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DynamoBen
05-22-2010, 10:22 AM
I recently attended UPEC and had the fortune of meeting at least two Wisconsin Propeller heads which got me thinking. I'm wondering how many WI Propeller heads are here on the forum. If we have enough maybe we should think about meeting up at some point in the future (I'm not sure that I'm the best person to organize this but we can determine that later).

If you are in WI, USA post here. Also would you be interested in a WI meet up?

NOTE: This is not a thread intended to announced where you are, its a thread for organizing a Wisconsin meet-up.

Post Edited (DynamoBen) : 5/24/2010 2:25:30 PM GMT

Pablo1234
05-22-2010, 10:39 AM
ya I am from WI, and I would love to hook up with people that are interested in anything electronic honestly. I start talking bits and bytes to my frends and they think I'm talking about insects.

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Clock Loop
05-22-2010, 11:19 AM
Minnesota here.

Mike Green
05-22-2010, 11:26 AM
Minneapolis

Q*bert
05-22-2010, 07:18 PM
My son and I were at UPEC - Waukesha and Madison, WI.

Ahle2
05-22-2010, 07:32 PM
Västra götaland here. (Sweden)

sylvie369
05-22-2010, 09:05 PM
Milwaukee, and yes, I'd try to attend a meetup, schedule permitting, of course.

I presented my rocket project at UPEC, and was hoping to fly it the next day. That didn't happen because of the ceiling, but it should fly this afternoon down at Bong (Google it) Recreation Area. I'm installing new batteries as we speak.

DynamoBen
05-22-2010, 10:12 PM
sylvie369 said...
Milwaukee, and yes, I'd try to attend a meetup, schedule permitting, of course.


I presented my rocket project at UPEC, and was hoping to fly it the next day. That didn't happen because of the ceiling, but it should fly this afternoon down at Bong (Google it) Recreation Area. I'm installing new batteries as we speak.


I think you and I may have sat at the same table for Dinner at UPEC

DynamoBen
05-22-2010, 10:14 PM
BTW I'm in Madison.

KPR
05-22-2010, 11:13 PM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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DynamoBen
05-23-2010, 02:59 AM
Apparently we have some folks that want to be in WI ;)

John R.
05-24-2010, 02:50 AM
I'm from Beaver Dam, and would be interested in a meet up.

It was good to see some fellow cheesheads at UPEC...

Maybe a quarterly meeting?

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MacGeek117
05-24-2010, 02:57 AM
Brodhead, WI
Did not have the fortune of attending UPEC, but second the quarterly meeting.

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Ravenkallen
05-24-2010, 08:04 AM
I used to live in Wisconsin, Uh Whitelaw to be exact. It was a small village close to Manitowoc.

bongk
05-24-2010, 10:16 AM
I'm from Elkhorn, WI. I'd do my best to attend if a meeting was set up, though the farthest north I'd probably go would be Madison or Milwaukee.

M.E.S.H
05-24-2010, 08:46 PM
Västra Götaland (Mölndal) - Sweden

RichK
05-24-2010, 09:00 PM
Richfield, WI. Just north of MKE. I can probably make it to a meeting of some sort. Yes I was at UPEC.

John R.
05-24-2010, 09:23 PM
How about a get together in mid/late July in Madison?

Maybe we could make it an "all Parallax" type event (including Stamps, etc.) to grow the numbers.

Also, would we be interested in planning an "introduction to the Prop" or "introduction to Parallax" for early in the fall semister for the UW, MATC, Phoenix, etc., electrical/electronic students?

In July, I would think we could get some space to meet at someplace like Essen House or The Great Dane on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

We could refer to the gathering as "PCB" (Props, Cheese and Beer" (low empasis on Beer).

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DynamoBen
05-24-2010, 09:26 PM
John R. said...
How about a get together in mid/late July in Madison?

Maybe we could make it an "all Parallax" type event (including Stamps, etc.) to grow the numbers.

Also, would we be interested in planning an "introduction to the Prop" or "introduction to Parallax" for early in the fall semister for the UW, MATC, Phoenix, etc., electrical/electronic students?

In July, I would think we could get some space to meet at someplace like Essen House or The Great Dane on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

We could refer to the gathering as "PCB" (Props, Cheese and Beer" (low empasis on Beer).


For fall I think we might be able to find a space in the Engineering building down town. I will think about other places in the area for a meet up (the Space Place comes to mind). My concern with Essen House and Great Dane is they typically charge for space, further if ppl wanted to bring projects or work on code power and space become an issue. BTW I'm all for a good beer, that may make the after meeting events. ;)

Toby Seckshund
05-24-2010, 09:46 PM
Over here WI stands for Women's Institute, and a fearsome bunch they can be too!

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that they had started to program Propellers, after they had finished making the jam (jelly, if American).

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RichK
05-24-2010, 09:46 PM
Isn't it a state law in WI that beer must be available? That was the only shortcoming I noted at UPEC, had to cross the street from the motel to get to a sports bar.

John R.
05-24-2010, 10:20 PM
Toby Seckshund said...
Over here WI stands for Women's Institute, and a fearsome bunch they can be too!

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that they had started to program Propellers, after they had finished making the jam (jelly, if American).


We'll, I'm sorry, but WI is Wisconsin, your Women's Institute should change their name.· We have both Jelly AND Jam over here., actually, we have Jam, Jelly and Preserves.· I used to know the diffrerence, but not any more, other than that Preserves usually have nice chunks of whatever was being processed.

Setting all that aside, will you be able to make it across the pond and join us for a pint?· I promise that in our little corner of the colonies, we can find you some acceptable ale, not just that American yellowed water.

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John R.
05-24-2010, 10:36 PM
DynamoBen said...

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For fall I think we might be able to find a space in the Engineering building down town. I will think about other places in the area for a meet up (the Space Place comes to mind). My concern with Essen House and Great Dane is they typically charge for space, further if ppl wanted to bring projects or work on code power and space become an issue. BTW I'm all for a good beer, that may make the after meeting events. ;)
Do you have any contacts at the UW in any of the Sciences departments.· I've been to the Madison Aquarium Gardener's club a couple of times.· The meet in the "Science House".· Certainly not enough room for a "big gathering" like an "intro to Props" thing, but could work nice for a smaller group of us.

I may also have an "in"·at MATC, I'll try making contact, but that's a bit on the wrong end of town for any "after the meeting" activities.· I also don't know how active that campus is during the summer.

Phoenix, Herzing, or maybe Cisco or one of the other telecom folks might be another alternative.· I'm not sure if Herzing has any related programs or not.· I'd be willing to sit through a brief presentation in exchange for a meeting place.

I may also be able to get a spot in a meeting room at the UW Extension office downtown or possibly the DNR offices.· I'll start working on that.

If Mayville, Wisconsin·would work, I think I could also pull off using the visitor center at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, but would have to see about weekend availability in the summer.· We might also, at least superficially, talk at least a little about some type of nature monitoring or measuring activity.

Any other thoughts?

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Pablo1234
05-25-2010, 01:42 AM
Awsome Idea on the nature monitoring, I'm in West bend and the Horacon/Mayville area is huge on DNR services. You could most definatly get the DNR in on something like that if you involved kids programs.

Public libraries often have space avalable for seminars and meetings but would probably have a limit on the amount of people attending.

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John R.
05-25-2010, 02:21 AM
I wasn't talkn' 'bout no DNR, I was talkn' 'bout them there feds!

But yes, the state DNR offices might be an option. I do regular volunteer work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and have an "in" there, that's why I mentioned them.

Pablo - If you (or anyone else) would be interested in doing some work with a long range (relatively speaking) "critter cam" project on the Refuge (federal portion), send me a PM... I have concepts. I have hardware. I have additional funds available. I have NOT time...

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dberg
05-25-2010, 02:40 AM
My son and I were at UPEC too. Wausau, WI

sylvie369
05-25-2010, 02:49 AM
John R. said...

Phoenix, Herzing, or maybe Cisco or one of the other telecom folks might be another alternative.· I'm not sure if Herzing has any related programs or not.· I'd be willing to sit through a brief presentation in exchange for a meeting place.

If you're wrangling for meeting space from Herzing, I'd be happy to ask Henry Herzing if there's space we can use. He's more likely to want us to listen to him sing opera arias than to sit through a presentation.

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
05-25-2010, 03:05 AM
Better watch out! I rented a room for 30 people at got a hundred! :)

This is really great to see! Looking forward to seeing this move forward!

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John R.
05-25-2010, 03:28 AM
The potential response here is almost alarming, although I'm having a tough time seeing the value in flying in from the UK and Scandanavia. If it comes to that, we'll do our best.

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mdavey
05-25-2010, 07:18 AM
I'd be interested also. Oshkosh WI here. I do have a daughter getting married in July so if it's then I may be a few hours late.

Mike

DynamoBen
05-25-2010, 12:10 PM
I do have an "in" at the engineering building on the UW campus, we have some biomed students in our depart that could hook me up. I also have access to a large conference style space at my church (holds hundreds of people, has air walls, has mics and power).

There are more Wisconsinknights here than I thought, I'm sure not all of them have checked in yet. It will be interesting to see how many there are at this time next week.

Don M
05-25-2010, 07:04 PM
I am in Freeport, IL. Not very far from Madison area. I would be willing to attend as well.

John R.
05-25-2010, 07:14 PM
Don M said...
I am in Freeport, IL. Not very far from Madison area. I would be willing to attend as well.


For the enjoyment of all, we may need to establish a dress code, banning certain colors, while encouraging others.

Red is always good, and green and gold are quality colors too. There are a couple of different shades of purple/blue that could lead to problems. Orange is bad on a couple levels.

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RichK
05-25-2010, 08:29 PM
No orange? Can't meet during hunting season then.
Nope, got to go with a nice dark blue and orange for at least 2 reasons. And I've found that a nice
red C on your cap goes a long way when visiting here at Wrigley North.

sylvie369
05-25-2010, 08:47 PM
RichK said...
No orange? Can't meet during hunting season then.
Nope, got to go with a nice dark blue and orange for at least 2 reasons. And I've found that a nice
red C on your cap goes a long way when visiting here at Wrigley North.
We'll put you in charge of the SX chip projects, and let you drink Budweiser.

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John R.
05-25-2010, 10:18 PM
Or just send Rich out into the wood for some firewood with the "C" cap and his shade of orange during the hunting season.

Hey, we'll welcome you anyway Rich. After all, somebody has to pick up the first round at the post meeting gathering...

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Hulk
05-25-2010, 11:24 PM
I'm in Port Washington.· Definitely interested!· Milwaukee, Madtown, Horicon, Green Bay all good for me.

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RichK
05-25-2010, 11:31 PM
Just let me know where. I can order all y'all a big pitcher of PBR. Although I prefer East Side Dark or similar when I can get it.

John R.
05-26-2010, 12:48 AM
OK, While we've got some steam rolling, let's start getting real. Date Options that work for me:

Saturday, July 10th
Sunday, July 11th
Saturday, July 17th
Saturday, July 18th

I'm not suggesting that the date be planned around my schedule, but somebody has to start throwing things against the wall.

My thoughts on format (with those thoughts and a dollar bill, you can get a soda from the machine down the hall) would be a 2 - 4 hour "formal" part of the meeting with about half the time (at most) for speakers, and the balance for general discussion and "social networking" (hanging out for us old guys).

This (social networking) would be the time to have any projects on display, or deal with code questions.

After "adjournment" and CLEAN UP, we could meander over to a location offering greater social amenaties in terms of food and/or refreshments.

We have lots of suggestions for a location to meet up, and there may be a bit of "chicken or the egg" in terms of date/location, but again, let's start seeing what sticks to the wall.

And lastly, NO, I am NOT volunteering to be the OBC of the PCB group! Let's make this a team effort!

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John R.
05-26-2010, 12:55 AM
Potential Agenda Items:

Please quote this post and edit as you see fit.· That way we can keep the agenda ideas in one spot...

I have no idea who, what, where, when, why or how, but here's some thoughts on things to cover:
Prop Debugging Tools· (anyone want to present?) Should we work on a "This is Parallax" for the various schools in the area (UW, MATC, Phoenix, Herzing, K-12 schools, etc.)· I'm thinking timing for putting something like this on·would be early in the semister. Next meeting How formal/informal should the group be? Scope(s) of Interest (prop only, any Parallax processor, any processor, sensors, etc.)



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Pablo1234
05-26-2010, 02:57 AM
Scope(s) of Interest (prop only, any Parallax processor, any processor, sensors, etc.)

I like Parallax processors due to my real experiance with the BS2p, I'm realatively new with spin and the Prop. I would mostly attend to meet people with interests in Parralax productss and some of the sensor technologies and sub assemblys are super fun and cool.



I am haveing twins on the 1st so the farther into june the better, she is haveing a C section on the 1st and I will not be able to leave her alon with 2 babies for at least 3 weeks for any real amount of time.


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DynamoBen
05-26-2010, 03:07 AM
I'd be happy to discussion lighting related items such as DMX, dimming technologies (phase angle and sinewave), ethernet protocols like ArtNet and ACN. Not sure how much interest there is in that sort of thing.

sylvie369
05-26-2010, 05:34 AM
I cannot make the 10th or 11th, and I'm not at all sure about the following weekend.

If I can make it, I'd be happy to present some stuff on Prop and XBee, and perhaps also GPS.

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DynamoBen
05-26-2010, 05:59 AM
July 17th & 18th are clear for me. I may have something going on the 10th or 11th but could work around it.

Rick_H
12-01-2010, 05:44 PM
Is this idea dead in the water? I would love to hook up with some prop heads in WI.

DynamoBen
12-02-2010, 03:03 PM
It's not dead in my mind but hasn't been a priority as of late since my attention has been directed elsewhere. With that said something interesting has happened since this thread started, a Hackerspace has opened in Madison which might be a good venue and could be a nice event for them and us. The problem is I have yet to go down there and check it out and I don't have a lot of time at present to do so.

http://www.sector67.org/

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
12-03-2010, 08:26 PM
A little "OT", but we're also looking at another UPEC for you guys in June '11.

OBC

Rick_H
12-03-2010, 09:24 PM
Uropathogenic strains of Escherichia coli (UPEC)

tasty!