ubuntu. I strongly recommend them for a +1|
|03:58||jsgotangco||how is the team preparing for SFD?|
|=== etank agrees with Vorian|
|03:58||jedijf||we are promoting a major event with PACS - phila area computer society -|
|03:58||lamalex||philly team is working with the philly area computer society for a large bbq/speech/party|
|03:59||freelancer317||Well, there is an event being planned up in the northeastern part of the state. Philly is planning a big thing with PACS, and Harrisburg is working with CPULG|
|03:59||jedijf||providing a speaker and demonstrations from 8 am to 3 pm|
|03:59||freelancer317||we hope to have an event in most major cities and towns in PA|
|03:59||freelancer317||Pittsburgh is in the infancy of developing the event|
|04:00||dholbach||nice - the team looks well organized to me|
|04:00||lamalex||they are beginning to form in pittsburg|
|04:00||lamalex||there is interest, but it hasn't fully come together. Progress is being made and other regions are encouraging them|
|04:00||freelancer317||dholbach thanks! We've got a real good core group of people working to get this going|
|04:00||jsgotangco||a lot of stuff looks solid to me as well, but i advice taking advantage of SFD to have a big get-together, should be fun, the bbq party is a nice touch, i give my +1|
|04:01||dholbach||I'm happy to give a +1 for Pennsylvania as well|
|04:01||MikeB-||+1 for me|
|04:01||freelancer317||thanks dholbach and jsgotangco and MikeB!|
|=== georgia [n=georgia@pdpc/supporter/basic/Georgia] has joined #ubuntu-meeting|
|=== lamalex throws his cap|
|04:02||dholbach||ok, let's move on to member applications|
|04:02||myriam_rs||Congratulations from the SwissTeam to Pennsylvania LoCO Team!|
|04:02||dholbach||bashelier: it's your stage|
Months of work by our group has culminated in our chance with the Ubuntu Community Council for approved status as an Official Ubuntu Local Community Team (LoCo). Tuesday June 26th at 9am EDT, at the Ubuntu Community Council meeting, we will be up for approval.
I have been very fortunate to have such a dedicated, motivated, and fun team to work with. Without them, this never would have happened, let alone this fast.
This is a very quick post, but I hope to go more in depth soon, as well as catch up with things that have been happening.
I have been busy as all get out at work, and we also have been working hard on getting a party together to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary (the party is Saturday June 23rd), so I have been extremely limited in my time.
Coming up this Saturday (5/19) at ITT Tech in Mechanicsburg from 10a-6p!
I'll be doing a short presentation on the different flavors of Ubuntu - Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu at noon.
Everyone is welcome... Bring food. :-)
Family game night! I love this. Riley, my eldest son, is here this weekend, which is always fun. We are playing board games, and at ten he is getting really fun with the games.
His tennis coach didn't show up for practice and game today. I filled in with another Dad. I have played competitively before and he had not even played so, I was the defacto coach. She hasn't been really teaching them much, more like getting them used to balls coming at them.
I don't think they have worked on grip or watching the ball everywhere it goes (although they are kids so that is a challenge) or even worked on stroke. So I didn't know what to try to do with them. Some of the kids have some real talent.
Regardless, it was a good time and I hurt right now... My hamstring is killing me.
Declan, our two year old, was red as an apple out there. I think it was the heat that did it more than the sun since he had sun block on. He fell asleep really early this evening, so I think the air and the sun (as well as the constant running around outside the courts) wore him out.
We have some choices here. We can continue on and hope that everything that we have scheduled and done will qualify us, and per Jono that seems unlikely.
Or we can set up our own mailing list somewhere else.
Or we can sit and wait.
It's a bit of a setback, but it shouldn't stop the Pennsylvania LoCo team from moving forward with our plans and continue expanding our programs!
The Pennsylvania LoCo Team is going for approved status. I will contact Jono Bacon, the Community Manager at Canonical who will give us guidance as far as where we stand, and when we can expect to go in front of the Ubuntu Community Council to try for approval.
I think that we are looking good for approval. We have 39 direct members since our creation in March, many of which are active. We have a Feisty Release Party scheduled in Montrose for May 17th, will be working together with the Central Pennsylvania LUG for their InstallFest/New User Meeting on May 19th near Harrisburg, and there is an PA LoCo team Installfest slated for June 2nd in Philadelphia.
The PA LoCo website is up at www.meetlinux.com
Our IRC channel is on freenode #ubuntu-pennsylvania
Our wiki is at wiki.ubuntu.com/PennsylvaniaTeam
Finally, here's our team site on Launchpad
I feel good about this, and think that we are definitely on track to helping the Ubuntu Community gain market share.
The full story by Elizabeth M. Gillespie of the Associated Press is here: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070507/dell_microsoft_novell.html?.v=8
While Ubuntu seems to be Dell's choice for the desktop market, Suse will take the server side.
I am curious to see how this shakes out. Comments are welcome here for this story!
Check out this article from ZDnet.
Now Linux may have more leverage with the hardware manufacturers for drivers... And going mainstream can only help Linux!
As of March we've added 37 members and have already coordinated an Installfest in Philly, are supporting a speech to the Pennsylvania Computer Society in Philly, and participating in the Central PA Linux User Groups.
This is pretty exciting stuff and it will only gain momentum. Check us out at the website, the forum, the IRC freenode channel #ubuntu-pennsylvania, or the wiki.
First off a quick warning to the faint of heart. If off color language and content puts you off, then this is not the program for you!
Discussions range from open source projects through licensing and bodily functions through sexual practices and all points in between. Even though this has two Canonical employees on air, I think that it is pretty successful in not being an exclusive Ubuntu advocacy forum.
Don't get me wrong, Ubuntu is brought up regularly, however when there is something that any of the presenters find not up to snuff or inappropriate they do not hesitate to give Jono (one of the Canonical employees) a "good kicking."
Regardless of who is on the receiving end of a kicking, it seems that they give as good as they take! I haven't heard these guys do a podcast I didn't like yet.
On the negative they do focus a bit much on the technicalities of open source licensing for my taste. Perhaps its because I am relatively new to Linux?
Check these guys out at http://www.lugradio.org
Their podcast is listed in ITunes or you get get the RSS Podcast link off of their site.
That was a quickie. More coming soon!
I haven't posted in forever. Kids Job and home repairs strike again! We just had to replace our boiler (steam heat and hot water heater) just before Christmas. That was a great way to celebrate the holidays, let me tell ya!
Anyway, I've been messing about with Ubuntu and some other Linux distros. Look for more about that. I am thinking of doing a series of posts of the plusses and minuses of my experiences with Linux and Open Source, as well as a very interesting podcast to which I've become addicted.
That's it.... More tomorrow.