In 2011, the San Diego Comic-Con sold out in seven hours. Last year, in little over an hour. This time around, the online waiting room shut its doors within minutes.
I emerged victorious. I clicked to get in at 9 a.m. exactly, and earned the #12,994th spot in line—but only after waiting several harrowing minutes for a server response. Heather, having done likewise on her own computer, was left to wait a little longer—and was instead forwarded to the above landing page at about 9:07 a.m. I was eventually moved on to the ticket purchase page at about 9:30 a.m., and got us both sorted; in the meantime, further attempts by her to access the waiting room were to no avail.
The #comiccon tag on Twitter is a litany of despair.
Update: reports on Twitter suggest that while the waiting room system has crapped the bed, people are still getting to buy tickets if they can get in. So keep trying!
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.