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  1. wagudc

    wagudc Mar 17, 2020

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    Hi all,

    While many of us are sheltering in place to avoid the pandemic, it might be nice to schedule some virtual get togethers. I use ZOOM for doing online meetings and it works well. You can use a computer, smart phone or tablet. The app works well and there is no cost.

    I have school age children at home that keep me occupied, but I imagine some of you single folks and empty nesters might be feeling a little socially isolated. I do have an alterior motive in that I live in a very remote area, so the chances of getting to an actual GTG are low in the absence of an epidemic.

    Anyone else interested? I can try to organize.

    EDIT: If interested, reply with timezone and general times that work for you (e.g mornings, midday or evening)
     
    Edited Mar 17, 2020
  2. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Mar 17, 2020

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    What a great idea!

    I'll be there. Please keep me posted.
     
  3. wagudc

    wagudc Mar 17, 2020

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    Great, can you let me know your timezone and general times that work best for you (morning, midday, evening). I'll edit original post to reflect this.
     
  4. itsalex

    itsalex Mar 17, 2020

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    This is a cool idea, haven't been to one in person :)

    PST, evenings.
     
  5. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Mar 17, 2020

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    I don't need any extra terms. I am living in Germany and sleeping time is from 01:00 to 06:00 regularly, unless OF "forces" me to stay opened longer. ;)

    From 9 to 19 CET would be comfortable.
     
  6. zinengineer

    zinengineer Mar 17, 2020

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    Evenings, u s central time zone
     
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  7. base615

    base615 Mar 17, 2020

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    I can give it a go if times work. I'm in Sydney so GMT +10
     
  8. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Mar 17, 2020

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    What is the best time for you?
     
  9. pongster

    pongster Mar 17, 2020

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    I’m OK. In Manila. So GMT+8.

    With kids also, so hard to say what time is best. But whatever time you set up, will try to make it.

    I guess better for me in mornings, before kids wake up. So anything before 9am my time.
     
  10. chadpowe11

    chadpowe11 Mar 17, 2020

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    I’m good with this if times work out. I’m GMT-2:30 (NST). As long as I’m off work (work shift work) anytime works for me.

    Cheers
    Chad
     
  11. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Mar 18, 2020

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    I can set up a discord (Free voice chat server)... I can deal with permission etc... It should also allow for video sharing with minimal set up...

    If we get above 9 people... I can activate my Twitch account and stream to infinite people... Could be a cool q/a with members...
     
  12. JanV

    JanV Mar 18, 2020

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    Sounds like a cool idea.
     
  13. kov

    kov Mar 18, 2020

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    Great idea, I am in ! :thumbsup:

    From 9 to 19 CET works for me too.
     
  14. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Mar 18, 2020

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    Sounds like a crazy idea. I like. Everything deserves to be tried once in life :thumbsup: 9 to 19 CET for me2.
     
  15. timecube

    timecube Mar 18, 2020

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    Suggestion, with all the time-zones (using local naming conventions) running amok:
    post your availability in GMT.

    e.g. 0200-0700 [GMT] here
     
  16. base615

    base615 Mar 18, 2020

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    Best time is probably 10pm UTC. That is 9am in Sydney, 6pm in NYC, 10pm in London (obviously). Manila is 6am, which sucks a bit but all the other times are worse IMO.
     
  17. ewand

    ewand Mar 18, 2020

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    That's a great idea. It might be simpler to use an off-the-shelf multi-party video system like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, which are free to use right now :) At a larger physical GTG, of course, there are numerous discussions going on and people drift between them; if you're running what's basically an online meeting, then it might need some more facilitation (like a list of topics to discuss) if there are more than a few attendees.

    I'm GMT and pretty much any time is viable...
     
  18. Pvt-Public

    Pvt-Public Mar 18, 2020

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    2200-0300 GMT for me.
     
  19. pongster

    pongster Mar 18, 2020

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    6am better for me actuallt. Kids still asleep.

    And what’s nice about a virtual GTG, you can bring as many watches as you can. Safely.
     
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  20. wagudc

    wagudc Mar 18, 2020

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    It is clear that there is interest, and I suspect that a handful of people could make any given time. Rather than try to schedule something for everyone. We should individually take initiative to host, pick a time, and then start a new thread with date, time (GMT) and instructions on how to join.