[hcs-d] [HCS] Future Tech Talks! We Need Your Feedback!

Jarele Soyinka jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu
Thu Jan 1 20:49:47 EST 2015


Very good point, sorry all! We'll keep the conversation on HCS discuss, and
pms for the rest of the discussion.

Thanks Joshua!

On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM, Joshua Kroll <kroll at cs.princeton.edu> wrote:

> Instead of having this discussion on the (large) hcs-announce list, I
> think it would be productive to move it to the purpose-constructed
> (and smaller) hcs-discuss list, so that people's semantic model of
> what the lists are for better matches what they are actually used for,
> and so you do not spend down your attention budget and just get people
> to ignore your e-mails. That said, it's a productive discussion and
> precisely the sort of discussion that should/could be had usefully in
> a public forum such as a mailing list.
>
> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM, Jarele Soyinka
> <jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu> wrote:
> > I can definitely understand the frustration! And it seems like a great
> area
> > of potential integration for the future. I'll be sure to rely on your
> > feedback during implementation!
> >
> > Side note: For the poor souls who received my gifs in text form. Sleepy
> Cat
> > in Jar.gif: http://i.imgur.com/6W4Je51.gif & Sleepy Cat Snake.gif:
> > http://i.imgur.com/JRznZSu.gifv
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM, Malavika Jayaram
> > <mjayaram at cyber.law.harvard.edu> wrote:
> >>
> >> Awesome. It’s a pet peeve of mine that (some) lawyers can make bad tech
> >> policy and law that is techno-illiterate, and (some) techies can ignore
> >> non-technical variables while designing systems that have legal
> >> implications. I’d love to see more community-building in the space
> between
> >> the two disciplines, and indeed between others. If you do implement some
> >> variation of my idea, feel free to reach out if I can help road-test it
> in
> >> any way.
> >>
> >> Side note: I get bounced and have to wait for moderator approval before
> I
> >> can post to your lists, but nothing came in the way of sleepy cats being
> >> transported across the ether.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 2 Jan 2015, at 06:22, Jarele Soyinka <jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> Thanks for your input! I love this idea, because it seems so intuitive,
> >> yet it wouldn't have been something I'd come up with on my own. People
> on
> >> our board generally have a decent amount of experience with computer
> >> science, so an idea like this wouldn't normally be pitched at our
> meetings
> >> either; it's exciting to see the fruits of reaching out to our
> community as
> >> a whole pay off so quickly! Also keep in mind (not just you, but
> everyone
> >> who wants to be involved with HCS) our organization's target audience
> isn't
> >> just CS die hards who wrote their first piece of code before they could
> tie
> >> their own shoes, but really anyone with goals in computer science.
> >>
> >> Tangential monologue aside, I'll be looking forward to implementing this
> >> idea as soon as possible. Though it may take a bit more time than
> desired,
> >> due to events that are already being planned in the status quo. If you
> have
> >> any specifics or other ideas you'd like to contribute, they'd be greatly
> >> valued!
> >>
> >> Side Note: I'd be very disappointed if the Sleepy Cat in Water Jar and
> >> Sleepy Cat Snake files didn't load when you received my email.
> >>
> >> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 4:26 PM, Malavika Jayaram
> >> <mjayaram at cyber.law.harvard.edu> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> A suggestion from a non-CS person over at the Berkman Center: if you
> >>> could agree on a way to communicate the technical level of a talk, that
> >>> would be super helpful for the wider universe that the talks are of
> interest
> >>> to. I say this with all the requisite disclaimers: yes, I realise we
> are not
> >>> your primary audience, yes, it can be annoying logistically, not all
> talks
> >>> can be easily classified, not all non-CS people are the same, etc etc.
> But
> >>> if you could colour-code (a sort of traffic light system) or offer some
> >>> other easy tag or signifier to indicate the likely positioning of a
> talk
> >>> along the spectrum from 'fairly accessible even to a dreaded newbie’ to
> >>> 'inscrutable without a postdoc in the field, don’t bother', it would
> really
> >>> help those of us interested in straddling disciplines that are related
> to
> >>> our own but not actually ours. For example, I’m a lawyer by training,
> >>> working on privacy, identity, surveillance and other cyberspace-y
> issues
> >>> that could benefit from more technical knowledge, and I recognise that
> some
> >>> talks on differential privacy may be easier to grasp than others. The
> sooner
> >>> the geeks of various stripes straddle disciplinary boundaries, the
> better.
> >>>
> >>> Just an idea.
> >>>
> >>> Malavika
> >>> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/mjayaram
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 1 Jan 2015, at 04:41, Jarele Soyinka <jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Hey All!
> >>>
> >>> Hope your vacations have been treating you all well!
> >>>
> >>> As the organization has transitioned into the new HCS Board for 2015,
> >>> we've got a lot of new and exciting events already in the works for
> you all.
> >>> Still, to make sure that we avoid some of the slips of the past, we
> feel
> >>> that it's incredibly important that we get feedback from our most
> valuable
> >>> opinions (wink wink that's you all)!
> >>>
> >>> So tell us how you felt about our tech talks of the past. I know a lot
> of
> >>> people found the Facebook Technical Interview Workshop rather
> interesting,
> >>> so tell us what you liked about it, and ways that we could improve. We
> >>> appreciate negative feedback too; there's no doubt that some of the
> past
> >>> tech talks had people like:
> >>>
> >>> <Sleepy Cat Snake copy.gif>
> >>> <Sleepy Cat in Water Jar.gif>
> >>> So tell us why they sucked, and how you'd want to make them better. And
> >>> if any of you have companies that'd you want to have visit Harvard, or
> >>> different types of events you'd like to try out, don't hesitate in
> sharing
> >>> your ideas. The board has already talked about having an event where
> >>> multiple companies come at once to give demonstrations, but the most
> >>> important voice in all this belongs to you (that's right you, over
> there,
> >>> with the clothes and the face). So feel free to email me privately,
> reply to
> >>> this email, or start a new thread on hcs-discuss.
> >>>
> >>> So be prepared for an exciting year for the Harvard Computer Society;
> >>> there was a lot of stuff discussed at our most recent board meeting,
> top
> >>> secret stuff that I could get assassinated for mentioning, but at the
> very
> >>> least I can tell you that there was a Smash Bros. 4 live
> demonstration, and
> >>> we did discuss the merits of the Pokemon theme song. If that doesn't
> >>> convince that this year will be awesome, you are most likely Stalin.
> >>>
> >>> Have a great New Year!
> >>>
> >>> Best,
> >>> HCS Board
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