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PING Feb. 16th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
rob_t_firefly
I'm not really interested in keeping up as a mod of this comm, and it's been dead for years anyway. I don't want to leave it floating modless, though, if it can be avoided; is there anyone around who still LJs and would like to take the reins?

The Plan Oct. 30th, 2009 @ 06:40 pm
rob_t_firefly
A bunch of us worked out our plan of attack over IMs. We're going to start gathering in front of the entrance to the Hotel Pennsylvania at around 3. We'll hang out there and wait for more of us until around 4:30, when we'll grab a C/E to Spring St, and meet the rest of us by the line-up area. Where is unforeseeable; they block off the zone in weird and different ways every year, so we'll have to find a place and wing it. I'll have my phone on me and will be trying to corral folks via calls and texts, so if I don't have your info and you would like me to, get in touch!

There are more details in a mass BCC'd email I just sent out to everyone I know of who is interested. If you want to join up and you haven't yet gotten an email from me, get in touch and I'll forward it on to you!

Also: yay!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

Boo! Oct. 28th, 2009 @ 06:43 am
rob_t_firefly
UPDATE: Check this post for the final plan.

It's that time of year, when I suddenly start pretending people actually use this forum in hopes of corralling and recruiting people to play with us on Halloween!

Yes, the parade is this Saturday. A bunch of us participate every year, and all you need to join us is any costume and some comfortable footwear. We hang about the Village for a bit, march in the parade, and then try to scare up dinner somewhere afterward. All the pertinent info on the event can be found on Wikipedia and the official Site

I'm thinking it might be cool to aim for meeting up in the area around 3 or 4 PM; does that work for everyone? Keep in mind it's a Saturday, the crowds will doubtless be much more insane than in recent years.

Who's into going? Use this post's comments to discuss meeting up, or contact me privately and I'll keep you in the loop. Non-LiveJournal users can also comment here anon or sign in with an OpenID.

Yes, I know it's the last minute to be posting, my only excuse is that my costume this year is based on Back to the Future, and that has basically thrown me into somehow-comically-making-things-work-at-the-last-possible-minute mode.
Current Mood: excitedexcited

Dec. 12th, 2008 @ 07:48 pm
rhodamine


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Halloween crunch time, folks. Oct. 28th, 2008 @ 10:06 pm
rob_t_firefly
For those of us heading to the Halloween Parade on Friday, it's crunch time! When and where is a good place to meet?

The line-up for the parade is 6th Avenue south of Spring Street and north of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. We can only enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring.

I'm thinking we should meet up somewhere nearby, around 4 or 5 PM. The only issue is to find a good spot that works for everyone while still giving us time to walk through the village and check out the crowds on the way to line up.

Is anyone coming from work or anything like that, and therefore have non-negotiable space/time limits to consider? The beauty of having no plan is we're still pretty damn adaptable at this point, don't be shy.

Also, I shall have my cellphone with me. If you want to be able to get in touch that way, or at least receive the "get your ass to ___!" text messages I shall undoubtedly be sending around like mad, please shoot me an email or private LJ message and let me know.


There are also a few interesting events going on after the parade.

The Promised Land, a 24-hour-long travelling art party type thing. My girlfriend and I plan to check this out because we're dorks like that.

If you're not into that, Sidepocket has the following suggestions:

Webster Hall Party - right near the parade ending, but pricey and likely crowded as hell.

NYC Resistor Halloween Party - In downtown Brooklyn, but only $10 cover and it's run by our fellow hackers.
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» Jim is back!
After about four days missing, Jim walked back into the nursing home late Monday evening and was immediately rushed to the hospital for evaluation.

Jim's family and friends are extremely grateful for everyone's help and support over the past few days.
» Halloween
We've got a couple of cool Halloween happenings this year.

October 18 - ZombieCon! A couple hundred New Yorkers in zombie gear terrorize the streets of Manhattan.

October 31 -The Village Halloween Parade, which many of us regularly gallavant our costumey selves around in.

Who's into going? Use this post's comments to discuss meeting up, or contact me privately and I'll be sure to let you know the plan once it exists.

EDIT 10/28 - Current planning discussions are now going on at this post.
» (No Subject)
Sorry guys. I really meant to go this month but I can't, I've got work. I wanted to see if anyone could help me find a good barebone AMD Turion 64X2 based laptop because one of my clients has a HP DV2000 with a bad screen. Big surprise, right? I have to either fix it, which I tried disconnecting the display lid switch module, no luck.

Is this community basically dead now? Aside from last year there only seems to be one short post. Anyone go to the meetings? I know RTF probably does =)
» Fourth of July Meeting
Who is going to attend? Who is going to the back up meeting?

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COMMENT!
» HEARING ON HOTEL PENN FUTURE ON TUESDAY, 6 PM, NYC!
There will be a meeting of the local Community Board 5 in New York City this Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of landmark status for the Hotel Pennsylvania, home of the HOPE conferences, and a magnet for tourists from all over the globe for nearly a century.

We first reported the story of the hotel's planned demolition back in January. Since then a number of efforts have been made to get the public's attention and to help preserve what we consider to be a truly historic place. The replacement being proposed would do little to welcome visitors to New York and would result in another flashy advertisement structure to replace the 1700 relatively cheap rooms that are filled year round.

The first HOPE conference took place there in 1994. The Last Hope is scheduled for July 18-20, 2008.

The fight to save the hotel faces an uphill battle for a number of reasons. It simply is not luxurious enough for many tastes. The rooms are not generally huge as they are quite old. And while the outside of the structure is quite impressive, much of the inside has been changed and refurbished over the decades. Many New Yorkers simply don't see the need for another old structure to be preserved. But New Yorkers are also the least likely to benefit from the hotel in the first place. People from all over the world stay there when visiting New York because of its remarkable accessibility (right across the street from Penn Station) and prices that are about half that of other hotels. It is very unlikely we would be able to find another venue in New York to hold HOPE conferences that wouldn't cost many times more. The same holds true for all sorts of other events that have chosen this particular hotel. So, regardless of what many think of the architecture and the current condition of the place, there is history and there is significance. Most of all, there is a need. That need will certainly not be filled by yet another huge financial tower.

If you'd like to speak at the meeting on Tuesday, it starts at 6 pm and will be at 227 West 27th Street, "A" Building, 8th floor, room A802. For those who can't attend (including those of you from overseas who make the hotel your home when coming to HOPE), you can always send an email to the community board expressing your concerns. Please be nice and articulate. These people can be very helpful.

There are other fronts to fight for the preservation of the hotel which are being discussed at our online forum. Please join the discussion and spread the word.

Recent articles about the hotel's impending doom:
http://gothamist.com/2007/10/26/hotel_pennsylva.php
http://www.observer.com/2007/lonely-fight-hotel-pennsylvania
http://www.observer.com/2007/preservationists-huddle-hotel-pennsylvania-inches-closer-check-out-time
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/business/25lynch.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
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