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FlyCon [Mar. 14th, 2009|09:31 pm]
e_moon60
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FlyCon is/was an online international SF convention that started (depending on what part of the world you live in) Thursday and will end (ditto) Sunday.  Time zones are a pain in things like this.  I'm going to have to put up a clock that's on universal time (that's assuming I find a clock to put up.)   If anyone looks at this before it's over and wants to take a look (sorry I simply forgot to mention it here) there's an LJ community for it as well.   The spreadsheet schedule, with an elaborate timezone map, is a help in figuring out if what you wanted to lurk on or post on is still around, but many of the topics kept going past the end of their time (after all, there's not another program item that needs into the room right away--another good thing about this!)

You really might want to take a look because the Masquerade is still going on or about to be on (I do find time zones confusing sometimes, often adding where I should subtract and vice versa)--until 10 pm Los Angeles time (Pacific Daylight Savings Time--don't ask me what it is in UTC!)

No one interface satisfies everyone, so there were some technological problems--I for one found it much easier and more stable to use the SFF.net newsgroups than the other main hosting site's software--which required a separate entry of name and a code number listed at the bottom of the reply box every single time--but then I've used SFF.net for years.   Minor glitches aside, it was fun to be part of SF-con type discussions while at home, not exhausted from travel, not broke from the plane ticket or gas money and hotel room and membership fee.  (Though in future I think they'll have to charge a membership fee to pay for the server time, etc.  Just my opinion; I'm not one of the organizers.)   Also to have real-time participation from around the world (though people kept dropping out to eat, cook, put the kids to bed, pick them up from school, etc., etc.  There's the sense of understanding another region's rhythms, rather than the "place out of time" that a physical convention is.)

For a first time, I think the concom did a splendid job with this and it was worth the time I spent there.  Like any other internet venue, it eats time like a bandit...but then conventions do that anyway.

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From: ozdragonlady
2009-03-15 03:52 am (UTC)

Timezones

The Personal World Clock is your answer, just set it up for the cities you need and it will sit there keeping tabs on the time for you.

Making it a favourite will usually bring it back with all the areas you need, but it does sometimes need resetting if you havent used it for a while.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-15 02:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Timezones

Thank you!

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-15 04:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Timezones

And now I have it set up to include multiple Oz sites as well as other places where my friends live...and it gives me the UTC time as well. YAY! Thanks again, very much!
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[User Picture]From: melissajm
2009-03-15 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've had trouble getting into things, but really enjoyed the things I could get into. I think this is a great idea and someone should do another. (And I wish I didn't have to get up early for work tomorrow, because there's some great stuff in my timezone late tonight.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-15 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it has been hard to get in, especially items on the Aussie site. That's their software...it's very annoying to have to enter a name and a code number for *every post*. And the visual appearance of that site is messy when you're trying to do rapid exchange of ideas. Too few posts/page, which meant you could easily fall pages behind while writing your own, and part of that was having such a HUGE font for the quoted material.

It's worked much better on the SFF.net servers. I could make twice as many posts in the time alloted, and stay caught up with the flow of conversation. I may visit one more panel before it's over, but I'm using up my hands' tolerance for fast typing and I still have real work to do.
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[User Picture]From: melissajm
2009-03-15 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've only been able to get into the SFF.net ones, but I enjoyed those.
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[User Picture]From: jryson
2009-03-16 05:08 am (UTC)
I went ahead and joined the OZ site, which let me just bop in and out. My only problem was being on dial-up. I spend a lot of time just waiting for things to load.

All that said, I found the SFF site better, too. It did do some funny things like switch panels if you hit the "next" button, but that seemed to be a problem only for the first couple of posts.

I was in a couple of sessions that seemed just to get rolling at the end of the hour. Since each session has its own URL, you don't have to leave the room at the end times.

What did y'all use to plan the event? Chat, email, or what?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-16 05:44 am (UTC)
I didn't do any of the planning...Sherwood Smith was heavily involved, but I just skated in and played and left again.

I hope they do it again. (Note the "they"--I am lousy at planning things like this.) I did suggest to Sherwood that they intentionally schedule panels for longer times, since the mechanics slow it down (and my sympathies on dial-up--I just got broadband 2 months ago.) I have a few other suggestions to toss her way ("Here--here's some more work for you...") that I think might ease things, but maybe not.
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[User Picture]From: jryson
2009-03-16 11:23 am (UTC)
"Here--here's some more work for you..."

Yeah, I'm world-class at that.
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