[Chicago] New Member

Jordan Sherer jordan at widefido.com
Mon Oct 6 16:54:37 CEST 2008

I *am* planning on attending the meet-up on Thursday. However, since  
this will be my first ChiPy meetup I am unsure about giving a talk. If  
people have enough interest in desktop apps built with Python, I can  
give a quick one.

A few questions:
What is the atmosphere like for talks?
Are there any general recommendations for giving a talk?
Is there anything in particular that people would like to hear about  
Python powered desktop apps?

Do you think I should wait until the November meet-up to talk?



On Oct 6, 2008, at Oct 6   9:41 AM, Kumar McMillan wrote:

> Hi Allan, welcome.
> On Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM, Allan Spale <allan2600 at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> My name is Allan and I am interested in learning more about the  
>> Chicago
>> Python users group and where and when your next meeting will occur.
> Our next meeting will be the best ever.  I just updated the wiki with
> details: http://chipy.org/
> Chris is giving a talk on Miro and I'll be giving a talk on freebase
> but I'm not an expert on it.  I think Jordan Sherer might also give a
> talk on desktop apps?
> If there's time for discussion, maybe we can talk about the future of
> "semantic web" -- freebase is just one of the semantic tools emerging
> but I also don't know much about this so-called movement.
> Kaleidoscope looks interesting but ambitious.  I get overwhelmed
> easily when I hear of tools designed to organize all the data of the
> world.  Not that I don't think it's possible, it just seems really
> hard.  One thing is for sure, the Google model is far from perfect and
> if something comes along and does it better then they will be in
> trouble.  Freebase is pretty ambitious too.  But then again so was
> wikipedia and that worked.
> -Kumar
>> To give you some background about myself...I have been working on an
>> internet startup for the past year or so in which I am developing an
>> open-source semantic database system that takes some of the ideas  
>> from
>> Freebase but goes into a somewhat different direction. You can read  
>> more
>> about the system here: http://my-kaleidoscope.org/platform.html. The
>> datastore I am using is pybsddb (BerkeleyDB module for Python), but  
>> the
>> system was designed in such a way to support any datastore whether  
>> it is a
>> traditional SQL system or something more non-traditional like  
>> Amazon S3. I
>> did a very scaled down demo at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo in New  
>> York City a
>> few weeks ago doing a mashup of the working parts of my database  
>> system and
>> using Twitter as a frontend:
>> http://en.oreilly.com/webexny2008/public/schedule/detail/5266. I  
>> would
>> invite all of you to take a look at it, but I am having a terrible  
>> time
>> trying to get my code to work on the web server space that I listed  
>> (the
>> demo was a hack of running mostly local and partially on the  
>> webserver).
>> Attending this conference made me realize that I am probably not a  
>> good
>> candidate for funding my startup, but as I look for a job now (any  
>> leads
>> would be appreciated), I still want to develop this system for the  
>> Python
>> community. So, I am also interested in meeting developers who might  
>> be
>> interested in working on this project because my established  
>> codebase is
>> fairly large (about 15000 lines) even without many features being
>> implemented.
>> I look forward to meeting all of you at the next meeting.
>> Allan
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