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For amusement, I poked through my private ~/home/bin directory for 45 minutes. I deleted a bunch of old scripts, mostly ones I used when writing the Python "What's New" documents that would print and summarize the commits since a given tag (for both CVS and SVN!). Some of the scripts that I still use were ported to Python 3; so far they've all been trivial except for the print statements.
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I did trial runs of the talk at DCPython on October 2nd and NoVAPython October 18th, followed by the PyCarolinas rendition on the 20th.

The DCPython presentation was the first try-out of a new venue, Science Club DC, which is a nightclub/bar. We were in the basement bar and had around 20 attendees. The talk went well, though at an hour it ran well over the PyCarolinas allotted time of 45 minutes. Many good questions, too. Audience members suggested that I could drop the first of my three examples and pare down the discussion of language features that were removed, such as `x` for repr(x) and raising strings as exceptions. (Many audience members didn't know about these features, and even long-time Python users said they'd forgotten about them.)

After taking those suggestions and paring down the slides, the NoVAPython presentation was around 45 minutes, still too long. I had A/V difficulties getting set up, which started the evening late and on a panicky note, so I felt thrown-off through the presentation. The audience seemed mildly interested and there were a few questions, but the meeting broke up really quickly afterwards.

I therefore tried to cut down the talk a bit more for PyCarolinas, but still ran out of time at the end and had to skip some material on the fly (for example, I skipped the PyPI slide). I wrapped up slightly late, and got no questions at all. Slides for the PyCarolinas version.

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