[BangPypers] [OT] Introducing myself

स्वक्ष svaksha at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 18:50:59 CET 2013

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Jonathan Toomim <jtoomim at jtoomim.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> My name is Jonathan Toomim. I'm a neuroscientist, electrical engineer,
> programmer (with a strong preference for python), and entrepreneur. I'll be
> moving from San Francisco to Bangalore on February 11th/12th. I have never
> been to India before, so I will probably be rather bewildered and lost in
> the city initially. If anyone felt like helping me get situated, showing me
> around, or introducing me to relevant people or groups, I would be grateful.
> I'm on a modest budget, so I'd rather not waste time and money by being
> unnecessarily logistically inefficient out of ignorance.

Hi Jonathan,

You've reached out to the correct group as far as Python goes. Also,
if you are looking for a general Linux group, there is the "ILUG
Bengaluru" group at

> In particular, I'll be looking for a place to do work. In California, I
> spend a lot of time at hackerspaces, especially Noisebridge
> <https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge>, Crash Space
> <http://blog.crashspace.org/>, and Nullspace <http://032.la/>. I like
> working there because (a) I'm more motivated and productive than if I stay
> at home, and (b) much of my work requires or is facilitated by having easy
> access to soldering irons, oscilloscopes, dissection microscopes, laser
> cutters, and the like. I was hoping to find someplace similar in Bangalore.

CIS <http://cis-india.org/> would be the closest match for a free
hackerspace, though not exactly equipped with the equipment you
require - just so you know what to expect, these may be a little hard
to come by outside of the local Engg schools and/or research labs.

> One of them is Brain Workshop <http://brainworkshop.net/>, a popular open
> source (GPL2) brain-training program based on the dual n-back task
> <http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2008/04/25/0801268105.abstract>, written
> (inelegantly) in python and using pyglet for graphics and sound.
> The other is my company HEG Research (which is currently comprised of one
> person: me), which makes and sells systems for near-infrared
> hemoencephalography neurofeedback
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemoencephalography> (or HEG for short). HEG

This seems very interesting. Once you are settled in, do consider
holding a hacking workshop. (PS: I would be interested in attending)

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