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Archive for March, 2008

Two new events at Notacon!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

We have added two new events to Notacon that many of you will surely enjoy.

The first is a knitting (yes, knitting) workshop. Not just any knitting workshop, but a full blown talk and workshop on the history and technology of the craft. The workshop will be lead by Rose White and information about it can be found on the entry for in our events page.

Second, the CWRU chapter of the ACM will be hosting a first-of-its-kind event, Starcraft Musical chairs.

Almost everyone has played Starcraft, but not like this!


  • 4 computers will be set up with Starcraft installed.
  • A standard map will be used in a 4 player free for all.
  • Players will be forced to get up at random intervals and move to another computer.
  • Last player standing wins.

Prizes will be awarded to those who can survive!

Notacon registration extended through Tuesday!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

For those who have slacked on registering for Notacon until the very last moment, you are in luck! Online registration will remain open through Tuesday, March 25th @ 7 PM Eastern time.

Please check our room and ride share board. There are always a lot of people who have either an extra seat in their car or who need some floorspace to crash on for Notacon. Help out those in our community by getting involved!

See you all in about 12 days!

Announcing Gringo Warrior

Friday, March 21st, 2008

What happens when a good time goes bad? Imagine you are traveling south of the border and are kidnapped by criminals intent on extortion. Could you use your wits, stealth, and a hidden set of lockpicks to escape to freedom?

This year at Notacon, The Open Organization of Lockpickers will be running a scenario-based game in which contestants must use picking skills to free themselves from evil captors in under five minutes.

The course will offer a variety of locks representing a range of difficulty, allowing participation by people of all skill levels. Points will be awarded based on the time of completion as well as the difficulty of locks attempted. Big fun for all involved and a super-kickass prize for the winner…. come and have fun being a Gringo Warrior!

Check out Gringo Warrior and all the other Notacon events on the Games, Events and Performances page.

2600′s “Off The Hook” radio broadcast to feature yours-truly.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

“Off the Hook”, a long running radio show on WBAI 99.5FM in New York City, will be hosting me today on their weekly program tonight, March 19th, at 7 PM Eastern. The show is managed and run by legends in the hacker community, including 2600 front-man Emmanuel Goldstein.

We will talk a little about Notacon, its history as well as the changes in the hacker community and where we see things going in the future.

If you are not local to New York City, note that they also webcast the program and broadcast it on shortwave. More information about how to tune in can be found on the Off the Hook site.

Fark Party @ Notacon! Yes, Drew will be there.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Drew Curtis, author and proprietor of the ever-amusing FARK will be joining us this year at Notacon as an official guest of honor. In addition, an official Fark Party will be held during the event in the hotel bar. The Fark Party is open to everyone!

We, of course, encourage everyone to check out Notacon, while they’re at it. Only 17 days!

Notacon registration closes very soon. Be aware, too, that the official block of rooms at the hotel is filling up vast and the hotel is no longer guaranteeing availability. Please reserve your room today! If worse comes to worse, give the Holiday Inn a call directly at 216-241-5100.

The Notacon 2008 schedule is posted!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Notacon’s 2008 schedule of presentations, workshops, performances and events is posted and available! All of us involved with Notacon have worked hard to put together the best slate possible. Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals to participate!

There is still time to get involved, though. Everyone attending can submit entries for all of the Blockparty compos.

As a final reminder, make sure to pre-register by March 23rd and to book your hotel by March 14th. Also, check out the sponsors that make Notacon and Blockparty possible. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, contact us for more information!

Get your dose of the DailyWTF at Notacon!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Do you enjoy seeing cryptic error messages so unexplainable that you simply sit dumb-founded looking at your screen? Perhaps you have seen such poorly written code that it must have been written as a joke, until you talk to the clueless developer and realize that it really what they intended to write? If so, we encourage you to attend Alex Papadimoulis’ presentation, “Curious Perversions in Information Technology” during Notacon!

Alex is an editor of the immensely popular website The Daily WTF. The site provides a regular dose of amusing stories, screenshots, cluelessly written code and other golden nuggets as submitted by numerous contributors. His presentation will be a mix of some of his favorite Daily WTF entries and stories as well as his thoughts on software and the industry as a whole.

Register now for Notacon and check out our presenters. Time is running out, so act now!