unwiredben

Born in north Georgia, spent 13 years in Austin, TX working for Motorola, Metrowerks, and Palm. Now a hacker for Mozilla living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, doing open source hardware projects as a hobby.

Jan 272010
 

Our friends with Make:NYC are having their next open meeting on Thursday, February 4th.  It looks quite awesome — you get together and build something in a couple of hours to compete for fame and glory!  Here’s the details:

Make:NYC Meeting 17 – Thursday February 4th, 6:30PM

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sick of this cold weather hampering my structure-building! Support us and give us your truss! Show up for Meeting 17!

Challenge: Balsa Bridge Construction

It’s the classic physics-challenge you all know and love. Teams will construct balsa spans built to support the greatest possible weight. Teams will be supplied with balsa, glue and cutting utensils. We recommend everyone do their homework for this meeting. Spend some time researching good design techniques.

http://www.google.com/search?q=balsa+bridge

Show and Tell

Meet your fellow NYC Makers and show off your creations! Bring your gadgets, gizmos, sketches, ideas, anything you’d like to put in the spotlight. We encourage NYC Makers to collaborate on and discuss DIY projects. If you’re planning to bring a project, drop us a note at meetings@makenyc.org.

RSVP

If you’d like to attend we have plenty of space for everyone. It’s not required, but if you plan to attend please RSVP:

RSVP Here: http://www.makenyc.org/wp-rsvp.php?eventid=63

Donations

Make:NYC runs the majority of our events on the goodwill and generosity of people with an interest in the DIY community. In this spirit, we graciously accept donations from participants with some cash to spend on a night of fun and challenges in NYC. The donation tube will be set out at each meeting for any cash you’d care to spare.

Location

Bug Labs
598 Broadway at Houston
4th floor
New York, NY 10012

6/B/D/F/V to Bleeker-Lafayette
R/W to Prince

Meeting time is 6:30PM.

See you there!

Jan 062010
 

We got word today of a few e-waste recycling events coming up, sponsored by the nice people at the Lower East Side Ecology Center.  All collection sites run from 10am to 4pm.

  • Saturday, January 9, 2010 @ Riverside Drive at Dyckman Street, New York, NY 10034
  • Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 331 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
  • Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ Tekserve, 119 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
  • Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ Prospect Park, Prospect Park West and 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

You can bring any kind of electronics for proper disposal; putting electronics in the trash means heavy metals and other nasty things can leach into the ground water, hurting everyone.  This is a great way to get rid of that random trash you’ve kept around from all of your hacking projects.

Dec 292009
 

On Saturday, January 9th, we’ve got a great workshop called “CMOS Music : 1-Bit Chiptunes” taught by Phillip Stearns a.k.a Pixel Form. You’ll make a simple music synthesizer using a combination of analog and digital electronics. No programming here, just wiring and learning about musical waveforms.

The next Saturday, the 16th, we have NYC Resistor’s own Ranjit Bhatnagar, a staple of Handmade Music night, helping people make electric guitars out of household items in a class we like to call “Junk Guitar Workshop”.  You bring your own wood for the guitar neck, we supply the rest.

More classes will be posted soon… the Winter is cold, so come down to NYC Resistor for some hot classes!

Dec 212009
 

Holiday time again. NYC Resistor will be suspending the regular Craft Night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve so we all can spend time hacking interesting things with our families. We’ll resume regular Thursday night open sessions on January 7th. Have a great holiday and we’ll see you next year.

Nov 302009
 

If you’ve not been closely watching our calendar, you might have missed Shelby’s DIY Paper Engineering class that’s this Saturday, December 5th. Shelby is a new member of the group and a frequent Craft Night attendee. Her day job is designing pop-up books and cards, and this class will be a two-hour introduction to making your own pop-up things.

You can get all of the details and sign up for the class at http://paperengineering.eventbrite.com/.

Nov 252009
 

If you were around Craft Night earlier this summer, you might have gotten interviewed by a nice TV producer who was working on a program called Physics of the Impossible where they’d explore how to implement “impossible” super powers using our current understanding of physics.

I just heard from the production company that the first five episodes are set to premiere on the Discovery Science Channel this December under the more pedestrian name Sci Fi Science.  Here are the air dates if you want to setup your video recorders.  All times are Eastern Standard Time, and it’s likely that the episodes will run a few times before going away forever.

  • How to Explore the Universe – Tuesday December 1 at 10 pm
  • How to Travel to a Parallel Universe – Tuesday December 1 at 10.30 pm
  • How to Blow up a Planet – Tuesday December 8 at 10 pm
  • How to Teleport – Tuesday December 15 at 10 pm
  • How to Become Invisible – Tuesday December 22 at 10 pm
Nov 242009
 

If you’d been planning on coming to Resistor this Thursday after filling your belly full of bird or tofurkey, stay at home! We’re not going to be there. We will resume Craft Night on December 3rd!