[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday: Socialization!

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sat Oct 30 00:56:35 EDT 2010

Uh oh. Hallowe'en is quickly approaching, and with November 1 comes
that most horrifying of seasons: the Xmas season. For two straight
months we will be bombarded with Santanic imagery, have endless
popstar variations on Christmas carols piped into our ears, and have
to deal with Christmas cheer -- including, of course, parties. After
ten months of sitting in a computer screen, are you prepared foe those
cheery/awkward Christmas dinners with all those biological relatives?
Will you be able to handle the small talk at the annual office party?
Are you socialized enough to get along with others for more than 140

Fortunately, KWLUG is here to help. By popular demand (?), we will
once again be running a KWLUG social night. This is the perfect
opportunity for you to ease into human-human interaction in a friendly
and supportive environment. You can brush up on your small-talk skills
(or maybe your Smalltalk skills) and pick up useful tidbits you can
use in future conversations.   

There may be some people showing off demos at the meeting, and you
should feel welcome to bring something cool as well. There will be
some grub and refreshments courtesy of NetDirect, and you can feel
free to bring munchies if you want. You can also bring a computer or
project that you would like assistance with -- these social
gatherings are good opportunities for informal help and installfests. 

Best of all, you can use this event as proof that you have a social
life, because once again there will be a key-signing party! If you
have a PGP/GPG key that you would like to get signed by other
attendees, you can. You can also start building your web of trust by
building a key before the party. Party animal Chris Frey has
some (moderately contentious) instructions posted here: 
http://kwlug.org/node/772 . You probably want to make sure you get
your key to Chris by Friday. 

We will be having a FLOSS Fund nominee at the party: PCLinuxOS, a
community-oriented distribution that aims look fabulous and be
radically simple to use. You can read more about the project at
http://www.pclinuxos.com/ , and you can make a contribution to the
project either at the meeting or by contacting me, who will forward
your request to the Shadowy Cabal. 

In other news, our friends at the Drupal User Group will be holding
their monthly meeting on November 18. This month's presentation will
be on "Ethical SEO," and will be presented by KWLUG member Glenn
Cooke. Glenn gave a similar presentation at KWLUG a few years ago and
it was so awesome that I would have been forced to kick myself
repeatedly if I had missed it. I'm just sayin'. See more information
here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/101959

Whether you are a Linux newbie or an oldbie, come party with us at our
usual meeting location: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria St North
(corner of Weber and Victoria)

There is car parking in the thrift store parking lot, and bike parking
along the side of the building. 

- Paul


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