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Meetup : SF Meetup: Very Short Talks

0 maia 22 July 2016 12:24AM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Very Short Talks

WHEN: 25 July 2016 06:15:43PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., SF

We’ll be meeting to give and listen to very short talks!

We’ll do 7-minute lightning talks with 3 additional minutes allowed for questions. We’ll also limit the number of programming-related talks to no more than half of all talks, in order to promote variety.

A talk doesn’t have to be formal, planned, or even something that you’d expect someone to Give A Talk About; it can be as simple as telling the group about something you find interesting or cool. In the past, we’ve had people talk about topics like: how complicated the process of organizing fresh food for airplane flights is, their experience volunteering for a local political campaign, a video game they were designing and writing, and many others.

For help getting into the building, please call: three zero one, three five six, five four two four.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Very Short Talks

Meetup : SF Meetup: Cooking

0 maia 30 June 2016 03:24PM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Cooking

WHEN: 11 July 2016 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., SF

Please note: this meetup is on July 11th, not July 4th. There will be no meetup on July 4th.

We'll be meeting to cook and eat food together!

Here's how this works: I'll send out a planning doc via the bayarealesswrong mailing list, to recruit 3-5 people to bring a recipe and be "leaders" for their particular dish. Everyone else who shows up will help the leaders as needed with the cooking. I'll ask the leaders to populate a grocery list beforehand so that I can do the grocery shopping, and everyone who shows up and helps eat will split the bill.

If you have dietary restrictions and want to come, feel free to mention that on the mailing list thread to encourage others to choose a dish that will work for you - or lead a dish yourself.

Instead of the usual "wait for stragglers" thing, we'll start the meetup as soon as people show up, since cooking can be time consuming.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Cooking

Meetup : SF Meetup: Projects

0 maia 23 June 2016 04:03PM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Projects

WHEN: 27 June 2016 06:15:45PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., San Francisco

We’ll be meeting to work on projects!

Near the beginning, we’ll go around and talk about what we’ll be working on, then do a couple of pomodoros quietly. At some point we’ll break into general conversations and socializing.

For help getting into the building, please call: three zero one, three five six, five four two four.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Projects

Meetup : SF Meetup: Fun and Games

0 maia 14 June 2016 03:09PM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Fun and Games

WHEN: 20 June 2016 06:15:28PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St, San Francisco

We’ll be meeting to play board (and other) games!

I have Dominion, Puzzle Strike, Ticket to Ride, Suburbia, Set, and standard playing cards. Please feel free to bring other games you’d like to play.

This week I'd also like to try playing some interactive non-board games; for example, the Schelling Point Game (where everyone tries to think of the same object in a category), the Description Game (where we take turns trying to notice new things about an object), and possibly even the Clicker Game (where we try to use reinforcement learning techniques on each other). Feel free to bring your own of these as well.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Fun and Games

Meetup : SF Meetup: Group Debugging

0 maia 09 June 2016 04:24PM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Group Debugging

WHEN: 13 June 2016 06:15:01PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., San Francisco

We’ll be meeting to solve each other’s problems!

We have a new format for this meetup: we’ll have everyone brainstorm silently for a few minutes, then go around and summarize what problems we might like to work on; then people can break up into smaller conversations according to problems they think they could be most helpful with. This format gave much better results last time we tried it out.

For help getting into the building, please call: three zero one, three five six, five four two four.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Group Debugging

Meetup : SF Meetup: Stories

0 maia 02 June 2016 02:25AM

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Stories

WHEN: 06 June 2016 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., San Francisco, CA

We'll be meeting to tell stories about our lives. Last time we had a list of prompts which helped a lot, so I'll be bringing those again.

As usual, we encourage people to use the topic as a jumping off point for other conversations, and break off from the main group if you'd like.

For help getting into the building, please call: three zero one, three five six, five four two four.

Discussion article for the meetup : SF Meetup: Stories

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games

0 maia 16 March 2016 02:01AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games

WHEN: 21 March 2016 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., San Francisco

We'll be meeting up to hang out and play board games!

Roger and I will be out of town this week, so Anton and Jacob are hosting. This week, call 9784603399 if you need help getting in.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Board Games

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

0 maia 14 March 2016 02:37PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

WHEN: 14 March 2016 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St., San Francisco, CA

We'll be meeting to try and solve each other's problems! As usual, call 301-458-0764 to be let in.

(Yes, this is today.)

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: TED talks

1 maia 25 October 2015 05:41PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: TED talks

WHEN: 26 October 2015 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1597 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

We'll be meeting to watch and discuss some TED talks. I'll have a list of interesting ones preapred - but if you have one you've always wanted to talk to other rationalists about, now is your chance to make them watch it.

See the post on the bayarealesswrong mailing list for a number to call if you need help getting in.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: TED talks

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

1 maia 27 August 2015 03:05PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

WHEN: 31 August 2015 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1061 Market St #4, San Francisco, CA 94103

The last one went well, so we're doing this again. Bring something you're working on, especially something you might like help from other people on, and work on it at the meetup.

Roger can be reached at 301-458-0764 if you need help getting in. As always, feel free to show up late.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

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