[Chicago-talk] Discussion about Chicago.PM and Meetings

David Mertens dcmertens.perl at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 22:20:09 PDT 2012

On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM, Andy Lester <andy at petdance.com> wrote:

> On Jul 2, 2012, at 9:56 PM, Doug Bell wrote:
> > I've been organizing our meetings for a few months now, and so it's a
> good time for me to ask some questions that have been on my mind.
> Thanks for driving this, Doug.


> > Karen Pauley brought up that Perl as a sysadmin tool hasn't been lauded
> or presented as much as it could be,
> How about lightning talks of "Here's a sysadminny thing that I whipped up
> and how it saved me untold hours."  I'm sure we all have a few of those.
> The big thing we need is to just have people say "I'm going to talk about
> such-and-such" and we can put it on a schedule.  The farther in advance we
> can tell people about a meeting and topic, the more can show up.
> > Andy Lester brought up the idea of a project night as a way to encourage
> new users and get some code written. David has offered a project up based
> on PDL (a nice GUI REPL for visualizing and manipulating data),
> The big idea behind that is that it's something that we can say "OK

Andy, it looks like your idea got cut-off here. Anything else you meant to

For my part, I'd obviously be delighted to get help with my project, and it
seems apt since it's a project targetted at newcomers. :-)

I suspect that we'll want to do this monthly, offset from the current PM

> > Does anyone know who holds the copyright on the logo used by Chicago.PM
> at the Chicago YAPC::NA in 2008? I'd like to use that to get cards printed
> up by The Game Crafter (both poker and business).
> Pete Krawczyk tells me he made it, and he's fine with having stuff printed
> up based on it.  However, he says that he no longer has the original
> artwork, so you'll have to make do with what you can.  You can email him at
> petek at bsod.net if you have more questions.
> > Our venue is fine, Bank of America will continue to provide us with
> meeting space for the foreseeable future.
> This is huge.  Thanks very much for coordinating that.
> > 1) There's no public Internet provided.
> > 2) The doors are locked around 6:00p-6:30p, requiring people to enter at
> the Madison St. entrance, and knock to get the security guards' attention.
> Have these been a problem?  Or just suboptimal?
> Thanks,
> xoxo,
> Andy
> --
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I had never had any issues with the doors closing until this last time
around, when I arrived a bit later than I usually do, about 7 o'clock. It
was not clear *at all* how I was to get in. Fortunately, there was a guy
standing outside smoking who was kind enough to let me in with his badge. I
wonder how many late newcomers have left when they couldn't figure out how
to get in. Could one of the BofA Perlers stand outside by the door to let
Perl people until, say, 7:15?

At any rate, a consistent meeting location is key, and it's pretty awesome
that it's free. If there are no little Perl startups who could give us a
meeting place, an alternative could be one of the local colleges or
schools, like iit, Roosevelt, UIC, etc.

Gotta go to bed, but let's keep the ideas coming. :-)


 "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
  Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
  by definition, not smart enough to debug it." -- Brian Kernighan
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