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Notacon 7 registration is open!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Notacon 7, which will take place April 15th through 18th, 2010, will again be at the Wyndham in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Registration for the event is now open!

The first 25 people who purchase a premier registration will receive a $10 coupon to use on their next purchase in the Notacon store.

We’d also like to remind you that Notacon on Toor will be hitting Toorcamp, July 2nd through the 5th, in Moses Lake, Washington. Almost a dozen of us will show the West Coast what we’re about at Notacon and will share our talents, art and skills through visual media, music, radio and hardware hacking. If you’re still interested in camping with us, please check out the Notacon on Toor site and buy your tickets now!

Notacon On Toor: Progress Report

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The dome trial at RR Primer was a great success! Some details are available on the Dome Page. We are currently working out the details of transporting the 6 of us from Toronto, Buffalo, and Cleveland the 2,227 miles to Moses Lake, and back. There we will meet with 3 other camp members who are traveling on their own.

If anyone has suggestions on rental car companies with unlimited miles and no state to state restrictions, please email

Recycled Rainbow presents: Primer (may 23rd, 24th, 25th)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Hey gang! A bunch of us local to Cleveland will be attending Recycled Rainbow’s Primer event this weekend. Our goal is to test a lot of our structures and ideas not only for Recycled Rainbow, later in the year, but also for Notacon on Toor, our pilgrimage to Toorcamp over July 4th weekend.

Please read the message below from everyman, one of Recycled Rainbow’s primary organizers.

Hope to see you there!

Many of you have seen fliers for an event called Recycled Rainbow. To clarify, Recycled Rainbow has nothing to do with rainbow festivals or recycling.

Froggy best described it as “a blank canvas upon which you can make your own statement and define your own experience in the context of everyone else’s experiences within the same space and time.”

Very true! We are in fact inspired by the Burning Man festival. Everything is organized, built and paid for by volunteers with their own resources. There are no trash cans, so you’ll have to pack your trash out with you. There are no vendors, so you have to bring enough food, drink and whatever else you need for four days. There are no schedules or rules, so you’ll have to make things happen yourself and respect your neighbor.

THIS message isn’t about RR, however, it is about the upcoming Primer.

Primer is a pre-event providing people who have never been to RR a chance to meet the people involved in their natural habitat as well as get a flavor of the RR event. It’s also an opportunity for people building projects to prototype them in an environment more primitive than they will experience at RR.

This year’s RR PRIMER will last for three days and two nights giving people with projects more time to prototype and test and visitors more time and more opportunities to visit and experience a taste of this intensely participatory experiment in preparation, decentralization, respect, responsibility and uncertainty!

PRIMER is being held at the same location is was last year:

Crystal Springs Campground
31478 Bagley Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
May 23, 24 and 25, 2009
(Memorial Day weekend)

Our entrance is to the right of the brown building immediately ahead of you as you leave Bagley road.

A sign will be visible during the day.


There are children at play all over the campground!

Admission is $10, payable at the gate (found to the immediate right of the building that stands in front of you as you leave Bagley road and enter Crystal Springs.).

It’s no coincidence that PRIMER is being held Memorial Day weekend, the same weekend that RR used to be held in the house. Come join us even if you aren’t planning on camping with us. We’d love to see you and think you’ll enjoy participating!

There is no electricity or water in the area where PRIMER is held, making it even more interesting and fun. You will have to bring your own supplies. We strongly encourage you to buy your supplies, lumber, electrical doo-dads, refreshments, food and any last-minute items from local North Ridgeville merchants. SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY!


Participants building projects at PRIMER may have their materials delivered on Friday May 22. You must be present when materials are delivered and you may store your materials in the “pavilion”. If you are storing materials, you must keep your materials together and label them clearly as belonging to you.

Participants wishing to camp and work Friday night are more than welcome to. If you arrive before our greeters, you will be approached for your $10 admission Friday night or Saturday morning.

You must supply your own electricity. There is no electricity available at the campground.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

For more information on Primer:

For more information on Recycled Rainbow itself:

Notacon on Toor: Toorcamp 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Notacon will be hosting the Notacamp theme camp at the inaugural Toorcamp, to be held July 2nd through July 5th, 2009 in Moses Lake, Washington. If you are interested in joining our camp, or simply want more information, we have set up a mailing list for organization and logistics. All are encouraged to subscribe. Those actually intending on being involved with the camp will be expected to join. *grin*

If Notacamp manages to have at least 10 campers, 10% of all of the registration fees will be kicked back to the camp to cover expenses such as group meals, structures, activities, water, supplies and other goodies. We will disclose how the money is allocated once we verify that we have 10 confirmed campers in our group. When registering, please indicate “I’m with Notacamp!”.

Our current plans for the event include:

  • A non-stop caravan from the upper Midwest to the Toorcamp site starting on or before June 30th
  • Live music and PAs throughout the event
  • Amateur radio of all sorts
  • Electronics projects, including LED signs, elwire, and other neat things
  • Community meals exclusively for Notacampers
  • Spreading lots of the Notacon love and showing the folks on the West coast what the heck it is they are missing here in Cleveland!

Toorcamp registration fees are time-based and go up $50 every month until the event. Reserve your tickets with them before the end of April before rates go up!

I hope to see many of you there. If you have any questions about how to participate, what is involved in regards to camping or the event itself, join up and start discussing!

Notacon Fark Party

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Once again there will be a Fark party in the Wyndham bar during Notacon. That’s right, you can come and hang out with Drew Curtis from 8pm until who knows! No admission to Notacon required, but if you do plan on coming to the Fark party, we also encourage you to attend the Thursday night Notacon Preview for FREE.

If you are interested in attending Notacon and a member of Fark, simply say, “Domo-Kun sent me” at the registration desk to save $10 off the price of admission!

Notacon @ Phreaknic!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Once again, Notacon will be at Phreaknic this Friday, the 24th, through Sunday the 26th. Phreaknic is held in Nashville, TN at the Days Inn Stadium and is in its twelfth year of operation. We always have a good time there and invite anyone able and interested to join us!

Notacon Afterparty at Ohio LinuxFest

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Notacon will once again be throwing the after party at Ohio LinuxFest on October 11th! We will feature a performance by Dual Core, as well as other musical selections made by Froggy.

We will also be running a table during the show itself, so feel free to drop by and chat. Hope to see you there.

Remember, call for proposals is open, as is registration for 2009.

See us at Defcon!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Tyger and I, as well as a few other Notacon folks, I’m sure, will be at Defcon this weekend in Las Vegas. If you see us, stop by and say hi! If you don’t see us, look for our new promotional fliers for this year!

See ya’!

HOPE 2008: the last hope

Monday, July 28th, 2008

At this years HOPE conference, I was blown away by the amount of art, community building, and hands-on content that was hosted on the mezzanine level. The talks seemed to be a broader range of topics than in previous years, with a little more history and social presentations than in the past. Perhaps it is just that my memory is fuzzy or I hit the wrong talks in the past, but this HOPE had a lot more to offer for me than the previous years.

Thanks everyone involved in planning and running HOPE for a great con. I can’t wait to see what you guys will come up with next.

Ingenuity 2008

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Froggy and I attended Ingenuity again this year and had a great time. It seems they’re getting more and more technology in their art each year. Although they had less physical space this year, the feel was of one solid event, instead of getting lost in the spread. I hope a few of our connections made there will pan out for exhibits at next year’s Notacon!