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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23835 on: October 14, 2013, 01:44:02 PM »
The promoter is refunding 1/3 of the price of tickets to the purchaser of record. In my case, that would be DH. Since the promoter is the only recognized vendor, they are well within their rights to deal with the situation in this manner.

So third party vendors are going to be getting 1/3 of the money they spent buying their tickets back and their customers have no recourse. People who bought their tickets off Craigslist are complaining because the promoter is not going to go out of their way for them. We were all warned that some protections would be lost if tickets were secured via a third party. Now that people see that the promoter was serious, people are crying foul.

I don't see how the promoter can refund people's money any other way. I also feel you assume some risk when you purchase tickets through a third party.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23836 on: October 14, 2013, 02:00:52 PM »
One of my friends who went to ACL was posting pictures of the flooded areas today.

http://republicofaustin.com/2013/10/13/acl-fest-2013-flooding-pictures-weekend-2/

Yeah, having thousands of people sloshing around in knee-deep water sounds just brilliant.../eyeroll
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23837 on: October 14, 2013, 02:40:08 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

Good.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23838 on: October 14, 2013, 03:35:10 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

Good.

There's more to the story, though:

- woman gets asked to write, politely asks about things like payment, and gets called a name for expecting to get paid.  (A name, ironically, which usually indicates payment for services, if you know what I mean.)

- she then posts about her experience on her blog, which is run through a second magazine (Scientific American).

- second magazine takes the post down with no warning and no notice to her.  It turns out the two magazines are under the same umbrella organization (kind of - not entirely clear on how exactly they're connected, but there is some connection.)

- editor at second magazine defends the takedown saying their magazine is about "discovering science" and thus a blog post about the particular challenges women of color in science face aren't right for the magazine.

- several other authors for that magazine come forward and show their own blog posts - many about being female/minorities and how that makes the academic science world more difficult - have never been taken down and some were, in fact, sought out specifically to write about that exact topic.

- internet firestorm about the original insult, Scientific American's take that talking about discrimination in the science community isn't of benefit to the community as a whole, and whether their refusal to publish her blog post about the sexist insult is, in itself, sexist.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23839 on: October 14, 2013, 05:03:55 PM »
Yea, that storm isn't over yet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23840 on: October 14, 2013, 05:32:16 PM »
Someone else who thinks Halloween decorations are scary.

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-entertainment/halloween-shop-displays-too-scary-for-some-20131011-2vdf8.html#utm_source=FD&utm_medium=lifeandstylepuff&utm_campaign=scary

Funny thing is, Halloween isn't that big here so the decorations are rather token.

Oh, the horror. ::) Looks like she passed the sourpuss gene on to the poor kid.


She can't show her kid "Look, this is just a piece of plastic."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23841 on: October 14, 2013, 07:23:42 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???
At first he was being supported to the point of  DNLee's original post being taken down by Scientific American. There was major backlash and they have reversed their decision to censor her and restored her post. I haven't seen any reports of him being fired, and he should be.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23842 on: October 14, 2013, 07:51:28 PM »
One of them spilled beer on me and refused to apologize, saying, "That's just what you gotta expect at a football game!" (only with considerably more cursing involved).

This happened in Australia where a fan had the hood of their hoodie filled with beer.

http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/hoodiegate-police-hunt-beer-prank-culprits/20131014-2vh6j.html

The police at the game told him that he should have expected it so he went to the police station afterwards. Police are trying to track down the culprits, posting photos, but some of the comments on the radio yesterday were along the lines of "Well, it's a football game. Accidents happen. What did you expect?"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23843 on: October 14, 2013, 08:31:05 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23844 on: October 14, 2013, 09:01:51 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

What's a Mexican wave? I've heard of the "the wave" but not a Mexican one...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23845 on: October 14, 2013, 09:08:22 PM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

What's a Mexican wave? I've heard of the "the wave" but not a Mexican one...

It's what everyone outside North America calls "the wave"  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23846 on: October 14, 2013, 10:14:52 PM »
Isn't calling it "the wave " a bit too ambiguous?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23847 on: October 14, 2013, 10:54:28 PM »
A thwap with a flounder to the SS who parked over the line at the library so far that I had to crawl in through the passenger door of my car. 

I know that they were SS because the spot next to me was empty when I went in, and it was on the end of the row so there was no other car on the other side forcing them to park funny.  Also that spot is wider than normal anyway.  They were a good 4 feet from the left hand side of the space and darned near a foot into mine.  I suppose it could have been worse.  I could have had SS on both sides and had to crawl in through the hatchback.  BTDT.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23848 on: October 15, 2013, 08:19:18 AM »
It's people like that at sports who ruin it for everyone. Like peeing in beer cups and letting them loose during a Mexican wave.

I was at a gig a few years ago where a jerk a few rows in front would go for a new cup of beer every 20 minutes or so, take about 3 sips and then launch it into the air to spray over all the people below. Evil!Cherry was fighting the urge to pour her water bottle over his head during a "trip" by the end.

The thing that annoyed me most was that the venue, like many, took advantage of the captive audience to overcharge massively on drinks and food. The idiot probably spent about £50 on beer so he could throw it on people.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23849 on: October 15, 2013, 08:26:02 AM »
This morning on one of the morning shows, I heard people talking about ways they deterred sales people who came by unsolicited.  Some of things seemed to be a bit snowflakey from what I can recall.   If a salesperson or other solicitor rings my doorbell, I will kindly turn them away - I do not need a new vacuum (have 1 already), hear your political speech (not a political person here), or you trying to tell me about your religion (happy with my choice of Deity and faith).