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Best Perl Mongers meeting location

by jacques (Priest)
on Mar 31, 2006 at 17:30 UTC ( #540508=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on Best Perl Mongers meeting location

Bar
[bar] 78/27%
Classroom
[bar] 6/2%
Restaurant
[bar] 13/5%
Beach
[bar] 6/2%
Cruise ship
[bar] 16/6%
Mall
[bar] 3/1%
In a van down by the river
[bar] 43/15%
Coffee shop
[bar] 20/7%
House
[bar] 1/0%
Library
[bar] 3/1%
Tech company
[bar] 27/10%
Conference
[bar] 8/3%
I am not involved with Perl Mongers
[bar] 60/21%
284 total votes
Comment on Best Perl Mongers meeting location
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by mikeock (Hermit) on Mar 31, 2006 at 18:35 UTC
    I don't think the mongers in my area are very active....

    Correct me if I'm wrong!

      There is a group in Boise. I don't know how active it is though.

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Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by kwaping (Priest) on Mar 31, 2006 at 18:39 UTC
    Beach?!? LOL, I don't think so. :) Programmers and sunlight are mortal enemies.

    ---
    It's all fine and dandy until someone has to look at the code.
      Sunlight... Also known as the daystar.

      I agree with the above statement!

      I agree about the sunlight!

      But then again, the meeting doesn't have to be during daytime, does it? A campfire meeting with beer and barbecue would be nice.
        Hmm, Beach party!

        Only problem is, isnt a beach party a bit too "cool" an event for a bunch of us Geeks to pull off :-)


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Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by pingo (Hermit) on Mar 31, 2006 at 18:48 UTC
    I'm not involved, but any "where" type question is best answered with "in a van down by the river".

      *Sniffle* ... God rest Chris Farley's soul, or more approriately, the motivational speaker character from SNL who has the aforementioned residence... :-)



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Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by Old_Gray_Bear (Bishop) on Mar 31, 2006 at 19:14 UTC
    In a a bar ON the beach -- best of both worlds. I'm in the shade, with a pint of Dark, I can see the waves rolling in, and I can talk Perl with my friends. All at the same time.

    ----
    I Go Back to Sleep, Now.

    OGB

      You can't see an LCD screen even in the shadow on a beach.

      You have to wait for better eink screens (if it ever happens, I've been waiting for five++ years.)

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by swampyankee (Parson) on Mar 31, 2006 at 19:48 UTC

    Lot to be said in favor of a bar, on the beach, on a balmy afternoon. But then, I'd spend very little time attending to the Perl discussion and quite a lot of time looking at some of the more mobile attractions at the beach (I'm a straight male…)

    Coffee houses are traditional places for discussions. Bars can be good places for discussions, but only insofar as "discussion" involves why the designated hitter was the first sign of the coming of Armageddon.

    So, my vote goes to coffee house. Especially if they have free WiFi.

    emc

    "Being forced to write comments actually improves code, because it is easier to fix a crock than to explain it. "
    —G. Steele
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by cyclist38 (Hermit) on Apr 01, 2006 at 00:22 UTC
    Yes, coffee house is the answer here, so long as you don't mean coffee shop and are saying this from The Netherlands...

      I second the Café (or coffee house, not shop...). Our's also is a restaurant, that's best for us.

      Cheers, Sören

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Apr 01, 2006 at 01:14 UTC
    I'm not a joiner. One stint in the US Air Force (1980 - 1984) (working here) very thoroughly broke me of that habit.
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by jonadab (Parson) on Apr 01, 2006 at 03:44 UTC
    Data center? How about in a cave with dual T3s from separate providers, across the street from a pizza joint that also good dark chocolate?

    Sanity? Oh, yeah, I've got all kinds of sanity. In fact, I've developed whole new kinds of sanity. Why, I've got so much sanity it's driving me crazy.
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by gube (Parson) on Apr 01, 2006 at 07:11 UTC

    Obviously, bar near the beach is the good place to meet best mongers and we can cheer up there.. :-p

    ----:D

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Apr 01, 2006 at 12:22 UTC
    I chose "Mall", but I should add the caveat that it is an upscale mall with an Apple Store. That way, some could argue things with the folks working at the genius bar, some could go ga-ga over shiny hardware, and some of us could laugh at the haughty folks who walk by "that geek store" on their way to Sharper Image or Parisian or Not Just Wicker or whatever.

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Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Apr 01, 2006 at 19:10 UTC

    I vote for a bar that serves Belgian Ale and has on its menu mussels, and french fries and mayonaise.

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by GhodMode (Pilgrim) on Apr 01, 2006 at 23:40 UTC
    At the "Men's Club". You know... she's only dancing to work her way through college. And she's a Computer Science major. It's a great time to show her your Camel.
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Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by tomhukins (Curate) on Apr 02, 2006 at 00:15 UTC
    I already voted for Bar as the best fit for Pub but I now regret this. I'd like to vote for anywhere that April 1st doesn't happen so I can free myself from tedious failed attempts at humour. If such a place has beer, all the better.
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by SirBones (Friar) on Apr 02, 2006 at 03:06 UTC

    A hash bar.

    "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: Fearless and inventive." --J.T. Hutt
      A hash bar.

      Actually, I think the MS Vista management team has them booked. Afterall, look what it did for the XP GUI team.

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      tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
      And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
      - Chick McGee

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by Moriarty (Abbot) on Apr 02, 2006 at 06:00 UTC

    The las PerlMonger meeting I attended was combined with the Canberra Linux Users Group (CLUG) Programmers/Pancakes Special Interest Group (PSIG) at the local Pancake Parlour.

      Of course, you've heard of this woman?

      It's her real name, and her real bio.

      emc

      "Being forced to write comments actually improves code, because it is easier to fix a crock than to explain it. "
      —G. Steele
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by jhourcle (Prior) on Apr 02, 2006 at 12:10 UTC

    I've seem PM meetings in a few of these locations, as I've been in both bluegrass.pm and dc.pm. It probably varies with the intent of the PM group -- is it just a social group, or a learning thing, etc?

    Bar
    Fine for social events -- Can be a little too noisy for detailed conversations and/or training. Most of the DC.pm folks will move to a bar (which serves food) after the 'main' meeting.
    Classroom
    Well, it was more of a training room (at a tech company), but it worked rather well -- we had projectors, they let us order in food, network connections, flip charts / white boards, etc. No problems with conversation that everyone could hear.
    Restaurant
    If you can get a back room, it's not so bad for noise -- and if someone brings a flip chart, it can be okay for some sort of teaching meetings. It's less social than a bar, as with food involved, people are less likely to rearrange through the meeting. With large crowds, it can be dificult to hear everyone. (gnat came to a bluegrass.pm meeting, and we had a larger than normal turnout -- we were spread across multiple tables, and the 'backroom' was an upstairs balcony w/ bad acoustics.)
    Library
    Okay, it wasn't a PM meeting, it was DC-IA, but some libraries have rooms that people can reserve. (I don't know if there was a fee involved, or not, as they took donations, but that might've been to offset food/coffee, not the room.)
    Tech company
    I've couple of places have been gracious about space -- AGU has been hosting dc.pm for the last few years. It's nice to have a consistent location, presentation space as appropriate (either set up with a 'theatre' seating for talks, or as a more informal seats around tables for less formal things. bluegrass.pm would order food in; dc.pm tend to go find food afterwards.
    Conference
    I've never gone to Perl conferences, but I would think that PM meetings tend to be more local ... so I don't know how appropriate conferences are. (I've met w/ other programmers at conferences we were all going to, such as AAS/SPD or AGU, but we'd just find a place off to the side, and work on stuff that we tended to be presenting on)

    As things go, I'd vote for classroom or conference room within a tech company, if you're holdings talks and training. If it's just social, a bar is probably better. (or go with dc.pm's model, and do both).

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by zshzn (Hermit) on Apr 03, 2006 at 21:03 UTC
    I'm surprised that libraries aren't very popular. Then again, they do directly contrast with our natural drunken nature. I voted restaurant, Perl and eating, should be a great combination.
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by sweetblood (Parson) on Apr 03, 2006 at 22:40 UTC
    So far as I can tell there is no local Perl Mongers group in my area (Long Island, NY, USA)

    Sweetblood

      Are you kidding? You've got three that are fairly close: Csy.pm (website issues or AWOL?), Ny.pm (the original) and PerlSemNY.pm.

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Apr 04, 2006 at 09:53 UTC

    How about the option IRC for the deeply cynical.

    --

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    My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
    Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
    So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
    (Missquoting Janis Joplin)

Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by kulls (Hermit) on Apr 04, 2006 at 12:25 UTC

    The most best places are Hell and Heaven!.
    Why not there?.

    - kulls
Re: Best Perl Mongers meeting location
by martin (Pilgrim) on Apr 09, 2006 at 09:40 UTC
    Our meeting location is a stylish vaulted cellar with a bar and high-speed internet access. While a cruise ship might be an even cooler place to be once in a while it certainly would not be as easy to get there on every Tuesday.

      This is why the invented helicopters. Now, I admit that they can be pricey, but there are few entrances quite so impressive as rapelling [spelling?] from a helicopter onto the deck of a cruise ship, preferably while wearing a tuxedo.

      emc

      "Being forced to write comments actually improves code, because it is easier to fix a crock than to explain it. "
      —G. Steele

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