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.
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!
Hai Lugz! Next monday, we'll be meeting in Hunt Library 4411 (next to the 3D printers) for another round of lightning talks! For those of you unfamiliar with the tradition, Lightning talks are 7-minute long mini talks on whatever YOU want to talk about. We've started a list of potential talks on the Wiki Page, so if you've got something cooking, add yours before the meeting comes to pass!
It's taken us a little while, but it looks like we've finally got our web site looking like home. While a few pieces of functionality are missing, like an integrated calendar, I think I can say without hesitation that this new website is going to be a place we can stick with long into the future.
This new website marks the beginning of a new age for the LUG. When we were founded, we did a lot more work specifically with Linux, but lately, we've grown to become more of a community of developers and makers that are related to Linux in spirit. We could call ourselves a Linux/Open Source/Developer Group, but LOSDG is a weird acronym.
In our newly minted About Us page, I think I hit on some of the key points about what this group has become. Our group is about the development of a strongly knit community of developers that seek to learn new things from each other and share what we love with our guests. This site exemplifies that: the site is the coordinated outward appearance of the diverse people who make it up. On the front page, you see this news article right next to the Twitter posts of our members.
You don't have to be a Linux User to be a member of our group. You don't even have to know how to program. As long as you're interested in doing cool things with technology, we're interested in having you and we hope you'll be just as interested in being with us.
It's been a good year, and we look forward to starting the next one off with a bang. Hope to see you all at a meeting some time!