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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 30 August 2007 Dinner with Andy Oram

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 30 August 2007 Dinner with Andy Oram
Date: 30 Aug 2007 02:03:27 -0400

Andy Oram and a ragtag crew of incorrigibles^W^W^W^Wremarkable
group of distinguished hackers, authors, organizers, and cranks
will sit down at 7:00 pm on Thursday 30 August 2007 in the
Mercantile Grill at 126 Pearl Street, on the Island of the

This meeting will not be informal.  Andy will lead a discussion
of Vi or Emacs^W^W^WGPL vs BSD^W^W^WLisp vs Perl^W^W^WXKCD vs
Roswell, Texas.  We intend to settle the question, under the Rule
of the Medes and the Persians.  This meeting will thus be the
first of two.

ad payment: The Mercantile Grill is a mercantile grill, and all
who enter abide by the Mercantile Grill Rule: you eat, you pay:

Andy Oram is an editor of the book Beautiful Code.  The book is
beautiful.  It is worth looking at some excerpts:

For further information about this dinner and about Andy Oram:

Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

PS.  Here is a blurb from Andy Oram:


 Discussion will be kicked off by topics such as:

 * Why do people contribute free content, and what can society or
   businesses do to increase participation and quality?

 * In an age where many people can't afford books or don't want to read
   them, how do people learn technical skills?

 * What characteristics distinguish the arts in digital media from
   twentieth-century and pre-twentieth-century media?

 * How can writers earn a living from content in an age of free

 * How will new stages of high-bandwidth networking be funded (can
   advertising carry the cost?)


   Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected 
   book publisher and technology information provider. An employee 
   of the company since 1992, Andy specializes in free software 
   projects and software engineering. His work for O'Reilly 
   includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on 
   Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the recent best-seller 
   Beautiful Code.

   Andy is also a member of Computer Professionals for Social 
   Responsibility and writes frequently on policy issues and 
   trends related to the Internet and to technical innovation and 
   its effects on society. Copyrights, trademarks, and patents, 
   business aspects of open source, and telecom issues are among 
   the topics covered in his articles at:

   He is currently doing research on free, online, technical 
   documention, along with experiments in new tools, as described 

   An article he wrote about art on the Internet, titled 
   "Characteristics of new media in the Internet age," is 
   maintained as a wiki at:

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