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Old 12th May 2018, 05:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs up CSICon 2018 - Bigger and Better with a Great Lineup of Guests!

I didn't see any threads about this, yet. That's weird!

https://csiconference.org/

CSCICon is bigger and better! Taking place at the Westgate hotel in Las Vegas, from October 18 to 21, 2018

Special Guests include: Stephen Fry, Steven Pinker, Adam Conover (He "ruins" everything!), Banachek, Susan Blackmore...

Plus a bunch of the usual folks: James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Yvette d'Entremont (the "SciBabe"), Susan Gerbic, Joe Nickell, etc.

That is not a complete list, either.

In this thread, we can talk about why we're going or not going, what group activities we might do around the events, who's volunteering (there is an official sign up for that on the site), and if anyone is looking for any roommates, etc.
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Old 12th May 2018, 06:02 PM   #2
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Old 14th May 2018, 11:59 AM   #3
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Incidentally, me and my current roommate, skyhar8001, can fit one or two more people in our room, if anyone wants a really cheap room rate in the actual, official hotel.

Sure, you might get something of a similar price using Air BnB, or something. But, this could be the best rate you're gonna get for Westgate, itself!

More opportunities to party with the cool heads of the convention, when you stay at the official hotel! (And, the cool headed attendees is the best part of going!)
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Westgate might actually be worse than the Excalibur. Hard call.

I'm staying at the Aria or the Wynn. Uber is your friend.
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Originally Posted by The Central Scrutinizer View Post
Westgate might actually be worse than the Excalibur. Hard call.

I'm staying at the Aria or the Wynn. Uber is your friend.
If I go I will likely pick a hotel along the monorail line to get there.
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Originally Posted by Doubt View Post
If I go I will likely pick a hotel along the monorail line to get there.
The Westgate IS on the Monorail, by the way.

I remember when it was the Hilton, and they felt they needed the Monorail station for themselves, because they were off the strip, and could use the extra traffic they thought it would generate. Little did they know it the whole Monorail system would be so darn under-utilized.
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Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
The Westgate IS on the Monorail, by the way.

I remember when it was the Hilton, and they felt they needed the Monorail station for themselves, because they were off the strip, and could use the extra traffic they thought it would generate. Little did they know it the whole Monorail system would be so darn under-utilized.
I know it is. I have been there. That is why I will stay someplace else if I go.
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Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
The Westgate IS on the Monorail, by the way.

I remember when it was the Hilton, and they felt they needed the Monorail station for themselves, because they were off the strip, and could use the extra traffic they thought it would generate. Little did they know it the whole Monorail system would be so darn under-utilized.
One reason is that it costs $5 a ride, or $13 a day. If they had any sense, the city would subsidize it, maybe even make it free, to encourage use and get cars off the Strip.
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One reason is that it costs $5 a ride, or $13 a day. If they had any sense, the city would subsidize it, maybe even make it free, to encourage use and get cars off the Strip.
I think it's biggest problem is that it doesn't go to the highest traffic locations of the area: The airport nor Downtown Las Vegas. If it went to either of those, or both, it would get a TON more usage. But, that would also aggravate the ire of the taxicab unions.

There IS a tentative plan to connect it to the airport. But, they're not going to do that, until they somehow settle the issues their opposition has over doing so.

I believe the monorail was built with the assumption that the hotel chains would be able to pay for its construction and maintenance; and NOT have it subsidized by the city. That was the agreement they made. The locals don't want their precious taxes to pay for it, see. So, I doubt it will be subsidized any time soon.
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