Next meeting is tonight

Scott McDermott scottm at
Thu May 9 11:36:54 PDT 2002

The next Seattle SAGE meeting is Thursday, May 9th, 2002 at 7pm.

The UW Rosen/McWilliam Building facility is a secured building. So a
SAGE member will be at the Republican Street entrance until 7:15 P.M. to
open the door for meeting attendees. After that a phone number will be
posted on the door for the SAGE meeting specifically. There is an
"internal extensions only phone" at the Republican Street entrance to
allow you to call building extensions. The posted phone number will be
monitored until at least 7:45 P.M. However, please make every effort to
arrive by 7 P.M.

Directions can be found at:

        Next meeting: Thursday May 9th, 2002 at 7:00 PM
               Topic: Effectively Standing Out
                      (or Presentations give us a great deal of
                          happiness by their finally ending)
           Objective: Develop effective techniques for
                      making winning presentations.
Who Should Attend: Those who need to or will give a presentation
      Topics Covered: Differences between poor, good, and great
                      presentations, how to structure details,
                      dealing with various distractions, etc.
           Presenter: Leeland Artra <leeland at>
            Location: Rosen (McWilliam) Building
                      960 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
                      (Corner of Terry & Republican)
                      2nd floor LOUNGE
            Web Site:
Talk Abstract:

This time you didn't dodge fast enough and you've been asked to give a
presentation in front of the staff or at a seminar or possibly in front of a
much larger audience. Or maybe you give lots of talks, but you wonder about
how you can make your talks more effective?

This presentation is to present some ideas about effect presentations. The
material is all about organizational, appearance and other surface. We will
not cover the actual content of a talk (because it is, of course, spectacular).

There are hundreds, if not thousands of "Effective Presentation" papers,
talks, web sites and other reference material. Most of them conflict on more
then one idea. There are some effective presentation ideas which are almost
universally accepted by the general population as the "way it is" and they
are very wrong. Since almost every aspect of this presentation could be (an
likely will be) argued, there will be solid justification, background data
and other details for the ideas given. If you have tips to share, please
send a message and your comments will be included (if they're reasonable).

Short Bio:

Leeland Artra is the President of Hero Network. He is currently trying to
deny that he has long since moved into management roles and therefore
remains very active in all the technology and systems development efforts.
He is actively working to keep Hero Network's systems and technologies at
peak performance.

He is also actively involved with the International Systems Administrators
Guild and jumps at most opportunities to promote that organisation. Leeland
remains an ever vigilant information systems researcher. He has personally
designed and implemented a number of new computer technologies. Currently
Leeland's efforts are on creating a new Java based Object Oriented database
architecture to store, access, mine, and analyze information to improve Hero
Network's services.

Previously he was the Director of Computer Systems Technology for the Cell
System Initiative (CSI) at the University of Washington. CSI is a combined
biological research program and information systems research & development
program focused on bringing the power and technologies available in today's
computer industry to the biology research laboratory environment. The
primary goal of the information systems research component of CSI is to
develop an optimal computing environment for collaborating, distributed
groups of biologists.

Prior to that Leeland was the Senior Researcher for the Cellworks Project at
the University of Washington (CWP). The CWP has nearly the same goals as CSI
and at CWP Leeland was the inventor of numerous database Java technologies.
One of which was the Moulage System, which was highly recognized as an
important research step in data mining and sharing. The Moulage System was
nominated by Oracle for the Computer World Smithsonian 1998 award and became
one of the finalists for that award. Leeland was also named an Oracle
Futures Development Partner.


This is FREE and open to the public and a wonderful opportunity.

The Seattle SAGE Group (SSG) is a local group for systems & network
administrators in the Seattle and Pacific northwest areas (North
Western Washington). We are a local chapter of SAGE, but SAGE / USENIX
membership is not a requirement.  We sponsor a regular monthly meeting
open to the public on the second Thursday if each month at 7 p.m.

Check out our Web site for more information:

Scott McDermott
Executive Vice President
Hero Network LLC

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