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The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:47 am

With the onset of September comes autumnal cleaning and a fresh new chatroom thread.

I am not sure how to stick it to the top of the page (or how to unstick the now-archived one over there), so if a wiser mod (Pete) could do that, I'd appreciate it.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:01 pm

Chatroom hasn't been terribly active lately... let's change that! Hi everyone!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:27 am

Hi!!!
May start with 2 topics I would like to discuss with you? Is it possible here to chat about something not related to the forum?
If so, has anyone ever used Fiverr? Some friends introduced it to me and said is widespread in USA.

Thanks :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:53 pm

I haven't personally used Fiverr, are you looking to use it as a client or as a freelancer? I've used other similar sites before, and I imagine the pros and cons are about the same -- it's easy-ish/convenient to get work, but because some people are willing to work for very little, rates are driven down. Good if you're a client I guess, though then there's the issue of guaranteeing quality.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:39 pm

Well...I would like to offer services and to start exploring online opportunities...I am quite unfamiliar indeed. I know there is the need of having skills in order to emerge from the crowd (good logos, good design and so on)...so I was asking myself whather it is better or not to be affiliate with an expert in the field
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:27 pm

What services are you hoping to provide?
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:40 am

Well since I'm actually doing a PhD in Economics Networks and Business Analytics I would like to provide both technical and non technical translations from italian to english and an help (I have to design it yet) on STATA, R code and Excel. Then one of my friends is going also to provide presentations in latex and ppt...that's the hope but since we are trying to attract small/medium sized firms already online or willing to enter on the online, we are quite worried about the design and the "looking professional" part of it :sss
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:18 am

I've pinned this post so it remains at the top of the page.

Earnest , it's absolutely ok to post here about things not related to the forum, that's half the point of having the chatroom.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:30 am

Many thanks peter!
Well I also would like to say sorry to invisiblemimsy and everyone else in the forum for my infinite posts. The fact is that I am able to check the happenings in the forum generally once or twice in the day so that I concentrate all my thoughts and questions. I am done like that so please tell me if I'm exagerating during the solve :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:02 pm

Don't apologize; it's great that you're helping keep the forum active! (Unfortunately I can't help with your question about Fiverr, as I've never used it.)

I've finally got a photo of a road sign that was the solution to one of my puzzles a few months ago:
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:40 am

You asked two good questions on the last archive of the Chatroom, Earnest.

When you proposed the idea of a TEDx talk on Lateral Thinking, did you mean about the phenomenon of the Lateral Puzzle, the techniques to approach a problem laterally (testing assumptions, asking correct broad questions, being creative and ensuring the solution is logical), or how to apply lateral thinking in a business context?

Paul (our admin) has delivered several talks on the subject. There are a few floating about on the internet, but here are some interesting ones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKFjbR59-bg (On the puzzle phenomenon)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCb_zkKXWU (On how to apply lateral thinking to business)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:22 am

Wow I did not know it! Anyway as a student I was thinking about lateral thinking in decision making. The aim could be both educational (for children...starting from examples of puzzles also from the forum, we could lead step by step children/teen to lateral puzzles in every day decisions...the concept is "lateral thinking is cool and you can be cool by thinking laterally") or about management and business, above all online business...indeed I have not thought about it, anyway it could be focused aroung the main concept that in a world in which anyone could possibly sell online and pay a designer to impress buyer, the difference is made by people able to think out of the boxes...
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:28 pm

OH HI EVERYONE :D

Is it still tradition to announce one's birthday in the chatroom? Is it still tradition to know that it probably still is, but to ask anyway if it is still tradition to announce one's birthday in the chatroom?

Either way... it's my birthday!!!!! Wooooo!! :lol:
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:57 pm

Happy birthday, Jumpingjacks, and many happy returns.

I see it's a milestone, too - welcome to the Thirtysomething club. It's not a bad place to be.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:51 am

Happy birthday!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:48 am

Ah yes I remember the 30s club. I'm no longer a member :(

Happy birthday JumpingJacks
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:10 pm

Happy birthday Jackie! (And thanks for sparking chatroom activity again - a present to the forum!)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:16 pm

Guys I think I have proposed previously. But what about organising a skype lateral session (which I'm absolutely not an expert...I just heard about it)? :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby jumpingjacks » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:43 pm

Thanks guys! Hopefully another year of accumulated wisdom will augment my puzzle-solving abilities! Haha :D
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby trebor » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:29 am

A happy belated birthday, jumpingjacks, and welcome to the club.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby trebor » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:32 am

Earnest, I may be interested in that. I’m in Canada for another week before I jet off to Scotland for a fortnight to visit my partner. I have no idea what jet lag will do to me if we’re looking at sometime before the end of October.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:04 am

Ok...let's organize it :). As I said I have absolutely no idea on how it works...is there someone who has experienced it before?
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:13 pm

I ran a puzzle a couple of months ago about a wet-behind-the-ears bartender inadvertently offending her clients with Klan references...

Well, it appears Katie McGettrick has moved to New Zealand and is now working for an advertising agency:

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Kiwi Klassic K-Bars.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:01 am

Advertisers never seem to watch their acronyms...
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:49 am

"One of my better solves" he said without a trace of modesty.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:47 am

Hi everyone , I'm getting increasingly concerned at the lack of new members joining the forum.

As a moderator I get emails asking me to approve first time posts of new members. Unfortunately in the past these have contained a lot of very obvious spammers. In the last few months these emails have stopped completely and I'm concerned that some anti spam upgrade has blocked all new users irrespective of whether they're genuine or not.

Can anyone remember the last newbie to post on here?

I might drop Paul Sloane a line to ask if there's been some change recently that might be affecting people's ability to join but before I do can I ask if any of my fellow mods are still getting the new user emails?
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:20 pm

I've never gotten any of the "new user" emails.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:34 pm

Wait wait wait...is Paul Sloane actually in the forum? O.O...what an honor!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:41 pm

Yep - Paul is "Admin."
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:43 pm

But...does he actually participate actively to the forum? I mean has he got a nickname that can be told in the chatroom?

I just realize I am doing questions as if I am trying to solve a puzzle xD...sorry
...just I am honored and thankful to be in this wo derful forum!!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby trebor » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:41 am

I haven’t seen him post in the chatroom since before I actually became a member, but he hosts puzzles under the name Admin once in a while.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Earnest » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:44 am

Oh I see...
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby JenBurdoo » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:37 pm

I haven't had a New User email in ages either, Peter.

Hi folks. Sorry I've not been in here and puzzling. Got a few new ones to keep me posting for a bit.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:38 pm

Our venerable master Paul Sloan (Admin) doesn't post as many puzzles as he used to (like myself) although he did run one in July of this year. I've had the pleasure of meeting Paul twice and I recall him telling me that he used to use this forum to test drive puzzles that he was planning on putting in his next Lateral Puzzle book.

Like Jenburdoo I too can only apologise for my lack of acitvity at the moment. I know the forum is quiet and I'd like to help but my muse is on another call at the moment.

On a separate note, In just a few short weeks we'll be kick-starting our annual 'Puzzle of the Year' poll. I'm hoping that either Balin or WiZ are beavering away at getting things ready.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:04 pm

I've got a "short list" of nominees that's not all that short, so yes indeed.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:11 pm

I'm happy to start the thread, do the tabulations and polite coughing etc, unless someone else fancies a turn.

Not sure I'll have time to collate the puzzles in a word doc this year, though - my new job is making some quite serious inroads into my leisure time, as you may have noticed by my general level of activity in the second half of the year.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:12 am

Wiz , the word doc is what annoying projecty types would call a 'nice to have'. The puzzles are all there in the solved section and are easily read so don't feel under pressure to produce the document this year.

Like Balin I've started a list of my favs and it's nice to see that while the quantity may be down there's stil some serious quality there.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Doriana » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:07 pm

Oh so I guess I'm one of those annoying projecty types, I call basically 50 % of things "nice to have" :D

I have three new puzzles that I'm dying to post (not literally though), so please ask some questions on my current puzzles!
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