one week until our April Python Atlanta meetup!

From: Brandon R.
Sent on: Thursday, April 2, 2009 2:38 PM
My Atlanta Python friends�����

The last week has been a *big* one for Python.  Google has started a
project to make Python five times faster; MIT has announced that they
are switching from their own "Scheme" language to Python for their intro
programming classes; and, of course, the Python community has just
gotten its biggest annual shot-in-the-arm with the PyCon conference this
past weekend; many of the talks are already online for you to check out:

   http://blip.tv/se...­

And now, all faces turn towards Atlanta: in just eleven months (since it
seems to be scheduled for February), PyCon 2010 will be happening in
Atlanta, and we����� the local user's group����� will be helping to pull it off!

I am sitting in a hotel conference area in Chicago as I write this,
still basking in the glow of a successful PyCon, and being interrupted
every five minutes to shake hands with some friend, new or old, who is
heading off to O'Hare for their departure.  I will do so myself in less
than an hour.  But first I wanted to get things started for our monthly
Python Atlanta Meetup, which, as you can see at the following link, is
exactly one week from today!

   http://www.meetup...­

I think our meeting next Thursday should focus on reports from PyCon�����
what talks and ideas made a big splash, what changes were announced, and
where it looks like the community is going for the next year.  I have
several things I want to say on the topic, and I'm sure others have as
well; if you're reading this and you're a Python Atlanta person who just
attended PyCon with me, please volunteer to give a lightning talk or
full talk this coming week to share what you've learned.  Just write me
a quick email, and I'll give you a slot.

We should probably have one or two other presentations or lightning
talks on another topic; does anyone have a suggestion?  Let me know!

Finally, I have big news!  If you watch a few of the PyCon talks, you'll
notice that they are able to mix in video from three sources: a camera
on the speaker, a camera on the audience, and a VGA feed from the
presentation laptop.  Well, guess what?  The central PyCon organizers
are loaning our Atlanta Group an Audio/Video setup EXACTLY like the ones
that were used here at PyCon!  They hope that, by recording our local
meeting each month using their sophisticated equipment, we'll be able to
field a small army of volunteers next year already trained!  I'll be
talking about that too next Thursday, and we will, as a group, have a
discussion about how to coordinate our volunteering.

I will email again in a day or two, once I've had a chance to settle
back into Atlanta and unwind, with more details about Thursday's
meeting.  Until then, grab some coffee, enjoy watching some of the PyCon
talks you missed, and let me know if you want a large or small slot this
month in which to speak.  Thanks!

-- 
Brandon Craig Rhodes   [address removed]   http://rhodesmill...­

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