LessWrong/EA New Year's Ultra Party

by vaidehi_agarwalla1 min read18th Dec 202010 comments

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Moderator's note: We've decided to pin this until the event begins. We won't do this for most events, but this one is unusually globe-spanning, almost like a miniature conference, and it seems like a great chance for the whole community to meet up.

Edited: 31.12.2020 Added more details about the party. 

LessWrong and Effective Altruism Anywhere are hosting a 16-hour, globe-spanning (Europe & Americas) party in LessWrong's Walled Garden. Join us to toast the year to come, roast the year that was, and enjoy the sweet company of others we won't be denied.

Event Details

Europe Phase: 9PM-2AM CEST / 2PM-7PM EST
Americas Phase: 5AM-1PM CEST / 10PM-6AM EST

Enter the garden
RSVP to the Facebook Event (Invite your friends!)

Highlights

  • The massive LW GatherTown world, "The Walled Garden". All the locations you know and love (Planetarium, West Falls, Moloch Temple, Hell,...), plus several new custom maps just for the party.
  • Ballroom: dancing, toasts & roasts, Countdowns for the British Time, Central European Time, and US East and West Coasts.
  • Violet Study: meet new people
  • Moloch Maze: games, e.g., poker, Among Us
  • Great Library (1st floor): deep philosophical conversations
  • Orrery: make and discuss predictions for 2021
  • Map Room: reflect on where you've been and where you're going
  • Hell: complain about 2020
  • Heaven: ...

See the full Event Schedule here. 

Violet Study

 

 

The Ballroom is being prepared.
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Collaborative calendar/schedule for the event is now live! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xUToQ-Wu6w-Uaow7q8Bo5s61beWWRJhIh9P-DNAvx4Q/edit?usp=sharing

Please add any events or activities you'd like to run. Comment here or in the doc if you have questions, e.g . about good places to host your session.

Some images of the party locations to pump the imagination:
 

Early testing of the ballroom
Here fishy, fishy
Meet new people in the Violet Study

Thank you so much for organizing this party! I had a blast. Some of my favorite moments included discussions about "Existential Hope" - our hopes and aspiration both for our personal life and for humanity in 2021, as well as catching-up with multiple individuals in the "private conversation" pods.

Thanks to Ruby, Vaidehi, Oliver as well as the other co-hosts from LessWrong and EA Everywhere! 

The Ultra Party Radio (TM) has been constructed (bottom right of attached image). We'll be streaming tunes to the entire Garden from our own server, but the music will be optimized for the ballroom dancefloor.

What music would you like to hear? Please comment with:

  1. Genres
  2. Specific song requests
  3. Playlists you might like us to use or borrow from

Upvote suggestions from others if you like them too.

I love this!

Are the European times here supposed to be in summer time (CEST  = CET+1 = UTC+2)? 

I don't think anyone is actually on CEST at the moment, so I assume not, but wanted to check since such assumptions have bitten me in the past.

Ah, sorry, we meant to fix that. Should have all been CET.

We've now designated many activities to many different regions of the Walled Garden. If you're interested in hosting or attending a specific activity, please comment. The organizers can help you set it up and put it on the Official Party Schedule.

The following are scheduling throughout the party, but it seems great to have more specific things scheduled for like-interested people to join.

Ballroom: dancing, toasts & roasts, countdown
Violet Study: meet new people
Moloch Maze: games, e.g., poker, Among Us
Great Library (1st floor): deep philosophical conversations
Orrery: make and discuss predictions for 2021
Map Room: reflect on where you've been and where you're going
Hell: complain about 2020
Heaven:....
etc!

We've now got a rough map of the venue.