As for the terminal multiplexing setup, I thought that went pretty smoothly, though it was hard to get the instructions right at first. One thing that might have helped would have been to have the instructions visible on a whiteboard that stays visible, or printed on paper to hand out. The actual content of the collaborative coding was pretty fun as well.
0 · August 20, 2011
I agree with the others that the rude anti-Clojure rant was very lame considering all the people with interesting things to talk about who we could reach out to. The other side of that is I have not heard ANYONE volunteer to do a talk or presentation yet. I hope more people will step up as presenters. There's a lot of activity in the Clojure community, which should be reflected in the level of creativity and prolific work presented at these meetings-- and importantly we should also be sure to extend the friendly and welcoming reputation of the larger community online to these in-person meetings. I expect we'll see a lot of good speakers going forward. Maybe also few petulent cranks who don't like Clojure too much, if they have something interesting to say. In Alec's defense, it's an interesting conversation, but I would criticize it as choice of speaker for the Clojure Meetup. I think we can and will do a lot better than that for speakers.
0 · August 19, 2011
Having attended many of the Python meetups, I know these gatherings take a lot of work and preparation, so I am rating Thursday's meetup with that in mind. In other words, the job of organizing a meetup is not a cake walk.
As to the hygienic macros, I had no problem with the rant portion, but only that the talk was not completed.
As to the hackfest, some pre-meetup instructions would have been helpful.
0 · August 19, 2011
There are parking spots in side streets between Memorial Drive and Main St. If you find nothing available, consider driving a couple blocks to the east of Main St, normally there is off-street parking available at the time, or perhaps you could leave the car in a garage next to the Cambridgeside Galleria mall (I have never tried the garage, though).
0 · August 12, 2011