Every Sunday, from 11am to 3pm at the Linux Caffe is when Shut up and Code gets together. The name speaks for itself - this is a hands-on, at-your-own-pace geek-out :)
Beginners welcome! This is the time you can get answers from people who know their stuff.
We also have a public chatroom where anyone can check in to talk, share funny videos, informative links and ask for help without disturbing others at the cafe or having to get up and move around. You can login at this link or stay connected via Twitter:
Shut Up and Code chatroom:
Update: Current details on the Google-sponsored Data Journalism Awards for 2012 are below. (Doesn't look as though the competition has gone live yet, and I've emailed their PR contact about when to expect to be able to apply.)
Bringing your own laptop, power cord, and learning materials is up to you, but you can find stuff below for some starter materials beforehand to get you on a path.
1. If you would like to attend, please comment below what you would like to learn and/or what projects you are currently working on before RSVPing.
If you RSVP and don't explain your plans, I may politely bug you via email and ask you what they are. If 5+ peeps respond with projects and/or plans in mind, I will be there to help coordinate & guide. Otherwise, my presence will not guaranteed unless we arrange personally (sorry, but I like my afternoon leisure time, too!)
Here are some great coding reference guides for people to pick from if you need material:
(NEW!) 30 free programming e-books:
(NEW!) How to replace yourself with a very small shell script by data scientist Hilary Mason:
Learn Python the Hard Way:
Everyday Scripting for Ruby
BuzzData Blog Tutorials (check the archives, yo)
There are also lots of free visualization tools and guides to experiment with, that don't require coding ability, such as:
Tableau Public (very popular with WSJ and other U.S. newspapers right now):
Google Fusion Tables:
And of course, if you need clean data to play with, search on BuzzData!
Pick something and I'll see you there. Rock!