The next few weeks look like they're going to be incredibly busy. Right now my greatest worries are of course about Oxford Geek Night 11 on Wednesday 25 March. All the speakers are lined up---Natalie and Mike are presumably both gearing up to give two great keynotes on CSS systems and graphic design on the web respectively, or maybe they're just enjoying their Sundays---and I've got most of the tech ready, with network cables hanging round my shoulders and blinking lights where there should be blinking lights.
OGN11, though, is starting half an hour earlier---the crowd has spoken, and it was suggested by a couple of people after OGN10 too---which could lead to some confusion this time round. That's right: OGN11 keynotes start at 8pm. But as I've still yet to get the venue to take our money, then they don't actually know about the change of time yet. I'm sure it will all work out fine.
One thing which actually does seem to be working out fine: the local BarCamp is almost full. BarCamp Oxford is on April 4--5, and we've got a tentative upper limit of 50 people. The venue---the elegant University Club---is booked, and catering is pretty much there, so all we've got to do is pile a stack of projectors into the club and wait for everyone to turn up at the evening meal on the Saturday.
Similarly, Oxfringe 2009 is going great guns, and the programme is now finalized. It's huge this year, with John Hegley headlining the festival on Saturday 11 April. I have to start working out just how much we can get round to seeing, and then, you know, buying tickets.
But before any of that, tonight is the People's Premiere of Age of Stupid, a simultaneous showing of the film in some thirty cinemas across the UK. As Torchbox built their site (and I built the first version, back when it was called Crude) then I can't give an unbiased opinion, but the crew preview we went to convinced me that it was probably the most important documentary of this century, and probably of our future years on the planet: however many of those there turn out to be. We've got tickets to see the Oxford node of this twenty-first century, distributed mass screening. That particular cinema has entirely sold out, but if you're near a showing with free seats, then for heaven's sake---for your own sake---go along.