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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #125 on: March 24, 2017, 11:09:43 am »

Huh, that's cool! Last time I checked, it they were only free/functional for video between two people, but not between more than two.

So what's everyone doing from about 4pm forum time today? I can be awake and free till maybe 8pm forum time.

Do the clocks in Germany and the rest of Europe change this weekend, or is that just a UK thing? From early on Sunday, I expect to be back to being 5 hours ahead of forum time, but possibly also back to being only 2 hours behind LL.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #126 on: March 24, 2017, 11:12:06 am »

I am free in 5 hours, sure. lalight1 is my Skype, add me!

Also sorry, have never used Hangouts :)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #127 on: March 24, 2017, 11:18:07 am »

Huh, that's cool! Last time I checked, it they were only free/functional for video between two people, but not between more than two.

So what's everyone doing from about 4pm forum time today? I can be awake and free till maybe 8pm forum time.

Do the clocks in Germany and the rest of Europe change this weekend, or is that just a UK thing? From early on Sunday, I expect to be back to being 5 hours ahead of forum time, but possibly also back to being only 2 hours behind LL.
Germany changes to UTC+2 as well this weekend.
Don't know if I can talk in 5 hours, a bit later would be better though probably.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #128 on: March 24, 2017, 11:36:26 am »

Today is a little more on the busy side, which makes it harder.  We are welcoming prospective PhD students, and so I have to attend a few events.  Also I'm now 3 hours behind forum time, which makes it so Europe's evening, is my afternoon.  That works most days, because I would be able to skype on days where I don't have class in the middle of when we would be skyping.  Maybe we should just do a doodle poll to see when people are available?
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #129 on: March 24, 2017, 12:32:00 pm »

So to kick things off, LL, Calamitas and I could talk later on, if we can find a time that suits Calamitas and isn't too late for LL. Calamitas, how early could you manage?

For setting up a skype call with more people, here are a couple of questions that could help decide doodle poll options:
1) gkreig, what's the earliest (forum time) that might be suitable for you? (I think you're our westernmost point).
2) LL, what's the latest (forum time) that might be suitable for you? (I think you're our easternmost point).
3) What other constraints do people have? I think I'm not really free next week on Monday or Tuesday, and I'll be VLA Thursday-Sunday. Sorry for being difficult :-P
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #130 on: March 24, 2017, 12:37:22 pm »

7pm UTC would be perfect for me :-)
If that's not possible, I should be able to get around a bit earlier.

Sadly though I won't be able to stream because I don't have a webcam (and phone sucks for this :D)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #131 on: March 24, 2017, 12:44:46 pm »

7pm UTC would be perfect for me :-)
If that's not possible, I should be able to get around a bit earlier.

Sadly though I won't be able to stream because I don't have a webcam (and phone sucks for this :D)

Ah, I thought you said you wanted it to be later, not earlier :-P I think around 8pm is the earliest I can do: I don't usually manage to leave work till 7pm, and I'll still have to cycle home via the supermarket and then cook dinner for my household before I Skype!
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #132 on: March 24, 2017, 12:50:56 pm »

7pm UTC would be perfect for me :-)
If that's not possible, I should be able to get around a bit earlier.

Sadly though I won't be able to stream because I don't have a webcam (and phone sucks for this :D)

Ah, I thought you said you wanted it to be later, not earlier :-P I think around 8pm is the earliest I can do: I don't usually manage to leave work till 7pm, and I'll still have to cycle home via the supermarket and then cook dinner for my household before I Skype!
Typo, wanted to type 9pm  ;D
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #133 on: March 24, 2017, 12:58:08 pm »

9pm is okay to me :)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #134 on: March 24, 2017, 01:21:28 pm »

I do think we will need Awaclus (?), Eevee (?), faust (!) and somebody else for that. Just three of us won't be completely informative I guess :)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #135 on: March 24, 2017, 01:26:27 pm »

I do think we will need Awaclus (?), Eevee (?), faust (!) and somebody else for that. Just three of us won't be completely informative I guess :)

It's a start! We may as well map out between us what our expectations and budgets are, and also maybe shortlist some suggested times for the next call, for which we can put up a doodle poll and encourage wider participation... it should be easier if we give them a bit more notice!

Of course, it would be awesome to hear from more people if they're free! Now that you've put your skype username up here, presumably anyone who wants to can find you and join us, right?
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #136 on: March 24, 2017, 01:32:22 pm »


1) gkreig, what's the earliest (forum time) that might be suitable for you? (I think you're our westernmost point).


Well really it just depends on the day.  I can skype most days starting at 1 PM forum time, but I have class sometimes and just have to know in advance so I can be in a place at work that I won't bother others.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #137 on: March 24, 2017, 01:35:09 pm »

I do think we will need Awaclus (?), Eevee (?), faust (!) and somebody else for that. Just three of us won't be completely informative I guess :)

It's a start! We may as well map out between us what our expectations and budgets are, and also maybe shortlist some suggested times for the next call, for which we can put up a doodle poll and encourage wider participation... it should be easier if we give them a bit more notice!

Of course, it would be awesome to hear from more people if they're free! Now that you've put your skype username up here, presumably anyone who wants to can find you and join us, right?

yeah, okay to everything you have said :)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #138 on: March 24, 2017, 01:49:32 pm »

I'd be interested in skyping some point about it. 1-6 forum time on weekdays I can usually do.

Can't do tonight though
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #139 on: March 24, 2017, 02:07:22 pm »

How are people for times over this coming weekend? I've actually got very few free weekday evenings in the next week or two, which was why tonight seemed like a good suggestion :-P
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #140 on: March 24, 2017, 04:22:55 pm »

Silver is going to take part today :)

Either way, I'm ready in 15 minutes or so.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #141 on: March 24, 2017, 04:24:51 pm »

Silver is going to take part today :)

Either way, I'm ready in 15 minutes or so.

I am ready in 30. Add me by then I guess
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #142 on: March 24, 2017, 04:46:57 pm »

Silver is going to take part today :)

Either way, I'm ready in 15 minutes or so.

Yay!

I'll be on Skype in about 10 mins. LL and silver should both know my username.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #143 on: March 24, 2017, 04:50:58 pm »

if anyone feels like you want to join, just add me in Skype
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« Reply #144 on: March 24, 2017, 05:26:45 pm »

I do think we will need Awaclus (?), Eevee (?), faust (!) and somebody else for that. Just three of us won't be completely informative I guess :)

I don't think you will need Awaclus; I'm still very uncertain that I'm going to be there even if the timing is perfect for me, so I would feel super weird about contributing too much to any decisions at this point. I mean, I would super like to be in Germany around the end of July, but no matter how you look at it, it's not a very good idea from a financial perspective. I want to do it though. But it's not a very good idea. It's that kind of a thing.
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #145 on: March 24, 2017, 07:15:31 pm »

Thanks guys, was great fun (and a bit of productive I guess ;))
We decided to skype again on Wednesday, just tick all the timeframes where you have time on Wednesday.

(I was volunteered to make that poll!)

http://doodle.com/poll/5i4yegz4et4mf6p4
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #146 on: March 24, 2017, 07:51:53 pm »

Minutes of the first Skype meeting, 9pm-11pm GMT, 17-03-24

Dates for the meet-up are fixed as 9th-13th August 2017.
Location is fixed as Berlin.


The seven people confirmed as interested in staying in Berlin are LL, Fargo (LL's girlfriend), gkrieg, kkrieg (gkreig's wife), Space, Calamitas and silver. We also think Joseph is highly likely to join. Also faust lives in berlin anyway, or will be able to stay with friends if he's stopped living there by then, so he'll join us without needing extra accommodation.

gkrieg&kkrieg would like the option of having their own room, and have a preference for central accommodation. The lowest cieling in terms of budget is 35 Euros per person per night, which is actually quite difficult even with air bnbs. We have the links I've posted already as a fall-back option, but we agreed that we all should keep looking. We also agreed that if necessary, a couple of us are able to pay a little more than the average to help subsidise the people who can't afford it otherwise, but that we'd prefer to keep this extra contribution below ~200 euros overall (split between several of us).

Faust suggested a group-house place just north-west of Berlin (http://www.kinderwald-berlin.de/cms/index.html) and has emailed them to ask questions, and will report back to the thread. This is definitely cheaper than the suggested AirBnB options, but probably fails on the private room criterion and realistically could be rather more than 30 minutes' travel away from central Berlin. (Can we also check whether this is within the free travel zone covered by the Berlin Welcome card, if some of us are going to use that for transport?)

Silver said he'd ask his dad about implications of booking on Calamitas's behalf, since he's a minor. I'm happy to make the booking, but I'd rather not find myself legally responsible for other people's conduct or anything :-P gkrieg also said that kkrieg has a good set of reviews on AirBnB, so she's another good contender for being the person to book for us, if I don't do it.

Most people seemed happy with the idea of splitting up during the day to do independent/small-group tourist sorts of things, then coming together in the evenings for a meal and games/other hanging out. Nobody actually objected to the idea of having shared veggie meals, and if we do that, I'm happy doing lots of the cooking, provided we've got a decent kitchen.

Our next chat will be on Wednesday night, and Calamitas was mandated to make us a doodle poll, which he's already posted. I hope I haven't forgotten to cover anything too critical here :-)
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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #147 on: March 24, 2017, 09:09:10 pm »

I've just spent way too long looking at airbnbs and money options again!

1130 is our practical upper bound for the total over 4 nights, assuming 8 of us. That's assuming 160 (approx $200) discretionary overpaying between people who can afford it, and then a fair-share of not more than 35 per person per night. Basically, it's going to be very difficult to meet this, plus the requirement for couples to have their own room, plus being in a reasonably central location. Also, I forgot to add to my summary before that I'd really prefer not have to share a bed with anyone!

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16154684?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8 830 with a central location. Weirdly no pictures of sleeping areas, or even a breakdown of how the sleeping is configured. Not sure I trust this one, but it is within budget :-P

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15508236?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8 893, but has only one review, and it seems bad. Probably worth avoiding.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/846552?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8 1053. Looks pretty, but it's all double beds, which is a little problematic. Good location, slightly north of the city centre, but within easy reach.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16863581?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8 1104. Could accommodate up to 10, in case anyone else joins. Just about meets the bedroom requirement. Pretty central (slightly south-east).

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/13106021?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8&adults=8 1105. Looks like a good space, but the location is a bit far to the south. The listing appears just to have double beds, but one of the rooms appears to have two singles according to the photos.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/17743160?check_in=2017-08-09&check_out=2017-08-13&guests=8 1209, with all doubles again, but nice central location, and it looks really nice in the pictures -- plenty of space for games and mafia and things in the common areas. Exceeds our budget for 8 people, but could accommodate up to two more with no extra cost incurred.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/12875272?checkin=2017-08-09&checkout=2017-08-13&guests=8 1229, explicitly not including tax. Probably too expensive, but good location and also has single beds! Also, the building in photo 1 is the place I was trying to describe to faust that's near a really good vegan east Asian place :-) Aha, here's the restaurant, now I've been reminded of the location enough to find it again: http://www.soy-berlin.com/ -- I definitely want to visit it while I'm in town!

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Re: f.ds Mafia Meetup?
« Reply #148 on: March 25, 2017, 09:26:33 pm »

Hello all! Very excited to meet everyone.
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« Reply #149 on: March 25, 2017, 09:32:01 pm »

Hello all! Very excited to meet everyone.
Hey kkrieg! :-D
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