Monochrom North American Tour!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.03.05 at 3:23 am | Perma

From their secret bunker location in Vienna, Monochrom peeks out again with North America in their sights.

From their blog post.

monochrom’s USA tour dates / Vorsprung durch Kulturtechnik

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Fellow RSS users! Email afficionados! Twitterists! It is time! Vorsprung durch Kulturtechnik! monochrom’s USA tour dates! Fresh!

March 7: San Francisco (8 PM @ Soviet Special, Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez)

March 11: San Jose (9:30 @ Etech/LateTech, Fairmont Hotel)

March 14: Seattle (8 PM @ Theatre4, 305 Harrison, 4th Floor)

March 18: Chicago (7:30 PM @ Mercury Cafe, 1505 W Chicago Ave)

March 19: St. Louis (3 PM @ Webster University, Dept. of Arts)

March 19: St. Louis (9 PM @ to be announced)

March 21: Brooklyn/NY (8 PM @ NYCResistor, 397 Bridge Street, 5th Floor)

March 24: Boston (8 PM @ to be announced)

As you can see quite a few hackerspaces fell under their wrath, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table. Show up and be amazed. If your still wondering what to expect they have a press release.

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Monochrom from Vienna is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy and was founded in 1993. So to sum up, monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.

monochrom released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a 1 baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver, and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with The
Thomann Project.

In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and host the first annual and inevitably leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they’re creating a conference series about sex and technology. Also they do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theatre, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, food catering and — sorry to mention –modern dance.

monochrom’s gigs will be a medley, a little tour-de-farce, a presentation of their projects and political motivation. A joyful bucket full of good clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the well known cultural technique of a gala show. Powernapping highly welcome.

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/E.

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Syn2cat Arduino Party

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.03.02 at 8:19 pm | Perma

Our friends in Luxembourg from syn2cat are having a little get together that is open to the public (as long as you RSVP for the 10 spots), to put together a number of Arduino units for your hacking pleasure.

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From syn2cat’s wiki post:

What is it about?

On the 15th of March we are going to solder an Serial Arduino Board and a few Velleman Kits to afterwards.
Hack them and make them behave in a different way than originally conceived. (Limited to 10 People! Deadline: 8th of March)

We will provide

There will be approximately 6 full soldering stations
with all the necessary gear (Multimeter, Wirecutter tools, etc…)

These sets will be available FOR SALE. So in case you like what you did
and want to become a REAL Pirate make a future proof investment.

Most of the Kits will be in 3 exemplars, if you are really keen on one, reserve it please.

  • A Room (kindly provided by emQue)
  • 6 30W Soldering Irons with an adequate Tip and stand (but please bring your own should you have one)
  • 6 Third-hands
  • 6 Multimeter (again, you have one bring it please)
  • 6 Ubuntu Laptops with the Arduino IDE
  • Power supplies (some regulated some not, Voltage varies)
  • 500g (yeah) of 1mm and 0.7mm Solder
  • De-soldering stuff
  • Maybe an Oscilloscope (Who can bring one please?)

More details can be found on their wiki.

This event is also a wonderful way to meet the members of syn2cat and possibly even become a member yourself!

Cheers,
/E.

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sudo make me a sandwich

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.02.27 at 4:40 pm | Perma

So this last weekend I was at NYC Resistor taking in the sun *cough* taking in the sights *cough* taking in the culture *……* well yeah. Anyway I was witnessing the birth of something magnificent. The “sudo make me a sandwich” robot!

Some of you may know the origin of the story, but for those that do not I think a simple cartoon slide will suffice.
Sandwich

From XKCD.com

So Bre of NYC Resistor and Adam of Hackerbot Labs decided to finally implement the infamous Simon Says of hacker sandwich making.

From Bre’s blog post

Make sure to check out Adam’s photos and his excellent blog called Shadowflux where he’ll post the code for this robot. Adam took the robot home to Seattle with him and I am optimistic that more sandwiches will be born of this robot and set free into the world.

In order to make it all work, Adam set up an arduino to interface with 2 servos and 2 steppers using the RepRap stepper controllers.

I used QCAD to design some bread and cheese distributing mechanisms and the infrastructure is up on Thingiverse.com.

The toaster oven needed a little modification and a servo controlled flap was put into place with some hinges to make it move slowly. Adam found some pretty special stepper motors with an amazing amount of torque fo.r the flap and the tray controls.

This is one of those robots that I swear is alive. The noises it made were like an animal and it seemed that everytime we looked the other way, it was coming to life and changing things with the setup.

Real Life Projects FTW!

/E.

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Demolition Derby

josh | Posted 2009.02.26 at 9:22 pm | Perma

In about two days, on Feb. 28th an hour before sunset to be exact, NYCResistor is hosting a “Cyber Surfers Demolition Competition“.

This is a Cyber Surfer:

Four things you need to know:

  1. It’s radio controlled.
  2. It flies.
  3. It seems easily hackable.
  4. NYCResistor has 20+ of them.

The entrant that destroys the most space surfboards wins. Simple. If you are in the area, I would highly suggest checking it out once they release the location.

These radical astronautical surfers are self balancing due to a solid state accelerometer. So unlike your tiny helicopters, they shouldn’t go flying into your cat’s face. They are on sale at ThinkGeek right now and I am honestly considering picking one up for funsies.

-Josh

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What is a hackerspace?

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.02.19 at 11:26 pm | Perma

That is but one of the questions I get whenever I go out and the topic of what I do in my free time comes up.

So recently I had that same question asked but this time, Dave Hoffman of Davemakes.com had brought a video camera.

From Daves’ site
The time has finally come to unveil my secret project. HELLO is a new series of videos about interesting people. This first episode features Eric Michaud, President of Pumping Station: One, a hackerspace opening up in Chicago. I asked him all about what a hackerspace is, and why you should join one.

If you don’t have 15 minutes to spare, check out this quick 90 second preview of the interview.

This is the preview.

Preview of HELLO – Eric Michaud, President of Pumping Station: One from Dave Jacob Hoffman on Vimeo.

I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do, by doing this blog and building hackerspaces.

Cheers,

/E

Get Your War On

astera | Posted 2009.02.17 at 10:00 pm | Perma

fffff.a.t. vs. NYCResistor

Starting last Sunday, Jan 15th 2009 at 00.00 midnight, NYCResistor and the F.A.T. lab have declared war against each other.
The expectedly epic battle will last for exactly one month, combat area is – go figure – the Republic Of Thee Internetz.

NYCResistor announced on their blog today:

Fat Lab has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged NYCResistor to a war. From Feb 15th – March 15th we’ll be tracking website hits, YouTube views, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, RSS subscribers… whoever posts the biggest gains wins. Grading will be conducted by Internet Famous Class technology.

Official war page w/ preliminary stats is available here.

After looking at that link, I’m a little nervous, how are we going to compete with the amount of eyeballs that have seen the things they have done?

We’ve got a strategy to create and release awesome projects this month.

You can help NYCResistor win!

* sign up for our new Facebook group
* follow twitter.com/nycresistor to receive frontline dispatches.
* tell your friends

The Rules

The rating is based on the FameLab app, to be accessed via login only, unfortunately.
It’s tracking the spaces’ sites and social networks pages for hits, subscriptions, and – even more importantly – comments, as well as each 10 personal ‘properties’ per member (like their twitter accounts, soup.io accounts, tumblr, digg, delicious, etc.) and thereafter rates their internet fame.

It’s gonna get exciting…

Round 1: Fight!

See the current stats of the most epic battle of our epoque here!

Btw, the date of January 15th also marks the 1 year anniversary of NYCResistor.
Happy Birthday!

And a short note on the header: I’m still a little sad about the fact that David Rees‘ popular Get Your War On video episodes on 23/6 ended by the end of January 2009. With Bush out of his – former – office, I guess there’s no more use for them.
However, he continues to do cool shit.

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First TMPLAB WirelessBattle Mesh – April 11-12th 2009 @ tmplab

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.02.17 at 4:35 pm | Perma

For those that can make it to Paris for this battle of wits and protocols, it sure seems to be a rousing good time.

Here are some of the details.

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“We are pleased to announce that the /tmp/lab  will be organizing a Spring Wireless OpenWRT Mesh Contest called “Wireless Battle Mesh” during 2 days (April 11-12th) with the goal of building 3 wireless mesh networks based on embedded hardware running OpenWRT and different concurrent mesh routing protocols.

The targeted architecture will be 3 networks of 25nodes + 1 wireless managment networks (10-20 nodes) to achieve realistic size of nodes number, data traffic, configuration problems. The architecture will be set-up indoor and outdoor around the building of the /tmp/lab.

OpenWRT will be the selected for the BoardSupportPackage running on the different hardware nodes and a core network configuration will be built on Linux servers with user-friendly features such as :
*VLANs
*Captive portal
*Authentication
*Admin portal

Concerning the mesh-protocols, selected targeted protocols are :

*OLSR : IP-based mesh routing platform (http://olsr.org and openWRT package available)

*BATMAN : Layer2-based mesh protocol (http://open-mesh.org) and available as a kernel module for Linux and packaged in OpenWRT

*BABEL : Layer-3 mesh protocol developed by University Paris 6, available for Linux and soon to be packaged for OpenWRT (http://www.pps.jussieu.fr/~jch/software/babel/)

Concerning the hardware node, we are looking for hardware sponsors that could enjoy this “real-case” contest by providing 50-100 nodes……….. More after the jump.

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Looks to be quite a good time for packet heads and people with a lot of time with Yagi’s. ;)

-E.


Willoughby & Baltic Presents: Make: television Screening!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.13 at 7:44 pm | Perma

wblogonews

Our awesome friends at Willoughby & Baltic (Makers, Crafters, and Hackerspace), have recieved copies of the new Make:television series, and they are debuting it tonight at their space.

new_make_tv_logo

If you don’t know the work of Willoughby & Baltic heres a photo list after the jump.

Here’s one of the episodes of Make: Television so you know what to expect.

And here’s what to expect including the details for the evening. It starts at 7pm so you have plenty of time to change the location of your lodge meeting, date, diner, social Wii gathering, and everything else!

-E.

P.S. If any hackerspace also wants to have a screening of Make:television. Mosey on over to this link and the details to do it are there.

Consumer B Gone!

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.12 at 6:58 pm | Perma

/tmp/lab has an interesting philosophy about how a space is a temporal location in time and space with the moving forth of projects therein.

How appropriate that this particular project the Consumber B Gone which temporarily stops consumers in their tracks with just the signal generated from a cell phone.

They’ve even posted the audio file to lock the wheel.

And the audio file to unlock the wheel.

-E.

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