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Second ZSLUG meeting. With emphasis on the S (in ZSLUG).

March 31, 2011

Date: Tuesday 5th of April, 2011
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Office of Teclo Networks AG, Alfred-Escher-Strasse 27, 8002 Zurich.
Map: Google Map
Directions: Train to Enge and then walk one block.
Speaker #1: Christophe Rhodes, ‘R:┬áData analysis and visualisation in an almost-Lisp’
Speaker #2: perhaps

We’re still not entirely sure if we should go with a second speaker for next meeting. Although haste is of the essence of course since next meeting is only five days away. The last time we had two full-blown talks and it really was a bit too much. People had to leave early, and the whole deal was perhaps a bit demanding on the good ole attention span. So either one speaker or we’ll edge a bit closer to lightning talks.

And there’s the threatening matter of the luminous light that is Christophe Rhodes gobbling up all and sunder. Which always carries with it the danger for any speaker to be sucked up and disappear into some unnamed void from which she might never return.

Amongst others Lisp compiler godfather and funny story-teller Rhodes has of late developed himself as the wizard of R. This funny language he gobbled up and let pass through his veins. He made it his own and then exerted his power to let it do as he pleased. Before long he had modled the essence of the universe, but then thew away the code in frustration as he grappled with the fact that he could only observe. His personal story of this (power) trip and much more, including perhaps the result of some SLIME hackery to make a SLIME – R hybrid-monster do stupid pet tricks and fetch his newspaper.

Come all and sundry. We’d be honored.

Cheers, the ZSLUG team.

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7 Comments
  1. Anon permalink

    Are there any perquisites for attending to the talk?

  2. Nope, none at all. This will be for the total R newbie. And if we have another speaker, it’s in general assumed that for any given language or topic there’ll be people in the audience who are a blank slate.

  3. Anon permalink

    Sounds good, will see you there :)

  4. Most excellent :)

  5. What would be the probability of Christophe’s presentation being recorded or transcribed? As someone who came to Lisp from R, would love to hear it (i’m in AU).

  6. Ben permalink

    Another vote for recording the talk please.

  7. Slideware at least for sure, and a general writeup. Hope to get the recording as well, but is still up in the air.

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