Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] October 2014 PRPIG Meeting

On October 16, the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (PRPIG) will celebrate it's recent acceptance as an affiliate of the Open Source Initiative, with a new series of user group meeting cohosted within the University of Puerto Rico. PRPIG will be collaborating with respective campus student associations for computer science (AECC, initials in Spanish), to produce user group meetings for students. 

The user group meetings will feature introductory Python sessions by students and user group members. The October PRPIG meeting will be held at Universidad de Puerto Rico en Bayamón, #170 Carretera 174 Parque Industrial Minillas, in the Reception Hall at 7:00pm.

On November 20th, PRPIG will collaborate with the UPR Rio Piedras chapter of the AECC to produce the “Puerto Rico Intellectual Property Summit.” The user group meeting will feature sessions from the UPR Law Clinic, Startups of Puerto Rico, and Ferraiuoli LLC. Sessions anticipated include the Puerto Rico implementation of Creative Commons 3.0, intellectual property protection for startups, and a side-by-side comparison of software licenses.

These student collaborations Provide teens with the opportunity to build skill proficiency in open technologies not typically covered locally in the standard proprietary software driven, technology-based degree programs. For participants, they gain valuable skills that will help prepare them for future education and career success.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 10/09/2014 09:13:00 AM

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] PRPIG Gains Affiliate Membership in Open Source Initiative

August 24th, the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (PRPIG) was formally accepted as an affiliate member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).  With this honor, PRPIG joins a litany of IT (FLOSS) giants, such as Mozilla, the Python Software Foundation, The Linux Foundation, Debian, and the Drupal Association.  #humbling

"We are pleased to have prPIG join our community,” 
said Patrick Masson, general manager of the OSI.
prPIG captures the very essence of the Open Source movement, where communities of practice self-organize around common goals to share and co-create. prPIG is helping set the standard for peer-driven development across Puerto Rico while also contributing to the larger Python community."
prPIG offers free workshops and seminars to educate about and advocate for the benefits of Open Source. To grow our community and increase our reach we will continue to build bridges among different constituencies, focusing especially on high school and university students.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 10/09/2014 09:02:00 AM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Ouroboros Island

A modern day tale of excess, greed, and wealth destruction.

Once upon a time, on a small island things were going incredibly wrong.  It's citizens had begun to raid deserted or unprotected resources.  You see, what lie within these resources was treasure, and it could be "openly" collected and sold.

While the islands' citizens had waited for someone, anyone to come to their rescue, when help did not come.  They started to live outside of the system that ruled the island.

What they didn't realize when they started this desertion, was that, there just wasn't enough to go around on the outside of the system.  Enough what, you might ask. Anything, everything, from those who languished in poverty outside of the system, to those most well off by the system.  they all wanted the same thing, more.

Over time, the island began to run short of anything, everything.  That's what lead those that languished outside of the system to start their raids.   At first, their raids yielded the low bearing fruit of any unguarded carcass.  The scavengers are always the first to discover a new carcass, but eventually the alpha hunter
catches the scent and moves in to devour the unfortunate prey.

As more citizens decided to live outside of the system, more citizens decided to leave the island. Slowly at first, but then with increasingly more frequency, the shortages on the island led citizens to leave the island for the promise of more, somewhere else.

As these forces ravaged the islands’s economy, the system could not keep up with the demand for more. The rate of the raids on abandoned businesses and houses increased as the island’s production weakened.

Once a thriving business, now merely a shell.

Less than a shell,
simply what couldn't be carried away

From one night to the next,
the scavengers pick at the carcass
And where were these treasures taken?  What happened to them?  Well, that's a funny story.  As it turned out, the system that controlled most things on the island was buying them for pennies on the dollar.  You see, as the treasures were seized, they were sold to treasure salvage pirates who openly operated within the system.  They were a part of the system.

Ye Olde Salvage Yard
Loads come in, bigger loads go out.
The Alphas make another delivery
And collect another bag of gold
As time went on, the excess, the desire, no, the entitlement to progress overwhelmed the island.  When that happened, then the islands and nations of the world began to call it Ouroboros Island.  An island so ravenous that it eats it's own tail.

But unlike mythology, this island wasn’t recreating itself. More like killing itself. If anything, the island was slowly choking on it’s excess consumption, by stuffing itself, there was nothing else left to survive on. In choking to death, the island would die, and it’s citizens would be left to build the system a new. No matter, how long that might take.

Notice: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.  All places appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real places, past or present, is purely coincidental.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 8/26/2014 11:41:00 a. m.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Victor Vasarely Meets Tina Turtle

I've been playing around with Python Turtle, with the intention of adding finished scripts to  A few months ago, I was successful in porting Victor Vasarely's "Plastic Alphabet" in Python and Tk.  So, as soon as I learned about, I've been trying to port the script into Python and Turtle.

After using brute force to get some boxes drawn in Turtle.  This weekend I was able to finish the algorithm to get Turtle to draw columns and rows of boxes.  Needless to say, but the power of trinkets is that you can develop Turtle using your preferred Python IDE, and then simply cut and paste the script into a trinket. Enjoy!

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/17/2014 07:17:00 AM

Saturday, August 16, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] 8/16/2014 06:50:00 PM

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/16/2014 06:50:00 PM

Thursday, August 7, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Kahn Academy Interactive Javascript

Spin-off of "Intro to Coloring"

Made using: Khan Academy Computer Science.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/07/2014 05:46:00 PM

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Another example

One of the many uses of is engagement and measurement. For example, If you're teaching a class on Python, you could simply paste a trinket into your blog or website, and then, with each session opened by a client, the visitor has their own interactive Python environment.

When participants have finished the assignment, they can share the result on Faceboo, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In, Reddit, or Hacker News.  Pretty cool, don't you think?  This portable Python environment really changes everything.  It's a whole new way of engaging with the user group.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/07/2014 08:08:00 AM