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Show and Tell

Posted in Bio,Ideas,Open Source Software by dwins on May 20, 2008

So, I’ve sort of started this thing at TOPP.  It wasn’t incredibly intentional, it really just started with me getting some non-techies together and giving them the 30-minute tour of What It Is Those Wacky Guys Upstairs Are Doing.  And everyone said “Hey, it would be great if people could do this sort of mass mind meld whenever they wanted.”  So I thought we’d be seeing more of it since, you know, they can.  But it didn’t really happen until one day, in #openplans:

[Wed Mar 26 2008] [17:31:23]      * dwinslow wonders if he should be more proactive about
 selecting and scheduling talks from the wiki or just leave it alone
[Wed Mar 26 2008] [17:31:35] <jhammel>    dwinslow: YES!
[Wed Mar 26 2008] [17:31:41]      * mchua thinks "a good example" is the hardest part of making a
 tutorial
[Wed Mar 26 2008] [17:31:43] <mchua>    dwinslow: YES
[Wed Mar 26 2008] [17:32:00] <dwinslow>    ah.

So I did.   Anyway, I say all this to lead up to this blog post I made elsewhere.  The short version? I would like software to help in scheduling volunteer-proposed and volunteer-run events and am having trouble finding anything ready-made out there.  Maybe I’ll make it happen; it wouldn’t be the first piece of code that I wrote for TOPP Talks.

my weekend with mel

Posted in Bio by dwins on May 13, 2008

This weekend my friend Mel had a bit of a birthday shindig so I went down to Boston to congratulate her and hang out with cool people she knows and such.  It was pretty great; I had originally intended to just stay Saturday and take a late bus back to New York but I ended up sticking around most of Sunday as well to let Mel show me around her corner of Boston.  Some neat stuff that happened:

  • i was re-introduced to the musical stylings of Jonathan Coulton
  • much delicious food and drink, including this noodle shop with ludicrously huge portions.  Mel got a bowl of miso soup with half a stick of butter on top, and it didn’t look like too much (butter; of course it was too much food.)
  • hanging out at this neat vegetarian pizza place while the band was doing their sound check.  They had a cellist using a shoulder strap! totally sweet.
  • visiting a selective living house at MIT where actual photos for the XKCD online store were taken.

Tack on tons of geek banter and the general “hey wouldn’t this be neat?” attitude of Mel’s crew and you’ve got something pretty awesome.  Happy birthday Mel!