Thing #4 – Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week

Thousands of blogs all over the world have been covering the release of the Apple 3G iPhone. This will not be one of them.

One of my extra-curricular activities is working with a convention called Notacon. It focuses on art, technology and ways to interconnect them within a community. It’s located in Cleveland, Ohio and has been going on for almost seven years. A great way to describe Notacon is directly from the website:

Notacon is creativity: Participate in North America’s largest demoparty, Blockparty. Try your hand at powerpoint karaoke.

Notacon is technology: Rural technology, academic internet studies, personal privacy and computer security.

Notacon is music: Learn to create and use circuit bending instruments. Engage in experimental music performances.

Notacon is imagination: Move data using Anything but Ethernet.

Notacon is participation: Talk on Notacon Radio. Create a competition entry. Enjoy interactive art.

One of the really cool things about Notacon is its relationship with Blockparty, the largest demoparty in North America. A demoparty involves programmers displaying their programs and competing for prizes. Most of these programs are videos, audio, or just really cool software. They are way more popular in Europe.
Nonetheless, there is an amazing group out of Canada called Northern Dragons. They consistently churn out some amazingly beautiful code…er, let me explain. They produce videos that are heavily graphics intensive with music. What’s really drool worthy is that they can make these fantastic videos and a lot of them are under 10 kilobytes.
To put this into perspective for the average computer user, a digital picture is about an average 4 megabytes. 10 kilobytes = 0.009765625 megabytes. So…yeah, cramming all of that information (visual and audio) into a file that is less than 10 kilobytes?! Pretty snazzy stuff.

So, next year’s Notacon will be April 16th – 19th, 2009 at the Wyndham in downtown Cleveland. It looks like it will be even better than this year’s. I hope to see many new faces there.

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