Open Hack June 29th

June 30th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

If you’re on the blog you can see that we exceeded our member goal for June by 13 members! That is really great news for Twin Cities Maker! Thanks to all the members that have decided Twin Cities Maker is worth their time an effort.

We are currently at 83 members including the three that joined up on the 29th. Because some members get the $25 dollar rate for being a student or unemployed and the associated fees from paypal, the funds from membership are not as simple as 83×50, but we are getting really close to being in the black. We need about 85 to 90 members each month to be there, and it seems we are well on our way.

So again, welcome new members, we are glad you’re here.

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Shop unexcellence

June 29th, 2011 by jrsphoto

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Not sure who used the jointer but guys, you need to pick up after yourselves..

TC Maker @ Uptown Pride Block Party, Today 6 PM

June 24th, 2011 by wammie

See TC Maker @ Bryant Lake Bowl Uptown Pride Block Party, June 24, 2011, 6-10:30 PM

Twin Cities Maker will have a table today at Bryant Lake Bowl for the Uptown Pride Block Party, which starts at 6 PM. Visit with some of our group members to talk shop and find out what TC Maker is all about!

June 22nd Open Hack

June 23rd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Roundup photos from the June 22nd Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory, enjoy.

Hack Factory Cabaret – June 22 7-9pm

June 21st, 2011 by videoman

Back from its hiatus, Hack Factory Cabaret we be held June 22nd from 7-9pm.

Life is a...

What is our Cabaret you ask? It’s a fun filled night where you get to present on any topic that you choose (EG: Nemoy Sunset Pie, Banzai growing, Air Balloons, etc) for up to five minutes. After those five minutes are up, we may kick you off the stage for the next person.

To sign up, and check out who will be presenting go to our Cabaret page.

So far we have the following topics:

  • Why Ham Radio?
  • Das RGB blinkenlights
  • OpenSource Access Control system, FTW!
  • Practicing the Fire Arts
  • Swift Linux: The Real Upgrade
  • Laser Cooling

June 15th Open Hack

June 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Pictures and video from the June 15th open hack at the Hack Factory.

Saturday Brewing Class Filling Up

June 16th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Spots are open for the upcoming class on brewing at the Hack Factory on the 18th. We will be going over an introduction on how to brew, sanitation, equipment, ingredients, and process. Best of all beer will brew!
Sign up on the Eventbrite page, and the facebook page.
More information on the forum post.

And now there is a city pages article!

Make: Live @ the Hack Factory

June 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Twin cities maker was featured on episode 10 of the Make: Live series! Here is the section that we were in.

The rest of the show and a bit more information can been seen here.

Wednesday Open Hack 6/8/11

June 9th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


No slide show this week from the open hack at The Hack Factory, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened, quite the opposite. It was our annual meeting and we had quite a few of the members all in the the building at the same time, always a great thing.

There where two main orders of business the vote on the 501c(3)/bylaw stuff which all passed so we are moving forward with that process, lots of great discussion on what it means, clarification on that, new committees, lessons learned.

The other main piece of business was an overview of the financial situation. The whole details are going to be posted soon. The basics, we need to keep on the member drive a total membership around 80 – 90 will allow us to start building up money again. That said we have reserves to hold us while we get more people.

The space planning committee has been hard at work figuring out how to organize all of the new space we moved into on the 1st of the month. So changes are being implemented, lots of neat and exciting things are happening be sure to keep an eye on how things progress. More to come as more of it gets fleshed out.

We were featured in Make:Live Episode 10 along side our friends at NYC Resistor, Milwaukee Makerspace, i3Detroit, and Noisebridge (San Francisco). We will let you know when the video gets posted.

A few more bits. If you get a chance take a look at the upcoming classes and events (part of the sidebar on if you’re at the website), there might be something your interested in, and, as always, there are some in the works so be sure to check for updates. If you have an idea for a class as well let our events at tcmaker dot org know. There are a few group projects in the works over on the fourm, check them out and get involved, or post your own project.

Finally, If you are thinking about coming down and checking out the Hack Factory, Wednesday nights, as the tradition has been, are the best time to do so lots of activity and great tour guides. Bring a project to show off if you want, we are a curious bunch. If you can’t make it on Wednesday you can stop by other times, there is usually someone in the shop all the time these days, don’t hesitate to ask them for a tour and a bit of information about the place, if you have other questions we have all quite a few ways to get a hold of the group, see the communication section of our wiki and take your pick.

SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA is coming to the Hack Factory

June 5th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

@ The Hack Factory

Sun Sept 11, ’11 @ 11am-7pm
@ Hack Factory
…$5 & a bag of clean clothing or $10 w/o donation
http://www.swaporamarama.org/

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing.

June 1st Open Hack

June 2nd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from June 1st’s Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory. Lots of new faces, new members and lively discussion on the up coming annual meeting. Oh and Robots in Yurts!

The Last Supper

June 2nd, 2011 by jrsphoto

We were shoot the cover shot for a book that a TCMaker member is writing about hacker spaces.  Someone came up with another take on the cover of the book.  Somehow I don’t think this will make the cover.

A Last Supper

A Last Supper

A Last Supper

Boing Boing Meetup Tues Jun 7

June 1st, 2011 by uptownmaker

Boing Boing meetup day!

Minneapolis’ own Happy Mutant and resident science blogger extraordinaire, Maggie Koerth-Baker, is putting together a local wing of Boing-Boing’s first International BB Meetup Day. This is of particular interest to us because of the theme: “Wonderful Things”:

On June 7, bring your favorite significant object, coveted curiosity, conversation piece, or mysterious item to the Meetup (Don’t bring something that has a lot of intrinsic value). Then tell the other happy mutants about it!

While you’re at the Meetup, share your thoughts on the items that you see, and if you are so inclined, offer up a swap! Don’t forget to tweet your photos, videos, and details on any exciting swaps using hashtag #BoingBoingMUP.

Check in on the meetup.com page for the event- there are already 8 names on the list and I don’t recognize any of them! This is a great chance to meet some makers from outside the group and see some neat stuff.

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