It's been two days since I took Eric S. Raymond (ESR) to the airport. Silly me. I hadn't internalized the fact that he prefers Python to Perl. Oh, well. Let's not hold that against him :-). His talk at the joint PPLUG/PPPM meeting four days ago was fantastic anyway! It was well worth all the planning (which started May 19th).
Special thanks to the hackers at tummy.com who showed up Friday, hung out Saturday, and helped immensely to make ESR glad he came to Colorado.
Read the Gazette front page story about ESR! Hacker brings message to Springs (Software should be open to all, activist says), August 12th, 1999
Geeks With Guns! In honor of ESR's visit, we held an official "Geeks With Guns!" event at Dragon Man east of Colorado Springs. You can view the photo essay in my Yahoo! Briefcase. It's hard to adequately describe Dragon Man. It's a place. It's a supervised shooting range. He's a man. It's a lifestyle of legal automatic weapons and the fortress to keep the bad guys from getting them. Whoa.
ESR wrote up his impressions. He includes more pictures, too. I'm especially fond of the "tasteful floor display of tripod-mounted .50-caliber machine guns."
Directions to Dragon Man: In Colorado Springs, take I-25 south to the Cimarron St. exit #139. Turn left (east) off the exit ramp onto Cimarron, which is Hwy 24. Follow the signs to stay on Hwy 24 west out of Colorado Springs approximately five miles to Hwy 94. Go eight miles. Turn left onto Curtis Rd. Go a half mile. Turn left on Dragonman Dr.