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Anonymous said: You seem to really not like DashCon. Is it, like, the worst-of-the-worst con? (I really don't know, the only ones I properly know of are ones like SDCC and NYCC)

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DashCon is a first-year fandom convention for Tumblr users. It is happening this weekend and turning into possibly the largest convention kerfuffle anyone has ever seen.

The list continues but so far it’s only the con’s second day and it is quite literally the most dramatic, hysterically cringe-worthy convention debacle I have ever seen unfold.

Adding some updates as of 7/12 at 7:35 PM EST:

  • The game room consists of some tables, one TV, and one gaming console. No, really, that’s it.
  • DashCon proves they have possibly the worst PR team ever when addressing the WTNV cancellation. Instead of clearly explaining the situation, they say they “don’t want to get into it,” and then offer compensation for those who bought advanced seating tickets for the Night Vale show. What’s the compensation? An extra hour playing in the ball pit (which is really just a slowly-deflating children’s pool with some balls in it). Oh, and if there’s room, you may get one of the first-come-first-serve spots at the Time Crash concert happening tonight. Huzzah!
  • Most panels are completely disorganized. The “Name That Anime” panel was even handing out hotel mints as prizes for correctly answering questions like “what’s the anime where they fight with clothes!!!”
  • This still needs verification, but supposedly there are minors being let into the 18+ panels (like “BDSM 101”), which DashCon could easily get sued for allowing. Not that they have the money for it.
  • It’s been pointed out that as a Marriott hotel, the Renaissance would have required them to submit their full reservation payment 5 days in advance of the event. Therefore it’s very, very likely that the “$17,000 fundraising” was a huge scam. Because DashCon would’ve had to pay that money 5 days before this weekend or the event wouldn’t even be happening in the first place.
  • Furthermore, someone attempted to debunk the letter that DashCon posted to prove that the hotel asked for money. Not all their points are valid (i.e. “RE:” is commonly used for “Regarding”, not just in response to previous communication, and idk but this dude doesn’t strike me as an expert on internal Marriott stationary), but frankly the letter looks sketchy if only because 17000% 99% of it is whited out. Is it real? Is it fake? We just don’t know.
  • There has been no confirmation that the money donated in cash and via PayPal last night ever made it to the hotel (if that was indeed where it was intended to go).
  • People are demanding full or at least partial refunds. Needs verification, but purportedly DashCon has a list at the con where you can sign your name and the amount you donated to be refunded later. Which sounds like a totally effective and not at all easily-abused system.
  • Attendees are either in denial saying this is the best con ever or they’re crying and having panic attacks. Welcome to Tumblr.

And as a bonus: DashCon originally ran an IndieGoGo campaign last year to raise $5,000 to start their convention. They raised $4,000. The campaign ended in April 2013 and rewards have still not been sent out (which consisted of tea bags, a couple business cards with your Tumblr URL on them, and if you donated $500+, some knick-knacks from Etsy).

More updates, as of 7/13 at 3:59 AM:

As always, if you can confirm or deny anything in these masterposts with proper validation, it’s greatly appreciated! I originally did the first one just to answer an ask I got, but as it’s blown up I figured I’ll keep doing it, since I’m captivated by the whole mess anyways. :’D

I’m heading to sleep now but I’ll do another update tomorrow once I’ve caught up on anything else that happens tonight! Hopefully no one dies. I’m not sure how else this con could get any worse.

And one last thing, just to clarify: my heart goes out to all you guys who paid to attend what you thought would be a fun convention and instead got this trainwreck. Even if it turns out that the $17,000 fee wasn’t a scam, remember that it is absolutely unacceptable for a convention to operate this way. I’m so glad that many of you have been able to see the positive in a bad situation and still managed to make friends and have a good time - but don’t forget to stand up for yourselves, too. A convention should never extort money from its attendees for any reason. Again, it’s great that you still made some good memories, but good memories alone do not make a good convention. Make sure your feedback is heard, especially if you want to see this con (or any future Tumblr-oriented con) have any hope of success.

I was busy all weekend and am just now catching up on Dashcon, and it’s amazing — if nothing else, I would love a long, in-depth article by an actual journalist that maps the rich vein of failure exhibited here. I’m serious, I would read an article of any length up to and including a book that catalogs what seems to have been Dashcon’s special cocktail of inexperience, incompetence, and staggering presumptuousness in any kind of detail.

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"The bomb only lives as it is falling"

— From the in-universe poem that opens THE USE OF WEAPONS. Think about this all the time. (via kierongillen)

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boltron:

Got to fly around this giant book sorting machine in NY that uses lasers to sort books. Lasers. Books.

All you people who love books, get to clickin’ this IMMEDIATELY. I’ll be honest, every time I think “I am friends with Nate,” it feels like I’m bragging. To myself.

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Nakano Takeko
Art by Andy Purviance (tumblr)
Nakano Takeko was a trained warrior who led a battalion of female troops at the Battle of Aizu during the Boshin War.  Takeko killed five or six men with her naginata (Japanese polearm) before she was shot dead by Imperial forces.  Afraid that Takeko’s head would be taken as a trophy by the Imperials, her sister removed Takeko’s head and buried under a tree at Hōkai-ji Temple, a temple dedicated to the souls of samurais.
Today a statue of Takeko marks her final resting place at Hōkai-ji Temple.

Maybe our only goal in life is to find someone like this lady’s rad sister and make sure to stick by them at all times.

coolchicksfromhistory:

Nakano Takeko

Art by Andy Purviance (tumblr)

Nakano Takeko was a trained warrior who led a battalion of female troops at the Battle of Aizu during the Boshin War.  Takeko killed five or six men with her naginata (Japanese polearm) before she was shot dead by Imperial forces.  Afraid that Takeko’s head would be taken as a trophy by the Imperials, her sister removed Takeko’s head and buried under a tree at Hōkai-ji Temple, a temple dedicated to the souls of samurais.

Today a statue of Takeko marks her final resting place at Hōkai-ji Temple.

Maybe our only goal in life is to find someone like this lady’s rad sister and make sure to stick by them at all times.

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Thoughts on Buffy s04e15-16

More than halfway through season 4 on my very first watch-through of Buffy with my girlfriend (who’s already seen it), and it looks like this one’s a two-parter. Let’s see what’s up with “This Year’s Girl” and “Who Are You?”

  • Hey, it’s Faith! Is Faith comin’ back? I can’t tell if this should alarm me or not.
  • Why are you fools trying to fix that ray gun? Walsh gave that to Buffy as part of a trap — there’s no reason to think it’ll ever function as anything other than a boobytrap, right?
  • Respect to Willow’s bucket hat in this scene, though.
  • Faith’s dreamscape is a strange place; didn’t they make nice in the s03 finale in some kind of shared brainspace? Or am I totally misinterpreting that? 
  • I’m starting to really hate Riley’s goony face a whole lot. As an aside, we watched this episode on Netflix, which made it hard to skip the opening credits reliably; watching them through for the first time in a while, I realized he’s in the first-billed main cast. EUGH
  • You know what, I do really like that Buffy is basically the T-800 in Faith’s dreamland. She can’t be bargained with, she can’t be reasoned with, she doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear — and she absolutely will not stop, ever, until Faith is dead.
  • Hold up, though: where is Faith? Like, physically? What shithole hospital is this? The place she was at last time was much nicer.
  • UGH Buffy and Riley’s relationship HURGHBLGHLH
  • As much as I like the idea of Faith, her corny lingo will never not be basically polenta.
  • Go, Willow: get that one hit in with your backpack while they’re fighting!
  • Who are these guys in the chopper? I’m also going to go ahead and assume that the “nurse” who summoned them decided her cover was blown and just moved to Pawnee, Indiana.
  • Creepy Mayor, I did kind of miss you, but what the hell did you just give Faith? What even is that?
  • Oh no Joyce! Faith, I’m not sayin’ that was a bad tactic, but you have to know Buffy will fuck you up if you lay a hand on her — oh there we go
  • OH NO IT’S A BODY SWITCHER
  • This mirror scene. Sarah Michelle Gellar doing a “Faith trying to be Buffy” impression is A+.
  • Why doesn’t Willow ever try magical intervention sooner? She’s got all these spells, why not?
  • This Watcher’s Council Black Ops team does not fuck around even a little. That, or they just saw Heat and wanted to know how rowdy they could get with an armored truck.
  • I don’t know what it says about me that I kind of like Faith in Buffy’s body playing mind games with Spike.
  • For fucksake. Doesn’t Buffy in Faith’s body have any kind of Buffy-specific information she could just say out loud with her voice that would make them listen to her?
  • Also, all these Watcher’s Council guys are dressed like the Ninth Doctor, which I know is a temporally incongruent observation, but I thought it was funny.
  • I do like that Tara’s the one who figures out Faith’s hiding in Buffy’s body.
  • Oh, finally Buffy figures out the Buffy-specific-info trick; why’s it take Giles to make that happen?
  • Did … did Adam the Frankenborg turn these vampires crucifix-proof by making them atheist or something?
  • Riley, no. Even if that isn’t Buffy in Buffy’s body, you of all people should know by now that Buffy can handle three vampires by herself.
  • Giles, your distraction game is amateur gold.
  • Faith’s got some self-loathing to work out, doesn’t she?
  • Buffy, are you really gonna be mad at Riley for sleeping with Faith while she was riding around in your body? You have to know he’s dumb enough not to have suspected what was going on, right? Fuck. Why is Buffy so terrible at relationships.
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pantslesslizard:

I would frame these panels and put them on my wall.

Someone identify what book this is from, because now I have to read it.

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griseus:

this is probably the first gif of a megamouth shark Megachasma pelagios. enjoy it

also, is one of three recordings of this shy animal.  As of 2012 only 55 megamouth individuals are known and have been found all over the world, with most originating from the Pacific.

In the first one, the shark is like, “woah, what the fuck? woah, hey there little dudes”

Oh whoa, I forgot all about megamouth sharks until right this second.

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duckblindisland:

Seung has tried to set up Jon and Clara twice without success, so this time I steered him in a different direction. IT WORKED FLAWLESSLY

At some point, everybody is gonna be hooked up with everybody and then what’ll happen???

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Let’s all agree that Tybalt had the best everything in this movie.

(Source: romeoandjulietfan, via iamdavidbrothers)