Thanks to everyone who came to the meetup today. Despite some organizational stumbles on my part, it seemed to work well. So I have decided to set up another meetup for the 19th of April.
I think the big thing we need for next time is more people willing to do a ~5 minute talk.
If you work in an interesting area, have expertise in an unusual programming language (like APL say), are an undergraduate or PhD in a subject you think would interest others, have a historical event or case study you want to share, or paper or result you want to explain, please consider doing a talk. Ideally, your talk should have slides but this is certainly not mandatory.
Not only will it help our meetups, but it is a very low stakes way of improving your public speaking, too.
How do I register for the meeting?
You can register here:
What time is the meeting?
The meeting is on April 19th, at 10:30 AM PDT.
How do I get to the meeting?
To enter the meeting, click here at or after the above time.
Is VR equipment required?
No. VR equipment is supported but not required. Most will not be using such equipment.
How do I enter the room?
To enter the room without VR, go to this link:https://hub.link/Zd85BZs. Then just click “Enter Room” and “Enter on Screen”.
If you are using an Oculus Quest that is not in link mode, click “Enter on Standalone VR device” and follow the instructions on screen.
If you are using a PC-connected VR device (including an Oculus Quest with Quest Link enabled), switch your browser to FireFox and go to https://hub.link/Zd85BZs. Then click “Enter,” then “Connected VR headset.”
How do I move in hubs?
Non-VR: To move in Hubs, you use the classic “WASD” keys. Unlike an FPS, to change where you are looking you need to click and hold before moving your cursor.
VR: Use the standard VR controls.
Why can’t I hear anyone?
The volume of a speaker decreases with distance in Hubs. Try getting closer to people.
How do I change my name/avatar in hubs?
This can be done in the hamburger menu on the top-left side of the screen under “Set name and avatar.”
If you do not have an account already, I would recommend logging into Hubs a few minutes ahead of time so you can change your name/avatar from the randomly-generated default to your real name or online handle.
Can I hang out in your hubs room outside of official meeting hours?
The SSC/LessWrong Meetup room is always open. Feel free to join it any time. But note, any objects you create will be deleted before the next meeting.
I have a custom avatar; can I use it?
Hubs supports the import of GLB files for avatars. If you have one you would rather use over the built-in avatars, feel free to do so.
Are there any rules on what avatars we can choose?
After someone came in the form of a dachshund the size of a small apartment building, I have instituted a rule that you cannot have an avatar larger than an SUV.
But I feel most comfortable when instantiated in a body of supernormal size. Can you make an exception?
Is an SUV not supernormal enough to satisfy this bizarre impulse?
Let’s say it isn’t.
Well, you see, your size imposes a negative externality on other users, decreasing their enjoyment of the meeting. We have to account for that. So unfortunately, I can’t make an exception.
What if the utility I gain from being a dachshund the size of a small apartment building exceeds the summed decrements in utility this causes others?
Well…then we are all in luck. You see, the Hubs metaverse is scaled such that the average avatar, were they transplanted into our world, would be the size of a small apartment building. It is merely an illusion of perspective that most avatars do not appear to be the size of a small apartment building. Thus, merely by showing up as a dachshund you will gain the utility you crave while avoiding imposing upon others.
What if the utility I gain from being a dachshund that, relative to the median avatar, appears to be the size of a small apartment building exceeds the summed decrements in utility this causes others?
Then you would be a sort of positional utility monster. Unfortunately, here at the SSC/LessWrong Mozilla Hubs Meetup we have precommitted to following a strict deontological rule which obliges us to ban all such creatures.