Member Call Topic Schedule

I have put together an official topic schedule for the next few weeks worth of Member Calls.

With quite a few new Full Members on the site, the time is ripe to discuss some relevant films.

And if I go silent, tell them to search for me near the hippie festival in Hanoi…


Contents

1 – Film Discussion

2 – New Full Members

3 – Topic Schedule

4 – And then…

5 -How it works

6 – Hanoi time explained

7 – What about this weekend?

8 – If you’re new here


1 – Film Discussion

The response so far to the most recent MDC, based on Twelve Monkeys, has been very positive.

For the next few weeks I would like to stick with the film-centric Calls.

The benefit of using films as the centre of discussion is that it opens up countless avenues for conversation about:

Sync

Philosophy

Personal experience / reflections

And, depending on the film, conversation can also revolve around:

Media Fakery (e.g. Wag the Dog)

Space Fakery (e.g. Capricorn One)

Social commentary (e.g. Network)

There’s a few films that we are well overdue discussing.


2 – New Full Members

With nine new Full Members having joined the site in the past seven weeks, I hope and expect that we will see at least a few n00bs making their Member Call debuts over the next month or so.

New Members in 2019 who have already appeared on at least one Member Call:

Stuart (a.k.a. Human Being) appeared on OH #17.

Daibpdaibp appeared on S2E8 and S2E9.

Flyfisher appeared on S2E10 and S2E11.

Full Members who have joined the site in 2019 (prior to September) and are yet to make their debut:

stoned_maverick

Snake Plissken

New Full Members who have joined in just the past seven weeks:

markJ

UninspiredThought

Callum

Bravo

EllynKyUs

Ravi

BeefySquire

doctormyeyes

sarahhhha

I honestly do not know why there has been a sudden bump in new Full Members, but obviously I am delighted to see it.

Who are these individuals? What brought them here?

What are their favourite topics? How long have they been interested in the conspiracy subculture?

Do they agree with my take on the outer space hoax? The dinosaur hoax? The nuke hoax?

Do they believe the forces who run the show are evil? Or do they have a more optimistic outlook on things?

These are the kinds of questions which I for one am looking forward to exploring.

Some of the new Members will not feel inclined to partake in the Member Calls, at least not at first, and this is entirely understandable.

It can be a little daunting, especially for those who have never been involved in podcasts before.

However, I’m sure at least two or three of them will find their way onto the Discord server sooner or later, and I for one can’t wait to chat with them.

By focusing on films, it will make it easier for the new Members to pick and choose which episode they would prefer to make their first appearance for.


3 – Topic Schedule – UPDATED 2-Nov-2019

October 26/27 -> Total Recall
[Now released, see here]

November 9/10 -> The Matrix
[fuhng nominated Sunday, will be November 10, see comments below]

November 23/24 -> Dark City

December 6/7 -> Waking Life


4 – And then…

Depending on the success / popularity of these calls, I would like to follow this up with a list including:

They Live, Network, Terminator II, Wag the Dog, Capricorn One, and many, many more.


5 – How it works

I’ll make myself available every Sunday from 9am my time until 11pm my time.

All you need to do is nominate a two-hour block that suits you, and that you know you can commit to, and I’ll set it aside.

I’ll then announce that time as an official Call time and anybody else who wants to join us will be welcome to do so.

For illustration, prior to last week’s Call, Flyfisher nominated 10am my time, and then fuhng replied that he would join the Call as well.

I think it is fair to say that the discussion which ultimately followed was well worth the small amount of planning which went into it.


6 – Hanoi time explained

I’ll be available all day, from 9am to 11pm, my time, each Sunday.

This means there is a 14-hour window between:

Window opens…

and

…Window closes.

In other words,

if you live in New York, the window is from 10pm Saturday night to midday Sunday.

if you live in London, the window is from 2am Sunday morning to 4pm Sunday afternoon.

if you live in Melbourne, the window is from 1pm Sunday afternoon to 3am Monday morning.

You just need to nominate a two-hour block within that window.

I’m happy to set aside two blocks per topic/weekend, if one nominee’s time does not suit somebody else’s.

As I explained in the pre-Call post for Twelve Monkeys, this is the single fairest and most effective method I have come up with to ensure as many people can partake in these Calls as possible.

If Sundays do not suit you, then we can look at moving the Calls forward to Saturdays in the future (i.e. after these four Calls have been complete).

Please make sure that if you nominate a block, you can commit to it, because this system works on first in best dressed, so if you nominate a time and then fail to show, you’re not just letting me down, you’re letting the whole team down, too.


7 – What about this weekend?

I’ve been invited to do some pretty crazy things this weekend. Sorry.

The Calls will recommence next weekend, October 26/27, when we discuss Total Recall.

Arnie rejecting the red pill before it was cool.

8 – If you’re new here

Five things.

Firstly, a warm welcome. Take a look around, here is where all the Member-exclusive material can be found.

Two. If you haven’t received my Welcome email, please check your spam folder. It is very important.

Three. Huge thanks to those of you who have already responded to the Welcome email.

It helps me quite a lot.

Four. You don’t have to respond to that email. Entirely up to you.

But seriously, it does help me to know where new Members are coming from, what they are interested in, etc.

Especially because nine of you have joined in the last seven weeks. That is epic.

Where are you all coming from? How did you learn about this website?

Five. If you are thinking of joining us for the Total Recall discussion, you might want to check this out first:

Article #52 | The Conspiracy Ego Trip Framework (24-May-2019)

The rabbit hole goes deep, and you have joined an eclectic bunch of gen-u-ine looney tunes.

Once you read that piece you’ll see that I am arguably the looniest person you’ve ever met…

…online or in so-called ‘real life’.

That’s not why you’re here, that’s not why you’re here!

tl;dr

The topic schedule for the next four Member Calls is now set.

We will be focusing on films, because they open up lots of avenues for discussion.

This will hopefully encourage some of the new Full Members to make their Member Call debuts.

I’m available all day Sunday for each Call but you (anybody) need to
nominate and commit to a time within the nominal window.

I’m happy to be there for two Calls per Sunday, so long as they are planned in advance.

No call on the weekend of 19/20 October, for reasons I might elaborate on in a future Call…

If you’re new here, make yourself at home, please respond to your Welcome email,
and check out the Framework.


Production notes, Post #62. 1,000 words. Available publicly. Updated 2-Nov-2019.


 

9 thoughts on “Member Call Topic Schedule

    • 19-October-2019 at 12:23 pm
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      Excellent.

      One thing though, you know the UK winds the clocks back one hour that weekend, yeah?

      (This is factored into the time calculator images in the post).

      So your 1pm – 3pm will be my 8pm – 10pm (which is perfect for me).

      This will also be 9am -> 11am New York (Sunday morning),

      and midnight -> 2am Melbourne (Sunday night / Monday morning).

      Consider it booked it.

      • 21-October-2019 at 10:41 am
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        I will try to watch Total Recall again and join you guys on Sunday morning.

  • 21-October-2019 at 11:16 am
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    I’m keen to get involved in the calls again.
    I’ll need to rewatch TR again prior to the call as I haven’t watched it in years.
    I’m quite interested in the potential of a call discussing Terminator 2. One of my all time favs 🙂

  • 23-October-2019 at 6:35 pm
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    Count me in I could join a call Sunday morning 9-11 am New York time

  • 23-October-2019 at 9:42 pm
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    JLB – I think you will get a better turnout if you set a time and let people join. Kind of like the MSC series. We (at least me) are reluctant to approach you to set up a time because I would feel awful if something came up and I couldn’t make the call or couldn’t review the content (TR).

    This time slot (9-11 am on Sundays) is good for me as Sunday is the day we try to stay around the house.

    That being said, we recently had a death in the family and the service might be Saturday or Sunday.

    If I can’t make it this weekend, next weekend for sure.

    • 23-October-2019 at 9:58 pm
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      The problem is if I set the time, it might not work for anybody, whereas if somebody else nominates a time, then I know at least one person is available at that time.

      If something horrible happens and a person can’t make it tot he Call, hey, no worries, bad things do happen, I won’t take it personally.

      This method worked well last time, FlyFisher nominated a time, fuhng came along as well, TNG wanted to be there but something came up, no problems whatsoever, and the final Call worked out — imho — brilliant.

      If you can’t make it this weekend, no problems, at least one of FF and TNG will be there, and anything above that is a bonus.

  • 30-October-2019 at 5:03 pm
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    please let me book this Sunday November 3rd for The Matrix to commence @ 20:00 Hanoi | 09:00 NYC | 06:00 LAX thanx!

    JLB Edit

    fuhng and I have arranged for this call to be the week following, i.e. Sunday November 10th.

    No call this weekend (2nd / 3rd). I will post an update soon.

    Looking forward to next weekend and The Matrix with fuhng, should be a lot of fun.

    Call time The Matrix Sunday 10th November: 8pm Hanoi, 9am New York, 1pm London, midnight Melbourne

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