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October 17th, 2003


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01:34 am - How a tradition ends
Some of you might remember that, as well as playing reasonably large numbers of board and card games, I like to keep record of which ones I have played. There are sufficiently many people who do this that it becomes interesting to compare and contrast people's gaming years with each other. I have been keeping such data since the start of 1998; you can see the post I made about the end-of-2002 edition here, which links to a glorious technicolour spreadsheet of data.

Unfortunately, the notebook in which I was keeping my records for 2003 has disappeared. Unless it turns up again, there will be no 2003 edition of the chart. Seeing as a large part of the appeal is being able to keep a moderately reliable lifetime total for a good 200 games, it seems very unlikely that there will be a 2004 edition or so on either. Yes, I could guess, but that's not the point. I have retraced my steps between home and the gamers club, which is where I discovered that my bag of games had been unexpectedly open all the way. With Dad's help, I have even retraced the last half-mile or so (between leaving the bus and reaching the club) and searching the centre of town fairly extensively within about a ten-yard radius of where I walked. I have reported the loss to the police station, too.

Consequently, I'm pretty damn annoyed. There are some vague hopes; I might well be being tremendously lame and the book might turn up in this bedroom, but it seems very unlikely. It's very possible that the book might have flown out of my bag while I was on the bus and that the bus company lost property service might have it. It's even just about possible that someone might find it, look through, be able to decipher the comments and send it to... probably to Keble College, Oxford, where I first used the notebook eight years ago, who might even forward it on to me. Really, it's far more likely than not that I'll never see it again, though, and so there goes a year's worth of accurate records.

Other than that, there have been far worse days: I received a very pleasant unexpected mail about an old post of mine, my parents remembered to record the first episode of Superstars without me asking, the UK puzzle team have got off to a good start and there was a BBC News article which mentioned the phrase "Allied Haxor Elite" and so made me laugh.

Here's the bumph about Chris' Annual Birthday Bonanza Attention Grab Exercise:

When?
Thursday, October 23rd. (Next Thursday.)

How old?
28.

What can I do for you?
Neither cards nor presents, even from real-world friends; neither e-mail nor celebratory comment in your LJ. Instead, please speak to me on the day itself.

How to speak to me?
I will be publishing a live telephone number on that day on which I can be reached. Fingers crossed, I will have knocked together some internet telephony solution whereby you can call my phone using your microphone at no cost to you. Part of the fun is seeing if I can make this (simple) hack work.

Do you really want me to call? I hardly know you!
Yes, you. Even if you're reading this on a Friends page, on a Friendsfriends page, on someone else's friendsfriends page, or if you just found my journal by pressing the "Random LiveJournal" button, I would love to hear from you. Even if you think I don't know you, feel free to call.

I haven't spoken to you since last October 23rd / for years / ever before!
Please regard this as sufficient excuse. I will be especially pleased to hear from you.

I've never called anyone who I hardly know in the UK before!
Perhaps you could regard this as sufficient excuse to do so as well.

So I'm calling someone I don't know. What should I say?
Whatever you like. I will keep the call short if you like. You can find out more about me by reading my interests page or the rest of this LiveJournal, for instance.

Do I need to sing "Happy Birthday" to you?
Definitely not. Unless you want to. (Last year, 2 out of 15 people did.)

Is this for real?
Yes. It was ever so much fun last year.

Would you do it for me?
Well, I've done it for everyone else who's tried the same thing over the past year, all 0 of them... :-/
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off

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From:dr4b
Date:October 16th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if I can make international calls with my cellphone?

When the day comes, if you could post a US-friendly (ie, with intl calling codes, etc) number for us silly americans, I will do my best to call you. I should check time zones first, of course...
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 16th, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
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You probably can make international calls with your cell - I can, but the prices are really REALLY high. Also, you can call any UK number by adding 011 44 and then the rest of the number.
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From:karen2205
Date:October 17th, 2003 02:27 am (UTC)
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Once you've dialed +44 you need to omit the first 0 from the telephone number, so +44 020 44444444
From:themightyuser
Date:October 16th, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
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You can call me anytime for any reason, hehe.

1 954 441 1986 - debate Quidditch rules, talk SoC, whatever =)
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 16th, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Times you can receive calls, also very important...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 16th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Mm, yes. What I did last year is continuously updated my post with "Ring me now on this number" or "don't ring me now because I'm off out having a meal and should be back at (time)". So long as everyone is working from an immediate-recent version of my post, which they will be even if they're seeing it on their friends page, they'll know to ring or not. It worked well enough last year and ought to work well enough again this year.

Roughly, though, I'm working on Eastern time. Maybe one time zone less Pacific than that, but only one.
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 16th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
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If you say British time, I'll know, obviously. But considering my work hours I'm thinking it's unlikely I'll be able to call...
From:dinahrae
Date:October 17th, 2003 01:35 am (UTC)
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That birthday call thing? Best idea I've ever seen. I will call, but I'll give due warning that I am kinda bad on the phone - this not-being-talkative thing gets worse when I only have some small plastic device to talk to. Still want me to call? :D

And I'm sorry you lost that notebook. I hope it turns up again, it is very annoying when such very personal things get lost.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 18th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)
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Still want me to call?

Sure do! It's been too long.

Incidentally, it strikes me that through the magic of time zones, if you can call between midnight and 1am (your time) on October 24th, it'll be your birthday where you are at the same time as it's my birthday where I am, yet different days. Silly, but fun. :-)
From:dinahrae
Date:October 19th, 2003 10:29 am (UTC)
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Yes, I've thought of that. It's such a weird concept, time-zones :-)
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From:bookshop
Date:October 17th, 2003 06:54 am (UTC)
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what a wonderful, generous idea. i promise you i will call, and that i will sing. :D *hug*

28! Are you as excited as this post makes it seem?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 18th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
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i promise you i will call, and that i will sing.

I look forward to it very much!

Are you as excited as this post makes it seem?

Yes, I think I am. The rest of the day won't be particularly special, but the thought of getting to speak to (hopefully) many very nice people on the same day is a thrilling one.
From:kearie
Date:October 17th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC)
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Have no microphone on computer! In fact, as of right now, have no computer... Is there another (free to cheap) way of doing this?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 18th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
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Hmm, interesting. I know how to make very cheap international phone calls out of the UK (Just Dial), but am not aware of any counterpart service for a single phone call from the US. There should be one, though, shouldn't there?

I'll look into this!
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From:jumbach
Date:October 17th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
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Chris, I will make every effort to call you that day, probably mid-afternoon or so your time (i.e., when I first arise.)
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From:applez
Date:October 17th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)

Can you accept SMS?

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Thinking of non-work-disrupting communications methods...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 18th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: Can you accept SMS?

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Cute thought!

I'm afraid not, except if there are SMS-to-email gateways like the email-to-SMS ones. Apart from that, I want to hear your voice!
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From:applez
Date:October 18th, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Can you accept SMS?

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OK, it'll be a short 'hello' and 'happy b day' then I'm afraid.

Till then...

Enjoy!
From:philonightmare
Date:October 17th, 2003 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I hope you find the book! And if it's at all possible, I'll definitely try to call you. And if for some dumb reason I can't say this on the actual day...Happy Early Birthday!

-EC
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 18th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)
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:) Thanks! Better late than never and better still early than late.

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