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Remember at BarCampMilwaukee4 when I took your photo? Well, I still need to edit all the shots, and I’ll be doing it at MilwaukeeDevHouse4 on Saturday, November 7th, 2009…

Oh yeah, you’re invited! MilwaukeeDevHouse is a hackathon-type event where we encourage you to come and work on something. Maybe some project you’ve had on the back burner for a while… maybe you need to upgrade your WordPress blog, test out some new Drupal modules, work on a Joomla theme, build a robot, or… edit 80+ photos. Hopefully I can also work on “The Faces of BarCamp” project as well…


Think of MilwaukeeDevHouse as a party where you can get some work done, but don’t have to. You can just hang out, socialize, and eat & drink if you like… it’s like a social network, but in real life. (You’re not limited to 140 characters, unless you want to be.) It’s a chance to learn something new and meet some new people. It’s full of “newness” or something!

Our pals at Bucketworks and Insomniac Development LLC will provide snacks and libations, and we thank them for that.

(P.S. I’ve been told this is a “pants optional” event, but I’m not sure what that means. Also, Time Lapse Bot will be there. Are these two things related!?!?)


I’m a fan of open source… I’m a user of open source… I’m still a believer in open source… but I don’t always use open source. So by The Book of Doug, I’m a sinner…

I own/admin at least 5 Linux servers, have a Linux netbook, use Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, NeoOffice, Perl, PHP, MySQL, Adium, jEdit, VLC, ffmpeg, Audacity, Apache HTTP Server, WordPress, Drupal, and on and on… I’ve also contributed to open source software projects, typically not with code (since I’m just a hacker) but with support, add-ons, and even monetarily. I’ve written and released applications, code, scripts, and various media (photos, video, audio/music, words) under open source and open content licenses.

Look… I use Mac OS X, and I know it’s not open source… I’m a sinner. Please forgive me. I do my best by installing and promoting open source software on Mac OS X. Every Mac I set up has the best open source software on it for the user that will use it.

It’s still not enough. Doug wants me to try harder.

I’ve also worked towards putting on things like BarCampMilwaukee, in fact, we just had the 4th one, but Doug wasn’t happy because of “Microsoft putting their dirty paws on events like BarCampMilwaukee4…”

I’m not sure what they did, other than helped feed everyone there. Like all other sponsors, they supported the event financially, and go no special treatment in return. No keynote, no booth, no 20 foot wide banner. I heard no reports of Larry Clarkin forcing anyone to install Windows or insulting Linux. If anything, Brennan pushed more Microsoft propaganda my way, and he doesn’t even work for Microsoft! And Doug, I’ve asked open source companies, including Red Hat, to sponsor BarCampMilwaukee in the past, and never got any response.

Oh yeah, back to Doug… I like Doug, I really do… His intentions seem honorable, but he seems frustrated, and is convinced that talking to people won’t change things. Still, he writes a blog post about it. Doug, don’t give up! Talk is cheap, but discussion has value! Try talking to people, not at them, and follow it all up with action, but be nice about it. Nobody likes a jerk talking at them, but plenty of people like a friend talking to them.

Now go open some source and bridge that open-closed divide!


Time Lapse Bot came to BarCampMilwaukee4 and took a picture every 15 seconds almost the entire time… here is the result… enjoy!

(This video is also available at and is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)



BarCampMilwaukee4 is tomorrow. Visit Right, You’ve done that by now, and you registered, and you will be there, and it will be nice.

Also, we’d like to thank our sponsors, who help make this thing happen.

Bucketworks, Web414, Distance Software, Microsoft, Hentzenwerke Publishing,, Fresh Coast Ventures, Paladin Web Services, Redpoint Technologies, TA Design LLC, Compuware,, Milestone R/D Labs, Brazen Careerist, 2XL Networks, DJH Solutions, Quintessential Mischief LLC, MC Services, Palantir, Apress, James Carlson, Phil Gerbyshak, C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions, Insomniac Development LLC, Pehr Anderson… and you!

See you at BarCamp!


Our old E-Pal HeyGabe got appointed the T-shirt Czar, and with that he put out the call for t-shirt designs, and I have heeded the call, and the results are below.

BarCampMilwaukee4 Shirt Concept #1

This is a number 4 blasting off into space by the power of BarCamp!

BarCampMilwaukee4 Shirt Concept #2

This is a robot based on an original drawing by Madeline Prodoehl. People seem to like robots.

Keep in mind, HeyGabe is the T-shirt Czar, which, I believe, means that he has the power to choose what shirt design is selected. I mean, maybe you can influence him, but don’t quote me on that.

(Thanks to Shannon Palmer for providing a Creative Commons licensed t-shirt template for use in these mock-ups.)

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