We'll be gathering again:
Saturday 12th April 2014, from 12:00 onwards.
at the upper, mezzanine level of the Norwich Arts Centre Cafe.
Now that we've secured a stable venue, we'll be holding meetings more frequently. We're thinking about bi-monthly meetings. Something like the first or second Saturdays.
That's not the only change though. As part of an effort to bring in more Raspberry Pi enthusiasts and Linux generalists, we'll now be advertising these meetings as Norwich Raspberry Pi + ALUG kit meets. It makes sense to do so since many of the regulars are also long-time ALUG members, and Linux is often at the core of everything both communities do.
On a personal note, I've been slacking in the organisation of this group and also in my responsibilities here as a forum moderator. I made some decisions 18 or so months ago which lead to me quitting my job as a systems administrator, and getting into a bit of a derpy depression. This meant I was all of a sudden trying to figure out what I wanted and needed in life. I neglected many friends in the process, and I openly apologise.
You'll be pleased to hear that for almost nine months, I've been enjoying life working as a full time junior web developer. The confidence and creative juice this position has given me has lead to a flood of ideas that have inspired me to pick up my Pi once again. Working in web development has reminded me of exactly why I gravitated towards this community in the first place. I came here with a desire to learn programming for interactive art and games. These ideas for the longest time seemed out of reach, but recently I've felt that these skills are within my grasp. It comes with a little real-world experience I guess
I see web development as a healthy start in the process of getting there. I'm cutting my teeth on all the popular front-end technologies and will continue to do so for some time. But in my personal time, I have been pursuing Python, PyGame and frequenting game development forums and industry-oriented sites. Thus, the Raspberry Pi is once again at the forefront of my mind, as I see an open game development tool and supporting community whenever I look at it.
Consider this my focus going forward, and I hope that once again I'll be able to meaningfully contribute and fill in wherever I am knowledgeable.
Best wishes, and see you at the next meetup!