Conversations and Conferences

Frank Davis

I was in the Smoky Drinky Bar last night. The conversation was rambling from one subject to another. At one point it was about cricket, and then it was about baseball. And then it was about bootable Linux USB memory sticks.

That’s how conversations go. They ramble from one subject to another. Sometimes they go in circles. And it’s all entirely unplanned. There’s no set agenda.

If we’d all been having a conference, there would have been an agenda. There would have been minutes read out. People would have been restricted to speaking for no longer than 5 minutes. There would have been speeches. It would all have been planned. Everyone would have known what they wanted to say. Or what they wanted to learn.

Conferences are work. Conversations are play.

And surprising things can come out of conversations. They can stray anywhere. And so in the course of several…

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