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MDC S2 E11 | Twelve Monkeys (13-Oct-2019)

Post #61
Let’s Discuss Twelve Monkeys
Published: 11-Oct-2019

I mentioned in the latest update post that I’d like to schedule a Member Discord Call for each weekend of my four-week stay in this apartment in Hanoi.

Post #60 – One Month in Bangkok (8-Oct-2019)

I’m happy to report that the internet speeds in this place are pretty sweet. I’m all set to go.

Here’s a video I made earlier today which includes a speedtest of the apartment wifi.

Youtube: Hanoi apartment tour (11-Oct-2019)

A few people have mentioned that they would like to partake in a Call about Twelve Monkeys this weekend, but nobody has specified a time which suits them.

So this is the post for you to do just that.

I’m nominally free from 10am – 10pm Vietnam time on Sunday, which is 11pm – 11am New York.

My 10am is New York 11pm the night before, and 4am London time.

The days of me sitting near my computer for an entire Sunday are long, long gone.

But I’m more than happy to set aside two blocks of time to accommodate Members of the site in different time zones.

On this occasion I want to try an experiment: first in, best dressed.

You make the call

The first two time suggestions, posted in the comments below, for between 10am and 10pm on Sunday, Vietnam time, I will set aside and be at my computer ready to go.

Just nominate a two-hour block, between 10am-10pm, this Sunday, Vietnam time.

As soon as two suggestions have come through I will make an announcement so that anybody else who wants to join us can do so. The more the merrier.

The reason I want to trial the ‘you make the suggestion, first in best dressed’ concept is because, if I set the blocks arbitrarily, it may not suit anybody.

By putting the ball in your court, it ensures that whoever puts forward a time suggestion will at least be present for the Call, and anybody else who joins us will be a bonus.

We may end up with two separate two-hour Calls, which will give me plenty to work on for the rest of the week.

We may end up with one, two-hour Call, which I’ll try and release by Tuesday.

We may have Call(s) with seven or eight people on the panel, or it may be just myself and one other person having a chat.

Or maybe nobody will want to put forward any time suggestions and I will enjoy my first Sunday in Hanoi at a market or something.


Why Twelve Monkeys?

See Twelve Monkey, Sync, Sanity.

Post #59 | Twelve Monkeys, Sync, Sanity (26-Sep-2019)

What if I am busy this weekend?

No problems.

I plan to run an MDC (or two) every weekend while I have an apartment with good internet.

In the recent update post I put forward this tentative schedule:

Weekend of -> Topic

October 12/13 -> Twelve Monkeys

October 19/20 -> Clown World / Pill Metaphor [Joker?]

October 26/27 -> Total Recall

November 2/3 -> The Matrix

November 9/10 -> Waking Life

We can always come back and revisit Twelve Monkeys thereafter, if there is demand for it.

What do you expect to discuss?

Whatever the other Members on the Call want to discuss, so long as it is related to the topic i.e. Twelve Monkeys.

The plot, the themes, the production values, the syncs, the philosophical questions about time, identity, purpose, ‘work’, or more topical questions about ‘psychiatry’, mental health, media fakery… we could take this anywhere.

What I will do before the Call officially begins is write down a list of topics / ideas, and then during the Call we will run through them, one by one.

As in,

‘Person A wanted to discuss the idea that the only truly crazy characters was character B’,

‘Person E wanted to discuss the notion that what this film is really about is F’,

‘Person L wanted to discuss the scene where character M and N and how it syncs with [etc]’

I’ll ask participants for the main things they want to discuss during the pre-call.

Then I will throw to you when we get to your topic.

Kind of like a loose structure.

It is this structure that allows the MDCs to flow the way they do.

All you need to do is come prepared with some ideas or questions about the film you want to discuss with myself and the other panelists.

I’m new, how do I join the calls?

Download Discord. All explained here.

Post #27 | It’s Discord Time (25-Aug-2018)

Can I join and simply listen to the Call live, without participating?


Back in the day, we used to get half a dozen people just listening to each Call.

Usually they would then un-mute and take part in the after-Call chat.

Those were the days.

I want to take part but I haven’t been on a podcast before, I’m nervous etc

Then come along, listen to one live, take part in the after-call, it will settle your nerves, then join next week for reals.

That’s all

Hope to see you this weekend.

Post #61. Production notes. 800 words. Published 11-Oct-2019. Available to the public.


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