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A bad Frolicon is still better than a good weekend at home. This was my worst one yet, but I still had fun.

The good: I got to do decorative rope, including a couple of large corsets and my first serious attempt at a rope bra, with a bunch of new people. I got to see a lot of old friends and acquaintances. I learned/tried a few new tricks for improvising a working vacuum cube.

The bad: I had to improvise a working vacuum cube, again. I didn't get to spend more than a few minutes with any of the people that I miss who weren't my roommates at the hotel. Half of my potential "wishlist" play dates fell through, and people took my cards off the wish board without contacting me.

The ugly: 40 hours in the car for 48 hours at con is an entirely unacceptable ratio, especially with just 2-3 drivers. I won't make that drive again with fewer than 3 drivers, or for fewer than 4 days in Atlanta (which is entirely plausible for Frolicon, DragonCon, Alchemy, or Euphoria). I missed Thursday entirely, spent most of Friday tired, and fell asleep early both nights, missing out on a lot of fun and opportunity. Next year we will either extend the trip by a few days, or fly.
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I want to invite people over to play board games frequently but irregularly and on short notice. This could extend to movies or dinner plans, but for now it's just board games. I want to invite 10-30 people, so that hopefully 1-5 people show up. I do not have a good way to accomplish this.

I can use a FB Group. I can Post to that Group's Wall. FB will make sure most members of the group never see the post.

I can use a FB Group. I can create an Event in that Group, and Invite people to that Event. FB seems to also filter those invites from some people (which is news to me), and I don't think most of my friends use FB event invites in a real-time manner.

I can post to my own FB Wall. More people will see that than the Group Wall method, but it will also reach up to a thousand people who don't care, and it may be delayed in reaching people.

I can tag people in my FB Wall post. This reaches people more quickly, but is also tedious and manual, and is still visible to a thousand people who don't care.

I can filter that FB Wall post to a list. This solves some of those problems, but not the delay and FB filter shenanigans issues.

I can create an email list. My primary objection to this is that I do not think that most of my friends use email for realtime communication. This particular kind of invitation expires after an hour or three, and that's more quickly than most people check their email, I think.

I can send individual IMs and FB messages. This is, by far, the most effective solution, but it also requires the most work (although a third party IM client might be able to fix this) and would lead to more people opting out as the notifications became too frequent.

I can send group IM/SMS/FB messages. This is unacceptable because of the forced-reply-all and opt-out nature of those messaging systems. People seem to almost universally hate these systems.

Help? Feedback? Suggestions?

(the FB stuff above mostly applies to G+ as well)
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This is how I did it.  I put out an all call for people who would be interested in gaming meetups.  Some planned.  Some at random.  The message was clear that by saying you were interested, you would be added to a group on Facebook, and that you would be invited to every single event.  Obviously, attending is not a requirement.  I have about 30 people in that group, and never have a problem getting 6-7 people for a game day, from planned days to short notice days.
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Shoulder specialist says my muscle tear is mostly unimportant but my labrum tear needs to be addressed. Scheduling another MRI, this time an arthrogram with contrast, to see if surgery is the right approach. 
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I had a labrum tear.  Recovery from surgery was annoying but I'm very glad I addressed it.
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"It is not okay for anyone to touch anyone without their consent no matter what that person meant"

I am really working hard to not reply to this on that other social network, because replying would be insensitive to a person who has a real issue with being touched.

I'm going to just wait and incorporate this as another data point in the next thing I write on the subject. Posting here so I can remember it, and possibly for comments without drawing attention over there.
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I'm with Jack on this.  I think it's okay (and in fact desirable) to touch someone even without their consent if you believe it to be necessary to save their life.
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Planning a road trip from Boston to Atlanta on Easter weekend for Frolicon, a kink/geek convention. Will cost about $325 per person, total. Leaving Thursday evening, returning Monday morning. Anyone interested?
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This is the last time I will book a rental car via computer. I biked half an hour just to find out that the location I reserved at won't take my debit card with an out of state driver's license. I had to return to the location a few blocks from my house (who didn't have cars to reserve previously) to rent. Then afterwards I find out that there's a $25/day additional fee for each driver under 25, AND those drivers need a credit card in their name.

Fuck you, Enterprise. If you really don't want our business, we'll go somewhere else.
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I really really really like Zipcar. I had never even bothered trying them until I became an employee (and I still am) but I absolutely kick myself for failing to do so.
I know that doesn't help you for the current situation, but I hope it might at least present options for the future.
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Still have some open seats in our road trip from Boston to Atlanta for Easter weekend. We are going to Frolicon, but wouldn't mind filling seats with people just for the trip, too.
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My first cake (not entirely decorated by me) 
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two different layers, because the house I was baking at had only two baking pans of somewhat appropriate, but non-matching, size.
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Scientist, Hacker, Programmer
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  • Tinkerer, 2010 - 2011
  • DriveThruRPG
    Scientist, Hacker, Programmer, 2009 - 2010
  • Intelliteach
    Support Analyst, 2008 - 2009
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Somerville, MA, USA
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Atlanta, GA, USA - Nashville, TN, USA - Clarksville, TN, USA - Biloxi, MS, USA - Thornville, OH, USA - Archibold, OH, USA - Pensacola, FL, USA - San Antonio, TX, USA - Mobile, AL, USA - Roswell, GA, USA - Knoxville, TN, USA - Chattanooga, TN, USA - Columbus, MS, USA
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Maker geek with too many hobbies.
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  • University of Tennessee
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2000
  • Austin Peay State University
    Computer Science, 2003 - 2004
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Clarence