Daniel Pocock & DebConf Open Day 2017 in Montreal: two talks, two books
There are numerous false accusations about relationships with interns in the Google Summer of Code and Outreachy. One of the fundamental flaws with these rumors is that the victim of these Debian smear campaigns didn't attend the DebConf18 in Taiwan or the infamous DebConf19 in Brazil.
The last DebConf attended by Mr Pocock was DebConf17 in Montreal, Canada.
The DebConf Open Day was on a Saturday.
Despite having flown all the way from Europe, Mr Pocock volunteered to give two separate talks in the special DebConf Open Day schedule.
At 10am, Mr Pocock gave a presentation about Business ERP, freelancer and personal accounting with Free Software (video). Mr Pocock has created the dedicated web site debian.finance to examine more of his authorship in this part of Debian.
At 2:30pm, Mr Pocock gave a presentation about Free Communications with Free Software and Debian (video). Mr Pocock has created the dedicated web sites debian.chat and debian.video to examine more of his authorship in this part of Debian.
Overall, Mr Pocock spent 10 days in Montreal for the conference and was responsible for five different talks and workshops. Debian ringleaders have never compensated Mr Pocock for the time he has spent preparing talks and organizing events over several decades since the 1990s.
Upon leaving Montreal Mr Pocock stopped at a bookshop in the airport departure lounge. These are the two books he purchased:
Fahrenheit 451 is a story of firemen who start fires to burn books. The storyline is made interesting by the fireman's neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, who refuses to follow the Code of Conduct. The state behaves a lot like the Debian Community Team or the WIPO censorship panels who shut down web sites.
The other book purchased by Mr Pocock was How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by Canadian psychiatrists David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden. The stories of patients have been anonymized. Mr Pocock has supported a number of colleagues and friends who confided in him about such challenges in their lives. It is important to remember that while the doctors only see each patient for no more than an hour per week, their family members and friends support them seven days per week, often without any recognition or thanks from their wider family and peers. In the book, the lead character suffers from bi-polar disorder, the same disease which afflicted the late Debian Developer Lucy Wayland. The book follows this particular patient closely.
It is uncanny how Mr Pocock's choice of books and their endings in particular anticipated many of the problems that have subsequently occurred in the creation of Debian and related free software products.