Protocon 4.0 is happening this 2011, July 29, 30 and 31 in Chestertown, MD. Please type your suggestions for activities below.
Note: It should be noted that the original title and content of this post originally used ‘Protocon 4.0’. Comments however have not been update to reflect this change.
I don’t think I ever posted my photos from Protocon 3.0, held months ago. Here they are.
There has been some concern about the rations that will be passed out at the start of Protocon 3.0. Because we did not receive enough in donations and dues this year, we were unable to use the catering services we have in years past. It would have been wonderful to have prime rib, steamed shrimp and Cool Ranch Doritos at this year’s annual Con, but the cost of such an extravagant meal could not be justified in these bad economic times.
As a result, the difficult decision was made to pass out rations and conserve all available money for other, more necessary purchases. While the exact identity of the rations will not be revealed until the start of Protocon, you may indulge your imagination by thinking of common soldiers during the Civil War. What does this mean for you? If you have special dietary restrictions, are a vegan, do macrobiotics, or want to eat prime rib, then you will need to provide sustenance for yourself.
For those attendees who opt for the rations, they will be eligible for the Hard Ration Award. Any attendee who survives the weekend on rations alone will receive this awesome, once-in-a-lifetime honor. Although it is impossible to speculate the worth of such an award, we would suggest that it would be equal in value to a certificate produced by the Liberian Mint.
Saturday Night Movie
The Swarm, a 2.5-hour blockbuster starring killer bees and Michael Caine, was selected as this year’s Protocon cinematic feast. However, if you have a better suggestion for the Protocon Movie, please let us know. Movie are selected on the following criteria:
- The movie must fall into the genre of “cult,” “B” or “bad.”
- The movie must not have been seen by two or more of the attendees.
- The movie cannot be well known.
- The movie cannot have been done by MST3K.
All suggestions are subject to personal approval by Tim. Please post your suggestions below.
Protocon 3.0 will be occurring in Chestertown, MD at Webb Manor from August 16-18. Here’s the itinerary. Protocon 3.0
Friday, August 16th
6 to 9 PM — Arrivals
9 to 10 PM — Handout Hard Rations and Rules
9 to 12 PM — Movie: The Swarm
12 to ? — Late Night Discussion
Saturday, August 17th
8 to 9 AM — Eat Rations
9 to 10 AM — Write script
10 to 1 PM — Build “The Secret Thing”
1 to 2 PM — Eat Rations
2 to 4 PM — Shoot “The Secret Thing” Film
4 to 5 PM — Thom’s Dinner Time Speech
5 to 6 PM — Eat Rations
6 to 10 PM — Brian’s game
10 to 12 AM — Video Games & Party
12 to ? AM — Party
Sunday, August 18th
8 to 9 AM — Eat Rations
9 to 10 AM — Hard Ration Trophy
12 to 1 PM — Thom’s Farewell Speech and Goodbyes
With the month of September just around the corner we are rapidly approaching 3 solid years of Protozoic. We’ve held 2 Protocons (soon to be 3), posted a glut of content, made a better follow-up to The Wicker Man than Nicholas Cage and even started to collaborate with other websites like The Disability Guru. Protozoic stands as the most successful site Tim and I have ever run, namely because our friends actually read it and contribute to it. We hope it stays that way.
With the rather momentous anniversary approaching, it seemed like a good time to reevaluate and redesign the site. This redesign will attempt to streamline things a bit, and cut some extraneous stuff, but retain the charming (or off-putting) randomness of the old site. The idea isn’t really to sell out just yet, cause no one is “buying it”, but we are going to attempt to do a couple things pretty well so we might actually get ourselves an audience. Changes will continue to occur over the next couple of weeks and if you have any suggestions, be sure to mail us or leave a comment. We’d love to hear them.