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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Tew's Day 
10th-Aug-2010 07:23 am
Happy birthday to havelyard!

State of the 'Song
Hangin' in.

Blogathon Totals
Blogathon: $885
Auctions: $1,762
Total: $2,647

Considering that this auction had 63 items and last year's had 49 and cleared $2,100, and auction totals have been rising steadily every year - yes, absolutely the auction fuckery cost BARCC over a thousand. People being unable to create accounts, not getting outbid notices, and the continual shutting down of the auction without notice had a very obvious effect. On the one hand, yay over $2K for BARCC; on the other, there should've been at least another thousand there.

Will be sending a "I'm sorry you didn't win, but mayhap you will consider donating anyway?" e-mail to nonwinning bidders today. Hopefully we can at least get it to $3K.

But yeah. Cost of delegation and trusting people: Over $1,000. Minimum. Now you know.

Volunteering with BARCC
We have four training sessions per year; tomorrow night is the last information and interview session for the August 23-27 training. So if you have time for a weeklong training, get your applications in today! Since most people have difficulty getting a full week off, the summer training sessions have fewer applicants and your chances are the best they're going to be.

Next session is the whole month of October, every Saturday and Wednesday night except 10/9. But evening-and-weekend trainings have a lot more applicants. So.

Daily Science
Holy Freaking Cow… P != NP?

Work, lunch, hanging out with taura_g, swinging by Diesel if only to drop off sofiaviolet's auction winnings. Sleepover date with feste_sylvain. I should go pack.
10th-Aug-2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit confused - was the auction site deliberately misrepresented to you, or was it someone saying "hey, I found this, it could work" but then it didn't work?
10th-Aug-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Deliberately misrepresented.
10th-Aug-2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ew. That really sucks. :(
10th-Aug-2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
You have no idea. I have kept my mouth shut about *so* much. But yeah, misrepresentation and lies all the way down. The things that damaged the whole process the most were the inability to create accounts (which persisted like whoa) and the random unscheduled half-day shutdowns, but there was a *lot* of upfuckery going on there that no one saw but me and my guys.
10th-Aug-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I'm among those who had trouble even registering, I can't speak for others, but I definitely didn't bid as aggressively as I normally would have on the stuff I wanted. I just couldn't spare the effort to repeatedly check the site to see if it was up/I had been outbid.
11th-Aug-2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, see? She's scoffing (and lying), and what I'm hearing from bidders and potential bidders is what you're saying.

I am really sorry, and it will *not* happen again.
10th-Aug-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know what I found more stunning when I clicked the Daily Science link -- the actual article, or the fact that the first comment was by a friend-of-a-friend who I know from near-completely unrelated contexts.
10th-Aug-2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
The internet a smaller world than people realize.
10th-Aug-2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
It's a small 'net after all
It's a small 'net after all
It's a small 'net after all
It's a small, small 'net"

Now I have hundreds of singing dolls stuck in my head.
10th-Aug-2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Not literally. That would *really* hurt.
10th-Aug-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Well, unless they're microscopic dolls.
10th-Aug-2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm really sorry about the Blogathon auction fail. :( I hope that next year goes better.
10th-Aug-2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
It will! Next year I do it all myself.

People always tell me to delegate. At least now I have a great example to point to for the next time I refuse to do so...
10th-Aug-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Test run! Mid-Feb "winter's so miserable let's think of summertime things" practice auction! I'll donate!
10th-Aug-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan!
10th-Aug-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
There's a key part missing there: delegate to trustworthy people.
10th-Aug-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Dude. Got burned pretty hard here. Just sayin'.
10th-Aug-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. But we trustworthy types do exist. :)
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