Saturday, February 18, 2006

Linux Talk at Silliman

I gave a talk this morning to the instructors of the Department of Physics of Silliman University. It came out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Actually, it was supposed to be for the different departments, too. Sadly, the only person outside of the Physics department who came was from biology. I was really hoping for a broader audience. And to think that my contact at Silliman shooed away his students from the talk because he thought we would be full. Bugger!

Anyway, there was a funny exchange with the biology guy. He was asking about GIS systems, and I said there was GRASS. Available for free.

"For free?" he said, astounded.

"Yes," I confirmed.

"But GIS packages cost $15,000!" he cried out.

"Well, you can give me the $15,000."

"We don't have $15,000."

"Okay, I'll take what you have on you."

He he he.

I showed them how to use kalzium, kstars, kplot, and kig. I also showed them Mario's cool Celestia video. That really whetted their appetite.

And I demanded payment for the presentation, d*rnit! Enough of this "thank you very much and let me shake your hand and can we do this again next time" schtick. I told them that if they enjoyed the presentation, in payment they should conduct at least one similar lecture, preferrably to high school teachers.

Pay it forward, man.