On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM, JR Rickerson <[address removed]> wrote:
> Greetings fellow PyATL members!
> For those of you who don't know me, I'm JR Rickerson, a software developer,
> and I've been a member of PyATL for about two years now. I've really
> enjoyed going to the meetings and listening to a lot of the talks - I know
> I've learned a lot and even steered my career in a more "pythonic" direction
> What I also enjoy is working on a lot of small hobby projects of my own at
> home. While I love the talks at PyATL, I tend to be a hands-on kind of guy,
> and I thought perhaps we could add something to PyATL - "jam sessions". A
> jam sessions as I envision it is simply a group of developers getting
> together in the same location to collaborate on whatever projects they feel
> like. Whether they're hobby projects like mine, something you're working on
> creating for a start-up idea, or your favorite open source project,
> everything is fair game. We can just enjoy working on our projects, ask
> each other for advice, and perhaps those who don't currently have a project
> might like to find a couple of people already working on one and join in.
> There are no "rules," just programming, discussion, and fun!
> I am willing to organize what I can of these jam sessions and help get
> people "into the flow" as much as possible as we start this out. At each
> session I will probably stand up for a few minutes, give a brief
> introduction, and ask someone from each project group to give a quick
> description of your project so that others who are interested can come talk
> to you and join in if they like. I'm going to schedule the sessions to be
> about 4 hours each so there should be time to really get into some code, and
> so those people who can't stay as late or get there as early can just join
> in when they can. There's no shame in showing up late, so just come join in
> whenever you arrive.
> Since I have a very busy September, and unfortunately will not be available
> at the next PyATL meetup, I propose we start these jam sessions in October.
> Currently I'm proposing we have 2 sessions per month. You don't need to
> feel obligated to go to both, but I think I can be available for both, so
> that anyone who can't make one of the sessions might be able to make the
> second one. I've found a location for one of the sessions, but I'm open to
> suggestions for the second session's location. Several PyATL members who
> live or work in the Alpharetta and Norcross areas have expressed a desire to
> have a location closer to them, so I'm thinking something in the
> Ashford-Dunwoody area would be more central for everyone. Any suggested
> location should have enough seating, free wireless internet access, power (I
> can bring extension cables and power strips), and preferably quick access to
> snacks and drinks. Please let me know if you know that area any better than
> I do and know of a good location for us to meet. I'll be happy to call them
> and set everything up if you can just point me in their direction!
> Proposed Schedule:
> Jam Session #1
> Date: 1st Tuesday of the month (Oct 4)
> Time: 7pm - 11pm
> Location: Tom's Folly Bar and Grill (map)
> Jam Session #2
> Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month (Oct 18)
> Time: 7pm - 11pm (depending on location)
> Location: TBD
> If anyone thinks this is a good idea or has any questions or comments,
> please let me know.
> Thanks, and I hope to see you at the first session on Oct 4!
> JR Rickerson
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