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Re: [ruby-89] RE: Ruby Group Meeting Place

From: Elijah M.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:23 PM
Miles,

This looks like an excellent location! It gets my vote.

I also am I fan of having more frequent meetings, but as you suggested
we should probably change the content. It was our (Kris and myself)
intention to have a second "hackfest" style meetup 2 weeks offset from
the regular meetup. I think we only managed to have one of these but
we're getting excited about having them again. If it wasn't
Thanksgiving week we'd have one tomorrow.

We should definitely be borrowing as many successful ideas as possible
from the other groups around the world. Please keep making suggestions
or just let us know when/where to be and you should get a good
showing. There are many of us who are looking to be more involved.

Eli

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 7:13 PM, mileszs <[address removed]> wrote:
> Ladies and Gentlemen -
>
>   I snapped some photos of the two locations that we may have access to via
> nFrame.  They are here:
> http://flickr.com...­  They're a bit
> grainy -- I just quickly snapped them with my phone.  The vending machines
> are across the hall from the downstairs conference room.  The conference
> room has 20 chairs, and the one big table.  I think 20 people would be a
> tight fit, but doable.  It has a small projection screen (or a whiteboard
> behind the retractable screen) on one wall.  It has a larger screen on
> another wall.  Upstairs, as you can see, has several tables, and _could_
> seat 20, but, again, it'll be a tight fit.  Also note that there is a State
> of Indiana Public Wireless access point within range of this location, which
> is nice.
>
>   I apologize if I'm stepping on anyone's toes.  That is not my intention.
> I want to help!
>
>   Boston's Ruby group (bostonrb) is showing a couple videos on their
> November 25th meeting (http://bostonrb.o...­).  (In particular, they
> are showing RubyConf in 90 seconds, and Scaling Ruby, both RailsEnvy
> 'products'.)  I think this would be a good idea for our next meeting, since
> we are in limbo as for a permanent location, and what-not.  I think I would
> be more apt to watch and absorb information from these videos (or any
> video/screencast) in this setting, especially if we opened things up to
> discussion afterwards.  What do you think?  Are there other videos or
> screencasts you would rather watch?
>
>   Another bostonrb-inspired idea (techpickles on Twitter often tweets about
> bostonrb happenings, as he is the/an organizer):  What if we were to have a
> couple different meetings per month?  I know that sounds insane, considering
> we haven't even chosen a place to meet on the 10th.  I don't know that it
> would work, but I thought I'd suggest it anyway.  For instance, sometimes
> bostonrb will meet at a bar towards the beginning of the month (maybe with
> the intention of hacking up a plugin).  They may meet towards the end of the
> month and have a couple speakers.  Then the beginning of the next month
> they'll watch videos.  You get the idea, I'm sure.
>
>   I swear I'm not obsessed with Boston, but I do think it would be
> beneficial to cherry-pick a few of their ideas.  They seem to be pretty
> successful.
>
>   Let me know what you think about any or all of the ideas in this email.
> Thanks!
>
> MilesZS
>
> PS - The gentlemen who took the conference room pictures also took two
> videos in which he pans the room.  I haven't uploaded them, but I will, if
> anyone is interested.  His attention to detail is unequaled (in fact, I have
> probably 10 other pictures of that room that I didn't bother to upload).  I
> was not so thorough with the upstairs room, I am ashamed to admit.  If you
> need more information before reaching a decision, let me know.
>
>
>
>
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