destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS Yes I think that we will do that but it will only be useful in assisting people who have already been shown the way. Just how it is. The location is fucking rad though since its basically like a dacha (country home). An abandon factory on one side, open nature on the other, a creek on the other.

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS We've discussed ways to not have drunks and weak mousey locals just showing up. It will require a touch and go. Personally from what I've seen the many weak people here usually sort their own selves out of the equation. Some people will bring a huge $1.50 beer with understanding that there will be some house shots available. People might bring peanuts, we'll see about their manners.

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS bottles of booze. Other than that we simply need to collect up local craftsman and I'm not going to go looking for them so early. I like the idea though so that I can program the rpi first with the basic email, photo idea while keeping in mind future trade.

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS I will be programming up a basic web server onto a raspberry pi that is hosted in the garage. It has a good story plus for larger events it will snap a photo every so often. Past guests will be able to view the photos of new events. Fuck Facebook. Its so small time that I'll run an ultra basic advertisement off of the rpi. Good idea. At the end of the even they'll be able to buy booze

MentORPHEUS 2 days ago

@destraht Is there a way to leave a discreet trail of "breadcrumbs" from a distinct intersection or landmark to your hidden place? At night, the tiniest bit of colored reflective tape is highly visible to anyone holding a light. Plus discreet paint dots leading the way during daylight.

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS We are already ramping up a lazy but highly talented ice prince to be able to sell art. He already picked up some deals from past tourists which he had to mail off for a wire. His initial commission includes; murals where-ever-the-fuck-we-want-them, 2 non-Soviet related drawings to promo his art in the back room, a booze label suitable for $.01 copies.

MentORPHEUS 2 days ago

@destraht Makes sense to tap in to established local protocols like this. Superficially, by western standards it sounds inherently like a "beta bucks" type arrangement, but in context with Russian culture there must be some masculine elements to the whole song and dance. Personally I prefer helping people hoist themselves by their own petard and the resulting respect, over groveling dependents

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS I want to add that for tourists its basically "yeah lets get those fuckers" and for locals its "whats up bro!". I might make people "earn" their time by pulling bar duty for the pre-paid tourist clients. Or possibly being sent off on a 15-20 minute trip to meet someone out on the street since the place is impossible to find.

MentORPHEUS 2 days ago

@destraht Aside from physically schlepping tourists directly to them, is there any opportunity to use ecommerce to expose local craftspeople to wider markets to bring new money into the local microeconomy? Another trade (in addition to "personal attention") that boosts your social and monetary capital; the makings of a benevolent local emperor.

destraht 2 days ago

@MentORPHEUS As to how this doesn't make me a beta bitch, well I'll get back to you one that one as I don't have a perfectly solid answer for you at this time. I will say though that there exists an archetype of a strong Russian man who is controlling his table where he pays for everything and people must defer to him or they are rude motherfuckers. They can be very accommodating when show respect

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