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July 24 2014

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House

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The Gamble House is open to the public for one-hour guided tours (reservations can be made online at http://gamblehouse.org/tours/): Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Open house festival hours for performances, installations*:
Thursday, September 25, 8-10pm
Thursday, October 2, 8-10pm
Saturday, September 27th, 12pm – 10pm
*A full schedule of events will be released in September.

For The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House, Machine Project commissions a diverse group of Los Angeles artists to create new works exploring, celebrating, and dramatizing the Arts and Crafts masterpiece The Gamble House by architects Greene & Greene.

Over the course of the two-week Pasadena AxS Curiosity Festival the history, aesthetic, and craftsmanship of The Gamble House will be subtly transformed and revealed through experimental tours, participatory nap concerts, a tableau vivant, puppets, dance, seances, videos, inflatable sculptures, joinery-specific lawn furniture, and a secret Swedish – Japanese fusion restaurant.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays The Gamble House will host hands-on workshops, such as basic electronics, soap-making, and Arts & Crafts specific embroidery, bringing together the Arts and Crafts and Maker movements. 

  • 2014AxS_GreyLogoStackThe Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House is part of AxS Festival 2014. AxS [ak-sis] is a two-week citywide festival produced by the Pasadena Arts Council that explores the nexus of artistic and scientific inquiry, promoting experimentation and cross-fertilization between these disciplines.

    http://axsfestival.org/2014/

July 23 2014

littleBits Projects

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Back in June we announced some Instructables Build Nights featuring littleBits and the new Arduino at Heart modules. We had a lot of members play with the ‘Bits during the last six weeks, and we’re still waiting for Steve to publish the detailed instructions on his “littleBits-powered Vomit-Inducing Machine”, but for now we’ll have to make do with the littleBits Arduino Annoying Machine that Eric and his son built.

I also got in on the action, with two Instructables that (sort of) go together; littleBits Serial Data and littleBits Serial Controller. All of our projects make use of the Arduino module, which add some great programming functions to the littleBits world.

If you didn’t get a chance to play with the ‘Bits yet, we will have four littleBits Deluxe Kits and a bunch of Arduino modules at the space to experiment with. They should be treated like a LEGO set; build something, then take it apart. Hopefully having some fun and learning something new along the way.

(Big Thanks to Instructables and littleBits for providing the kits to us!)

July 22 2014

Building Patio Furniture for Fun and Profit

If you’ve ever looked to purchase patio furniture its either cheap and crappy …or expensive and still crappy.

So I decided to make my own. Because I wanted to drink beers on my porch and tell kids to get off my lawn.

With no further ado:

Before During After

Figure 1: My Porch Before, During, After

Step 1: Find Plans.

I’ve never used any Ana-White plans before, but I found these that seemed reasonable. After some review though, I found the cutlist sucks so any of the pieces with angled cuts are listed at final dimensions rather than initial rough cut dimensions. Namely the angled stretchers need to be cut long (34″ish) and then angled. Same goes for the back legs (~22″) and the 2×2 arm supports (~28″). So do your own due dilligence before slicing all your lumber up.

Step 2: Cut All the Lumber

Pine sucks and I hate paint. So I went with Cedar.

Rough Cedar

Figure 2: Rough Cedar from Menards

Cut Lumber

Figure 3: Cut to Size and Length

Rough Sand Cuts

Figure 4: Apply Belt Sander

I recommend using a belt/drum sander on any of the rough cuts to give it a cleaner finished look.

Step 3: Follow Directions (Assembly)

Aside from the cutlist, the plans are straightforward and easy to follow. I built the sides and back as assemblies because I couldn’t transport a completely assembled chair in my car.

Follow Directions part 1

Figure 5: Side Assembly

Following directions somewhat p1

Figure 6: Chair Back Assembly

I deviated from the design a bit as I didn’t feel like using a jig saw, so I just set the miter saw for 45deg and lopped off each corner of the back (which you’ll see in the final assembly pictures)

Starting Assembly

Figure 7: Starting Assembly

I transported the large pieces back to my apartment so I could put it together on-site. I don’t have any pictures of the middle steps, so it kind of jumps from here to completely assembled. Read the directions, you’ll know what to do.

Testing p1

Figure 8: Assembly Done (Structural Testing)

Ta da. A chair.

The beer made up for the sunburn.

Step 4: Finishing

Like I mentioned above, I don’t like paint. So I winged this phase of the project.

I like oil based finished to bring out natural color, so I grabbed a can of Danish Oil. Cedar is naturally rot and insect resistant, but since I had some spray Spar Urethane lying around I figured a coat of that couldn’t hurt either. Lastly, because I like the texture of wax finishes I applied Paste Wax to any of the upright surfaces where you’d touch the chair in normal operation.

Finishing

Figure 9: Done!

I applied the Danish Oil  by hand, which was a pain, but worked out well enough in the end it seems.

Step 5: Build a Second Chair

This second one is a little better finished based on some in-process learnings from the first chair. I picked up a countersink bit to help clean up the exposed screw holes and tried a little harder to be symmetric and even with the holes as well.

I need to either build a table, or figure out a way to add a cupholder feature. (But so far the porch itself works fine)

Step 6: Fin

Before During After

Each chair was something like $41 for material not including screws, glue, and finishes and took approximately 4 hours to cut, assemble, and finish.

 

 

 

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Wind-Down BBQ for Dublin Maker

After a hectic day of making and showing off at Dublin Maker, we like to relax with a burger in one hand and an umbrella in the other. So on Sunday 27th of July, we’re hosting a BBQ for makers to eat, chat and start planning next year’s projects.
It’ll kick off in TOG from 2pm, rain or shine. Print
If you’re a maker, bring your Dublin Maker badge with you and we’ll fill you with grub.
If you’re not a maker, but you want to rub shoulders with us, you’re welcome to join us (and make a small donation to the cost of the food). Just let us know by email or in the comments that you’re popping along.

July 21 2014

NERP Tonite: The New Raspberry Pi B+, and The BeagleBone eQEP

NERP is Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer and embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

Tonight at NERP, Craig LeMoyne will introduce the new Raspberry Pi Model B+: the new and improved version of the highly successful Model B. We will have a side by side comparison with the Model B and highlight the changes.

Servo motors are computer controllable motors that do pretty much the same thing as stepping motors. From a systems perspective they have nothing else in common. Servos use feedback to adjust the motor’s position and velocity. The difference between the target speed (or position) and the measured speed (or position) is called error. Without error, the motor has no reason to move. The type of sensor usually used to detect a motor’s position is called a quadrature encoder. Although servo systems can give better performance than steppers in some situations, servos are more complex and more expensive than steppers. Part of the complexity is reading and making sense of the encoder. Adafruit has posted a video in which Drew Fustini has a good job of introducing some techniques for accessing the special eQEP quadrature decoder module in the BeagleBone Black.

https://www.adafruit.com/blog/2014/07/15/how-to-read-the-position-of-a-rotary-encoder-connected-to-a-beagleboneblack-txinstruments-beagleboardorg/

A PS:One member (me) has a project that aims to use the BBB’s eQEP to control an Etch-a-Sketch. Tonight I’ll show some of the technology that’s involved and progress on assembling the system.

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One at

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NERP – Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi

Chicago, IL
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NERP is Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer and embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station One in Chicago. (Chicago’s oldest and finest hackerspace.) NERP…

Next Meetup

Bring questions, demos, personal research, etc. to share.

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
7 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

and http://pumpingstationone.org/

Doors open at 6:30pm. The next meeting is July 21st, 2014. NERP is free and open to the public.

Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com

Tags: electronics,embedded, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi,hackerspace, BeagleBone, Element14, Pumping Station One

 

The Hackerboat Reborn

A couple of months ago, we revived an old project, the Hackerboat. The original project was building a boat to circumnavigate the globe autonomously. This was, to put it mildly, rather a bigger thing than we could chew. So the revival is a bit more modest in scope -- we're building an autonomous boat capable […]

July 20 2014

Router-Ecke aufgeräumt

Ich habe mal die Router-Eckte aufgeräumt, die Kabel haben mich in den Wahnsinn getrieben ;)




South Shore Frolics Parade 2014

2014 South Shore Frolics Parade

Why yes, we did take part in the South Shore Frolics Parade this year, though we had a small crew, our small crew is quite dedicated… to having fun!

We managed to build a float to promote Maker Faire Milwaukee, and put Karen on a phone book so she could see where she was going, and we also convinced Chris to put the Makerspace flag on his bike and ride really fast so it would wave in the wind.

Shane let them know who we are this year by carrying the Makerspace banner, with what appeared to be great stoicism. And of course, there were some tiny electric vehicles from the Power Racing Series. Audrey on Lotusaurus Wrecks, Tiffany on Iron Rose, and I piloted the oldest still-running car we have, Baby Burrito. (Tom also tagged along and did some driving, some walking, and organized a few drag races!)

Thanks to the GoPro camera mounted on my head, we were able to capture some of the action during the parade. So enjoy the view from the top of my noggin!

July 19 2014

Anthony McCann Book Release: Thing Music

Mike B’s Chair

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We know you’re wondering what Mike B. has made recently. Well, he made this chair. And he liked it so much he made another one. Now he’s got two chairs like this sitting on his front porch.

What did you make this week?

Reposted byfinkregh finkregh

July 18 2014

MARRIED TO A MAKERSPACE GEEK

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I’ve known since I met my Makerspace Geek husband that he could fix ANYTHING. It didn’t always look pretty but it would work. I’m reminded DAILY just how talented he is. Unfortunately, over the years, being somewhat of a minimalist, I ran out of things to put on his Honey-Do List. I would find myself, at times, racking my brain trying to think of something he could fix or make. Because after completing a task and joyfully erasing it from the fix-it/make-it board, he was happy, contented and fulfilled. Lo and Behold he discovered Makerspace. I should celebrate the day as one would a major holiday. It has transformed my little geek into a big geek. He LOVES Makerspace and I love that he has a place to go where he can share, with other like-minded individuals, all the geeky thoughts spinning in his head. He still shares some of that with me but I know that oftentimes my head kind of goes on blank mode and I find myself just looking at him, trying not to nod off and listen. After his joining and I got over his starting every sentence with something about Makerspace, or his approaching total strangers and handing out a Makerspace card, or striking up conversations with family and friends and droning on for, what seemed like hours, about Makerspace, I surrendered. Why??? Because it makes him darn happy, that’s why. And who doesn’t want to see someone they love being happy??

 

So now when we’re eating dinner and I see him chomping at the bit because he wants to be at the club, I wish him well on his merry way and sit back to a quiet evening. If I’m awake when he gets home I get to hear all about the goings-on. I admit to crashing, often before he gets home because when he does he’s often so jazzed that I then have trouble falling to sleep .
Thanks, Makerspace, for making a space for him

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Come out to see the recently premiered documentary about the life and struggles of Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder and political activist.

From Wikipedia:

“Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS,[3] the organization Creative Commons,[4] the website framework web.py[5] and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.[i]

Swartz’s work also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism.[6][7] He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University‘s Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig.[8][9] He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.”

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There will be popcorn provided, and feel free to bring any snacks or drinks of your own. After the documentary showing there will be discussion, or people can hang out. This is a public event, so bring your friends!

Extra links:

Here is his blog: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/

One example of Aaron’s legacy: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-aaron-swartz-helped-inspire-lawrence-lessigs-mayday-pac

Legal analysis of the case: http://www.volokh.com/2013/01/16/the-criminal-charges-against-aaron-swartz-part-2-prosecutorial-discretion/

Open Week – Dublin Maker

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We are delighted to be a supporting organisation of the upcoming Dublin Maker.  Its the annual chance for all makers in Ireland to really showcase what they do best to the public. The tented festival space on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin, creates  unique  community feel to the whole thing.  TOG will be there with a host of new projects and we looking forward to meeting you all.

In TOG at the moment the space is a buzz with activity  in perpetration for the big day. We are opening our space for a whole week to give makers a chance to come down and use our space and resources to put the finishing touches to their projects. The public are welcome to drop down too and see all this madness.

The space will be open each night from Monday 21st – Friday 25th from 19.00 – 21.30

July 17 2014

Artificial Intelligence Q&A with Tim Winkler Follow-Up

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The event was a big success with over 30 people showing up to hear Tim answer questions about IBM’s Watson. Here are some pictures and sample questions (may be heavily paraphrased since they are drawn from my shoddy notes and memory) from the event:

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Q: Can Watson pass the Turing Test?

A: Watson has never been given the Turing Test.

Q: Are there plans to build a physical analogue for Watson? (Asked multiple times)

A: No.

Q: Can you tell us about the specific details of what you do?

A: No, but after Watson was on Jeopardy IBM released detailed documentation

Q: Has anyone fed Watson info about itself?

A: No.

Q: There seems to be a competition between IBM and Google in the realm of AI. Do you believe that the future will include more mainframe-based AI’s like Watson or decentralized neural network based AI?

A: I’m a big fan of decentralized neural networks.

Q: How do you go about getting a job in AI?

A: I have a CS degree with an AI concentration, and I got an internship with IBM that eventually led to working on Watson. I worked on unrelated projects before this. There’s no set path.

Q: Is there any project to work on improving Watson’s ability to interpret history?

A: There are many NLP (natural language processing) projects that focus on solving that problem.

Q: Does one version of Watson know what other versions of Watson know? (i.e. medical student Watson vs cognitive cooking Watson)

A: No.

Q: Why is Watson so much better than Siri?

A: Siri is not really an AI aside from its NLP abilities.

Q: What question do you wish people would ask about Watson?

A: You guys ask good questions.

Q: Do you do unit tests and end tests on Watson?

A: Yes.

Q: Are there any Easter eggs in Watson?

A: I can’t tell you.

Q: Do you have a button that stops Watson if it turns into HAL?

A: We’ve had no serious thoughts of Watson turning on people.

Q: Watson does not have ontological understanding of the world; any benefit to adding that?

A: We’re working on it.

Here are some related links to the Q&A that Tim shared afterwards:

1.)    “Here’s the IBM research journal issue on Watson, that gives away all the tech secrets anyone would want”: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/tocresult.jsp?reload=true&isnumber=6177717

2.) Behind a paywall:( “Computational creativity for culinary recipes”: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2559206.2574794

3.)    “This is relevant to cognitive cooking, Florian Pinel is one of the authors, he’s our team lead”: http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.1213

7-26-2014 Mini Capture The Flag

Our last meeting before BH/DC. We are going to have an informal mini CTF /CTP. Bring your laptop and any other challenges of past CTFs you may be interested in solving. No this will not be a Kommand and Kontroll event, it will be an informal gathering to practice for DC contests.       […]

July 15 2014

Becoming More Anonymous
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ShapeOko 2 Group Build This Wednesday!

Curious about computer numerical control and open hardware?
Want to meet and help build PS:One’s newest machine? Join us
for a group build of an upgraded ShapeOko 2 CNC router,
donated by Inventables! Everyone is welcome, newbies and
experienced alike – if you can tighten a bolt, you can
assemble a ShapeOko. Please RSVP to the Meetup group or cahira_mirrored [at] yahoo [dot] com, so we
have some idea how many people to expect.

Wednesday, July 16th
7-11 PM
PS:One’s Shop

Everyone is welcome, although only members will be authorized (at a later date) on the machine once it’s completed.

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July 14 2014

Freiheit statt Angst 30. August 2014

Die c-base ist wieder mit dabei:

Am 30. August 2014 um 14 Uhr vor dem Brandenburger Tor in Berlin.

Stoppt den Überwachungswahn!

Die  grenzenlose Überwachung ist Realität. Die Snowden-Enthüllungen belegen:  Geheimdienste und Unternehmen treten unsere Rechte mit Füßen und sind dabei an Dreistigkeit nicht zu überbieten. Sie dringen in die letzten und intimsten Winkel unserer Privatsphäre vor. Mit Verlaub, es reicht!

Wer überwacht wird, ist nicht frei!

Neue Überwachungsgesetze und Kontrolltechnologien zerstören unsere Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung. Demokratie lebt durch angstfreie Meinungsäußerung  und überwachungsfreie Rückzugsräume. Diese zu verteidigen liegt in der Verantwortung von uns allen!

Aufstehen statt Aussitzen!

Derweil übt sich unsere Bundesregierung in stoischer Untätigkeit. Sie ist im Begriff unsere Grundrechte aufzugeben, aber so leicht lassen wir Merkel und Co. mit ihrer Strategie des Aussitzens nicht davon kommen. Deshalb stehen  wir gemeinsam auf, um die grenzenlose Überwachung endlich zu beenden!

Wir  wollen eine freie, demokratische und offene Gesellschaft. Wir wollen Solidarität statt Misstrauen. Wir wollen freie Gedanken statt Selbstzensur. Wir wollen mehr Mut und Engagement statt Ohnmacht und Resignation. Wir brauchen Freiheit statt Angst. Wir brauchen Euch!

Am 30. August 2014 um 14 Uhr vor dem Brandenburger Tor in Berlin.

freiheitstattangst.de

Warming up the Foundry!

When Laboratory B got started we were excited about the possibility of other hacker/maker/community workshop spaces starting up and sustaining in Vermont. That's why we created Vermont Hackerspaces Inc as non non-profit designed to help others do great things. The Foundry is a community workshop getting started in the Northeast Kingdom. Building on the grit, and hard work they are going to bring together a community of creators, tinkers, crafter, artist and entrepreneurs. This great community is going to build a great new space for creation and innovation!

On July 7th, Vermont Hackerspaces Inc, agreed to become the Foundry's fiscal sponsor while they get started. The Foundry is looking to develop it's own 501(c)3 but it's a long when from getting going to handling your own books. Check out the website or  Foundry's facebook page and Foundry Info Pack for more info.

 

 

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