Vancouver Blogger May Meetup recap

Another good evening of talk, politics and chatter with the Vancouver Bloggers Meetup at Cuppa Joe on Broadway and Main.

DavidAndGene Vancouver Blogger May Meetup recapNo group picture this time, but here’s an action shot of David (in profile) and Gene (in action).

The evening’s participants — site links and RSS feeds:

The discussion topics ranged from Twitter to Shakespeare (whether in Reader’s Digest or unabridged version):

  • How long will the information from or about us last on various Internet sites? And what happens when we die — will our sites die with you? I hear that the college-oriented social networking site Facebook has (had?) terms of service wording to the effect that it was only to be used by actual, living people, but how does the center reliably discover that a member has died? And even when a death is a publicly known fact (as in the case of the dead students from the Virginia Tech school massacre), should a deceased member’s page be taken down when it has become a memorial where friends, family and strangers say goodbye to the dead friend, family member, fellow student, etc.?
  • A small sample of Scotty’s ashes took a brief trip to space (MSNBC). I’d heard the rocket only went up to 70km and therefore not actually into space (which is usually defined as beginning at 100 km). But it turns out that the flight reached 72 of them there American so-called “miles” which equals 115km, so I stand corrected.
  • The new re-packaging of spiritual optimism called “The Secret” was discussed. There was some disagreement about which feature of the product was most loathsome. Is it the crass commercialism of the product and its contributors? Or maybe the fact that the filmmaker had never heard about the concept (the so-called “law of attraction“) two months before the movie production started? I vote for the lies and misrepresentation that can be found already in the cover text: Claims that various historical figures agreed with the principles in the product. Do read Emilly Yoffe’s brilliant action-review “I’ve Got The Secret” on Slate.com or the less polished and much stronger condemnation of The Secret by Aaron Swartz, “The Secret behind The Secret“.
  • Does Facebook rule? I personally have no idea since I’ve never used it. Does Twitter rule? Nah, not really. There’s too little sunk cost for each member and the network effect doesn’t really bind you to the service: At any given time, it’s too easy and cost-free to just stop using it.
  • The hiring practices of (the B.C. part of) The Active Network (my employer, and maybe yours too if you’re interested?) have to change. The rigid testing process may have worked wonders in the past when both the company (then Class Software) and its hiring needs were much smaller, but it doesn’t fit the current situation, even with the recent changes. Our communication with unsuccessful applicants also needs improvement. I’m working on it!

Here are some other Vancouver blogger Meetup recaps from the archives:

2 Comments to “Vancouver Blogger May Meetup recap”

  1. isabella mori 24 May 2007 at 12:31 #

    thanks for a fabulous recap! don’t we have great meetings? let me see if i can add something … at our end we also talked about the improved employability of people with ADD; about the idea that the best thing anyone can ever learn is to figure out their personal, unique learning style; about the canadian tendency to be nice (gene had particularly strong opinions about that); and about moving from HOW to do something to WHY and WHETHER to do something.

  2. Nancy (aka 'money coach" 24 May 2007 at 21:35 #

    Oh man, I clearly really missed out last night!
    note to self: don’t accept any Wednesday gigs at the bank!
    Great to see several of you at the Democamp today though. All is not lost.


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