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Who am I?

I'm Asheesh Laroia. I was once a current student at the Johns Hopkins University. See

iCommons summit

I'm going. But where and when?

To Frankfurt

This is the latest itinerary sent to me by the travel agent. All times in local time (hang on tight!).

  • T June 5: 14:32 Depart Rochester, NY
  • T June 5: 15:51 Arrive Washington, DC (Dulles)
  • T June 5: 17:15 Depart Washington, DC (Dulles)
  • W June 6: 07:10 Arrive Frankfurt


Rail passes

  • Gavin, write a lot of text here.

Getting from Frankfurt to Stansted via Hahn

  • Frankfurt to Hahn: links to a bus - do the timings work out?
    • 08:15 leaves Frankfurt airport; arrives Hahn at 09:45
    • 09:15 leaves Frankfurt airport; arrives Hahn at 10:45
  • Hahn to Stansted: Gavin flies and arrives 11:55 June 5; Asheesh does same June 6

June 5

  • Gavin gets to Cambridge and stays with JC in Cambridge
  • Gavin gets the opportunity to keysign with piles of Debian people around Cambridge (the real one, not the New England one)

June 6

  • Asheesh gets into Stansted from Hahn at 11:55 local time (Ryanair flight 755)
  • Asheesh (from Stansted) and Gavin (from Cambridge) buy tickets to Reading (including "zone 1", meaning Underground for the day)
    • Trains run Stansted Airport->Liverpool Street Station every 15m and take 45m for a normal cost of UKP 15.50
  • Suggested tour: (FIXME this is a rough sketch) from Paddington use Bakerloo tube line to Picadilly Circus
  • Short walk to Leicester Square (or Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abby if have energy)
  • Is the Free Speech park thing nearby? If so, bring video disc information.
  • Walk to Covent Garden: See buskers, ignore lame expensive shops.
  • Walk to British Museum. Quoth Cleo: "Be sure not to miss the old British Library reading room (where Karl Mark wrote Das Capital), the actual Rosetta Stone, an entire temple from the Parthenon, and some beautiful Sumerian pieces, like the Goat in the Thicket."
  • Dinner: Soho == funky, Chinatown == cheap.
  • 9 or 9:30: Find Cleo by mobile phone; real return around 10 or 11.
    • Recover Asheesh's bag somehow.
  • Sleep chez Cleo.

June 7

  • Train from Reading to London in the morning.
  • London again, I suppose. Lotsa tubing, I hope.
  • Con suggests the Tate Modern.
  • Train from London to Reading in the evening.

June 8

  • Train from Reading to London.
  • A fair bit of tubing time in London if we want it, or maybe in Cambridge instead.
  • Train from London to Stansted.
  • Depart Stansted on 8 June at 15:55; arrive Charleroi at 18:10 (all times local)


June 8, 9, 10

  • Wikitravel links: Brussels
  • Staying: CTY'er in Leuven
  • Getting there:
    • Reading to Stansed: FIXME
    • Stansed to Charleroi:
      • Depart Stansed on 8 June at 15:55; arrive Charleroi at 18:10 (all times local)
    • Charleroi to Leuven:
  • Activities: FIXME
    • Day trips:
      • Brussels to Paris:
        • 78 Euro on
        • $60 on
      • Brussels to Geneva:
        • $130 on


June 11, 12, 13

  • Wikitravel links: Florence, Pisa
  • Staying: Sam from JHU
  • Getting there:
    • Leuven to Charleroi:
    • Charleroi to Pisa:
      • Depart Charleroi on 11 June at 10:30; arrive Pisa at 12:10 (all times local)
    • Pisa to Florence:
  • Activities: FIXME


June 13

  • Getting there:
    • Florence to Pisa:
      • USD16 to get to Pisa - arrivals at 12:59 and 14:59 (and 15:59) - departures are 1h22m before arrivals
      • <USD5 - Must get from train station to airport - see [1] or [2] and [3] if only I understood the last one - there are cheap taxis in a pinch, so I'm not worried.
    • Pisa to Hahn
      • Depart Pisa on 13 June at 16:35; arrive Hahn at 18:05 (all times local)
    • Hahn to Frankfurt:
  • Staying: / hostel
  • Night:
    • Couchsurfing: Asheesh pinged 5 people to no avail
    • Hostels:
      • Stay & Learn Hostel is $28 per night per person for a "10 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite", the only thing available, and there's supposedly only 1 place available not 2
      • Color Hotel is >$30
      • Pensiun Bruns is $31 per person per night for "4 Bed Private Shared Bathroom". Rating: 85%; Breakfast: free.
      • Frankfurt Hostel is $31 per person per night for "Dorm (6 beds) Ensuite". Rating: 81%; Breakfast: free.

June 14

  • Activities: FIXME


June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

June 14

  • Staying:
  • Getting there:
    • Frankfurt to Dubrovnik:
      • Depart Frankfurt on 14 June at 14:50; arrive Dubrovnik at 16:35
        • Note: Frankfurt flight is at 14:50 on 14 June, should probably be at real Frankfurt airport by 13:00 tops
    • Dubrovnik to hotel/summit: FIXME
  • Activities: iSummit

June 15

June 16

June 17

June 18

  • Staying:
    • FIXME

June 19

  • Staying:
    • FIXME

June 20

  • Staying:
    • Checkout in morning for flight

To Rochester

  • W June 20: 08:55 Depart Dubrovnik
  • W June 20: 11:00 Arrive Frankfurt
  • W June 20: 12:20 Depart Frankfurt
  • W June 20: 14:58 Arrive Washington, DC (Dulles)
  • W June 20: 17:05 Depart Washington, DC (Dulles)
  • W June 20: 18:28 Arrive Rochester, NY

To do

  1. Test out WP MU
    • See if the install on supercore can handle feedwordpress as well as a regular blog
      • That means patching feedwordpress to work in 2.0 at all... (DONE; see [4])
    • then install it somewhere else or something
      • we want two aggregators: chapters, and personal blogs (i.e., "planet FC.o"), and maybe a third "random FC.o news"
      • we also want the main WP blog to support enclosures and have a podcast category and recommend its RSS/XML feed for enclosure slurpers
      • Unfortunately, FeedWordPress doesn't show its menus in MU. I wonder why. I'll try to talk to Firas about this.
  2. Make chapter database useful
    • Then: Use Google Maps to create a map showing the location of our chapters. We may be able to cheat by creating a Frappr map, but if we can't embed a Frappr map in our webpage then that's not ideal.
  3. Make a contact database... - am I really responsible for this?
  4. Set up mudbag correctly
    • Fix database ownership for freecult_site and/or create freecult_general
    • Fix all their broken PHP start tags (DONE, I think)
  5. Turn SwatWiki into a WikiFarm using [5] and [6]
  6. Work with Abhay on multi-user Wordpress install
  7. Work with Abhay on aggregators (Planet Planet?)

Back Burner

Stuff that still needs to be done, but not now.

  • Figure out what needs to be done to make the wiki acceptable for public viewing (i.e. clean up and organize it).
  • Set up some system to make sure the wiki is maintained properly. Would you like to be "wiki team leader"? -- Nelson 12:33, 1 Aug 2005 (EDT)


Move things here when they're finished, along with any notes about their finishment.

  1. DONE - Delete spam users on wiki
    • DONE - Completed using MW 1.5.5 and its maintenance/removeUnusedAccounts.php script - Start by deleting users who have no edits? (presumably all of their spam edits have been deleted, that's why they don't have anything)
  2. INPROGRESS - Make chapter database useful
    • DONE - Waiting for Nelson to finish designing it. I'll bug him daily because this should be easy.
    • DONE - Make view_chapters page dynamic
    • DONE - Make register_chapter form dynamic
  3. Upgrade the national wiki.
    • Moved it to 1.4.12. I found the missing images while doing this.
    • Moved it to 1.5.4. This fixed the missing images on every page.
    • Installed Bad Behavior. I think this worked. There is a shared bad-behavior/ directory under public_html, available for all MediaWiki or WordPress installs to share.
  4. Upgrade Swarthmore wiki to the latest version, and hopefully get rid of the spam.
    • DONE. When you upgrade the wiki, you will need to update the settings files because the format of those files has changed. Please set the wiki so that you need a username to edit it, as before.
    • DONE via Bad Behavior. If this does not fix the spam problem, add more spam protection features.
  5. DONE: Create useful chapters table.