Hello from Notacon!

Year 7 of the Midwest’s premier art/tech conference is under way in Cleveland! Talks are under way, Blockparty (the longest-running North American demoparty) is really gonna happen, the ham radio repeater has been on the air since last night, the network is up (20Mbps uplink!), and the hotel is crawling with a who’s-who of hacker history, digital art, open source, bioengineering,  electronics…

It’s 10am on Friday, and I’m learning about an open-sourced library for graph visualization. Unlike GraphViz, this one runs in realtime, and is designed for analyzing network flows and malware propagation. Beats the hell out of working today!

If you’re not in at Notacon already, jump in the car and get here! There’s plenty going on all weekend…

Call for Makers: Have you submitted?

Maker Faire Detroit is coming up fast, don’t wait for the last minute to submit your project! Even projects exhibited under i3Detroit’s umbrella need to apply separately, so the organizers know what to expect (and promote).

Please pass the word to everyone you know who might have something to share. The Call for Makers page has a good list of topics that might jog your memory of someone to approach. A project need not be revolutionary or polished to be at the Faire — remember, the point is that ordinary folks can and do make things!

Make: Music

It’s that time of the month again. The time where we bang, blow, and scratch on weird instruments, perfectly boring and normal instruments, and explore new sounds. Or we could just do a normal jam session. Its all up in the air at this moment.
Lets all just make some funky noises.  The non-musically-inclined are welcome too!  All you need is creativity.

The noise starts tonight (April 9) at 7PM, and continues into the night.

(Regrettably, we do not have the pictured instrument at this moment.)

April 25th: Anniversary Barbecue

Fire! Meat! Potato salad! It must be barbecue season, and we’re throwing one to celebrate our first anniversary. Everyone’s welcome — members, family, friends, total strangers! Mark your calendar now…

i3Detroit’s first meeting was held April 28th, 2009. We’ll be celebrating on April 25th, which is a Sunday. Shindig gets under way around noon, and runs until whenever. We’ll have grills, pop, and Nerf guns. Bring grillables, side dishes, and friends!

Kickstarter: Over the tipping point!

With three days yet to go, our Kickstarter fundraiser has crossed the $5000 mark, which means we WILL get the support you’ve all pledged so far, and those who’ve selected incentives with their contributions will get those, too! If you haven’t chipped in yet, now’s your chance to ante up and choose from stickers, buttons, T-shirts, and more…

This isn’t The Price Is Right, of course, and going over is the point! $5000 was an ambitious goal, and meeting it with plenty of time remaining just proves how strong our support is. Do you suppose we can double it in the next three days? ;)