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For the London crowd, may I suggest drinkies at a location with wifi and something solid enough to kensington lock a laptop to?

For our friends from across the ditch and down under I suspect the geographical distribution might hinder similar efforts elsewhere , but one can try.

May I suggest we award a prize for 'top gun' to @gbn in the form of a return ticket to London and a substantial bar tab ...

EDIT: So far we have a plan B that involves using Jack's phone, which has a mobile wifi hotspot feature. Won't have the bandwidth for a video conference but we could have an event on the heap for it.

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    Is there anything like a Budapest crowd here? It would be nice to adapt this highly original and brilliant idea. – dezso Aug 13 '12 at 12:39
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    I don't know. By coincidence, myself, JackDouglas and @MarkStoreySmith live fairly close to each other. With wifi and skype one could possibly do a distributed drinking session. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 13 '12 at 12:42
  • Sounds like a good use of a broadcast hangout to me. :D – Aarthi Aug 13 '12 at 16:29
  • @Aarthi - want to join us? – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 13 '12 at 16:43
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    In London? Of course. :P – Aarthi Aug 13 '12 at 16:58
  • @Aarthi - via a broadcast hangout ;) – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 13 '12 at 18:12
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    @ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells - Ping me with details if this happens. I'd like to join. – Nick Chammas Aug 18 '12 at 4:45
  • @NickChammas - at least you'll have decent wifi in Korea :) – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 18 '12 at 8:24
  • @Nick Korea?!? Searches for "Korea" in The Heap - ahhh, that's what you are up to. Having fun I hope? – Jack Douglas Aug 18 '12 at 11:28
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    @JackDouglas - He'll be really good at starcraft when he gets back. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 18 '12 at 13:30
  • @JackDouglas - So far so good. I've been blessed with good co-coworkers and welcoming locals. CoTW, so you've heard. :) Man, they have "e-sports" channels here, some of which just show StarCraft matches with Korean commentary all day. – Nick Chammas Aug 19 '12 at 5:30
  • What about those of us who don't drink? Or don't get online that often? :( – Chris Aldrich Aug 20 '12 at 13:10
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    @ChrisAldrich - drinking isn't strictly necessary. Not sure how one can do a distributed meetup without going online though :) – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Aug 20 '12 at 13:13
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    @ChrisAldrich I be watching COTW drink rather than doing any myself - much more fun ;-) – Jack Douglas Aug 22 '12 at 13:54
  • @JackDouglas - lol :) – Chris Aldrich Aug 22 '12 at 16:20

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