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Old 03-25-2010, 04:36 PM   #41
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Anyway, this was probably the best way to honor Tolkien's Reading Day - and the destruction of the Ring - and I must thank again everybody for participation. It was fun!
Yes it was (fun, interesting experience and everything)! Thank you all!
A little bit awkward too at the beginning, when Agan (the one I'd had the least interaction with on the Downs) called me and I discovered my spoken English had got a bit rusty and I was somewhat at a loss what to talk about (except Werewolf), and while we were all fiddling about trying to figure out the mechanics of a conference call on Skype, but we got over all that, and the reading itself was just wonderful.
And for the record, if I were the Witch-King and Agan told me to "Begone, foul dwimmerlaik!", it would definitely give me pause...

To sum it up, there must be a next time!
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:16 AM   #42
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Kudos to each of you for making the effort to organize this virtual event! Please do keep us all informed of future plans: I, for one, would be interested in joining in - "though I do not know the way" - if someone explains the technical aspects to me in small, understandable steps.
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A little bit awkward too at the beginning, when Agan (the one I'd had the least interaction with on the Downs) called me and I discovered my spoken English had got a bit rusty and I was somewhat at a loss what to talk about (except Werewolf)
Haha actually it was you who called me (I just added you on my contact list). But yeah I know Skype can be a bit confusing at first (it took me a while to learn to master it, and I still keep having problems with it although they are rather due to the fact that I have Linux).
And I didn't even notice that your English was supposed to be rusty.

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*likes* Thanks!
I've never thought of my voice as anything special, but a while ago somebody told me that if he ever made a Silmarillion movie/play/musical/whatever, he'd have me do Ungoliant's voice... I can't deny that comments like these stroke my ego.

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I, for one, would be interested in joining in - "though I do not know the way" - if someone explains the technical aspects to me in small, understandable steps.
You need Skype, a microphone, and Downers on your contact list. Despite everything I've said earlier in this post, Skype is relatively easy to use, but if you need assistance, I'll be happy to help you as best I can.

Anyway, more than one person has said that we should do this again. How about making it a regular event? As long as there is interest, we could have a reading session, say, once or twice a month (something like each month's first Friday, or whenever people have time). Opinions?
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:26 PM   #44
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You need Skype, a microphone, and Downers on your contact list. Despite everything I've said earlier in this post, Skype is relatively easy to use, but if you need assistance, I'll be happy to help you as best I can.
Really, it's not that difficult. I'm pretty backward technologically myself (I've only discovered YouTube this year!), and if I can do it, everybody can.

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Anyway, more than one person has said that we should do this again. How about making it a regular event? As long as there is interest, we could have a reading session, say, once or twice a month (something like each month's first Friday, or whenever people have time). Opinions?
Great idea! Most definitely yes. What about the 25th of each month (or whatever viable date falls next to it)? Or any Friday or Saturday would be a good idea too, as most people won't have to get up early next morning.
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Can't believe I missed this! Dang dang dang.

Count me in for the next session.
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Great idea! Most definitely yes. What about the 25th of each month (or whatever viable date falls next to it)? Or any Friday or Saturday would be a good idea too, as most people won't have to get up early next morning.
We have been actually talking about this a bit yesterday with Lommy in Nogrod's place, and I have raised basically the same question - that in my opinion the only problem is to have any set date, otherwise it will fall apart, as people will be just like "yes, we definitely have to repeat that some time! If that's ever done, count me in!"

In my opinion it would be the best to have some good occasions triggered by special days, like this one was. Totally typical would be to read on days like the 22th September etc., you get the point... it will also nicely give us hints as to what kind of texts we could read (as it was in this occassion). Of course the bad thing is that right now we have entered the part of the year when more or less nothing happened at least in the LotR timeline. However with lack of visible dates we could just as well use the 25th, as Pitch proposed (or maybe 23rd or 24th would be better, as they are not followed by Mondays). Or another possibility was something Nogrod had mentioned yesterday, if there is some date like e.g. the release date of some book or something, that might also be a nice occassion.

So, whichever of these - let us decide. There is of course still quite a lot of time to discuss that, also to discuss what to read. I think some part from the start of the Hobbit might be nice, for instance, as we'd fit the timetable.
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I fully agree with what Legate just said.
Furthermore, I feel we shouldn't do this too often, otherwise it won't be as special anymore.
However, I guess once a month is ok, 12 times in one year sounds like something that won't become boring in time.
For example late April something to do with Aragorn's coronation?
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I fully agree with what Legate just said.
Furthermore, I feel we shouldn't do this too often, otherwise it won't be as special anymore.
However, I guess once a month is ok, 12 times in one year sounds like something that won't become boring in time.
For example late April something to do with Aragorn's coronation?

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Also, do people prefer weekends or does anything go? If both Europeans and Americans (and Asians etc.) are going to participate, either we should stay up very late or Americans should try to find some time during day. Considering that I'm inclined to vote for weekends.

How about something like Saturday the 24th of April as the next reading session?

Aragorn's coronation sounds fine enough as well as something from the Hobbit. If somebody has any time to spare, they could maybe search for more good passages and post them here (the situation & the number of speakers) for future reference.
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Sorry I missed it. I'll try to make the next one!
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I agree, the 24th sounds great, and I also agree that we could also do the Hobbit instead.
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I agree, the 24th sounds great, and I also agree that we could also do the Hobbit instead.
Yes. So let's set 24th as the "base date"? If there are any problems or demands, we can change it, but let's set it for now so that we have a stable date?

I was thinking that e.g. the Trolls in the Hobbit would be a nice scene (although... we should've better picked some 'Downers with Londoners' accent... on the other hand, with a bunch of international people, the accents might be even more peculiar and interesting). Depending of course on how many people we have, and we might as well set the length of the scene also depending on that, but I think that one's pretty lively one, and might be fun.
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If we're missing an certain accent among the participants, I can probably feign it.
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If we're missing an certain accent among the participants, I can probably feign it.
Nah, I think there's no need to and it's even better that way. No limits to performance - Tolkien could not have written about Bert having Finnish, Tom German and William Czech accent, since the audience would not be familiar with them and thus it would prove confusing, however, we can have any accents no problem... even American ones
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Firstly, congrats on 5000 posts, Legate! Here's to the next 5000!

Secondly, I just wanted to let you know I'm probably going to miss the next reading. We're organising a party for the 23rd and the 24th is going to be clean-up day. Still, maybe it will work out and I can join in.
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Oh goodness, what I've missed!

This sounds like a fabulous idea; I'd love to join in, but I couldn't be informed on the Downs. . .

You wouldn't have to be friends with everyone on Skype to do this, right? I know that I am friends with Aganzir and Eonwe, but other than that. . . how does this work?
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Firstly, congrats on 5000 posts, Legate! Here's to the next 5000!

Secondly, I just wanted to let you know I'm probably going to miss the next reading. We're organising a party for the 23rd and the 24th is going to be clean-up day. Still, maybe it will work out and I can join in.
Thanks, Miggy! And well, a pity, but if we are planning to keep doing this in the future... or perhaps if people were okay with it, we could slightly alter the date, if it was so that it would fit for everybody then?

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This sounds like a fabulous idea; I'd love to join in, but I couldn't be informed on the Downs. . .

You wouldn't have to be friends with everyone on Skype to do this, right? I know that I am friends with Aganzir and Eonwe, but other than that. . . how does this work?
It's enough to be friend with at least somebody, I think, and in any case, you can add the others later on if it's needed. It's just important to have a version of Skype in which you can make conference calls, but then I believe probably each of them can do that.
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I had almost forgotten about this...

So the next reading is planned for tomorrow. Anyone still interested? And what are we going to read? Aragorn's coronation, something from the Hobbit (eg. the trolls)? Other suggestions? And what time? At least for me some time in the evening GMT would be best, but then I don't necessarily have to read anything as I had quite a big role last time (I can just listen, unless there are very many roles, and if the time doesn't work out for me, I can drop out).

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Last time we did this, I couldn't start a conference call (or, I could, but I couldn't hear what the others were saying) - I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I use Skype on Linux and it's a much older & simpler version. So we should choose somebody who adds all the participants on their contact list and starts the call.
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I'm busy in the evening (6 pm PST), but otherwise open tomorrow.

Let's look through our copies of LotR and find a bit with 7 or 8 roles to read.
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I had almost forgotten about this...
Me too.
It'd be lovely to do something from The Hobbit, but my problem with that is... er, well, it's a bit embarrassing, but... after all these years, I still don't own a copy of TH in the original English, only a German translation. I tried to get one from my library, but they're all taken at the moment.
Don't let that keep you back, though. Like Agan, I had a large role last time, and I'll enjoy myself perfectly just listening.
If you decide to do something from LotR, on the other hand, I'm definitely in, and I'd be more or less available all day.
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I am going to see Lommy tomorrow afternoon (basically afternoon GMT), but I think that will not necessarily be a problem but it might be even a bonus - it only depends, however, which time we (meaning now we Downers here) agree on (probably late-ish will make more sense, but that still depends... I think I will learn more about that from Lommy at most tomorrow if she does not pop up here herself. In the worst case, you can have me only as backup).

I am wondering about a possible dialogue with that many people there (Council of Elrond and all this stuff comes to mind, but it has generally rather long monologues from people, so maybe rather not), but I think let's first see how many people remember/forget about this. I will think about it. That said, however, if there's some time collision, nobody says that two separate things could not be arranged, and then each group might refer to the other what it was like
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Hmm... I may well have time to do this tomorrow, depending on the time.
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I don't think that I can do it tomorrow, due to prom and dress shopping, but I'd love to go another time. If that's alright.
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If we're going to do this today, it's probably time to get serious about it.

Troll scene from Hobbit - speakers required:

Narrator
Bilbo
William
Bert
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Gandalf
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*one or two other Dwarves
(* depending on how much context is to be included)

Aragorn's coronation - speakers required:

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Ioreth
Faramir
Aragorn
Gandalf
*Éomer
*Éowyn
*Frodo

(* if we go all the way to end of chapter)

Available speakers as of now:

?Pitch (see my last - we could of course do a bilingual version and have one of the Trolls speak German)
?Esty (not sure whether she's familiarized herself with Skype yet)
Gwath (looks like it's going to happen sometime in the European evening, if at all, so with PST being 8 hours behind GMT IIRC you should be fine)
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Thanks for posting those, Pitch. I suppose you could always download the Hobbit as a PDF file but then, those are usually illegal... I don't know if it makes a difference that you only plan to use it for this and have bought a German copy, though. But naturally I wouldn't suggest anything that goes against the rules of the Downs, so if you can't get a copy of the Hobbit, we could just do the coronation?

I'll be home for the whole evening, most likely, so I'm fine with any time. How would something like 8pm BST (British Summer Time, GMT+1) sound? That'd be 12pm PDT (that's your timezone Gwath, right?).
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I suppose you could always download the Hobbit as a PDF file but then, those are usually illegal...
Thanks for leading my innocent feet astray on the path of crime! It's actually out there on the web as an online e-book... Illegal as hell, to be sure, but I guess my conscience wouldn't object to using that for a one-time purpose, and I'll swear a Feanorian oath not to download or save it and to delete the bookmark once we're done.

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I'll be home for the whole evening, most likely, so I'm fine with any time. How would something like 8pm BST (British Summer Time, GMT+1) sound? That'd be 12pm PDT (that's your timezone Gwath, right?).
Perfect for me.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:25 AM   #67
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Alright... I wonder how many people are around later. I don't have any preferences about a role although I don't think I'd make a credible troll, for instance. If enough people show up I can just listen but if not, well, I can take whatever there's left.
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I'll be home for the whole evening, most likely, so I'm fine with any time. How would something like 8pm BST (British Summer Time, GMT+1) sound? That'd be 12pm PDT (that's your timezone Gwath, right?).
12 pm PST? Great.
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Right, I think I've just found out how to host a conference call. So anybody who is going to join and doesn't have their Skype name in their profile (which seems to be everybody but Agan, Gwath and me), just send me a Skype message (by clicking on the little Skype icon down under my avvie) so I can add you.
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Agan and me are online and having a little chat on Skype. Anybody else around?
Gwath, I've sent you a contact request, in case you haven't noticed.
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Agan and me are online and having a little chat on Skype. Anybody else around?
Hmm why does this situation feel familiar...?

Anyway I suppose we're just going to wait until a suffiecient number of participants shows up.
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12 pm PST? Great.
Aren't you on daylight saving time (which should be PDT as far as I know)?
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Please do Oddwen! Just add one (or more) of us on Skype and that's it.
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edit: Until I post this of course...
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