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

From: user 8.
Sent on: Friday, April 10, 2009 7:22 AM
Greg,

There is a brighter side to RSVP staying at this level - we could meet in
someone's garage (e.g., mine in Cupertino can take ~ 10 folks) - complete
with easels & drinks! If it gets to more than 10, that could be tricky.

-- Srini

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of 
> Gregory Slater
> Sent: Friday, April 10,[masked]:16 AM
> To: [address removed]
> Subject: Re: [htm-1] The Future of the Bay Area HTM Meetup Group
> 
> 
> Hello Srini,
> 
> Thanks for the mail and sorry for the late reply.  Some good 
> ideas.  So far 
> only three yes and two maybe for the meeting I scheduled at 
> the TechShop. 
> If response remains low, I may move it back to the BBC, just 
> becaue it is 
> close to the train.
> 
> We'll see.  Hope you can make it to the next meeting.
> 
> more later,
> 
>  - greg
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Srini Srinivasan" <[address removed]>
> To: <[address removed]>
> Sent: Friday, April 03,[masked]:37 PM
> Subject: RE: [htm-1] The Future of the Bay Area HTM Meetup Group
> 
> 
> > 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-----
> >> From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of
> >> 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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> >> >  --David A. Wilson, Ph.D.Personal Concepts4181 Horizon
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> >> >
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