I’m still writing fanfic masked as advice columns for Indiewire, so if you are interested, check out the recent columns for Orange Is The New Black (what do you do when your friend is telling an big & obvious lie but you don’t want to rock her fragile mental state) and today’s Halt & Catch Fire piece (what do you do when you’ve slept with the boss and your coworkers are making a fuss?). What (currently running) TV show should we tackle next?
I’m traveling without reliable internet access until Monday, which is a good thing for me, but a bad thing for cleaning out the spam filter or moderating comments. Thanks for your patience while I take a small break to see good friends.
I’m messing about with WordPress themes again for the next few days. The only way to see how they will really work is to “apply” them and try them out for a day or so. Please do not derail ongoing discussions to comment on graphics changes, thank you.
We’ve got some lively discussions going on, which is great. I’m also in class (last day!) and meetings for the next 8 hours, so please be patient if your comment goes to spam/moderation limbo. I promise I’ll liberate it as soon as I can.
From reader DigitalTart:
Chicago Meetups are a Thing Again Sort Of!
Date: Saturday, 5/17/2014
Location: The Chicago Cultural Center Lobby (1st floor), 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602.
Transportation: By CTA, a whole slew of busses and trains. By Metra/Electric District/South Shore Line, Millenium Station. By car not recommended due to obscenely high cost of parking.
Activities: Let’s look at some art! The CCC has both rotating and permanent exhibitions. I’ll find a table in the lobby and stake out for a while, then when we’ve collected a few people we can head upstairs to the galleries if there’s enough interest. The cafe has permanently closed but I believe outside food and beverages are allowed in the mingling areas but not the galleries.
How to Find Me: I’ll be wearing a shiny purple dress and will have a big sign saying ‘The Awkward Table’.
SPECIAL BONUS ACTIVITY: The Windy City Rollers are having their championship that day as well, and I will be going to the game at 6pm to support my girlfriend on the Manic Attackers.
Nice! I’m so glad that local people are planning these.
Details from your host, A.:
“Hi Awkward community,There will be a meetup for Melburnian awkward people and associated nerds on May 11. The location is the same as last time, Jimmi Jamz on Lygon (http://www.eastbrunswick.jimmijamz.com/). I’ll be around from about 3pm to about 4:30pm, with a copy of Hark! A Vagrant on my table. There’s tasty pizza (and other food, but pizza!), coffee, and alcohol. It’s fairly accessible, kid friendly, and public transport friendly–plus parking on a Sunday is fairly painless.Please feel free to bring friends, small children, books, crafts, and interesting facts.”
As you read this, I’m either on my way or already in Texas and will be there about 10 days visiting boyfriend’s family. It’s his first Christmas home in years and years (the curse of the retail worker), so his mom is pretty darn excited about it.
I’ll have irregular, “reading this on my phone” internet access. I’ll do my best to clean the spam filter periodically, but I’m closing questions for a bit so I don’t come back to a pile-up. Twitter will probably be the easiest way to reach me if you need something quick, and the forums will likely be hopping.
In the meantime, I wish you happy (Happyish? Coping? At least there’s decent liquor/one nice person I can talk to here?) winter holiday of the next week or so. We’ll talk again in 2014.
Dear Captain Awkward (And Awkwardeers),
I’ve been in a fantastic relationship with my partner for a few years now. He’s incredibly supportive of my mental health, and
complements my personality perfectly. However, and this may seem a silly concern, I’m worried about the fact that we never argue. Basically, I’m concerned that this might mean that we aren’t communicating well enough.
Seattle is meeting up on December 4:
Hello, Captain! I’m writing because Seattle Attic (http://seattleattic.com – that makerspace a few of us started after meeting through your blog) is hosting a Captain Awkward Seattle meetup!
- When: Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30PM
- Where: Seattle Attic – suite 605 in the Pioneer Building. Entrance is on James across from the Merchant Cafe, dial “Attic” on the call box and the door will open.
- What: Cocoa and conversation! I’m feeling festive, and every year I set myself the enormous task of writing holiday cards to all of my friends and family – I’d like to do that with some fun activity and good people around!There will be food, there will be seasonally-appropriate warm beverages. Bring your own greeting cards/project or just come play a game or chat about Awkward things!Please email email@example.com or tweet @Seattle_Attic if you have any questions.
Additionally, Captain, if you feel so inclined – perhaps you’d be interested in linking to the Indiegogo campaign the Attic is currently running? It can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/launch-seattle-attic
And there’s a great writeup about us on io9 here: http://observationdeck.io9.com/help-fund-a-feminist-makerspace-in-seattle-1467872208
Chicago people, reminder, I‘m reading at Story Club this coming Thursday. Come out if you can! If you miss it, there is always the December 17 reading on the South Side.
Here is the monthly invitation from Kate in London:
November London meetup will have extra origami!
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 11am onwards on the 9th of NovemberThis time as an icebreaker & for fun we will try doing origami.Please bring (coloured?) paper if you can, or any instructions on making origami figures which you can find without violating copyright.Please let me know if you have other icebreaker ideas for the future. I have ideas for December and January, but can always use more.
This venue is working out really well.
They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. There is a farmers’ market outside with loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
To avoid confusion, we will meet at one of the inside tables, in one of the windows in the side facing towards the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The large open area is on what a British person would call the first floor, but is labelled as floor 2 just to be helpful.
I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ I have long brown hair and glasses.
The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.
The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.
My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT comSee you there, with origami!(December meetup will be on the 7th.)Cheers,Kate