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by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Free Beer!

But first: if you're going the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, I'll be there on March 16th giving a speech. Now, the official topic of the speech is something about building communities with software, which is a good topic, but it's not going to be the actual topic of the speech. I am gaining something of a reputation for giving speeches which are not precisely on topic. Oh well. The actual topic of the speech is too hard to pin down. We'll look at pictures, I'll tell some jokes, and if the A/V works right there will be music too.

Next, if Southwest Airlines manages to actually deliver me on time, on March 17th I'll be in Silicon Valley at Software Development West where Software Development Editor in Chief Alexandra Weber Morales will interview me in a "fireside chat" format. I don't know if they are actually going to have a fireplace; we might have to burn twigs and promotional literature on stage. If you want to attend the fireside chat all you have to do is register for an "Expo Pass" which is free online until 3/10; onsite or after 3/10 it's $50.

And last but not least, Apress will host a pizza and beer reception on March 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Berkeley, at the Studio Rasa Gallery, 933 Parker Street.


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