[tpm] Damian Conway talks Tuesday 6 August and Thursday 8 August 2013 -- a reminder

J. Bobby Lopez jbl at jbldata.com
Tue Aug 6 20:12:09 PDT 2013

Loved the talk! Had several mind=blown moments, and learned a little 
Latin in the process :) Thanks Damian for your passion and energy! Big 
thanks to Mozilla for hosting, and many thanks to Richard and the TPM 
gang for pulling it all together!

On 13-08-01 11:56 AM, Richard Dice wrote:
> *(This is a reminder email, same content as before.  Please note that 
> Thu 8 Aug with be a double-feature; 2 talks for the price (a.k.a. 
> free) of one!)*
> *
> *
> *Good news, everyone!*
> Dr. Damian Conway will be coming to visit the computer tech community 
> of Toronto during the first week of August 2013. Damian is a Master 
> Hacker and fantastic, entertaining presenter.  The Perl community has 
> known and loved him for decades but he has something to offer anyone 
> who is interested in programming and computer science regardless of 
> your language of choice.  His talks are both educational and 
> entertaining!  And, they're free. /(But we are taking donations.  See 
> details below.)/
> *Tuesday Aug 6 @ 7pm (please enter the room approx. 6:45pm)*
> *Mozilla Offices, Suite 500, 366 Adelaide Street West (just east of 
> Spadina)*
> *"Fun With Dead Languages" -- 
> http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/DeadLanguages.html 
> <http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/DeadLanguages.html>*
>     Watch in mesmerized terror as Damian hacks code in several
>     unrelated programming languages (none of them Perl). Along the
>     way, you'll also discover what's wrong with modern CS education,
>     why programmers shouldn't frequent casinos, the power of Thor's
>     Law, the language of moisture vaporators, C++ mysticism, how to
>     use the three shells, state machines on steroids, programming
>     without variables or subroutines, a cheap and eco-friendly
>     alternative for distributed persistent computation, what the
>     Romans used instead of braces, the ancient probabilistic wisdom of
>     bodkins, and the price of fish.
> (Ed.: This is going to be the more outlandish of his talks this year. 
>  It is a new-and-improved version of a talk Damian last gave in 
> Toronto seven years ago where he demonstrates his virtuosity -- and 
> insanity -- in many programming languages and paradigms.  Computer 
> geeks from all language backgrounds should enjoy this thoroughly.)
> *Thursday Aug 8 @ 7pm (please enter the room approx. 6:45pm)*
> *University of Toronto, St. George Campus (downtown), Bahen Centre for 
> IT (40 St. George Street, just north of College St.), Room # BA-1160*
> *Talk # 1 - "A Few Of My Favorite Things"-- 
> http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/FavoriteThings.html 
> <http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/FavoriteThings.html>*
>     (Go to the URL, read the description.  It will be Perl 5 Madness,
>     Damian style.)
> *Talk #2 - "Sex and Violence: Social and Technical Lessons from the 
> Perl 6 Project" -- http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/SexViolence.html 
> <http://damian.conway.org/Seminars/SexViolence.html>*
>     In June 2000, Larry Wall announced a new four-month Open Source
>     development effort: the reinvention of Perl. In this keynote,
>     Damian Conway will unfold the twisting and sordid tale of what
>     happened over the next ten years of the project, highlighting the
>     sexy new language that has been created, the extreme violence that
>     was sometimes necessary to make it happen, and the dozen or so
>     harsh-but-invaluable lessons that the development team learned
>     along the way.
> *About Damian*
> For those of you who don't already know...
>   * http://damian.conway.org/About_us/Bio_formal.html 
> <http://damian.conway.org/About_us/Bio_formal.html>
>   * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damian_Conway
>   * http://fyi.oreilly.com/2008/08/the-mind-of-damian-conway-scie.html 
> <http://fyi.oreilly.com/2008/08/the-mind-of-damian-conway-scie.html>
>   * What the Internet thinks of him! -- 
> http://www.googlism.com/who_is/d/damian_conway/
> Damian has given talks in Toronto most years since 2001 and they are 
> widely enjoyed, even by IT people who don't normally "do the Perl 
> thing."  Think of it as the Toronto IT community's annual party.
> *I can has donation plz?*
> Damian's trip to Toronto is un-funded... that is, as of right now it's 
> coming out of his own pocketbook.  However, as I have done for the 
> past 13 years I am organizing a community pass-'round-the-hat donation 
> to help cover the expenses (i.e. a plane ticket, roughly a week of 
> hotel rooms, and meals and other incidentals while he is here).  If 
> you would like to help out with these expenses, please get in touch 
> with me off-list.  Donations from companies are gladly welcomed, too! 
>  Any funds raised in excess of what is needed to cover his expenses 
> will be given to him as an honorarium for his visit.
> Please circulate this email announcement!  Forward to any one / any 
> company you think might be interested.  We always have a great crowd 
> come out for Damian's events and getting the word out widely is a big 
> part of that.
> Did I omit any important information?  Please ask me, and when I send 
> out reminder emails I will include that info in them.
> Looking forward to seeing you soon...
> Cheers,
>  - Richard
> P.S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D1cap6yETA
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J. Bobby Lopez

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