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Tech Meetup Thursday in Boston

From the comments in my last entry, it looks like there's a few folks interested in a "geek dinner" on Thursday in Boston. I don't really like to call them "geek dinners" because the name makes me think of a bunch of social misfits sitting around talking about bytecode manipulation. ;-) IMO, a better name is "tech meetup" - which follows the line of thinking we have for our Denver Tech Meetups: meet somewhere, drink some beer, eat some food - and talk about whatever.

If you're interested, leave a comment on this post and we'll try to come up with a good location. I'm game for anything - so I'll let you locals pick the spot. How does 7:00 Thursday night sound?

Posted in Java at Mar 14 2006, 08:11:09 PM MST 22 Comments

Matt, that hurts. There are not that many people around who can talk about bytecode manipulation. Those I know, far away from social misfits, including myself.

Posted by eu on March 14, 2006 at 10:30 PM MST #

Eugene - good point. I definitely didn't mean to insult. Sorry if you took offense.

Posted by Matt Raible on March 15, 2006 at 05:42 AM MST #

Count me in. I'd second The Summer Shack mentioned in a comment from yesterday for easily accommodating a large group.

Posted by Daniel R. on March 15, 2006 at 07:15 AM MST #

would if I could make it, but say hi to my old town.

Posted by stephen o'grady on March 15, 2006 at 09:05 AM MST #

I might be interested. I'm not an AppFuse user, but I'm doing j2ee (jboss, struts, etc.) and would enjoy talking about java & stuff.

Posted by Mike G. on March 15, 2006 at 01:19 PM MST #

I am very interested and looking forward to meet with you Matt. I think Cactus Club is a very nice place. Great margaritas.

Posted by June8 Ozen on March 15, 2006 at 01:42 PM MST #

I'm game...posted a bunch of places in the other thread

Posted by Ken Yee on March 15, 2006 at 05:04 PM MST #

I vote for Summer Shack. I'm also going to shoot an e-mail to Tim Fennell (inventor of Stripes), just because 1) he lives in the area, and 2) he's probably a fun guy to talk to. It'll be Random Developer Night. Ken--good to meet a fellow South Ender.

Posted by Andrew Jaquith on March 15, 2006 at 08:02 PM MST #

I'd be up for a few beers and a bite to eat. The Summer Shack is a good place for this kind of thing because it's very good food and an informal atmosphere (picnic tables even!). And even better if we're talking about the Cambridge location ;) Which, incidentally is much easier to get to by rental car from Burlington and has free parking...

Posted by Tim Fennell on March 15, 2006 at 09:45 PM MST #

Sounds like the Summer Shack is the place to be. Anyone have a Google Map URL?

Posted by Matt Raible on March 16, 2006 at 08:56 AM MST #

There are actually 2 locations in the area (3 if you count the airport): From Burlington, take 128N to 93S for the Boston one. For the Cambridge one, take 128S to 2E for the Cambridge one. No menu on their web site unfortunately :-P

Posted by Ken Yee on March 16, 2006 at 10:28 AM MST #

The Boston location is probably the nicest. Here's the info. This url also has info on parking and also the menu : . And here's the Google Maps URL :,+Boston,+MA

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 16, 2006 at 10:33 AM MST #

I'd be interested in going if it's the Cambridge location.

Posted by Joachim Martin on March 16, 2006 at 10:49 AM MST #

I know how to get to the Boston location, so let's go there. Sorry Joachim. ;-) See you guys at 7:00.

Posted by Matt Raible on March 16, 2006 at 11:35 AM MST #

You *think* you know how to get to the Boston location :) Good luck with the directions. If you get there without any wrong turns, one drink's on me. See you at 7pm.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 16, 2006 at 12:10 PM MST #

Heh, one of the students in my class has a GPS, so she *thinks* she can get us there w/o getting lost. We'll see. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on March 16, 2006 at 12:14 PM MST #

ah, I too have a GPS and it will take you pretty close to your destination. However those tall buildings in Backbay might drive your GPS nuts. So have your hard copy printout handy as well.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 16, 2006 at 12:20 PM MST #

Looks like I am going to be away unforutnatley, I have to help my father move. I'm going to miss St. Paddy's Day in Boston as well. Summer Shack is a great place to eat, have fun.

Posted by Keller on March 16, 2006 at 01:26 PM MST #

Sanjiv, I'm Matt's student that *thinks* will get there with the GPS with no mistakes ;-) Are you willing to buy a round of beers if we do get there with no mistakes? We are 5 all together!

Posted by Mariella Scofield on March 16, 2006 at 01:47 PM MST #

It was nice meeting all of you. Mariella, you can buy me 5 rounds of drinks when we meet next time :) There's no GPS made for Boston roads!

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on March 16, 2006 at 10:28 PM MST #

Yes, it was very nice to meet all of you guys yesterday....we had a very fun conversation about tech and not tech stuff. We will keep in touch in throughout the lists! Have fun in Brazil!

Posted by Mariella Scofield on March 17, 2006 at 09:14 AM MST #

Ditto here. Hey, Sanjiv, even though Mariella ended up in Cambridge w/ her GPS, she still got there a lot earlier than you did ;-) I sent Matt (not Matthew) pics of him w/ the lobster bib on...if any of you guys wants to blackmail him w/ it to get better grades, let me know ;-) Tim, I still owe you a beer :-)

Posted by Ken Yee on March 17, 2006 at 10:34 AM MST #

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