Art posted the following:
> I've given your proposal more thought and, given the past expressed
> for a contest at the SAS-L meetup, I'll propose the following modified
> version of your proposal:
> 1. A total of 15 minutes of the BOF would be devoted to the type of
> presentations you proposed.
> 2. Entries will have to be submitted, to the meetup chair, at least one
> minute before the start of the meetup.
> 3. The MAXIMUM time allotted for any presentation will be 15 divided by
> number of entries
> 4. If a presentation goes over the allotted time, by even one second,
> entry will be automatically disqualified.
> 5. At the end of the fifteen minutes if there are any remaining
> the winner will be selected, by a show of hands, with the voters being
> anyone who is in attendance at the meetup.
> 6. If there is a winner, they will be announced at the closing ceremony
> the conference chair and awarded one of MMMMIIIIKKKKEEE's books (if
> there is
> a tie for first place, each winner will be announced and awarded one of
> MMMMIIIIKKKKEEE's books).
> Good revision or do I, too, simply have too much time on my hands and
> really, really, r-e-a-l-l-y need to get a life?!?!?
Art, well you are certainly free to do whatever you like, of course:-) However, this deviation from my original idea seems like a forced effort for the allotted time. And, it is a bit less inclusive than I would have preferred, as it is likely to be largely attended by those very hip, in-the-know people who are either SAS-L-ers, know SAS-L-ers, would like to know SAS-L-ers, or who aspire to be SAS-L-ers. My opinion.
(aka Michael A. Raithel)