Announcing the SUMMER 2012 ReadaThing (July 26-August 2)!!
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We'll be reading from Thursday July 26th through Thursday August 2nd, depending on your location. Remember, this is a ReadaThing, not a readathon, so no one needs to try to read for seven full days . . . though kudos to anyone who does! An hour or so, one or more times during the week, is fine.
The Summer ReadaThing begins at Noon Thursday July 26th, UTC/GMT, which is 8 am Thursday July 26 in the Eastern US (LT time :), 5 am in the Western US, 2 am in Hawaii, 2 pm in Western Europe, 4 pm in Moscow, 10 pm in Sydney, Australia, and Midnight (Th/Fr) in New Zealand! (see Time Zone Chart below)
The signup & wiki page is up!!
I've reduced the Time Zone Chart to 2 days below. The full 7-day chart can be found
here and at the Wiki.
The ending times for this ReadaThing
If you want to join in the read, but aren't sure WHEN you can read, or can't plan, there is the "No Timeline" readers signup on the wikipage after the timeline.
What is ReadaThing?
ReadaThing is NOT a read-a-thon!! You do not have to read for the entire week unless you want to! ReadaThing is a time when we gather to read & share what we read. The best analogy is that RaT is like a relay race where a runner hands a baton off to the next runner. Some of the readers sign up for specific reading times & some don't, but there is always someone in the group reading somewhere in the world.
There are several major threads for the ReadaThing: this announcement/information thread, the "what I will/may be reading" thread, the Log Book & reviews/reports thread, and the Quotations thread.
There is a wikipage for the signups (see above). There will not be a wikipage for the books, please use Touchstones in the "What I will/may be reading" and the "Log Book" threads to provide a record of all the books read during the RaT.
"No Timeline" Readers
After the timeline on the wiki-signup page, there is an area where you can signup for the "No Timeline" readers.
If you find any errors, please let me know.
If you have any questions, post them here or PM me on my profile page. And there are lots of people willing to help if you need help with the wikipage or just have questions! Questions are good!
Many thanks to skittles for the template of this announcement (which I stole from a previous RaT announcement) and for steering this ship so well during past ReadaThings . . . and to jjmcgaffey and majkia for all their help getting this one together . . . it takes a village :)
It certainly discourages me!
Hi jjmcgaffey and majkia
Thanks a lot for your organising and keeping the ReadaThing alive. I'm looking forward to this week and will start it on my flight back home from Manchester to Zürich. I already filled in the 'No Timeline' as well as the specific time on Thursday the 26th. I'll fill out the timeline later on, because I'll have my summer holiday I'll be able to fill a lot of gaps in the timeline.
See you all there.
Also apologies for the Northern-Hemisphere-centric listing of time zones.
Please join us regardless of the name! :)
And perhaps we should gather some info about where we all are reading, to get a better picture of the event and to avoid future geocentric blunders.
Here in the central U.S. we've been under such a heat wave that it is difficult to remember that Winter ever existed anywhere! (and I live in Minnesota, so I'm familiar with Winter)
http://www.librarything.com/topic/139197 One saving grace???
Like calm I've now signed up to the No Timeline readers but will probably change that when we get closer to the event.
Our intent was the following for start times:
Honolulu, Hawaii (HAST): 2 am
Western USA/Canada (PDT): 5 am
Eastern USA/Canada (EDT): 8 am
UTC/GMT : Noon
London, UK (BST/British Summer Time/DST): 1 pm
Central Europe (Paris/Berlin) (CEST/Central European Summer Time/DST): 2 pm
Moscow (MSK): 4 pm
Sydney, Australia (EST): 10 pm
Auckland NZ (NZST): Midnight
Is that consistent with you BarkingMatt?
We've based everything on the info at:
May I also just say that I find Daylight Savings Time to be an utterly useless and confusing invention!
As to the matter: sounds good, no problem as far as I can see.
Amen to that.
And I definitely agree about daylight savings time. It's a pain if you work night shift, too - either an extended shift or a shortened one - which is annoying if you're paid hourly. (I don't work nights now, but I used to.)
I don't think so. Just provided a "caveat".
Move to a country or territory that does not observe Daylight Savings :) The only problem is that everyone else does though... but still.
I didn't mind when I thought that it actually saved energy (what the PR used to say) . . . Recently I learned that the main motivation is that people go out and spend more money when it stays light out later . . . So now I'm just annoyed that it is really just another excuse to encourage consumerism.
After this recent DST confusion, I'm considering adopting UTC as my personal time zone and forcing everyone around me to adjust! :)
I've added a "What/Where will you read thread".
Here's the wiki:
The instructions on the Wiki page say, for the timeline signup:
Before you start editing, look at the timeline (below) to find which time slot you'd like to fill in. Note the GMT time or the US/EDT(EST) time, as this will help you find the right line to edit.
Open up the page by clicking EDIT which is to the far right of the word "TIMELINE".
Each hour is a row in the table. The | (bar) marks define the columns.
Fill in the box with the text in bold below, making sure to then exchange the two spots it says USERNAME for your actual username:
Click SHOW PREVIEW to see what you've changed. This has not saved your work, but it does let you see if you need to fix something.
When you're done editing, click SAVE PAGE.
If I want to read at 8am Eastern time, this is what I'll look for:
| 8:00 AM || NOON || MIDNIGHT ||
Now, I'll add my name, and create a link to my profile. This is not done with HTML. Instead, you use brackets to associate a URL with the text you want to see. Put an opening bracket ([), then the link, then a space, then what text you'd like to actually show, then a closing bracket (]).
| 8:00 AM || NOON || MIDNIGHT || [http://www.librarything.com/profile/LT_name LT_name]
If there's already a name in the space, put a comma and space, then your info:
| 8:00 AM || NOON || MIDNIGHT || [http://www.librarything.com/profile/LT_name LT_name], [http://www.librarything.com/profile/Other_LT_name Other_LT_name]
For the No Timeline signup, it's like the last bit; put a comma, a space, and your link and username in brackets after the last name.
Or ask here or give me a PM and I'll put you on - no problem!
BTW, I participated in several ReadaThings before I figured out how to sign up . . . so no worries, just read! And then join us over on the LOGBOOK thread to share info about what you read.