No pictures right now. I'm sitting in the opening ceremony and the internet is sloooooow..
real day of Wikimania. This night was the official opening reception.
The reception was nice. Met a lot of people, had nice talks, the usual stuff. Finally more people have appearred that I don't know already from other Wikimanias - altough a lot of them have already been to Wikimanias we just haven't met. And still I haven't seen several Wikimania mainstays - wonder if they will appear.
My roommate is Andrei from Romania and he is real cool guy. Very decent, smart, has read a third of the code of the visiual editor and as I have been told a really good photographer as well. I can tell myself being lucky.
As part of the prpconference I went to the Volunteers Support Network (a network of people inside the movement who support volunteers) - which unluckily was kind of slow. Out of maybe 20 attendants around five have ever been to the network before and so most of it was "what is a volunteer?" . "do you have to be paid staff to support volunteers?" - "what is this all about". So no real big steps forward.
For the man program: I'm still not sure if I'm impressed. A lot of talks could have been held 3,4,5 years ago - and nothing has changed. Hardly anything where I read the abstract and say "wow!". Lets see. But really looking forward to Rebeccas workshop on metrics and how to measure of you have any success.
About Mexico: I could just spend hours sitting n front of the hotel watching people and traffic. There's a lot of joggers, bikers, taxis, buses (some rather strange one), police etc. But as the always smart and wise Gereon observed: this police doesn't seem threatenung, but relaxed, friendly and actually helpful. And the park next to the hotel is used as a meeting place, marching area, waiting place for the auxiliary police. So you can see people in big lines semi-proessionally marching. Cool.
Also a lot around: bookshops. Feels like everyv 50 meters is one and there are even small kiosks in the middle of the street selling books. Cool.