| Does the BADGE group (Bay Area Developers Group) still exist?
| If so would someone please let me know where and when they meet?
Good question. I "sort of" arranged the meetings for the past year (assuming
the task from Mike Meyer who assumed the task from Chuck McManis who assumed
the task from Tom Rokicki who assumed the task from Brett Glass), and have been
posting the meeting notices for the past 4 years or so.
The last meeting of which I'm aware was the August 1991 meeting hosted by
HT Electronics in Sunnyvale CA, at which Bob Rethemeyer discussed/demo'd the
BTNtape, Dale Luck demo'd some new graphics software, and HT Electronics demo'd
some new CD-ROM sub-systems they're building/selling for the Amiga.
The BADGE meetings were normally held at the SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator
Center) Main Auditorium (with an INCREDIBLE projection TV system!) thanks to
the efforts of Willy Langeveld (VLT author and BIX co-moderator) who helped in
arranging that, and to my later efforts with SLAC's Public Affairs Office
arranging and committing to meetings for 1991 (and beyond).
I posted a "Call for Help/Speakers/Assistance" in early September because it wa
difficult finding speakers/developers/vendors willing to discuss their works.
To date (since that posting), I've received only 4 inquiries:
one from Mike ("Distant Suns") Smithwick who stated he will instead
write a magazine article,
one from Dave Navas offerring (possibly) two speaking engagements,
one from Bob Rethemeyer, asking if there's been any meetings recently,
one from (another person who just moved to this area) asking when the
BADGE meetings were held.
Given the lack of response, there wasn't a meeting in September.
Given the lack of response, there wasn't a meeting in October (it would have
been held October 17).
I dunno. Given the declining attendance at BADGE the past year, *IS* there
any interest in continuing the meetings?
If others would like to help out scheduling the meetings, seeking-out and
securing speakers, etc. that'd be GREAT!
If someone else would like to take over the meeting arrangements, etc. let me
know and I'll hand-over all the contact info (re: whom to contact for the
meeting room, how to arrange for video projector setup, etc.).
Though I informed Pauline at SLAC to "deschedule" BADGE meetings at SLAC for
the remainder of 1991, the auditorium is still available if needed.
Another possibility is to arrange with HT Electronics for the use of their
facilities; the one meeting there DID draw a large crowd (but the proprietor
commented to me afterwards that BADGE attendees only purchased ONE magazine
during that evening, so it's not exactly profitable to keep his shop open for
2-1/2 hours later than normal (8PM) on Thursdays).
Is the location of HT Electronics "better" than SLAC? Remember that BADGE
often had speakers/attendees from out-of-town, so proximity to major freeways
and/or airports "might" be important.
Comments on all these issues are invited; I suggest PUBLIC postings to bring
as many as possible into the discussion (I get too much email to respond in a
timely fashion; at present I'm about 3-4 weeks behind. Consider that it takes
about 5 minutes to respond to an email, and that I get 10-50 emails and 5-10
phone calls a day ... I'll NEVER catch up :-(
I do scan headers of postings, though, for "interesting" subjects.