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Star Wars R2D2 droid replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer speak at HIVE13 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

August 30th, 2012 3 comments

The galaxy’s most famous robot, R2-D2, will visit HIVE13 on 9/11 !

An incredible replica of R2 and other cool Star Wars props will be at the HIVE when serial R2 replicators Chris Reiff and Daren Murrer are the featured guest speakers at the Tuesday night meeting on September 11 at 7:30pm.

Daren Murrer is an inventor and lifelong entrepreneur.  Besides being the founder of five successful companies, he has been awarded multiple United States Patents for his innovations.  In his spare time Daren is active in the R2 Builders Club, an online group for people who are interested in building their own R2-D2.  The Club website is www.astromech.net. Daren completed his personal R2D2 in 2006.

Chris Reiff is a toy designer and illustrator who has been working on official Star Wars projects for over 15 years.  Some of his illustration work includes the Millennium Falcon Owners Workshop Manual from Haynes, Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids and two editions of Star Wars Blueprints from DK publishing, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas from DelRey, as well as becker&mayer!’s Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owners Guide, Darth Vader: A 3-D Surgical Log, Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.  He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio with his dog named Dog and is currently building a full-size R2-D2 replica between illustration projects.

Get your free ticket here.  Hurry, as space is limited.

http://hive13secondtuesday20120911.eventbrite.com/

The event is open to both HIVE13 members and the general public.  HIVE13 is a member-supported, federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization and charitable donations are welcome.  Feed the HIVE!

 

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Bitcoin Lazer Payments

June 14th, 2012 2 comments

Do to yet another members recent issue with paypal we have enabled bitcoin payments.  Now once you login to lazer.hive13.org you have an option to pay through Mt. Gox with bitcoin.  This works similar to the paypal button but the prices are dynamically set to equal the $30/hr charge we use for paypal.  After a payment it may take a while for the laser minutes to show up, at least until we can have the callbacks fully tested.

With paypal locking accounts and Dwolla’s new crazy terms of service, we would love to offer bitcoin for membership subscriptions as well but unfortunately I don’t believe there is any good way to do this without paying an escrow upfront.  Until then we will use the laser site as our first official testbed.

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Transferred DNS Registrar

December 23rd, 2011 2 comments

STOP SOPAHello all,

We just transferred our Domain Names from GoDaddy to Gandi.net.  This transfer was done because GoDaddy recently announced support for SOPA.  SOPA is a current bill set to pass that would effectively censor the internet.  There are many options and even special discounts if you too want to change your registrar.  It’s a very easy process and here are some suggestions from reddit.  We chose Gandi because of their no-bullshit stance and history for protecting its customers.

You can also sign the boycott pledge here: http://godaddyboycott.org/

If you are a hive13.org member you should not see any service outage but feel free to contact us if something does not appear to be working.

UPDATE:  GoDaddy just announced they are no longer supporting SOPA  ;)

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#lifeiscrime Hive13 Landmark

September 2nd, 2011 No comments

Recently at last weekends PAX event a new game called Life is Crime was announced.  It is a mobile game that takes your GPS location and uses that to build a virtual world overlaid on the real one.  Using this virtual world you then can go on crime sprees, have gangs, sell drugs, etc.  It’s kind of like Mafia wars meets foursquare.  You just need to ask yourself…while waiting in line would you rather ‘check-in’ or go on a crime spree?

I’ve been playing this game for less than a week but I can already tell you I’m addicted.  I realized I was addicted when I was robbing a bunch of local stores while my wife shopped and checked nearby activity. Down the road I saw somebody had taken over a UDF and a Bank.  When my wife got back in the car I told her I wanted to make a quick stop.  I then found this location, pulled in and preceded to take over the turf.  If you like GTA or any of the gangster style games you must check this game out.

After helping out on the forums a bit the super friendly people at Red Robot created Hive13 as a Cincinnati Landmark!  That’s right!  If you head over to the Hive right now you can deal contraband and rob tourists (In the game of course…hehe)  I love the idea of Hive13 being featured in a game!  So swing by sometimes, my R2 name is “zombie”

Game homepage: http://www.lifeiscrime.com/

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