One of the things I got hooked on when moving to New York City is the improv theatre show sequence The Campaign — a troupe plays out a D&D-style dungeon-crawling campaign on stage.
On a whim, I decided that I really should give them a Christmas gift, and realized that I had a pile of red mirror-acrylic scraps sitting around. After looking around for giant D20s, I decided to simply build my own to give them.
I’m a transcoastal transplant: my first hackerspace was Noisebridge, and I joined the day they opened their first space on 83c Wiese in September 2008. I was an active member until I left the Bay area in 2011.
This makes me about a year later to the party than the founding members of the Early Three: NYC Resistor, Noisebridge and HacDC all three came out of inspiration from the same Chaos Computer Camp in 2007 – the celebration of this start is what I’ll be writing about here.
We have so many exciting classes coming up in September. Whether you want to make adorable floating plant planets, set up your security game with TAILS, or learn to build your own electronics circuits, we’ve got something for you this month.
Some of the craft night visitors may have noticed me infrequently show up at resistor to work on some strange looking laptops over the past year. These laptops were 2 space flight modified NASA PGSC units. These are GRiD Case model 1530 387 units that were configured custom for the Shuttle program in 1992. I recently gave a presentation these at Def Con 25. I have also compiled on a URI listed below, all of the information that I have so far uncovered relating to these systems and others like it.
Read on for more information…
Pew pew! In our laser-cutting class you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the ideas in your head become a reality with a laser. And afterwards, you’ll be certified to use our laser cutter during our public Craft Nights. The next laser-cutting class is September 9th.
Our laser-cutting classes sell out fast, so get your tickets here.
NYC Resistor is offering a TAILS workshop on Sunday, September 10th, where attendees will learn how to keep a secret online identity in a USB drive. This pragmatic workshop is designed for journalists, activists, or anyone else interested in digital pseudonymity. Participants will learn how to set up a subpoena-ready “rogue” Twitter account, as well as general operational security practices, from our member David Huerta. Get your tickets here!
Our next soldering class will be July 23rd. We’ll be teaching through-hole soldering and desoldering, and give you plenty of chance to practice as you make an LED tile.
I upgraded a cool vintage lamp to work with voice commands through my Amazon Echo using an ESP8266 microcontroller and relay circuit. The fauxmoESP Arduino library is what does the heavy lifting in this project; it emulates a Belkin WeMo device, so the Alexa app setup is exactly the same as the store-bought device. I hollowed out the wooden base of the lamp to enclose the electronics, and installed a power override switch that controls the light independently of the voice commands. The full tutorial is on Instructables, and I talk through the code in the video.
Wanna get started with Arduino? Sign up for our September 16 class: Intro to Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output
PSA to Craft Night guests: our elevator is not working tonight. Apologies to anyone who needs it.