Rubyists of Second Life Meeting | 08/31/2006 and 09/07/2006

The virtual user group Rubyists of Second Life will meet this Thursday,
August 31, and next Thursday, September 7, at 6:00 pm PST.

This Thursday, Theodore Polonsky will be presenting on simply_restful
and the new RESTful routes in Rails Core, and Polypus Watts will be
presenting on DRP: evolutionary/social programming for
interactive/design tasks in Ruby.

Second Life is a virtual 3D world and society. Basic memberships are
free.

There are hefty bandwidth / computer hardware / graphics card
requirements for SL, check http://www.secondlife.com for more details.

After downloading the Client, and creating your Avatar, you can use
this Second Life URL (SLurl) to "teleport" to the Rubyists of Second
Life meeting area:

    http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kula%203/198/211/21/

The RoSL group members will help you get acclimated to Second Life.
Contact avatar StarJunky Fermi at starjunky@gmail.com to arrange for an
introductory tour of SL.

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Michael Ivey wrote:

The virtual user group Rubyists of Second Life will meet this Thursday,
August 31, and next Thursday, September 7, at 6:00 pm PST.

PST? The Pacific coast is on daylight saving time right now, I believe (no such thing for me in Arizona), so that's 5pm PDT?

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http://www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff

These sound really interesting! Is there any way of recording the
presentations for those of us that are not in SL? And for those of us that
are GMT+0200? :slight_smile:

- Dimitri

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On 8/30/06, Michael Ivey <mdi@iveyandbrown.com> wrote:

This Thursday, Theodore Polonsky will be presenting on simply_restful
and the new RESTful routes in Rails Core, and Polypus Watts will be
presenting on DRP: evolutionary/social programming for
interactive/design tasks in Ruby.

The Rubyists of Second Life meetings are at 6:00 PM prevailing Pacific time.
Hope you can make it!

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On 8/30/06, James Britt <james.britt@gmail.com> wrote:

Michael Ivey wrote:
> The virtual user group Rubyists of Second Life will meet this Thursday,
> August 31, and next Thursday, September 7, at 6:00 pm PST.

PST? The Pacific coast is on daylight saving time right now, I believe
(no such thing for me in Arizona), so that's 5pm PDT?

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http://www.ruby-doc.org - Ruby Help & Documentation
http://www.artima.com/rubycs/ - The Journal By & For Rubyists
http://www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff

Dimitri Aivaliotis wrote:

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On 8/30/06, Michael Ivey <mdi@iveyandbrown.com> wrote:

This Thursday, Theodore Polonsky will be presenting on simply_restful
and the new RESTful routes in Rails Core, and Polypus Watts will be
presenting on DRP: evolutionary/social programming for
interactive/design tasks in Ruby.

These sound really interesting! Is there any way of recording the
presentations for those of us that are not in SL? And for those of us
that
are GMT+0200? :slight_smile:

- Dimitri

Other than using a program like Fraps, I don't think there's a way.
Maybe you could sniff the packets and sort them somehow... Might
actually be worth looking into.

As for the meeting, I think using SL for this is a great idea. SL
-does- run on Linux, and not under Wine, so it's only the hardware
requirements for it that are a drag. (Good graphics card, etc.)

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Other than using a program like Fraps, I don't think there's a way.
Maybe you could sniff the packets and sort them somehow... Might
actually be worth looking into.

Is that what the SL YouTube'rs use?

As for the meeting, I think using SL for this is a great idea. SL
-does- run on Linux, and not under Wine, so it's only the hardware
requirements for it that are a drag. (Good graphics card, etc.)

I agree that it's a great idea. I'd like to participate at some point, but
I'm both hardware- and time-constrained at the moment...

- Dimitri

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On 8/31/06, William Crawford <wccrawford@gmail.com> wrote:

That's a horrible time, BTW, for those of us who have a life(tm). Earlier would be OK. Later (after dinner) would be OK. 6PM, blecch. -Tim

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On Aug 30, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Mark Stout wrote:

The Rubyists of Second Life meetings are at 6:00 PM prevailing Pacific time.
Hope you can make it!

Yeah - we're trying to cover several US time zones with one meeting. Not to
mention International time zones. Perhaps down the road we could hold
multiple meetings targeting different time zones.

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On 8/31/06, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> wrote:

On Aug 30, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Mark Stout wrote:

> The Rubyists of Second Life meetings are at 6:00 PM prevailing
> Pacific time.
> Hope you can make it!

That's a horrible time, BTW, for those of us who have a life(tm).
Earlier would be OK. Later (after dinner) would be OK. 6PM,
blecch. -Tim

Tim Bray wrote:

The Rubyists of Second Life meetings are at 6:00 PM prevailing
Pacific time.
Hope you can make it!

That's a horrible time, BTW, for those of us who have a life(tm).
Earlier would be OK. Later (after dinner) would be OK. 6PM,
blecch. -Tim

It's always 6pm somewhere :wink:

And if you do it later, us Eastern US'ers would be complaining about how
late it is.

(And I eat at like 4:30pm, anyhow... So not everyone eats dinner at
6pm.)

Not that I'm of any import to this meeting... I just feel the need to
say this.

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On Aug 30, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Mark Stout wrote:

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Great for those of us with a life on Eastern time :slight_smile:

-John
http://www.iunknown.com

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On 8/31/06, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> wrote:

On Aug 30, 2006, at 3:21 PM, Mark Stout wrote:

> The Rubyists of Second Life meetings are at 6:00 PM prevailing
> Pacific time.
> Hope you can make it!

That's a horrible time, BTW, for those of us who have a life(tm).
Earlier would be OK. Later (after dinner) would be OK. 6PM,
blecch. -Tim

John Lam wrote:

Great for those of us with a life on Eastern time :slight_smile:

Or for those of us in Amsterdam who have small babies that wake up at
3am (start time of meeting)! Couldn't be a better time to have it.
Except possibly the midnight feeding time.

Nic

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How did the meeting go? Is SL a good medium for holding a conference?

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The presentation itself was extremely informative. The REST concept was new
to me and I found Theodore's slides and comments to be nothing short of
brilliant. You'd think that there would be too many distractions and such
getting in the way of learning in a format like this but I got more out of
last night's event than I have in a number of in-person presentations.

As to the whole Second Life "thing," it was about as surrealistic as I had
expected. There was a sun-sized Ruby hovering near the meeting space, most
of us sat on floating benches, and there was a vampire seated across from
me! I find the Second Life interface to be clunky and confusing but overall
it was a ton of fun and I learned a lot! I'll be attending again for sure.

--Ray

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On 9/1/06, Dr Nic <drnicwilliams@gmail.com> wrote:

How did the meeting go? Is SL a good medium for holding a conference?

Ray Vernagus wrote:

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On 9/1/06, Dr Nic <drnicwilliams@gmail.com> wrote:

How did the meeting go? Is SL a good medium for holding a conference?

The presentation itself was extremely informative. The REST concept was
new
to me and I found Theodore's slides and comments to be nothing short of
brilliant. You'd think that there would be too many distractions and
such
getting in the way of learning in a format like this but I got more out
of
last night's event than I have in a number of in-person presentations.

Were slides presented on an in-game video wall? Was the presentation
given via an in-game audio stream or skype?

(I've only popped into SL once recently and never left the Help islands
:slight_smile:

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Dr Nic wrote:

Were slides presented on an in-game video wall? Was the presentation
given via an in-game audio stream or skype?

(I've only popped into SL once recently and never left the Help islands
:slight_smile:

There a huge object named 'whiteboard' that was actually a slideshow
presenter. It had a row of ... Well heck, here's a screenie.

http://william.is-a-geek.com/~william/screenshots/PolypusWatts1.png

This was slightly after the presentation and Polypus flew up on his
jetpack to announce that he was speaking next week.

That slide is a bit blurry. Most of them were pretty sharp.

The meeting went very well, I think. It was the first developer meeting
I've been to, real life or second life, so I'm far from expert... But
it was very interesting and I'm looking forward to next week's meeting
avidly. And the one in the future, when someone's going to talk about
rubyclr. (I'm bad with names.)

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Dr Nic wrote:

Was the presentation
given via an in-game audio stream or skype?

Forgot to answer that, got excited about next week and got off track.
Heh.

It was in-game text. There was a discussion about audio or skype
afterwards, but I think most decided it would just increase the
requirements (bandwidth, etc.) and force more people out. I had to
leave while they were discussing it, so I'm not real sure how it ended.

BTW, one of the things I liked about using SL was that you aren't forced
to view everything from your avatar's viewpoint, unlike real life. That
screencap was not from where I was sitting. I had rotated the view
around a lower spot on the screen, so that I could see it and the
speaker well, without any distractions. There was actually a guy right
behind my view, but I didn't have to interrupt his view to get a good
view of my own. Very nice.

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Dr Nic wrote:

Were slides presented on an in-game video wall? Was the presentation given via an in-game audio stream or skype?

The talk (and assorted audience chatter) was given via IM.

I was wondering, though, if one could hook up a Shoutcast server (as SL does with concerts) for audio.

(I've only popped into SL once recently and never left the Help islands :slight_smile:

Yeah, I'm an SL nube myself, but I did figure out how to teleport to the Rubyist meeting. But I somehow triggered a screen resolution change and then SL crashed on me.

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http://www.ruby-doc.org - Ruby Help & Documentation
http://www.artima.com/rubycs/ - The Journal By & For Rubyists
http://www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff
http://www.jamesbritt.com - Playing with Better Toys

And I was wondering if the presenters wouldn't mind posting the slides
somewhere. If anyone has their IM logs saved in a public location, I'd also
appreciate a pointer there.

Thanks!

- Dimitri

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On 9/1/06, James Britt <james.britt@gmail.com> wrote:

Dr Nic wrote:

> Were slides presented on an in-game video wall? Was the presentation
> given via an in-game audio stream or skype?

The talk (and assorted audience chatter) was given via IM.

I was wondering, though, if one could hook up a Shoutcast server (as SL
does with concerts) for audio.

Dimitri Aivaliotis wrote:

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On 9/1/06, James Britt <james.britt@gmail.com> wrote:

And I was wondering if the presenters wouldn't mind posting the slides
somewhere. If anyone has their IM logs saved in a public location, I'd
also
appreciate a pointer there.

Thanks!

- Dimitri

Oh yeah! He did post them :slight_smile: He told us the address would exist soon,
and now it does.

http://rosl.iandb.net/

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Wonderful! Thank you!

- Dimitri

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On 9/1/06, William Crawford <wccrawford@gmail.com> wrote:

Oh yeah! He did post them :slight_smile: He told us the address would exist soon,
and now it does.

http://rosl.iandb.net/