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I think all of this discussion about the potential insincerity/bias, etc of the reviews is a red herring. Of course the reviews are insincere. Who cares?
Tastecasting’s most offensive aspect — for me — is this, plain and simple: it introduces a marketplace transaction into a context (twitter, or cols. underground, or – whatever) where it’s not welcome. And — guess what, fools — WE are the currency of exchange!
It’s not just ‘restaurant exchanges free pizza for positive tweets’ … it’s “restaurant exchanges free pizza for access to a community.” What does the community (me? you? us?) get out of the deal? More noise in our tweet stream.
No thanks. I expressed this opinion months ago, and its even truer now: #tastecasting in my tweet-stream is like pissing in my pool. You can do it, but I ain’t gonna swim in it. (I immediately unfollow anyone that tastecasts. It’s actually a fairly decent douche-reduction algorithm.)
I hope that future tastecasters consider the credibility (and community) that they erode as they clog their arteries on free Hoggies and Krispy Cremes.
Reviving a months-dead thread… believe it or not, we’re still working toward establishing a coworking space downtown. In fact, we’re holding an info-session on January 13th (Tuesday) at 6pm, in the space itself. It’ll still be a bit rough but there’s no motivator like a deadline, right?
More details here (and we’ll be revising the description there soon, too): http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1425139/
Oh, and if you’re curious about the outcome of the last couple meetups, I wrote a year-end-summary here: http://soldierant.net/archives/2008/12/coworking_in_columbu_1.html
Hello again! I’ve been woefully behind in promoting this, but we’re going to get together again next weekÃ¢â‚¬â€very informalÃ¢â‚¬â€to talk about progress on bringing coworking to Columbus. Many thanks to the good folks of Couchfire Collective for letting us squat at Junctionview Studios for the night!
As I said, this should be totally informal, but I’m hoping to cover some specifics, including:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â What’s happened since the last meeting in November?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â What formal steps have I taken to move things forward?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â How can YOU help move things forward?
And, of course, we’ll have plenty of time for questions and free-form discussion. I’d also like to formulate a plan for ongoing, regular meetings (perhaps related to bullet 4, above.)
Hope that you can make it, and I’m sorry about the lack of advance notice.
Hi All Ã¢â‚¬â€ we’ll be scouting some locations on Friday, Dec, 14th in the morning hours. Details, such as they are, are here:
Please join the Google group if you’d like to come along.
Hi All Ã¢â‚¬â€ I posted some thoughts from the first meeting on my blog:
There are links to more resources, including more-complete notes from the meeting. Let’s just say that it was a fantastic first stepÃ¢â‚¬â€very encouraging to meet so many, and such varied, folks that are feeling some of the same frustrations.
We’ll hold another meeting soon and, until then, I’d encourage anyone here who’s interested to join the Google Group that I’ve set up (information in the link above.)
Meeting is tonightÃ¢â‚¬â€hope we’ll see you there!
Bump! Meeting is this coming Wednesday, and we anticipate a decent turnout ~ hopefully 10 or more people. (Which is very encouraging.)
Thanks again for your interest and here’s hoping we get to meet you on Wednesday.
Walker wrote Will there be more if there’s enough interest in the idea?
Sorry to hear that you won’t be able to come! But, yes, rest assured: there will be more. Especially if there’s good turnout (and, quite honestly, probably even if there’s not.) James and I just wanted to have a quick forum to start finding interested parties before the Holidays wreak havoc with everyone’s schedules.
I anticipate that we’ll be having another meetup in early-to-mid January. I’ll also try to post meeting notes after the 14th, too.
Really heartened by all the responses here so far! Thanks all. Here’s a flier we’ll be tacking up at various coffee shops and Paneras around town.
Thanks! And… keep it in mind if your home-work arrangement ever starts to feel a bit stale. I’ve been working out of my home for about 3 years now, and I’ve definitely come to miss the energy of other minds to bounce ideas off of/idle chatter/lunches out.