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by jwb
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do we call ourselves?
Replies: 5
Views: 1744

Re: What do we call ourselves?

I'd like to throw in my vote for Hack Factory as the sole name of our group. To Scott's point that "Hack" is a bad word that freaks people out: Guess what? We already have the word Hack in our name. Also, catering to fools won't get us anywhere. And I disagree that "Hack" is excl...
by jwb
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Local Classifieds
Topic: Calling all nerds.
Replies: 1
Views: 3437

Re: Calling all nerds.

Cam, are you literally meaning D20 products or are you open to D&D or Pathfinder?
by jwb
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: Group Projects
Topic: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bender ..
Replies: 20
Views: 10707

Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende

I was a ceramics major for a couple of years, so I may be of assistance with the kiln. 1) The lid is probably happy staying on with friction and gravity. Unless there's a gigantic crack, it shouldn't affect the firing temperature. Worst-case, if the lid gets knocked off, you're likely to get shatter...
by jwb
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Meetups
Topic: KIDS' NIGHT -- 12-30-11
Replies: 5
Views: 4462

KIDS' NIGHT -- 12-30-11

John Wilson and I are talking about bringing our kids to the HF on Friday, the 30th of December, from 6-8pm. We don't have any activities planned, but I plan on bringing my big tub of Lego. Who all's in? Should we do snacks and juice?
by jwb
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cult of Lego
Replies: 1
Views: 989

Re: Cult of Lego

Thanks, Cam! It's very exciting.
by jwb
Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TC Maker vs Hack Factory
Replies: 26
Views: 5586

Re: TC Maker vs Hack Factory

My take: HACK FACTORY Pros: Interesting, memorable, and provocative. Also, as mentioned, most hacker groups outside the TCs know us as the HF. Cons: Too close to Hacktory, not location specific. (The Target Field example is specious, since the Twins sold the naming rights.) TC MAKER Pros: Tells it l...
by jwb
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TC Maker vs Hack Factory
Replies: 26
Views: 5586

Re: TC Maker vs Hack Factory

I suggest ranked voting:

[ ] -- Hack Factory
[ ] -- Twin Cities Maker
[ ] -- Twin Cities Maker at the Hack Factory

If there's no majority, the item with the least number of 1st place votes gets eliminated, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranked_voting
by jwb
Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: membership drive and retention
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

Re: membership drive and retention

I think 2012 will be the year that will either break the HF or make it. We've had it easy with no competition to skim off members, but now with 1 or 2 competing (complementing?) groups opening up spaces, it will be harder than ever to retain members. We need to take a serious look at what works for ...
by jwb
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New maker space in town
Replies: 27
Views: 5815

Re: New maker space in town

That's great, competition is good for everyone. I can't wait to hear more!

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