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Fadamor

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  1. FIREWORKS! There has to be fireworks in the WEWCC if it's a festival! (OK... maybe not. I don't want to test the fire evacuation capability of the convention center.)
  2. Wow! Got it started a couple of months earlier this time! Will Gofer registration be correspondingly early?
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    Aviation Otaku, any here?

    Licensed private pilot here. Not current because... $140.00/hr to rent a plane "wet". I'll get back into flying after I win the lottery.
  4. Unfortunately, they aren't planning a huge project like a DC - Boston maglev - at least not initially. Can you imagine the expense involved in getting maglev tunnels through the New York metropolitan area while avoiding the regular rail and subway systems? Amtrak is able to do the Northeast Corridor run because they share track owned by other rail entities (commuter and freight). Maglev would require track ONLY usable by maglev trains. The tens of billions of dollars required to build such a line will never materialize.
  5. That part of the article was talking about which side of the BW Parkway would be used. West of the Parkway is residential while east of the parkway is a lot of government land (Ft. Meade, NASA Greenbelt, etc.) It sounds to me like they (the developers) are trying to get everyone caught up in the "Gee Whiz High Tech!!!" hype, while making no mention of the expected ridership and how the income from riders would compare to the operational costs (management, train staff, maintenance staff, ELECTRICITY, etc.) of the rail system. There's going to have to be a repair facility somewhere along the line to handle routine maintenance and non-routine repair of the trains. Once you build it, the costs to run the building don't cease. Even when there are no repairs/maintenance being performed, you still have to have those staff on the payroll.
  6. One of the Washington Post's Transportation writers had an article in today's paper on this project. She didn't seem to address the costs of operation of the system. She only discussed the funding that would be required to build it. The result is a kind of a half-hearted attempt at a news article. I don't know, maybe she didn't want to affect her access to these planners by bringing up too many negatives in her article. D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square eyed for high-speed maglev train station
  7. The problem with an ultra-expensive rail system with only three stops is economics-related... similar to the problems the Concorde SST faced. The cost of operating the entire rail system will be heaped upon only the riders heading to these three stops - increasing the cost of a one-way ticket and pricing it out of most commuter's range. The cost per rider would be exorbitant. If you say "add more stops", then it becomes less advantageous than other means of transportation as the train spends more time decelerating, stopped, then accelerating from stations rather than cruising along at the hyped maximum speed. It will be similar to what happened to the Concorde - where Britain and France were subsidizing the operational costs of the aircraft throughout the entirety of its existence. The government (Federal, State, and Local) would probably be asked to foot the majority of the operating costs "until the system becomes self-sustaining" which probably never will happen given that there aren't a lot of reasons for tourists to justify the cost to use a SMAGLEV between Baltimore and DC. Even Japan hasn't tried this commercially yet so there's no proof that a SMAGLEV system is economically feasible. Yes I'm being a "Danny Downer", but I feel our Federal Government is already up to it's ears in debt and projects like these will only bury it deeper in debt. The targeted consumer base is way too small to support reasonable fares without government bailouts. Would it be great if there was a SMAGLEV rail system? Sure! But who's going to be paying to keep it running? The answer is "The overwhelming majority of taxpayers who will never have a need to get between Baltimore and DC in 15 minutes." I don't see taxpayers approving such a boondoggle. Besides, the "15 minutes" quote is misleading unless you assume that the rider just happened to get to the station when an "express" train that skips BWI is getting ready to leave. Otherwise the potential customer will be waiting in the station for the next train, riding the train to BWI where it will stop to drop off/pick up, THEN continue to DC/Baltimore. An actual 15 minute trip will be a rarity in such a system. So if you spend 30 minutes in the rail system for a supposed "15 minute" trip, will the increased fare be really worth it? Again, like the Concorde, the answer will be, "Only for those with money to burn."
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    R.I.P. Stan Lee (1922-2018)

    Like many of his characters, Stan Lee was haunted by the things he could not control. In an interview a few years back he expressed frustration about all the things he still wanted to do, but now Father Time was rapidly limiting his ability to see them to completion.
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    Otakon 2020 / Tokyo Olympics

    I'm not staff and do not speak for Otakorp. That said... Otakorp reportedly locked in the dates for the five years of their contract with the WEWCC. If true, then the dates for Otakon 2020 are already set. Secondly, why was this asked in the Gofer Q&A? It probably should be moved to a better category.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Currently the edit window is ~5 minutes, then it gets locked. Matt is looking at whether there is interest in extending the edit window. https://board.otakon.com/index.php?showtopic=26779
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    It sounds to me like the address of your friend that you had the badge mailed to is incorrect. Checking that the address is correct isn't going to help much if YOU have the address incorrectly recorded.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    It's a highly protected secret. Thursday is probably not possible, but for Friday... the sheet of paper that came with your badge explains how to pick up your swag bag. To wit:
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I see. Our letter carrier spends many days stopped at our mailboxes and chatting on his cell rather than delivering mail, so... I could see him playing free and easy with the rules.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Hmm... received my tracking number yesterday and tracking indicated that it would be delivered today. Problem was that there would be no one home today to sign for it so I expected to go pick it up from the Post Office on Monday. When I got home this evening, the badge was waiting for me in my mailbox. Perhaps they are allowed to leave "signature required" items in mailboxes that require a key to access and not need a signature? My mailbox needs a key to get into.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    It's the 10th. No badge. No tracking number. Let's just call this whole "tracking number" experiment a huge failure. Why bother when people aren't even given the tracking number until AFTER they've received the badge? Are we now to assume that if we get a tracking number but haven't received the badge yet, that something horribly wrong has happened to the badge? The holiday was six business days ago for the USPS AND the company Otakorp paid to get the badges out. Sorry, I can't accept that the USPS would still be in "holiday mode" a week later. I think we can all agree the load on the USPS for the 4th of July doesn't hold a candle to the load they experience over the end-of-year holidays. Apples - Oranges.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Well, if they used any sort of standard database format for the membership database, once they had a text file with the member ID/tracking number pairs, it WOULD be like magic because all they would need to do is add the tracking number field to the database, then perform a merge based on the member ID. Most computers these days can perform an 8,000 record merge in about 5 -10 minutes. The hardest part of all that would be updating the member web page to show the tracking info.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    The registration write-up says they EXPECT to have the badges arrive at our doors with 2 to 3 weeks remaining. Three weeks remaining has come and gone and two weeks remaining will be this Friday. Because they said "expect" and not "guarantee", they can let the self-imposed deadline expire without having technically "lied". There's an integrity issue here, though. Unlike the network issues last year - which happened suddenly, this mailing process has been an on-going "thing" for months now. Anywhere along the process there could have been a snag that delayed the mailing date. An honorable organization would have notified their stakeholders of the delay once it became apparent that the delay could not be made up later in the process. Otakorp's attitude seems to be "Meh, they still have two weeks after the deadline expires" and one staff member even expressed it recently as "oodles of time". THIS IS TRUE, but it's not what has been presented to the stakeholders. Sometime last week a notice should have gone out that badges would not be arriving with three weeks remaining. Keeping your stakeholders in the dark about changes to the plan is NOT a smart way to promote repeat business.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I'm alright with a delay, but letting us know about the delay would be the honorable thing to do. When they say the badges will be at your house by July 10 and it's July 5 with no word on things actually going out their door, you have to start wondering. If it gets mailed on Monday then the badges should still arrive on time, but if Monday comes and goes...
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I could have sworn that I read about this somewhere previously. I also recall reading that the badges will be mailed priority and will require a signature but I don't remember where I read that either. It was probably here that you read it: https://www.otakon.com/registration_updates.asp#Mail
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    "Badges will be mailed to arrive at your house 2 to 3 weeks before the start of Otakon"... We JUST reached 3 weeks, so there's still another week before you can start to legitimately get concerned. As far as I know, NOBODY has received notification that their badge is in the mail yet, so I have to assume they haven't yet been mailed.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    They're going to mail it so that you get it 2 to 3 weeks before Otakon. You still have a couple of weeks before you should start worrying.
  22. Japanese PM never swears, Aso! Aso!

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    Guest Request: 2015

    Update: Wiki has updated her death entry with a citation, but it's the same ANN announcement. However, if the story wasn't true I would have thought Origa or her management would have said something by now.
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    Guest Request: 2015

    Her websites aren't much help - the Japanese site hasn't been updated since 2012 and the English site talks about the "upcoming" Vancouver convention that happened last year. Wikipedia lists her death, but (like everything else on her Wiki page) there isn't a citation to support it. Her Facebook page has a ton of condolences, but that could just be from the same ANN announcement. The most recent post on her Facebook page by HER was six days ago talking about a band covering one of her songs, but no mention of not feeling well was made. So yeah, this COULD still be a hoax via a hacked twitter account.
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    Guest Request: 2015

    Duhhhh. Me no' smart but me 'no' dif'rence 'tween cartoon an' kulchure. How's that? Dumbed-down enough for you? For the record, I've never been on a horse - whether "high" or "stone-cold sober". The closest I've came was as a child on a pony ride at a carnival. As for "acting like I know everything about it", I've never claimed that and certainly never acted like it. I'm pretty sure no one can ever claim that because the topic of Asian Culture is so vast and constantly evolving. Even if you tried to narrow it down to just Japanese anime, I'd say there's probably still no one who can say they "know everything about it" because of the sheer numbers of titles released every season. I'm glad you "got it already" but if you did, then my post wasn't aimed at you was it? Turn off the flames because I wasn't addressing you, ね?
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