[Haifux] Where were the organizers?

cool-RR cool-rr at cool-rr.com
Tue May 11 16:29:39 MSD 2010

On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:36 AM, Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda
<ladypine at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello all,
> Indeed, I intended to arrive, and I have even had a key during the last two
> semesters (but not before that - we managed without for years, as explained
> before). However, I was unable to come on the last minute.
> I am sorry there was nobody there who knew Moti should be contacted. This
> indeed will be fixed in the future as a part of the regular
> lecturer-inviting protocol.
> Orna.
> On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:45 AM, Eli Billauer <eli at billauer.co.il> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Since I've been seen presenting the speaker in some talks, and sometimes
>> even made sure the projector is available (even though I don't have the key
>> myself), and I sometimes announce lectures, I suppose some people will
>> consider myself as an organizer. But the truth is, that Haifux has been
>> running for quote a few years without appointing anyone to "organize" the
>> event. Exactly as in the free software world, the slots have been filled by
>> whoever was there to fill them.
>> I'm sorry to hear about today's mishap. It's a truly rare event, and it
>> looks like the shortcircuit lies somewhere between myself and Orna.
>> Personally, I had other things on my mind, and I actually wasn't aware that
>> anything was planned for today. One lesson to learn is that a lecture
>> announced on the same day is a bad omen.
>> A second bad omen is when you're going to give a lecture, and you have no
>> phone number whatsoever to call in case something goes wrong (stuck on the
>> road, for example). It's actually true for any kind of appointment one
>> makes.
>> Please keep in mind that the only dedicated staff in any lecture, is the
>> speaker himself (or herself). Arriving at a lecture expecting that
>> everything has been fixed by just somebody is a bit of a gambling. It works
>> almost always, but this time, it just didn't. And allow me to say, as
>> someone who has delivered professional courses, that the same rule applies
>> in the "real world".
>> Having said all this, I'd still like to apologize for the inconvenience.
>> The few of us involved will make sure this will not happen again.
>>  Eli
>> --
>> Web: http://www.billauer.co.il
> --
> Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda.
> http://ladypine.org

Thanks for the apologies, Eli and Orna.

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