General year, networking, coincidence, , etc

ok unless the bar calls back to tell me that the esperantists, who have higher status, use that influence to bump us [you might notice that in recent meetings they have been slowly filling the front room, pretending to be sci-po grad students ..... ha, right], we are on for January 30th. That is a Wed. in January. The last one. Not so prompt for new year planning, but the best I could do.

If you have something you'd like to show, let me know... I can't guarantee a screening, but if we get some and enough good stuff, well, why not.

This is a general meeting, where as the title mentions, I imagine there will be networking, coincidence, etc...

I like coincidence, and as an aside, I'll include the definition I just read in wikipedia:

A coincidence (often stated as a mere coincidence) is a collection of two or more events or conditions, closely related by time, space, form, or other associations which appear unlikely to bear a relationship as either cause to effect or effects of a shared cause, within the observer's or observers' understanding of what cause can produce what effects.

Don't try to figure it out, it is either the force, or a disturbance in the force, depending on your view of it, but anyway probably just what you might need to get your next production going. Over the last year we've had some great things go by in front of our eyes, and I hope that we can do the same this year.

So, why not show up?

addl info [revised 1-29-12]:


this is to remind everyone that there is a PFC meetup tomorrow, if you have forgotten or not.

I have a bit of a bottleneck, and won't get there until 830pm. So I won't be there to introduce or bother people at the beginning, but that certainly won't stop people from talking and meeting. If you are a long-timer, please introduce yourself to the new people, and introduce them to others as well.

This week we are going to have a short screening, which obviously will start a bit late... Matthew Thornton is going to present his work as the founder and organizer of Languagecraft [], a Youtube channel he founded last year which now has 25000 members, and more than 3 million views so far.

As I understand, Languagecraft is based on collaborative modding of the Minecraft gaming environment... using what appears to be a relatively recent scripting interface, they are able to automate the game [which is both standalone, and online] to create, e.g. time lapse videos showing the group construction of what can be immense architectural sites.... sunsets and sunrises included.

You may think this has nothing to do with what you do, but remember that fan-modding isn't all that far away from crowdfunding, and is in addition the best example of online collaborative filmmaking. And games aren't your thing, well, I frankly don't think there is so much different between the inside of your camera and the inside of a computer. Video is just something inside a computer that makes it to a screen, whether it comes from a lens or a series of encoded words.

To abstract for you? Well,Mattew is going to talk about how Youtube works, and how to build an audience.

A little self-promotion here... I've been working with online 3d for a longtime... my Waxweb project in fact had the first database-driven online 3d [vrml] back in 1995, in the day when you had to look at such things with an SGI Indie... I think it is pretty neat and useful that this is such a normal and popular thing to do now.

So show up, or, you won't be there,


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  • cyril p.

    very good ! nice people !

    January 30, 2013

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