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April 13, 2009

Notacon, etc.

Rob @ 10:55 AM

Best belated holiday wishes, where applicable.

Sometimes, in the interest of personal sanity, you just have to pull back from life, and let the world and all its drama happen around you for a bit. To this end I spent the weekend offline, choosing to take my mind off things with a combination of meditation, video games, British scifi, and a few phone calls.

In other news, who's going to Notacon? I am I am!

I'm very much looking forward to this trip, for many reasons. It'll be Nicky's and my monthly date. I'll get to catch up with friends I don't see in RL nearly enough, if at all. One or more of my Off the Hook co-conspirators will be in attendance. The con's talks and other events contain much that I cannot wait to see and do. The road trip out there promises to be an adventure in itself. And most importantly, I just really need a freaking vacation right about now.

Has anyone out there been to Cleveland? If you know of anything particularly interesting I should do out there, please share.

Extremely belated afterthought: I wonder if there's anyone about who'd be willing to loan me a video camera within the next couple of days.

4 Responses to “Notacon, etc.”

  1. Brewster says:

    Good idea. You missed #amazonfail, but that's enough to wear out the most indefatigable of saints.

    Enjoy Notacon! Never been to Cleveland, but I like good travelogues.

  2. Ellipser says:

    I think quite possibly I should do exactly the same thing (unplug).

  3. nicky says:

    what is this notacon of which you speak? is it SRS BSNS? >:-[

  4. Myself says:

    We like to joke that the nice thing about Cleveland is that there's nothing to distract you from the con! ;) That's not true, of course, there are museums and the rock and roll thing, and maybe other stuff.

    But really, there are two field-trips you're likely to be interested in, and likely to share with other Notacon attendees as there might be a semi-organized carpool out to:

    First is Amateur Electronic Supply, a ham radio dealer based in Milwaukee with a couple locations across the country. As a fair number of Notacon's organizers, volunteers, and attendees are hams (hence the presence of N6C, the special-event ham station), there's a fair bit of gear and knowledge about. AES is about 20 minutes east of the Wyndham where Notacon's being held, and their weekend hours are crappy, so this is likely to be a fairly narrow window Saturday morning.

    Second is HGR Industrial Surplus. A giant warehouse full of... stuff. In the past they haven't been open weekends at all, and thus I've never gone, but this year they've added (similarly awful) limited Saturday hours. Mmmm, stuff.

    Check out the wiki.notacon.org/LocalInfo page, and if you get any other suggestions, please contribute them! Can't wait to see you there.

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