Make: Day at SMM June 20

April 28th, 2010 by uptownmaker

Once again, the Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting Make: Day!

Twin Cities Maker has been invited to submit a plan for an exhibit, so we need to figure out what that plan will be. Below is some info from Nick at TPT, one of the chief organizers of the event:

Space is limited, but we can be flexible with how projects are exhibited. Here are a few things to consider:
– You would have at least one 8×3 table to exhibit and there will be a stage for presentations in the large atrium, if needed.
– We can also exhibit OUTDOORS, so take that into account as you plan!
– There is open classroom space available for hands-on activities.

We’ll be discussing options at tonight’s meeting, and next week’s meeting, but the submission deadline is May 7, so we need to get something together soon!

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Monthly electronics day

April 23rd, 2010 by uptownmaker

I’ve decided to start a monthly electronics day, on every third Saturday afternoon (well, all day, if you want, but I’m only going to be there in the afternoon).

What does this entail? Several things:
1. One class a month, guaranteed. In May, it’s going to be Soldering 101 (one of the most roundly requested classes), where you’ll get a chance to watch a real pro at work (as soon as I find one) and build a kit to take home. We’ll have scrap boards that you can practice on with no fear of damage and no pressure. I’ll set up an EventBrite page ASAP; expect the class to run about two hours and cost $30, which includes scrap for practice, but not the cost of the kit. Bring your own iron and solder; I’ll make some recommendations about what to buy.
2. Ask-an-EE sessions: along the lines of Lady Ada’s popular “Ask an engineer” chat, I’ll give all comers a chance to ask me anything they want about the art and science of electrical engineering.
3. Swap-o-tron: I’ll bring stuff that I’m perfectly happy to part with, gratis, and I ask anyone who has similar stuff to do the same. Take what you need, but please use what you take, or bring it back and re-release it the next month.

I’m expecting to start the Ask-an-EE about 2pm, the class about 4pm, with another Q&A after the class.  I’ll set up my goodies in the workshop.

The date for the first one is May 15.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis #3 – May 1st – 5pm

April 21st, 2010 by noise

The next Handmade Music: Minneapolis will be on Saturday May 1st, starting at 5pm. Alex Deeba (from GetLoFi) and Micheal Una will be holding a Workshop to build an interesting bleepy electronic instrument and there will be lots of other great stuff going on.

See the blog post for details at the dedicated HMMM site http://www.tcmaker.org/hmmm/. Also if you are interested in the workshop please sign-up at Eventbrite so that we have a head count. There will be a $10 parts fee collected at the time of the workshop. GetLoFi Workshop Registration.

Stop the presses! Alex just sent me this video of an example of what we will be building.

More information about Handmade Music Minneapolis over here, along with photos of past and information on past events.

The Soap Factory – The Haunted Basement, Call For Submissions

April 20th, 2010 by videoman

For all your makers out there – The Soap Factory is having a Call For Submissions for it’s Haunted Basement! Submissions are due by April 30th, 2010. http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=203

“Considered one of the premier haunted projects in the Midwest, The Soap
Factory’s infamously creepy and legitimately haunted basement is a perfect
canvas for creating immersive terror environments. In an effort to ensure
that The Haunted Basement stays fresh and unpredictable for its visitors, we
are soliciting applications from local artists and designers to become a
part of our team for the 2010 season.”
Hack Factory

Twin Cities Asterix User Group to Meet @ Hackfactory April 10

April 8th, 2010 by Booka

Again this month, the TCAUG will have an open meeting at the HackFactory.

Open to all interested in VOIP, and related Technologies

Time 11:30 AM at the HackFactory

3119 E. 26th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55406

Topics This Month:  Open, so bring your questions, Demo’s, and meet with us.

Welding Class #2 Ready

April 7th, 2010 by videoman

We have welding class #2 ready for people to take! Register at http://tcmaker-welding2.eventbrite.com/
Class dates are Saturday May 15th, and May 22nd from 10am-1pm.

Register early as space is limited.

Lock Sport Class

April 4th, 2010 by videoman

In a Howard Cosell announcer voice… “Hello and welcome to the wide world of locksport. Where you get to pick your way through some very fun and exciting 3-dimensional puzzles tonight. Over at the first round of locks Mike, who has created his very own set of tools to work through some of these very complex puzzles. We also have Dan K., who is a world record breaking, renowned athlete in the competition of lock sport. Recently wile attending Toorcon, Dan K. was able to successfully escape from the federally, and is the fastest lock sport participant in the northern hemisphere.”

So what does all this mean? It means if you want to learn about locksport, register for the class. Class is $25, Registration though Eventbrite is required, but you can pay at class, or on Wednesday night if need be.

Other good resources to check out:
The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers – NL
The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers – US
Devient Ollam with some great slides and movies!
Lock Pick Shop
Gringo Warrior Contest, a Defcon and Hackers con favorite.
Defcon Hacking Conference

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