A Brussels Walkabout

by Daniel H. Steinberg

We walk around Brussels with ten photographers on the eve of Euro OSCON. It feels like yet another metaphor for open source development. Piers Cawley explains why he still likes to shoot in black and white and why he will often still use film instead of digital. Finally, Douglas Arellanes shares how you can help support community radio. (DTF 10-03-2006: 24 minutes, 45 seconds)

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Distributing the Future October 3, 2006: "A Brussels Walkabout"

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0:55 Photographing Brussels

James Duncan Davidson posted an invitation on his blog to join him in a EuroOSCON Brussels Walkabout. A group of ten showed up. I don't think it's stretching it too much to say that the dynamics were much like a newly formed open source project. Even better - you can check out the results on Duncan's blog and on Flickr. (7:20)

8:15 Choosing to shoot Black and White and Film

Piers Cawley was unable to join us on the walkabout, but he was an enthusiastic photographer. You can check out his shots of Euro OSCON . You can also find a screencast soon on his website. In our longer discussion he spoke highly of the work of Jane Bown and recommended her book Faces:The Creative Process Behind Great Portraits as well as the book by David Hurn and Bill Jay On Being a Photographer. (7:25)

15:40 Supporting Community Voices

Campware helps develop and support tools for independent news media in emerging democracies. We talk to Douglas Arellanes about community radio at this year's EuroOSCON. (8:35)

Total running time: 24:45

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together. We also ran it through the levelator.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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