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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brainstorm schedule

This is the current Brainstorm schedule. Italic indicates a closed event available only to Brainstorm members.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Roosh V, 10 June, 6 PM EDT 500 275 seats left. Reserve seat.
Brainstorm June, 24 June, 7:30 PM EDT Members only.


PAST EVENTS:
Martin van Creveld, 31 May, 2 PM EDT
Brainstorm May (Crohn's, Dark Energy, Hugos)

Members should mention what topics they are interested in discussing this month either here or on the chat channel, I'll pick three and then select two panelists after the topics are settled. Save the astrophysics for July, as that will be the main topic, Stickwick will be one of the panelists again and she wants some time to prepare for it.

Also, most of you are probably unaware that I taught a 12-week course on game development and the history of games in Zurich last year at a Swiss technical institute. Although it was well received and I was asked to repeat it, the regular travel was a bit too brutal and with the promised fast train from Milano still more than a year away, I declined.

However, I plan to revive the course in September with the sponsorship of the institute, albeit online via the webinar software we're using for Brainstorm. It's going to be a 10-lesson course for $150, and Annual members will be allowed to attend free if it's of interest to them. In addition to the core material, the course will feature 30-minute interview/Q&As with various industry figures, including veteran designers, programmers, artists, magazine editors, and even a studio head.

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Blogger VD May 23, 2015 8:11 PM  

Corrected, UO, thanks.

Blogger Giuseppe May 23, 2015 9:50 PM  

As for topics I have three suggestions:

1.) Christianity - Specifically the concepts of fighting the other side, both in material world terms as well as spiritually. I am currently reading Gitta Mallasz's translated work, Talking with Angels, which rings very true to me and is based on actual events and recorded conversations that happened during the second world war. Many of the dogmatisms of Christianity are, in my opinion, human inventions or misinterpretations. Reducing these and going back to a simple baseline of truth would seem to be an interesting topic of discussion.

2.) Antigravity technology, how the Moon landings were actually done and what it means in terms of global economics. This will seem very "global conspiracy theory/Alex Jones" to a lot of people, but if any group of people could all agree that the official story of 9/11 is utter nonsense that goes against the laws of physics it might just be the Dread Ilk.

3.) The mechanics of Faith/Miracles/Supernatural events and if these are "engineerable". Not in a materialistic, human greed perspective, but in terms of doing God's will. Is there, a methodology that allows us to be more effective in the world in practical terms that is also aligned with God's will which allows results that are demonstrably more effective (in terms of size, range, number of lives affected, in short, in terms of results).

Blogger David-093 May 23, 2015 9:58 PM  

@ Giuseppe

"2.) Antigravity technology, how the Moon landings were actually done and what it means in terms of global economics."

Nate's gonna love that one.

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 May 23, 2015 10:14 PM  

I didn't buy in because I knew I wasn't going to be there for the first one. Hopefully some slots will open up.

Let's discuss what the US would like like in the first 5 years of total economic/government collapse and how to survive it.

Blogger Jack Ward May 23, 2015 10:37 PM  

@Guiseppe
The mechanics of Faith/Miracles/Supernatural events and if they are 'engineerable'

Of the proven systems I know of there is Christian Science and its methods of effective prayer. See the link below to Ann Beals site. She separated from the Mother Church some years ago feeling they had lost the way. And, she was right. Her books are in depth and can lead to the status of Practitioner within the methodology of CS.
After that there is some unpublished research that might prove interesting to you. Try out Beals first, then, if still interested drop a hint here. It will take some considerable and lengthy effort. Beals offers her training regime for effective prayer and, I believe, some of thew other Practitioners methods. For years the Mother Church in Boston required the training to be secret which set not well with the likes of Ann Beals. They are dissidents that believe knowledge of the original methods of healing prayer, offered first by Jesus the Christ and practiced the first two or three centuries of the common era, should be for all Christians not just the members and certainly not restricted by gatekeepers in Boston. Heres a hint; secular folk can use these methods also, though best success is attained with a Christian outlook. Good Luck.

https://thebookmark.com/

Blogger Student in Blue May 23, 2015 11:37 PM  

This may seem rather simple, but I'm interesting in a sober discussion on which forms of government excel, in terms of years the government survives, ease of transition between regimes, as well as overall quality of life.

Who knows, maybe a theoretical ideal involves a half-century rotation between monarchy and democracy.

Anonymous JCB May 24, 2015 12:33 AM  

I missed the first one but notice that Crohn's was on the schedule. Is that referring to Crohn's disease? As someone with IBD, that would've interested me. May I inquire what was discussed?

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 May 24, 2015 2:50 AM  

yes it's OT. I'd guess 20 percent of your traffic, or more, are conservative evangelical type Christians.
I think this young woman has a gift in looking at dates and has just nailed the "abomination that causes desolation".
Given the 1 in 5 of your readers who want to make the world a better place, whether it's the Hugo(s), culture wars, economics, history or academia reformations, this will possibly help them shape their strategic goals and all forms of engagement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfeqfGIvZIc
cheers

Anonymous Original H May 24, 2015 5:27 AM  

@Difster: There are slots available. Look in the Voxology section at the top of the left sidebar on the regular version of the site.

Blogger Rek. May 24, 2015 5:56 AM  

Vox,

Do you have any intention of podcasting your sessions (brainstorm or otherwise)? I am most definitely interested in listening in on the RooshV "interview" but 12AM makes it quite late for me.

Also where can I reserve my spot, become a member? Martin Van Creveld's intervention is certainly going to be of high value.

I second Giuseppe's propositions on christianity and antigravity.

Anonymous Giuseppe May 24, 2015 9:20 AM  

Jack Ward,
Thanks. That's very interesting and along with the amazing Mrs. Wright, whom I was directed to by the also amazing Mr. Wright, you are now the second person mentioning CS. I will dowload the linked to works and read them.
Thanks again, I'll be happy to update you on my progress if you wish. Just drop me a mail if so.

Blogger VD May 24, 2015 9:27 AM  

Do you have any intention of podcasting your sessions (brainstorm or otherwise)?

No. We will sell transcripts of some of the free events. Members get transcripts of the closed ones.

Also where can I reserve my spot, become a member? Martin Van Creveld's intervention is certainly going to be of high value.

Click on the Brainstorm Annual or June links on the left sidebar, as you prefer.

Anonymous Giuseppe May 24, 2015 9:27 AM  

Vox,
If you need a panelist on the antigravity/moon landings/global economics thing I am happy to humbly volunteer myself as I have been looking at this in detail for 20yrs.

My weakest spot would be the economics part, on which you could come in and probably shed more light, but on the other two aspects I honestly think I have more rock solid understanding and fact based information than almost anyone else not directly involved in the actual secret stuff.

Blogger jay c May 24, 2015 10:51 AM  

Is the gaming course to be presented in English?

Blogger VD May 24, 2015 10:58 AM  

Is the gaming course to be presented in English?

Yes.

Anonymous Eric Wilson (#0242) May 24, 2015 12:56 PM  

How do I sign up for the Roosh V event?

Blogger VD May 24, 2015 1:05 PM  

Buy a monthly membership to guarantee a spot or be among the first ~400 to show up after the link posts. I can only estimate because I don't know how many Brainstormers there will be by then, but I assume around 100 based on last month.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet May 24, 2015 1:18 PM  

VD,

after the link posts.

It may be beneficial to clarify this in later posts or in the sidebar... my situation may be a bit different, but I was confused as Hell figuring out whether I would be getting an email invite to the free ones or if I needed to sign up somewhere for those.

And I'm working through that book.

Anonymous VFM.0157 aka Forrest Bishop May 24, 2015 2:10 PM  

In searching for the Brainstorm link in the sidebar I discovered there actually are posted rules for this blog, in capital letters no less. Oops. So I read them (#6, last sentence doesn't copy). Oops. I do have a tendency to wander off topic, which reminds, did I tell you about the time...

Anyways, I did post a very short list awhile ago, beginning with "1. There is no such thing as electric current"."
Blog Rule #2. You are expected to back up your assertions,..." but Blog Rule #13 " If you have repeatedly shown yourself to be the sort of petty, ankle-biting critic...", which reminds me, Nate.;)

On that short list are several- or maybe all of them- seemingly whack-job notions. Every one of them is something I can indeed back up, most have thousands of hours of prior research behind them.
Some of them have been market tested in the gamer and science fiction sectors. Some of my other stuff has even found its way into said markets- the Halo megastructure (wiki) for example by way of the Bishop Rings (I didn't name it) in Orion's Arm. I coined the word nanoprobe (see Starseed Launcher wiki) which was picked up and used by Star Trek's Art Director. My Microscale Light Sails even got plagiarized to the tune of $75 large by Jordin Kare, your science GoH at Worldcon. Etc.

I was able to pack a mid-sized room at a disbanding SFF con on a Sunday afternoon (Larry Niven attending) for the topic of "Is This the Universe You Thought it Was?" or something to that effect. There is a demand. Furthermore, in that very short list are a thousand new ideas for gaming and SFF. Is this something of interest for a brainstorming?

Blogger VD May 24, 2015 2:30 PM  

There is a demand. Furthermore, in that very short list are a thousand new ideas for gaming and SFF. Is this something of interest for a brainstorming?

Not if you can't articulate the specifics in a considerably more concise manner than you've demonstrated here. I don't even understand what you're nominally proposing here. We certainly won't be able to discuss "a thousand new ideas for gaming and SFF".

If you have a specific idea you want me to consider, then write up a paragraph or two about it. Don't write about you. You are not an idea. And keep in mind that if you can't express an idea clearly and concisely in writing, it is highly unlikely that a few hundred highly intelligent people are going to be interested in listening to you babble incoherently about it.

Let me be very clear. Brainstorm is about ideas. It is not about your long-awaited moment to shine.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet May 24, 2015 3:15 PM  

From my question last session, I'd like to talk more on identifying opportunity and maximizing it from a strategic and business viewpoint, with ideas on project management, inspiring loyalty in those who follow you, and identifying other's strengths to get them in the best possible role for the team. Even merely knowing when to shed other responsibilities to narrow one's focus and scope vs maintaining a slew of hobbies in the hopes one will pay off.

Learning more about actively investing, especially in foreign assets and commodities, with a focus on global economics. The Swiss un-pegging of the Euro comes to mind... and how I missed it. Can one look to other Euro-pegged currencies for investing, for example.

Soccer, weight lifting, running. Anything from diet to team play approaches to the rise of data-usage.

Ilk chess club. I'm sneaking this one in here more for fun.

Blogger Josh May 24, 2015 4:38 PM  

Would this be a good mastermind subject?

Blogger Josh May 24, 2015 4:41 PM  

Brainstorm, not mastermind. Duh.

Blogger Sean Carnegie May 24, 2015 5:33 PM  

For those of us totally and utterly unavailable for the Roosh one, how would we go about listening/seeing it after the date (and not just that one either) in the future?

Blogger VD May 24, 2015 6:23 PM  

For those of us totally and utterly unavailable for the Roosh one, how would we go about listening/seeing it after the date (and not just that one either) in the future?

You will be able to buy a transcript if interested. I'm not getting into podcasts. Too much editing required.

Anonymous Cash May 25, 2015 2:12 PM  

Public relations

Blogger Kirk Parker May 25, 2015 2:13 PM  

"Click on the Brainstorm Annual or June links on the left sidebar, as you prefer."

Not to be too literalistic, but the post says Creveld event is in May, not June. If I buy June, it is retroactive?

Blogger VD May 31, 2015 4:30 PM  

If I buy June, it is retroactive?

In this case, yes.

Anonymous The One June 11, 2015 1:42 PM  

I purchased the june brainstorm, how may I access the chat channel?

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