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Geek Collision v0.27

The ad hoc series of GCs continues as the next meetup takes place already today on Thursday the 20th of December. In order to ready ourselves for that Christmas ham and other plenty assortments, we decided to fill our stomachs before turning to the liquid breads.

We'll be meeting in Pancho Villa in Forum shopping centre at 5PM. After dining we'll head out to Vihreä Haltiatar at 6PM. Feel free to join us at either location. If you can't make it this time, happy holidays and see you in 2013, we'll drink to your health. And remember, the next GC is whenever you want it to be!
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Geek Collision v0.26

Nerds and socializing, is that even a thing? Apparently it is! After I came across the #geekcollision IRC channel a bit over a week ago and attended the v0.25 meetup I decided this is definitely a group I want to get to know better.

Which brings us to this - I want to invite all you geeks to O'Malley's for a pint or two on Thursday the 29th this month.

v0.26, be there or be... no wait, no alternatives. Be there!
Kauppakatu 30, 40100, Jyväskylä

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Geek Collision v0.25

Christmas is creeping on us at an amazing pace, bringing its seasonal drinks along. Thus, it is time to for us geeks to welcome the season and celebrte it with a beer or two next Tuesday, 20.11.2012 in Vihreä Haltiatar starting from 6PM onwards. See you all there!

Address: Kauppakatu 13, Jyväskylä

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Call for Action + Hackaday on Wed

Based on our experiences on last Wednesday at Hacklab, it seems the premises might be suitable for some more events, provided there is interest. Although Hacklab is officially a hackerspace, it is alright for us to organize our own little happenings there.

These may range anywhere from workshops to seminars, dojos or you name it. If you would like to organize or participate in some event, do make some noise about yourself. Either the mailing list or the IRC channel (#geekcollision at IRCnet) are good places to do that.

Hackaday on Wednesday

We'll be hacking Elovalo led cube effects at Hacklab (Kauppakatu 4, inner courtyard) on Wednesday (12.09) at 18:00. Feel free to visit the lab on Tuesday and Thursday (18:00) as well if you want to see what the place or the project is about. We'll give you a tour.
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Elovalo Effect Challenge

As those who visited the latest Geek Collision know, a challenge was presented to the community. The slides below might make things a bit clearer (prob. not visible in RSS):

Elovalo is a project that builds three pedestals, each containing a led cube (512 leds), for the City of Light event held at Jyväskylä. The pedestals will be visible at the Church Park for around a week at the end of September.

The purpose of this challenge is to encourage the community to participate in the development. We provide tools (basic API, simulator), it's up to you to use them and create amazing effects. Those effects will be composed into playlists that are then shown using the devices. Besides actual technical work, ideas and discussion are welcome too. I know coding C can be a bit daunting at times.

There are no prizes available this time unfortunately. We can, however, guarantee a place in the project credits.

If this sounds interesting to you, check the project out. Or better yet, visit the lab (Kauppakatu 4, inner court hidden behind construction work). We can guarantee there are people there on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning from 18:00. It is likely we will be working on the project there on other days too. The surest way to know is to just ask at #hacklab.jkl on Freenode.
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Geek Collision v0.24 Surprise Call

Geeks collide like nobody's business on Wednesday the 5th of September at 6PM at the sparkling new Hacklab Jyväskylä's builders' nest in Kauppakatu 4 (entrance from the backyard).

Geek Collision v0.24 pays tribute to the day that the figure brings to mind because it certainly feels like Christmas as we'll be not only celebrating the first ever GC that takes place in the new abode but we'll also be able to enjoy GC's very own homeboy Juho Vepsäläinen presenting the project Elovalo, a custom-built lighting system designed to appear in Jyväskylä's church park come this autumn.

Feel more than free to take a sneak peek at the project at http://elovalo.org/.
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Geek Collision v0.23 Official Call

You have voted and we have consensus that we'll meet Wednesday 15th August at 18:00 at Lucky Baldwin's (located in Gummeruksenkatu).

This time we have a loose theme for the discussions: What would you like the next AgileJkl in 2013 to be like?

See you then, thirsty geeks!

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Geek Collision v0.23 Coming Soon

Time to collide again. This time we have a loose theme for the discussions: What would you like the next AgileJkl in 2013 to be like? Vote your date and see you soon!

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Summer Special Geek Collision coming up on Sunday

Summer specials keep rolling on and this time it's turn for the sauna ferry collision. The ride starts at the Lutakko harbor on Sunday 29th at 18:30 and lasts for two hours. Towels are provided on site and there will be some iceboxes and a grill at our disposal.
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GC v0.22 The Official Call

By the democratic process of doodling the date has been set. Rally thineselves to Ye Good Ol' Pub of Harry's on Wednesday the 4th at 6PM.


Address: Kauppakatu 41


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Geek Collision v0.22 next week at Harry's (Old English Pub)

Ales, Stouts and Weissbiers galore as Geek Collision arrives yet again to nourish the mind and water the mouths next week. Jot down your preferrable dates at

http://www.doodle.com/kwihb5xw4d286iz4

Let's carve the final date in the stone on Monday.
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Community Space - Relocation Talkoot at 21.7 12:00

Since the last post we've accepted the new space. Now all that remains is lugging all the stuff from the old Hacklab to the new one. In order to get this done we're organizing "talkoot".

We'll be meeting at the old premises on Kolmospesänkatu 3 A 1 (basement) on 21st of July (Saturday) at around twelve:


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If you are coming, please imply this at the Doodle. If you have any further questions or need some extra info, drop a comment or participate directly at the mailing list of Hacklab.
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Sauna ferry collision date set, join in on the fun

The date has been set for the sauna ferry and it's the 29th of July. Two times are available for that date, so please go and check the best time for you at http://www.doodle.com/re9wxpbsq7e7sr7p. The one that suits our needs better will be chosen.

The cost for the sauna is 120€ and it will be split between the attendees. Towels will be provided on site and there will be some iceboxes and a grill available.

For more information visit http://www.saunalautta.fi
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Special Geek Collision v0.21 on Thu (7.6) at Hemingway's

Mission accomplished! Thanks to you. We managed to raise enough funds in order to secure a community space. We visited there yesterday and had a look around. Looked somewhat promising. It will definitely take some effort to make the space ours.

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There are some photos available from the visit. Note that the floor will still be smoothed. Some walls are missing as well as the space will be repartitioned.
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In order to keep things fair and square we're organizing a special edition of Geek Collision. The event will be held at Hemingway's (map below) on Thursday (7.6) starting at 18:00. Everyone even remotely interested in the subject is welcome of course.


Näytä suurempi kartta

What makes this collision a special one is the fact that Hacklab Jyväskylä will have a meeting with us there. We will discuss through the details and get arrangements needed done in order to fully secure the community space.

If you can't make it there and want to discuss some issue, please use the mailing list. Or alternatively you can poke us at IRC (#geekcollision@IRCnet). In case you applied for Hacklab membership in order to support the community space, please go ahead and fill their form to make things go smoother at the meeting.
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Call for Geeks - Attaining a Community Space

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a proper community space in the center of Jyväskylä? As it appears this is something we can definitely achieve. This is possible by collaborating with Hacklab Jyväskylä.

Hacklab currently provides a hackerspace at Kuokkala. In addition to this they organize and participate in various events. You might remember them from Instanssi.

It appears the goals of us and Hacklab are somewhat similar. Hacklab complements our "unorganization" well. We've come to realize this. As a result we're currently trying to attain proper premises at the center of Jyväskylä. This is your chance to contribute!

The Premises

These premises would make it easier for us to organize regular events. In addition the place would function as a "hotspot" for all geeks in the area. If there would be a place where you could meet local geeks, this would be it.

We have been offered premises at Kauppakatu 4 (see the map below). The central location makes it ideal for our purposes. There is room enough for us (around 55 sqms). And it is a basement, of course. Best of all, The Ol' Green is really close!


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How Can I Contribute?

In order to make this happen, we'll need to raise a bit of money. This is where you can contribute, should you want to.

Hacklab provides memberships. The funds gained this way are used for the rent and various purchases needed. It is important to understand that Hacklab works on non-profit basis.

Currently they have three membership levels available:
  • 10€ per month - Access to premises on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (club evening)
  • 20€ per month - Free access to premises (key)
  • 40€ per month - Exclusive offer, own table

We track our progress towards the worthy goal in a public spreadsheet. Should you feel like contributing, add the information needed there. If you are interested in some other sort of contribution, do let us know (see "Connections" on the blog).
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2nd Python Tutorial


Hi!

The second instance of the hungry python tutorial (open for everybody) will be this Friday, 1st of June from 14:00-18:00 in room AG C231 in the Agora building. We will hear more about Python and Django and possibly Go (the language, not the game).

Bye, Fabian
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Sauna ferry collision for the summer?

Any volunteers for a sauna ferry collision in the summer? Participate and make it happen.

http://www.doodle.com/re9wxpbsq7e7sr7p

Ps. The date is not set in stone and sauna is good for you.

http://www.saunalautta.fi/
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SO Meetup - Afterthoughts

The SO meetup held at 28.4 was quite an interesting event. Seven of us gathered at the cosy premises of Hub Jkl. We had a five talks ranging from graphical notations to web development. The sessions were quite lively and sparked conversation. It is likely we'll arrange another similar event later on May.

Presentations


Tero Tilus talked about graphical notations. Did you know that UML uses only one visual dimension? I didn't. I'll never look at maps the same. The slides of the presentation aren't available yet but they might appear here should there be demand.

I gave three presentations. A longer one and two short ones. In the first short one I talked about two tools I've developed recently: suite.js and generators.js. The presentation, originally intended to be five minutes long, sparked some interesting conversation. As a result I have some idea how to develop the tools further. You can study the slides below:


My second presentation was about static websites. During the last few months or so I've developed a few so I thought to share some of my findings. Even though the technology is quite old school, it's still relevant. The primary advantage of static is that it's very easy to serve. Just dump the HTML to some web server and off you go. Examine the slides for further details:


My third presentation discussed Bootstrap and Skeleton CSS frameworks briefly. In this presentation I primarily wanted to motivate people to give either of these a go. They make a remarkable difference for a casual developer. There is no need to build it all by hand. Instead you can pick a framework and get something cool done without having to spend entire month on it. The slides are available below:


Last but not least Tsuri Kamppuri discussed about a MVC framework he built using PHP. Man, I'm so happy I don't have to work with PHP anymore. Anyway, it was nice to see what you can do with it if you really want to.

Conclusion


Overall I think that the event was a success. Sure, it might have been fun to have more people around but I feel everyone got something out of it. It is likely we'll arrange another one later on May. This time we'll make sure to let people know of the event earlier so it's easier to make room for it in the calendar.

A couple of persons have already announced that they might have some topics to discuss about. I'm particularly excited about a certain design related prospect. It's more than fine to have less nerdy talks amongst the more nerdy ones.
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Geek Collision v0.20

The next Geek Collision will be held on next Thursday (3.5) at Vihreä Haltiatar (as usual). See you there at 18:00!
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Call for Dates - Geek Collision v0.20

A new geek collision is coming up, time for a Doodle.

More info on the successful meetup (slides etc.) in the next post...
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SO Meetup on 28.4 (Sat) 14:00- at HubJkl

This time we are going to have Stack Overflow themed collision. Apparently geeks around the world will gather on 28th so why not to join them. The event will be organized at the premises of HubJkl (Gummeruksenkatu 9 B 10) and will begin at 2 PM. See the map below for exact location:



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After enjoying/suffering through a few presentations, we'll head towards the good ol' green. If you have done something interesting lately, be sure to prepare a talk. The program hasn't been fixed entirely so there's room for those.

Just so you know what to await for, we'll be having talks at least about graphical notations in information systems and something about GitHub Pages.

See you there! If you are coming, please let us know by adding yourself to our Doodle. You might also bring your laptop if you happen to own one. Probably doesn't hurt unless it's one of those luggable ones.

Big thanks to the fine people of HubJkl for making this event possible.
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New look for the blog

Times change and so do web page layouts. The new look adds a bit of the oh-so-glorius Web 2.0 feel.
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Python workshop tomorrow!

Qvantel is organizing a Python workshop tomorrow (20th of April) in Agora building starting at 2PM. There will be three sessions from entry level stuff to web development with Django.

The workshop is free to join and there will be some pizzas sponsored by Qvantel. 

If you have any questions send email to our mailing list at geekcollision@googlegroups.com (you must join before you can post) or direcly to Fabian Snovna at fabian.kreutz@qvantel.com.

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Geek Collision v0.19

GC v.0.19 next Thursday in Vihreä Haltiatar.

Thursday was the most popular date on Doodle.
See you there at 18:00.
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Geek Collision v0.18 relocation to Hemmingsway's!

It appears that there is also a Python meet up in Jyväskylä tomorrow arranged by Fabian Kreutz from Qvantel. So we are going to join them and discus about possibility of Python User Group in Jyväskylä.

Here's the original email I got

Greetings, interested Programmer!
A few people are planning a public python user group for Jyväskylä. It all started with company-internal tutorials from experts to newbies but shall now grow.
All we have are a few ideas:
 * Have tutorials e.g. in university premises, maybe once a month?
 * Program some fun game together
 * Let meetings be sponsored by our companies (as they benefit via:
recruitement connections, education of employees etc)
 * Logo could be two snakes winding around Harju
 * Join the RY located in Turku?
 * Chat-meetings in pubs in the evening
So for now please
 a) forward this email to 3 - 5 friends that might be interested (be smart - use BCC!)
 b) come to meet on Tuesdays the 6th of March 2012 in Hemmingsway's at 19:00
where we will brainstorm the next steps.
Bye,
 Fabian Kreutz
 fabian.kreutz@qvantel.com
 045-6703717

We will of course have normal Geek Collision on the side, so no need to skip even if you are not interested in Python. We just relocated to make this meet up easier and not to isolate similar groups from each others.

See ya around six there then!


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Geek Collision v0.18 on Tuesday!

Next Geek Collision is on next Tuesday (6.3.) at Vihreä Haltiatar starting around six. See ya!
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Geek Collision v0.18 and Instanssi hack fest coming!

Geek Collision v0.18 is coming up and so is Instanssi hack fest!

Instanssi is a festival of digital making in Jyväskylä 9-11.3.2012. Are you already working on your entry? If not you should! There are no limits! Just hack, create and have fun! Be sure to get your ticket now. There are no too many left anymore.
But before this huge "Geek Collision" we must have one smaller one for entry plotting etc. in Vihreä Haltiatar.

Pick a date:
http://www.doodle.com/gtw3wg4ndv5b2ruw



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Geek Collision v0.17 on Thursday

Thursday seems to be the greenest day in the doodle. See you in Vihreä Haltiatar after 6pm!
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v0.17 coming up and how to reach Geek Collision

Yay! Yet another Geek Collision is coming up. Cast your dates here.

Often people ask how get notified about these events. So here's a list. This will also work as a checklist for me and others arranging Geek Collisions. So please bug me or anyone else arranging Geek Collision if some media gets forgotten.

  1. First and the most official one is this blog
  2. Second and probably most hardest to miss is our mailing list geekcollision@googlegroups.com. It's not currently public list, but anyone is free to join. The list can be used by you too. For example recruiting.
  3. IRC channel #geekcollision @ IRCnet. This is our most active media. GC announcement will most likely come out here first
  4. Google Calendar. Get notified on Android and others.
  5. @geekcollision on Twitter. All blog posts will be automatically posted here using Twitter Feed. It might get also some other random geek tweets.
  6. Facebook page. All tweets get redirected here. Like it if you want to see the updates on your Facebook feed.
Phew! Quite few to remember!

You should also remember that Geek Collisions are totally open events. Please bring up your voice if you have a good idea for a Geek Collision! Collisions can be almost anything.  We don't always sit in Vihreä Haltiatar. We have had presentationssaunas, lightning talksmovie nights and coding dojos too and we want more! So please come up if have an idea or resources to arrange something cool :)

See ya!
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Geek Collision v0.16

The date seemed to settle on next Tuesday (10.1.). So see you in Virhreä Haltiatar around six o'clock!
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Call for dates - Geek Collision v0.16

Year's first Geek Collision coming up!

Pick your dates: http://www.doodle.com/gigx2r62keqg7p33
 
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