[Chicago] New Member

Christopher Allan Webber cwebber at dustycloud.org
Mon Oct 6 18:50:59 CEST 2008

We're a pretty welcoming and informal group.  Come, talk about you
stuff, socialize, have fun!

Jordan Sherer <jordan at widefido.com> writes:

> 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?
> Thanks!
> Best,
> Jordan
> 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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