RE: [htm-1] The Future of the Bay Area HTM Meetup Group

From: user 8.
Sent on: Friday, April 3, 2009 6:33 PM
Greg,

Kudos to you for taking the initiative to re-incarnate this. I attended the
first meetup after having played with the toolkit for a while, hoping to
develop/discuss/find­ application ideas with folks willing to spend
non-trivial amount of energy in this promising technology. As noted by you,
the venue/format certainly was not ideal to get into the next level of
detail.

I am in San Jose, but willing to drive up to wherever - not really
particular about location or time. The setting and format is more important;
having it in a quite place with a few easels is a good start. Meeting could
start with a brief 2 minute intro (their interest, domain, time availability
etc) from everyone that can later (even beyond the meetup) allow for groups
to form and work together. 

-- Srini

> -----Original Message-----
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> Gregory Slater
> Sent: Friday, April 03,[masked]:49 PM
> To: [address removed]
> Subject: Re: [htm-1] The Future of the Bay Area HTM Meetup Group
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Hello Dave,
> 
> Thanks for your response.  It may be hard to find a place 
> that everyone can get too, but we should try to find a good 
> compromise.  I'll check TIPS.  Thanks for that suggestion.  
> We may end up having to have an interim meeting place - 
> perhaps another restaurant.  We'll see.  I think we need to 
> schedule the next meeting soon.
> 
> Regards,
> 
>  - Greg
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> --- On Fri, 4/3/09, Dave Wilson <[address removed]> wrote:
> 
> > From: Dave Wilson <[address removed]>
> > Subject: Re: [htm-1] The Future of the Bay Area HTM Meetup Group
> > To: [address removed]
> > Date: Friday, April 3, 2009, 3:39 PM
> > Greg,
> > I'm interested in HTMs.  I live in San Jose, and
> > usually don't have time to fight traffic to Menlo Park,
> > so I haven't made it to any meetings. I nevertheless
> > hope the Meetup group stays alive, and hope I'll get
> > there once in a while.
> > Thanks for your efforts.
> > I do usually attend the iPhone Developers' Meetups once
> > a month, held at TIPS group in Palo Alto (a very nice
> > venue). Maybe they could host the Meetup.
> > http://www.tipsgr...­
> > -Dave
> > On Apr 2, 2009, at 1:41 AM, Gregory Slater wrote:Hello All
> > Members of the Bay Area HTM Group,
> > 
> > My name is Greg Slater.  I am currently the 'interim
> > manager' of the HTM group simply because last Sunday
> > night, rather than let the group die, I paid the $19
> > necessary to keep it going for the month.  I am sending this
> > mail to everyone to let you know the status of things and
> > ask for feedback and suggestions as to where we all want to
> > go from here.  I have no particular interest in running the
> > group.  In the last three days I have received mails from
> > David Weir and Mike Lee indicating their willingness to take
> > over the management.  I am happy to have someone else take
> > over.  However, having forked over the $19 to keep it from
> > dying, I'd like to at least send this message to all
> > members making my suggestions and asking for everyone
> > else's preferences, about what, if anything, becomes of
> > this group.  I think it's always a good idea to get
> > feedback from the group.  There are currently 113 members of
> > the group, although in looking at the list the majority
> > haven't checked in for months, so are very casual
> > members at best (nuthin' wrong with that).
> > 
> > There are really only two points that I wanted to make, and
> > then ask you for your ideas and suggestions in return:
> > 
> > First and formost, I think the British Bankers Club is a
> > terrible place to meet for several reasons:
> > 
> > 1. It's so noisy everybody is always saying
> > 'What?... What??...', and you can't possibly
> > hear what someone at the other end of the table is saying.
> > 2. You only have room for a handful of the 113 members.
> > 3. I come to talk about HTMs not order high priced drinks.
> > 4. (Very important!) - Anywhere we meet should have
> > frickin' blackboards!  This is just obvious.  This is
> > non-negotiable.
> > 
> > Think about it - Donna Dubinsky made the analogy at last
> > year's workshop between the current devotees of HTMs to
> > the Homebrew Computer Club of yesteryear, and I think
> > it's a great and honorable comparison.  Did the HCC meet
> > in the BBC and buy drinks?  No!  They met in the SLAC
> > auditorium, where there was ample seating for everyone, good
> > acoustics, and blackboards to write and brainstorm on. 
> > Therefore, we need to get a place with 1. acoustics, 2.
> > enough seats, 3. black (or white) boards.  It might take
> > some research but there's gotta be some classroom or
> > other available in the area (with the money we save on
> > drinks we can probably rent a place).  The BBC is a pickup
> > and sports bar, not an HTM bar.  No we need a classroom
> > somewhere, and I wanna put this to the members of the
> > (henceforth) Homebrew HTM Club.  I am open to other venues
> > that come close to satisfying these requirements.
> > 
> > This is what I'd like to poll the members on, rather
> > than assuming that endless meetings at the BBC are what
> > everyone wants.
> > 
> > If you agree that a better venue is needed to meet the
> > requirements for a group like this, then we need to look for
> > a place - preferably one we can use for free - perhaps a
> > meeting room at one our work places, an elementary school
> > classroom, a community center, etc.  So please send
> > suggestions and possibilities for a better meeting place. 
> > On the other hand, if you actually dig having our meetings
> > in the British Bankers Club, I'd like to hear that, too.
> > 
> > Second, I'd like to hear back from people as to what
> > they want out of this group, and how they would like to run
> > the meetings.  I see the meetings as means for:
> > 
> > 1. Getting to know the people in the HTM community
> > (that's us)
> > 2. Getting ideas about how HTMs are being used by all of us
> > 3. Setting up collaborations between members
> > 4. Discussing particulars of HTM implementation, and
> > algorithms, problem solving, and tutoring each other
> > 5. Brainstorming about new ideas
> > 6. I dunno - starting new companies
> > 7. Socializing
> > 
> > Please reply with your ideas as to what you most would like
> > to get out of our group and our meetings.
> > 
> > As for the ultimate manager of the group, I am happy to
> > hand it off to anyone (e.g., David or Mike, or anyone else)
> > who is enthusiastic, motivated, creative, and full of ideas.
> > 
> > As for the next meeting, I'll probably schedule it for
> > April 20 unless there is a groundswell in favor of another
> > particular date.  If we can't line up another meeting
> > place before then we may have to meet at the BBC one last
> > time (or if, incomprehensibly to me, most people actually
> > like meeting at the BBC).
> > 
> > In any case, please let's hear everyone's thoughts
> > on the future of, what I'd like to call, the
> > 'Homebrew HTM Club'
> > 
> > Whaddya say?  Let me know what you think.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > - Greg Slater, interim manager of the HTM Group
> > 
> > p.s. - Note that all replies will go to the entire group
> >  
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