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+Troy Maynard you are a 'con attendee and organizer, you should hear this story too. [warning, artist's website contains some NSFW material]
 
Wherein I relearn an important lesson after getting suckered (*originally posted privately, reposted to share publicly):

I attended RavenCon 2014 with my family and purchased an art commission from Rob Quill (link), who is a frequent sight in artist alley at various national SFF cons.

After paying up front and an initial brisk exchange of emails, including a pencil concept sketch, ol' Rob went, as we used to say in the Navy when describingd a ship that has lost main power, 'warm, dark and quiet'. He just wasn't there and I couldn't raise him by email at all.

After a few months of this I did the basic due diligence that I should have performed at the outset. I found multiple pages of authors and fans describing exactly my experience with Rob Quill. Payment in full, a concept sketch and then radio silence. A few (perhaps half?) who persisted or knew someone in the biz were able to leverage their contacts and get a product although only after great delay (12 months+).

I reached out to the Ravencon chair without the expectation of a response (I am after all only one dude, after all) and the chair (name omitted since I didn't ask if he minded that I related this) answered within 24 hours. He pinged Quill with my concerns and asked that I follow up if this didn't get resolved. Keep in mind at this point that RC'15 was a month away and Quill was exhibiting again. The RC chair followed up again, as well (kudos to him!).

After several exchanges with Quill (often with delays, one of which was mine while I travelled internationally), I asked for a partial refund - I lost confidence that I was going to get a useful image. We agreed on a figure, I sent my Paypal info to him and he replied that the $ was sent.

Post RC'15 he went radio silent again. He definitely didn't send the $ via paypal. He hasn't responded to my latest few missives (including a time stamped screen shot of my Paypal deposit page), so I have decided to forgive the debt as outlined in my mail to him:

"Hi Rob, haven't heard back from you on this. Frankly, the amount of time I have spent so far is worth more than the money in question. Please take this email as my permission to retain all funds for the picture that you didn't deliver and the refund that you didn't send.

I plan to extract more than the value of the commission in terms of my personal enjoyment as I share this experience in detail with the (modest number of) contacts that I have in various cons, SFF publishing houses and fan groups. Since I only know a few score people, I will probably have to re-tell the saga a few times.

Truly, no need to reply or refund at this point.

With greatest sincerity,
Mike Massa"

Lessons learned -

1. Beware the 'Happy fun time effect': I was @ RavenCon, which is a smaller, fannish, cozy con. I was having a good time and made the very naïve snap judgment that since this guy was vetted by a well organized non mercenary con management team (unlike huge cons such as SDCC) that my $100+ wasn't at risk. I know, I know - I am usually the soul of caution and the center of cynicism on this sort of thing. Mea maxima culpa. Don't make my error.

2. Never, ever, nowhere no-time buy from Quill. Ditto allow family to do same, nor permit friends to make purchases without knowing this tale.

3. Get references: I still want that picture, dammit. I will find someone else and use references before any money goes anywhere.
 
4. Don't forget that one don't trust unvouched-for strangers for a reason... regardless of being at a con.

*edited for formatting and detail after original post, and reposted for a public share. 
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Hey +Bill Sider do you think this is overkill for an afternoon floating the river?
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No, that would do nicely. :)
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Seems legit. The bridge analogy is spot on.

Favorite line:
Vast chains of abstract conditions and requirements have to be picked through to discover things like missing commas. Doing this all day leaves you in a state of mild aphasia as you look at people's faces while they're speaking and you don't know they've finished because there's no semicolon.
But, for the sake of the argument, can we agree that stress and insanity are bad things? Awesome. Welcome to programming.
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I think I'll start programming in Ook

Btw: speaking of pedantry with computers, in that context it's Internet not internet. I'm such a geek
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It is a start!  Let's keep pushing #STEM!
 
Montana legislature approves $1K scholarships for #STEM & Health Care Majors at #MT colleges http://bit.ly/1LJc6Uf via Bozeman Chronicle
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+Steve Loper​ how do you keep cool at Burning Man?
The basic idea for the bucket cooler is just a smaller version of Yellowdog's cooler made from a rubbermade garbage can. An evaporative cooler will reduce the tempature by 20 to 30 degrees. Keep in mind that there is more than one way to skin a cat. (WARNING! DO NOT SKIN A CAT, IT WONT HELP THIS ...
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Mostly shade, but the sticker bus also has an air conditioner we run a few hours a day to cool down.
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I really like how Jeff Warren and PublicLabs are putting sophisticated sensors and data collection tools in the hands of regular folks at affordable prices.  Everything they sell on their site can also be made at home with parts you have laying around.
 
Big Sky Dev Con opening keynote with Jeff Warren. Check out publiclabs.org for some rally cool mapping stuffs and community.

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I am more passionate about alternative energy.
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32 days and counting!  Can't wait.  Still waiting for confirmation of the factory tour.
Tesla Motors Club (TMC) is excited to announce TMC Connect 2015, our third annual users' conference and expo. TMC Connect 2015 will take place on the weekend of July 10-12, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. This year we will continue to provide our conference attendees with networking ...
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Very long but excellent article.

TL;DR: "Oil companies will try to slow things down, and they may succeed—but they’re not winning this one. I just don’t see how they could. A company that makes lantern fuel can stay strong for a while by shielding the public from understanding what a light bulb is, but eventually, people will figure it out and lanterns will be out of business, bringing the lantern fuel company down with it."

What is great about this post is the depth of research the author did.  In order to understand why electric cars will change things, you have to understand the history of energy and the history of cars.  The author give enough background to help frame the discussion and busts myths with fact.  Facts backed up with citations, not just flashy graphs.
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The very first part of that article alone should be re-read by every person every month.

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Wow.  Tony Stark and I are the same age and I've only gotten to (super)genius.  Guess I need to stop slacking.
 
Today in Geek History: Happy Birthday, Iron Man! The genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist was born in 1970 to Howard and Maria Stark.
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