Archive for May, 2006

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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Why

Generally the order goes "who, what, where, when, why", but I think that this one is the most important, so its right up here at the top.  Why we do atlHack is a complicated topic, and it has its own page.  Here’s the short version:

Computing isn’t a nerd sport anymore.  You probably own an iPod, might check the news on your laptop at the local coffee shop, and own a car with more than twenty computer processors in it (the days of the gear-head are gone – today’s car tuner is part computer geek).  Computing is a culture: a culture of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, industrialists, consumers, scientists, and philosophers.

… and you need to feed that culture.  If you dream of a startup, or art installations, breaking into industry, or just keeping on top of trends, you can’t do it alone.  None of us want to lay down in front of anyone to further the cause, but as a group, we’re simply more powerful than we are alone.

You’re not going to get a job looking at Monster.com.  GeorgiaTech career services can’t wait to hook you up with some mundane position that makes them look good (they love big business and name dropping).  Your only hope is to stumble onto something good, and that’s what we’re here for.  Maybe you know someone who is looking for startup-fodder, maybe I know someone who is looking for you.  The only way you’re going to find out is by hanging out with the gang.

Man, this wasn’t short either… it gets longer every time I rewrite it.

Who

If you are in the Atlanta area, atlHack is you!
Maybe you aren’t in the ATL, but your spirit is here with us.  If so, atlHack is still you!

What

We are computer people, poet hackers of the cyber frontier.
We have a weekly get-together in a local coffee shop, where we code and talk about computers.

Where

We live in Atlanta, GA (airport code ATL), but not everyone is from here – I’m from the New England area (a part of "the northeast").  Some of us have ties to GeorgiaTech, some of us don’t.

We currently meet at Octane coffee (www.octanecoffee.com), but its quickly becoming a very popular (meaning crowded) spot.  We may need a new home soon.

When

atlHack.org was started in the Summer of 2005  (registered 6-Jul-2005 02:31:49 UTC)
We have meet-ups every Thursday at 7:30 (or so) at Octane Coffee.

every Tuesday at 9pm (or so) -graham

How

Not really sure what goes in "how"…

The atlHack website is hosted on a pithy linux box on my Speakeasy DSL.  It uses Drupal for content management and Subversion for source control.

We’re all geeks with ties to GeorgiaTech.

Macs are nice computers.  At least, I think so… don’t ask the other guys.

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006

18 May 2006 – everyone’s tired tonight

Luke- the world is one large causal machine.
Andrew- still reading Walden.
Alex- lots of sleeping and running.
Graham- building a client for prospective startup.
-V, A, and Erik suggested design ideas for chuck album site.
Vinny- burned out.
Erik- implemented distance search for cribster, GMaps stuff.
Stephen- openGL shaders that do force-based dimensionality reduction.
Emily- "is love rational?" she’s learning Spanish.

Hackfest 100010 Mortem

Friday, May 12th, 2006

11 May 2006 – No Juice

Since Last Week-

Graham- graduated MS and worked on a web client, left lights on, got a jumpstart from Jody.
Erik- joined a startup doing MLS type open real estate listings.
Andrew- designing a DIY human-powered ultralight from aluminum and a bicycle.
Vinny- using javacc (.jj) to make a compiler for little slice descriptions.
Micah- will attend a PhD program in Early Christianity at Univ. Colorado in Denver.
Luke- working in San Francisco.

kinder and gentler CS (on my ass)

Friday, May 5th, 2006

is the HCI-blue padding on the picnic benches in the CoC common area.

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Friday, May 5th, 2006

4 May 2006 – music: original powerbook brass hit beats

tonight’s activities:

Stephen – working on sound -> image -> sound toolkit (Phouriershop)
Vinny – groups for behaviors – membership lists for subjects of behaviors
Alex – research paper organizer / archive
- like iTunes – an XML based library
- NLP toys as add-ons (trigram generation, keyword finding)
- citeseer + google scholar + web paper scavenging
Graham – SWIMM + startup + notes + learned about web services
Andrew – reading aloud
Luke – using schemeSH to make a virus resistant file system
- also want to write plugin for Beagle – http://beaglewiki.org/Main_Page