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« Topic Start: November 09, 2010, 11:11:19 pm »

Hey, everybody,

I think it may actually have become a tradition: the annual "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" celebration here at the Cauldron! With Randall's blessing (thanks, Randall, for giving us a home), it's time to start planning ahead for this cyberfest's 2010 edition.

For those who don't know, a bunch of us try to stay awake all night to mark the winter solstice, the longest night of the year...and we use a special thread at the Cauldron to touch base with others all over the world doing the same thing. We share thoughts, recipes (most infamously Folksymama's chocolate microwave mug cake), encouragement,...just about whatever pops into our heads.

Via posts from Cauldronites scattered across the globe, we watch the spread of darkness as it marches across the Northern Hemisphere, or bask vicariously in the sun and warmth of members in the Southern Hemisphere marking their summer solstice. The celebration is, quite simply, whatever we make it.

So what do we want to make it this year? Last year we had a loose, optional theme of sharing recipes. Any ideas for a new "non-theme"?

And whose up for it this year? As last year, the solstice falls midweek, which will make it tough for some to make the all-night commitment (unless they plan to call in sick to work the next day, like me!)...but note that everyone is welcome, even those who don't plan to stay up all night. (Those of us in it for the long haul are eager for as many folks to distract us from our pillows as we can get!)

So mark the evening beginning at sunset on Tuesday, December 21, on your calendars. Here's further info on the astronomical event (from http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/winter-solstice.htm):

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In the Northern Hemisphere, the next Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM ET and 23:38 UTC (Universal Time).

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« Reply #1: November 10, 2010, 01:00:01 am »

I think it may actually have become a tradition: the annual "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" celebration here at the Cauldron! With Randall's blessing (thanks, Randall, for giving us a home), it's time to start planning ahead for this cyberfest's 2010 edition.

I'm on vacation from mid-December through the end of the year, so I'll be able to join in.  I'll do my level best to make it through the night, but I'm definitely making no promises.  Wink

Pondering theme ideas...

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« Reply #2: November 10, 2010, 01:04:48 am »



I think I can join in this year. Not quite sure yet if I'll be travelling with mom to Central America or not; if not, I'll probably be over at my boyfriend's place, and then I definitely can.


I have no idea as to non-themes.
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« Reply #3: November 10, 2010, 01:17:19 am »


I'll be working over winter break so that schedule will determine whether I can participate, but I'll definitely be present as long as possible.
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« Reply #4: November 10, 2010, 01:48:58 am »


I'm throwing my hat in, although I'm not sure if that'll change. Currently unemployed, but if I get the job I possibly can get, I'm not sure how much time off I'll be able to get (especially if its seasonal).

Still... woo! Cheesy I love doing these things with you guys.
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« Reply #5: November 10, 2010, 08:20:18 am »

Still... woo! Cheesy I love doing these things with you guys.

As do I! Great to hear such enthusiasm from all you guys.

As for "non-themes", our previous ones have been 1) storytelling around the solstice cybercampfire, and 2) sharing recipes for our solstice cyberfeast.

Here's one idea: photos. We could encourage folks to document the solstice in their area, or just to share whatever photos they might think appropriate to the longest night.
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« Reply #6: November 10, 2010, 08:20:31 am »

I think it may actually have become a tradition: the annual "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" celebration here at the Cauldron! With Randall's blessing (thanks, Randall, for giving us a home), it's time to start planning ahead for this cyberfest's 2010 edition.

Thank you very much for organizing and running this. It has become a tradition here at TC and it's one of our more popular ones. And you deserve the lion's share of the credit for that. All TC does is provide space and a chat room. Smiley
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« Reply #7: November 10, 2010, 08:47:35 am »

So what do we want to make it this year? Last year we had a loose, optional theme of sharing recipes. Any ideas for a new "non-theme"?

I don't honestly know. Aside from recipes, what else would we want to share?

And whose up for it this year? As last year, the solstice falls midweek, which will make it tough for some to make the all-night commitment (unless they plan to call in sick to work the next day, like me!)...but note that everyone is welcome, even those who don't plan to stay up all night. (Those of us in it for the long haul are eager for as many folks to distract us from our pillows as we can get!)

So mark the evening beginning at sunset on Tuesday, December 21, on your calendars. Here's further info on the astronomical event (from http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/winter-solstice.htm):

I can do a pop-in after work.
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« Reply #8: November 10, 2010, 09:59:05 am »


Like you said, it is midweek. *sigh*
I guess I will spend my usual TC time and drop by the vigil thread.
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« Reply #9: November 10, 2010, 10:15:42 am »

As do I! Great to hear such enthusiasm from all you guys.

As for "non-themes", our previous ones have been 1) storytelling around the solstice cybercampfire, and 2) sharing recipes for our solstice cyberfeast.

Here's one idea: photos. We could encourage folks to document the solstice in their area, or just to share whatever photos they might think appropriate to the longest night.

That's a really good idea, methinks. I'll try to stay up all night! ^_^ Totally different time zones, but whatever. Photos sound good to me. I didn't have much to share recipe wise, but I've got tons of photos.
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« Reply #10: November 10, 2010, 10:46:20 am »

it's time to start planning ahead for this cyberfest's 2010 edition.

Winter Solstice keeps coming earlier every year!

J/K, I was thinking about it myself lately. I won't be able to stay awake all night, but I'll definitely participate for as long as I am awake.

I like the photo ideas, it would be neat to see the sun setting, and then rising again, from places across the country and world.
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« Reply #11: November 10, 2010, 11:37:09 am »

I like the photo ideas, it would be neat to see the sun setting, and then rising again, from places across the country and world.

How about a photo of the solstice sun setting on the Eiffel Tower? It's gonna be AWESOME. ^_^
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« Reply #12: November 10, 2010, 11:46:56 am »

How about a photo of the solstice sun setting on the Eiffel Tower? It's gonna be AWESOME. ^_^

That would be amazing!!! Grin
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« Reply #13: November 10, 2010, 11:47:52 am »

Hey, everybody,

I think it may actually have become a tradition: the annual "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice" celebration here at the Cauldron! With Randall's blessing (thanks, Randall, for giving us a home), it's time to start planning ahead for this cyberfest's 2010 edition.

For those who don't know, a bunch of us try to stay awake all night to mark the winter solstice, the longest night of the year...and we use a special thread at the Cauldron to touch base with others all over the world doing the same thing. We share thoughts, recipes (most infamously Folksymama's chocolate microwave mug cake), encouragement,...just about whatever pops into our heads.

Via posts from Cauldronites scattered across the globe, we watch the spread of darkness as it marches across the Northern Hemisphere, or bask vicariously in the sun and warmth of members in the Southern Hemisphere marking their summer solstice. The celebration is, quite simply, whatever we make it.

So what do we want to make it this year? Last year we had a loose, optional theme of sharing recipes. Any ideas for a new "non-theme"?

And whose up for it this year? As last year, the solstice falls midweek, which will make it tough for some to make the all-night commitment (unless they plan to call in sick to work the next day, like me!)...but note that everyone is welcome, even those who don't plan to stay up all night. (Those of us in it for the long haul are eager for as many folks to distract us from our pillows as we can get!)

So mark the evening beginning at sunset on Tuesday, December 21, on your calendars. Here's further info on the astronomical event (from http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/winter-solstice.htm):



I'm in! Looking forward to it.  Smiley
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« Reply #14: November 10, 2010, 11:58:55 am »


 This sounds great, I am in as long as I am able to stay awake, lol.
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