COVID-19 and NYC Resistor: No Public Access Until Further Notice

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Mar 112020

In light of the spread of COVID-19 in NY, NYC Resistor has cancelled all public, in person events, until further notice.

Brown bear sits in the middle of a green field, behind a thin wire, fence waving at viewer.

We are going to experiment with different ways of continuing to engage with the community and support the space, so check back here for updates.

What does this mean for Craft Nights?

We will be hosting an open virtual Craft Night on Thursdays. We will start streaming at our usual Craft Night time (Thursday nights at 6:30pm EDT ). Come Craft with us on Zoom.

What does this mean for Classes?

Classes are an important part of NYC Resistor and we will be iterating on them in the coming weeks. Specifically we are testing online classes. There will be a Pom-Pom Making this Sunday, March 22nd, and an online Arduino class on Saturday March 28th.

The Following changes apply to our class policies:

  • There are no in person classes at NYC Resistor.
  • We are amending our refund policy. We will refund any class cancellations, no questions asked. Email classes@nycresistor.com or use Eventbrite to request a refund.

Thank you everyone for your understanding and be safe.

 Posted by at 12:43 pm

Craft Night Cancelled: Monday, March 9th 2020

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Mar 092020
Grey and white octopus is hiding in a tan and white striped clam shell, which rests on the sandy ocean floor. It opens the shell to peak its eyes out before closing it again to hide.

NYC Resistor will be closed tonight: Monday, March 9th 2020. There is no Craft Night, everyone be safe out there.

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July 4th Craft Night 2019

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Jul 032019

It might be a holiday, but we are open for the 4th of July at our usual time.

Man in black shirt and large glasses, sits centre frame with a cone of aluminium foil on the table in front of him. He lights a fuse at the top of the cone with a match in his right hand. It explodes in a bright flash and puff of smoke filling the screen briefly. The smoke clears to reveal the man having been blown back, his face covered in soot.

Sadly, there will not be any pyrotechnics, but come by for some good old fashioned craft night fun.

New Years Eve Craft Night 2018!

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Dec 312018

It’s that time of year again, so let us celebrate at craft night!

GIF of a brown bear playing guitar in the snow.

There will be snacks!

GIF of a brown bear stealing a can blue can of food from a job site and running away.

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Dance at Resistor, for science!

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Aug 202018

Bill Nye the Science Guy stands center frame in a while button up shirt, black suspenders, and classic bow tie. He throws his arms up and head back as the lights flash. The word 'SCIENCE!!!' is along the bottom of the image in gray.

Calling all Resistors and friends: We need you for a special project at the 23 August open Craft Night.

Alex is a PhD student studying astrophysics who wants to help make science accessible to the public via the medium of interpretive dance. He’s making a video for the Dance Your PhD contest and needs an ensemble of dancers to communicate that his data analysis methods will be applied to billions of never-before-observed galaxies. Don’t dance? No problem! If you can do the hokey pokey, you can dance this PhD! (For inspiration, check out Alex’s all-time favorite entry.)

Please join us to film the final scenes in and outside Resistor on Thursday, 23 August between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. And do feel free to share this announcement on social media. We look forward to dancing with you soon!

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No Craft-night for January 4th 2018

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Jan 042018

NYC is blanketed in snow, travel is hard, the air is cold.

We have no craft-night tonight. Stay warm!

Grizzly bear playing a guitar in the snow.

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Visitor project: Dominion storage solution

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Jun 142017

Dominion is an award-winning deck-building card game that has ten expansions released as of this writing. There are a wide variety of proposed storage solutions to the problem of toting about several thousand cards and sundry mats and tokens, and Sherwin decided it was high time he moved on up from the method he had been using to a proper receptacle.

First, a look at the final product:

Wooden box sitting on its edge with the word "Dominion" etched in stylized text on its face. Open wooden box displaying contents consisting of rows of Dominion cards separated by labeled dividers.

We managed to fit about 3700 unsleeved cards along with the other odds and ends in with room for further expansion. The dividers make every card easy to locate and access, and the box dimensions keep the whole package relatively compact and portable.

Our starting point was an ad-hoc solution that involved storing each set of Kingdom cards in separate pockets on 9-card sheets, with the base cards being held in deck boxes and the tokens in a bead container, all of which were piled into one of the original game boxes and wrapped in a tote bag. This system worked for a time, but as further expansions were released, both box and tote showed increased signs of strain, neither having been designed to hold more than one game or expansion at a time.

Old, beaten Dominion Intrigue box sitting on a wooden table, overflowing with sleeved dominion cards. To its left sits a threadbare Dominion tote bag.

The sheets can be seen overflowing from the game box, which barely squeezed into the tote

The box had already been replaced once before, and when the replacement itself began showing severe signs of wear we began looking into other options. We debated building one out of lumber, but eventually settled on using a case that had been tried and tested in other storage solutions for our first attempt.

We knew that we would require some sort of organizer to keep each column of cards in line, and laser-cut some test pieces out of cardboard to check the fit.

White paper sitting on a mac laptop keyboard with seemingly random numbers and lines scribbled in blue pen. White paper fills the page. In black pen, there are lines an measurements scrawled over the page. In the upper left sits the bottom half of a pencil and a set of mechanical calipers.

Determining the dimensions of the caddy and how to fasten them

Seen from above, the right half of a wooden table is covered in two disjoint halves of a wooden box, the left is covered in white paper. Strewn over everything is a set of cardboard inserts which are white on one face and brown on the other. Wooden box with cardboard inserts fills the page. There one small stack of Dominion cards sitting in each of the six columns.

Assembling the mock caddy, then testing the fit of the cards
We also planned to engrave the game’s logo onto the box using the laser cutter, and had two waxes and two stains we wanted to try. The case came with a tray insert that was made of the same wood, though unfinished, so we did a test burn both before and after applying the four coats to observe the effect. We also removed the hardware from the case and sanded off the veneer in preparation.

Strip of birch plywood with two blury laser etched dominion logos filling it's length runs across the center of the picture. Behind it is the metal latice of a laser cutter. Wooden rectangle sites atop white paper. The words "Hello World!" are laser etched into four rows filling its left half.

Mocking up the logo and testing burn parameters for the wood

Blue nitrile gloved hands which come from the right side of the frame are rubbing dark wax into one of four rows on a wood box which sits on white paper. Wooden box with the words "Hello world" etched in four rown down the left side, sits on white paper with a bright light shining down on it. The wood has been stained in four rows with increasingly dark wood stains / waxes going from a golden honey colour to a brushed black hue.

Applying the coats of wax and stain to the test piece
The logo we used had too much background and shading for a clean burn. We ended up using Pawel Pawlak’s Dominion icons to generate an appropriate vector image of the logo and banner outline for the laser cutter.

Sheet of white cardboard on a metal grate in a laser cutter behind dirty glass. There is a blur of a moving laser cutter head over the center third of the cardboard. The beginning of an etching of the Dominion logo can be seen as a pale brown on the cardboard's surface. Sheet of white cardboard on a metal grate in a laser cutter behind dirty glass. There is a blur of a moving laser cutter head over the center third of the cardboard. A completed etching of the Dominion logo can be seen as a pale brown on the cardboard's surface.

Testing the final logo
After finalizing the dimensions of the caddy pieces and wax choice, we then cut the pieces out of clear acrylic, assembled and affixed them with acrylic glue, burned the logo into the case cover, then applied the coats of wax.

Corner of a light brown wooden box fix the lower two thirds of the frame. A sheet of clear acrylic, the height of the box, cuts a single internal column on the left hand side. Light wooden box sits atop white paper at a slight angle filling the upper two thirds of the frame. The box is divided into six columns by strips of clear acrylic which are the same height as the box itself. An additional strip of clear acrylic rests atop the left edge of the box hanging prosperously over the side.

Assembling and checking the fit of the final caddy
Light brown wooden box sits in middle frame at a slight angle atop white paper. It is mostly covered in a honey brown wax. The Dominion logo is etched in its center. Two hands connected to arms which lead off the top of the picture, are wearing blue nitirle gloves and rubbing additional wax into the surface.

Applying the wax to the case exterior

To minimize cards sliding around and give them a cushion, we cut a segment out of poker felt and glued it to the bottom with spray adhesive. We attempted to replace the stock hardware with sturdier options, but found the wood to be too thin to support any of the screws from the cabinet fixtures.

A rectangular wooden pallet has two small squares of green felt glued to the bottom right corner of the palette. A jug of wood glue, can of spray adhesive, and hand holding a hot glue gun are just out of frame. Light wooden box with a green felt base rests on its edge, filling the frame. The box's inside is divided into six vertical columns by clear acrylic. Two hands in the upper right of the frame can barely be seen screwing something into its side.

Testing different adhesives on felt samples and reattaching the hardware to the finished bottom
Finally, after completing assembly of the box, we had to transfer the actual game components from the old box to the new one. We created the divider tabs using sumpfork’s Dominion Divider Generator and had them printed on cardstock and trimmed at a local print shop.

Warm brown wooden box sits in the middle of the frame at an angle resting on butcher paper on a wodden table. The Domnion logo is etched in its center. Brass clasps are affixed to its front along with a leather and brass handle. Open light brown wooden box resting on butcher paper on a wooden table. The bottom of the box is green felt and it is divided into six columns by clear acrylic strips.

The finished box ready to receive the game materials

Resting atop a wooden table which fills the frame, from left to right there is a stack of two sheets of card sleeves full of Dominon cards, the bottom half of a Dominion box full of card sheets which are them selves full of Dominion cards, the top half of a Dominion box with three stacks of dominion cards, a light wooden box which is open, with a green felt bottom split into six columns by strips of clear acrylic, one of the columns is full of dominion cards with a second one about half full, and finally five stacks of white card paper which are barely in frame. On the right side of the table there is also a jumble of empty card sleeves. A wooden table runs at a sharp angle from the top left to the bottom right of the frame. From left to right there are: sheets of card sleeves full of dominion cards, the bottom half of a dominion box half full of full card sheets, the top half of a dominion box with three stacks of dominion cards in it, a light wooden box which is open, its base green felt, divided into six columns by clear acrylic the left most of which is full of dominion cards and dividers, finally six stacks of white card stock with dominion rules text printed on them.

Moving the cards into their new home
A light wooden box sits dead center, filling the bottom half of the frame. Its open lid fills the top half. The box is filled with dominion cards arranged in four of the six columns and separated by white card stock with card titles. The second to left column contains little plastic bags of glittering bronze tokens, and the last column is about half full of cards separated in the same manner as the first four.

Ready to play!

New Years Eve Craft Night!

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Dec 312016

Resistor is open tonight for a special new years craft night! We start at 8pm and go until next year. Come by to hack on projects and celebrate the end of 2016!

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NYE Craft Night Special!!

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Dec 222016

Last year, we had a craft night on new years eve and it went swimmingly so listen up:

Craft Night happens almost every Thursday but this time It’s on a Saturday, because it’s NYE and this is a special public night.

This time there will be dancing:

And there will be science:

So stop by and meet people, share knowledge, and work on your projects. Don’t forget to bring a project to work on!

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks!

This event like all NYC Resistor events is 18 and over and governed by out code of conduct.

More information: http://www.nycresistor.com/participate/
NYC Resistor Code of Conduct: http://www.nycresistor.com/2015/08/04/nyc-resistor-code-of-conduct/

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