My vote goes to focusing on technical meetings. This may be a personality thing, but I don't like the idea of planning social gatherings. Seems like that should just grow out of meeting regularly.
Hey Matt, if you're itching to do a presentation, how about the next MadLUG? We're going to try out the lightning talks format there.
The next MadLUG is Sunday, April 4. Perhaps you could fire up a shell and show people how to setup a simple Pylons webapp?
Benet Devereux wrote:
Yeah, I did mean the 27th, good catch.
Matt, thanks for all these ideas - but unless we're going to demand 3 talks from you, it seems like this whole month has been pretty bad for people, and we should start planning for an April meeting, at a time when we can get a better turnout.
A couple of follow-on administrative type questions for everyone:
- right now we're trying to make sure that, before having a meeting, we
have at least 3 people lined up to give short talks, and a reasonable expectation of good turnout. Do people like this, provided we can keep everyone in the loop via this list/Web608/Facebook, or would it suit people's needs better if, like before, we set a regular meeting schedule, and met come rain come shine - if no talks get lined up, it can be a social meeting.
- speaking of Web608, as a third alternative, how would people feel
about splitting social meetings from technical meetings?
--- On *Sun, 3/21/10, Matt Feifarek /firstname.lastname@example.org/* wrote:
From: Matt Feifarek <email@example.com> Subject: Re: [Madison] March Meeting Planning To: "Madison Python Users' Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 3:48 PM So, turns out I'll be in town. (though, the 26th is a Friday, so I'm assuming we're talking the 27th?) I could give a quick talk on one of these things: 1. SQLAlchemy's "Expression language" layer (closer to SQL than ORM) 2. Overview of Pylons web development framework 3. Using WingIDE to code python (seems that most people are just using text editors... I like Wing, and can show why) 4. Using Mako to make "static" websites and why. (This should probably come after I show off Pylons) 5. Virtualenv. (if you're not using it, you probably should be. This might be more like 5m than 10m) So, you guys can vote; otherwise, I'll just pick one as the week wraps up. Has anyone been to PyCon this year? I'd love to see a "Best of Show" talk about what you saw there. — Matt