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Re: [python-172] Next meeting

From: Douglas M.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 3:43 PM
On Apr 14, 2009, at 3:22 PM, David Christian wrote:

> Great!  So we've got:
>
> * Intro to lightning talks (Bob H)
> * PyCon redux (Dave C)
> * DVDev - Distributed Versioned Development (Douglas M)
> * ReST CherryPy/SqlAlchemy (Gloria)
> * TurboGears + code analysis site (Matthias)
> * Sunlight Foundation (Julie)
>
> Some thoughts for folks signed up:
>
> If you're not certain that you'll have an easy time hooking up to a
> random projector (if you don't have a mac) then I'd suggest having
> your slides available in a standard format or on the web - if you have
> slides.
I've got a new Macbook with the mini-displayport out and a mini- 
displayport to dvi adaptor.  Do you know if the random projector will  
support DVI?  Or do I have to prepare for VGA out?

>
>
> I'm excited to see so many people stepping up.  Who's next?
>
> Dave
>
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Douglas Mayle  
> <[address removed]> wrote:
>> I think that's a great idea!  I was at the Sunlight Foundation's Open
>> Government sprint at PyCon Chicago.  A lot of people were on the 50  
>> states
>> project (which is mostly just screen scraping legislative data, but  
>> it's a
>> great opportunity to learn lxml), but I worked with a few  
>> colleagues of mine
>> on pvoter.org, a tool for an involved constituency and crowdsourcing
>> government representative data (It ties in nicely with mobile  
>> commons,
>> votesmart, and the new CIVX project (civx.us))
>>
>> Doug
>>
>> On Apr 14, 2009, at 3:05 PM, Julie wrote:
>>
>>> I'd like to do a lightning talk on the Sunlight Foundation and data
>>> transparency (using Python and other langs) -- including specific  
>>> ways
>>> we can all get involved to help make government data more open.
>>>
>>> Julie
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 8:12 PM, David Christian
>>> <[address removed]> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hello all,
>>>>
>>>> NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, April 21st, at 7PM
>>>> LOCATION: Return Path, 304 Park ave South (map:
>>>> http://tinyurl.co...­)
>>>> Note: Enter on 23rd St, and it's on the 7th floor.
>>>> TOPIC: Lightning talks!
>>>>
>>>> So folks at the last meeting were interested in doing shorter  
>>>> talks on
>>>> a broader variety of subjects.  For the next meeting, we're  
>>>> planning
>>>> on doing lightning talks.  These can be fun, but are best when
>>>> everyone gets involved.
>>>>
>>>> Q: What is a lightning talk?
>>>> A: In short, a lightning talk is a 5 minute talk about anything.   
>>>> It
>>>> should likely be something that your fellow python developers would
>>>> find interesting, but that's about the whole of the guidelines.   
>>>> But
>>>> you have to give your talk and be done in _5 minutes_, or you  
>>>> will be
>>>> cut off.  The beauty of this is we can get introduced quickly to a
>>>> number of new topics, and folks can present on something without
>>>> having to be willing to give a 45 minute long presentation.
>>>>
>>>> If things are going well, a beautiful thing can happen - while the
>>>> initial lightning talks are going, more people will realize they  
>>>> have
>>>> something to say and they'll start prepping a lightning talk in the
>>>> back of the room.  This can create a kind of conversation that  
>>>> can be
>>>> fun to follow and be a part of.
>>>>
>>>> Q: Should I give a lightning talk?
>>>> YES!   The only way an evening of lightning talks work is if people
>>>> sign up.  THIS MEANS YOU.  Especially if you're an experienced
>>>> developer.  I'm sure you have something to say - it's time to  
>>>> share it
>>>> with us; we want to know.
>>>>
>>>> Q.  What do I do if I want to give a lightning talk?
>>>> A: Just respond to this email with a sentence describing your  
>>>> topic,
>>>> and you'll be on the list.
>>>>
>>>> Q: What's a good topic for a lightning talk?
>>>> Anything that you're wanting to get off your chest.  But if you're
>>>> struggling for topics, here are some that work well:
>>>>  1.  Why my favorite module / add-on package is X.
>>>>  2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help?
>>>>  3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's
>>>> how you could benefit.
>>>>  4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's  
>>>> why..
>>>>  5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why.
>>>>  6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with our community.
>>>>  7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X.
>>>>  8. A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to the Mailing List /
>>>> Newsgroup / Web Forum.
>>>>  9. Wouldn't it be cool if X?
>>>>  10. Someone needs to do X.
>>>>  11. Wish List
>>>>  12. Why X was a mistake.
>>>>  13. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't.
>>>>  14. What it's like to do X.
>>>>  15. Here's a useful technique that worked.
>>>>  16. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work.
>>>>  17. Why add-on package X sucks.
>>>>  18. Comparison of similar add-on packages X and Y.
>>>>  19. Why we should be paying more attention to X.
>>>>  20. My Favorite Feature
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Ok, so by now you're thinking that one of those topics is something
>>>> you can talk about.  So just hit reply-all and let us know what  
>>>> it is
>>>> you've got to share with us.
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Dave
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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