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Stuff We All Get

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SWAG, as it’s also known, is the story for me this week and it’s been one of those good news, bad news kind of situations.

The good news — Tuesday morning I received an email from Steve Jacobs saying he’s been granted a booth at NYSCATE 2009 and asking for SWAG and Volunteers.

It’s a big opportunity to show NY State Educators the monstrous amounts of work being done at RIT with OLPC, SugarLabs.org, the Fedora Project, and TeachingOpenSource.org. Especially since we won’t be “preaching to the choir.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I love FOSS conferences, and I know there are lots of like minded people who want the scoop on what we’ve been up to. It’s just that there’s something special about giving free software to someone who isn’t all that familiar with what we do.

The bad news — I had 5 days to scrounge up enough SWAG for our booth. If you consider shipping times, then yes, the phrase “oh crap!” would be appropriate.

So at this point I need to thank the flowing people for going above and beyond and getting boxes of goodies in the mail, simply because I asked.

I also need to give special thanks to my dear sweet husband, Todd, for spending his Saturday making openSUSE Edu Li-f-e and Sugar spins for us.

I do have to correct the fabulous Mel Chua when she said — “Short version: Karlie is Magical.”

No, Mel, the community is Magical. Without their quick action, we’d have a very poor presence at NYSCATE.

Written by Karlie

November 22nd, 2009 at 8:39 am

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  1. Thanks for the correction, Karlie. You're absolutely right: the community is magical. And as a part of those communities, you also helped make this magic happen for NYSCATE – so thank you for going above and beyond as well, and asking!

    Looking forward to seeing pics and hearing how the event went. 😉


    23 Nov 09 at 4:27 PM

  2. I hope you found some folks who wanted to wear their size 'small' Fedora shirts. I am wearing mine to my next meeting tonight.


    24 Nov 09 at 4:56 PM

  3. I promised Mel I'd keep an eye out for a size small, so the shirts will be going with me to FUDCon in Toronto next week.

    And don't worry, you'll be thanked in my follow-up blog post as soon as I regain some brain power.

    Karlie Robinson

    24 Nov 09 at 5:10 PM

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