[Chicago] debrief of your evening at PS1
bray at sent.com
Sat Oct 10 17:21:39 CEST 2009
On Oct 10, 2009, at 1:16 AM, John Stoner wrote:
> I just wanted to check in here and ask folks what they thought of
> hosting your meeting at PS1. This was the first time we've hosted an
> event for an outside organization (if that wasn't obvious), and we'd
> like to learn what we can from the experience. So, what did you
> think? What did you like/not like about it? Did you feel welcome?
> Was there anything we could have done better to support your meeting?
Thank you so much for hosting. In my opinion, PS1 is a brilliant
venture and provided an excellent detour off the beaten path.
One good things about PS1 in particular was the inspirational spirit
it brings. Python indeed has the reputation of attracting those who
love what they do. Our speaker was a good example of this in how he
showed spirit for his (bleep) (bleep) topic ;) Generally, the space
was really interesting. I felt a bid honored that you let us into this
underground world full of interesting toys and ideas.
On the other hand, the set backs for the this particular venue are
quiet obvious. It is too far from the loop and generally not
centralized enough. It could have been hard to find for some;
although, "behind the big red door," helped. If we had one of our
larger meetings, it would have been too crowded. There was not enough
Personally, as the current ad-hoc JIT organizer of ChiPy, I love
taking detours such as this one. It really helps cohesion of the
group. Some of our most loyal members made it to this meeting and a
lot of new people. The open-space like taking session at the end
really helped others to get to know each other a little easier than
what I would expect with a bigger meeting packed with presentations.
Thanks again for hosting. It was really great. Probably our best
meeting yet. However, our meeting next month (tentatively) scheduled
at DePaul will provide tough competition.
-- Brian Ray
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