I puppy-eyed my significant seamstress into sewing a really nice quilted banner and an accurate 3-D Pi Buckyberry we can hang from a disco mirror-ball, low-rpm motor ... OMG, what if it had sparkly raspberry-colored sequins or other highly-reflective material ... is that what Swarovski crystals are for? The mind boggles ...
The only hitch is that I didn't think about this a month ago, so, we won't have it for this Jam. Instead, I now have some white, maroon, green, and black cloth material, some iron-on Velcro, a pair of scissors, a stapler (that's how hems are done until the material becomes so frayed it has
to be sewn), and a bunch of printed-out, blown-up outlines of the Pi logo, letters, etc. This may become a crowd-sourced effort Saturday morning after we get the computers set up in the first 15 minutes after we arrive with three hours to go ...
When you arrive, enter through the main doors and you will be escorted to the Jam venue. We are currently scheduled to set up in the (Admiral Grace) Hopper conference room upstairs with a 1080p HDMI-compatible projector (on a ceiling-mounted drop-down screen - very nice). There will be plenty of table space and seating and the room is wired for power, network, sound, video, and pretty much everything else. Our museum liaison is Dag Spicer, long-time senior curator at the museum - he has a graduate degree in computing history from Stanford, is a very interesting guy to talk to about computing, and is a nascent fan of the Pi who doesn't know nearly as much about it as we do, but, he's eager to learn. He will also be collecting historically-significant tidbits about how we got to this point, and I hope that on one of Eben's West Coast trips that he can sit down and do an oral history about the Pi with the museum's experts.
We will be able to go down to the Babbage Difference Engine where I can give a presentation and demonstration of it calculating values of log base 10 to 26 decimal places. I have a fun idea where we can make a video of the Pi racing the Babbage Engine - I need to look up how to calculate 26 decimal place integers using a computer that only has about nine decimal places of native integer capability. Sounds like a good Jam in-situ programming challenge problem to me! I can also provide tours of the R|evolution exhibit artifacts, if desired.
I forgot to ask if anyone would be interested in sticking around for dinner after the Jam. There's a decent Italian place across the street and a few Chinese, Indian, and other usual-suspect places within walking distance from the museum (we can also bring in goodies from any of those places at lunchtime). Castro Street a few miles away is famous for having pretty much one of every kind of restaurant cuisine on the planet since Google, Microsoft, and the other companies in the vicinity of the museum have employees from pretty much every culture on the planet. There's fast food for those on a strict budget, too, including an In-'n-Out Burger and a Costco for anyone who needs food in 55-gallon drum quantities
Oh, and across the street from the museum is a multiplex theater, although, given recent events, maybe that's just not such a great idea - how so very sad for the victims, families, and friends in Colorado ... again. People need to start unexpectedly giving hugs to the loners just to see if that might reduce these tragedies.
Anyone else think of anything I've obviously forgotten?