I’m back from another great Southern California Linux Expo, I’m quite happy with the turnout to both the Marshmallow booth and my talk. I got tons of positive feedback, beer, magic shows and game ideas; one of my favorites involved hunting down Bill Gates with drones (a reverse Duck Hunt if you will).
I had some schwag for the event, this included t-shirts, bookmarks, stickers, buttons and random booth paraphernalia. Most of which was gone by Sunday morning due to a herd of middle-schoolers that swamped the booth on Saturday.
People kept trying to buy the booth Marshmallows off me, I guess I will have to make some extra ones for next year. :)
I was surprised to see that the room was packed when I walked in about 10 minutes prior to show time. It went well considering I lost my voice earlier that week. My throat was killing me since I had to go mic-less due to some “technological differences” (Idiocracy, 2006), I was worried it was going to start bleeding, luckily it didn’t.
If you’re interested in trying out the demo used during my talk, it’s available in both 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Linux. Simply extract and execute the “run” script found inside the resulting marshmallow_demo directory.
The demo requires a recent version of the Linux kernel along with a working OpenGL setup.
I’d like to thank the SCaLE organizers for their support and I hope we get invited back next year. I’ll leave you with a quote from an email I got soon after arriving home.
Yours was my favorite booth at SCALE; low budget, and I got to learn about something I hadn’t heard of before. Keep up the good work on the project! -Jim Garrison