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