Australian Rationalist in America

post by shokwave · 2012-11-19T02:56:06.525Z · score: 4 (5 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 11 comments



Hi LessWrong! I'm a LWer from Melbourne, Australia, and I'm taking a 3 month road trip (with a friend) through parts of the United States. I figure I'd enjoy hanging out with some fellow rationalists while I'm over here! 

I attended the May Rationality minicamp in San Francisco (and made some friends who I'm hoping to meet up with again), but I've also heard good things about the LessWrong groups all over the United States. I'd like to meet some of the awesome people involved in these communities!

We've been planning this trip for a while now and have accommodation pretty much everywhere except for the second half of San Francisco. 


If you're in one of these locations when I am, contact me! Either ahead of time or at short notice is fine. I'll be checking meetup posts and mailing lists for events that I can make it to as well, but if you happen to know of an event or meetup happening that fits the schedule, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Message or call me on 4242 394 657, email me at - or you can leave a toplevel comment on this post, or message my LW account directly. Looking forward to meeting any and all of you!



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comment by RyanCarey · 2012-11-19T10:04:05.417Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Hi, another Australian visiting Berkley. Presumably this will happen on Wednesday the 21st

comment by Despard · 2012-11-19T05:30:02.927Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Nice! I'm actually doing something similar in December, bussing though various cities in the States (thread at before going, mildly ironically, to Australia. I actually think I'm going to be in Austin around the same time as you, though not for as long. I'll be reposting my message with dates shortly.

comment by Maelin · 2012-11-20T02:27:21.922Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

If you happen to be in Melbourne while you're in Australia, see if you can come to one of our twice-per-month regular meetups!

comment by shokwave · 2012-11-19T05:59:05.081Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Indeed you are! (Your post was the inspiration+reminder for this post, actually). We should try to run into each other somewhere in Austin.

comment by Jayson_Virissimo · 2012-11-19T03:17:27.815Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'll schedule a meetup for when you are in Phoenix.

comment by shokwave · 2012-11-20T01:29:32.822Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Awesome! Thank you.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-12-31T02:23:48.536Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

About the Washington DC visit: Do you have definite plans for that week yet? I can try to organize a suitable special meetup during that time; typically we have them on Sundays at 15:00.

comment by shokwave · 2013-01-01T00:34:08.671Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The only definite plan is ironically celebrating Australia Day on the 26th; it looks like the 27th is the Sunday, which works fine.

comment by evand · 2012-11-20T02:28:25.108Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Not sure how firm your schedule is, but if you felt like stopping by the Durham NC area, we could probably get a meetup together and find lodging for you. We're not too far out of your way on the Orlando to DC route.

comment by thomblake · 2012-11-19T19:16:49.440Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I assume from the schedule that you're looking to be in Times Square for New Years. Please beware that the streets become a bit of a maze during that time, there are parts where they don't let people in/out of the area between certain times, and they often have inadequate facilities for the number of people.

comment by shokwave · 2012-11-20T01:30:30.941Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

We do have it as part of a tour, so hopefully these will be partially mitigated. I will be aware, though, so thanks for the heads up.