First Waco, Texas LW Meetup, 4/​09, 1PM

Date: Satur­day, April 9

Time: 1PM

Lo­ca­tion: Com­mon Grounds Coffee­house, IH-35 and S 8th Street (east side of in­ter­state). (If you can’t find park­ing be­hind the place, use the park­ing garage [free on week­ends] just a short dis­tance down the street.)

Well, I’m go­ing through with it! We’ll have our first Texas LW meetup. No other known Waco LWers, but it’s not a bad drive (~90 min­utes) from Austin, Dal­las/​Fort Worth, or Bryan/​Col­lege Sta­tion.

I will be the guy in the blue blazer with a Less Wrong sign. I have no idea what the turnout will be, but I’ll stay un­til at least 5pm, so come on by if you can.

The web­site re­ports an all-day 100 Cam­eras event, but this shouldn’t in­terfere.

Edit: Looks like that was an old no­tice for the Satur­day two weeks be­fore this, so there is no in­terfer­ing event to worry about.

Edit2: I’ve set up the Waco Meetup Group with this event shown. (And pro­moted it on Craigslist.)

REPORT: Suc­cess! Vaniver, NMJablon­ski, his wife, Clippy’s hu­manoid robot, and I showed up. We talked about var­i­ous ra­tio­nal­ity is­sues: the po­ten­tial for the up­com­ing boot camp, the her­i­ta­bil­ity of per­son­al­ity traits and in­tel­li­gence, the in­effi­cien­cies and lost pur­poses in the econ­omy to­day, and of course, string the­ory. At the end, we helped Clippy de­cide whether he should go to Ra­tion­al­ist Boot Camp (if he’s ac­cepted) by do­ing a prob­a­bil­ity-weighted CBA, which Vaniver helped co­or­di­nate very well.

Here is a pic­ture of us at the meetup: from left to right: Vaniver, me, Laura (NMJablon­ski’s wife), and NMJablon­ski. Clippy’s robot did not want to be in it. (I tried to up­load it to this site, but even af­ter re­siz­ing it down to the limit it wouldn’t ac­cept.)

We’re plan­ning to have an­other Texas meetup in Austin in two weeks.