I finally got to meet Bassam at LibrePlanet 2016.
He’s a super cool person who runs an animation studio using libre tools!
I went to his Blender API talk and learned that if you right click on any menu button, you can edit the source of that button!
Anyhoo, this was my first year at LibrePlanet and I really liked it. Lots of awesome socially conscious folks doing awesome work. Definitely thinking about going again next year.
Here’s some highlights from the rest of CES / my Vegas trip:
There was congee at the hotel’s breakfast buffet! SO GOOD!
First time playing craps, I won $10 and then immediately took my winnings and ran.
Harry and I imagined having fish for dinner.
Overall, fun trip. Got to talk to a lot of people about 3D printing. Got to see some friends (great surprises).
No Elvis though.
I spent most of yesterday at the Voxel8 booth talkin’ to folks about our printer.
In the late afternoon I went around to other CES venues and saw some movable screens. I didn’t think I’d be impressed by screens but these merged together seamlessly and were really neat!
Looking forward to Day 2!
I’m heading out to CES tomorrow and I’m super excited!
I’ll be hangin’ out at the Voxel8 booth Wednesday through Friday.
Harry and I went to Dan’s kayak birthday party. We spent the afternoon cruisin’ on the Charles river.
It was really neat when we paddled through the small estuary by the Esplanade.
It was fun 😀
Hope you had a good birthday Dan!
Oh man, I just learned Kyle Kelley is gonna speak at Open Data Science Conference.
I met Kyle at PyTennesse and then ran into him again at PyCon.
You should definitely go hear his talk!
He’s super friendly!
Harry and I recently visited Longwood Gardens, a lovely botanical garden.
It was absolutely gorgeous! There were beautiful indoor gardens as well as huge outdoor scenery.
We even took our first selfie there!
Harry was very concerned throughout our selfie-taking process. XD
Having been in Boston a couple of weeks now, I’m back on the Meetup scene.
I met up with PyLadies Boston Tuesday and Boston Python yesterday.
At PyLadies Boston, I got to met a cool software engineer with 20+ years of experience. It gives me hope I might still be in this field years from now.
At Boston Python, I heard this really neat talk from Karen Rudin, a product manager for Quantopian. She presented on her tale of writing a trading algorithm that focused on the presence of women CEOs.
PyLadies Boston and Boston Python are some of my all-time favorite Meetups. While NYC does have its Meetup gems, I really missed these two while I was gone. Definitely check ’em out if you’re in the area!
Yesterday, I went to Jeff Benzaon’s thesis defense. It was my first time spectating a defense live (I watched Sir Rice’s defense virtually), so I was super excited!
Jeff was presenting on Julia, a programming language.
It was a great presentation and I learned neat stuffs. I’m sure I could’ve gotten a lot more out of it I wasn’t such a complete novice at programming language theory.
I don’t think people will adopt some new syntax for a language they already know, but will fully embrace an entirely new language. ~ Jeff
Hope I get to sneak into more of these defenses. They’re super sweet. 😀
Last Thursday we went to see Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson give a talk. It was on Rails stuffs and it was very very funny.
Best quote of the night:
I got people to say “tender lovemaking” in professional settings **followed by uncontrollable giggling** ~ Aaron “tenderlove” Patterson