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I would like to thank everyone who came out to the TOOOL-TOR meeting tonight. I know I had a blast and hope everyone else had a good time as well I would also like to thank @JoeyColeman who kindly provided us with coffee as well as trays of fruits and goodies for the meeting. [Thanks Joey! It was tasty! :)]
Here are some of the photos I snapped. Read the rest of this entry »
Hello folks, I wanted to draw attention to the Function Keys Conference happening this November 1st to 4th here in Hamilton. The conference is a kind of intersection between arts, technology and culture with some great presentations, demos and workshops. Included:
- Art/Science Collaborations as an Interdisciplinary Practice
- My Experience as a G20 Hacker
- Laser-Based Collaborative Space
- INCUBATOR LAB: Reproductive Technologies from Print Media to BioART
- Beyond the Uncanny Valley
- Intro to Quadcopters
- Public Participation in Visualization
- Mediated Reality – Past, Present and Future
- Plasticity of Flesh: Breeding and BioArt
- Augmented Reality and Grand Island’s Jewish Ghosts
Three of us at thinkhaus will be presenting too! Trevyn Watson will be giving the quadcopters talk, Richard Degelder will give a 3D printing demo, and I’ll be exploring the uncanny valley. Tickets and passes are on sale now. Please visit the Function Keys website for more information and venue details. http://functionkeys.ca
Hope to see you there!!!
I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to our first ever TOOOL meeting. It was a whopping success and you all helped make it happen! I would also like to send a very special thanks to Ken Owen who REALLY saved my ass!! We have not yet received our TOOOL care package and I figured I had about enough locks/picks to keep ~ 10 people busy, but I was very surprised by the 20+ people who showed up and, had it not been for Ken and his huge collection of locks/cuffs/etc. I would have been in real trouble We had some people drive in from the Niagara Region and even one person who drove in from Ottawa o.O! Pictures from the meeting are attached at the bottom of this post.
It is my pleasure to announce that Think|Haus will be hosting TOOOL (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) meetings on the first Saturday of the month from 2pm-4pm. Our first meeting will be on Sat. Oct. 6th. Several of the Think|Haus members and friends have pick sets already, and we have the “lockpicking” locker full of old locks to practice with. On top of this, Deviant from TOOOL.us is sending us a care package of goodies The meetings are open to everyone (ie: you do not need to be a member of the hackerspace to attend) so feel free to drop in and check it out! Since it’ll be our first meeting we’ll likely spend a bit of time on some basic tutorials and the rules. We can do some picking, bumping, jiggling and maybe even some impressioning (limited # of vices and magnifying lamps may not make this easy to accomodate until we are better equipped). Come by and check it out! There will be something for everyone! For more information about The Open Organisation of Lockpickers check out the http://toool.us/ website. You can also sign up for our TOOOL mailing list over at http://lists.thinkhaus.org/listinfo.cgi/toool-discuss-thinkhaus.org to keep up with the latest news and announcements!
Edit 9/29/2012: For those who asked, we will have pick kits for sale at the meeting. The kits available will be the “Beginner’s Blend” set listed on the TOOOL.US website here: http://toool.us/equipment.html The cost will be $25 and unfortunately (for now) I’m only equipped to accept cash. Looking into electronic payment methods for future meetings.
We have wanted to add some features to the laser like Air Assist and possibly aiming sites for the laser to assist in seeing where the laser is going to cut. Recently George has been printing a cable chain, using a design from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10946 that he enlarged a bit, for it. A cable chain is special in that it can curl in one direction but will remain straight in the opposite direction. At the same time it is hollow inside to allow, as in our case, for wires and tubes to safely run inside it.
We are going to have to print two chains, one to go along the x-axis and another for along the y-axis, but we are going along well. There is more than enough room within the cable chain for everything we want.
We have a new space, colocated with the Staircase Theatre on Dundurn Street. It’s a super sweet second floor, with tons of natural light (daystar!). The best thing about the new space is that it’s approximately the most accessible location in the city – Dundurn and King. We’ve got a floor plan worked out, with a chem / cnc room, workshop space, and loungey space.
Buildout week starts today! At the open|haus tonight, we’ll be moving the 175 2x4s we ripped out of the old space over to the new one. We’ll talk about how things will work during buildout week and how you can lend a hand. We’ll keep this page updated for folks who can’t make it out tonight.
Website is getting some damn good work being done to it. Member Blogs are now popping up! Have a look! The links are on the right side.
If you are a member, register and post up your projects! Show everyone what we are doing!
I’ll archive the content somewhere, but they’re going away in favour of using mailing lists.
internal: firstname.lastname@example.org — http://lists.thinkhaus.org/listinfo.cgi/thinkhaus-members-thinkhaus.org (MODERATED subscriptions – we’ll make sure only members are on the list.
external (PUBLIC) (may end up being moderated): email@example.com (anyone can join — http://lists.thinkhaus.org/listinfo.cgi/thinkhaus-discuss-thinkhaus.org )
It’s too much work to try to maintain this crap any longer.
If you can’t say it in email, it’s not worth saying.
YOU’VE GOT UNTIL SATURDAY TO GET ANYTHING YOU WANT WITHOUT BEGGING FOR PDFs FROM ME.
Just had to post that think|haus has been mentioned in an article in Raise the Hammer by Ryan McGreal. This necessitated the creation of the new ‘media’ section, which is linked at the top.
UPDATE: more pics from the first meeting! (Flickr link)
Lots of updates on the site the last 24 hours or so:
- contact page
- links updated
- events calendar added
- integration with twitter
and of course, we want to promote open|haus Tuesdays as much as possible.
Lastly, I was uploading some photos and came across one from the first visit I thought appropriate to share. Behold!