Achievement Unlocked: A Cautionary Tale

This is the story of how I rolled my car and somehow didn’t die on the way to the last day of PyCon Au 2013. I’m writing this partly for catharsis (I think it helps emotionally to talk about events like this) and partly in the hope that my experience will remind others to be safe on the roads. If you find descriptions of physical and mental trauma distressing, you should probably stop reading now, but rest assured that I am basically OK.
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The Pieces of OpenStack

I gave an introductory “WTF is OpenStack” talk at the OpenStack miniconf at PyCon-AU this morning. For the uninitiated, this eventually boiled down to defining OpenStack as:

A framework that allows you to efficiently and dynamically manage virtualization and storage, so your users can request computing power and disk space as they need it.

It was suggested, given recent developments, that I might change this to:

A framework that allows you to efficiently and dynamically manage ALL THE THINGS!

Leaving that aside for the moment though, several people pointed out that my state transition diagram serves to very clearly elucidate how the various pieces of OpenStack interact when someone wants to deploy a VM. Here is is for posterity:

There’s also an etherpad covering the day’s talks at Note that the images in the above diagram (aside from the hand-drawn Tim) are courtesy of Martin Loschwitz.