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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mailvox: the Brainstorm Club

Several people seem to very much want to explore the limits of sanity. Minion #38 painstakingly inscribed the following note on a bone that was left outside my chambers this morning.
In one of your replies to a commenter on today's VP post entitled "Why kids hate nerds," you mentioned that you dial down a lot of your thoughts before presenting them on your blogs, and that they would be more interesting if you could openly brainstorm.  As a VFM and daily reader of both VP and AG, I couldn't agree more.  I rarely comment on your blogs, but I find your theories to be some of the most thought provoking ideas I've ever read.  I'd love to hear more. Would you ever consider sharing more of your "crazy theories and random notions" somewhere other than on your blogs without as much of the dialing down required for a wider audience?  Maybe via a members only message board, youtube channel, voice/chat server, or really any medium of your choosing?
I don't object to the idea in principle, but I'm slightly reluctant to dabble in such things because I always want to provide unquestioned value for money. I have no problem with capitalism, obviously, but as should be obvious from the lack of advertising and tip jars and so forth, I'm not into the Patreon model either. You guys have been absolutely superb about supporting Castalia House for over a year now, and not only do I appreciate that, I'm perfectly aware that no well of goodwill is endless.

That being said, I also know that I would have leaped at the chance to take part in something like what is being suggested were the individual at the center someone like Umberto Eco. My interviews with him, John Julius Norwich, and Steve Keen have been some of the intellectual high points of my life.

My thought is that what might be interesting as well as useful would be a monthly members-only Skypecast, with a transcript that would be sent out to members afterward. Members could suggest topics and when possible, the topics would be listed ahead of time so that those interested could sign up and take part. I imagine it could be done for not much more than the price of a movie, although it might be desirable to not make it so inexpensive that too many people would take part. Memberships would be purchased through Castalia House, either one-time or annual with a discount.

Anyhow, if it's of interest, feel free to throw out your own ideas here. I'm not saying that anything will be done at all because I am extremely busy. But given the amount of collective brainpower here, it wouldn't be surprising if the concept proved to be worthwhile. The main questions, to my mind, are the number of members, the price of membership, and the frequency. The maximum number of Skype video is 10, and 25 for voice, while GoToMeeting Plus permits up to 100 video participants.

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124 Comments:

Blogger Blume May 11, 2015 5:52 PM  

If you are to busy maybe the ilk could run some of them. So if someone suggest s a question they could run the Skype cast for the question.

Blogger Student in Blue (#21) May 11, 2015 5:52 PM  

Off the top of my head, I do know that when I heard your Dungeon Crawlers interview, I wanted to do some more chatting about, maybe in general the Video Game industry, but more specifically Sega, the role of multiplayer, and AI in video games (Is better AI always desirable, and if not, when would it be? How does one make AI "better" for video games?).

Blogger Stephen Ward May 11, 2015 6:03 PM  

I like the concept, especially if the skypecast is more Q&A than lecture.

Anonymous Snickers May 11, 2015 6:09 PM  

I'm all for more content, no matter how esoteric. Just... Am I going to have to wait longer for ATOB 2? How much bandwidth do you have?

Blogger VD May 11, 2015 6:11 PM  

Is better AI always desirable, and if not, when would it be? How does one make AI "better" for video games?

Yes. By designing for effect rather than process. I have something like a 50-page document on it; it would probably take several hours to discuss the whole thing in detail.

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 May 11, 2015 6:19 PM  

Since many of these thoughts are probably fairly fleeting, you could have sort of a running notepad of them. You could just leave them for open discussion for members and then explore in a Skypecast (or whatever) those which generate the most interest.

There should of course also be a way for us to make suggestions.

As for cost, $10/cast should be sufficiently cheap to make make it worthwhile and keep out those who aren't terribly serious.

Anonymous BGS May 11, 2015 6:20 PM  

What is to stop special snowflakes from buying in? Even if you price it over the cost of 4 packs of cigs, leftists could give scholarships like they did with Hugo memberships. Even Marian Barry's tranny crack whores could afford 4 packs of cigs.

OT leftists have won~ OKC cop let black hit him with his own baton so he wouldn't be a white George Zimmerman.
http://www.news9.com/story/29008359/witness-pulled-gun-on-burglary-suspect-who-was-beating-okc-officer

Blogger Student in Blue (#21) May 11, 2015 6:25 PM  

@VD
Is better AI always desirable
Yes.

I walked right into that one. I was going off the (common amongst gamers imo) assumption that "better AI = harder", rather than "better AI = more robust".

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 6:25 PM  

let the leftists buy in. We can use that to tar their name within the warren.

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 6:26 PM  

"Is better AI always desirable
Yes."

No.

Sometimes on CoD you just want to kill lots of shit... and it killing you instead really pisses you off.

Anonymous RatDog May 11, 2015 6:29 PM  

Live call-in not needed-- would rather hear recorded interviews / podcasts where you expound on the principles here at VD and AG applied toward a specific person's problem.

Some really great topics that you could provide unique value in:

-- Your experiences in running a business / entrepreneurship
-- Recruiting trustworthy people in a business
-- Social theories and tactics / applications of 4GW to social situations / analysis and breakdown of your actions in overturning SFWA and the Hugos

Specific podcasts that you could make an entire series of:

-- Interviewing an employment lawyer on how to defend against factitious sexual harassment charges
-- Your recommended tactics in dealing with a screaming boss (you have referred to this in comments before)
-- Experiences as an expat in Italia
-- Experiences in meeting corporate executives -- particularly the Japanese ones you have mentioned meeting in passing
-- Learning martial arts-- which ones to begin in -- learning at age 35+
-- I remember very distinctly your two or three posts on being a mock terrorist in training Red Cross volunteers. How did you get a job like this?
-- What would you recommend for a bored white-collar employee who wants some action in his life-- but not just a weekend getaway-- someone who wants to transform his career into something exciting?
-- You mentioned meeting an Italian admiral before and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Could you interview these folks or summarize what you learned? I'd especially like to hear of your impressions of the Italian armed forces.

Try out charging $5 / month-- any fee at all keeps out most of the crazies. For live meetings via phone / skype, anything more than five people is going to be unwieldly unless podcasted later.

If you are going to live podcase, I'd like to hear not normal fans but colleagues of yours-- interviews with Jartstar in creating book covers, Markku in creating Castalia House, game designers you work with, high ranked military personnel, security industry personnel, etc.

You've got a lot of value to add. You can teach about running a business. You can teach about transforming one's career. You can teach about raising a son to be manly. Your articles are great but short. I'd pay to get more meat in specific topics-- something a podcast could easily do.

Blogger Noah B #120 May 11, 2015 6:32 PM  

Warfighting applications for gaming and rendering technologies.

Blogger JAU May 11, 2015 6:41 PM  

If membership levels bump up against the technical limits indicated, perhaps a two tier broadcast\transcript service?

Blogger YIH May 11, 2015 6:46 PM  

I'm not into the Patreon model either.
Which is good because weekly 8chan is getting kicked off Patreon et al for ''violations of Terms of Service''.
Likely either because Patreon et al is run by SJWs or bends over due to SJW pressure.

Blogger Subversive Saint #249 May 11, 2015 6:47 PM  

You mean now I have to pay to be used as a footstool by Lord Voxemort so I can learn his evil ways?

Count me in!

Blogger Subversive Saint #249 May 11, 2015 6:47 PM  

I apologize for the gratuitous use of the single exclamation point. My emotion ran high at that moment.

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 May 11, 2015 6:56 PM  

I'd much prefer a discussion style format than anything.

Of course that could quickly devolve in to the sort of discussions we have on the Facebook page. No one needs to pay money for that.

Anonymous 0ddRob May 11, 2015 7:05 PM  

Sometimes on CoD you just want to kill lots of shit... and it killing you instead really pisses you off.

That is a matter of nerfing/buffing weapons, not AI effectiveness.

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 7:08 PM  

AI effectiveness matters a lot. particularly when you're setting up situations where you are massively outnumbered.

Blogger Sean May 11, 2015 7:09 PM  

I'd prefer a podcast type model to listen to in my commute. I would like it to be Voxcentric as opposed to him interviewing other people and he acts as the host.

All the topics listed I would be interested as long as there is the occasional early Wax Trax story mixed in once in a while. I've been waiting years it seems for more of those.

Our host has a long and storied history that he hasn't really spoken of in depth a whole lot. I really enjoyed the last couple of podcasts that he did for that reason because he got into his early gaming involvement.

Blogger Douglas Wardell May 11, 2015 7:11 PM  

I'd be interested in most any topic you normally write about. I'd like as much advanced notice about the topics as possible though regarding anything which isn't already common knowledge so we could educate ourselves and avoid trivialities on the call.

Off topic, what happened with the life-coachingesque thing you did? I was looking forward to seeing where that went.

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 7:11 PM  

"Of course that could quickly devolve in to the sort of discussions we have on the Facebook page. No one needs to pay money for that."

Bet they would.

Blogger Bodichi (0031) May 11, 2015 7:12 PM  

If this post is too provocative please remove it as soon as possible.

Many of us here have armed forces experience or are still in the service. Certain others would no doubt be able to gain use from the sharing of certain (unclassified only) pieces of information and anecdotes. Also, those from different branches could share with each other.

Also, most of us in the armed forces have experience at the tactical level or the operational (there are exclusions to this). Talking about how to adapt those strategies into the strategic level, or how best to use those tactical insights from a strategic point of view would be useful.

Anonymous Atown May 11, 2015 7:17 PM  

In my experience, discussion style formats sound good in theory, but never actually work out that well. You end up having a discussion at the lowest level of the group because everybody wants to be involved. Adding the barriers of skype/phones does not help.

I rather enjoyed the Voxtalks(?) interviews from a couple years back and I think the best format to get Vox's ideas on a wide range of topics would be to have someone that is a good interviewer asking Vox the questions. In that scenario, the interviewer is putting in the majority of the time to prepare the topic and you also have a directed conversation that can cover a lot of ground. It's even better if there's an editor to clean it up a bit. The podcast format has a lot of potential and the interviewer can take topic ideas and questions from the Ilk.

Blogger Student in Blue (#21) May 11, 2015 7:22 PM  

How about a Skype-video call that later gets released as a podcast (aka sans video)? I think keeping numbers relatively low would be for the best - in a given thread it seems to be 8 people talking to each other either way, and that already generates a lot of posts.

I'm personally thinking have a general monthly buy-in and people get the podcast with that, and just take volunteers for who wants to discuss a topic from those who bought-in and put them on the Skype video call that later gets the podcast derived from.

Blogger maniacprovost May 11, 2015 7:22 PM  

If this post is too provocative please remove it as soon as possible.

I had to laugh.

Blogger Mindcrime2015 May 11, 2015 7:25 PM  

Hello,

First time posting here or anywhere, for that matter. Noticed that amount of grief you were receiving while I was reading Larry Corriea's blog and decided to check you out. I am very pleased that I did so. I owe you and your commenters a massive thank you. I, if I understand the terminology correctly, am a recovering beta who has just recently discovered the red pill. Somewhat life changing, most definitely for the better. So again, thank you all.

That having been said, have you considered using Ventrilo? Granted, it does not have video, only voice, but it allow up to 250 users if I remember correctly.

Blogger olaf lee May 11, 2015 7:36 PM  

Vox,
Count me in and email me what the cost is to engage in the discussion. I am much better in a spoken word forum but will happily pay an entrance fee to be challenged and to challenge others.
Regards,
O

Anonymous Rhys O'Reilly May 11, 2015 7:39 PM  

Yours is the only blog I read daily now. You are intelligent, and more importantly, actually have interesting things to say instead of rehashing the same few topics. I would read your extreme ideas even if you presented them with comments turned off to keep the SJWs away.

There are many SJWs living on trust fund money who would pay a staggeringly high amount just to carry on their personal crusade against you. You could easily price me out ( and others like me who have yet to make their fortune) before you price out the anklebiters.

Anonymous AlteredFate (#92) May 11, 2015 7:40 PM  

I'd be down for membership in something like that in a heartbeat. I very much enjoy listening to esoteric and eccentric conversations between internet super intelligentsia, not that I mind the sort of subject matter often delved into here, but I notice that the strange has a way of informing the common. Big ideas need a place to take root and spout before they can mature. This would provide the fertile growing space. Like the Inklings if you add 100 years and a paying audience of supporters.

Blogger Student in Blue (#21) May 11, 2015 7:41 PM  

I, if I understand the terminology correctly, am a recovering beta who has just recently discovered the red pill.

Vox actually breaks up the groups into more than just Alpha/Beta, which is what every other red piller seems to do.

That having been said, have you considered using Ventrilo? Granted, it does not have video, only voice, but it allow up to 250 users if I remember correctly.

It all depends on the server. For the record, Mumble doesn't have a slot limit, so you could have 1000 slots if you had the server and bandwidth capability.

Anonymous JRL May 11, 2015 7:45 PM  

I would like it to be Voxcentric as opposed to him interviewing other people and he acts as the host.

I agree with this...easy on the interviews. Now, if you want to host a debate, let 'er rip. Doesn't have to be formal...could just be a back and forth on whatever subject with no moderator.

A live session and a podcast version later would be good.

I like the idea.

I'd also say, whatever format keeps the cost down is best. Don't forget you've got penny pinching homeschool families out here.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 May 11, 2015 7:49 PM  

(Pushes aside plate of maggots and angry centipedes) I would be interested in signing up for this...

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 11, 2015 7:55 PM  

I propose a live audio session with only Vox and two interlocutors given voice. One of the interlocutors could be paying attention to a text chat channel and selecting questions or bringing up points made there.

Blogger rycamor May 11, 2015 7:58 PM  

I really liked what was going on in Voxiversity. Would enjoy something that sticks with an idea or topic for awhile, giving us a chance to kick it around. Participants should have read some minimum amount of the source material. Maybe a short quiz to weed out off-topic grievance-mongers.

Blogger rycamor May 11, 2015 7:59 PM  

Automatthew's idea has merit.

Anonymous DissidentRight May 11, 2015 8:04 PM  

I would absolutely pay money to be involved in something like this...for so many reasons.

Anonymous Giuseppe May 11, 2015 8:07 PM  

I'm in. Also damn busy too, but if it happens I'd definitely be interested.

Anonymous Giuseppe May 11, 2015 8:12 PM  

Sometimes on CoD you just want to kill lots of shit... and it killing you instead really pisses you off.

*cough* pussy *cough*

Blogger anne May 11, 2015 8:14 PM  

I'll add another vote of support for Automatthew's idea. I'd love to hear Vox and Nate or Vox and John C Wright kick around some ideas.

GotoWebinar is another option for a format like this if we exceed the 100 participants in GotoMeeting. I've participated in a webinar with 3 audiovisual presenters and a text comment option for everyone else.

More ideas for the pot:
- theology beyond simply anti-trinitarianism
- more on the theory of time-preference and civilization
- the everyday mechanics of raising/homeschooling bright (!) children

Anonymous Viidad May 11, 2015 8:14 PM  

I would play interlocutor. My background makes that a good fit, as does my sexy voice.

Blogger bob k. mando May 11, 2015 8:18 PM  

YIH May 11, 2015 6:46 PM
Which is good because weekly 8chan is getting kicked off Patreon et al for ''violations of Terms of Service''.
Likely either because Patreon et al is run by SJWs or bends over due to SJW pressure.



okay, new Castalia opportunity:
run a free speech version of Patreon / GoFundMe.

95% of the work should be in getting the software setup and writing the rules ( can't be involved in criminal activity, etc ).

after that, you just skim a small percentage off the top and forward the balance to the beneficiary.

run a couple of Memories Pizza ops, ( +$800k ) and that starts adding up.

the 'problem' with a Skypecast is that it's inevitable that eventually somebody on the Left is going to get access to the video.

then you're right back to the issue you had with posting some of your crazier stuff to the blog:
having to defend ideas that you haven't thoroughly worked out or researched.

Anonymous Menelaus May 11, 2015 8:24 PM  

I suggest instead choosing an amenable (to Lord Voxemort) location for a lair, and establishing Ilklandia. Then we can just discuss with each other on a day-to-day basis, with special appearances by LV on the solstices, probably at midnight. Skip the podcasts and go straight to the new world order.

Anonymous Nobles May 11, 2015 8:28 PM  

Any practical discussions on entrepreneurship, weapons, prepping, religion, martial arts, etc. would be good. I'd pay a few bucks for that.

Please keep the cost reasonable, though; you'll never price out the dedicated offended.

Anonymous JRL May 11, 2015 8:29 PM  

I really liked what was going on in Voxiversity.

Ditto this. It petered out, but dammit, it deserves another go. At least something in like vein. Give a heads up a 'cast or two in advance that a certain book or essay will discussed...time enough to read and ponder a bit in advance.

Blogger VD May 11, 2015 8:34 PM  

I think a Voxiversity on A HISTORY OF STRATEGY would be doable. Not too long either.

QUESTION: what should be the maximum number of participants?

QUESTION: once a month or twice a month?

QUESTION: does video matter or audio only?

Blogger VD May 11, 2015 8:36 PM  

Please keep the cost reasonable, though

I'm thinking of somewhere between 10-20 per month, limited number of members, keep a few slots available at a higher price for one-timers interested in specific subjects.

Blogger Stephen Ward May 11, 2015 8:40 PM  

once a month
audio only should be fine, video if you need a whiteboard
$15 per cast. $165 for the year
100 slots. 80 available at the per-year price

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 8:41 PM  

twice a month ideally... but dude.... don't take away time from Book 2 for this.

Blogger VD May 11, 2015 8:43 PM  

Also, I'm thinking 90-120 minutes, half with the chosen interlocutors, half QA with designated questioners.

Blogger VD May 11, 2015 8:44 PM  

but dude.... don't take away time from Book 2 for this.

Writing time is not talking time. One thing I've learned is that I don't write any more than two hours per day even if I have all day.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop May 11, 2015 8:50 PM  

Slightly different topic. Another medium is a collaborative site like basecamp.com. That also might be useful for various Castalia House projects.

I'm considering writing a Motion for the Business Meeting at Worldcon, as described at http://voxday.blogspot.com/2015/05/were-not-fighting-fire-with-fire.html bottom of page.

A Motion to Bar Child Rapists and Their Associates (for example, the entire membership of the SFWA) could easily become part of the Standing Rules without offending anyone. Then families with children could feel that Worldcon is a safe space for them. The proposed Rule would also stipulate that any Writer who publicly renounces their affiliation with the SFWA Accessories-to-Rapists would be allowed to attend.

Crafting something like this takes time and research, particularly for fact-checking. Some of the filings posted at http://usurpthis.iwarp.com took a month and more to research. The Members of the SFWA have apparently harbored and covered for more than one rapist in the past, have not taken any action in the present, and may still be harboring rapists currently active. Directly and individually querying the entire SFWA Membership list might turn up more details. That would take some time.

It would be more powerful if the background work needed to support the Motion could be split between several people. This is a time-sensitive project, as the Motion has to be in the mail within about two months (end of July?). There are also many other aspects and actions which would be better discussed in private.

Anybody interested can email me, forrestb at ix decimal netcom point com

-Vile Faceless Minion #0167

Anonymous zen0 May 11, 2015 8:52 PM  

That being said, I also know that I would have leaped at the chance to take part in something like what is being suggested were the individual at the center someone like Umberto Eco. My interviews with him, John Julius Norwich, and Steve Keen have been some of the intellectual high points of my life.

So it should be more like an interview, should it not? With a question period for the audience.

Either that or meet like the Bilderbergers, only without the child molestation, animal and human sacrifices, and shape shifting.

No shape-shifting.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 11, 2015 8:53 PM  

Count me in. Voice format is fine, unless you plan to have Booth Babes introduce each segment with cue cards. Otherwise, our mugs aren't really worth the extra bandwidth for video, and any visual aids could be up on a share somewhere. Releasing the result as a podcast would also be excellent.

Topics I'd be interested in are

-Time-to-civilization, but also the Process of developing civilization
-Austrian Business Cycle.
-Government cycle theories
-Wargaming the next fifty years of world history

Blogger Markku May 11, 2015 8:55 PM  

We already use Basecamp.

Anonymous zen0 May 11, 2015 8:56 PM  

I'd also say, whatever format keeps the cost down is best. Don't forget you've got penny pinching homeschool families out here.

Maybe two levels: Brainstorm Troopers and Monitors.

Blogger Josh May 11, 2015 9:00 PM  

Yeah I'm in

Blogger beerme #0183 May 11, 2015 9:01 PM  

I'm interested.

Blogger Stephen Ward May 11, 2015 9:01 PM  

@zen0 or vox could release a cast for free 6 months after air date

Anonymous JRL May 11, 2015 9:13 PM  

QUESTION: what should be the maximum number of participants?

I'm not clear on how the number of participants would impact the format. If the only interaction is screened questions/questioners, the number of audience could be pretty high.

QUESTION: once a month or twice a month?

Once a month.

QUESTION: does video matter or audio only?

Audio is fine.

Anonymous JRL May 11, 2015 9:19 PM  

It would be nice to have audio + text.

Blogger Blackburn #0040 May 11, 2015 9:31 PM  

Is there a discussion model from history that works, say 150 years ago in salons of europe?

Maybe a call for submissions on a particular topic several weeks prior, or even an open thread prior to the IRL chat. Gather up some interesting thoughts and then watch/listen to the experts hash things out. Audio alone would probably be fine at least for starting out.

Maximum of 4 people IRL, with #68s idea of monitoring a twitter or chat feed.

Blogger M. Bibliophile May 11, 2015 9:32 PM  

I'm definitely intrigued. Finances are finally starting to loosen up, and $10-$20 sounds like a damn good investment considering how this website is the most consistent intellectually stimulating activity I have. As to the posted questions, I'd prefer audio/text over video, monthly, with ~100-200 possible participants (and a transcript or podcast for those who couldn't make it).

Blogger Blackburn #0040 May 11, 2015 9:33 PM  

oh, and the first rule of Minion Club is no one talks about Minion Club.

Blogger M. Bibliophile May 11, 2015 9:36 PM  

Upon brief reflection, ~100-200 participants would likely be a bloody logistical nightmare. Maybe podcast format with preselected participants, a sort of online symposium/salon that non-speakers can listen to and/or submit questions and topics for. Just throwing out ideas.

Anonymous Anon May 11, 2015 9:37 PM  

"Inscribed the following note on a bone that was left outside my chambers"

The gnawed SJW bone.

Blogger Cyril May 11, 2015 9:42 PM  

I'd be interested. Suggested topics - how to respond to the government/elites attempts to manipulate the populace when hostilities commence.

Is there any way to avoid a race war, given that the government appears to be planning/encouraging one to use to its advantage?

Anonymous Suindara May 11, 2015 9:50 PM  

Since the number of members would be limited you could make the transcript available, for a smaller fee, to those who couldn't join.

I'm just a lurker but I bet there are more than 100 people here who want to join this club.

Blogger rcocean May 11, 2015 9:50 PM  

Why not just do a podcast and charge everyone $5 to download and listen?

Blogger rcocean May 11, 2015 9:52 PM  

You got to be careful who you let ask questions. The last thing you need is some loudmouth bore wasting everyone's time.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet May 11, 2015 9:56 PM  

VD

Great idea, especially on history of strategy. I thought a few days ago how difficult it is for me to find anyone to read a book with or have serious conversation with.

20-30 people, max. $10-20 a month at either 1 or 2 with possibly some sort of private forum maybe. Anonymity is a must, while an avatar is fine. Linux version would be a plus.

Anonymous Original H May 11, 2015 10:02 PM  

I'd favor audio only. I like automatthew's idea of Vox and one or two ilk asking questions while watching a text chat channel. I think if the price is sufficiently high, a cap on attendees is unnecessary. Maybe $40-$50 for a single session or $200-300/year? I know I'd hate to be the one who got cut out because of a cap... There are plenty of audio services that allow thousands of attendees, so no cap needed for technical reasons.

I'd be most interested in Vox's open brainstorming -- the stuff described as "nothing more than crazy theories and random notions" without bothering to dumb it down.

FWIW, I've been mostly lurking with a comment or two a year since the first WND article.

Blogger Kevin Meyer May 11, 2015 10:13 PM  

Minion #155....... I am in. Anything to support what so far has been a great education!

Blogger HalibetLector May 11, 2015 10:16 PM  

I'm interested.

Ditto what Original H said; if you want to do a podcast, why limit the number of listeners? Questions can be chosen ahead of time or picked from a chat room.

If the idea is to be a little more intimate, you could choose the 5 people with the best questions and/or idea suggestions to join you on the stream/podcast/whatever format you choose.

Then again, it's amusing to me picturing Vox wearing a tweed jacket, sitting on this throne with a pipe giving the sunday address 50's style. The stiff, formal format would be hilarious when he starts talking about world domination.

Blogger Brad Andrews May 11, 2015 10:18 PM  

Record things and offer that as well. Some of us would probably be happy with just listening to things, though I am not sure if that is high enough interest to pay even a small amount for it.

You might want to look at http://www.financialsense.com/financial-sense-newshour for an example of someplace that has a free podcast and a paid variant.

Blogger Nate May 11, 2015 10:30 PM  

"The stiff, formal format would be hilarious when he starts talking about world domination."

Taking over the world is my schtick.

Blogger Mom May 11, 2015 10:48 PM  

I am a lurker here (gaining an education) and am very interested in Vox's ideas. I hope the number of people allowed to listen in is not so limited that I would miss out.

Anonymous Sensei May 11, 2015 10:55 PM  

Sometimes on CoD you just want to kill lots of shit... and it killing you instead really pisses you off.

Nate, they made a game for you, it's called Serious Sam...

Blogger LP 999/Eliza May 11, 2015 10:56 PM  

Crazy is the new sane, smart and trendy.

Not like iAppledebtgadgetslave trendy but a decompression unit (only applicable to me) adding this short or long term venture probably means the timing is right in our course of history.

Anonymous Sensei May 11, 2015 10:56 PM  

Sometimes on CoD you just want to kill lots of shit... and it killing you instead really pisses you off.

Nate, they made a game for you, it's called Serious Sam...

Blogger Brad Andrews May 11, 2015 10:59 PM  

Taking over the world is my schtick.

"Are you thinking what I'm thinking...?"

Blogger LP 999/Eliza May 11, 2015 10:59 PM  

(the stuff described as "nothing more than crazy theories and random notions" without bothering to dumb it down.)

NO, zero interest in dumbing down or holding back a few strong topics.

Will the day arrive when the suffering mounts so terrible that I throw my silver, gold and 100's in the streets b/c they are of NO value...Will our gen see those days?

Blogger LP 999/Eliza May 11, 2015 11:02 PM  

Then again there are some things no one can say or place into text.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 11, 2015 11:08 PM  

I want to hear the nutty theories, above all.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 11, 2015 11:08 PM  

Vox versus Koanic, with Aeoli providing color commentary.

Blogger Akulkis May 11, 2015 11:22 PM  

""Is better AI always desirable, and if not, when would it be? How does one make AI 'better' for video games?"

Yes. By designing for effect rather than process. I have something like a 50-page document on it; it would probably take several hours to discuss the whole thing in detail. "


Sounds fascinating. Could you send a copy by email?

Blogger Josh May 11, 2015 11:23 PM  

With the under card being dread vs wheeler?

Blogger The Original Hermit May 11, 2015 11:30 PM  

I'm highly interested, but I would prefer just to see the transcript/watch after the fact than to take part in the skypecast.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 11, 2015 11:49 PM  

Josh: "With the under card being dread vs wheeler?"

That's too predictable. I don't want "versus", I want chaotic skewlines of synergy.

* Wheeler and Northern Hamlet

* Porky and Tiny Tim

* Giuseppe and Idle Spectator (where's he been lately?)

* Nate and dh

* Stickwick, Stingray, and Spacebunny

* Bane, JQP, and Outlaw X

Blogger Markku May 12, 2015 12:08 AM  

Am I to understand that you have information to the effect of JQP being dead?

Blogger Sean May 12, 2015 12:14 AM  

I am in, but I would only want to listen. I don't have the knowledge or the quick wit needed to make my participation of value to the ilk. I come to learn from Vox and the Ilk not teach.

Blogger Nate May 12, 2015 12:18 AM  

"Nate, they made a game for you, it's called Serious Sam..."

No mate... not Serious Sam. Destiny. Its the only game that exists right now as far as I'm concerned.

Blogger Nate May 12, 2015 12:19 AM  

"* Stickwick, Stingray, and Spacebunny"

That's a slumber party pillow fight.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 12, 2015 12:22 AM  

Markku: "Am I to understand that you have information to the effect of JQP being dead?"

No, thankfully. But I miss him.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 12, 2015 12:24 AM  

Nate: "That's a slumber party pillow fight."

That episode would have video.

Anonymous Mark #0038 May 12, 2015 12:47 AM  

Glad to see this might actually happen.

"QUESTION: what should be the maximum number of participants?"

Definitely limit the speakers to only a handful per episode if any at all for certain segments. I like the idea of subscribers being able to converse via text chat as automatthew suggested, where an Ilk moderator could pose the occasional good question that arose.

QUESTION: once a month or twice a month?

More often the merrier if it works with your schedule. Try for once a month at first and see how it goes.

QUESTION: does video matter or audio only?

Video would be nice, but not entirely necessary. I can imagine visual aids being helpful for certain topics though. Either way, getting it recorded would be essential for the unfortunate subscriber that couldn't make the live event.

Blogger Eskyman May 12, 2015 12:54 AM  

Usually I don't favor podcasts, I much prefer the written word as I read much faster than I hear.

And I've been rich, and I've been poor; neither bother me much but I prefer being rich; but I'm not.

I'm underwater. So any financial contribution... hey, how about I pay you Tuesday?

Blogger Eskyman May 12, 2015 12:57 AM  

Duh.

Neglected to say, "any Vox podcast I'd listen to. Or watch. Or record. Or whatever The Dark Lord suggests."

#0276

Anonymous Eric Wilson (#0242) May 12, 2015 1:08 AM  

I'm just a lurker but I bet there are more than 100 people here who want to join this club.

As am I (nominally). I wonder if it would be a race to get those 100 spots as soon as you announced it. Heaven forbid I miss that post going up by an hour or two.

Blogger Res Ipsa May 12, 2015 2:59 AM  

I would be interested. I think a weekly or every other week format might be good leaving the days between the presentations as a collective discussion period. If you went $25/mo or $250 for a year it would eliminate the casual observer while keeping the price reasonable.

I don't know what the participation level would be in the conversation, but it seems to me that casual blogging comments run in the single digits compared to overall page views. Perhaps in this format commenting would be significantly higher. If not I don't see why the number of subscribers couldn't be higher, say around 500 or more.

Blogger Shimshon May 12, 2015 3:18 AM  

I'm in $40 just to tweak some SJWs. Where do I sign up for Vox unfiltered?

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) May 12, 2015 3:20 AM  

" automatthew 0062 May 12, 2015 12:22 AM

Markku: "Am I to understand that you have information to the effect of JQP being dead?"

No, thankfully. But I miss him."

Me too. And I wonder what is happening with him.

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) May 12, 2015 4:43 AM  

" JAU May 11, 2015 6:41 PM

If membership levels bump up against the technical limits indicated, perhaps a two tier broadcast\transcript service?"

Transcript service - YES PLEASE. I can read so much faster than most people can talk.......I find watching t.v. or even "informative" videos stultifying. I'd love to be able to read a transcript rather than sit in on a podcast/webinar/whatever.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop May 12, 2015 4:47 AM  

automatthew 0062 May 11, 2015 11:08 PM

I want to hear the nutty theories, above all.

I've been wondering about a market for that. Here's a sampler-

a) There is no such thing as electric current. It's a mathematical confection.
b) T Rex was the fastest land animal of all time. It hopped like a kangaroo.
c) The Earth used to be considerably smaller. It continues to grow.
d) The Sun is electric. Its power comes from without.
e) This is not the year 2015, it's closer to about 1215, dating from Julius Caesar.
f) The US flag was ripped off from an East India Company ship in Boston Harbor.
g) George Washington was the 7th President, not the1st.
h) The Grand Canyon was created in about 10 minutes a few centuries ago.
i) Darwinian evolution is exactly backwards- new 'species' are created in a single step by the merging of two different parent 'species'.
and on and on and on...



Anonymous Nick May 12, 2015 6:12 AM  

Great idea. I rarely comment as well and I share minion 38s sentiments. Just keep doing what you do... Much gratitude you're way.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza May 12, 2015 6:32 AM  

Ready for 5/16! Class is in session!

This might serve as a diversion, exclusion or holiday from Hugos, sjwers, MPAI...I hope Gen Kong and the Texan are around.

Anyways, I am guessing that trolls, feminists, random pain in the asre types and those whom hate beautiful baby puppies are cruelly barred. Or would the gracious host invite them...

Blogger stareatgoatsies May 12, 2015 7:06 AM  

I'm mostly a lurker. When I have contributed it's been on the antagonistic side - but I'd be very interested in being able to review the show, but not in participating.

I've bought & read a good deal of Vox's and related output over the last 6 months or so - ROTGD, TIA, Wright's Golden Oecumene, van Crevald's history of miltary strategy and his historical review of equality. I've also a few of Vox's fantasy works in the pipeline.

So I'd like to be counted in, in some form or the other, even though I'm sure there's a lot more than 100 people out there with more to offer intellectually and in terms of affiliation.

OpenID richard1j May 12, 2015 7:18 AM  

Not smart enough to actively participate and barely smart enough to know when I should be paying attention to those that are.
Hard of hearing so audio can be made to work, but a transcript would be useful.

Anonymous FrankNorman May 12, 2015 7:26 AM  

Are we allowed to talk about Brainstorm Club?

Anonymous Darth Toolpodicus May 12, 2015 7:27 AM  

I would definitely be interested in specific subjects

Anonymous Jeanne -- Minion #0118 May 12, 2015 7:46 AM  

Yes, I would pay for this. Cost between $10-$20 a month is reasonable. I prefer podcasts, but am amenable to videocasts.

Blogger Nate May 12, 2015 8:15 AM  

"a) There is no such thing as electric current. It's a mathematical confection."

would you settle for "there is no such thing as time"?

Blogger Kels (#308) May 12, 2015 8:15 AM  

I too would pay to have access to this. Long time lurker who would love to see what Vox and the Ilk could come up with in brainstorming sessions on various topics.

As others have said, I come to pay attention and learn. Would love an option of some kind for us peanut gallery types that wouldn't necessarily make good active participants.

Blogger Shimshon May 12, 2015 8:22 AM  

Will there be numbered badges?

Blogger Aeoli Pera May 12, 2015 9:10 AM  

>Vox versus Koanic, with Aeoli providing color commentary.

That would be fun. Alas, Koanic is under the weather and Aeoli still can't handle crowds or pressure yet.

Blogger Stilicho #0066 May 12, 2015 9:57 AM  

I like Jack Amok's suggested topics:
-Time-to-civilization, but also the Process of developing civilization
-Austrian Business Cycle.
-Government cycle theories
-Wargaming the next fifty years of world history


But I suspect that some of the more interesting things would be the crazy outliers. See, e.g. Texas Arcane's neanderthal and third hominid hypotheses.

Anonymous Alexander May 12, 2015 10:15 AM  

I second the $25/$250 plan.

Jack Amok hits it well, at least for a start it would be nice to see topics that are discussed with regularity on the blog but obviously never get a full hour or two of fleshing out.

Anonymous Ecthelion May 12, 2015 10:21 AM  

The ideas not fit for public consumption are the most intriguing; hearing thoughts coming out of left field from 7 stadiums over would be worth the price of admission. The subsequent bourbon-fueled discussions are gravy. Transcripts would be excellent, especially on the more esoteric thoughts.

Blogger Lana Jordan May 12, 2015 10:22 AM  

I would be happy to pay to participate in the BrainStorm Club, but only to listen in. I doubt I would have anything to contribute. The discussions sound fascinating though.

Blogger ajw308 (#98) May 12, 2015 11:41 AM  

I'm game.

Nate, good point, but don't feed the trolls.

Kels, I'd offer a badge swap, but I fear we'd be flayed with a salt rub or dipped in hydroflouric acid and rendered shapeless as our bones dissolved.

Anonymous Athor Pel May 12, 2015 12:39 PM  

" Ecthelion May 12, 2015 10:21 AM
The ideas not fit for public consumption are the most intriguing; hearing thoughts coming out of left field from 7 stadiums over would be worth the price of admission. The subsequent bourbon-fueled discussions are gravy. Transcripts would be excellent, especially on the more esoteric thoughts. "


Be careful what you wish for.
There are things in this world that you do not want to know about.

Anonymous Athor Pel May 12, 2015 12:41 PM  

" Nate May 12, 2015 12:18 AM
"Nate, they made a game for you, it's called Serious Sam..."

No mate... not Serious Sam. Destiny. Its the only game that exists right now as far as I'm concerned."



If you want satisfying shooty explody fun play some Borderlands 2. I generally don't like shooters but Borderlands 2 is just fun.

Plainly, the mechanics of gameplay in Borderlands 2 scratch an itch. It's the only game that I've gotten every Steam achievment.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop May 12, 2015 3:39 PM  

"a) There is no such thing as electric current. It's a mathematical confection."-FB

would you settle for "there is no such thing as time"?- Nate

No. www.forrestbishop.4t.com
http://www.worldsci.org/pdf//abstracts/abstracts_6554.pdf

Anonymous Ecthelion May 12, 2015 4:52 PM  

Be careful what you wish for.
There are things in this world that you do not want to know about.


Too late :)

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