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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #178: The Great Indoors

12.12.12

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

On the fourth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance; maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

The Great Indoors



OK, so there is a good chance that as you read these words, it is raining. Or if it's not raining now, you should
know that it is likely to be raining soon. Or in the event that you are reading this in the future, you should know that
it was, at one time, going to rain. But then you already knew that, because you are in THE FUTURE. How is the
THE FUTURE, by the way? Are you a robot? Do you have a jet pack? Are you a robotic jet pack?

But we digress. The point is that here and now, in Los Angeles on 12/12/12, it is going to rain. Probably. This is
what the weather models tell us, and we believe them to within whatever margins of error they have deemed
acceptable. We believe their calculations go something like this:

P(Rain | Wednesday, Bikes, Fun) = log(P(Fun | Rain)/P(Donuts | Bikes)) Rain%.

If you are a robotic jet pack from THE FUTURE, then you are completely comfortable with these calculations. If,
however, you are reading this in the here-and-now, in Los Angeles on 12/12/12, you might not be particularly
excited about going outside in the rain regardless of what the models say. But the relevant question to ask
yourself here is: are you really all that excited about staying home? On a Wednesday night? What if you could
get all the social benefits of a group bike ride and still enjoy the comfort of staying indoors?

Well you can! Because tonight, we will meet at the donut shop as usual, and then at 9PM, we will proceed to an
indoor venue for crafting and/or games of some sort. Some materials will be provided, but if you have crafts of
your own to bring, then by all means, bring them!

P(Fun)=100%

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