Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Night OLists Happy Hour: Travel

There are two travel-themed topic suggestions on the Google Moderator we set up for Happy Hour suggestions, "Which city has the most Objectivist-like culture?" and "Countries each of us has traveled to, and what's better or worse there compared to the USA."  Thanks and a big OLists Shout Out to Adam Thompson for suggesting them.

The first suggestion of the two has a link to this essay, where Paul Graham makes some pretty interesting observations about cities.
As of this writing, Cambridge seems to be the intellectual capital of the world. I realize that seems a preposterous claim. What makes it true is that it's more preposterous to claim about anywhere else ... Cambridge as a result feels like a town whose main industry is ideas, while New York's is finance and Silicon Valley's is startups.
The idea of examining a city in terms of what its primary industries are, what kind of people it attracts, and how that influences the place overall is an interesting one.  What makes one more or less 'Objectivist-like' can be tricky to pin down, but sounds like the makings for interesting discussion.

The second part, about travel destinations, needs a little modification, as we regularly have participants joining us from outside the U.S.  I love hearing about others' travel adventures, what they liked, and what they didn't like about the places they visited.


Tonight's Menu:
Appetizer:  What are your favorite cities and why?  Which city has the most Objectivist-like culture?
Drink Special:  What other countries have you traveled to that you particularly enjoyed?   Any that you disliked?  What things were better or worse there than they are where you live?

Happy Hour takes place in the OList Chatroom, every Tuesday night, from 9-10 p.m. Eastern and 6-7 p.m. Pacific.

Point your browser to www.olist.com/chat.  You will be asked for a login and password - check your OList email for these.

You will see the chat window that looks like this:

On the right is the list of users participating; on the left is the chat itself.  At the bottom, you have the option of logging in through your facebook account, or as a guest.  If you log in through facebook, it will pull your profile picture into the list next to your name, which is a nice feature.

For general information on the OLists Socials, check out the OList Events page here.

Your hosts for the OList Socials are @DianaHsieh@laforgetm (aka William Green) and myself, @Earl3d

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