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puzzle solving meeting?

From: Selena Deckelmann <sdeckelmann(at)chrisking(dot)com>
To: Webb Sprague <webb(dot)sprague(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: "Postgresql PDX_Users" <pdxpug(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: puzzle solving meeting?
Date: 2007-06-26 15:28:10
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On Jun 22, 2007, at 12:10 PM, Webb Sprague wrote:

> Hi pdxpug
> (I have been lurking, and I plan on attending at least some meetings
> once my wife and I move up to Eugene.  She will be getting a masters
> in architectural history and planning, and I will be doing field
> research in sociology in the Willamette valley for my PhD...

Neat!  Enjoy Eugene.  I lived there for five years and have visited  
recently to go to a sysadmin's user group they started there last year.

> I think this would be really interesting.  I wonder if it might be
> experiment with meetings structured around some puzzles/problems
> members are trying to solve.

I like it!  I've seen this done at OSCON.. I wouldn't feel great  
about leading this discussion, but I think we have several people  
(Mark, David, James, Rafael, Vassilis?) who could. Or if a few of  
those folks would just agree to be there for the meeting.

> I would be willing to be one of the guineau pigs on this (though I
> don't want to go solo :) ).  I will be collecting field data in
> Postgres:  life histories, genealogies, transcripts for qualitative
> analysis, as well as public data like Census, economic time series,
> and property shapefiles.  I will be doing some analysis in R and
> Postgis and maybe some fancy text processing, and I would love some
> good advice.

That sounds very interesting. I certainly learned a few things from  
Bill's schema (from the Oceanography presentation).

Well, it looks like we have 3-4 ideas out there for the next few  
meetings. I'll write them up and assign months to them.


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