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Friday, April 3, 2009
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

This evening the Montana Coders meetup group will meet in Missoula at 6pm. Pizza will be provided.

Full event announcement is here - it's good to sign up and RSVP.

Sorry for the late notice!

Start: 6:32 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to invite you to a meeting and group I started, the "Montana Programmers" group. We are a new group with about 4 meetings behind us and another one coming up in Missoula, Friday April 3rd. Meetings have been a blast and this month we will be having two brain dumps (brief) one on AJAX and another on CSS design.

Many programmers (especially webers) are Linux users so this should give some exposure to your group as well.. I will definitely mention it to the group.

Thanks for letting me post.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

7-9 PM Helena Public Library, Large Conference Room.

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Start: 12:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

Missoula BarCamp 2009, our second annual technology, non-profit, and arts unconference will happen on Saturday April 18 from noon to 5pm at MonTEC (1121 E. Broadway, Missoula, MT).

WHEN: Saturday April 18
COST: $8 early, $15 after Apr 11

Registration Required! Do it early and save money. Lunch is included.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Hunter LloydHunter Lloyd will be giving a presentation on Blender.

For those unfamiliar with Blender, wikipedia says:

Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.

Blender is available for several operating systems, including GNU, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris with unofficial ports for AmigaOS, BeOS, MorphOS , Pocket PC and SkyOS. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Lightwave and Maya.

These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.

Hunter is a faculty member of the Computer Science Department at MSU-Bozeman and has used Blender in a couple of classes. He will cover the following topics during his presentation:

  • User Interface intro
  • Feature Tour
  • Comparison to commercial apps
  • Show some sample projects including those done by students

For directions and parking info, see:
Meeting Information

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Start: 9:30 am
End: 5:00 pm

Linuxfest Northwest 2009 - Bellingham, Washington - 10th Anniversary

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Start: 9:30 am
End: 4:32 pm

Linuxfest Northwest 2009 - Bellingham, Washington - 10th Anniversary

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