[Haskell-cafe] Fwd: [BostonHaskell] Next meeting: October 21st at MIT (32G-882)

Ravi Nanavati ravi at bluespec.com
Thu Oct 15 23:08:33 EDT 2009

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From: Ravi Nanavati <ravi_n at alum.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 11:07 PM
Subject: [BostonHaskell] Next meeting: October 21st at MIT (32G-882)
To: bostonhaskell at googlegroups.com

I'm pleased to announce the October meeting of the Boston Area Haskell
Users' Group.

Based on the feedback from the meeting polls and the constraints of
our speakers, the October meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday,
October 21st from 7pm - 9pm. Like the past three meetings, it will be
held in the MIT CSAIL Reading Room (32-G882, i.e. a room on the 8th
floor of the Gates Tower of the MIT's Stata Center at 32 Vassar St in
Cambridge, MA).

Based on the topic poll (and because he volunteered), our first
speaker will be Brian Sniffen with an introduction to Parsec.
Following his presentation will be our traditional break (with the
now-traditional baked goods).

Our second speaker will be Edward Kmett, who will be picking up the
part of his monoids and parsing presentation that we didn't get to in
August or September (third time's the charm!): "A Parallel Parsing
Trifecta: Iteratees, Parsec, and Monoids".

Edward's slides from August are here:

I'd recommend looking at them if you weren't at the August meeting (or
want a refresher on the material) since the two parts of his
presentation were designed to go concurrently. There's also a preview
of the presentation as part of this post on Edward's blog:

The October attendance poll is at: http://doodle.com/u7762nfxpghsrn2r

As always, responding to this poll will help with two things:
1. Getting an idea of what fraction of the Boston-area Haskell
community can and can't attend this meeting (to help with future
2. Giving me an estimated count of attendees, since I have talked my
wife into baking some more goodies and bringing drinks again.

Helping with BostonHaskell (besides volunteering to speak at future meetings):
1. Sponsorship of refreshments is still being eagerly solicited.
2. Please let me know if you're willing to arrive early (6:30pm) to
help me move refreshments from my car. Based on past experience, I
could use 3-4 volunteers.
3. Please let me know if you're willing to arrive early (6:30pm) to
stand by the door and let people into the 8th floor. I'm guessing 1 or
2 volunteers is enough here.
4. If someone is willing to edit the HaskellWiki page, post to reddit
or otherwise publicize the meeting please just go ahead and do that
(especially as I'm sending this out a bit later than intended).
5. I'm also still having trouble embedding this poll in a page on our
Google Group, so if anyone has any ideas about that, please feel free
to try (any group member can edit pages) and/or offer other

If you have any questions about the meeting please send them to the
BostonHaskell mailing list: bostonhaskell at googlegroups.com or contact
me directly.

I look forward to seeing many Boston-area Haskellers at the October meeting!

Thank you,

 - Ravi Nanavati

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