Yesterday RK perused the website for the coming icoc in Stockholm and, once again, marveled at the stupidity, conceit and deception the icoc people are perpetrating.
First off, and most important, is the ludicrous idea these "conferences" are well organized and planned.
For instance: Locating the main venue of the event a "10 minute commuter train ride from the center of Stockholm" is about as dumbass as it gets.
First of all a "ten minute commuter train ride" is never ten minutes, as one has to get to the station, buy a ticket and wait on a platform for the train.
Then, of course, you have to get off the train, walk down a platform, through the station and make your way to the "venue", which even if it is an alleged "two minute walk" we doubt anyone, even an Olympic track star, could accomplish.
Dividing the event between the conference venue, the "Stockholm International Fairs (Stockholmsmssan) in lvsj (the "ten minute train or car ride"), and the center city, where the hotels are,not counting the locations of several of the participating museums where exhibitions are supposedly going to be staged, can only be called miserable stupid planning.
RK has attended a number of earlier icoc "conferences" and they, like this coming one, were as stupidly planned and, on top, ended up being exceptionally poorly organized. Already this one's planning clearly follows suit and we are sure by the time it is over the organization will also.
These conferences are three day affairs and to jam-pack the schedule with too many lectures, museum and local dealer exhibitions and a "dealers fair", more about this soon, can only be called incredibly stupid and ludicrous.
But remember this is done for a reason and that reason is the politics of the icoc, an inbred self-serving group of rugDUMBers who always make sure to benefit themselves at the expense of the conference attendees.
If anyone thinks RK is lying, you either are a newbie who has never been to one of these "conferences" or a brain-dead believer.
If these "conferences" were week long, full seven day, affairs such a schedule might be appropriate but to ram such a schedule into a weekend is nothing but dumb.
Here's another titbit, and we quote from the conference website:
"ICOC does not receive any commission from your hotel bookings. You may book either through Congrex, or on the internet. Prices my vary from one source to another."
RK will be glad to bet dollars to donut-holes this is blantant deception, as the icoc will get a number of free suites and rooms at both of the advertised hotels depending upon how many conference attendees book rooms.
And guess who get those free rooms and suites? Right you are the conference committee members. They stay for free and you pay for it. Nice, huh?
Let's all remember dennis the menace, liar and cheat dodds is the secretary general and he is responsible for the planning and publicity we quote; so don't forget, according to RK, deception and lies are to be expected.
The prices for the dealer fair booth are not too high but let RK warn anyone who has signed up, or is thinking about it -- with a conference schedule that is as packed with events as a sardine can you will not get much chance to peddle your wares.
Conference attendees will be busy as bees when they are at the "ten minute commuter train or car ride" facility where you will be located and, then your audience will go, or be swept, off back into the center city for museum shows, eating, socializing and of course their hotel rooms.
Remember most attendees, especially those with checkbooks, will come from afar and be tired from their journey to Stockholm, forget about those coming from America or the Middle or Far East who will be jet-lagged. So really now how many minutes do you think you will have to get them to buy your pieces?
Let's all also remember the money dealers pay for their booth is a very inportant source of revenue for these events and at every other conference RK knows about we heard many grumbles from the dealers about how they felt they got shafted by the organizers -- What makes you think this one will be different?
RK will bet you those dollars to donut-hole it won't, so be prepared.
RK could go on critiquing what is planed and predicting what will happen and while we will surely not participate in this "conference" in any manner we are not suggesting you should not.
Rather we post these comments to forewarn those who are planning to go and, perhaps you will not believe this, we are as well trying to get the dopey, self-serving and nepotistic "conference committee" to realize their planning appears to be highly questionable and to make some effort to ensure the event does not turn out like all the others.
Stay tuned for more as time for the event draws closer and RK is positive we will be able to point out more possible problems and coming disasters from the conference committees published publicity.