[Chicago] debrief of your evening at PS1

Carl Karsten cfkarsten at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 23:11:52 CEST 2009

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 2:17 PM, John Stoner <johnstoner2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Brian Ray <bray at sent.com> wrote:
>> 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?
>> John:
>> 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 refreshment.
>> 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
> That's about what I thought. You guys are certainly welcome to work with us
> anytime. We do want to host events like this on a limited basis. It's
> especially good for us to get a sense of the scale of what we can
> responsibly support.
> Other than Carl's video, did anyone get pictures of the event? Of course, I
> neglected to take any. Carl, can you let me know when you get your video up
> online? I'd like to link from our blog.

I am a bit backlogged right now, so the vids may not be up for a week
or so, which means I may forget to tell you personally.  But part of
the upload is to tweet, and that is about all I tweet, so watch this:


in the next few days you will see a bunch (30?) of #dejangocon ones -
then 4 or 5 user groups, #chipy being the one you want.

Carl K

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