Sep 212010

lca2011 is really ramping up with lots of work happening behind the scenes, however, the latest development has been the public release of the conference schedule (draft format at present).  This can be found at and I am really sure there is something there for most people.  The call for papers for the miniconfs is also currently happening, so if you are keen to be a presenter in one of the many miniconfs then please visit and check out the various links to the miniconfs.  If all goes according to plans we hope to also open the registrations shortly and make a few more really cool announcements.

Sep 142010

The lca2011 team have been working hard to come up with a selection of awesome and inspiring keynote speakers for lca2011.  Consequently, Mark Pesce, an inventor, writer, educator and broadcaster, has accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker for the conference.  Many may be familiar with Mark as a panelist and judge on the ABC’s hit series “The New Inventors”, as well as a regular commentator on technology and society for Triple J’s Hack, the 7.30 Report, the 7PM Project, and ABC Local Radio.  This will be a keynote not to miss!

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Sep 082010

Over the past few years I have had to travel quite a lot for work with many projects in Vietnam, Malaysia and parts of Europe.  More recently, I have tried to always have a good family dinner before leaving and this time there was to be no exception.  I was to travel to a small arctic town called Alta in the far north of Norway and I knew I had to do something a little better than takeaway (especially if I was to visit family in Germany).  I decided quite early in the morning, on sunrise (the day before I left), to swim off the coast and try to find a few crayfish for a beautiful thai style crayfish soup that I developed many years ago when I was teaching hospitality.  After swimming a couple of kilometres, I eventually found a couple of reasonable sized crayfish in about 8 – 10m of water.  Unfortunately, I don’t think the crayfish soup made up for the fact I was travelling to Europe – but it was a great soup, and I have heard that the leftovers were great.  It was also fun to try and find these elusive little cockroach type animals hiding in the rocks and coral.

a parting crayfish

Crayfish thai soup on the menu

Sep 072010

For those of you who have not been following the lca2011 news, the results for the lca2011 miniconfs have now been publicly released – please see the lca2011 latest news. Sarah has been continuously working to get this out so quickly after the recent decisions by the lca2011 papers team and should be commended on all this hard work.  There are a few new miniconfs this year as well as the good old favourites and this is really is going to make it hard for some attendees to make a decision.  The miniconfs will individually be calling for their papers over the next little while  so please watch for these announcements.

Aug 312010

The lca2011 papers team has been working quite hard since the call for papers closed a couple of weeks ago.  Some of the team met on the weekend and while many of us worked quite hard to arrive at the final outcome  there was some of us that just “monkeyed” around a little!!!

lca2011 face2face

lca2011 papers team hard at work during the face2face

some just have to monkey around

some just have to monkey around

The good news is that we hope to contact everyone over the next week and confirm a draft schedule.  The list of presentations for lca2011 looks very exciting and I am sure there is something there that will appeal to everyone from the technical to the end-users to the newbies.  This also means that we will soon be one step closer to being able to also open up registrations.

Aug 272010

After a long couple of nights reviewing miniconfs for lca2011, it looks like we will be making some really awesome announcements very soon.  I think we have chosen a large selection of miniconfs that will really capture the interests of everyone in the community – though we have some logistics to still discuss.  The papers team will also meet this Saturday to focus on the papers proposals, which means we will soon be able to start confirming other speakers (and ensuring that the idea of sleep is really just a dream).

Now to answer one of the questions that I have been receiving over the last couple of days/weeks – who are our keynotes for lca2011?  At this stage all I can say is that we will have some really interesting announcements as registrations draw a little closer.

Aug 242010

Who in their right mind would own bee’s –  just to be able to steal their beautiful golden honey at the cost of about 10 (now painful) stings! My forearms currently resemble something from popeye and hurt every time I bump them.  There must have been something in the air today, as I can generally rob the bee hives and not be stung or even have to wear gloves.  I have always heard that rain sends some animals into a frenzy – I wonder if this was the excuse for the odd 80 000 bee’s in one of my hives. However, the stupidity was well worth it, with 20kg of beautiful fresh honey now sitting on the shelf and a kg sitting on the bench for tomorrows breakfast – everyone in this house should be happy in the morning.  The girls had better want honey for breakfast after they kept telling me the jar was empty and they needed it for eating their carrots at dinner time.  The pain I go through – just to have a quiet breakfast, though it will be just my luck that they will want Nutella or something else that we don’t have for breakfast.

meine kleine biene

meine kleine biene

The winter honey in the Ferny Grove area tends to be just right for my tastes – is not too sweet and the colour is some where between a light and dark honey.  The photo above was taken in May – note all the honey waiting to be capped off by the bee’s (only for me to remove again in a couple of weeks).  Bee’s really ae an amazing insect that always seem to find a way into a bee suit.  I do however, recall reading a research article recently about computer networks being built on the basis of studies of bee’s.  I wonder if this really is possible.

Aug 232010

The last couple of months have been really hectic with so much happening on every front – except the free diving and scuba diving front.  However, the good news in all of this chaos and lack of diving, is that the call for proposals for lca2011 has seen some excellent submissions which is going to make it hard for the papers team to select from.  The papers team is currently in the process of reviewing with a face to face meeting happening this Saturday in Sydney.  This means there will be some really cool announcements coming shortly.  It is also anticipated that registrations will follow these announcements, though there is still quite a few things that the team need to do before this happens.  For those of you wanting to know about miniconfs – these announcements will also be made available very, very soon.  Things are really starting to come together for the conference with the whole team working on this in any spare time that they find.

Aug 082010

Some great news for those who have not yet submitted their proposals for lca2011 – the call for proposals (cfp) has now been extended to the 14th August, 2010.  The team will still be accepting proposals in each of the categories;

  • papers
  • tutorials
  • miniconfs
  • posters

If you have forgotten about the conference or have just not had time to put in a proposal now is the time.  If you are unsure about your ideas then please contact the lca2011 team or myself.  We have received some great submissions to date and are really looking forward to reviewing these.  More information about the cfp can be found at –

Jul 152010

Its been a while coming – but finally the lca2011 call for papers has been announced – please go to for more information on this.  This year the lca2011 team has also made a call for Posters in addition for the common call for Presentations, Miniconfs and Tutorials.  If you know of people that you would like to see present at this conference, then please give them a little nudge to make a submission.  The site will continue to evolve over the next few months until the conference, so please make sure you check back regularly or subscribe to one of the many feeds that exist e.g. twitter,  facebook.  It has been another late night for me so I am hopefully going to go and steal a couple of hours sleep before the morning hits me with the normal school drop offs and work duties.  Thanx to everyone for their patience while we have got this out – there have been a plethora of issues we have had to work through since Christmas last year, but it will be another to remember.  We have lots of exciting things planned and will do our best to accommodate the many suggestions we have received since the brilliant Wellington conference in January.