TONMOCON IV - *LATEST NEWS* - 10/3/11

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  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    I'll use this thread to post the latest news leading up to the event... not sure what else there may be to share, but here are a few random pieces of info...

    Agenda has been finalized!! Olaf Blaaw will fill our 2:10pm slot - the title of his presentation is "Colossal Investigations", covering his experience and learnings from the Mesonychoteuthis dissection he was part of along with Dr. Steve O'Shea and Dr. Kat Bolstad at Te Papa.

    There will be some items to raffle, items to auction (believe that may come Friday evening), and some items for sale as well. Yay, items!

    When we add in the good folks from WAMAS, we may have as many as 80 people at the event! Hard to predict the turnout for sure, but bottom line, we'll be in good company.

    There are a couple other things developing to make sure you have a pleasant stay, but I'll just save that for when we can talk in person :smile:... Bottom line, we're in for a treat, folks!
     
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    sedna Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter Registered

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    Tony, thanks for all you've done to put this show on! I'm looking forward to it all!
     
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    Sounds totally awesome! What time's the raffle? I'm getting in late of friday.
     
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    Wish I could make it out there!
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Raffle will be happening on Saturday... can't wait!!
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    There's a change to the agenda - Adam Eli Clem could not make this one but we hope he'll be back for TONMOCON V!

    Our 1:30pm slot will now feature Tamie DeWitt's presentation, Extreme Makeover; Cuttlefish Edition. Tamie is a biologist at the National Zoo, and her presentation will cover "enrichment activity [at the National Zoo] with the goals of reducing stress induced jet-slamming, extending the social housing of cuttles, to increase the opportunity for exhibiting species-typical behaviors and to enhance our visitor’s experience by encouraging cuttles to exhibit more active behaviors and diverse body patterns." This presentation was published in the ABMA (The Animal Behavior Management Alliance) last year, and Tamie will review it with us on Saturday!
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    ALSO (see post above if you're just catching up on the latest news...) another piece of news: the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. is offering FREE PASSES to their aquarium on Sunday! Please note:

    "Conference attendees will get free admission to the National Aquarium, DC on Sunday October 9th by presenting their conference ID badge. We are open until 5:00 that evening and are located on 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania Ave., roughly one block from the Washington Monument. The closest metro station is Federal Triangle on the orange and blue lines."

    Conference Badges will be handed out at the door on Saturday morning, when doors open at 8:30. :smile:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Also.....(scroll back to read more)... There will be no wifi in the presentation room, but if you have a data plan with your smartphone or tablet, you can use the tapatalk app to take pics and post! See?



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    Looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday (will have to miss the Friday night gathering)!
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    See you tomorrow Dave!

    ALL: FYI, for your navigational convenience, the first pic on the homepage slider links directly to the TONMOCON Forum.
     
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    I'll miss the Friday night gathering - I'll be preparing for the ethics discussion - but I will be at all the festivities tomorrow!

    My mother, incidentally, has decided to come because she is catching the cephalopod fever.

    I have allotted myself twenty bucks to print out all the crap I need. I will be carrying a backpack full of stuff.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Great that your mom's coming, NB! Sorry you'll miss tonight's revelry... We'll have one for you!

    Also left you a PM - let me know if the backpack is for the presentation, I'm working with the facilities folks to get the room setup... also "backpack full of stuff" sounds a bit ominous :wink:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Wonderful weather! Off I go - see you all there!

    Those of you who can't come (such as Steve and Kat, below), we'll all do our best to share happenings, so stay tuned this weekend.

    :squidaut:
     
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    I'll be there around 9:30 tonight !
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    By then we should be in full larval stage! Looking forward to seeing you!
     
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    Bah. Can I just say that I am officially super-bummed not to be in Washington DC right now? I know I'm horribly lurky, but I'd so love to meet everyone. I'll be following along eagerly & promoting cephalopod awareness as best I can!
     
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    Oh man, Danna! Welcome to TONMO and tell the Gilly I said hello.
     
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    Hey Danna!
     

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