[kw-pm] Damian Conway talks in Toronto, July 3, 4 and 5!
kw-pm at datademons.com
Mon Jun 19 16:11:51 PDT 2006
This is a talk I am definitely interested in, and as such, will definitely
be attending (the 3rd). The same offer goes out to anyone who may wish to
hitch a ride to TO with me as the last trip out that way -- first come,
first served. I'll likely be driving to the Islington Subway station in
Etobicoke, and just taking the subway downtown.. makes things easier.
I am also considering the 5th, if at least one other person from KW goes
(just so I know someone), but I won't be able ot give anyone a ride *to* TO
on the 5th since I work out that way anyway, but will happily drive anyone
who requires it a drive back.
Let me know,
On Mon, 19 Jun 2006, Richard Dice wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> By random fortune (and a flurry of last minute, behind-the-scenes emails),
> I have something special to announce. Damian Conway will be back in
> Toronto again this summer... in only 2 weeks!
> Damian has visited Toronto in the summers of each of 2001, 2002 and 2004,
> and they're always high points in Perl culture in the city. His talks are
> highly informative and highly entertaining. (Wednesday's talk will be
> especially weighted to entertaining.) This summer we have 3 events planned.
> What: Perl 6 Update
> When: Monday July 3 (Canada Day stat holiday)
> 1:00 - 5:00 pm
> Where: 2 Bloor Street West (CIBC Tower, our usual TPM meeting spot),
> which is at the corner of Yonge & Bloor in downtown Toronto
> Room # and Floor # as yet to be determined. More details later.
> Note that building access could be tightly controlled, as will
> elevator access, so we'll have to work according to a system of
> pre-planned pick-up times as well as phone calls up via cellphone
> to get the ferryman to pick you up.
> Other: Dinner & beer follows, 5:30 pm - ??
> Location: as yet unknown... we'll just pick a place in the
> neighbourhood to go following the talk.
> What: Toronto BarCamp DemoCamp
> Damian will give a 15 minute demonstration of the Perl 6 language
> (That's right -- Perl 6, now!) (4 other presenters each have a
> chunk of time there too)
> When: Tuesday July 4
> 6:30 - 8:00 pm
> Where: see more/full details at: http://barcamp.org/TorCampDemoCamp7
> What: "Fun With Dead Languages"
> When: Wednesday July 5
> 6:30 - 9:00 pm
> Where: Not yet fully determined, likely somewhere at U. of Toronto
> Bahen Centre... but details to follow as they are finalized.
> Watch in mesmerized terror as Damian hacks code in five unrelated
> languages (none of them Perl). Along the way, you'll also learn
> about modern archaeological techniques, bidirectional cross-
> dressing, Ancient Greeks hackers, improbable romances, the real Club
> Med, why programmers shouldn't frequent casinos, the language of
> moisture vaporators, C++ mysticism, conversational Latin, state
> machines on steroids, feeding the dog the old-fashioned way, the
> shocking truth about anime, programming without variables or
> subroutines, the Four Voids of the Apocalypse, Microsoft's new
> advertising campaign, what the Romans used instead of braces,
> drunken stonemasons, the ancient probabilistic wisdom of bodkins,
> how to kill a language with a single byte, and the price of fish.
> There are some costs associated with his trip here. (E.g. hotel,
> potentially a venue for Wed. night if a free one can't be secured.)
> I am taking up a collection to cover the costs. Any additional
> money raised will be given to Damian as an honorarium, in support
> of such an active Perl community member who has supported us so much
> whenever we use Perl. In fact, I aim for there to be such a surplus
> so that we can help Damian out while he tours North America this
> summer. If you can and would like to donate please email me.
> Please note that all of Damian's public talks are free and that he's
> committed to all of them, regardless of funds raised. All are
> encouraged to attend -- the more, the merrier!
> About Damian
> For those who don't know Damian, he's from Melbourne, Australian, a
> professor of Computer Science at Monash University who has taken a
> more-or-less indefinite leave of absence so that he can work on the
> Perl 6 effort. (He's Larry Wall's #2 man in the design of the Perl
> 6 language.) He's also an active contributor to Perl 5, authoring
> more CPAN modules than you can comfortably shake a stick at, some
> being ridiculous (Coy, Acme::Bleach) while others are profound
> (Parse::RecDescent, Regexp::Common, Text::Balanced).
> He's a regular speaker at Perl and other IT conferences around the
> world, and a crowd favourite.
> His Perl books:
> "Perl Best Practices" http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perlbp/
> "Object Oriented Perl" http://www.manning.com/conway/
> Any questions, comments, etc. -- just email me!
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