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Mark your Calendars!

Yes, it’s official!

We have signed the contract, and have a date and place for OctopodiCon 2013!

It will be November 1-3, 2013, at the lovely, lovely Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.

It is a beautiful facility, brand new in hotel years – just 5 years old. We will have the loading dock (the Art Gallery and Mercantile folk will love that), and all the parking on the north and east sides of the building (the main entry is on the south side).

It’s located right off of I-35 on 24th Avenue North, between Tecumseh and Robinson in Norman.

Embassy Suites offers many conveniences: there’s a lovely restaurant inside, and a bar, and a delightful coffee shop called Caffeina’s that will stock special teas just for us. Those teas will be the Queen’s Tea.  They will also have Tazo Teas and Starbuck’s coffee. For lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday, they will place a concession stand serving lunches of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chips, soda, and fruit ($10 for a boxed set, and a la cart for individual items) just outside the Mercantile.

If you reserve a room, we will offer a $5 discount on your enrollment (just send us your room reservation confirmation number). The number of rooms available is limited, though, so if you want to be in the Embassy Suites, you’ll need to reserve as soon as we have the codes (by Friday, we hope!). We have made arrangements for an overflow hotel, and the Embassy Suites will provide a shuttle service between the overflow hotel and the Embassy Suites (one trip each direction is free).

Reserving a room gives you a free hot breakfast, and if you were at OctopodiCon in 2012, well, this breakfast blows that one away! And that one at the Magnuson was pretty good.

Each room is a suite, with sleeping space for up to 6 people and a mini kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink, countertop). Our lovely Registrar checked the rooms out for scooter accessibility, and even the non-handicapped rooms were roomy enough for her to move around in her scooter, so these rooms are large.  Half the suites are double beds with a double bed sleeper sofa, and the other half are single king sized beds with a double bed sleeper sofa.  Rooms are a flat $109 (plus taxes) per night.

As for OctopodiCon itself!  We have some very exciting plans, more makeshops, more contests, more demonstrations, and the space for the Airship Race is 10 stories high!

We have changed the rules so the fish, shark, and even the Angry Bird remote control airships are allowed, so buy them and bring them!  We will have extra helium for you to buy to fill your ships and race – remember, there is a cash prize and an awesome trophy. Do it for your Pod!  We’d love to see each Pod field an airship team! Go OctoPods! Go ArthroPods! Go CephaloPods! Go GastroPods! Go OrnithoPods! Go TetraPods! Go SauroPods! Sport your colors, cheer your Pod! It’ll be fun!

The Junior Sprockets Program has much more to offer this year, and we’ll have badges! books! makeshops! uniforms! for the Junior Sprockets.

And the Spectacularium is now under the direction of Toxic Dragons. You know that the lights and sounds will be amazing.

Visit often to discover all the exciting things we plan.

And if you can’t wait for OctopodiCon, we have Monthly Teas at various libraries throughout the Oklahoma City area, and other special events at bookstores, museums, and other venues all year long, and will hold a mini-convention at the Main Library in Oklahoma City.

 

Where to Get RC LTA Ships

Several people have asked where they can get remote control lighter than air ships for the Great Airship Race at OctopodiCon.

So, we are placing an answer here, and will also post it to the Contest Page.

Plantraco has a micro and a nano blimp that would qualify – remember, we are only regulating the maximum size, you can go as small as you want.

Think Geek has these two airflyers – a shark and a clown fish.  They would need some steampunking up, but are perfectly acceptable.  These 2 airflyers can also be purchased at Toys R Us.

Dragan Fly has some really nice airships.

HDRC/Megatech has light up airships.

You can also build your own RC blimp, as demonstrated in those two sites. This site  gives you a good description of the parts of an RC airship.

Happy flying!

Airship Race!

The contest rules for the Airship Race is up, check under the “Contest” Tab for the regulations and specifications. There is a $10.00 entrance fee ($5.00 if you pre-enroll) to pay for materials.

The Society of American Military Engineers is providing a cash prize for the winner of the Airship Competition and Race – we will be judging aesthetics as well as bouyancy, speed, and maneuverability.

If you don’t have a remote control airship, you have plenty of time to build one and test it out between now and October.

You can register for the Airship Competition and Race online until September 30, 2012 or in person at Registration up to 1 hour before Airship Inspection Time.

You don’t have to race to enjoy the excitement of the Airhsip Racing – come cheer the Airship Racing Captains on, and root loudest for the Captain who is in your Pod! The winning airship will not only receive a cash prize, but earn 100 points for their Pod!