Balisp Revival 4! lightning talks on (random) @ 500 startups

Hello lady & gentleman hackers!

It's time for another round of balisp lightning talks!

When: Saturday June 2nd at 2pm (note: this time it is NOT the last Saturday of the month).

Where: 500 Startups office (12th floor, 444 Castro Street, Mountain View), the same venue as last time.

The "suggested" topic for this month is (random): meaning either the topic of "random algorithms" ( or "any random topic you want". As per usual topic adherence is not enforced ;-)

There will be a long-form presentation on "Randomized Parallel Marking in Mark-and-Sweep Garbage Collectors" by Jay Reynolds Freeman, and there is an open call for lightning talks (5 minutes + 5 minutes QA), which will include:

  • Brian Guarraci -- dynamic reasoning based on REST resources
  • Nick Allen -- No idea. I'll think of something.

Email me if you'd like to reserve a presentation slot so I can put you on the schedule.

See you there!

Take care



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  • John F.

    Also I think Annie's question was great, let's have a question each time too!

    June 3, 2012

  • John F.

    Agree with Arthur!

    Nick, how about a 10 minute format for short presentations that have slightly more detail than a lightning talk?

    June 3, 2012

  • Arthur A. G.

    Stop beating yourself up, Nick! It was an interesting presentation, and you just ran out of time. I would love to see the next incarnation of your talk at a future meeting.

    1 · June 3, 2012

  • Nick A.

    Here are the slides to my... uh.... embarrassing presentation on the approximate string matching algorithm I could program but not explain ;-)­

    June 3, 2012

  • Arthur A. G.

    Once again, Nick did a great job of organizing a fun meetup, and there were several interesting lightning talks (five minutes each). Jay's twenty-minute talk on probabilistic garbage collection was fascinating. I need to learn more about probabilistic algorithms.

    June 3, 2012

  • Annie

    Wahoo! The short/long format works!

    June 3, 2012

  • Brian G.

    Meetup was interesting and fun as usual. Learned a lot this time. Thanks 500 startups for a great venue!!!

    June 3, 2012

  • Brian G.

    Hi All, great meetup! And thanks again 500 startups for such a great venue!!! Here's a link to so folks can take a look at the README and try it out.­

    June 2, 2012

  • Annie

    Thanks everybody for the advice on my planning problem. I'm going to try Jay Freeman's method.

    June 2, 2012

  • Kartik A.

    My toy fexpr-based interpreter:­. Discussion of supporting apply for macros:­.

    June 2, 2012

  • John F.

    These are my slides for the mopoko games talk­

    June 2, 2012

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