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Author Topic: Get Ready! "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" 2011 edition, coming soon  (Read 9462 times)

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And some of you may ask: What the heck is this "all-night technopagan" thing he's talking about??

It's an annual tradition here at the Cauldron; it started when a bunch of us realized that we like to pass the December solstice--for the northern hemisphere, it's the winter solstice and therefore the longest night of the year--by staying awake all night long. (Or trying to stay awake all night long!) We thought: Why not do it together? Why not use the magic of the Internet to connect us into one global pagan party for the night, and stay up together?

And so, with Randall graciously offering to host us, "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" was born.

It's really simple: A dedicated thread will start here in "Holidays and Festivals" right before nightfall on the night of the solstice, to which everyone is welcome to come and go and contribute as they please. Some of us go the distance for an all-nighter; some people drop in just for part of the night; some lucky sonuvaguns in the southern hemisphere rub our noses in the the warmth and daylight they're basking in (since it's they're summer solstice, the sun-kissed devils)...just about anything goes (within the usual board rules, of course).

In previous years, we've done "non-themes": sharing recipes one year, sharing stories around our "virtual campfire" the next, sharing the night's photos/images last year, etc. Non-themes are, as the name suggests, non-binding--just a starting point to get ideas going. (Recipes always seem to come up no matter what the non-theme...chocolate mug cake, anyone?) Any ideas for a non-theme for this year? Chime in, please!

People with better chat skills than I also do a MUX chat here that night. (I'm going to have to learn how to do that, so I can participate in that aspect...I missed a lot of the best chatter last year by being MUX-clueless.)

My favorite part each year is vicariously watching the march of darkness across the globe, via various Cauldronites' posts. It makes the anticipation of sunset absolutely delicious!

This year, the solstice occurs at about 5:30 AM Universal Time on December 22, so we'll be celebrating the night before, beginning at nightfall on Wednesday, December 21. Watch for the "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" thread to appear right around then.

For an idea of what goes on, you can see last year's all-night gabfest on the old board, here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=14887.0

So...who's up for it this year?
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The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Any ideas for a non-theme for this year? Chime in, please!


How about sharing songs or videos that get us in the spirit?

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People with better chat skills than I also do a MUX chat here that night. (I'm going to have to learn how to do that, so I can participate in that aspect...I missed a lot of the best chatter last year by being MUX-clueless.)


It is super easy! As someone mentioned (I think Fier?) now would be a good time for anyone interested in joining in the MUX fun to request an account, so Randall has time to make them.

I will definitely be in MUX- chatting keeps me awake better than thread-stalking.

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So...who's up for it this year?

 
Me! I'm really looking forward to it. :)
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So...who's up for it this year?


I'm in!

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Quote from: Altair;32901

In previous years, we've done "non-themes": sharing recipes one year, sharing stories around our "virtual campfire" the next, sharing the night's photos/images last year, etc. Non-themes are, as the name suggests, non-binding--just a starting point to get ideas going. (Recipes always seem to come up no matter what the non-theme...chocolate mug cake, anyone?) Any ideas for a non-theme for this year? Chime in, please!


Well, recipes/food will come up no matter what the non-theme is (this IS TC after all) but I do like Juni's idea of songs/videos.

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People with better chat skills than I also do a MUX chat here that night. (I'm going to have to learn how to do that, so I can participate in that aspect...I missed a lot of the best chatter last year by being MUX-clueless.)


Which reminds me that I need to ask if my password to the MUX can be reset...

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This year, the solstice occurs at about 5:30 AM Universal Time on December 22, so we'll be celebrating the night before, beginning at nightfall on Wednesday, December 21. Watch for the "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" thread to appear right around then.

For an idea of what goes on, you can see last year's all-night gabfest on the old board, here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=14887.0

So...who's up for it this year?

 
Since it's (hopefully *knock on wood*) not a night in which I absolutely have to do the Unpleasant Chore, you can count me in.


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So...who's up for it this year?


Well I'm no longer working full days and my college's winter break is at that time, so YES! :D I'm incredibly excited this year.

Spurred on by Ms. Graveyard Dirt's Holy Supper Challenge, I'll be making a meal for my ancestors as well as myself (and my family, but the're unlikely to participate since we don't eat stew in this house, much less something with game in it, which is what I'm aiming for), and using a Metis cookbook I was able to find on the net.

I also want to see if I can get a tiny Christmas tree to decorate pagan-style (what does that mean? I don't know yet!), and set up a Winter altar this year that will take up a part of my room.

I hope to have all this done in time for the Solstice. Wish me luck! :P
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So...who's up for it this year?

 
I hope to be able to this year. School will be out, and the ROV team can do without me in the morning. ;)
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So...who's up for it this year?

 
I'll be there with my bells on! And my jammies. And probably watching MST3K or Lord of the Rings at the same time, so my posts (and chats) will look something like:

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How about sharing songs or videos that get us in the spirit?


Great idea, Juni. And hooray to everybody for the enthusiasm! I get excited about this every year. It's the bright spot in an otherwise dreary time. (I'm SO not a winter person.)
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The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Great idea, Juni. And hooray to everybody for the enthusiasm! I get excited about this every year. It's the bright spot in an otherwise dreary time. (I'm SO not a winter person.)

 
I'm in. I even have a video I'll link to. :D:
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This year, the solstice occurs at about 5:30 AM Universal Time on December 22, so we'll be celebrating the night before, beginning at nightfall on Wednesday, December 21. Watch for the "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" thread to appear right around then.

For an idea of what goes on, you can see last year's all-night gabfest on the old board, here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=14887.0

So...who's up for it this year?


Woohoo! I am SO down for it!
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So...who's up for it this year?

 
Yay!  The thread is here!

As you could no doubt infer from my post in the other thread, I'm definitely up for it!

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I'll be making a meal for my ancestors as well as myself (and my family, but the're unlikely to participate since we don't eat stew in this house, much less something with game in it, which is what I'm aiming for), and using a Metis cookbook I was able to find on the net.

 
More fool they.  A well-made stew is the food of the (earthy) gods!

Also, you said you found this Metis cookbook on the 'Net, but you didn't give a link?  Please share!

More generally, but this is a good place to hang it:
While rebuilding the "Gastronomy" section of my bookmarks, mainly by mining the Cooking SIG on the archive board, I noticed there was a fair bit of "Mug Cake Lore" scattered here and there - who originally introduced it to TC (it wasn't Oaksworn - though his role was pivotal; if he hadn't reminded us about it the next year, I doubt it would have become TC tradition), a lot of variations, experimentation to determine how to adjust for different microwave wattage and different tastes, etc.

I plan - either in preparation for Up All Night, or, if I don't get it done by then, while it's going on - to edit the Mug Cake article that Morag put in the TC Wiki to include much of that info, and links to the rest.  I doubt I'd have thought of it if Morag hadn't laid the foundation, so yay Morag!

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So...who's up for it this year?

 
I already wondered when this will pop up. ;)

I'm up to it as good as possible, because I have Friday the 23. off.
So it will be a tiny bit difficult to stay up the whole night on the 21.

But thanks to time zones, I'll of course assume my traditional role as vanguard. ;)
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While rebuilding the "Gastronomy" section of my bookmarks, mainly by mining the Cooking SIG on the archive board, I noticed there was a fair bit of "Mug Cake Lore" scattered here and there - who originally introduced it to TC (it wasn't Oaksworn - though his role was pivotal; if he hadn't reminded us about it the next year, I doubt it would have become TC tradition)


I believe the original mug cake maker--the one who first introduced it at an "Up All Night" many years ago--was Folksymama.
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The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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But thanks to time zones, I'll of course assume my traditional role as vanguard. ;)

 
I'm delighted to hear it, Tana! You're one of the people I rely on for the early "march of darkness" reports.
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The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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