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May 8th: Two short videos

We'll watch (dissect?) two shorter conference videos, with our usual MST3K commentary and rabbit-hole research. Topics are 3 dialects of Function Signatures in recent Perls and infinite precision computation in Perl 6.

Location: MIT Building 51, Room 372, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA
NOTE: Parking Alert. Recent changes in MIT Parking Dept web pages (parking , visitors, public ) no longer allow un-permitted parking after-hours.
(This is a natural response to several other East Campus parking lots being eaten by new building sites for campus expansion.)
Only legit parking is Cambridge meters (late hours! and several blocks lost to construction), free spaces on Memorial Drive (allow time for circling), and paid lot/garages.
Come by Train, Bus, Bicycle, or Foot if you can!
(Parking at MBTA Garages are convenient to T and not overpriced, unlike most in-town garages.)
Also, construction detour is even longer than last time if driving, Wadsworth to/from Mem Drive & Amherst St to Amess both closed, only access by car is Wadsworth to/from Main St east-bound.


Boilerplate details
  • Tech Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at MIT building E51, Sloan School Tang Center [not the other Tang building!] nearer to Kendall Sq than Mass Ave. (directions).
  • Talk begins at 7:30.
  • Refreshments in the hallway prior.
  • RSVP for count encouraged but not required, to bill.n1vux@gmail.com or Boston-PM list, by 4pm Tuesday.

(NOTE: Fall 2017: we're moving back to the squarer room 372 (first door after the partition), not the wider 376 (second door) that we had the last several years)

Future - Spring reservations

Location: MIT Building 51, Room 372, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

*If you have a demo or talk idea, please, when would you like to present? Doesn't need to fill the full time.*

Confirmed room assignments courtesy of MIT
Room E51-372 reserved 6:30p - 10:00p (setup time!)
  • Tue 05/08/18
  • Tue 6/12/18

Unconfirmed Room


April 10th (2nd Tuesday) -- Federico Lucifredi / Hardware Hacking 101: time and randomness

Abstract: Using the lowest amount of custom hardware and pouring Perl over everything as the glue binding it all, we create two minimalistic devices delivering a perfectly tuned network time source (synchronizing with a GPS satellite), and a naturally random entropy source (leveraging a Geiger tube’s measurement of natural background radiation).

March 13th

Winter Storm Watch posted, meeting canceled.

February 13th, 2nd Tuesday -- Ovid builds a MMORPG in Perl

[This meeting is a video screening of an Amsterdam Perl Conference 2017 talk.]

Noted Perl personality Ovid (Curtis Poe) has built a Space-exploration on-line role-playing-game called "Tau Station" in Perl. It's even a business. In this talk, he describes the game industry and how Modern Perl makes building his game fun.

screenshot.pngOriginal Abstract -
"With Tau Station, we're building a sci-fi universe in a browser. However, in object oriented design, what does the "single responsibility principle" mean when your combat armor serves as armor, a weapon, and medkit?
"And when many different behaviors have long chains of duplicated requirements (for example, do you have enough money to buy a medkit, or refuel your ship, or repair your blaster, or bribe a guard), how do you handle that in an efficient an easy to read manner?
"And how do you avoid god objects when your character in the universe drives almost everything?
"This talk explores some of the techniques we've developed for Tau Station to easily model complex behaviors."

We'll have our usual community discussion after (or by hitting pause as needed) in lieu of speaker Q&A.

January 9th, 2018 - due to MIT IAP, we didn't actually have a room reservation for January, so we had a pizza discussion in the hallway/lounge.

prior years history are chained (but not block-chained) :

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