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/
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hive13 aims to create a place where a diverse community of makers can collaborate and pursue creative projects. Hive13 promotes science & technology education, open source values, and skill sharing amongst it’s members and the community.