I'm starting the first leg of a literal `round-the-world business trip.
I'm flying from my home in Seattle, via LAX, to Melbourne Australia. There I will meet up with my friend Stewart Smith, the Director of Engineering at Percona. He is fellow survivor of MySQL & Sun, and a fellow contributor to Drizzle.
Other good friends of mine who are converging on Australia for LCA 2012 are Sarah Novotny, Monty Tayler, and Jacob Applebaum.
Why am I going to Australia? Geeks into open source who are "in the know" know the Linux.conf.au conference to be one of the best open source conferences in the world. This year it will be held in Ballarat, which is not far from Melbourne. This will be my 4th LCA, having attended past ones in Brisbane, Wellington, and Tazmania
At that conference, I will be speaking in the SysAdmin Miniconf, to demo OpenShift, Red Hat's cloud PaaS. (Sign up with the promo code LCA2012.)
This is only the first leg of this trip. After LCA, I will be heading to Bangalore India to present at JUDCon:India.
And after that, I will keep heading west to Europe, to present at FOSDEM in Brussels.
And then who knows where I will go next?