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  • 25th Nov, 2005 at 12:12 PM

Casa Magica
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

There's this artists collective on St-Laurent, across from La Sala Rossa. They call their place Casa Magica, and it's really quite groovy. They've got this cozy living area with an open plan. The kitchen is separated from the living room with a tiled countertop someone built themselves. It's decorated in that way with splashes of paint, splashes of light, and furnishings that look like they grew there.

I showed up at this place to meet some people in the Free Software world. I've been in Montréal for about a year and I still don't know very many hackers in the city. So when I got invited to Les 24h SQIL, I decided to show up and meet some people.

I went up St-Laurent to a non-descript red door with a poster about SQIL on it. "This must be the place," I thought as I tried the door. Upstairs, I was greeted by a living room full of random people: some sitting in front of computers, some chatting away, and one guy fiddling with a projector. I wandered around in a state of confusion until I was introduced to Robin.

Robin Millette seems to do a lot of work for FACIL, which is an organisation for promoting free content in Quebec. He introduced me to a bunch of people, like Simon Raven whom I helped with finger-ldap. I met François from Quebec City, who was interested in Nitix. There was Nicolas who is a Java developer that writes web-based applications. And other people like Alex, Yan, Marco and Matthieu who seemed nice but I can no longer remember what they do.

I returned later in the week to Robin's birthday party where I happened to meet Fabien, who is a consultant that does work on Firefox and Yannick who's a Ph.D. student at McGill. We had a good time talking about quantum computing and how to design a programming language for quantum computers. Good geeky times were had.


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25th Nov, 2005 17:41 (UTC)
Well, that's interesting. Was it a fairly bilingual crowd? Sounds like something I'd like to go to at some point, but it would be useless for me if everything was in French.
25th Nov, 2005 19:00 (UTC)
The people are bilingual. They prefer French but were gracious enough to speak English to me.
26th Nov, 2005 06:02 (UTC)
Most people here (Casa Magica) speak english, french and spanish, with bits of portuguese, italian and some german too I think. We also speak Ruby, Perl, Python, PHP, Java, XSLT, etc. And like to sing and play by the fire :)
26th Nov, 2005 16:14 (UTC)
Re: multilingual
That's fabulous. I guess we can add Chinese to the mix if I drop by. ;-)
26th Nov, 2005 01:19 (UTC)
It was nice to meet you too. Yan
6th Mar, 2007 01:51 (UTC)
Hey there Simon, just saw this today. I don't google myself so I didn't see it til today ;p. Hope this find you well. BTW, your account at kisikew.org is still open, so be my guest and log in if you like. My e-mail changed, but you can get me at s i m o n . r a v e n AT g m a i l . com (remove s p ac e s ).

take care,
simon R
6th Mar, 2007 03:47 (UTC)
I am well. I had no idea I had an account there, though.
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