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July 9, 2013

Friends, Photons, Fluorospherians, lend me your sense-organs!
Posted by Abi Sutherland at 03:48 PM *

I’m going to be back in Northern California soon, seeing family, large pieces of rock, ghost towns, cinder cones, large mammals, medium-sized mammals, and old stomping grounds. It occurs to me that it might also be fun to see some of our community, if anyone in the area is game.

Unfortunately, my schedule has gone from merely complex to genuinely non-Euclidean, and it looks like the only day that would work for this exercise is Wednesday 24 July. (As an added bonus, this date also works for Serge, who will be in the area that week!)

So I was thinking we could get together at Breads of India on Clay Street in Oakland, where we had the last Gathering of Light. 6pm sounds like a reasonable time to gather, though we can shift things if people can’t come till later on.

Anyone interested? It would be useful if you so noted in the comments, so that we can give them an estimate.

I’m sorry if this is hasty and rather terse. I’m swamped at work right now, and very much looking forward to a vacation. I’ll look forward to it even more if you’re there. Please come if you can.

Comments on Friends, Photons, Fluorospherians, lend me your sense-organs!:
#1 ::: Benjamin Wolfe ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 04:06 PM:

Barring any unforeseen complications, I'm in (likely with the Amazing Girlfriend).

#2 ::: Xopher Halftongue ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 04:07 PM:

Have a great time! Someday I will go there when you're there too and we will eat Indian Breads together!

#3 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 04:15 PM:

My schedule for July is merely stochastic, not actually non-Euclidean (various roofers and ceiling fixers and similar people will be stomping around and we'll have to move all the furniture and stuff out of the way to make room for them to spill paint on things.)

But hopefully I'll get a chance to join you.

#4 ::: D. Potter ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 04:53 PM:

Great timing! I shall enter it in my calendar.

#5 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 05:32 PM:

I'll wave from Seattle!

#6 ::: Karl T. ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 05:40 PM:

I'll put the 26th in my calendar, but will make no promises; July is a hectic month at work, and my schedule varies widely from day to day.

But I'd love to see more Fluorospherians. (I saw Serge most recently at BayCon a few years back.)

#7 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 06:17 PM:

You sure can make a guy feel miserable. At least, a guy who's too old to zip off from SoCal to the BArea, any more, and now too deaf to profit much from (or contribute much to) such a fangathering. OTOH, I can still communicate a heart-felt hope that you all have a great time, and that there will be many of you.

#8 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 06:18 PM:

You sure can make a guy feel miserable. At least, a guy who's too old to zip off from SoCal to the BArea, any more, and now too deaf to profit much from (or contribute much to) such a fangathering. OTOH, I can still communicate a heart-felt hope that you all have a great time, and that there will be many of you.

#9 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 06:23 PM:

Errr.... the software seems to be a bit wonky. *sigh* & aplogies for the duplication of the previous message. (I don't think it has to do with the -- now healing -- attack of gout in my right hand.)

#10 ::: Allan Beatty ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 08:10 PM:

In the alternate universe where I planned a vacation in northern California this summer instead of spending money on house and yard and car stuff...I would have been there in a heartbeat.

#11 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 09:38 PM:

Karl T @ 6... That was in 2011, if I remember correctly. See you again on the 24th!

#12 ::: Kurt Montandon ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 10:21 PM:

I definitely can't make it to Oakland, but by cinder cones do you mean in Lassen Park?

#13 ::: Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: July 09, 2013, 11:38 PM:

I, too, will wave, from Los Angeles, and look forward to meeting other Fluorospherians some other time, and wish Abi a happy and relaxing vacation!

#14 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 02:12 AM:

Don Fitch @7:
Hey...I live an ocean away from most of the fantastic gatherings and cons that get discussed here. And I'm a sea away from the rest of 'em. I know the slightly forlorn feeling of "they're having fun and all I can do is wave". So, sympathy.

Kurt @12:
Yes, Lassen, but it's a family trip without the option of external socializing, unfortunately.

#15 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 05:08 AM:

*sigh*

One day I, too, will be on the right continent at the right time for a Gathering of Light.

(I did spend some time hanging around Charlie Stross at this year's Swancon, but since the subject of Making Light never came up I don't suppose that counts.)

#16 ::: Ruth Temple ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 10:41 AM:

I'll be delighted to see you there! Hurrah for visits while you're visiting!

#17 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 11:27 AM:

I'm in the wrong half of the country for this, but it does occur to me to ask (and hope it's not unpardonably OT)if any other Fluorospherians will be at Pennsic this year.

#18 ::: Carrie S. ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 11:38 AM:

I will, Anne, for the duration most likely though I may have to make a few day trips down to Pittsburgh to feed the cats.

#19 ::: Suzanne F ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 12:10 PM:

I will be there! *waves delurkingly to people who are not Abi*

#20 ::: Don Simpson ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 01:07 PM:

This currently seems possible, so I have put it on my calendar.

#21 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 01:15 PM:

So far, besides Abi and I, we have 4 certains and 3 possibles.

#22 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 01:16 PM:

Suzanne F... See you soon!

#23 ::: Mary Jean ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 01:47 PM:

This lurker will delightedly emerge for a Gathering of Light. Thanks for once again organizing us, Abi!

#24 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 04:39 PM:

Volcanoes? In Berkeley?

Kurt Montandon@12, there are actually volcanic cinder cones in the hills east of Oakland/Berkeley area. The Sibley park website says more about it. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sibley.htm There's a lot of hiking area, deer and other wildlife, and I saw a bobcat there one afternoon. The volcanoes are about 10 million years old and long inactive, though the earthquake fault is quite busy.

#25 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 05:19 PM:

Possible. Very possible.

Put me down as a maybe. I am scheduled to teach that night, but may be able to make other arrangements.

#26 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 09:44 PM:

Oh, yay! I had it in my head it was the 25th (when I have a Prior Commitment). But it's not! I should, God willin' and the dam don't bust, be able to make it.

#27 ::: Kurt Montandon ::: (view all by) ::: July 10, 2013, 10:40 PM:

abi @14:

I was just curious - if you go to the park by way of Chester, you'll drive past my house on Feather River Drive (which leads to both Juniper Lake and Drakesbad). And on the corner of Feather River Dr. and Hwy 36 is the Coffee Station, which I strongly recommend for coffee, especially if you tip well (some old friends/neighbors of mine own and run the place).

#28 ::: Emma in Sydney ::: (view all by) ::: July 11, 2013, 03:51 AM:

Seems like a Euclidean problem -- how can a much admired moderator travel over 8000 km and still be nearly as far away as when she started? When the observer lives in Sydney. Wish I could be there and meet a bunch of the people I've been reading all these years. Never mind. Another time.

#29 ::: Heather Rose Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 11, 2013, 07:39 PM:

I have added it to my calendar and plan to be there. (I just hope it doesn't get shifted around when I'm not looking, like it did last time!)

#30 ::: B. Durbin ::: (view all by) ::: July 12, 2013, 12:33 AM:

Damn. That's within striking distance, but the continuation of No PT Job means I don't think I can afford the gas. If it had been next month, I might have swung it, since The Seasonal Job is, indeed, going to be fully In Season.

#31 ::: pericat ::: (view all by) ::: July 12, 2013, 01:22 AM:

I so wish I could. I'll be travelling then, but not toward Oakland. Bummer for me, but you'll have loads good company. Have fun!

#32 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: July 13, 2013, 02:17 PM:

Carrie S. @18 - Well, I enjoyed the get-together we had at Gaukler's booth a couple of years ago, but if it's just us seems like too few for a Gathering of Light. I'll be up there for the second week; don't know where I'll be camping, since it'll be a single tent space.

#33 ::: Carrie S ::: (view all by) ::: July 13, 2013, 02:29 PM:

Anne: If you'd like to come down by the lake when you're there, you're welcome--my camp has a nice big common area for exactly this kind of thing. It's down at the bottom of Runestone Hill, across from the bamboo fence with Medusas, the camp with the 20x20 sun fly and the couch. No, really. :) Ask for Jeannette.

#34 ::: j h woodyatt ::: (view all by) ::: July 13, 2013, 06:15 PM:

It's on my calendar now. Looking forward to resynchronizing.

#35 ::: Karl T. ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2013, 01:43 AM:

Even with the correct date in front of me in the OP, I manage to write an incorrect one in my comment. D'oh!

Moving the date in my calendar to the 24th. Whether I make it or not, I wish everyone a joyous and refreshing Gathering.

And yes, Serge, 2011 sounds about right to me. I look forward to renewing acquaintance if the stars align correctly.

#36 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2013, 12:57 PM:

Carrie - noted, may stop by. I'm walking better than I was a couple of years ago, so will probably be going farther afield than I was then.

#37 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 17, 2013, 05:08 PM:

Including Abi and I, we have 10 certainties and 4 maybes.

#38 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 23, 2013, 12:04 PM:

See you folks tomorrow at 6pmPT.
The reservation was made by 'Serge'.

#39 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: July 24, 2013, 01:42 AM:

If this were taking place five years ago, instead of this year, I'd certainly be there.

(A little over four years ago is when I moved from Oakland to Houston.)

#40 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: July 24, 2013, 02:18 AM:

Hey, if it were 10 years ago I'd be there!

#41 ::: joann ::: (view all by) ::: July 24, 2013, 11:42 AM:

David G #39, Tom W #40:

And 30 years ago for me ... or even 25.

(I swear, there are whole seasons I miss being there.)

#42 ::: j h woodyatt ::: (view all by) ::: July 24, 2013, 03:35 PM:

I am reporting for jury service this afternoon, so I may be late to the gathering. But I plan to be there.

#43 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 01:19 AM:

The gathering was had, and much enjoyed.

#44 ::: Benjamin Wolfe ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 01:40 AM:

I concur. The Amazing Girlfriend and I had fun.

#45 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 02:06 AM:

It was, in fact, a really good time. I'm glad that people could come, and I enjoyed the conversation a lot.

Also, as discussed: Bigglethwaite & Windemere's Manual of Proper and Exquisite English.

#46 ::: Heather Rose Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 02:33 AM:

It was lovely to finally meet some of the ML denizens in person. (I think this is the first time I've met in person anyone that I first met on Making Light, as opposed to people I knew previously who are also active here.)

#47 ::: Tracie ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 02:44 AM:

Pennsic Gathering: I will coming in Friday night. Since I just had surgery, I'll be staying in a motel in New Castle. I haven't missed a Pennsic yet, and I don't plan on missing this one. Feel free to message me at Frira mreb fvk - gjb svir svir - mreb sbhe sbhe rvtug. ROT-13ed for your pleasure.

#48 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 09:23 AM:

By the way, Benjamin, here is the Tesladyne Employee Orientation video I'd mentionned last night when Atomic Robo came up.

#49 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 11:43 AM:

Serge, you know about the Official Tesladyne Recruitment Drive, don't you?

#50 ::: Mary Jean ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 01:57 PM:

I agree that it was a very good gathering, and I enjoyed meeting some new people and seeing others again.
Abi,I treasure your two rules for moderating.

#51 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2013, 04:49 PM:

Paul A... Thanks for the reminder. I just went and made my pledge. By the way, did you ever see the sketch that Robo's artist did of yours truly as an Action Scientist?

#52 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: July 28, 2013, 08:20 AM:

Abi takes a call from the President during the Gathering of Light.
(Actually, she was calling her dad to have him pick her up, but the President *could* have called her.)

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