Apr 20 2013

Hey! Hangout?

If I impulsively set up a Google+ hangout at 8pm my time (in about an hour), would anyone join it? I might try it anyway, just because. To talk about whatever.

Absolutely nothing of any significance was said. We just had a pleasant evening of social chit-chat.


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  1. 1

    I have been wanting to do one of these with you. I wish I had known in advance. I’m in my PJs with my wet hair in a towel.

  2. 2

    Can’t sleep

    Will be there will bells on :)

  3. 3
    PZ Myers

    What’s wrong with PJs and a towel?

  4. 4

    I thought those hangouts could only have ten people at a time.

  5. 5

    damn, I just got home, really bummed I missed out on this.

  6. 6
    PZ Myers

    You haven’t missed out! Not starting for 15 minutes.

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  8. 8

    Have black pudding on and a pot of tea on the boil….

  9. 9

    Next time let me know. I wanna hang… and not look totally ridiculous.

  10. 10
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Can’t attend. Got laundry, dinner, and no mircrophone….

  11. 11
    John Morales

    melody, you can just do the audio.

    (I can think of at least one low-tech solution to disabling video… ;) )

  12. 12
    la tricoteuse

    Oh boo. Would so be up for this another time, but bed beckons.

  13. 13
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Dang, I might have a USB microphone from an earlier voice recognition entry I purchased for the Redhead. Is there a generic driver, and where did I leave it? (In a bag in a box at the bottom of the closet, IIRC, manana.)

  14. 14
    Courtney Hammett

    Tell me how this works, please :P I’m not good at the internets

  15. 15
    Matt G

    How does one join?

  16. 16

    Yeah, what’s up, is this happening?

  17. 17

    Need to be G+ friends or something?

  18. 18

    I am on G+. and friends with PZ, I think. If anyone else wants to friend me, it’s sallylichtenstein707 at.

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    Feminace, formerly Qurikythrope

    Damnity damn, checked my feed too late to get into this. And I just got a G+ account and everything..

  20. 20

    Is it too late for this?

  21. 21
    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    (I can think of at least one low-tech solution to disabling video… ;) )

    Hah! John Morales is a sockpuppet of the mighty 3M Corporation!!!!!elebenty!!@!

  22. 22

    Guess I missed it… :-(

  23. 23

    Ah…I used Google to find Google + and the Myers Hangout. It’s about 9:30 Central time, so I’m guessing it’s over by now. Sorry I missed it. I’ll have to figure out how to get registered and try to make the next one (assuming there will be a next one, since it looks like the conversation went well.)

    Take care everyone.

  24. 24

    Some of us have to work!!

    Btw, if your posts had a time of publishing again(and not just date), it would be easier to tell when stuff is happening…

  25. 25
    Skatje Myers

    You should pop into existing hangouts on G+ more, like Ed does. Or you should invite your daughter to the next one, jeez. D:<

  26. 26

    Glad I made it to at least part of the hangout. Next time I’ll come by with more to say!
    P.S.: My wife just told me that our cat peed in my babyseat hat this morning.

  27. 27
    PZ Myers

    Ed told me you are always on way past my bedtime.

    I suppose I could add you to one of mine, but you know us boring old folk.

  28. 28
    John Morales


    rorschach, hover your mouse over the post date — the alt-text is specific.

  29. 29

    hover your mouse over the post date

    Ah, I see. Not exactly obvious, is it?

  30. 30

    hover your mouse over the post date — the alt-text is specific.

    Thanks, John! I didn’t know that either, and I went looking in vain for a post-time just recently.

  31. 31

    That was rather fun. :)

  32. 32

    The book of folk songs I was talking about is called “The Child Ballads,” so called for the man who collected them, Francis James Child.


    That’s the NPR report. It focuses on how different generations of performers continue to use the book as a source for adaptations. “Scarborough Fair” was adapted from Child’s Ballads.

    The book is hundreds of years old, and was intended to be a literary source for scholars. Thus, Child did not record the melodies, but only the words, and always several different versions of the lyrics. This makes it a source ripe for reinvention and interpretation.

    Anais Mitchell is one of the younger performers featured in the report; she’s released a new album with this other guy, Jefferson Hamer, whom I don’t know.

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    Robby Bensinger

    The author Haley mentioned at the start of the video is Virginia Valian. She does really important and eye-opening work, and is, simply put, the reason I’m a feminist today.

    Here’s an example of her work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtvV6Bot28Y . I really think this needs to be popularized a whooole lot more. Among atheists, and among human beings. It may seem slightly dry at first, but there is some amazing theoretical work and data here that I think gets pretty close to the heart of the problem feminists face, in a straightforward and accessible manner.

  34. 34

    Robby –

    I’m checking out that video, and indeed, it is very good! Thank you for the recommendation.

  35. 35

    “You’re older than my parents”. I LOL’d. The ultimate insult..:-)

  36. 36

    I like the idea of the Hangout. Could you be a little less impulsive the next time and give us a bit of little more lead time. Say 24 hours. Or even 12.

    Or not. Just saying.

  37. 37
    PZ Myers

    OK, I’ll do it again Monday night at 9 my time. Maybe with a more focused theme.

  38. 38

    The topic of hot wings was not investigated thoroughly enough. It warrants more discussion.

  39. 39

    “The Child Ballads,”

    yeah, “The Book of Children’s Songs” was prety close.

    I kid.

  40. 40

    Is it sad that made me happy because it was the most I’d ever seen a group of guys all together on the subject?

    (Cuz even in friendly groups like my old roleplaying group or whatnot, it was often hard to discuss that without apologetics or jokiness getting in the way….)

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    Whoops. Somehow this got posted to the thread below the Snappy One Liners. Sorry.

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    David Marjanović


    PZ, I need more advance warning! Time zones and stuff! And lack of webcam and G+ account!

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