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Archive for January, 2008

CFP Closes in 3 Days!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of submitting a proposal to present at Notacon, time is running out!

Our official CFP close date is Thursday, January 31st. So far we have a great group of potential presentations, but we are always looking for more!

Remember, we encourage new and first-time presenters. We also love proposals from people whose interests stray from mainstream hacker culture. We encourage new and exciting areas of research, strange home-brew projects projects and other neat things that are just on the horizon.

Share your ideas with us! We want to hear them!

Blockparty Speakers List Finalized

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

The Blockparty Speakers List has now hit 1.0 and is shipping. As part of the Blockparty @ Notacon event, we have a collection of demoscene-related speakers providing seminars and presentations that are woven into the other Notacon speakers. There’s no extra cost to see them and pretty much all will be hanging out throughout the weekend. The Blockparty website has all their information and biographies, and here’s the short list:

  • The Fat Man: Art Behind Enemy Lines: A Target-Rich Environment
  • Jake “virt” Kaufman: FM Synthesis – Beyond the Adlib
  • Fred Owsley: Circuit-Bending Will Get You Laid!! (Maybe)
  • Jim “Trixter” Leonard: Self-Preservation Mode: Lessons Learned While Archiving Demoscene History
  • Jeri Ellsworth: CPU Not Required: Making Demos with FPGAs
  • Tim Cowley: Automated Psychedelia : Translating sound into color and motion

TShirt design contest open.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

We’re nearing Notacon 2008 and we’re looking for talent to be portrayed as a piece of Notacon history! If you’re looking for a way to contribute your artistic ability to Notacon, here’s your chance! Design the art for an official Notacon and/or Blockparty shirt! As always, the themes are art, music, and technology. We encourage you to let your imagination run wild and be as creative as you want to be.

Submissions DUE: March 1, 2008

Please see the full rules and requirements for more information.

The Blockparty Invitation, 2008!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The Blockparty 2008 invitation is now out. You can pick it up at the Blockparty 2008 page. Summary of the invitation: go here and pre-register for Blockparty and Notacon (one ticket). The rest of this message repeats this more elaborately. I spent some time before last year’s Blockparty (the demo party I co-organize) explaining exactly what “demoparties” are, some historical context, some thoughts on the future, some thoughts on the politics and so on. Everything I said still applies, so here’s a link to those.

If you don’t know what I mean when I say “Demoparty”, you sure as heck will after you sift through all of that. A little commentary on invites, however. Demoparties have been going on since the late 1980s, when they were called “Copyparties”. An aspect of them that rose up that was interesting was giving prizes to the best works of art created on the computer, be they music, sound, or demo (graphics/sound extravaganza program). Within a short time, crack screens might announce an upcoming copy party, pirates happily skipping along pirated releases of software, using them as a slow-motion RSS feed of upcoming happenings. This situation, like the demo parties themselves, started growing in unexpected directions, and over time a specific “demo” would be released in advance of a party (months in advance, often) to let you know a party was going to happen. Last year, we did that with a work called, simply Blockparty, released by the demo group Northern Dragons, which is a North American demo group (a rarity). This year, we brought on a group called Trailer Park Demos to do the demo. After months and months of work, (and day-long stretches of time in it, besides), they’ve come out with a real kicker, the Blockparty 2008 invitation. The page on our Blockparty site providing this demo is here. You can download it, as well as the soundtrack for it, and some remixes. A quick mention of that soundtrack. I suggested that it would be a neat idea to have something pretty much no demos tend to have: a hip-hop/freestyle soundtrack, using the talents of one Dual Core, a team who have really been putting together a great show and couple of albums recently. They agreed to it and so there’s a very neat vibe to this invitation, making it in some ways uniquely American. Like the party. This invitation was released at a demoparty in Europe called “The Ultimate Meeting” (or tUM), and it placed in the middle of the pack for the combined demo competition. It was then released on the demoscene ratings board Pouet, and the entry on the site for this demo has garnered very, very favorable reviews. Consider coming to this event, entering the contests, winning the prizes. All the information is here for you. Enjoy the invitation. People broke themselves bringing it to you.

Drive Recovered!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

We were able to recover the data from the drive that was deemed dead by our hosting provider. I will slowly be restoring pages to backups as appropriate. If a page doesn’t load, come back later or pop an email to tyger-at-notacon-dot-org to let me know about it. I’m not sure how long the repair will take, since I’ve got a day job taking up most of my time. Remember kids, when in doubt back up those files!

New notacon newsfeeds!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

For awhile now we have had an RSS feed of various news bits and other items about Notacon and related events. However, a lot of the time there’s a lot of other cool stuff going on that we’d like to tell you about, too. Honestly, though, we don’t want to fill up your RSS reader with crap if you don’t want it.

With our new setup, you can now subscribe to either all of our news, announcements, musings, etc. or you can pick and choose what you would like to be notified of. If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, please talk to either Tyger or I by leaving a comment in one of the entries.