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Halfbakery Zoom virtual Meetup

Be like the Borg
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I would suggest something of the typical global meetup time, like noon Eastern to give the Londoners and West Coasters some workable time. Maybe another time for the Aussies?
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020

Meeting Invite link https://us04web.zoo...GRSeWRneW04QlNUdz09
Zoom link. [RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020]

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       // borg //   

       Sp. Borg.   

       (We're keeping track of all these little digs, jibes and insults, you know)   

       Chosing a time for the Kiwis to join will be , since NZ's still stuck in the 1950's ....
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020
  

       Yes, we know. We have to give your OCD counting nanobots something to do, or they get testy.   

       We don't capitalize human, tribble, or beetle, so species-specific arbitrary capitalization seems strange.   

       We'll make an exception for Vulcans, though.
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       I'm in.
blissmiss, Mar 28 2020
  

       So, what time / day would be good? I’m still working somewhat conventional hours so I’d suggest a weekend, say Sunday at noon Eastern Daylight, 11 Central, 4 pm Greenwich?
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       //We don't capitalize human, tribble, or beetle, //   

       ... but you do capitalize Americans, Venezuelans, Jews, Greeks and Inuit ?*   

       In German, all proper nouns are capitalized.   

       Americans, Venezuelans and Greeks are national groups; Jews are adherents to a specific belief system; Inuit are a racial group spread across several geographically- defined national areas.   

       You're not very consistent about this, are you?   

       *but not the french. Never the french ... even the Belgians, gods help them, deserve their "B"; but not the french.
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020
  

       I'm super positive about this idea, children of the Borg.   

       When is this happening, tomorrow?   

       // a weekend, say Sunday at noon Eastern Daylight, 11 Central, 4 pm Greenwich   

       Sounds good to me.
Mindey, Mar 28 2020
  

       Tomorrow works for me.   

       If my Audi is any indication, German consistency isn't all its cracked up to be.   

       Why would a species be a proper noun, unless it were named after another already-existing proper noun item, like the Vulcans, or Darwin's finches?
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       Wait, I'd have to get up, showered and dressed? ON A SUNDAY???
blissmiss, Mar 28 2020
  

       Only from the waist up...
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       4pm tomorrow UK time - be careful of the clock change; I no longer know if the US and Europe synchronises these things any more.
DenholmRicshaw, Mar 28 2020
  

       Meeting ID: 941 146 079 Password: 002373
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       // Why would a species be a proper noun //   

       Because the grammatical conventions are inconsistent.   

       For example, the species Salmonella enterica gets a capital "S"; as you point out "Darwin's finch" is a distinct species, but "finch" is not. The Boa constrictor has no common name (other than "common boa") and is also capitalized, but Boa (often used as a short form) is not a species but a genus.   

       Now, we are not a distinct species. We are an aggressive hegemonizing swarm, bent on ruthless conquest and domination. We could be considered as a nation (which would deserve capitalization) or possibly a race, although that second one is debatable.   

       But mostly you should be polite and use "Borg" because if you don't, we will come round to your house and break all your windows. Including the ones in your car.
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020
  

       That’s good, I would love to replace these with different ones, and the car is due, too. I trust the b.ORG have good hazard insurance, perhaps backed by Lloyd’s?
RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020
  

       Well, we have accident ensurance - that is, we can certainly ensure that you have an "accident", and a rather nasty one at that.   

       It isn't backed by Lloyds, but by another organisation with a fine tradition of delivering the customer's requirements at very high velocities - Krupp GmbH. Oh, some say projectile weapons are old-fashioned, but many like the more traditional personalized* approach.   

       *"One shot, one kill".
8th of 7, Mar 28 2020
  

       Only from the waist up... — RayfordSteele, Mar 28 2020   

       Well, that's a damn good thing too, since I'll be joining from The Church of No Pants.
blissmiss, Mar 29 2020
  

       Precisely!   

       Krupp can bring it. I do happen to work for a company that can bring a lot more firepower.
RayfordSteele, Mar 29 2020
  

       I have a work meeting scheduled to finish at 4pm but it will likely over-run... I'll drop by on my way home if I am able.
pocmloc, Mar 29 2020
  

       So, by borg time, it's scheduled for 1585497600? In or in Python,   

       from datetime import datetime
from pytz import timezone, utc
z = timezone('GMT')
t = z.localize( datetime(2020, 3, 29, 16, 0, 0))
t.astimezone(utc).timestamp()
Mindey, Mar 29 2020
  

       Just rejoin using the same link. :) Zoom has 1 hour limit, but after that same rooms can be rejoined.
Mindey, Mar 29 2020
  

       // Well, we have accident ensurance //   

       Has the Borg indeed bought out Dial-a-Smite?
whatrock, Mar 29 2020
  

       Sorry it timed out...
RayfordSteele, Mar 29 2020
  

       Shall w do it again sometime?
RayfordSteele, Mar 29 2020
  

       // Has the Borg indeed bought out Dial-a-Smite? //   

       Gr. "Have the Borg ..." (We are many).   

       Either "Have the Borg ..." (pl.) or "Has the Borg Collective ..." (sing.) can be used.   

       And the answer is "yes". We can even add it to your right-click options ...
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020
  

       What an awesome experience to have Sunday brunch with two handsome and VERY intelligent half bakers. Must do it again soon. Putting faces to baker's names is such fun. Sorry I didn't get to say goodbye to you, Brian, but we will talk again soon.   

       Love to all and stay safe.
blissmiss, Mar 29 2020
  

       // And the answer is "yes". We can even add it to your right-click options ...   

       Yes! :) A way for the Borg children to socialize, while locked in quarantines.
Mindey, Mar 29 2020
  

       Thanks blissy.   

       We should make the next one for an hour. I had it set for a half-hour and apparently it allows you to go over by 10 minutes.   

       On the iPad it was one person viewing at a time. Maybe I'll try it on the laptop; my son was able to view multiple people simultaneously.
RayfordSteele, Mar 29 2020
  

       My book club had 11 people yesterday. I couldn't see everyone at once but four or five folks.
blissmiss, Mar 29 2020
  

       My work meeting today on zoom had 18 people all visible at once! And overran by hours! And I've no idea what it was about!
pocmloc, Mar 29 2020
  

       "No change there, then ..."
8th of 7, Mar 29 2020
  

       Sorry I couldn't make it (it was in the middle of the night, and I have work this morning).
pertinax, Mar 30 2020
  

       I forgot til an hour after it ended sorry!
21 Quest, Mar 30 2020
  

       Ah, I forgot this was happening...
hippo, Mar 30 2020
  

       All are forgiven but missed A three-person piss-up is hard to sustain. Unless we were in person together at a pub or something, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.   

       I just thought about that. The culture of the UK is pub based meaning your neighborhood gathering spot, or is that something that occurred in a different generation?   

       Where do you live, Pert? We were quite international with Mindey joining in.
blissmiss, Mar 30 2020
  

       Western Australia (GMT+8 - like Outer Mongolia, but with better beaches)
pertinax, Mar 30 2020
  

       // I forgot til an hour after it ended sorry! // // Ah, I forgot this was happening... //   

       It's all right. Really, it's all right. Shhhh ...   

       Do you want to be wheeled out onto the verandah so you can sit in the sunshine with [CH] and talk to each other (or rather, talk to yourselves) about how much better things were in The Good Old Days ?   

       <Sniffs/>   

       Good, no-one seems to need their nappy changing at the moment.   

       // Where do you live, Pert? // // Western Australia //   

       You do realise that you're on the same physical land mass as [UnaBubba] ? There's no ocean in between ? Reckless, we call that.   

       Also, small point, but our understanding of the technicalities is that you can't "live" in Australia, only "exist" there. If you want to "live" then you have to go somewhere civilised.   

       Why not give Antarctica a try ?
8th of 7, Mar 30 2020
  

       Less good beaches, I hear.
pertinax, Mar 30 2020
  

       You're never short of ice for your drink, though.   

       Well, at the moment ...
8th of 7, Mar 30 2020
  

       Next time, we can do next weekend? With, maybe a calendar link in advance?
Inyuki, Mar 31 2020
  

       Calendar link, using... ?
RayfordSteele, Mar 31 2020
  

       An agreed, usually numerical or symbolic, system that shows the interrelationship between diurnal cycles and planetary orbital position around the primary.   

       Next question ?
8th of 7, Mar 31 2020
  
      
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