Richard Jones' Log

Sat, 26 Apr 2014
Those neck-supporting pillows for flying? You're using them wrong!

OK folks, something I learned about those horseshoe-shaped pillows: they don't go around your neck. They're basically useless like that.

First up: make sure you get one that joins up at the open end - some sort of clip fastener to hold the ends together.

Then: it goes around the back of your head with the bottom of the horseshoe behind your neck and the open end clipped together but pointing up. If you're doing it right, that sucker will fit very snugly over the back of your head to the point that it'll stay stuck on when you move your head away from the headrest.

Doing this will mean that your head is held in place vertically and horizontally.

Note: I lost the pillow I had that joined together with a clip and bought another that didn't but was made of "memory foam" and it worked just as well.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014
PyCon AU 2014 CFP about to close!

The PyCon Australia 2014 CFP is about to close! Last chance to get your proposal in! Quoted:

The conference this year will be held on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August 2014 in Brisbane. We'll also be featuring a day of miniconfs on Friday 1 August.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 25 April, 2014.

PyCon Australia attracts professional developers from all walks of life, including industry, government, and science, as well as enthusiast and student developers. We’re looking for proposals for presentations and tutorials on any aspect of Python programming, at all skill levels from novice to advanced.

Presentation subjects may range from reports on open source, academic or commercial projects; or even tutorials and case studies. If a presentation is interesting and useful to the Python community, it will be considered for inclusion in the program.

We're especially interested in short presentations that will teach conference-goers something new and useful. Can you show attendees how to use a module? Explore a Python language feature? Package an application?

Proposals about the Django web framework are very strongly encouraged, and will also be considered for inclusion in DjangoCon AU, to be held on Friday 1 August.

There will also be a Science and Data Analysis miniconf and an OpenStack miniconf held alongside DjangoCon AU. Proposals on either of these topics will be considered for inclusion in these miniconfs.

We welcome first-time speakers; we are a community conference and we are eager to hear about your experience. If you have friends or colleagues who have something valuable to contribute, twist their arms to tell us about it! Please also forward this Call for Proposals to anyone that you feel may be interested.

See you in Brisbane in August!

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