Spain was still a fascist dictatorship when Microsoft was founded.
There were no classes in calculus in Harvard’s curriculum for the first few years because calculus hadn’t been discovered yet.
Two empires [Roman & Ottoman] spanned the entire gap from Jesus to Babe Ruth.
When the pyramids were being built, there were still woolly mammoths.
The last use of the guillotine was in France the same year Star Wars came out.
Oxford University was over 300 years old when the Aztec Empire was founded.
When pilgrims were landing on Plymouth Rock, you could already visit what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant and buy Native American silver.
The first wagon train of the Oregon Trail heads out the same year the fax machine is invented.
Nintendo was formed the same year Van Gogh painted Starry Night.
Cleopatra (the last Pharaoh of Egypt) lived closer to the moon landings than she did to the building of the Pyramids of Giza.
When Kublai Khan became the Mongol Emperor, the first humans were setting foot on New Zealand.
The world’s oldest living tree was already 1,000 years old when the Wooly Mammoths died out.
The steam-powered train was invented before the bicycle as we know it. (And bicycles only predate airplanes by 30 years)
Betty White is older than sliced bread.
Guns (or handcannons/fire-lances) had been in use in China for about 200 years when the English defeated the French at Crécy in 1346 through the novel use of the longbow.
The lives of Confucius, Socrates and Buddha all occurred around the same time. Buddha is thought to have died in 483 BC, Confucius died in 479 BC, and Socrates was born in 469 BC (a span of just 14 years)
Mauritania became the last country to ban slavery, over 5 years after the launch of the iPod.
During World War II, there were still many living former slaves in the US.
The Native Americans had a city, Cahokia, that was as populated as London or Paris in its peak during the 13th century. It remained the largest ever city in the United States until the 1740’s. It was completely abandoned by the time a white man saw it.
Mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (to abolish slavery) until the same year Star Trek Voyager premiered. It wasn’t officially ratified until they notified the US Archivist the year after the Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln, came out in theaters.
A man who saw Abraham Lincoln get shot was on a game show called I’ve Got a Secret to talk about the experience in 1956 (video).
instead of spending so much time assuring other people that “asexuals can have sex to please their partner” why don’t we spend time assuring asexuals that they are under no obligation to have sex with their partners to please them, and that if their partner cant respect their sexuality, they don’t deserve them.
You can attend wonderfully informative panels like this at DashCon:
DashCon claimed there would be 3,000-7,000 attendees. There are 1,000 at most and all of them are white kids in flower crowns who are rioting for the anti-sexualization of women in media while simultaneously running panels about “homoerotic subtext in fandoms and finding the gay ships for YOUR fandoms!!!”
UPDATE: Dash Con has gotten in touch and is settling the account right now. Good to hear.
The Baker Street Babes were invited as guests to Dash Con. At the time we were excited at the prospect. Friday we had our panel and live podcast and everything was great. It was lovely to see so many of you and to meet you. Our audiences were superb.
And then disaster struck.
We became uncomfortable with how Dash Con was proceeding after they asked their attendees, all of who had already paid for passes, to bail them out with $17,000-$20,000.
As our official obligations had concluded, we decided to withdraw from having a table or having anything to do with the convention. Liz changed her flight to leave earlier.
As you all know, things went from bad to worse with Welcome To Night Vale. Then Noelle (Gingerhaze) was left to foot her own bill. It became rapidly apparent that Dash Con wasn’t holding onto their part of the bargain and we had a feeling we were next.
And we were.
When Liz and Lyndsay checked in, their rooms, as promised, were on the Dash Con account. When Liz checked out this morning, she found that card had been removed and she was left to foot the bill. She called three of the con directors (Roxanne, Megg, and Cain) informed them all of the situation, saying that if they did not resolve it she would be calling her lawyer.
She waited until she had to leave for the airport. None returned her call or came to the lobby. Lyndsay checked to see if her room was still under Dash Con’s name, and it wasn’t.
I understand some guests have had their stay paid for, while others of us haven’t. Dash Con is picking and choosing who they want to pay. They’re going against their agreements. They’re doing nothing but lying and being incredibly deceitful.
We are not going to be scammed out of money. Not only is it money we do not have, but it’s money that we are not supposed to pay. We’re not letting Dash Con get away with this. We will be taking the appropriate legal action if they fail to pay, and we highly encourage anyone else in the same boat and with the means to do so to do the same.
The hotel manager and staff have been nothing but gracious in attempting to help us. They’ve been following the entire debacle on twitter and tumblr. They know what’s going on.
We hardly want to enter into a lawsuit, but we cannot just “take the hit.” Also, Dash Con doesn’t deserve to get off the hook. Admit to what you’ve done. Pay back the hundreds of people you’ve shamelessly taken money from.
"guess i’ll never be able to dress a niece/nephew"
stop feeling so entitled to my hypothetical offspring. it is not yours. it is mine. i will grow it if i grow it. and it will be mine. not yours. i am not an incubator which grants you familial titles. jesus. go away. this “have a baby i can play with” thing is so impersonal and insensitive and annoying.
Hey, I remember you saying you work in hotels! (I think, or something generally in that field?) Have you heard about Dashcon? What do you think about the $17,000 "scam"?
It’s a scam.
I used to work at a conference/resort hotel, and while it was small, they did booking out three to week-long business conventions in our conference and banquet halls, and so forth. I also used to do correspondence and business with an extremely large convention center in my city when I did admin and sales work. I currently still work in the hotel and tourism industry.
Sites that host conventions require anywhere from five days to two weeks payment receipt prior to the convention starting date. An actual contract would have been drafted and signed by both parties that states the payment procedures and deadlines. Failure to produce the payment on-time means the site, by the guidelines in the signed contract, has no obligation to host the event. However, they must have gotten sufficient payment in on-time or the hotel would have shut this whole thing down a week before it could even happen.
Could a compromise have been worked out? Yes, but a hotels’ sales department and GM would likely have turned down this crew if payment could not be provided in time. Hotels and honestly any venue will use their own personal judgement and discretion on customers if the proposal is becoming too much of a hassle and, honestly, a gamble for them. According to the original post, the hotel worked out a plan to let the staff paying the total in increments over the course of the weekend, which I have never heard of being an acceptable payment plan for a venue of this size and for, supposedly, that much money.
Also, $17,000 (out of the supposed $20,000 owed) seems like a gross over-price for a hotel. Even though it is a Marriott chain, that price to me seems like about double or triple what the venue probably costed for a weekend. However, I may be wrong on that front, because it is a convention-centre specialized hotel.
The presented letter had vital information whited-out and was not created in proper hotel stationary. Everything from the way the letter is closed out with signatures and acknowledgements, it all being whited-out save two lines, the spacing, even the brand logo placement seems forged…
Also! Hotels require cheques and credit cards for deposits. Paypal is not acceptable. If all this money was being sent via Paypal to give to the hotel, then that Paypal money would need to be withdrawn and placed into a chequing or savings account. If this was done on a Friday, it wouldn’t work. As someone who uses Paypal often for commissions, Paypal can transfer the money instantly, but your bank required three to five business days to actually have that money processed into your account to appear on your statement. They would have had to move the money on a Friday, and banks are usually closed Saturdays and Sundays. They would not have had the funds in time to pay the hotel until Monday or Tuesday of the following week!
And that’s still assuming the hotel was letting them pay in increments over the weekend as the convention was happening! Which is so far outside any hotel or convention venue protocol and contracting that I have ever heard! As I said before, the hotel would have had the money a week before, or the convention would have never happened!
Considering too, that apparently underage guests were attending 18+ panels, the police could likely get involved in a jiffy, and the entire thing can be investigated.
It is this one. Occasionally, the original text/pic gets deleted and replaced with a gif of your OTP or that actor in that one show or a quote from that thing you like. But it’s not them. It never was them. It has always been, and always will be, a lie.