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Political Updates: Isocracy AGM and Wentworth

Main feature of the weekend was the Isocracy Annual General Meeting at the Kathleen Syme Centre with Professor Clinton Fernandes from UNSW speaking on Australia's foreign relations with East Timor and especially the Australia-East Timor spying scandal (the meeting also had a second NSW visitor, John August, a key figure in the Pirate Party of Australia). Clinton was erudite and incredibly sharp as usual and I believe left a good number of those present thoroughly impressed with his knowledge and perception of the supposedly arcane worlds of foreign affairs and spying. From the former the main takeaway message is that democratic governments are much less powerful than private corporations, and as a result to the latter the need to encourage public representatives to protect individuals such as "Witness K" who have pointed out that a conservative government (with corporate bidding) has engaged in activities contrary to international law. The meeting also raised a few hundred dollars for our Syrian correspondent, Om Amran, to help them through the winter months. Prior to the meeting had lunch with Holly C., and Luke M., which is always a pleasure, and afterward we continued discussion a local Syrian cafe.

Whilst the meeting was going on, interstate with the Wentworth by-election, which seems to have been one by independent Kerryn Phelps. I have just written a lengthy (700 word) blog post on the subject, pointing out that the gaffe-prone conservative government of Australia is managing to be annoying everybody they come into contact and were particularly on the nose in Wentworth which is a wealthy, small-l liberal electorate - and one which the party (in its various guises) has won since Federation. The fact that the Liberal Party has lost this is not to be underestimated (it sufficiently impressive that someone has even pulled out an old meme and produced Downfall variant. As a great moment of synchronicity, the Liberal candidate, Dave Sharma, was a legal adviser to former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer - whilst Australia was conducting the illegal spying operation on Timor-Leste. One can but hope and work towards the possibility that October 20 marks the day of the beginning of the end of Australian conservatives, and likewise the beginning of the end of persecution of those who have pointed out the country's illegal activities against a developing neighbour.

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eResearchAU, Academia, Gaming Updates

I've spent the entire week at eResearchAustralasia at the Pullman Hotel, and after five days of lectures and workshops my brain is a combination of full, fried, and tired. Actually, this year's conference was pretty good, with a good balance between technology and collaboration. Attended the pre-conference workshops; one the first day there was collaboration between AU and the EU, which made me realise that the people of the continent are preparing for a hard Brexit and want us onside, which suits me fine. The second day was more of a sysadmins and HPC day which was almost like an AA-meeting of how we all have the same stories of dealing with users, data etc. From the main conference program balanced my attendance between technical tools, eresearch engagement in training. My own presentation, on the use of GPUs for marine population samples went well. Was a little surprised and disappointed at the end of the day by one eResearch provider's CEO claiming that they had to keep their training material private for their business model. They apparently haven't thought hard enough about this.

Whilst on the topic of thinking hard about a subject I have been accepted into the London School of Economics for a Graduate Diploma of Economics, because clearly having four degrees is not enough. I'll be doing this concurrently with a Masters of Higher Education at the University of Otago (I enrolled in the wrong course three years ago and it's taken me that long to get things together to give it another shot). On top of that, I'll consider an offer from another British University of a Masters in Science, specifically on Information System which sadly will require two weeks on-campus in Switzerland (or Manchester). Obviously, it is not too crazy to do three postgraduate degrees simultaneously, especially when I have this overriding meta-narrative consideration of the relationship between higher education, information technology, and political economy. I think in the long run I will be satisfied with ten degrees, although I know that sometime within the next five years or so I'll be due for a change in intellectual orientation towards more aesthetic issues that combines my pre-existing studies in legal and moral regulations, followed by organisational and factual inquiry. Maybe when I'm in my seventies I'll do a Divinity and History double-major and upload my brain just in case I've forgotten to write anything down.

In the vast quantities of spare time I've had this week I've worked primarily on RuneQuest Glorantha DownUnder and the RuneQuest system review article for RPG Review, which now has hit a remarkable nine-thousand words. At this rate I could do an honours thesis on RuneQuest! Further I've translated the Le Monde article on Greg Stafford for RPG Review and was pleasantly surprised to be told that my translation was "perfect". Perhaps my French, at least in written mode, isn't as bad as I think it is? I have been heavily helped in this forthcoming issue on a massive article from Zoe Brain on the Mucky Ducks (yeah, RuneQuest is "that duck game") along with an equally-sized piece from William Noble on Australian prehistorical animals for RuneQuest. In actual play this week our regular Megatraveller game was cancelled so, for the first time is twenty-five or so years, we cracked open the old MARS Illumanti set and cranked up this delightful game of conspiracy. It was a close affair with all players being one turn away from their victory conditions, but with my Discordians making it to the cut first by managing to control a sufficient number of groups, although it was a close call when the Servants of Cthulhu running the UFOs failed to destroy the convenience stores via the Semiconscious Liberation Army. Crazy situations, well-balanced, easy-to-play. No wonder we used to love it so much.

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In Memory of Greg Stafford

Many of my RPG gamer friends have been in a degree of shock over the past few days with the news that Greg Stafford had died unexpectedly. Of course, this is (despite the popular culture acknowledgement of Dungeons & Dragons a bit of a niche hobby), and Greg's passing wasn't exactly spread around the world by the mainstream media, with the single very notable exception of Le Monde. Let me elaborate on just two reasons why this, however, should be more widely recognised.

Firstly, the fantasy world of Glorantha. There are many modern imagined worlds out there and a few which have gained popular culture recognition. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, C.S. Lewis' Narnia, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Moorcock's Young Kingdoms each of these showed some genius as these authors all show considerable skill. But Glorantha is truly something special because Greg Stafford was a mythologist and a practicing shaman. As a result, at the very heart of Glorantha is mythical thinking which arguably makes it the greatest fantasy world ever created. Even more so, because Glorantha is so big, it is a world whose story has been created by many as a shared imaginary universe, which continues to evolve to this day. The fact that this was then built into an RPG (RuneQuest) that incorporated playable realism and a simulation of the mythological thinking by Steve Perrin and friends is worthy of note, but then also with the HeroQuest RPG which Greg co-authored as the first major "narrativist" RPG, where player buy-in to story creation had priority.

Secondly, the Pendragon RPG and in particular the supplement The Great Pendragon Campaign. Greg Stafford had a superb knowledge of the various sources of the Arthurian legend, and the Pendragon RPG represents the first game where character personality traits become an integral part of the physical mechanics of the game and a moral outlook of the world. That in itself is a very worthy contribution to game design. But more importantly, at least in my mind, is what Greg Stafford did to the story of Arthur. It has been well-recognised for hundreds of years that the volumes of stories that make up the Arthurian legends are both syncretic and anachronistic. Stafford took all of these works and constructed the most comprehensive single narrative that has ever been written of Arthurian legend and worked the technological and social anachronisms to fit into the moral rise of the Arthurian court, its decline, and fall. The result is that The Great Pendragon Campaign will be recognised by future scholars as the most important book ever written on Arthurian legend.

As many will know a couple of months ago I started publicising a RuneQuest Glorantha Down Under Con III, after some twenty years since the last one was held. I have been pondering in my head what do in Greg's memory (I was fortunate enough almost ten years ago to interview him in RPG Review, and ten years prior to that I believe he was also at the last RuneQuest Glorantha Con at the University of Melbourne). Over the weekend I did little else than work on RuneQuest Glorantha material. But I have come to a decision; through the RPG Review Cooperative, I am going to set up a Trust Fund for future RuneQuest Glorantha Conventions in Australia and New Zealand, because I believe that's what he would have wanted. To help provide the initial finances for such a fund I am donating my copy of White Bear and Red Moon for auction, Greg Stafford's first published game from 1975, set in Glorantha. Only eight hundred of these were ever produced, and they were hand stapled. In a sense, this is almost a priceless piece of art that I am surrendering - but if it can be used to promote future gatherings which will be in recognition of Glorantha, then this indeed is the worthy sacrifice to Greg Stafford's memory.

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eResearch and Course, Gaming Updates

The eResearchAustralasia Conference is next week, and I'm presenting on the University's collaboration with Nyriad in New Zealand. It's all rather old news in some regards, but there's follow-on activities. Fortunately, my paper was pretty well already written and it was more of a case of getting information out rather than putting information in. I am also taking the opportunity at eResearch to promote the International HPC Certification programme and have arranged for a online meeting of Australian practitioners. Finally in even more work-related activities ran an Introduction to Linux and HPC course on Thursday to a pretty switched on group; handed out some nanoseconds and was helped by Martin P., who has provided a second set of eyes in picking out various spelling and formatting errors in my material.

Last night was our regular Journey to the Far West Exalted game, where I had the opportunity to introduce the historic personage of Ma Yin along with a fantasy version of the famous four-goat zun. I gave each of the goats a personality (grumpy goat, wise goat, hungry goat, horny goat), and put in in the court as a food-serving goat, a mobile sapient table, a little like Rincewind's luggage from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. In other gaming activities, I've been plodding along with a couple of RPG articles and trying to extract monies out of people who are planning to attend RuneQuest Glorantha Con Down Under. Will make various preparations in place for this Sunday's upcoming session of Eclipse Phase; the Sentinels have been on the post-Fall wasteland of Earth for several sessions now.

I am feeling particularly run down at the moment, and almost certainly due to the several major activities that I have on at the moment, which leads, as a result, to late nights - not helped by Mac The Cat who has a touch of wanting to stay out to all hours with the warmer weather. I am hoping at next week's eResearch conference there will the opportunity to revitalise myself through social interaction (as extraverts are want to do) and hopefully at least bring to a closer conclusion some of the projects I have on the boil at the moment. Because at the moment, I'm exhausted - and I know that is when I am most likely to make errors of judgment.

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Convention, Reviews, RuneQuest

On Saturday made a trip up to PopCon in Ballarat. I think we spent as almost much time in the car as we did in Ballarat itself, and the person we intended to give a surprise visit Dr. Nic Moll of Owlman Press wasn't there due to a family emergency, although the artist of his work, Adam Gillespie, was there. We had a bit of chat and meandered around the fairly well-organised, if small, con. Ballarat has a population of around one hundred thousand compared to Melbourne's estimated five million, so one should not be too shocked to discover the disparity between event sizes. As we made our way back home received a 'phone call from Brendan E., whom we were planning to have dinner with. The ranting old man had tried to jump a fence and in the process broke his wrist - so the visit was delayed the following day where we went around to offer both sympathy and a ribbing; we also watched an episode of Utopia (UK, 2013), which remains deliciously intense.

Over the past few days I've written a couple of reviews and an article. I have my continuing saga with the dodgy laptop people now expressed as open prose in the 'blog entry Not The Best Customer Service (laptiop.com.au), which now acts as a review of said company. In the Rocknerd side of things, and coming in about two months late, I have gotten around to writing my review of Blue Man Group in Berlin. Presumably my review of The The will not take nearly as long. Finally, as an article I have composed the relationship between Justice, Emotions, and Reason, arguing that it is rational to advocate for justice and against discrimination and unfairness. The emotions that it brings forth are from deeply-considered convictions rather than deeply-ingrained prejudices.

In all the extra spare time that I have, I've been mostly working on RuneQuest related matters. Having completed a system review of 1st edition RQ, I've turned my attention to 2nd edition which is a lot more time-consuming as I'm looking for differences (there isn't many). Further, I'm working on a new edition of Questlines which will double as RPG Review Issue 40, the 10th anniversary issue. Caution is necessary as I'm picking up more than a couple of references in articles about the sapient ducks which inhabit the default gameworld. Too many ducks could spoil the broth (hmmm, maybe Glorantha needs a small state called Freedonia). Just as well these hobbit-substitutes did not intervene in the actual game on Sunday, that involved Broo (and puns were abound). Still, I am sure it's only a matter of time.

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Isocracy, RQ Con, Rick Matters, The The

Have made several preparations for the Isocracy Annual General Meeting (FB link) with Professor Clinton Fernandes on Timor-Leste issues, along with the relase of the monthly newsletter, released the same day I have a few words to say about Invasion Day and Captain Cook. I've also put my hand up to be a correspondent for LabourStart, which will mean a bit of digging around on various matters of industrial action in this country. For what it's worth, a new enterprise agreement is being voted on at work which is a result of the "mostly successful" action of the NTEU. It is still perplexing how some people express disdain for unions, let alone never join, but are quite willing to take the wages and benefits that union members campaign for and deliver. I guess they think that negotiations for wages and conditions is between equals or something.

With a month to go before the end of ticket sales, RuneQuest Glorantha Con III is moving along reasonably well. Mark Morrison has stepped up to announce he'll run a session of 13th Age Glorantha which is very nice of him. Today I officially launched the auction submission and auction bidding pages which includes some of old favourites from my personal collection. In actual play having an off-week as our regular GM is away on holidays, however still planning on our regular RuneQuest game on Sunday. In addition it looks like I'll be going to PopCon in Ballarat tomorrow, a one-day popular culture event, which will provide an ideal opportunity to promote RQ Con.

Yesterday a good portion of the day was spent cleaning out Rick's apartment. It was truly impressive how much he managed to squeeze into that tiny one-bedroom apartment, although a good portion of it was folders stuffed full of print out of journal articles and the like scanning a dizzying array of subjects. Denny of Red Rabbit Rubbish Removal was hired to help out with the job and he brought along a couple of francophone youngsters to help out. In three hours they'd emptied the place with the exception of a small amount of books and various personal effects that I saved. It's a rather amazing and sobering experience to see ninety percent of a person's life go into the back of a truck, yet as Denny pointed out (a) I'll see a lot more of this as I get older and (b) somebody will have to do it to me one day.

That evening managed to drag my somewhat weary carcass off to see The The who are on the final leg of their "comback tour". I have mixed feelings about this band (well Matt Johnson and friends). When I like them, I really like them, and they have a string of great hits all of which are quite worthy. However a lot of their other material comes across quite flat to me, as aural filler. It was an enthusiastic concert for the fans who haven't seen them play for decades, although they came out a little rough on the edges despite obvious competencies. Over the course of the concert caught up with a few people I know, including neighbour Adam, The Dwarf, Gwaine Mc., and at least caught sight of Glenn K., and Robbie C., who I was supposed to see before the show started. Naturally enough will give a more complete review on Rocknerd and, as a reminder to self, must do my increasingly out-of-date review of Blue Man Group.

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Isocracy AGM, RuneQuest Con and Other Games, Home Rearrangements

It appears that I have moved into end-of-year meeting mode. Just yesterday arranged for professor Clinton Fernandes, to the guest speaker at the Isocracy Network Annual General Meeting, slated for October 20 at the Kensington Town Hall (probably clashes with a LUV meeting, but timetables are tight). Clinton will be speaking on Australian foreign policy with a focus on East Timor and Witness K (not to be confused with Agent K from the film Men In Black, although correlations could be noted). For my own part I have just completed some 1700 words on an article Isocracy Profiles: Martin Luther King Jnr, which the second in this sporadic series (following Albert Einstein.

RuneQuest Gloranthan Con has had a couple of updates recently mainly behind the scenes. After a bit of poking around for my own alternative I discovered the joy of Drupal Webform and Webform Report, which has allowed me to put together a couple of pages for the auction. I can't believe that I'm selling my first print of White Bear and Red Moon form 1975, the game which launched Chaosium. Further, it will make an ideal template for the RPG Review store which has been offline since Quicksales closed its operations. I'm planning to have that at least partially in place by the end of October, as per the RPG Review Newsletter which I released yesterday.

In other gaming news went to see ser_pounce and hathhalla for our irregular day of cheeesequest and Mice & Mystics. After a year or so of play we actually finished the basic scenario, Sorrow and Remembrance, and did so with relative ease courtesy of a succession of very beneficial die rolls and the availability of some handy magics. The night previous ran a game of Exalted Journey to the Far West where the travelling band discovered that a local village had been taken over by shapeshifting demons of seduction and gluttony. Credit to [profile] funduntheupfield for recognising a key theme from the original Journey to the West. Tomorrow will be Eclipse Phase where the Sentinels have found themselves trapped in a medical facility on Earth with various robots banging on the door that want to cut their stacks out.

Courtesy of a neighbour relieving themselves of a particularly large bookcase I've spent a few hours re-arranging a good deal of the furninsings around the house in an effort to save space. Somehow, despite the fact there is an additional item in play, I've actually managed to create more space and better space, with our sizeable liquour cabinet now in the lounge room along with a display cabinet holding the fish tank and turtle tank and various indoor pot plants. The bookcase itself will be gobbling up a stack of "do not sell" RPG books which will allow some of those which are currently in boxes to join a real shelving unit. I suppose it's spring (of sorts) so the idea of a spring clean does come to mind, but it also reminds me that my love of RPGs has resulted in a collection larger than most specialist game stores.

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GPU Course, Proportional Representation, Concert, Gaming

Have spent the better part of the past two days at work (along with some additional hours) working on an Introduction to GPU Programming course that I am delivering tomorrow. It is the first of such courses, so I suspect it will be a bit rougher than usual, plus it compresses a lot of material in a single day, covering architecture, OpenACC, and CUDA programming. I might squeeze in an OpenCL example if all goes well by the end of the night. Although GPUs have a limited range of application (essentially SIMD tasks, or at least for that component), their capability is really the last thing driving performance in the world computing space these. I guess next month I'll arrange for a transition course from the University to NCI, after all, that is supposed to the national peak facility. In other work-related matters discovered today that we have the AFL Grand Final day as a holiday at the University, which stands out as an oddity in not having state-holidays. If I recall correctly I actually turned up last year.

Last night attended the 73rd annual general meeting of the Proportional Representation Society of Australia (Vic-Tas), which didn't exactly have an enormous turnout but it was a pleasure to catch up with some familiar faces, including Lyle Allan. The President, Dr Stephen Morey provided a four-point action outline which I think really needs some tightening up. The advocacy of below-the-line voting I think is something really reserved for political wonks, and sat a little oddly with guest speaker, Dr Narelle Miragliotta who spoke on convenience voting and especially how voters love it, and political organisations are lukewarm. Curiously voters seem indifferent to security concerns of electronic voting, which is a bit of a worry. Interestingly, the PR society doesn't cover my main interest which is the formation of all-inclusive proportional governments, such as the Swiss model.

The night previous caseopaya and I went to the local talent concert series at the University of Melbourne where the grand finale of the night was a rather good presentation of Saint-Saëns, Piano Trio No 1 in F major, Op 18. Afterwards had a meal at a local Lygon Street restaurant established by a Syrian refugee family. With all my various travels and teaching I haven't been as often as I would like to University House and I certainly haven't found an excuse to organise a dinner or any sorts at one of their special dining rooms (although they don't come cheaply).

In my masses of spare time, I have managed to squeeze in some gaming over the past few days. Last Sunday was our regular RuneQuest session which went well with a series of lucky dice rolls as we continue our efforts to bring order to the chaotic ruins that we inhabit. Following from a discussion on the RuneQuest Rules mailing list I have started an article (currently c1500 words) reviewing the various editions of the game from the design features of modularity and flexibility and making the argument that we're all actually playing RuneQuest 1st edition with elaborate house rules. Finally, astoundingly pleased to see that a new edition of Bunnies & Burrows is up Kickstarter. I have received the OK from co-author Dennis Sustare to write an Australian scenario and campaign pack for the new edition. That will be the next project after RQ Con DownUnder.

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Programming, RPG Developments, Product Issues

I've had several late nights in succession this week and it all came to a head today when I was running my Introduction to Parallel Programming course. By the time I got to the debugging section (right at the end of the day) my head was in a complete fog and I found myself making trivial mistakes. On a related topic had an video interview with the University of Otago concerning my enrolment in the Master of Higher Education degree; they seem very keen on having me and especially as I already have a GradCert in a related subject, have many years of teaching experience, and involved in the International HPC Certification programme. Unusually for someone who spends a good portion on their time in the operations and administration side of the equation, I cracked out some old-fashion HTML/Javascript work this week as well, building all sorts of complex options for a fork of bjmoran's jobscript_generator, before falling back to a simpler version.

Which reminds me, yet again, that I really should get around to doing the Javascript programs for ship and world generation for Megatraveller. We played a session on Thursday night which went well for our team once again as we convinced a charismatic religious leader to take the opportunity to take control of a collapsing church and a society which had lost its faith in church, because there will still be such things in the far, far future. I'm looking forward to seeing how GM handles the rebellion, as we've managed to avoid it so far, and especially Hard Times, which must one of the most depressing RPG scenarios ever put into print. In other RPG-related activity, ticket sales for RuneQuest Con DownUnder 3 have slowed down to a crawl, which makes me nervous again about reaching the required number. At the same time I've asked a few of the old guard to contribute to the special issue of RPG Review whilst composing a couple of pieces myself.

I've had a couple of disappointing product experiences this week; actually one has been running for over a month, namely a purchase from laptop.com.au, which turned out to have the wrong specificiations (and broke shortly afterwards) and now the owner is insisting on a replacement rather than a refund. I've summarised the experience and have initiated proceedings at Consumer Affairs Victoria, along with the bank for a chargeback. The retailer in question has had form for years. The other product issue has been Ingress, which I recently noticed broke my 800+ day streak whilst I was in Perth. This is impossible as I hacked every day, several times a day, with glyphs and received items. Niantic support have been reading from a script making remarks about poor network connectivity etc (I'm on Optus Mobile). What is especially annoying is their insistence is that their software is perfect; despite the fact I suspect that they do not log hacks. It might prove the kicker for me to finally retire from Ingress - or kickstart my idea of "Operation Declare Victory".

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A Very Busy Weekend

Weekend was a full collection of various social activities, starting with attending an exhibition by old friends RJ Cameron and Denham Carr, At The Hard Edge exhibition (FB). Afterwards followed the lead of local artist Cameron Potts (former Sir John Sulman Prize winner) to their studio space in the back of a warehouse in Northcote, where there was also the tail-end and stragglers of a local indie gig. Dave Graney was in attendance, so I thanked him for all the music, and told him he was just too hip (referring to his 1993 hit). For a guy that's pushing sixty it's pretty good to see him make the effort to go out to see undergound indie gigs. Afterwards we stumbled back to Cameron's place for more music and conversation, and I finally decided to head home before the morning sun made an appearance.

Following day included an (thankfully) afternoon trip to Lachlan's Memorial Birthday gathering at the Imperial Hotel, which shows all the signs of becoming a nice tradition, and then on to the annual general meeting of Linux Users of Victoria, where xanni_au stepped down after four years as president, and imajica_lj returned to take up the role after ten or so years since their last tour in the role; not many people come back for a second bite of this cherry. I also announced that this would be my last year on the LUV committee, having held various roles since 2006. It's been a long and fulfilling trip, but with other items coming on my agenda it is about time I gave my activities on LUV over to someone else. Afterwards headed off to Brendan E's place where he showed us a good fan edit of a terrible film; 2012. Cut to around a third of its original length one still gets the main elements of the special effects and plot without loss of continuity. We also watched a few episodes of the dramatic thriller Utopia (not the Papers and Paychecks styled Australian show of the same name), which certainly is a captivating conspiracy.

On Sunday picked up several crates of RPGs which Ben Finney (aka Big Nose of Debian fame) was selling; some real classics in that lot. By the early afternoon caught up with strangedave who was visiting Melbourne, and discussed various matters regarding RuneQuest Down Under which I am pleased to see is doing quite well in terms of registrations. Because strangedave is on of the world's experts in matters RuneQuest and Glorantha he will be a key speaker at the panels planned for the conference. Afterwards I ran a session of Eclipse Phase, which followed on from the previous episode where the Sentienls saved several lobotomised bikini girls with machine guns from the insane L.R. Hobart and made their way to a re-sleeving facility in Belém, Brazil. It hasn't gone well for them as they are now trapped in the hospital's resleeving theatre with dozens of extractors and a hostile supercomputer wanting to make short work of them. Let's see how they get out of this one. After that was the RPG Review Cooperative committee meeting where we discussed various matters relating to the Con, but most importantly thrashed out our first draft of a Code of Conduct. As has been pointed out before, if you don't have one of these earlier, you will regret it later.

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