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New website and newsfeed!

Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 1:24 am in Uncategorized by froggy

A new Notacon website is now available, which includes an integrated newsfeed system. Thus, this one is now decommissioned. All of the old posts and comments have been ported, but we will keep this feed around for historical purposes.

Please visit the new site at

Notacon 8 media now online!

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 3:28 pm in Uncategorized by froggy

I’m happy to say that the media for Notacon 8 is now online at I want to thank everyone for their patience as I worked through all of the media to get it ready for release. I chose to use MP4 as the video format of choice and OGG as the audio format. As a reminder, all of the media is being released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Before you start scarfing it down either via torrent or direct download, I want to let everyone know why there is an inconsistent quality between many of the items.

It turns out that our video recording setups, in particular the one in Edison I, were incredibly problematic and produced numerous technical difficulties. In particular it was difficult if not impossible for the person working the cameras and boards to get accurate readings on the audio levels in the rooms. Hence, some of the videos were recorded with the audio being barely audible, while in others the audio consistently “clipped” and was essentially too loud. In many videos, the presenter was inaudible, while people asking questions on the roaming mikes were too loud.

I did my best to personally hand edit and tweak every one of the files. On some of them, I believe I did a reasonably good job. On others, I feel I was lucky to get anything salvageable at all. In a few rare cases, the media was completely unusable (Joe Peacocks “Art of Akira” and Charlie Vedaa’s “Game on! Building an online hacker playground”) I want to sincerely apologize to both presenters for not being able to produce recorded copies of their presentations.

I have already spoken with the video recording crew and we are all working on solutions to prevent problems like those we had this year. As a reminder, this is a volunteer effort. :)

Thanks again for supporting Notacon and look towards the launch of our new website (Ooooo), Call for Proposals (Say it isn’t so!) and Registration (I can’t wait to send you guys money!) in the very near future.

@party registration closes on June 6th!

Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 2:12 am in Announcements, other events by froggy

Just a head’s up that registration for @party, located in Harvard, Massachusetts, closes on June 6th! You only have a few more days to buy your tickets!

Tyger and I had a great time last year, and hung around a lot of other Notacon/PixelJam/Blockparty folks. Their registration price is super cheap at only $55 and the venue (a country hostel) is awesomely unique and inviting. Unfortunately we can’t make it this year due to the little one, but I wanted to encourage all of YOU to do so in our stead!

All of the information you could possibly want is on their website, located at

Notacon badge schematics

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 4:14 am in Announcements, News, Notacon by froggy

Seth Hardy, creator of the Notacon 8 board badge, just posted the schematics for the board on his SVN server. Check them out, if you are so technically inclined and interested.

Also, we still have a few more parts kits, add-ons and spare batteries for the badges, for those interested.

Badge kits shipping

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 12:57 am in Announcements, Notacon by froggy

We are now shipping Notacon 8 badge parts kits for those who pre-ordered them! Thank you all for your patience while we gathered orders, ordered the parts, built the kits and got them to the post office!

For those who missed out, we actually have enough parts leftover to put together a few spare its. If you are still interested in a kit, please order them quickly before they’re gone for good at:

Also, check out a lot of extra accessories and spare batteries available for the badges, as well as other Notacon shwag:

As a side and more personal note, after being effectively without employment for over 6 months now, I am planning on trying to make a full-time job out of Notacon and Nerd’s Nook. Thus, your support, word-of-mouth mentions and, of course, orders, not only help support Notacon, but also, hopefully, me, as I put all of my efforts into making Notacon better than ever before!

Only a few more days to pre-order parts kits!

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 6:53 pm in Notacon by froggy

If you haven’t put in a pre-order yet for your parts kits, please do so immediately! We will stop taking pre-orders at the end of the day on May 8th. At that time we will put in OUR orders for the parts, assemble the kits and ship them out.

If you’re just looking for the badges/circuit boards themselves, we have some of them left as well.

Badge kits and shwag fire sale

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 1:26 am in Uncategorized by froggy

Thanks for your patience as we recover from Notacon! We know a lot of you didn’t get a chance to order a parts kit for your badge. We tried really hard to make sure we had enough, without being stuck holding the bag with extra kits. So here’s the deal!

In order to make sure everyone who wants a kit can get a kit, we are going to take pre-orders for parts kits through our sister site, Nerd’s Nook. You can choose to get a power supplement kit with your kit as well, if you want.

Pre-orders will be accepted through May 8th. After that, we’ll order the parts, put together the kits and have them shipped out within 48 hours after all of the parts have been acquired. While this means you have to wait a little while to get your parts, it saves us from ordering too many parts kits have having tons of spares.

In order to make room for Notacon 9 (It’s only 354 days away!), we are also having a fire sale on ALL Notacon shwag:

So give us a hand and help clear out the ol’ Notacon storage unit, i.e. one of our bedrooms. Our loss is your gain!

Thursday Night Lightning Talks

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 10:57 pm in Notacon by vitruvius

In past years, we’ve hosted a conference preview session on the Thursday evening of Notacon. We know this is popular and gives everyone a chance to take a sneak peek at what’s coming for the rest of the event.

We plan to do the same again this year, but we’d like to expand on the idea as well. In addition to certain presenters giving a brief overview of their talk, we’ll be opening up extra five minute slots for impromptu lightning talks. Sign ups for these slots will be open Thursday evening, with the preview/lightning session beginning at 7pm. So if you have a (slideless) five-minute presentation you’d like to give, Thursday evening, this is your chance!

Only three days away! Are you as excited as I am?

Registration code snafus

Posted on Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 8:43 pm in Announcements, Notacon by froggy

Well, the third time’s the charm. Please ignore the first two set of emails regarding registration codes. I guess that’s what I get for working on too little sleep. :) The latest one should work ;)

Pre-registration codes sent out!

Posted on Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 5:44 am in Uncategorized by froggy

A big thank-you to everyone who pre-registered for Notacon 8 and PixelJam!

Emails were sent out tonight containing your registration information. For those familiar with how we have done things in the past, you will see some similarities. However, there are some changes we’ve implemented to try to speed things along even further.

  • Everyone who pre-registered will receive a bar code in their email. This barcode corresponds to your code word. If you want to get in and out as quickly as possible, PRINT OUT THAT BARCODE!
      Note: If you do not want to use the barcode or forgot it, you will need to present us with the NAME and EMAIL address your registration was made under, as well as some form of photo ID. Note that many people who registered, particularly groups, didn’t follow directions. Hence, we were left with fake names and sometimes NO names or email addresses at all. IF YOU ARE IN A GROUP, please contact your group coordinator to sort everything out. If you can’t prove to us somehow you have a ticket, we cannot let you in the door!
  • Registration and Shwag are separate, and shwag will not open until after the Friday registration rush. We will have 2 registration lines (one for pre-reg, one for cash/credit) with 2 people per line. Our hope is that we can speed everyone through quickly.
  • Registration will be open Thursday night during our FREE Notacon 8 Freeview. If you are buying a ticket at the door, it may behoove you to show up and see what we’re all about… *wink*

If for some reason you feel you should have received an email with registration information and have not, please contact so we can look into the issue. Providing us with your order number from your purchase would be exceedingly helpful in helping us to figure out the issue as quickly as possible.

Well, that’s all for now! A little under 5 days until Notacon and PixelJam! If you didn’t buy your ticket, don’t worry, there should be plenty available at the door.

See you there!

UPDATE 4/10/2011 1:45 AM EST: Yeah, I kinda screwed up the first emails to everyone and mixed up database fields. I called a do-over and sent the RIGHT ones. Sorry about that.