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Chuck
November 2nd, 2009, 10:50 AM
Join the GWC Crue and other GWCers in celebrating Carl Sagan's 75th birthday.

When: Monday, November 9th, 8:00 p.m. to midnight CT
Where: TalkShoe (click here for the show (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/68943))

What:

Besides an excellent excuse for hanging out with our GWC friends, we'll be discussing Contact and the wrap-up of our Cosmos arc -- one of our most fun arcs to date. It'll be an open free-for-all call -- an online party.

How To Participate

If you just want to listen, simply click the direct TalkShoe link above and you can listen in real time via your computer. You can also call TalkShoe's number above, enter the call ID when requested, and listen to the call on your cell phone or land line.

If you'd like to participate, you'll need to set up a free TalkShoe account. Just navigate to TalkShoe.com (http://www.talkshoe.com/) and click the "Sign-Up" link, then follow their instructions. After you have your account set up, you'll have two options for joining the call:

1. You can connect via TalkShoe Pro using your computer.

To use TalkShoe Pro, you'll need to download the software from TalkShoe and install it on your computer. If you're planning to connect via the computer -- a great option if you're in a country other than the US or don't have a decent long-distance calling plan -- please consider the following:


You'll need to use a headphone/mic set. The built-in microphone on your computer will pick up echo of the other participants coming out your computer speakers making your audio sound very bad. Headphone mics are cheap and easy to find online and in stores. A good one can be had for around $50, but a you can find perfectly fine models as cheap as $15.
Be sure to test your rig before the event. You don't want to be fiddling around with your audio on the night of the party.

2. You can connect via TalkShoe Pro for text chat and call in for audio.

This is probably the easiest way to participate. Simply call the number and enter the information as given to you by TalkShoe when you set up your account. TalkShoe will recognize your phone audio and match it up with your logged-in user in TalkShoe Pro. You'll be able to chat and talk with everyone during the party.

3. You can just call in.

If you call in, you'll be listed as "Guest 12" or somesuch in the text chat, but you'll be able to participate fully in the audio section of the party. You won't be able to text chat and some people won't know who you are 'till you speak. But it works.

Juan
November 2nd, 2009, 11:08 AM
If you want to test your Talkshoe setup beforehand, I'll be around for about an hour on Saturday, 1PM CST (2PM EST 11AM PST). I'll let you know how you sound, and help out with troubleshooting any issues with getting your headset/connection set up.

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/40434

If you can't get connected at all, hit me up on twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/jaundrew

- Juan -

Pike
November 2nd, 2009, 11:12 AM
Great idea, and thanks, Juan. Getting that stuff sorted out beforehand is a hugely great idea.

Leah
November 2nd, 2009, 02:50 PM
Join the GWC Crue and other GWCers in celebrating Carl Sagan's 75th birthday.

When: Monday, November 9th, 8:00 p.m. to midnight CT
Where: TalkShoe (click here for the show (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/68943))

What:

Besides an excellent excuse for hanging out with our GWC friends, we'll be discussing Contact and the wrap-up of our Cosmos arc -- one of our most fun arcs to date. It'll be an open free-for-all call -- an online party.

How To Participate

If you just want to listen, simply click the direct TalkShoe link above and you can listen in real time via your computer. You can also call TalkShoe's number above, enter the call ID when requested, and listen to the call on your cell phone or land line.

If you'd like to participate, you'll need to set up a free TalkShoe account. Just navigate to TalkShoe.com (http://www.talkshoe.com/) and click the "Sign-Up" link, then follow their instructions. After you have your account set up, you'll have two options for joining the call:

1. You can connect via TalkShoe Pro using your computer.

To use TalkShoe Pro, you'll need to download the software from TalkShoe and install it on your computer. If you're planning to connect via the computer -- a great option if you're in a country other than the US or don't have a decent long-distance calling plan -- please consider the following:


You'll need to use a headphone/mic set. The built-in microphone on your computer will pick up echo of the other participants coming out your computer speakers making your audio sound very bad. Headphone mics are cheap and easy to find online and in stores. A good one can be had for around $50, but a you can find perfectly fine models as cheap as $15.
Be sure to test your rig before the event. You don't want to be fiddling around with your audio on the night of the party.

2. You can connect via TalkShoe Pro for text chat and call in for audio.

This is probably the easiest way to participate. Simply call the number and enter the information as given to you by TalkShoe when you set up your account. TalkShoe will recognize your phone audio and match it up with your logged-in user in TalkShoe Pro. You'll be able to chat and talk with everyone during the party.

3. You can just call in.

If you call in, you'll be listed as "Guest 12" or somesuch in the text chat, but you'll be able to participate fully in the audio section of the party. You won't be able to text chat and some people won't know who you are 'till you speak. But it works.

Cool idea! :cool:

Mageknight
November 2nd, 2009, 04:12 PM
This sounds like fun. I'll try to be there, time permitting.

ATGreat
November 2nd, 2009, 04:15 PM
Hopefully work will be kind and I'll be able to join in at the start, otherwise I'll catch the end of the party.

Will there be cake?

Topgun
November 2nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Hopefully work will be kind and I'll be able to join in at the start, otherwise I'll catch the end of the party.

Will there be cake?

BYOP




baltar

ATGreat
November 2nd, 2009, 04:24 PM
BYOP




baltar

Fine! Be that way! I have Ice Cream and Apple Cider Donut holes and they'll just be for me and Carl!

Solai
November 2nd, 2009, 05:01 PM
Will there be cake?

Sadly the cake is a lie. There will however be punch and paaah.

Topgun
November 2nd, 2009, 05:14 PM
Sadly the cake is a lie. There will however be punch and paaah.


BYOP

Bring Your Own Pah. :D

ATGreat
November 3rd, 2009, 07:15 PM
BYOP

Bring Your Own Pah. :D

I thought that's what you ment. ;)

Must remember to get an Apple Paaah for Monday!

Juan
November 3rd, 2009, 07:17 PM
I thought that's what you ment. ;)

Must remember to get an Apple Paaah for Monday!

Better get on it, heard from a guy that it takes a while to invent the universe... ;)

Pike
November 4th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Hrm. Carl Sagan Day (http://www.carlsaganday.com/) is apparently the seventh.

Chuck
November 4th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Hrm. Carl Sagan Day (http://www.carlsaganday.com/) is apparently the seventh.

"Carl Sagan Day" is an event created by a specific group and is moved to the 7th so they can have their event on a weekend, man. His birthday is the 9th, and that's why we're celebrating then.

Pike
November 4th, 2009, 06:14 PM
"Carl Sagan Day" is an event created by a specific group and is moved to the 7th so they can have their event on a weekend, man. His birthday is the 9th, and that's why we're celebrating then.

Ah, sort of like Towel Day. Gotcha.

ThotFullGuy
November 4th, 2009, 07:07 PM
"Carl Sagan Day" is an event created by a specific group and is moved to the 7th so they can have their event on a weekend, man. His birthday is the 9th, and that's why we're celebrating then.


Ah, sort of like Towel Day. Gotcha.

Everyday should be Carl Sagan Day.
So, Happy Carl Sagan Day, everyone!!!

smarx
November 6th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Sadly the cake is a lie. There will however be punch and paaah.


BYOP

Bring Your Own Pah. :D

What if we don't like paah. Can we still BYOC?

Glimfeather
November 9th, 2009, 06:45 PM
I just got my Internet hooked up a few minutes ago. I have to run my roommate's fiancee home, and then I should be joining the party 'round about 9 o'clock. Woot!

64kCylon
November 9th, 2009, 09:16 PM
Too bad you didn't live to see it.

Changed my life he did!

Solai
November 10th, 2009, 07:45 AM
Great time last night. I haven't laughed that hard in a long, long time.

Oh the lambaminity! :D

Uchiha Daisuke
November 10th, 2009, 07:50 AM
Great time last night. I haven't laughed that hard in a long, long time.

Oh the lambaminity! :D

It is always great when we can all get together. We should think about making it more common, at least once a quarter.

Aset
November 10th, 2009, 08:35 AM
I don't think I will ever look at Lambchop, or sock puppets in general, the same again!

frakkintalos
November 10th, 2009, 09:27 AM
I don't think I will ever look at Lambchop, or sock puppets in general, the same again!

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj125/frakkintalos/lambchop-ear1.jpg

Topgun
November 10th, 2009, 09:36 AM
Looks like BYOP was in fact "Bring Your Own Puppet." :eek:

Gryper
November 10th, 2009, 04:56 PM
It was fun! Was it recorded so that I can listen to what happened after I left last night.

coco
November 11th, 2009, 05:42 AM
Damn, I missed it. Well, happy birthday anyway, Carl Sagan! :D

And, hm, sock puppets. What's the dealio on Lambchops?

Wait. I'm not sure if I want to know. :D

Chuck
November 11th, 2009, 06:01 AM
I'm not sure it'd really make sense to anyone who wasn't there. But hey -- I'm sure we'll do another online party in the future!

Topgun
November 11th, 2009, 08:01 AM
Damn, I missed it. Well, happy birthday anyway, Carl Sagan! :D

And, hm, sock puppets. What's the dealio on Lambchops?

Wait. I'm not sure if I want to know. :D

You know. You've been on a Talkshoe in the past, if I remember correcTly. You've seen where they can go!

You're just in denial. :)

RoyRay42
November 11th, 2009, 11:08 AM
Sorry for the "party room." I was actually sitting in my car at the Gamestop waiting to get into line for MW2 when I was in on the call from my cell. The staff came out to hand out numbers and I got all excited like. It was my first Talkshoe experience, so please forgive my noob behavior. I mostly lurked and laughed.

CylonMATRIX
November 11th, 2009, 11:45 AM
I wish I could've join y'all....it sucks to be 14 hours ahead :(

coco
November 13th, 2009, 07:45 AM
Of course I'm in denial. Hence, I don't want to ever know about those darn sock puppets....until the next online party, that is. :D

I agree, being 14 some hours ahead is a drag sometimes. The price of being from the future, I suppose. :D

frakkintalos
November 14th, 2009, 10:57 AM
I was wondering if I could get a list of the music played by Juan.

Chuck
November 14th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Officially Juan played no music in this call.

But DM him for a list.

frakkintalos
November 14th, 2009, 01:19 PM
Officially Juan played no music in this call.

But DM him for a list.

Oooooooh, That's riiiigggghhhtttt. My mistake.

Roger Wilco, good buddy.

Default Prophet
November 14th, 2009, 01:55 PM
What's the deal with the mook kindle?