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[personal profile] nou

Just a quick reminder that the June challenge starts soon.

Anyone got any plans firmed up yet? I’ve organised a date to do my regular bus challenge (i.e. I.c) with [personal profile] bob, and I'm planning to do the next stage in my bit-by-bit West Croydon to London Bridge walk (amended version of II.a) too.

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[personal profile] nou

It’s nearly time for our June challenge! Are you as excited as I am?

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(b), III.(c), III.(d), III.(e).

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2017 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge. The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

(Swag is currently stickers, badges, and postcards. I would be very grateful to anyone who can volunteer to organise a different type. You don’t have to be able to afford to pay for it — I have that covered — just able to decide what it should be and then make it happen.)

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[personal profile] nou

It's nearly June challenge time again! Who's joining in this year?

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(b), III.(c), III.(d).

Note there are a couple of changes from previous years. In theme I (buses), I've removed the constraint that you have to start at a bus stop near your home or workplace. You can always choose to obey this constraint anyway if you want to. In theme III (doing something different), I've added a new option, III. (e), designed by [personal profile] secretlondon.

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2016 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge (we have stickers, badges, and postcards). The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

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[personal profile] nou

It's nearly June challenge time again! Who's joining in this year? Edit: It's June! Full steam ahead on the challenges!

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(b), III.(c), III.(d).

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2015 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge (we have stickers, badges, and postcards). The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

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[personal profile] nou

Thank you all for posting reports of June challenges! I am a bit overwhelmed with things to do at the moment so haven't even been able to post my own challenge report, let alone write up a roundup of everyone else's.

Is anyone able to volunteer to write this year's roundup? You can see previous roundups under the June challenge roundup tag. The wonderful [personal profile] spiralsheep will be writing this year's roundup in a couple of weeks' time — so get your reports and/or comments in before then! It's fine to just leave a brief comment noting which challenge you did — it doesn't have to be a full report.

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[personal profile] nou

It's nearly June! Let's do the June challenge again.

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(b), III.(c), III.(d).

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2014 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge. The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

Who's in?

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[personal profile] nou

Hello, [community profile] flaneurs! Just a small administrative note that I've changed my regular Dreamwidth account from [personal profile] kake to [personal profile] nou, and have made the corresponding change in the administratorship of this community. [personal profile] tree remains my co-moderator.

Also, I will be posting about the June Challenge soon, since somehow it is May already.

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[personal profile] spiralsheep
You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, edited by Katherine Harmon. This book contains many reproductions of idiosyncratic maps, although the details in some are frustratingly small. It also includes seven texts, mostly essays, on the theme of personal geographies. Recommended.

Extract from the essay "I, Mercator" by Stephen S. Hall:

That was my first taste of orienteering – crashing through a landscape without paths, provisioned only with vague bearings and a distant destination. "Orienteering" is such an odd but impressive word that it has always stuck with me, and in fact moves me to propose a related concept to describe a process somewhat like orienteering but more personal, more historical, more associative, more metaphorical, perhaps more spiritual: "orientating," or crashing through the larger landscapes of memory and experience and knowledge, trying to get a fix on where we are in a multitude of landscapes that together compose the grander scheme of things. Orientating begins with geography, but it reflects a need of the conscious, self-aware organism for a kind of transcendent orientation that asks not just where am I, but where do I fit into this landscape? Where have I been? Where shall I go, and what values shall I pack for the trip? What culture of knowledge allows me to know what I know, which is often another way of knowing where I am? And what pattern, what grid of wisdom, can impose on my accumulated, idiosyncratic geographies? The coordinates marking this territory are unique to each individual and lend themselves to a very private kind of cartography.
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[personal profile] kake

Just a quick note that I will probably be doing the June Challenge roundup this Saturday (13 July), probably between around 2pm and 6pm UTC, so it would be helpful if you could get your reports in before then! As a reminder, any kind of report is fine — with or without pictures, individual post or a comment on the challenge announcement post. Thanks!

Update, 15 July: Apologies, I've been too busy flâneuring around London to do the roundup yet! I haven't forgotten, and will get to it as soon as I can.

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[personal profile] kake

Hello Flâneurs! We're just over halfway through the month and it's great to see all the challenge reports. There's just one thing... everything so far has been in the UK! So as an extra incentive, I will be offering a small extra surprise gift to the first person who posts a June 2013 challenge report from outside the UK.

I'll also note that in the three years of running the challenge, so far nobody has done subtheme I (b): "Get on the first bus that comes along (and that you're able to get onto). Stay on the bus until you reach the 10th stop or the end of the route, whichever comes first. Get off and navigate your way home by a method of your choice."

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[personal profile] spiralsheep
So, we're nearly halfway through the June challenge 2013 and whether you're in or out this year there must be walks you'd like to do but can't for various reasons. So what's your ideal fantasy version of a June challenge walk? Which walk? Where? When? Who with? Any other details you want to share?

I'd like to get at least 7 flaneurs (or 7 teams) together at a bus stop in central Birmingham* and all do bus challenge I. c with each flaneur/team choosing a different number from 3 upwards. Or a beer glass walk around GCHQ for circular lolz.

* Or any large conurbation with cheap one-day all-zone bus passes.
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[personal profile] kake

It's nearly June! Let's do the June challenge again.

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(c), III.(d).

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2013 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge. The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

Who's in?

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[personal profile] kake

Just a small reminder that we're doing the June challenge again this year.

Here are the themes: theme I, theme II, theme III. To complete the challenge, all you need to do is make an attempt during June 2012 to follow at least one set of instructions from each theme, and then report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As last year, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge.

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[personal profile] kake

Hello [community profile] flaneurs! It's June soon! Shall we do the June challenge again?

For simplicity's sake, I suggest we do the same themes as last year: theme I, theme II, theme III. Alternatively, if someone else would like to run this and make up three new themes, that's fine by me.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


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I'd like to participate in this in some way (whether by attempting the challenge or by cheering on those who do)
15 (93.8%)

I'm happy to use last year's themes again
7 (43.8%)

I'd prefer to use new themes
2 (12.5%)

I don't mind which themes we use
14 (87.5%)

I am volunteering to (a) write new themes for the challenge and (b) monitor comments to answer any questions about them
0 (0.0%)

I like ticking boxes
13 (81.2%)

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[personal profile] kake

Re my last post, [personal profile] tree has kindly stepped up and agreed to co-admin [community profile] flaneurs with me. Thank you, [personal profile] tree!

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[personal profile] kake

Hello lovely [community profile] flaneurs! I just wanted to apologise for having been a bit absent recently. Things have been piling up, and I'm struggling to keep on top of them. I haven't forgotten about you all, and I haven't forgotten that I have prizes to send out to people who completed the September/October challenge. It just might take me a little while to find the time to get organised and do it.

I hope you understand, and I hope you don't mind too much that things have been a little quiet around here. (There's no need to worry about me, BTW — the things that have piled on me are good and fun and exciting things, there are just too many of them.)

I have been wondering if it would be good to have a co-admin for the community. It doesn't involve much work. Someone from the southern hemisphere would be ideal, since I'm in the north and it's a bit dark and grey here this time of year. But if you're interested, do let me know, even if you're also currently experiencing winter...

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[personal profile] kake

Hello! Just a brief admin note that there will be another challenge happening soon — I've mentioned it to a couple of people already and they didn't tell me it was a ridiculous idea, so I'll be going ahead with it :)

Sorry I've been a little absent recently, but I've not had much spare time over the past month. Hopefully I'll be able to post up the challenge properly within the next couple of days.

In the meantime, anyone been on any good walks lately?

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[personal profile] kake

So that was June! Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge, and also to those who commented on the participants' reports!

Here's the list of who did what — please let me know of any errors or omissions.

So [personal profile] bob, [personal profile] cxcvi, and [personal profile] tim did three themes; [personal profile] kake and [personal profile] spiralsheep did two themes; and [personal profile] ewan and [personal profile] jodi did one theme. Congratulations all!

As for prizes... we have button badges, postcards, and stickers, all [community profile] flaneurs-themed. (Many thanks to [personal profile] ceb and [personal profile] nanila for helping me acquire these.) If you did one theme, you get one thing, if you did two themes, you get two things, and if you did all three themes, you get all three things. Please email me (kake@earth.li) with a postal address and your choice(s) of prizes, and I'll get them sent out ASAP.

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[personal profile] kake

Further to my previous post on constraints, I will definitely be running a June challenge here at [community profile] flaneurs.

The way I plan to run it is to post several sets of instructions grouped into three themes. To complete the June challenge, all you need to do is make an attempt at following at least one set of instructions from each theme.

Hopefully this will become clearer once you see the actual instructions and themes! For now, what I need is a volunteer to beta-read my sets of instructions, so I can make sure they're clear and understandable. If you'd be able to do this within the next couple of days, please email me at kake@earth.li Beta-reading sorted thanks to [personal profile] spiralsheep! Look out for the challenge instructions on Tuesday.

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[personal profile] kake

Hello again [community profile] flaneurs! I hope everyone's having a good weekend. I just wanted to mention a couple of admin-related things.

First of all, do any of you feel creative? We could do with an icon for the community, and maybe even some kind of banner for promoting it elsewhere. I'm also happy to change the layout if people have any suggestions.

Re tagging, in the spirit of serendipity I've enabled tag creation for all members, so feel free to tag your posts however you see fit (see our tag list if you want some inspiration). Note that this also allows you to add and delete tags on other people's posts — please be polite about this. (I may revisit this policy if it ends up too messy.)

Please feel free at any point to post about your adventures, present or past, in whatever format you like. As I said before, I have no grand plan for driving this community, so please post the kind of things you would like to read!

Finally, how do you all feel about allowing posts that are simply pointers to content posted elsewhere on Dreamwidth, or elsewhere outside of Dreamwidth? I have no strong opinion on these. I do know that many of you post about your adventures on your own journals, and it would be nice to have these shared with the rest of the community in some way, but perhaps people already have each other on their reading lists and so extra pointers would be a bit redundant. What do you think?

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