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Comment author: Lachouette 02 February 2017 04:43:54PM 8 points [-]

I just signed up. Three years ago this was my entry point into the wider community and I'm looking forward to being around again!

Comment author: Lachouette 05 April 2015 10:29:42AM 2 points [-]

(replying here for visibility)

By the way, Malcolm has fulfilled some of the Study Hall users' wishes by embedding the tinychat hall in his Complice website: http://lesswrong.com/lw/lqz/announcing_the_complice_less_wrong_study_hall/

Unfortunately it's still tinychat and therefore just as buggy, but it now has a timer! And you can see tasks of other users! That means that breaks are cut off somewhat more abruptly, but they no longer run over. Overall the hall got more awesome! Password stays "lw", you don't need to be a Complice user to access the site.

The new room can be found here.

Comment author: Lachouette 05 December 2015 10:07:25PM 1 point [-]

Malcolm has since created a new chatroom, which runs independently of tinychat! It's still the same link as mentioned in my earlier comment. In addition, a chatroom for effective altruists (the EA Workspace) now exists as well.

The transition has been mostly smooth and everyone's used to the new format by now, I think.

Comment author: Lachouette 09 November 2015 03:32:19PM 9 points [-]

ALL HAIL MALCOLM OCEAN THE SAVIOUR.

Seriously though, great work and so many thanks for ridding us from Tinychat. :)

Note that you do not (and will never) need a Complice account to access the page. Signing up for Complice adds, well, the Complice-inherent features that aren't essential to the functioning of the chat itself.

Comment author: polymathwannabe 19 February 2015 08:16:30PM 1 point [-]

Will the Tinychat version still operate?

Comment author: Lachouette 05 November 2015 06:55:08PM 0 points [-]

Update: As of now, we switched to Malcolm's own chat (which is at the same link as he provided). This means it's not an embedded tinychat channel anymore, and the old tinychat room still exists, but is empty.

Comment author: Furslid 21 February 2015 01:19:53AM 4 points [-]

It's asking for a password to join. What's the password?

Comment author: Lachouette 05 November 2015 06:53:09PM 0 points [-]

(Note: if you're confused because it's not asking you for a password, that's because Malcolm replaced the embedded tinychat channel with his own chat. So we're finally rid of the bane of tinychat!)

Comment author: Lachouette 23 August 2015 07:54:21PM *  0 points [-]

Unfortunately, these owls are not being produced anymore so the link doesn't lead anywhere useful. Anyone who still wants one can buy up the rests by the resellers (try googling "Mars&More tweed owl" or similar). I think there's still a few Terrys and Levis to be bought, e.g. on Amazon.

Jkadlubo also found a cheaper spinoff with somewhat different design on a Polish interior decor website, so there's that.

[Edit: or contact me and I'll help you find one if I can.]

Meetup : Less Wrong NH Meet-up

3 Lachouette 10 August 2015 04:50PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Less Wrong NH Meet-up

WHEN: 11 August 2015 07:00:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: 269 Pearl St., Manchester, NH

(Posting this for a friend because he can't comment)

The second NH meet-up is this Tuesday, 8/11, in Manchester, NH at 7 pm at a private residence. Light refreshments will be provided.

Discussion article for the meetup : Less Wrong NH Meet-up

Comment author: Michelle_Z 06 July 2015 10:06:35PM 2 points [-]

Clearly, this event needed many more owls.

Comment author: Lachouette 06 July 2015 10:13:38PM 3 points [-]

We did have 6 owls, one eagle, a duck, an octopus and an angry bird, to count only the plush toys I remember right now. I think we were missing a six feet plush crocodile though. It was oddly bird-centered.

Comment author: Lachouette 06 July 2015 09:31:54PM 3 points [-]

In case you're wondering why there were only 74 participants: 80 people signed up, but 6 did not attend and didn't give notice, so the spaces could not be filled.

European Community Weekend 2015 - Followup

18 Lachouette 06 July 2015 09:20PM

Seven months ago, the Berlin LW community announced the second European LessWrong Community Weekend. We wrote:

From June 12th to 14th awesome people from all across Europe are coming to Berlin to meet, exchange ideas and start projects. The focus is on forming new and strengthening existing ties between our local communities. In addition to being a vibrant social event, it’s also about sharing your world-improvement projects as well as about teaching and learning valuable skills.

After the success of the 2014 Community Weekend, we were aiming for an even better and larger 2015 event. Three weeks ago, 74 participants from 16 countries met up in Berlin for an extended weekend of talking, learning, playing and connecting.

Compared to the first event, we gave participants a lot more dedicated space and time for spontaneous activities or conversations by offering content in parallel sessions. This way, everyone could create their own weekend schedule based on the existing content offers or extend it by choosing to run activities or organizing something spontaneously. This was used by many participants and the schedule quickly filled with workout sessions, swimming in the nearby lake, construction of a large blanket fort, massages, telescope-aided stargazing and many more. Since this flexibility was received well, next year’s event will be planned similarly.

The main highlights of the event as planned were the keynote by Michael Valentine Smith, a four-hour workshop focused on CFAR-style debugging by Kaj Sotala and the premiere of the second of Daniel Böttger’s Seven Secular Sermons. This sparked the idea to record Sermon excerpts in song, e.g. to the melody of GoT’s “Rains of Castamere”. Additionally, professional facilitator Alisa Leube lead a session of relating games in which participants were guided through connection exercises to create a setting for mutual trust. Many participants reported that the games gave them a chance to be more open throughout the weekend and did their part in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

To provide diverse topics as discussion starters and get as many people on stage as possible we reserved five hours for lightning talks, providing both reserved spots as well as spontaneous talks. This worked amazingly well and we got overwhelmingly positive feedback. The topics ranged from a case for loving kindness meditation and several talks about productivity techniques to instructions for giving good feedback. The longer, usually more technical talks like Vadim’s introduction to modern decision theory were also praised as insightful.

A good number of participants chose to stay in Berlin throughout the following week and we are grateful to everyone who offered beds and couches – no one had to book extra accommodation. This lead to several post-weekend activities such as bouldering practice, acrobatics in Berlin’s “Gardens of the world” and a rooftop party. Altogether these felt almost like a second event. Similar to last year, follow-up hangouts are being organised, this time with a focus on initiating 1-on-1-conversations to deepen or build personal connections.

We have been looking forward to this event for a long time and yet it surpassed our expectations. Many gave us feedback that they especially liked the other participants, and we fully agree. We think that this contributed to the “open, joyful, welcoming atmosphere”, as one participant described it, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you again next year!

Alexander, Anne, Christian, John, Marcel and Matthias

Statistics

Age

average: 28.5 years
standard deviation: 6.3

Gender

male 72.6%
female 24.7%
other 2.7%

Country of residence

Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Singapore, Israel, USA

Follow-up survey:

40 out of 74 participants took the survey.

“The amount of content was …”

way too little 0 0%
too little 2 5%
a bit too little 8 20%
just right 26 65%
a bit too much 4 10%
too much 0 0%
way too much 0 0%

“The amount of social activities was …”

way too little 0 0%
too little 0 0%
a bit too little 8 20%
just right 30 75%
a bit too much 2 5%
too much 0 0%
way too much 0 0%

“I felt (…) as part of the community at the LWCW2015”

completely integrated 17 42.5%
integrated 13 32.5%
ok 9 22.5%
slightly excluded 1 2.5%
excluded 0 0%

“Did you know other participants beforehand?”

no (0–1) 6
yes, but just a handful 11
yes, a lot of them (6–80) 23

[Many people from last year’s event signed up again, as did a handful of LWSH regulars.]

“I really liked …” (mentioned X times, cutoff after 4)

  • the other participants (13)
  • the lightning talks (13)
  • the location (10)
  • Val’s keynote (8)
  • relating games (8)
  • the atmosphere (8)
  • the blanket fort (6)
  • the name tags (6)
  • the flexibility of the scheduling (6)
  • cuddles/social touching/hugs (5)
  • the food quality (4)
  • Vadim’s talk on modern decision theory (4)
  • the overall organisation (4)
  • dancing on Saturday night (4)

“The event would have been even better if …” (mentioned X times, cutoff after 3)

  • it had been easier to tell which content was happening when and where. (7)
  • the name tags had been more durable/participants had worn them more consistently. (7)
  • the food quality had been better. (6)
  • there had been more snacks/more vegan snacks. (4)
  • the event had been longer. (4)
  • there had been a map of the location. (4)
  • there had been interactions for small groups/one-on-ones. (3)
  • there had been a central meeting point/room. (3)
  • the event had had more CFAR-like techniques or debugging. (3)

[This question especially yielded diverse answers and many suggestions which don’t fit a list format. The points on the list are paraphrased and don’t give a good impression of the types of answers given, just a rough direction. Some feedback was tongue-in-cheek: Someone wished “sad Eris wasn’t that desperately sad”, another person asked for “free owls”.]

If you have any questions about the feedback please send us an email to lwcw2015@gmail.com or comment below.

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