Colorado School of Mines

Rockies World Series Ticket Clusterfucks

In case you haven’t heard, the Rockies are going to the world series after winning 20 of their last 21 games and sweeping both the Phillies and the Diamondbacks in the divisional playoffs.

To help makes things for the thousands of fans wanting tickets, the Colorado Rockies decided to only sell tickets online. Fair enough.

Well on Monday, millions of people attempted to buy tickets to the World Series at Coors Field. I was one of them. Using my tablet in the middle of Digital Logic, I was going to try and snag a couple of Rockpile tickets (Rockpile Tickets to the World Series: $65/each). Well, I sat there for about 10 minutes, a battle waged against server timeouts. I finally gave up.

The story reported later that night went something like this:
From colorado.rockies.mlb.com:

This morning, after more than 8.5 million hits on the Colorado Rockies website, Paciolan (Pack-ee-o-lan), Major League Baseball’s ticket vendor, experienced a system wide outage that impacted all of its North American customers. As a result, the Colorado Rockies have suspended the sale of 2007 World Series tickets scheduled to be played at Coors Field.

By this morning, the report had changed a bit. “System wide outage” turned into “external malicious attack” and eventually the Paciolan/MLB was playing the role of victim to a denial-of-service attack.

Yea, DOS my ass. Drew calls BS on this one and I have to agree with him:

From www.thedenverchannel.com:

Drew Curtis, the owner of Fark.com, called the denial of service claim “bogus.” Curtis, who has been on the receiving end of DOS attacks, told TheDenverChannel, “If they notified their upstream provider that they were under attack, the upstream provider could have shut that off in no time flat. They’re lying.”

Curtis said the heavy traffic Monday was likely coming from ticket brokers.

“Scalping is big money, big enough for scammers to develop utilities to open thousands of simultaneous connections attempting to buy tickets. I suspect that was at least part of the problem.”

Confident they’ve beefed up their network enough blocked the culprits, Rockies tickets went back on sale today at noon local time, kind of. I got on a campus computer1 at 11:45am and was online trying to get tickets until 1pm, when I had to leave for a meeting.

I spent wasted over an hour of time either looking at a 120 second countdown timer assuring me that the systems were under severe loads and I would be ushered in in the order I arrive or this screen:
timed_out.JPG

That screen, my friends, is a server timeout screen. In short, I was blocked again. Rocktober has frozen into Mocktober.

I looked for a report on a local news site saying that ticket sales would be suspended again because gremlins had been mucking around in the systems again; no such luck.

Tickets were selling, apparently. But at the appalling rate of 1500 per a minute.

So here’s what I don’t get. Pick any A-list music performer (U2, Dave Matthews Band, The Police, etc). Most of those performances sellout within minutes, like eight minutes. 60,000 tickets gone in a flash at a rate five times faster then Rockies were selling tickets. How come they never have any issues?

Let the scalping begin!

For more information on the squirrel with big nuts: http://www.fark.com/farq/about.shtml

1We sit on the FRGP Network, which, for the sake of this post, well call A Really Fast Connection™

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Great American Beer Festival

After my birthday, I had a bit of a change in palette. I began enjoying beers and began to dislike mixed drinks. Over the summer, I discovered some amazing micro brews native to the Northwest (The Ram’s Buttface Amber Ale, Mac and Jack’s, Drop Top, and Alaskan Amber to name a few).

Unfortunately, I go to school in Coors Country and so I’m “stuck” with Blue Moon, Killians, and the wonderful selection from New Belgium Brewery (not a Coors product, but still native to Colorado).

However, the Great American Beer Festival is upon us here in Colorado and I will be joining my fellow twenty-one and over comrades in enjoying the fine brews of 1884 beers prepared by over 400 breweries from around the nation.

I’ll be going this Thursday (the 11th) with Mines (yes, our school sold tickets and is chartering a bus to the GABF). You’re welcome to join us if you’ll be in town, just give me a ring on the telly.

I hope to have a report on some great new beers when I return. Stay Tuned!

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Billings Alumni

Tyler Anderson: Washington State University in Pullman, Washington

David Barker: Traveling to Europe and Costa Rica

Andrew Ferguson: Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado

Lindsay Hansberry: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado

Katherine Latimer:  Washington State University in Pullman, Washington

Ali Messinger: Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington

Niel Radheshwar: University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

Sam Ricketts: Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York

Maya Stessin: University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio

Stephanie Runo: Washington and Jefferson College in Washington,Pennsylvania

Mesa Schumaker: Stanford University in Stanford, California

Adrienne Wilson: Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts

Found: 12 of 12! Woo-hoo!

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Canyonlands: Tuba City

Zone: 12
397570 Northing
479813 Easting

Because of the delay in Flagstaff, we had to spend the night in Tuba City. We arrived at 6pm and promptly ate dinner at Hogan’s, a small restaurant tied to the local Quality Inn. The males spent the night outside, save JHan and Thomas. I wore tops and bottoms, fleece, wool gloves, booties, and a skull cap and I was still a little cold. We woke up this morning and had breakfast at Hogan’s then drove to Bashas’ Grocery where I purchased the last few essentials. I called home and found out that I was rejected from Caltech. I’m not really that disappointed. It really just makes it that much easier to go to CSM.

Note: The coordinates are obviously off and should actually be located more north

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