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Mendola Gaetano wrote:
> "Bruce Momjian" <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> > The thing that slows me down the most --- trips like FOSDEM. I am doing
> > one every month or every other month. That takes 1/4 of each month.
> > The threading discussion took 1/1000 of a month, but I do several
> > hundred of those, so it fills up a month quickly.
> I understand you, I seen you there just two day and seem that you
> are someone that is not able to say: NO.
I can say "no" if this group tells me it is more important that I focus
on PostgreSQL development and not on the speeches. The question is what
is going to advance PostgreSQL faster.
> I remember that in Bruxelles Peter Eisentraut was there too, why
> not found some one that replace you?
> Some time at least :-)
We do have other people doing events all the time. Comdex will be
attended by a lot of our folks. We also have folks attending local user
group meetings and making speeches.
However, many presentations have special requirements:
o full-time employed in PostgreSQL, or willing to take vacation
time to make those speeches
o ability to speak in front of a large groups and communicate well
o ability to create long presentations
o someone visible in PostgreSQL who can act as a representative
No, not all events require all those items, but many do, and that's why
I end up doing them. I don't mind it (it is quite interesting) but it
does take me away from managing PostgreSQL. (I have also started taking
my 10-year-old son with me, and that is fun.)
I almost always offer to give them a local person who can make a
presentation in their native language. Sometimes they accept that, but
mostly they don't. :-)
FYI, I am often able to merge two events into one trip. For the FOSDEM
talk, I came from a talk in Japan, and after the Denmark talk in
January, I will travel to Paris for a talk on February 3-5. (I will
post that event to the PostgreSQL news page now.)
Also, consider that I work at home, so I am home 100% of the time when I
am not traveling, so the trips aren't as difficult as they would be for
someone who is at work for 12 hours every weekday.
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