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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:50 am
by Gav
There are currently two important dates of the Agnostica season:

December 14: "QM Day," the "first day of Agnostica
December 21/22: The Winter Solstice. The main celebration. A good day to throw an Agnostica party (though any day is a good day for an Agnostica party).

Otherwise, what they said. The Agnostica season has an indeterminant end. It ends when you're sick of it.

the Siliconopolitan wrote:Another question is, what parameter cannot be determined, if we manage to locate Agnostica with sufficient certainty.


Well, there's the contents of the Schodinger box, of course. If someone opens the Schrodinger box and fixes its contents, then perhaps Agnostica can't end until a new Schrodinger box is created.


Incidentally, I'm amused that the Wikipedia entry for Agnostica says that there is some question as to whether Agnostica was invented by King Luca or not... Maybe that's what became uncertain?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:41 pm
by Conina
towr wrote:If there is an 'Agnostica Day' in there, it hasn't been observed yet and so has some probability to be on any one of those (based on the uncertainty principle).
I'm not sure whether it might be heresy to observe an 'Agnostica Day', thereby fixing it.. :roll:
And other similar type comments later.

Oh the shame :oops: I should have thought of all that. :oops: I have forgotten all my physics training. :oops: This is why they should've let me keep all my old textbooks.

What to get

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 10:55 am
by Wafath
So, anyone have any guidance on what to get?

Last year I gave Thinking Putty (Think of it as silly putty for adults), but I have no clue on how it was recieved.

I suppose I could focus on the "random" aspect of the random bag of fun, and find a way to find something very random under the very broad criteria.

Of course, I could focus on the fun part, and look for toys.

W

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:33 pm
by Conina
Random toys?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 2:51 pm
by towr
Conina wrote:Random toys?
Dice ;)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:00 pm
by gwalla
I've got a question about gl

PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 9:18 pm
by Gav
[quote="gwalla"]I've got a question about gl

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:02 am
by Q99
This'll be the second year I join in.


Btw, about how many participated last time?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:08 pm
by Gav
Q99 wrote:Btw, about how many participated last time?


It was about 25 people. It's been a lighter load this year, with only 7 so far (but there hasn't really been time for the packages to come in yet). Maybe discouraging credit card donations turned some people off? I reworded the "credit cards bad" section so as not to be so discouraging, but it might be too late.

Re: What to get

PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:09 am
by Q99
I sent mine a bit late this year, so I'm not sure if it'd be in the 7 or not.

Wafath wrote:So, anyone have any guidance on what to get?

Last year I gave Thinking Putty (Think of it as silly putty for adults), but I have no clue on how it was recieved.


Ah, that would be the one I got ^_^


I had some fun with it, actually, but I think it's been thrown out by now.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:24 am
by Conina
I am taking it as given* that I will become gainfully employed this coming year - meaning I may well be able to participate next time.


I reckon it'd be interesting to find out who got which present (as just happened above). 8)



*It has to happen eventually, doesn't it?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:15 pm
by the Siliconopolitan
I have just come back from celebrating Christmas (or as we still call it in these ungodly parts: Yule) with my to all intents and purposes unbelieving family and what should I find in my office but a parcel from "Random Bag of Fun", Berkeley, US.

I shall now proceed to open it.
...
Damn!, that a lot of tape.
...
Ooooh!, nice wrapping paper. Must save for later.
...
More tape!
...
Aaannnd, we have a present.
Probably the most interesting present of the year (or last year) certainly the most random (and, no, I'm not dissing my presents. I'd asked for, and I very much appreciate, all the kitchen utensils, I recieved).

Anyway my random present for Agnostica 2005 is:

"OWL PUKE"

That's right owl cast of my very own to take apart to look for the mouseskeleton. Complete with 96 page book on the fascinating life of owls. Suitable for ages 8-12 (batteries not included).

It's quite a good idea, actually. As it happens, I grew up in the countryside, and we had owls, but I never took time to look for cast and dissect it. Thank you, kind anonymous donor, for this wonderful chance to <strike>relive</strike> compensate for my misspent youth.

Happy Agnostica, and to all A Good Year (sarcasm not included).