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Friday, May 15, 2015

Brainstorm is go

After the impromptu, but successful experiment in webinaring earlier this week, and after consultation with a few of those most interested in the concept, I've decided to proceed with the Brainstorm concept. Right now, all sessions are limited to 100, but I'm hoping to be able to expand that to 500, especially in anticipation of some of the more popular open events planned. All 100 slots were registered for the test, and most of those registered showed up at some point in time during what ended up being an hour-long session.

The annual cost will be $20 per month, which will comprise at least one closed Brainstorm session per month, plus additional sessions both open and closed. The closed sessions will be between 90 and 120 minutes, and will be comprised of a single main topic, which will usually be announced, plus two secondary topics that will be selected by that month's panelists. Single sessions will cost $25, but until we get the annual ticket confirmed and set up, it will be $20 per month for everyone. Seats for Brainstorm May are available now and can be reserved at Castalia.

The first open event will be an interview and Q&A with Martin van Creveld later this month concerning his excellent book A HISTORY OF STRATEGY. The second one will be in June with William S. Lind and will address cultural 4GW as well as his forthcoming THE 4GW HANDBOOK and a certain novel whose deceased author he is representing.

As for the closed events, I will announce the three panelists after we set a time and date for the first one, which will take place in the next two weeks. The best time for me is around 7 PM EST, and it doesn't really matter which day, so if you plan to attend and you have an opinion, let me know in the comments here.  Over half of the 100 spots have already been claimed, so if you're inclined to participate, best to jump in before they all fill up.

To address four of the issues raised by the experiment, 1) the documentation says the panelists can see the questions, but I want to test to confirm that this is true, 2) there is no audience-to-audience chatting feature, 3) the irritating chimes were caused by people entering and leaving the session and will be turned off next time, 4) a transcript will be provided to all attendees and annual Brainstorm members within two weeks of the session. I do not plan to make transcripts or recordings of the closed events generally available, but transcripts of the free events will be available for purchase from Castalia for those who are interested in them.

The lead topic for May Brainstorm is going to be a discussion of a new hypothesis of a disease class and how it relates to some soon-to-be published research to which I happen to be privy. It's a matter of particular interest to me and quite possibly to more than a few people here as well. I'd prefer to have one or two of the panelists have either medical or scientific backgrounds, so if you're registered for the May event, you fit that description and you're willing to control a mike, please email me and let me know.

I should assure those not participating that this will have very little effect on the blog, as most of what I intend to discuss in the closed Brainstorm sessions are the sort of things that cannot be reasonably discussed in an open, lightly moderated medium such as this one. And everyone is welcome to attend the open sessions, assuming that everyone < 500.

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Anonymous Peter Garstig May 15, 2015 8:23 AM  

Will you make those session available to the public (YouTube?) after a certain time, or will they'll be forever lost in the brains of the participants?

Blogger Patrikbc #0344 May 15, 2015 8:34 AM  

Signed up!

Blogger Cee May 15, 2015 8:37 AM  

When in "later May" is this to be taking place? The topic intrigues me but I'm going to be so busy there's a good chance I'd miss it entirely, and don't want to cheat someone else out of a seat I might not be able to occupy.

Anonymous The King's Man (0007) May 15, 2015 8:44 AM  

I won't be able to pay the monthly fee, but I'll happily pay the single session fee when I can.

Anonymous Alexander May 15, 2015 9:06 AM  

Signed up.

I would prefer not Friday or Saturday.

Blogger AmyJ May 15, 2015 9:11 AM  

If brainstormed enough, would any of these topics eventually get posted to the blog?

Anonymous ? May 15, 2015 9:15 AM  

Is the intent to have everyone sign up for a running subscription?

Or will you announce the events at the start of each month and say, first 100 people to sign up get to participate?

Anonymous KH May 15, 2015 9:16 AM  

Would gladly pay $20 per month. Friday or Monday's are best for me. Unfortunately, work schedule often wrecks havoc with evenings and weekends.

Anonymous Randomatos May 15, 2015 9:19 AM  

If the open events exceed 500 spectators, perhaps a live-stream could be established - youtube, vimeo, etc...

Blogger Student in Blue May 15, 2015 9:34 AM  

@Peter Garstig

Considering the point of it is to have a place to brainstorm without having half-baked ideas combed through by cherry-pickers, I doubt it.

Blogger Nate May 15, 2015 9:38 AM  

umm.. all the CH links are returning "bad gateway"?

Blogger Nate May 15, 2015 9:43 AM  

wierd... bad gateway in Pale Moon... but worked fine in IE.

anyway... signed up.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 9:46 AM  

Will you make those session available to the public (YouTube?) after a certain time, or will they'll be forever lost in the brains of the participants?

The transcripts for the closed sessions will be provided to all of the participants. I don't intend to make them available to the public. Annual members who aren't able to attend will be provided with a transcript.

If brainstormed enough, would any of these topics eventually get posted to the blog?

I would assume so, although I can't imagine bothering to point it out.

Is the intent to have everyone sign up for a running subscription?

Assuming the events meet expectations and are considered to be a good value, the annual memberships will be made available to those who want to attend regularly at a 20 percent discount.

When in "later May" is this to be taking place?

Next week, next weekend, or the following week, depending on what the general consensus of those registered is. It's looking like 7:30 PM EST might work for people, but not Friday. Sunday would be possible while the NFL is offseason, but we'll need a weeknight come fall. Wednesdays?

Blogger MidKnight (#138) May 15, 2015 9:49 AM  

I'll have to look into this next week once things calm down. I'm with Cee on this - while I can afford the monthly fee, I don't want to tie up a slot that someone else could use if I can't commit to showing up

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 9:49 AM  

all the CH links are returning "bad gateway"?

ISP hiccup. I had the same thing happen, but it's working in Pale Moon again now.

Anonymous Blume May 15, 2015 9:49 AM  

My job schedule fluxuates to much for me to sign up for a permanent membership. I would love to get the transcripts and occassionaly sign up for the closed ones.

Anonymous Alexander May 15, 2015 9:50 AM  

I second Wednesday.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 9:53 AM  

What is a reasonable price for the open transcripts? $5? $6.99? We can probably arrange to make them available in epub/MOBI format for the latter.

Anonymous Difster May 15, 2015 9:54 AM  

No particular preference for a day given my overly flexible schedule, but 7EST is probably a pretty good time.

Anonymous Mark #0038 May 15, 2015 9:58 AM  

Got my reservation. Wednesday sounds good to me as well.

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis May 15, 2015 9:59 AM  

Did you you mean EST or EDT?

Blogger JAU May 15, 2015 10:00 AM  

Just signed up, 730 EST would give us mid-westerners more time to get home from work than 700 EST. Wednesdays are good.

Anonymous Jeromus May 15, 2015 10:01 AM  

Wednesday would be good.

Blogger RL (#0052) May 15, 2015 10:03 AM  

Reservation is in. Any day at 7 PM is fine except May 23,24 and 25 (Memorial Day weekend).

Blogger JAU May 15, 2015 10:03 AM  

$5 is reasonable for a transcript, though personally I'd prefer a recording.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 10:06 AM  

Just signed up, 730 EST would give us mid-westerners more time to get home from work than 700 EST. Wednesdays are good.

Yeah, that's what I figured. It's could be a little rough if we go the full two hours, but I'm usually 100 percent until 3 AM. 3:30 might be pushing it a little. I know some West Coasters won't be able to take part, but it's no use if I'm not coherent.

I'll probably do the free events a little earlier, but that will depend upon if I've got a guest and what time works best for them. I don't feel as obligated to worry about the time suiting anyone else on the free ones.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 10:07 AM  

Did you you mean EST or EDT?

I mean whatever time it is on the East Coast.

Blogger Tank May 15, 2015 10:08 AM  

Signed up and agree Wed at 7 or 7:30 would be fine.

Blogger Underwater Operative May 15, 2015 10:10 AM  

$5 - $7 is reasonable, but I wouldn't set a firm price. I'd make it variable, based on the success of a given Brainstorm session.

Blogger AmyJ May 15, 2015 10:35 AM  

I'd pay $5-$7, very reasonable.

Anonymous Connor May 15, 2015 10:35 AM  

Reserved. Wednesdays are usually good for me as well and Thursdays.

Mondays and Tuesdays are generally not.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 May 15, 2015 10:40 AM  

I am saddened but due to my location I couldn't connect to and enjoy this. For all things web I use a VPN which everyone in China must do but the software apparently bypasses this or opens up other ports that are simply blocked at the great firewall. I signed up for it, attempted to login, and was dropped immediately. I could see your screen for about 3 seconds each attempt. Thank you for the offer and if the transcripts are for sale that might be of interest.

Blogger Douglas Wardell May 15, 2015 10:51 AM  

8pm Eastern would work better for me on weekdays, but 7:30 is doable. Weekends are fine whenever.

Blogger Stephen Ward May 15, 2015 10:55 AM  

7PM EST works fine for me except on Tuesdays and Fridays

Anonymous Leonidas May 15, 2015 10:56 AM  

Absolutely can't do Mondays and Wednesdays. Otherwise that time works about as well for me as any time possibly could.

Anonymous bgs May 15, 2015 10:57 AM  

What is a reasonable price for the open transcripts? $5? $6.99?

You could start with a high price and then drop it down after a month that way you can milk the SJWs spending someone else's money. Make sure to put DRM on the high priced version.

Blogger Stephen Ward May 15, 2015 11:02 AM  

$5-$7 is reasonable for a transcript. Depending on quality, audio for the same price would be better though I think.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 11:02 AM  

Okay, so we're looking at 7:30 PM Eastern Wednesday or Thursday. Leonidas can't do Wednesday, is there anyone who can't do Thursday?

The free van Creveld event will be 2 PM Eastern Sunday, probably on 31 May.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 11:03 AM  

Depending on quality, audio for the same price would be better though I think.

Transcripts last better, can be edited, and aren't a pain in the posterior to sell due to bandwidth issues.

Blogger Sean May 15, 2015 11:09 AM  

Will there be an audio recording or just a written transcript? I'm all in and will be happy with either, but would prefer something to listen to in my many hours I spend driving. And I would think that a recording would be easier to put out than a written transcript, but I could be wrong in that regard.

With it at this particular time, I won't be able to listen live because of my work schedule, but I am more than happy to pay my $20 every month for access to the discussions after the fact.

Anonymous JAU May 15, 2015 11:23 AM  

Can't do thurs.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 15, 2015 11:24 AM  

Bittorrent could be used to distribute recordings of the open sessions, provided someone was willing to seed for a decent amount of time.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 11:26 AM  

With it at this particular time, I won't be able to listen live because of my work schedule, but I am more than happy to pay my $20 every month for access to the discussions after the fact.

I'll look into making the recordings available to Annual members who can't attend, but that's originally what the transcripts were intended for. Well, also for reference. But I'm not interested in making the recordings generally available.

Blogger Iowahine May 15, 2015 11:31 AM  

Just curious . . . how do you handle audio to print transcription?

Anonymous Jack Amok May 15, 2015 11:33 AM  

I'm signed up. Wednesday or Thursday generally work fine for me. 7:30 Eastern is okay.

mp3 files of the audio would be great.

Did I miss any links about particular clients we need to install, or is it all browser based?

Blogger Nate May 15, 2015 11:34 AM  

yeah we need to save incoherent Vox for the ATF Show interview. That way you'd fit in.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 11:49 AM  

Just curious . . . how do you handle audio to print transcription?

You pay a service about a buck per minute. Or you do it yourself. I've done both.

Did I miss any links about particular clients we need to install, or is it all browser based?

It's all browser based. No one outside of China had any trouble and the test had people from Europe, Asia, and both Americas.

Blogger J May 15, 2015 12:00 PM  

Not sure if my previous post got through, but I'd like to be signed up for the May closed session on the new disease class.

Blogger Tallawampus May 15, 2015 12:14 PM  

I'm ok with 7:30 pm EST or EDT or whatever odd times you Easterners use.

I'd prefer Thursdays since we have church stuff on Wednesdays but I can work around it.

I have enough free cash to be interested in the yearly subscription especially with a discount. I prefer transcripts to audio availability if it's one or the other; but I could see myself listening to an audio while I'm doing outside work.

I'm really looking forward to this.

#0198

Blogger anne May 15, 2015 12:14 PM  

7:30 EST will be a bit of a squeeze for me (West Coaster) but I'll make it work. Weds or Thurs are both fine.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet May 15, 2015 12:26 PM  

Will you have my personal information when I pay?

Blogger Tank May 15, 2015 12:39 PM  

Thursdays are less good.

Blogger Sean May 15, 2015 12:50 PM  

"But I'm not interested in making the recordings generally available."

I agree with that. I wouldn't want to pay $240 a year for something that was widely available.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 1:27 PM  

Will you have my personal information when I pay?

I don't think anything is absolutely required but your email address and your PayPal account. You can put a fake name and fake address in if it asks for them. We use a gateway processor so we wouldn't see it even if you use a credit card.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 1:28 PM  

I wouldn't want to pay $240 a year for something that was widely available.

Of course not. As an Austrian, even an Austrian heretic, I am always focused on subjective value.

Blogger Sean May 15, 2015 1:54 PM  

I believe that falls under the Biblical admonition to no cast pearls before SJW's.

Anonymous George May 15, 2015 2:14 PM  

I've signed up, and would sign up for an annual subscription. Wednesdays are the only day 7pm would work for me.

Anonymous MendoScot May 15, 2015 3:07 PM  

7:30 EDT Wednesday or Thursday is good for me.

Blogger Markku May 15, 2015 3:39 PM  

Yes, for our VAT reporting purposes, please get the nation right, and state if your nation has states. The rest of it can be fake, if needs be.

Blogger Cee May 15, 2015 5:02 PM  

Next week, next weekend, or the following week, depending on what the general consensus of those registered is. It's looking like 7:30 PM EST might work for people, but not Friday. Sunday would be possible while the NFL is offseason, but we'll need a weeknight come fall. Wednesdays?
Ahh, all right. I'll let the seat go then. Maybe the next one--I hope you'll be doing more on this mystery topic again in the future, or that it will move from half-baked to defensible at some point and we'll see it on the blog.

Anonymous Valiant #0191 May 15, 2015 5:05 PM  

Ok. Signed up.

I have to say, Vox, it was great doing the 1 hour preview earlier this week and it gave me a reinforced perspective on you.

I have had some great experiences with you and Spacebunny. She was quite helpful in the past, past, past. When I had some questions about homeschooling and the phonics system of teaching children to read. This is much more relevant now that I have a little niece, soon to be god-daughter, but my experiences have always been positive.

The time that you took to answer questions earlier this week on the test brainstorm, to answer questions and being helpful in getting yourself and everyone involved in setting up video and chat, really showed how helpful you are.

Of course this was all darkfully helpful.

Blogger VD May 15, 2015 5:06 PM  

All right, sorry Leonidas, but it looks like Wednesday looks best for everyone. Let's shoot for Wednesday 20 May at 7:30 PM Eastern, with 27 May the backup date in case there are some unexpected technical issues.

We may - repeat MAY - have an external workaround to permit intra-audience chat. I'll be doing some tests this weekend and will select the panelists this weekend.

Blogger Patrikbc #0344 May 15, 2015 7:00 PM  

I signed up early this Am. I'm good with any day/time, now as far as panelists, I am neither a dr or scientist, however If the diseases in question are "sexually transmitted" I believe my twenty years managing strip clubs makes me somewhat an expert. I can usually tell what you've got per the "sniff test" . I find that yeast infections have that tang of Hawaiian pineapple bread, Clamydia on the other hand has a distinct fishermans wharf kinda thing, unfortunately HPV doesn't have a smell, but rather a sensation similar to what I would imagine a hand job from a construction worker would feel like ( see David Gerrold for citations).

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 15, 2015 7:10 PM  

I believe my twenty years managing strip clubs makes me somewhat an expert. I can usually tell what you've got per the "sniff test" . I find that yeast infections have that tang of Hawaiian pineapple bread, Clamydia on the other hand has a distinct fishermans wharf kinda thing, unfortunately HPV doesn't have a smell, but rather a sensation similar to what I would imagine a hand job from a construction worker would feel like

We really don't care.

Blogger maniacprovost May 15, 2015 7:18 PM  

Tempting. I don't have the time to spare but if one is particularly interesting I'll come.

Or, in the unlikely event you need an expert on fracking, I can come.

Blogger Patrikbc #0344 May 15, 2015 8:53 PM  

gasp! Your a tough crowd.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 May 15, 2015 9:18 PM  

"It's all browser based. No one outside of China had any trouble and the test had people from Europe, Asia, and both Americas."

Very true and I'm the special case here. For future reference should other vile spawn seek to live and work behind the great firewall lack of connectivity should be noted. I second the request for audio transcripts. I would pay $120 a year to be able to download these and listen to them at the gym or while I conduct my day. 7:30pm EST is also when I leave for work as we are the other side of Earth and that's morning for us over here in rice land. $120 for audio I can download sounds pretty good to me.

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