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Post 40

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 4:23pmSanction this postReply
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I'll be doing an update in the next few days. For now:

1.) I'll be doing a preview of my speech for the TOC conference. "Eliminating the Altruistic Baggage". It's about how even though we reject altruism and promote rational self-interest, often altruistic premises are embedded in the moral language and method. It'll be about how to weed it more thoroughly, and how to rethink ethics to be really consistent with rational self-interest.

2.) Ed Hudgins, TOC Executive Director, will be giving a speech on his own approach to activism.

3.) There will be a roundtable discussion about RoR, what our plans our, where we should focus, how TOC could fit into that picture, and anything else the future might hold for us.

4.) I was planning to bring a DVD with some entertainment that might be interesting to Objectivists.

Kurt, are you prepared to give your own talk you suggested?

My plan is to have most of these on Saturday during the day. Friday evening and night will be a time to socialize and meet everyone. Sunday might end up having some field trips, depending on people's interests. I wouldn't mind seeing the Space Center. There's beaches, Disney World, and more.

Monday we have to check out early, but depending on people's flight schedules, we'll probably spend part of the day as a group.

If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know.

--Joe





Post 41

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 9:05pmSanction this postReply
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Joe, does anyone giving the talks use visual aids?  I was wondering if anyone can show PowerPoint slides.  It would be useful for me, I think, though it may not be necessary.



Post 42

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 11:31pmSanction this postReply
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I don't think anyone is going to have visual aids.  Luke said he can get a projector (the old fashioned type), so if you make transparencies, that should work.



Post 43

Friday, May 5, 2006 - 6:02amSanction this postReply
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Yes, I will be bringing a clunky old-fashioned transparency projector.

Given that the talks are mostly happening Saturday, I might disappear a few hours Sunday afternoon to go to my GMAT preparation class back in Cocoa.

If you need me to do something Friday to help with the setup, let me know.  I plan to take that day from work anyway.  Just drop me an RoR Mail as I seldom check this thread.

(Edited by Luke Setzer on 5/05, 8:31am)




Post 44

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 12:11amSanction this postReply
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Hi everyone,

I've updated the conference info page.  Go here for more info, including the address of the site.  There's still room for more people.  Please contact me if you're interested in attending.  It's rapidly approaching!




Post 45

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 7:30amSanction this postReply
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For those of you who have been watching the news for our state, we have had many brush fires over the last few weeks.  The result has been a constant haze of smoke in various parts of central Florida.  It finally rained today, so that should help some.

Visit http://www.cfnews13.com/ to get the latest information on this.  If you have allergies, take due precautions.

Some roads have periodically closed due to the driving hazards these fires and their smoke create.  Be sure to check for road closures before your arrival at this site:

http://www.eoconline.org/EM_Live/roadstat.nsf

Your main concerns will be with the counties of Orange, Seminole and Brevard.

UPDATE: Just so you know of the seriousness of the fires, I just got this in my work e-mail:

MEDICAL SMOKE ADVISORY

Due to the recent wildfires in Brevard County, there is a large amount of smoke in the air. While for most people this is merely an annoyance, for some it is a potential threat to personal health and safety. If workers are sensitive to smoke or have allergies or lung problems, they may experience some symptoms such as sneezing, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. To reduce the possibility of health problems due to smoke, avoid strenuous activity and minimize exposure to areas of high smoke concentration. Staying indoors in an air-conditioned house or building will help reduce your smoke exposure. Also, drive with you air conditioner on, and keep your air conditioner on recirculate. If employees experience severe discomfort or need medical attention while at KSC or CCAFS, they should go immediately to one of the on-site medical facilities. Dial 911 if someone is in severe respiratory distress.

(Edited by Luke Setzer on 5/09, 8:54am)




Post 46

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 9:20amSanction this postReply
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Here's what I got from Google ...

MCO - Orlando Intl Airport

End address:Fiesta Key Dr
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Distance:25.7 mi (about 37 mins)

 
1.1.Head south - go 0.4 mi
2.2.Continue on S Access Rd - go 3.3 mi
3.3.Continue on Boggy Creek Rd - go 0.6 mi
4.4.Turn right into the SR-417 S entry ramp - go 13 mi
...
5.5.Take the Osceola Pkwy exit 3 - go 0.4 mi
6.6.Turn right at W Osceola Pky - go 1.2 mi
7.7.Turn left into the I-4 W entry ramp - go 0.7 mi
8.8.Take the US-192 W exit 64B to Disney World - go 0.7 mi
9.9.Continue on W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy - go 2.9 mi
10.10.Turn left at Formosa Gardens Blvd - go 0.9 mi
11.11.Turn right at Oak Island Rd - go 0.5 mi
12.12.Turn left at Hidden Grove Rd - go 0.2 mi
13.13.Bear left at Emerald Island Blvd - go 0.2 mi
14.14.At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Secret Key Cv - go 0.3 mi
15.15.Turn right at La Isla Dr - go 0.3 mi


Rev' and Luke, as this is your neck-o-the-woods -- are these good directions?

Ed

(Edited by Ed Thompson on 5/09, 9:23am)




Post 47

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 5:57amSanction this postReply
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I use Yahoo! Maps and have not checked yet, but they look reasonable.  Try Yahoo! Maps and see what you find.



Post 48

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 12:43pmSanction this postReply
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Does anyone have an interest in visiting SeaWorld Orlando on Sunday?



Post 49

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:20pmSanction this postReply
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Luke, I'd be interested, but I'm trying to get some bang for the buck here. If I find it, I'll post it -- but does anyone know the cost of the 'main attractions' in and around Orlando?

Sea World = ?

Disney World = ?

??? World = ?


Epcot Center = ?

Space Center = ?

??? Center = ?

Ed




Post 50

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 10:48pmSanction this postReply
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$60, give or take.......



Post 51

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 11:10pmSanction this postReply
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For 'each'?



Post 52

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 11:17pmSanction this postReply
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Yup - Busch Gardens here is bout $63 or so, and Disney is couple bucks more, as recall..... not exactly small potatoes.... and there's parking fee too.....
(Edited by robert malcom on 5/11, 11:19pm)




Post 53

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 6:59amSanction this postReply
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Given everything they offer in the park, I think the price is well worth it.

If I'd go to Orlando again, I'd like to go see a Cirque du Soleil show.
 
(Editing out the erroneous claims - HZ.)
 

(Edited by Hong Zhang on 5/12, 8:15am)




Post 54

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 7:03amSanction this postReply
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Hong,

When I went to Disney in February, parking was $10/day. Has it changed?

Ethan




Post 55

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 7:07amSanction this postReply
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Oops, Ethan, don't hold me to my words. You must be right and I probably just didn't pay attention.



Post 56

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 6:43pmSanction this postReply
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Universal CityWalk and Pleasure Island both have loads of night clubs for people who like to dance.



Post 57

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 7:57pmSanction this postReply
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I'd be up for dancin', too ...

Ed




Post 58

Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 7:45amSanction this postReply
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Ed, I couldn't even find the street name in mapquest but yahoo did find it, seems to be right off La Isla Dr.

All, I think I still have my travel books from Orlando from a couple years ago when I was there. Might bring those so people can see attractions/prices/etc.

Lastly, I'm assuming there's no internet access at the house, right? Other than maybe the phone lines which honestly I don't even know how to use! I usually take my laptop on trips but if there's no connection at the house, it's one less thing to carry.

-Elizabeth




Post 59

Monday, May 15, 2006 - 6:54amSanction this postReply
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Wow, I thought I posted to this thread yesterday but now I can't find that I actually did. Hmm.

My question was/is... do we know anything about the availability of parking at the house(s)? I have been planning to rent a car, but I know some people are driving and I am just wondering if parking will be a problem if there are too many vehicles.



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