Caius Theory

Now with even more cowbell…

This is my Compiler

As some friday fun in #geekup we ended up converting the US Marines Creed to a geekier version.

This is my compiler.
There are many like it, but this one is MINE.
My compiler is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My compiler without me is useless. Without my compiler, I am useless.
I must run my compiler true.
I must run faster than my bug who is trying to kill me.
I must squash him before he squashes me. I will…
My compiler and myself know that what counts in war is not the warnings we squash,
the builds we create, nor the optimisations we make.
We know it is the build errors fixed that count. We will fix…
My compiler is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus, I will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its output, its code,
its quirks, and its errors.
I will ever guard it against the ravages of virii and disk failures.
I will keep my compiler clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other. We will…
Before Assembler I swear this creed.
My compiler and myself are the defenders of good code.
We are the masters of our bugs.
We are the saviors of our code.
So be it, until code is compiling and there are no bugs, but compiled code.

And then jamx jumped in with the Lords Prayer

Our Compiler, who art in memory. GNU be thy name.
Thy source code come, thy will be done.
On script as it is in memory.
Give us this day our daily data, and forgive us our segfaults as we forgive those who segfault against us.
And lead us not into /dev/null but deliver us from M$,
for thine is the domain, the cpu and the peeps.
for (x=0; x<2; x++){ x=0; }
Amen

Think Visibility: An Online Marketing Conference

Now I'm not one for blogging about events usually—if I'm attending one then I'll just talk about it on twitter quite a bit beforehand. However, seeing as this one is being organised by my housemate and I like to keep him in a good mood so he doesn't do something daft like change the locks, I figured I'd blog about this one. (Also its really rather a good idea, I'll be paying to attend and think he's bloody mad to organise a conference!)

The conference is Think Visibility, which is a

one-day mini conference with a focus on the areas of web development and marketing which are usually left behind in the creation process: SEO, PPC, Monetisation, Blogging, Accessibility and Usability.

The speaker line-up has rather a lot of big names in it if you follow the SEO/Online marketing world, and its only £30 to turn up for the day and listen to them speak. Oh, and theres an afterparty with free drinks (Sponsor permitting) where you can get drunk with your hero's. (Or something.)

Me, I'm attending simply because up until a year or so ago I thought SEO was a complete heap of crap, but having known Dom for a while, and worked for an SEO agency, I'm starting to appreciate that there is an art to it, and it is a much needed skill to run a successful website.

Inaugural Habaricon

So I managed to secure a place to HabariCon '08. Not quite sure what to expect, but being able to meet other people in real life and talk about habari & related things all day will be quite cool.

Expect a round-up post of the 'con tonight!

BarCamp Manchester

So I'm at BarCamp Manchester for the day. Its great meeting people I already know, and meeting new ones; most impressed by Peter's ruby shoes.. they glitter!

So heres a little list of links for the day: