Burning Circle Episode 111

This week's episode talks about the community's recent health check attempt and mentions the upcoming Raring Ringtail Release Party state-wide conference call. A rough transcript of the program is included in this show post.

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Welcome to the Burning Circle. For release on Monday, April 22nd, this is episode 111. We pause for a federal PSA.

Profile America -- Monday, April 22nd. One of world's most important medicines -- insulin --became available for general use this month in 1923, saving the lives of millions of people suffering from diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, and is critical in the processing of carbohydrates in the human body. It was first isolated the year before by a Canadian team led by Dr. Frederick Banting at the University of Toronto. The effect was like a miracle. One year, the disease was an automatic death sentence, the next, people -- even children -- who were affected had hopes of living full and productive lives. One of the first beneficiaries was the daughter of U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes. Pharmaceutical manufacturing is a $142 billion a year industry in the U.S. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

The health check of our community continues. The membership awareness poll finished on Saturday and I got unexpected results. We had 33 responses. 29 people said they were aware they were members of the community. 3 people did not. 1 answered that they had no clue. We also had five membership deactivations out of this.

As for our Really Local Community groups, we only have word of Lima still having a community. John Freed, tnseditor, has noted that the Lima-area group is on a break right now but will be back in action this summer hopefully. We do not have anything elsewhere in the state reported active.

Okay, so where do we go from here? That's a very good question. We have over 400 members claimed. 45% choose to receive mailing list e-mail. 0.05% are active in the IRC channel. Our forum on Ubuntu Forums is dead.

Since I have no indications of any spontaneously arranged release parties throughout our local community, I am setting the evening of Thursday, April 25th, for a statewide conference call to serve as our release party. The call will be hosted via TalkShoe.com. To participate you can call in via any regular old telephone to 724-444-7444. Once you dial in, enter the conference ID of 127739. Unless you already have a TalkShoe account, hit 1 and the pound sign to join the call. Everybody will initially join the call muted. The call will begin at 9 PM Eastern and then we'll see where it goes. This is a somewhat informal event so outside some opening remarks that I will deliver, we'll have time to chat. We'll play it by ear to see how things go. We can fit up to 250 people in the conference call room.

The session will be recorded and will be released hopefully via the podcast infrastructure. Thursday night will be a time to sound off and otherwise shine.

Other than that, now is a time for a breather. The Raring Ringtail cycle is coming to an end. Around May 4th or 5th we'll see Debian's Wheezy release come out. A little later we'll see the next virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit start.

We've got a lot to look forward to.

From the south shores of Lake Erie in the border port community of Ashtabula Township, this program has been brought to you over the facilities of the Internet Archive and Ubuntu Ohio by Erie Looking Productions. Our producer is Gloria Kellat, our owner and engineer is Mike Kellat, and I am the head writer Stephen Michael Kellat.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you...

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