So, let me tell you a thing
When a blog loves another blog very much…
Wait, that’s not what I was trying to say, shit…
Shipping is fun. IRL shipping is REALLY FUN.
That said, let me introduce you to shipitsydney, my fair lady and partner in crime.
I’m happy to be with her to
take over the world be totally fabulous and awesome together.
let me introduce myself
1. the meaning behind my url
2. a picture of me
3. tattoos i have
4. last time i cried and why
5. piercings i have
6. favorite band
7. biggest turn off(s)
8. top 5 (insert subject)
9. tattoos i want
10. biggest turn on(s)
12. ideas of a perfect date
13. life goal(s)
14. piercings i want
15. relationship status
16. favorite movie
17. a fact about my life
19. middle name
20. anything you want to ask
Pick a number!
Looking at this article from The Escapist, I’m reminded of the many things I heard during DashCon weekend. Most of them negative.
Now, I wasn’t at DashCon, so I cannot comment as to the truth of anything that went on, but I’ll share my thoughts on what little I’ve heard.
First, the $17,000. According to the official statement from DashCon as to the story behind that is that only a portion of that was related to the actual venue rental, with the balance being for on-site service (i.e. electrical), and that the payment terms were miscommunicated. This unto itself isn’t unusual; miscommunications happen. The issue I have there is whether any part of this was ever communicated to attendees. It’s not an uncommon thing to not disclose specific costs to non-staff, but the way I’ve heard it was handled (the rounding up of everyone in the convention into one room for a massive fund drive) makes for a great disservice to the people that put their good faith into DashCon to have their house in order before, and during the convention.
Next, and the reason I was considering attending, is the debacle with Welcome To Night Vale. The story goes that they walked out right before their panel was to start because Dash refused to pay up. This turned out to not be entirely so, as both DashCon, and WTNV writer Jeffrey Cranor seem to suggest that it wasn’t a refusal so much as an inability to pay in the manner that had been requested (according to DashCon’s statement, this was by cash or cashier’s cheque). When it came time for the payment to be handed out, most accounts I’ve read suggest that Dash offered to pay via PayPal, or to take the time to go off-site to the bank and get the payment for WTNV, which they declined. Whether that is true or not has proven difficult to verify, but has been cited as another miscommunication (a fairly critical and very troubling one, at that) on the part of DashCon staff. Simply put, if your guests aren’t getting paid, that’s going to reflect extremely poorly on your convention in the future.
Similarly on the previous point, the ball pit that Dash gave disappointed attendees that had paid extra for seats in the WTNV performance an extra hour in was horribly disappointing. All pictures shown depict what was, in essence, a kiddie pool filled with colored balls. According to Dash, this is not as it was advertised by the vendor, and it is being addressed. Not a troubling development, but a somewhat amusing one.
Lastly, I want to touch on the issues from Sunday. The report is that guests checking out of their hotel rooms were surprised to find out that the DashCon card had been removed from their reservations, leaving them holding the bag for their rooms for that weekend. One group in particular (Baker Street Babes) note that their rooms fell victim to this, with one of their members having contacted multiple convention directors to give them an opportunity to rectify the situation. When none of them arrived to do so, it would appear that the babes were left with no choice but to foot the tab themselves and continue to speak with DashCon management in order to try and have the situation rectified (which, as of the last update on their post dated July 15, had not been handled by Dash). In the statement from DashCon, it would appear that all rooms affected have since been paid out (as they should have been), with a clerical error having been cited. Whether a clerical error or not, this was another very troubling revelation. While it’s not entirely reasonable to expect Dash to keep their eye on all the comped rooms at all times, I do believe it’s reasonable to expect that they should have had some kind of touchpoint with the hotel over the course of the weekend to ensure the integrity of any such arrangements.
My opinion of DashCon is that while things did go wrong, and it may be difficult to take them particularly seriously in the future, it was still their first kick at the can, and some credit has to be given to them for the fact that they pulled the event off at all, and that people came and did enjoy themselves.
Well, we are in Canada at the moment. :P
But also, Canadian bacon IS circular:
I have a question: does anyone ever eat that stuff? I’ve never even seen it and I’ve lived in Southern Ontario all my life
Canadian Bacon isn’t even actually called Canadian Bacon here for the most part. It’s mostly called Peameal Bacon, or sometimes Back Bacon.
We mostly just eat strips like everyone else.
As I’ve mentioned on my blog in the past, I’m registered as a participant for Extra Life 2014, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (in my area, the IWK Health Centre). On October 25, I’ll be sitting down, setting up, and gaming for 24 hours, starting at 8 AM on the 25th, and going around the clock into the 26th.
This will be livestreamed on Twitch for the duration, but the most important part is where you come in.
As I mentioned up above, Extra Life raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization that’s supported children’s hospitals across Canada and the US since 1983. The funds they raise, not only through Extra Life, but through other events (DQ Miracle Treat Day, anyone?) support the important work these hospitals do for kids and their families every single day.
I can remember the few times I had the misfortune of visiting the Alberta Children’s Hospital as a kid, but I know that I was a lucky one to not be there a long time. For a lot of kids, this isn’t the case, and that’s why our support is so important.
Please, click the link in this post, or the one on the right-hand side of my blog. We can make things better, together.