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    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2014
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    Horrifying, TF.

    Some goodly pictures--It may have made the rounds here before.

    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2014
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014 edited
    So has anybody around here heard of the Dashcon disaster ?

    It appears that a team apparently made mostly of teenagers decided to launch a "tumblr-themed convention" which they originally planned to name "tumblcon" until Tumblr made them change the name.

    The whole story is really a cringe-inducing trainwreck, culminating this weekend, when :

    - the team of Welcome To Night Vale, who were supposed to be guest, cancelled at the last minute when it became clear they would not be payed right away but "sometime in the future" To the fans who had payed extra for attendance to the WTNV panel, the con organizer offered "an extra hour in the ball pit". The Dashcon Ballpit is quickly becoming a meme. Google it.

    - On the saturday evening, the organizers announced that the hotel staff was demanding immediate payment of $20,000 or they would kick everyone out. Since they were missing $17,000, they immediately launched a paypal fundraiser and were able to raise the cash that very evening. Some hotel staff, when contacted, claimed that no such demand was made. People are accusing the con organizers of scamming the attendees.

    For more details on the general clusterfuck this story was from the very start, here's some context from a volunteer.

    Oh and this from (I think) a staffer :

    ETA : other "guests" found out they had to pay for their hotel bills, including Noelle Stevenson and the Baker Street Babes
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
    Yeah, I have a number of friends who cover some of the major west coast cons and they've been shaking their heads at this.
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
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    Of all the many ball pit pics coming up post-Dashcon, this is of course my fave:
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014

    There's talk on tumblr that someone eventually peed in the ball pit

    There's also a pretty good summary of the whole thing at the Daily Dot, who also reminds us that is is not the first disastrous convention, and probably not the last...
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2014
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    Yes, another Russian driving video. Trust me, keep watching.

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2014
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014

    Uggghhhh I want to go inside the doorway to hell!
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
    I don't.
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    I live in New Orleans, and I don't leave in August. I would love to hear your description of hell.
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    Facebook uses different encoding and I can't figure out how to embed their videos. Yet. But in the meantime...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2014
    Ah yes, Theo Jansen's famous Strandbeests.

    Also on Youtube :
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    Hello Kitty dictionary, helping kids learn what a necklace is.

    hello kitty dictionary
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2014
    Awwww, but the trick for remembering how to spell "necessary" is really cute.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2014
    "but if you wear only that, you'll probably get arrested"