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Jams for people who know they like Contact Improv

The framing of any Contact Improv jam influences what happens at the jam.

At the DC Sunday jam we share a monthly Underscore because it can help newcomers find their way into the practice while also providing experienced jammers with opportunities for rich exploration.

I've been involved in another kind of jam, one which is specifically framed with less guidance. That self-selects for people who know they like the practice. Such a group can together arrive in situations that might not otherwise be available in a group with more tentative participants.

I don't think this second kind of jam needs to be exclusive to work well, however. Instead, I feel that by clearly articulating some elusive criteria, people deciding whether or not to participate can know what is expected and whether or not that fits for them. Here is my first draft of an attempt at such a framing. Suggestions are welcome!
Jam for people who know they like CI This is a jam for people who can handle their own war…
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Preventing Google Calendar spam, and intricacy of requirements analysis

In Google Calendar's (current) default configuration there's an opening for unlimited spamming, with an opportunity for dangerous phishing links. There's a Google Calendar setting that closes that opening, but in a way that also closes some information flow in legitimate collaboration with known colleagues. The details are a good example of the intricacy and difficulty in adequate requirements analysis.

The problem is in what happens when someone creates a calendar event that include you as a guest.

The person including you can elect to send out notifications to the event guests via email.Your calendar has a setting which regulates when a calendar entry is automatically created for events of which you are a guest: "Automatically add invitations" (in General > Event settings)Here are the options:Yes <- default="" li="" the=""> Yes, but don't send event notifications unless I have responded "Yes" or "Maybe&qu…

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3

A few weeks ago I went with friends to the Finger Lakes area in upstate New York to camp and bike. It was an important opportunity and exploration for me, and wanting to write about the experience tipped me into starting a blog for these posts and others.

I'm including a table of contents of the trip postings towards the top of each one:
Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview + preliminary travel, June 2, 3  ⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up I love to travel by bike and to camp, and did some substantial outings summers during high school and college. During and after college I also redeveloped digestive problems that I had as an infant, an…

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4

This is posting #2 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings: Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4   ⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up This was my first day of substantial bike riding. It also turned out to be a significant test of my endurance.
Around 50 miles total: Shared Tuesday biking map. The map is embedded at the bottom of the page. The destination was Clark Gully, "Birthplace to the World". Steve informed us that the Seneca know it as the place where the The People …

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no biking

This is posting #3 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings: Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no biking  ⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up I took a recuperation day off from biking on Wednesday. I also needed to stop in town (to get a toilet plunger for the single bathroom in the lake house where we were staying), and also got a bag each of dried apricots and and dried dates, to try as part of the "fueling" experiment.

To return to Watkins Glen State Park (where we set up my ten…

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6

This is posting #4 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings: Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6    <- are="" here="" i="" you="">⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up This was my favorite biking day.
Again around 50 miles total: Shared Thursday biking map. Again, you can see the map inline at the bottom of this post. The night before was Ash, Ingrid, and my first night actually camping at Watkins Glen. The campsites are nice! Even the secti…

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no biking

This is posting #5 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings: Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no biking  ⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up Another day of no-biking for me, as we relocated to another campgrounds and I did some shopping to fill in some equipment gaps and get some meat for dinner. Ash launched Ingrid to avoid an icky part of the route to the next campground, Cayuga Lake State Park.

(I enjoyed taking down and subsequently putting back up my Big Agnes Jack Rabbit 2 tent. There…

Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8

This is posting #6 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings:
Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Overview and preliminary travel, Sunday, Monday June 2, 3Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Tuesday, June 4Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Wednesday, June 5 - small incident, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Thursday, June 6Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Friday, June 7 - campsite transition, no bikingFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8    <- are="" here="" i="" you="">⇐ You are hereFinger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Trip Wrap-Up Another 50 mile bike ride: Shared Saturday biking (and driving) map. See the inline map at the bottom of this post. This time from Ithaca, where Ash brought us so we could all watch Germany's World Cup soccer team play against China, and then ride out along some bike trails…