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Fragologist Magnus
Nov 30, 2003
I had registered for MACNA months ago. I was going to buy my plane ticket yesterday, so I went to their site to see when the talks began on friday. I noticed they have all the talks concurrently during the day running 3 of them all the time. That means you can only go to 1/3 of the talks and you miss out on the rest :shock: :evil: :doubt: :eek: I find this extremely crappy to say it politely. They have a combination of speakers that will likely not be repeated anytime soon. The topics are pretty good too, but we get to miss 2/3 of them even though we are paying for all of it.

Last night, I sent them an email inquiring about this:

From: "Alberto Perez Dimaggio, MD "
> <dgasmd@netscape.net>
> Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 20:48:11 -0400
> Subject: MACNA speaker sessions
> I had registered for MACNA, but just noticed that
> the speaker sessions
> run concurrently. That means if we are interested in
> most of the talks
> we miss out on 2/3 of them!! That is a shame since
> this is the first
> MACNA that will have some of the speakers you ahve
> listed in one place.
> Please let me know if this is the case or if I
> misunderstood. I may not
> show up and just buy the video recording later
> instead.
> Alberto

This is what I got from them today:

Thanks for your inquirey,
Speaker sessions run concurrently. DVDs will be
available after MACNA for $39 per session , each
approx 1 1/2 hours.

I find this really irritating. This is a money making scheme at the expense of the hobbiest like any other. The worst part is that it is by another group of hobbiest too!! So I pay for the entire thing, get 1/3 of the talks only, and then have to pay 14 (missed) x $39 = $546 to get the rest? :shock: :shock: :shock:

I may be cancelling my reservation. That god I haven't pay for it yet.

Sorry about the outburst of anger. I have been sniffing too much PVC glue today :doubt:


Well-known member
Jan 25, 2004
Yeah - Alberto, I was pretty disappointed by the session layout. I was looking forward to some of the speakers, but they are speaking at the same time as others I also would like to see. It was frustrating, so I was making my choices based on topics that would be most useful to me.


Well-known member
Jul 18, 2003
It's been like that at several of the MACNA's, including the one I attended. Just like any other conference, you have to pick and choose what is most relevent to you. Hard to stomach that $39 per session fee for the DVD's though. :(
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