Our next talk of the semester will be by Matthew Frazier about the Linux CLI. He will be explaining how the command line works and show a few cool tricks. So, if you're a beginner make sure to come, and even if you're more experienced you may learn something new, or just come to share your personal "tricks".
We'll have a talk by Barry Peddycord III on Tuesday, January 21 on his game development with Curses/streaming workflow. Here is his description:
"I'm going to talk about the new software powering my blog that allows me to stream my terminal directly to my website! I use a Rube-Goldberg-esque combination of open source software, virtual private servers, and the one true Emacs to livestream and record my roguelike game development! I can get as technical as you like, so bring lots of questions!"
When: January 21, 2014, 7pm
Where: EB 2, 3001 (on the bridge between the two wings)
Wow, much talk, such topic! Hope to see you all there!
Our first social dinner of the semester will be at Mitch's Tavern. Dinner doesn't really have a specific topic, besides "stuff that we think is cool/has been happening recently/over the holidays."
When: Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 PM
Where: Mitch's Tavern, 2426 Hillsborough Street
For newcomers, keep in mind that the LUG does not pay for dinner - everyone pays for what they order. (Mitch's prices are reasonable, though .) But if the restaurant isn't busy, they shouldn't mind if you just hang out with us and maybe have a beverage.
Jay "Gloryfish" Roberts will present on making open source games using open source tools (specifically, the LÖVE 2D framework). Jay is a Web developer who makes games and music in his spare time. But this talk will have more of a workshop format: instead of just listening to Jay talk about stuff, you'll have the chance to follow along on your own machine. Jay originally presented on this topic at BarCamp RDU 2013.
Where: Noodles & Co, 403 Daniels St., in Cameron Village
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM (NOT 7:00 PM!)
Noodles has a variety of noodle dishes American, Asian, and European. Keep in mind that the LUG does not pay for dinner - everyone pays for what they order. (Fortunately, Noodles' prices are quite reasonable: $4-$5 for a nicely sized bowl of noodles.) But if the restaurant isn't busy, they shouldn't mind if you just hang out with us and maybe have a beverage. (You can get to and from Cameron Village using the Wolfline 2 Hillsborough Street and the CAT 12 Method.)
The later time than normal is to accomodate a few special guests: LUG alumni Michael Wright and Carson Holgate, who now work for Google on the Android and Chrome teams, respectively (and likely some other Googlers as well). While we're enjoying dinner, they're probably going to tell us what kind of cool stuff they've been working on at Google, what's been going on since they moved to California, and why the new Android is named KitKat.
If you can't get enough Google, this event actually follows a larger event Google is putting on at State: a lightning talk session! Michael, Carson, and another Googler named Evan (who may be joining us for dinner) will go into detail about their projects and what it's like to work at Google.
Where: Engineering Building II 1231
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
If you plan to attend that one, make sure you RSVP to Google at http://goo.gl/T2xSrY so they can bring sufficient quantities of Google swag.
WARNING: While the lightning talks are part of Google's recruiting efforts, dinner is decidedly not. If you bring a résumé to dinner, we will throw you out.
Tomorrow we will have our first social dinner of the semester
together, at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Dinner doesn't really have a
specific topic, besides "stuff that we think is cool/has been
When: Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 PM
Where: Chipotle, 2316 Hillsborough Street (across from 1911 Building)
For newcomers, keep in mind that the LUG does not pay for dinner -
everyone pays for what they order. (A burrito at Chipotle, while
generously sized, will run you about $7.) But if the restaurant isn't
busy, they shouldn't mind if you just hang out with us and maybe have
Packapalooza is this saturday, and we'll be at a booth demonstrating some cool minecraft and raspberry pi related fun, but we need to get our demo built and tested, and could use your help!
We'll be meeting in the Fishbowl in Hunt library on Friday, August 23 to work on our demo. We'll be writing Python code that interfaces with Minecraft Raspberry Pi edition in order to do fun visualizations. If you know Python, you can help, and if you don't, you can learn! Come join us from 4 to 8 PM and stay for however long you can. You'll likely need a laptop to help out.
On Monday, I (Barry Peddycord III the Great) will be presenting a brief introduction to programming for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I will introduce the hardware and step the audience through the development of Pong. It should be great fun! As always, we meet on Monday night at 19:00, and we'll be in EB1 1007.
Because the semester is almost over, we're going to go ahead and open up the slate for officer nominations. As you probably know, we have four positions:
If you'd like to nominate yourself, either come to the meeting in person or send your intent to run to the LUG Mailing List!
Last month was a bit of a slow month for technical sessions, but we're making up for it in March, with two guest speakers presenting innovative projects:
On March 11, Drew Hicks from Dr. Tiffany Barnes' research lab will present Bots, a game designed to teach kids programming skills. In the game, players write programs that control robots, with the goal of solving puzzles in the virtual world.
On March 25, Paul McLanahan from Mozilla will present Firefox OS, Mozilla's open Web-based operating system for mobile phones.
Both of these meetings will be held in Engineering Building I 1007, at 19:00. As usual, we'll go out for dinner afterwards. We hope to see you there!