May 192009

Don’t forget, NYCR’s first Swap Night is tomorrow! 6:30 PM! So bring your odds n’ ends and see if you can’t find a new home for them!

If you haven’t already, RSVP so we know how many folks to expect! We’re not going to register individual stuff this time around, so just bring a bag ‘o useful things and prepare to make some friends. We’ll have nametags to make things a little easier. Plus who doesn’t love nametags?

NYCR Swap Night!

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May 082009

electric stuff

Got a lot of perfectly good electronics waiting for a project? Need some obscure doohicky for a project you’re working on? Come to the NYCR Swap Night! Trade doodads for thingamabobs with your fellow hackers.

The fun is going down at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 20. Mark your calendars! After the swapstravaganza we’ll have a short show ‘n tell of what you got and what you’re gonna do with it.

The event is free but we do ask that you RSVP. A handy dandy junk registry is in the works for listing/requesting junk (so you don’t have to lug it all in and back), there’ll be another post when that’s ready. But for now just let us know if you’re coming! If it’s popular enough we’ll make it a regular event.

There is one specific rule: anything you bring has to go back out with someone. That someone can be you, or the lucky recipient of new junk, but you can’t dump it on us. Please only bring things that are actually useful – if it really is trash please dispose of it properly rather than foisting it on some unlucky soul.

See you there!

Apr 272009
Wooden Waldorf freeform bricks

Photo by knechtruprechtdolls

One more to add to our parade of classes: Object Oriented PHP is now on the calendar for May 31! Join the OOP party full of classes, methods, and properties. We’ll cover all the theory you need to understand object oriented programming as well as some practical applications, turning your rats nest of functions into a well organized object.

You’ll need a basic understanding of PHP, if you’re rusty you may want to take Beginning PHP the day before! Bring a laptop to work on with your code editor of choice installed.

Apr 212009

Arduino circuit

We’ve got some rad classes coming up at Resistor!

April 26 – Soldering 101
Learn the basics of soldering while constructing a TV B Gone.

May 2 – Fire the Lazzor!
Bre’s laser class is back! Learn to use our Epilog Mini laser engraver. The class is a ton of fun, and allows you to come back later for more laser cutting if you’re so inclined!

May 3 – Wireless Wearables
Construct your own networked fabric with a LilyPad XBee board, radio, and conductive thread.

May 16 – PCB Design with Eagle
Back by popular demand, Zach will show you how to design a printed circuit board which you can etch yourself or send out to have manufactured.

May 30 – Beginning PHP
Learn one of the internet’s most prolific scripting languages, no prior programming experience required.

Geeky Jewelry

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Apr 162009

I have to say I really love Etsy seller (and RIT Chemistry student) beadworkbyamanda‘s nerdy jewelry. I’ve seen a lot of circuit board jewelry over the years, but this is the first that’s been nice enough I’d actually want to wear it outside of the hackerspace. She’s also got some rings which look equally awesome. Check it out!

Mar 192009

Just to let everyone know, there won’t be any craft night tonight. Sorry for the short notice, we’ll see you all next week.

Mar 142009

Last chance to sign up for tomorrow’s class on PHP and GD Image. Aside from being a fun way to draw and manipulate images in PHP, it’ll also get the rust off of the algebra gears in your brain. That’s right, it uses algebra. Or at least pre-algebra. It’s a good excuse to set up some equations… and then make PHP solve them for you.

The class is Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. Bring a laptop to work on!

Feb 112009

NYC Resistor Class Photo: Oct 9, 2008

If you’ve been meaning to pick up PHP, there are a few upcoming classes just for you!

Beginnig PHP is an introductory course perfect for people who don’t have any experience with PHP. Learn all the basics and get started on your own projects. 2 hours on February 28.

Image Manipulation with GD and PHP will teach you how to manage and edit images using PHP and the GD image library. Generate graphics on the fly, or use it to modify existing images. Two hours on March 7.

You can see the full list of upcoming classes and check back often as we add classes continuously. If there’s a class you’d like to see, leave a comment!

Jan 232009

pretty lazzzor

We’ve had an uptick in the number of folks intereseted in laser cutting something on our lovely laser cutter here at NYCR. In an effort to keep our collective sanity, lasering is now by appointment. This way no one makes a trip out to our space only to find someone else is on the laser, or no one ‘s around.

To make it easier, we’ve set up a page explaining how to set up laser time with us, how you can learn to use the laser, and how much it’ll cost you. You can send any additional questions to