Out last night at Geek H.Q. with the guys and girl from the Wolverhampton LUG. It was a busy meet, with a few new members and a guest appearance from some of the Birmingham Perl Mongers. I was careful to keep quiet about the fact that it’s actually been weeks since I booted into Linux, since I still can’t get my wireless card to work with it. I had a chat with Sparkes about the possibility of having a mini fruit and veg co-operative; I’m hoping to get the raised beds in my garden built soon so that we can trade some stuff. Aq told me he’d been reading my blog lately and I was very flattered to find that he wanted to know if I was an Important Guy, architecturally speaking. I had to confess that this wasn’t the case, although I’m sure my Mother would disagree.

On reflection, this may be because one of my only character flaws comes out in my writing as well as my speaking. There’s an interesting proposition in a book called The Celestine Prophecy that suggests most people can be put into one of three categories; each category is the definition of the technique they use to become the dominant person in any exchange. A person may choose to project aggression, or victimisation, or aloofness. I suspect I use the latter. It’s easy to see how this might portray an incorrect air of importance.

Anyway, the main reason for this post is to do my bit to promote a project that some of the guys in the LUG have been working on for a while – Linux User Group Radio. Broadcast every fortnight, the show is really beginning to come together, and much respect must be paid to them for the effort involved in setting up an independant radio show. Of particular interest is the special show that’s just been released about the upcoming elections and the impact of software patents. It includes interviews with Richard Allan MP (the Liberal Democrat IT spokesman) and Howard Berry (Labour local election candidate and Linux user). I’m off to have a listen.

p.s – Aq, if you’re listening, here’s the entry about Peter Tesugen I mentioned. Sparkes, if you’re listening, here’s the entry about food processing that I mentioned.