[triangle-zpug] Looking for a speaker for next meeting (Nov 12)

Hunter Matthews triangle-zpug@starship.python.net
28 Oct 2002 12:24:02 -0500

On Sat, 2002-10-26 at 14:07, Tom Bryan wrote:
> On Wednesday 23 October 2002 02:35 am, Tom Bryan wrote:
> > I'd like to hold our second meeting on the second Tuesday of November
> > (the 12th).  
> I haven't heard anything, yea or nea, about this date.  Does the 12th at 
> 6:30 pm work for everyone?


> > Hunter is interested in giving a talk, but he will be unable to give
> > our next talk.
> Actually, Hunter is the only one who has sounded even mildly interested 
> in giving a talk.  

I can't do one on big stuff, but if no one else wants the testing talk
(I'd like to see that myself) I can do one on the basics of mod_python,
or how to use shelves in odd ways.

> > So...we're looking for speakers.  
> Just so you know, I've had exactly as many members volunteers as you've 
> see on this list.  That is, none.  I'm willing to talk on unit testing 
> in Python: pyunit/unittest and doctest.  Does that topic sound 
> interesting to anyone other than me?  
> In the long term, we're *really* going to need the majority of the 
> members to start thinking about what they'd like to present.  With 
> about 20 people on the list and a dozen people at the last meeting, we 
> *should* be able to have monthly meetings without repeating speakers.  
> I guess I'd like several of you to start thinking *now* about topics 
> that you could present next year.  It would be cool to have a list of 
> several speakers who are willing to talk.  Then we'd just have to 
> schedule the meetings.  If you start now, you have six weeks (including 
> Thanksgiving holidays) to prepare your talk for December!  You don't 
> need to be an expert on your topic.  In fact, preparing a presentation 
> can be a great excuse to go learn some corner of Python or Zope that 
> you've been meaning to learn.  
> So, if you're willing to give a talk at the December, January, February, 
> or March meeting, send me e-mail and suggest a few topics that you'd be 
> willing to do.  
> If it really comes down to just three or four people who alternate in 
> giving the talks, I think that the group will run out of steam for 
> prepared presentations by the middle of next year.  If that hapens, 
> we'll have to see how everyone feels about a change in format to 
> something like a simple group discussion with a designated topic.
> By the way, the presentations don't have to be perfectly polished.  My 
> expectation is that the speaker may sometimes be more of a facilitator.  
> If everyone gets really interested in some specific slide and a tangent 
> related to that, then we can spend the whole evening talking about some 
> tangential topic.  I certainly don't want a dozen people watching a 
> presentation, feeling bored, and not getting involved.  I'd like the 
> speaker to prepare some slides and maybe live demos of running code 
> since that serves as a nice launching point for discussions.  I'd like 
> the speakers to be flexible and not worry too much about finishing 
> every slide in the presentation.  (Tangents that only interest one or 
> two people in the room should be discussed after the presentation is 
> over, of course.)
> ---Tom
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