[Chicago] Fun at Pumping Station last Wednesday night.

Randy Baxley randy7771026 at gmail.com
Mon May 25 16:35:17 CEST 2015

The lines in the tech social environment are often like the invisible
barrier in Monte Python's Time Bandits.

I would say though just go to each meetup a few times and form your own
definition of what each meetup is for you.

For me though the Braintree thing is a time to hack among people hacking on
the same types of things and with Python.

The PS1 thing is Office Hours where the professor might be you one second
and the next second you are the student.

The problem for me with PS1 is that there are so many interesting things
there in addition to the Office Hours.  Membership, dues and such for them
are questions to be answered by members there like Carl and Sheila, the PS1
web site and they have a tour which I think is on Sundays and then a board
meeting where folks attend and learn more though some just go online and
pull the trigger but the various meetups often do not require people
attending to be members.

On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 3:15 AM, Lewit, Douglas <d-lewit at neiu.edu> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I just wanted to say that it was really nice to meet some of you at
> Pumping Station last week.  Definitely a fun evening, and I appreciate the
> various suggestions on how to use Python.  But I'm still confused why *next("name
> of generator")* is better than *"name of generator".__next__( )*  I
> mean.... they do the same thing!
> What's the difference between the Pumping Station meetings and the
> meetings at Brain Tree?  Similar setup or something different?
> I'm curious about membership dues and benefits at Pumping Station. * The
> workshop on the first floor is amazing!!!*  But not much point to having
> access to the workshop without a teacher or mentor.  Are there classes for
> members so that they can learn how to use the various machines in the
> workshop?
> This is totally off topic and not about Python at all, but if anyone is
> interested in arts and crafts or workshop classes, etc, etc, you should
> really check out the following site:
> www.folkschool.com or www.folkschool.org
> Wow!  A really nice "folk school" in the western part of North Carolina
> that is dedicated to the preservation of 19th century Appalachian arts and
> crafts.  I took some blacksmithing classes there when I was a bit younger,
> and I had the time of my life!  (Not to mention that the scenery is really
> amazing, beautiful, peaceful and super inspirational.)  The first floor of
> Pumping Station One brought back fond memories of the time I spent there.
> They offer these one-week classes and workshops, so it's not like you have
> to quit your job and move to North Carolina forever.  I love that place.
> If you ever want to escape from all the madness of the 21st century and
> take a vacation in the 19th century (and also explore your inner artist or
> craftsman) then that's a great place to visit for one week.  Highly
> recommended!
> Cheers,
> Douglas.
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