A Mindless Proposal



Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. Avatar aaron david says:

    This could be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to it, but will be there some kind of link at the league?Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to aaron david says:

      The way Google Hangouts work is somebody starts one, then invites people (via e-mail) from there. Invitees get an email with a link that takes you into the Hangout. You will I believe need to sign up for a Google acct, if you don’t already have one.

      Disclaimer: I have only ever attended one Google Hangout, that I was not the organizer of. So if anyone knows a different/better way to handle things, I am all ears. This seemed like the easiest legal/free way to play music to a group of people simultaneously that I found (I assume that even if we took the necessary technical steps to host/stream audio from the blog itself, we’d potentially be liable for copyright violation on a public performance of the record. It’s a shame there’s not an easy way to handle that, as it would be nice to completely control the audio quality and album availability ourselves. Again if I am mistaken and there’s a solution, let me know.)Report

  2. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    Is there any chance I could get anyone else besides maybe Glyph and Chris to sit through Fear: The Album, or DK’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables?Report

  3. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    This sounds really cool. I will certainly participate as often as I can.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Very cool idea, Glyph.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      Thanks! It’s an experiment, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully we don’t have to institute some sort of Survivor-style vote-off-the-island protocol if someone keeps pranking us by selecting “Having Fun With Elvis On Stage” repeatedly.


      Oh, forgot to add – I am pretty sure this will NOT work on mobile – the “Hangout” function itself does, but there’s not enough screen real estate and bandwidth on yr phone for the YT interface and IM chat as well. So you’ll need to be at a computer, ideally in a comfy chair.Report

  5. Avatar Kazzy says:

    In. And dibs on “Annoying Guy Who Knows Nothing About Music”. Like the guy who request “Free Bird” no matter the context… Only I’ll be requesting “Come Sail Away”.Report

  6. Avatar greginak says:

    Sounds fun, the time isn’t good for me, but i’ll try to join in. Google hangouts have worked well in my limited experience.Report

  7. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Interested. Not sure I’ll show, but I’d love to get the Google invite.Report

  8. Avatar krogerfoot says:

    I’m gamer than a three-dollar bill, if that’s the phrase I want. It’ll be 10 AM my time, but I’ve started drinking earlier than that, so.Report

  9. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    I am definitely interested in this.Report

  10. Avatar Chris says:

    Looks like it could have a good turn out.Report

  11. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    I can’t remember exactly from the Leaguecasts but I believe there is a limit of 8 people in the Hangout. Maybe I’m wrong about that but someone should check.

    I will certainly look forward to watching but I don’t see myself participating much. One weird thing I have realized in my years at the League is how little connection I have with anyone musically, or at least in terms of what people post about. Lots of bands I have never heard of and never any music I seem to connect with. So bizarre considering how many other things I have in common with the other Leaguers.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      Ooh, thanks Mike, good info. It looks like it is limited to 10, though if it’s a commercial account it goes up to 15. If the cost is low and it’s simple enough I may sign up for that. Or does anyone here at OT already have such an acct (or would it be worth it to the site to have one for the site?)

      Either way, I guess that possibly makes for two drawings of straws -we will send out the invites to everybody at the same time, but only the first 9 (or 14) responders will actually get in. I wasn’t planning on an exclusive club, but apparently seats are limited!Report

  12. Avatar Jason Tank says:

    This sounds cool. I’d do it.Report

  13. Avatar Glyph says:

    @aaron-david @jm3z-aitch @slade-the-leveller @mike-schilling @michael-drew @chris @tod-kelly @kazzy @greginak @krogerfoot @jonathan-mcleod @mike-dwyer @jason-tank @reformed-republican

    Everybody should have gotten an invite for Friday night at the e-mail addresses you left here. I signed up and paid for a Google Apps business account, so we should have 15 virtual seats instead of the usual 10*, because that’s how much I love ya. Remember that you will need a Google + account to get into Hangouts, so if you don’t have one already, you may want to sign up for one in advance.**

    For anyone who is interested but still has not said so, say so now. Virtual seats ARE limited (15 max), but I can guarantee that on any given night, not everyone will be able to show. So I expect slots to often be available, and I don’t expect the group to be static from party to party.

    EDITED TO ADD: I scheduled it for three hours, just to pad it out in case it gets started late or people wanted to hang around (didn’t want to lose the Hangout slot). So don’t panic, or feel obligated to dedicate that much time to this. If it’s a success, rather than extending its duration, we may just want to do it more frequently.

    *Apologies in advance if this Friday doesn’t go smoothly, it will be the first attempt at this.

    **On that note, I believe participants’ names will appear in the Hangout IM/chat window as their Google + name. If that’s not similar to your usual OT handle, we may need to do some quick introductions at the start, so people know who is who; if you are setting up your G+ account for the first time, you may want to choose a similar handle to your OT one, for simplicity’s sake.

    If for privacy’s sake you want me to scrub/convert those G+ names back to your OT handles on the immortal MD wrapup post, just let me know.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Glyph says:

      Got the invite. I am probably unavailable this Friday, as I have two work events on Saturday and probably need to make Friday a family evening. I’ll let you know as we get closer. Regardless, keep me on the list for future ones as they will be easier to swing.Report

    • Avatar aaron david in reply to Glyph says:

      Super cool, got the invite, and will be there unless work gets super crazy.Report

    • Avatar Reformed Republican in reply to Glyph says:

      I got the invite as well. I should be able to make it.Report

  14. Avatar Roger says:

    Cool idea. I may not be back in time for this month (I am going to the Chicago Audio show, partly to buy albums) but would be interested in joining the list for future sessions.Report

  15. Avatar greginak says:

    @glyph FYI, i got the google invite. I won’t be there this week though because i’m doing some international jet setting.Report