Prepare yourselves for a shock -- our ABC hearing has been postponed again! After submitting our request for a hearing in November, it was originally scheduled for mid-April, and got postponed to mid-May for unspecified "scheduling problems". Now, after seeing the discovery on our expert witnesses, ABC's attorney says that he couldn't possibly respond in time. And the next date we could get on the court's calendar is in July. So that's eight months' worth of speedy justice so far. Seventeen months if you start counting from when we filed our permit application in February 2007.

That part about "prepare yourself for a shock?" Naah, this should shock no one. I assume that this stalling tactic is just another part of their attempted war of attrition. It's the favorite tactic of every bureaucracy, since they're never in any hurry, and the longer they can stall, the more chance that we'll just go away, right?

Also:

Subject: hi
Date: Sat, 03 May 2008 21:21:18 -0700
From: Kiosk User <guest05@dnalounge.net>
To: kiosk-feedback@dnalounge.com

i love your club
excuse my beauty


You may have heard about this whole "social networking" thing by now, huh? It turns out that there are these web sites out there, where sometimes people make with the clickety-pokety and tell each other what shows they're going to. The less useless of these sites tend to have a shiny, candy-like "I'M GOING!" button on them, the better to browbeat your friends (and "friends") into attending with you. It's all very Modern.

So, we've been making more effort to keep our events updated on a number of these sites, and are linking to them from the calendar pages, e.g., this week's Hubba Hubba Revue calendar entry includes:

Are you going? Let your friends know on MySpace, Facebook, Going, Upcoming, SonicLiving and Last.FM.

That's kind of verbose, and I think it's a little weird to spell that all out in sentence form on every calendar entry, but I'm not sure how else to do it that would cause people to actually get the message, since this is apparently an unusual thing to do!

There are a few sites like ShareThis that let you put a little popup-menu dingus on your web pages to make it easy to submit your page's link to various link-aggregation sites. But, these widgets all seem to only really work with "bookmark"-type sites like Digg. I expected to find (and was surprised not to find) a similar widget for "event"-type sites, that would give you a widget that would let you easily direct-link to the various "I'm Going" buttons. But, it doesn't exist (and in hindsight, it's obvious why: it's really hard). So, the best we can do, I think, is make plain-old-links to the event pages on those other sites.

It's a real pain in the ass submitting our events to all of these sites. Most of them have no way to subscribe to our iCal or RSS feeds, so they all have to be entered manually. Some take HTML, some don't. Some screen-scrape MySpace, so you have to post to those before posting to MySpace or they get incomplete info. Most don't check for duplicate events, so if "DNA Lounge" posts an event, and the outside promoter of the event posts it as well, well then, there are two.

It's all a big hairy mess.

The Frail, a local band who were scheduled to play at Pop Roxx tonight, didn't play because their car broke down in San Jose. At 7pm. And they couldn't figure out a way to get here by 11:30.

The one member who was in the city offered to perform anyway with the entire set canned, but Barry explained to him that "you and your laptop are not a band." (There's a t-shirt that says that, but I can't find the link right now.)

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