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Guests tonight at Hive13: United States Pirate Party Support Tour

October 21st, 2009 No comments

Let’s introduce the Pirate Party in their own words:

The United States Pirate Party is a non-profit Political Action Committee, promoting reform of digital rights management, patent, and copyright laws; we also push for government transparency and the right to privacy. As we are strong proponents of open source software, creative commons, opencourseware, and the free flow of information, we believe there are concerns you have that the Pirate Party would love to hear.” -Bethany Jolly, Records Officer

From their web site:

The US Pirate Party Support Tour is a collection of volunteers that are actively preforming recruitment and support services to the National Pirate Party.  Much of this work is done by traveling around and hitting conventions, conferences, and other social events.  We hope to eventually be able to coordinate the support tours to preform support services for individual candidates and campaigns, wherever they are, in order to bolster local volunteers.  The creation of state level parties, for example, require many thousands of signatures to get ballot access.. not to mention the labor required to actually get some votes.  Dozens of assistants willing to come into a community and help with these kinds of tasks can be all the difference in the world.

Ryan, Bethany, and friends from the Pirate Party will be stopping by Hive13 tonight around 7pm to meet the group, see the space, and talk about issues you believe their PAC can and should address.  You can read more about the Pirate Party movement on their web site, http://pirate-party.us/

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Friday night project: windowmatrix

October 21st, 2009 1 comment

After our regular weekly meeting last night, Dave Menninger mentioned on the way out the door an idea he’d been kicking around: wiring up LEDs in the 5×7 glass block window above the entrance to the hive. Enthusiasm was expressed, and several of us came back in put together some tests with a couple of LEDs.

This was deemed a great success, and the project brainstorming quickly escalated from a simple 8×7 array of single color LEDs to a full color display capable of video. The video part we will hold for phase 2.

So, this Friday, we will be building phase 1 of the Hive13 windowmatrix. How capable it will be depends on just what parts we are able to procure by Friday.

Stay tuned…

update: The rainbowduino LED controller board has arrived – thanks to Great customer service from NKC Electronics – http://www.nkcelectronics.com/ I can definitely vouch for that!

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Python Learning Night – 7 pm 9/23/2009

September 22nd, 2009 No comments

Since I am horrible at trying to talk thinks up, I will just copy in ChrisA’s description from the mailing list:

“This is outright theft of the hacklab.to “Python Newbie Night” event. One night a week (Wed. @7pm) we get together with electronic copies of “think python”, talk about a chapter, then write some code. We may skip around depending on the skill levels of those who are present. If the class format takes off we can do other languages as well (say java and C++). I would like to invite non-coders and non-members to the class, so tell your friends and relatives!” -ChrisA

So this Wednesday, September 9, 2009, we are having our first Python learning night at the Hive.  Bring yourself, a laptop and a friend.

More details on the wiki page: Here

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Weekly Status Meeting and Blender Tutorial

September 7th, 2009 1 comment

This week we will be reviewing the status of our insurance, the 1023 form, the status of the internet for the space, various events, and more.

After the meeting Craig will be giving a quick tutorial on how to use Blender to make objects we can print with the makerbot.  Bring your laptop with Blender installed if you wish to participate.

Weekly Meeting Link

Blender Tutorial Session Link

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Weekly Status Meeting – August 25, 2009

August 23rd, 2009 1 comment

We will be hammering out details for planning the upcoming party, discussing insurance, and space organization at this weeks status meeting.

Those that went to Mendelsons will also undoubtedly be boasting about their discoveries.

August 25, 2009 Wiki Page

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Hive13 Sketchduino Demo

August 19th, 2009 No comments

Every week we get together to share project progress and deal with the business matters for the space.  Every so often a special guest shows up to demo something really cool that they have been working on.  That happened at the last meeting when Joe stopped by to show off his Sketchduino. He has taken an Etch-a-Sketch and paired it with an Arduino and a laptop to draw any image.  He gave a demo using one of our logos.  Check out the YouTube video of the demo!

Thanks Joe!  I can’t wait for the Party on the 29th!

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Weekly Status Meeting Tonight @ 7:00 pm

August 18th, 2009 No comments

This week we will be finalizing plans for our trip to Mendelson this coming weekend, and hearing status updates on various projects, including Dave’s progress with the MakerBot.

The space will be open for people to come on down and hang out with us for the meeting.  If you want to stop on by, please park out on the street.  If there is nobody out front then walk around back to the loading dock, the door should be open.  Walk in the back door, take the first door on your right and we are the double doors on the end.

As always the meeting will be happening at the Anchor Building and the meeting agenda is on our wiki: August 18, 2009 feel free to update the agenda.

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Next meeting: August 11th, 2009

August 8th, 2009 No comments

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009.

Major topics will include continuing planning for the Hive13 Kickoff Party, updates on the networking and colo server, and the purchase/installation of the lock box and a stove.

More details can be found here.

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