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Elon Musk isn’t Tony Stark — he’s Zapp Brannigan!

Think about it. With an unearned position as a hero to many on Earth, taking credit for the hard work of other people or fortuitous circumstances, a lack of concern for those working under him, and the id of a fourteen-year-old boy, it’s clear that the comic book character that best exemplifies Elon Musk isn’t Tony Stark, but Zapp Brannigan.

“Kif, I have just done a code review.
Inform the men!”

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Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events (Week of Monday, November 28, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, November 28 through Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Every week, with the assistance of a couple of Jupyter Notebooks that I put together, I compile this list for the Tampa Bay tech community.

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Monday, November 28

GroupEvent NameTime
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!In person at Fords Garage St Pete11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsDowntown St Pete Business Professionals Lunch11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupVirtual Class: Designing with the Adobe Mobile Suite2:00 PM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and more at 3PM this MONDAY ONLY. On other Mondays it is 4pm3:00 PM
Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA)WADA/CITYVERSE NFT TOWN HALL5:30 PM
Suncoast Critical Thinking Discussion GroupTampa Get Together6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Persimmon Hollow Flamingo Crossings6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay ThinkersKatherine’s Baaack! Evangelists, Misogynists, and Repugnicans, BEWARE!6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarMonday Weekly Board Game Night! (Lazy Moon Colonial Location)6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Casual Pokemon League at Nerdy Needs6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceMembers Only: Ceramic Cup Glazing and Casting6:00 PM
Sarasota “Doctor Who” Fan MeetupNovember Viewing Party6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Night6:00 PM
Clean Fiction Writers of Central FloridaWriters Meet & Greet6:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Toxic Relationships and Attachments”7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Meet New People As Adults – Which is Harder Than ExpectedTrivia Night to Meet New People7:00 PM
Light Study PRO – A Photography Workshop for Emerging ProsMembers as far back as 2008 can access their photos7:00 PM
Orlando Social Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
The Nomadic Entrepreneur Group SarasotaLearn How to Create a Ridiculously Easy Second Income on LinkedIn8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 29

GroupEvent NameTime
Business Strategy Meetup GroupBusiness Networking7:15 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Business Builders Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Pimax VR Roadshow Orlando See Crystal and PortalPimax VR Roadshow ORLANDO Try out the Latest VR Headsets9:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsWestchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas,Oldsmar,Westchase Networking Lunch -Wild Rover Brewing Company11:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netNew Tampa RGA Chapter ~ Glory Days Meet your next referral partner!11:30 AM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Tampa Bay IRA Investing GroupWebinar – Private Lending Through an Asset Manager12:00 PM
Global Networking SummitNetworking Brunch12:00 PM
Clearwater Business NetworkingThe Business Networking Midday Power Hour by Simply Referrals on Zoom!12:00 PM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Unity – Mobile App Development Basics4:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:15 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[IN PERSON] CCC-TRI-24 Knight Errand (Tier 3, FR, historic)6:00 PM
Adventures On Tap DnD and Board GamesNerd Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMarvel Crisis Protocol Night6:00 PM
St. Petersburg Business Networking Pick-up BasketballWeekly pickup networking basketball6:00 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club #2824Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupCamera Menus and Photography Tutorial6:30 PM
Tampa Power Apps and Flow User GroupUsing Fluent UI in your Power App6:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® OrlandoShut Up and Write near Howell Branch6:30 PM
Google Developer Group Central FloridaPlay Time With Angular 14 and PhaserJS6:30 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Wargaming SocietyLearn to play Fallout Wasteland Warfare6:30 PM
Orlando Bitcoin MaximalistsInaugural Orlando Bitcoin Maximalists meetup6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!6:30 PM
Geekocracy!Trivia Tuesday at Brewer’s Tasting Room7:00 PM
Literate Ladies of Orlando…Well Bred…Well ReadBeartown for November7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Get Rid of Negative Thinking and Negative Emotions7:00 PM
Community of InvestorsTuesday Deal Days (FL)7:00 PM
NFT and web3 Meetup Groupfuture of NFTs and Web37:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyAMA – Ask Me Anything Related to Photography, Computers and Software7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Orlando Social Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Ave Kava House!7:30 PM
Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur! Get A Free NFT!Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM

Wednesday, November 30

GroupEvent NameTime
Networking 4 ProfitReferral Networking Meeting Orlando Area7:30 AM
Hosted By Whales Tech NetworkBUSINESS BREAKFAST & NETWORKING7:30 AM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaWhat’s the big deal with Data Fabric vs Data Mesh vs Data Lakes?8:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup8:30 AM
Women’s Prosperity Network | Volusia CountyFREE Tele-Class with Nancy Matthews – *WOW* Wednesday9:00 AM
Orlando Cybersecurity Meetup5 user activity anomalies that can be detected with UBA11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Bradenton/Sarasota Networking Meetings and MixersBusiness Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonSarasota Business Networking Lunch All Welcome, Just purchase Lunch!11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Brandon Business Professionals Just Love Coffee11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI North St. Pete Networkers Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Women Who Code TampaZero Trust Security for Your APIs with MuleSoft: WWCode Global Partner Event12:00 PM
Web Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty DegreesWeb Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty Degrees12:00 PM
Sarasota Web Development Meetup GroupLunch Hour Meetup12:00 PM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersWhat to do AFTER Someone Clicks on your Google ad12:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Board Game Players ClubBoard game playing1:00 PM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netPort Richey Professional Networking at NerdQuest Cafe inside Gulf View Mall1:30 PM
TampaBayNetworkers15+30 Virtual Networking2:45 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Storm King’s Thunder Tier 3 – DM Robert5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayPlaying Games in the Alley5:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
The Loan Officer AcademyLoan Officer Academy – Weekly Zoom5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Spellbound Bookstore EventsYA Book Club: It Starts With Us 18+6:00 PM
The 360 Exchange Presents Cocktails and Contacts Happy HourCocktails and Contacts; The 360 Exchange Networking After Work6:00 PM
Saint Pete BoardgamersBoard Game Night!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarBlood on the Clocktower & Board Games! (Deadwords Brewing Location)6:00 PM
Tampa SharePoint Online User GroupUsing Fluent UI in your SPFx solution6:30 PM
Kitchen Table Book Club: Year of Short Stories“Home”- Gwendolyn Brooks6:30 PM
Remote Collective ST. PETE | Social Club For Remote WorkersHoliday Drinks @ Intermezzo6:30 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersSpecial Event: Game Night at Two Buks Saloon6:30 PM
Design St. PeteDesign Fundamentals: Accessibility in Design with Katie Killary6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[In-Person] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup w/Special Guest!7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Open Yourself Up and Connect with People7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupSmartphone Trivia Game Show at Wilders Pizza7:00 PM
Let Go of Your Past and Make New Positive FriendsHow to Be a More Confident Communicator7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking & More!7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Monthly Membership Meeting7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
OrlandoJSOrlandoJS is Back!7:00 PM
Work From Home -Online Business Opportunities and NetworkingHow To Create A Successful Print on Demand Business: Design, SEO, Branding8:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode challenge bi-weekly coding session8:00 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationFinding Hidden Gems – Stock Judgments, Selling & Psychology of Investing8:30 PM
Critical Hit GamesWerewolf9:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM

Thursday, December 1

GroupEvent NameTime
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSuncoast Networkers8:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!The Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Parrish Luncheon11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch at Chuck Lager America’s Tavern11:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Raise Pre-Seed/Seed Startup Funds: Full Day Workshop – Austin, Texas11:45 AM
Simply Referrals Tampa Business NetworkingThe Business Networking Midday Power Hour by Simply Referrals on Zoom!12:00 PM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents3:00 PM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaWhat’s the big deal with Data Fabric vs Data Mesh vs Data Lakes?3:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show4:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Intermezzo Happy Hour & Night Market5:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupLightroom Sessions – Edits and Catalogs5:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsAfter hours Networking & Tasting, Food By 3’C’s Catering5:00 PM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Business Happy Hour ~ Cafe Delanie 1st Thursday Every Month 6pm to 8pm6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at The Collective6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpAfter Hours Networking Happy Hour! Food provided by 3C’s Catering6:00 PM
I Need This Marketing | St Pete NetworkingI Need This Marketing’s Local Mastermind & St Pete Networking6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) Group1st ed AD&D One Shot6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games6:00 PM
Summerfield Board/Card Game NightSummerfield Tabletop/Board/Card Games6:00 PM
Heart of Agile St. Pete – Tampa – OrlandoAgile Evening with HOA (and Alistair)6:30 PM
Nerdbrew EventsTaps and Drafts: Angry Thursdays!6:30 PM
Nerd Night OutMagic the Gathering Drafts at Angry Chair Brewing!6:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Tampa Bay Drupal User GroupTampa Bay Drupal & Web Technologies Q&A. Everyone welcome!7:00 PM
Tampa Bay BitcoinBitdevs7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceShopbot Safety and Usage (Members Only)7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Interviews and LifeHow to Increase Your Confidence and Communication7:00 PM
Books & Brews!December – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM

Friday, December 2

GroupEvent NameTime
Winter Park Toastmasters – Learn while having FUN!Improve your communication, listening, and leadership skills7:15 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!7:45 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Tampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Friday Morning All WElCOME8:45 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
NTi Port Richey, FLNTi New Port Richey – Business Referral Network9:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
West Orlando WordPress MeetupWordPress Collaboration Meetup ONLINE ONLY10:00 AM
World Class Business Networking TampaBusiness Success Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Power Gals with a Latin TwistPower Gals with a Latin Twist Luncheon12:00 PM
US Azure Virtual Desktop User GroupUS Azure Virtual Desktop User Group: December Meetup12:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual: Unity Fundamentals4:00 PM
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Dunnellon Area Board GamersFriday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Hosted By Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutTaps & Drafts6:00 PM
Sunshine Social Deduction GamingBlood on the Clocktower at Blackbird Comics and Coffeehouse6:00 PM
Gen GeekYuletide Skies @Stpete college planetarium6:30 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace Soft Arts Guild7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: The Brothers’ War Draft7:00 PM
Geekocracy!“Violent Night” at AMC West Shore7:00 PM
Tampa Japanese MeetupFL JETAA Tsudoi7:00 PM
Data Tech FloridaGlobal AI Developer Days7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildCanon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Horror Fan Fun Time GangHorror Friends Movie Night – Violent Night!!!7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Daiquiri Deck on the Island in Venice7:30 PM

Saturday, December 3

GroupEvent NameTime
Central Florida Philosophy MeetupWake Up and Think Clearly Saturday morning share and discuss.7:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Camera Sensor Cleaning for FCCP Supporters — Join FCCP Now and Save $$$8:00 AM
Toastmasters Division GEarly Bird Ocala8:00 AM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarBoard Game Boxcar Winter Con 20229:00 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Toastmasters Division EHunters Creek Toastmasters9:30 AM
Writers Group at the Haunted Antique ShopWriters Group at the Haunted Antique Shop9:30 AM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterSAT 12/3 at 10 AM FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE PROGRAM10:00 AM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationDiscounted Cash Flow Series10:00 AM
Sarasota and Bradenton Continuing Education CEU CommunitySaturday CEU • Hand Reflex System10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupCreate an Obby Style Video Game11:00 AM
Geekocracy!Geeks go Hiking at Jay B. Starkey Park11:00 AM
World Class Business Networking OrlandoBusiness Success Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Winning The WeekWinning The Week – 1st Meet12:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
Orlando Machine Learning and Data Science[IN-PERSON] Databricks demo: transfer learning with MLflow3:00 PM
Socrates Cafe – “The unexamined life is not worth living”ONLINE: “Nobel Prize Winners: Inspiring Stories” (Part 2)3:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD7:00 PM
The Non Non Non Fiction Book Club2nd Book Club Meeting @ Southern Brewing: The Undying by Anne Boyer7:00 PM
Gen GeekBirthday Bar Crawl 🎉7:00 PM
Orlando Horror Movie Fans 20s-30sMonth 1 of 12 till Halloween9:30 PM

Sunday, December 4

GroupEvent NameTime
There’s A Book For That: Self-Improvement Book ClubWeekly meeting10:00 AM
Soberish Hang Outs and Book ClubDiscussing Quit Drinking Without Willpower by Allen Carr10:00 AM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterSUN 12/4 at 10 AM FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE PROGRAM10:00 AM
Board Games and Card Games in Sarasota & BradentonGames at Descent Into Gaming12:00 PM
Beginners Guide to D & D (Tampa Bay area)D&D Adventurers League1:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West Pasco (Boardgames)Weekend Game Day1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildEpic New Player Nights – Various DMs (Tier 1: Level 1-4)5:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) GroupRifts5:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyAlphabet Soup | Finding Letters in the World Around Us7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Stocks – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Crypto, Forex & Futures (Online)7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Solana – TampaOffice Hours8:00 PM

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Career Current Events

Looking for tech work? Check out these two info-packed spreadsheets!

Programmer sitting on sidewalk with laptop holding up sign made from a cardboard box that says “Please help! Will code 4 food! Even VB! God bless!”
Creative Commons photo by “bugbbq”. Tap to see the original.

Hey techies! Want to know who’s hiring or what positions are open right now? Here are a couple of Google spreadsheets that you might find helpful in your search:

Help your fellow techies out there and share these spreadsheets far and wide!

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Humor

I hate to break it to aspiring data scientists who don’t like math, but…

Angry cat glowering labeled “Aspiring data scientist” glowering in response to a salad bowl labeled “Linear algebra”.

It’s true — to do data science, you need to understand linear algebra. Luckily, it’s one of the less onerous branches of math; much easier than calculus, anyway.

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Design Humor Users

Watch this video: “What happened to text inputs?”

If you design or develop front ends, whether web, mobile, or even desktop, you really should watch the latest Web Briefs video by Heydon Pickering, What happened to text inputs?

Title card: “What happened to text inputs?", decorated with illustrations of three howling wolves and “type=‘silly’” and “type=‘pants’” tag attributes.
Tap to watch the video.

The video starts with a twist on the classic parable, Inside you are two wolves. In this twist, one of the wolves is called “Adrian”…

Adrian wolf: A wolf wearing an “AltaVista” trucker cap, captioned with these bullet points:

- A user of the web
- Wants interfaces to be easy
Tap to watch the video.

…and the other’s called “Chris”:

Chris wolf: A wolf wearing a “Macromedia” trucker cap, captioned with these bullet points:

- Designer for the web
- Wants to get ahead
- Has heard about “disruption”
Tap to watch the video.

The video covers its topic very well, and very amusingly — stop messing with text input boxes and making them less usable! They should very clearly indicate that:

  • The user should enter some text into them (i.e. they should look like text inputs, and right now, the widely-understood convention is the text box)
  • What kind of text the user is expected to enter into them (i.e. use labels)
Examples of different text box styles, with the title “Only one of these is right!”

- text box, no label, placeholder as label
- Text box and label
- Text line and label
Tap to watch the video.

The video also goes into topic such as why using text input value placeholders are a poor substitute for labels, as well as why the latest slew of aesthetic tricks are still worse than using a good ol’ text box and label.

If definitely worth checking out the video. Watch it now!

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Humor

The brutal truth about NFTs

Comic:
Panel 1: Man says “I’m so excited for our date!” and woman responds “Me too.”
Panel 2: Man and woman are confronted by male robber in a ski mask who tells the man “Empty your pockets!”
Panel 3: Robber holds up “Bored ape” picture and asks “Were you going to try to pay with an NFT?”
Panel 4: Robber and woman laugh at man.
Panel 5: We see the backs of the robber and woman who are walking away arm in arm while the man is left behind, looking dejected.

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Current Events Editorial

Twitter side-effect #3: Unintentional indentured servitude

The uncertainty of the H1B visa wife (even before Trump swung into action)

A lot of tech workers — and according to some estimates, 25% of Twitter’s workforce — are people from other countries working on an H-1B visa. This temporary non-immigrant visa lets employers hire non-U.S.-citizen/non-U.S.-resident-alien professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.

(My parents, both doctors, worked in the U.S. and thus had H-1B visas. I was already around when this took place, hence my “American” accent.)

The choice that Twitter employees had to make yesterday — quit or work at “Twitter 2.0” under a “hardcore”, random, capricious, ill-thought-out, workaholic leadership — wasn’t much of a choice for the ones on an H-1B visa. H-1Bs are tied to a specific employer, and quitting that employer means that you have 60 days to find a new employer to sponsor a new H-1B tied to the new employer, change your status, or leave the U.S..

For examples, see:

Under normal circumstances, that’s tricky. Under the current circumstances, with layoffs all over the tech sector, high inflation, and the threat of a recession, it’s much, much worse. The only choice for many H-1B holders at Twitter might be to stay and hope that life under new management — a.k.a. “Space Karen” — isn’t as hellish as many people predict. The problem is that so far, it’s been a total clown show.

Also not helping: racist nationalist toolbags like this guy:

If you know any H-1B holders working at Twitter or under Twitter-like circumstances, support them as best you can.