Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

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    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
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    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
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    Mo Farah the unstoppable runs the race of his life to win gold in London A Mo Farah win in this stadium, in London, is a colossal event, audible across the city he has always called home. And this victory was his most resounding, as his younger rivals tried to break him in a test of stamina but still could not dethrone him. Farah's 10th consecutive global track distance title, at 34, was hailed as his best ever. He leaves 10,000m running with a classic performance, made in part by the bravery of Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, who chased the defending champion all the way to the line. The 5,000m is still to come: another test of Farah's capacity to raise himself for these defining events. The London crowd cannot possibly hope for a better spectacle than this, on the opening night of the championships. "It was amazing. I had to get my head around it and I got a bit emotional at the start. I had to get in the zone," Farah said as left the track in the same euphoric state as five years ago. "It wasn't an easy race. I work on everything, and it's been a long journey. What a way to end my career in London. It's special." Farah returned to his domain with the beaming confidence displayed by his friend and fellow superstar, Usain Bolt, whose 100m first round race was less convincing than he needed it to be. Farah looked more secure in his ownership of the longer of the two titles he is defending here. His younger rivals, though, were not about to let him dictate the shape of the race, as he likes to, with his trademark surge 600m out, and lethal kick with 150m to go. Geoffrey Kamworor, the Kenyan, led the attempt to pull Farah out of his comfort zone in the first half of the race. But striking out, to make it a test of staying power, places a heavy strain on the rebels. And besides, Farah has seen it all before. With 13 laps to go, he gestured to the crowd to raise the temperature, and floated up to nike 05553 shorts join Kamworor and Cheptegei to let them know he had sussed their plot. "Ijust wanted to play with the guy's head," Farah said of his wave to the crowd. "It wasn't an easy race though." But a lot has changed since then. London 2012 has been overshadowed by doping scandals, the city itself has been subjected to terror attacks, which Sadiq Khan, the city's mayor, mentioned in his speech, and the comparative political stability of five years ago has disintegrated. Against that, the opening night audience were enthused almost to 2012 level. London remains fortunate to draw so many punters who want to support the spectacle, the athletes, the British love for these circuses. For Farah himself, the fantasy aspect of his 2012, 10,000m 5,000m double had taken a more complicated direction, in keeping with a sport where suspicion has become a foreground thought. Farah has not been found guilty of any doping offence, but his association with the Nike Oregon Project and Salazar, who were the subject of a 269 page US Anti Doping Agency interim report, has dropped questions in his path throughout his years of dominance. His obvious impatience with cross examination his apparent belief that the specifics should not be part of any media discussion has left him besieged. "London is my home town. It's where I grew up and where I met the love of my life Tania my wife." The mayor of London caught that mood, tweeting a short video of him and Farah performing the 'mobot', with the hashtag: "London is Open." To many Farah remains a symbol of the city's capacity to welcome, support and celebrate people from other lands, especially when they enhance the life of the nation in sport. With the London crowd passionately behind him, there was no loneliness for this long distance runner, who still reigns supreme. "I know I'm not Mo Farah, but I wouldn't be winding up my competitors like he did there, because he certainly got a response," says Paula Radcliffe re Farah's surge and gesture to the crowd. So far, however, the Kenyan's breakaway isn't paying dividends. There are too many runners with them at the moment for them to be able to pull away and Farah still has them well within his sights. Their pace is slowing slightly. Aron Kifle of Eritrea now out in front. The pace is slowing, with 3000m to go the field records its slowest lap for quite some time. Cheptiege knows it and launches another surge to the front. But is it a cunning one? Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei now takes up the reins at the head of the field. A definite tactic from the Kenyan and Ugandan athletes to push the pace and grind down Farah before he can attack on the final lap. "They've done this before," says Cram. "They've gone hard, but not hard enough. The question is whether they are good enough to keep this going." "Over the last few years Mo has mesmerised the field but today he is not sitting at the back," says Brendan Foster."He was actually closer to the front after one lap. He's in a sensible place and just relaxing." The Briton ran hard from the front and led the pack until the bell. She clenches her fist as she crosses the line. "I can't believe it. I thought I might have gone off too fast, but I really controlled it. I thought I was going to have to run the race of my life to get through. I'm just so happy," says a delighted Judd. "My dad's been fantastic. I could hear him cheering me on. What a great crowd." South Africa'sLuvo Manyongawill be competing in the men's long jump qualification, which has just got under way. A man with a fascinating backstory, Manyonga recovered from a crystal meth addiction to become as close to a dead cert for gold as these championships have to offer. You can readBen Bloom'stake on the South Africa's rise to dominance on the track here: If Usain Bolt and Mo Farah were the superstars that bestrode last year's Rio Olympics, there nike outlet in conroe is no doubting which country cast the greatest golden glow. Wins for Wayde van Niekerk (400metres) and Caster Semenya (800metres), plus silvers for Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and Sunette Viljoen (javelin), meant South Africa entered uncharted territory. Never before had they achieved four podium finishes at an Olympics. Now, at London's World Championships, the country is targeting a minimum of three golds in addition to other potential medallists. It is an extraordinary transformation for a nation that went two decades before Rio without a single Olympic athletics gold, and yet the nike outlet quality suspicion persists that this success has been achieved despite the leadership at Athletics South Africa, rather than because of it. Another one for the reading list, this time it'sB. Bloomon L. Muir. Her 1500 heat starts at 7.35pm. The Brit is third favourite for the event behind the Netherlands Sifan Hassan and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba. I like to watch movies that help psych you up. My favourite one is Seabiscuit. It's about a racehorse and how he is small fry, yet he goes on to win. I try to find a film that's inspiring and makes me go 'let's do this thing' or that leaves me all psyched up. I think I've watched Eddie The Eagle a few times now. I definitely am naturally motivated. If I were watching a really sad movie, it wouldn't quite have the same effect. I want something upbeat that leaves me raring to go and has me ready for the race. Brendan Foster, the BBC commentator who will also be bidding farewell during these championships, said Mo's 5,000m victory in 2012 was the single greatest moment in British athletics history. He's been speaking to the Telegraph's Tom Cary about his potential replacement: Mo [Farah] should take up the mic. I mean, it's not my job to recruit him but that's what I think should happen. If Mo was a physicist, they would be sending people over from Harvard University