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Clean Up Day

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Mar 232009

Clean-up day at NYCResistor

We had our spring cleaning at NYCR and swept and mopt and chased all the dust bunnies down and killed their processes. Shelves were built and empires extended.

Mar 202009


photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Monochrom will be coming to NYCResistor to give a performance and bring the joys of Communism to NYC. Having just launched their propaganda rich communist video game, they are now on a worldwide tour to bring the joys of the USSR to those of us in Brooklyn who are smart enough to do what Monochrom tells us.

The performance is free and will start promptly on March 21st at 7:05 PM.

NYCResistor; 397 Bridge Street, 5th Floor; Brooklyn, NY 11201
Saturday, March 21; 7 PM


Mar 202009


I’m going to be teaching folks how to solder and each student will be provided with a TV-B-Gone kit to solder together.

You’ll learn the basics of using molten metal to make electronics projects come to life. You’ll also learn some basic techniques for removing soldered components. If you’ve always wanted to get into creating electronics, this is the class for you!

Sign up and take the class!
Date: March 29th 4PM-5PM
Cost: $45 (Price includes TV-B-Gone kit)
Location: NYCResistor 397 Bridge St. 5th Floor Brooklyn
Sign up required! LINK

Feb 192009

Russ Nelson is going to be in town tomorrow and he’s going to stop by tonights craft/hack night and give a short talk about Open Street Map, the open source map project. I asked him, “Why Map?”

Sure, maps exist, plenty of them. The critical part is that like any document, what goes into it reflects the concerns of the author. If you have the military make your maps, they’re concerned about militarily important targets. If you have the businesses make your maps, they’re concerned about the commercially important entities.

When the community makes a map, it maps whatever it feels is important. That’s why we map.

Craft/Hack night at NYCResistor is a night to swing on by NYCResistor with a project, hang out, talk shop, knit, or needlepoint or all of the above. It starts around 6:30 and wraps up around 9. Russ will begin his presentation at 8pm!

Feb 182009

Ok, there have been a few people bragging that they can count in binary on their fingers faster than anyone else. Enough trash talking! I want evidence! Here’s what you do if you want to participate in the first ever binary count off.

1. Learn to count in binary.
2. Practice.
3. Make a video showing your skills to the sound of Thumbuki’s Binary Solo MP3 which he has released to the world under a CC license. How high can you count in the 31 seconds it takes to listen to his MP3?
5. Get your video done by Sunday night, February 22nd.
6. Post a comment here with a link to your video!
7. I’ll put together a panel of judges and whoever they decides has the fastest binary counting video wins.
8. I will send the winner a Things t-shirt in whatever size you like. I have some girlie shaped t-shirts too, so this contest is not just for guys!

I rarely go to the post office. This is huge! I can’t wait to see if people are just talking or if they actually have some skills. Bring it!

(It will become very interesting if someone from FAT Lab competes!)

Feb 172009


Fat Lab has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged NYCResistor to a war. From Feb 15th – March 15th we’ll be tracking website hits, YouTube views, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, RSS subscribers… whoever posts the biggest gains wins. Grading will be conducted by Internet Famous Class technology.

Official war page w/ preliminary stats is available here.

After looking at that link, I’m a little nervous, how are we going to compete with the amount of eyeballs that have seen the things they have done?

We’ve got a strategy to create and release awesome projects this month.

You can help NYCResistor win!

* sign up for our new Facebook group
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* tell your friends