October snuck up on me. Tonight is the monthly Ann Arbor Computer Society (AACS) meeting. I had thought that Bill Heitzeg was going to be talking about Mono, but it turns out that I had some outdated information. John Fohrman is going to be discussing scrum. The meeting, as always, will start at 6:00, and is open to everyone (free). AACS will supply pizza and soda. Members ($20/year) qualify for door prizes.
And, if you're still raring to go after the AACS meeting, stop off for "Coffee House Coders", from 9-11 pm at Espresso Royale on State Street for some tech talk and hacking with friends, powered by coffee. You can even join in remotely:
Tomorrow night, the Michigan Python user group (MichiPUG) will meet at 7:00 pm. The topic for this month is "What's Cool in Python 2.6". Since Python 2.6 final is due to be released, this is a timely topic.
Both AACS and MichiPUG will be held at SRT Solutions, 206 S. Fifth Ave, Suite 200, Ann Arbor.
No lightning talks this Friday. Join us on October 10 at 3:30 for the next round of lightning talks.
I also wanted to report some GOOD news from Michigan, this time from my alma mater. Michigan Tech and the Smart Zone just received a $3 million business incubator grant. They will use the money to renovate the former UPPCO building in downtown Houghton. The SmartZone will lease space in the building, along with other tenants.
The investment will reportedly help to create 355 jobs and generate another $5.1 million in private investment in the Houghton area. Wow! So area business leaders have already announced a "Mich-Again" campaign, intended to attract Michigan transplants back to Michigan. Knowing Tech grads as I do, I'm pretty sure that moving back to the Keweenaw would be an easy sell. With the renovations being complete in mid-2009, Houghton may find itself swatting back those of us who feel strong ties to the area.