I'm planing to do a quick presentation with optional exercises on the psychology of memorization with an emphasis on learning names. Some of this, like srs, should be review for regular LW readers, but I hope to add some new stuff as well. I'll also bring some games as a backup/extra activity. Feel free to bring some of your own if you're interested in that angle. The "How to Run a Less Wrong Meetup" booklet says people who are only passing through town can really jumpstart a meetup. I bring this up because Thiel Fellow and Singularity summit speaker James Koppel will be attending, but won't be at (m)any future meetups(he's from STL but no longer live in the area). Based on the booklet's suggestion to set time by fiat and what works for me and Jimmy I've already set the time, but am less sure about location. Kaldi's Coffee house( http://www.yelp.com/biz/kaldis-coffeehouse-saint-louis-2#query:Coffee%20Shop ) fits almost all the qualities the booklet suggests and I remember liking it. Unfortunately, its not in a very central location, and I'm currently at an out of state college so I don't have up to date info beyond whats on yelp. I looked at the yelp listings for STL coffee shops that are "good with groups" and cheap ( http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Coffee+Shop&find_loc=Saint+Louis%2C+MO#attrs=RestaurantsGoodForGroups,RestaurantsPriceRange2.1 ). The first few all looked at least passible to me, but I'd like input from people currently in STL. I'm particularly lacking in knowledge about how large most of these places are and which ones people can get transport to. cross-posted from Meetup.com
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