Member Matt Starbuck bravely displays the “Magic Blue Smoke” merit badge awarded to him for his efforts at HIVE13 yesterday afternoon.
His promotion into the Benevolent Order of the Magic Blue Smoke (BOMBS) was made possible through the ultimate sacrifice of the ATMEGA32U4 chip on the Teensy 2.0 board in the LED persistence of vision staff he was developing. In his own words, “VCC was not connected to anything, GND was connected, and I put 3.7V or so directly into one of the ADC pins with the Teensy powered off. That pin is a direct short to ground in powered-down mode. I failed to add the 4.7Mohm in line with it, which would have prevented the meltdown.”
The release of MBS was confirmed by two full-member eye witnesses at the time of the occurrence. “Yep, smells like MBS to me,” said one. “I love the smell of MBS in the afternoon,” said the other, with a tear in her eye.
HIVE13 congratulates Matt for the new found knowledge that he has acquired. In the trial-and-error development world, we all know there is no gain without pain. We celebrate failures because we learn from them and they are just the stepping stones that come before the final victory.
Full disclosure and shameless plug – HIVE13 acquired a seed quantity of MBS merit badges via a grant marketing initiative by our friends at Adafruit (link), where you can also get more Teensy boards. Imagine that.
This Saturday, July 13th, married members Michael and (recent Bock Fest Moerlein Special Release award-winning brewer) Tiffany Bell-Horwath will host an all-grain brewout at the HIVE! Plans include brewing a 10 gallon batch of a brown ale (a clone of the beer moosedrool if anyone has had it).
You are invited to join the Brew Crew at HIVE13 to learn and share brewing skills. The event will get started around noon, and it will likely go till around 5:00pm. Feel free to stop in at any point.
Active brewers are encouraged to bring some homebrew for folks to sample and enjoy. So far, this will include a bourbon barrel aged vanilla been Russian imperial stout and a cream ale. With some interest, a root beer could be made and available on tap as well. At some point we may all chip-in to order a pizza or something of that nature. Bonus points will be awarded to those who bring some pot-luck munchies to share.
All who are interested in brewing are welcome. Consider to bring your setup and equipment for the show-and-tell. Bring your dreams and schemes and make plans to implement the makers’ beer garden show-and-tell at the upcoming Cincinnati mini-maker faire to be in Washington Park on October 19.
We are looking forward to this brewday and hope to see you there! (Find Us
Join us at Hive13 this Tuesday, May 14, at the 7:30 pm meeting for an informative look into Do-It-Yourself Crime-Scene-Investigation Forensics.
Member Brian Cochran (who is a Detective in the Boone County Sheriff’s Department assigned to crime scene investigation) will use material from the 40-hour course he teaches at the University of Tennessee’s National Forensic Academy. Brian will perform live demonstrations of some of the coolest latent print development techniques; making finger prints appear on paper, making them glow, and fun stuff like that. The presentation will include a brief overview with slides showing real CSI jobs and case studies. The case studies focus on the processes that are used and where the “maker” attitude was applied to bring the case to a successful conclusion. The two case studies that will be presented are homicides. Real crime scene photography and a limited number of postmortem examination photos will be shown. It will not be anything different from what you would see on an episode of CSI or Dexter but these ARE real. Both of these case study presentations have been shown to high school groups before, but this is an UP FRONT WARNING for those inclined to be squeamish.
Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and those interested in law enforcement and criminal investigations are welcome to come to hear this presentation. Come to learn about this different kind of (“making” the case) skill. (Find Us)
The Lock Forensic group at Hive13 is having a class to show you how to create your own high quality metal bogota style pick set. The study of locks and lock picking is fascinating. A bogota style lockpick has a backend that can also work like a tension wrench. We will be making 2 of these style picks in the class. The two stiles will be the half diamond and the hook. If time permits we will have templates to make some more advanced designs (such as the actual bogota). We will also have lots of test and progressive locks to test our your new lock picks on as well as a quick demo on how to picks locks if you haven’t yet.
Proceeds from the class will goto buying equipment for the lock forensics lab. Lock forensics is the science of analyzing a lock to determine if it has been picked, what tools were used and the skill of the attacker. Hive13 holds the only known public group doing this research and welcome anybody to participate on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Example of the type of picks you will be creating:
Sign up for the class today!
Class: Thursday November 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
If you’ve wanted to make your own circuit boards and turning the schematic you have on paper or in your head into a finished board is the stumbling block, this course is for you. This Eagle PCB CAD Crash course is intended for those who already know what an electrical schematic is and vaguely how to construct one – the focus will be exclusively on Eagle software NOT general electronics knowledge. The course will be an introduction to the Eagle software available from http://www.cadsoftusa.com You should have Eagle installed on a laptop prior to coming to class – both the Linux and Windows versions are fine. Creating schematics, creating boards from schematics, basic manual layout chores, the relationship between schematic and board, making gerber files for board houses, finding libraries, making custom parts will be covered. If you have a schematic that you would like made into a PCB, please bring it with you as a “real” example will be much more useful than a contrived one. If there is time, creation of solderpaste masks using the laser cutter will be covered. I’m going to try to leave around a third of the class time for questions and individual assistance.
Length ~2 hours
money $20 / $10 hive members (See discount code in email)
Max people: 15
Deatils and Signup: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2277391740