Given the state of everything just now (nasty weather, exams,
projects coming due before break), I'm officially calling off
tonight's CSSA meeting. Our last two weeks have seen pretty poor
attendance anyway, and I know that I for one just don't have time
tonight to hang out.
However, we will be resuming on the Wednesday after Spring Break
(3/19) at the same bat-time, same bat-channel (Votey 367/252 @
Some topics we need to address include:
1) ACM student memberships and starting a student chapter.
This was raised at a meeting a few weeks ago, but a number of
folks have not returned their forms yet.
2) T-shirt designs!
We have the extra budget right now, and we want to make t-shirts
for the CSSA, but in order to do so, we need a count of how many
people are interested in them, and we have to come up with an
earth-shatteringly geeky design for us to sport.
We tried putting this on the group at the beginning of the
semester, but with nobody in particular being made responsible
for it, the site has remained stagnant and incomplete. I propose
we reinstitute the position of CSSA webmaster, and begin a search
for a suitable candidate immediately. Also, props to Karpeles
for his excellent logo designs.
4) The Hacker Lab
So the desktop machines are largely setup, the space has been
better organized, and the walls have begun to see some geeky
decorations. Now we need a single useful and interesting project
for us to work on during hands-on (non Tech-Talk) nights.
Clustering the Suns has been an interesting idea for some time,
but I haven't seen anyone stepping forward to pursue it. Another
interesting idea has been to set up a telephony server (Asterisk)
and connect the incoming voice command system to an in-house
program that executes programs on the server and returns
responses piped through a speech synthesizer. This would allow
us to do such ridiculous things as check our e-mail or play
adventure through our cell phones. Simply put, this idea rocks.
A few other thoughts have rolled through the lab to date, but
mostly we're not seeing much (if any) forward movement on them.
Our lab is supposed to be a place of learning and playing, not
just a lounge for CSSA students between classes. So I want you
to all get your ideas together over break and e-mail in any cool
projects you might like to do to me at:
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I'll bring them forth at the 3/19 meeting for a group vote, and
we'll plan our calendar accordingly.
Okay, that's enough for the moment. As I said before, the meeting's
cancelled for this evening (3/5) officially although you folks can
obviously still use the space if you want to hang out unofficially.
Keep on hackin' in the free world,