Archive for September 28th, 2011

September 28, 2011

Dorkbot Next Wednesday!

by Tom Tenney

I think this would be a totally fun thing to do as a field trip.  I ‘ve never been to a dorkbot (but I’ve been to Nerd Night!) and would love to have an excuse to check this out.  Who’s in??

Here’s the URL:

And here’s what’s at the URL for all you lazy non-clickers:

people doing strange things with electricitywhat: dorkbot-nyc meeting
where: Location One (Greene between Canal & Grand)
when: Wednesday, 05 October 2011, 7-9pm
$$$: $$$FREE$$$ (donations to Location One appreciated!)


The next dorkbot-nyc meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at Location One in SoHo.

The meeting is free and open to the public. PLEASE BRING SNACKS AND DRINKS TO SHARE!!! WE ARE HUNGRY!!!

We’re always looking for (and playing) more dorkbot theme songs! Bring or email one and we’ll play it at the meeting.


Featuring the frugivory and bendy-fingered:


Katrina Cass & Alex Alsup: BBOX Radio — Internet Radio from a Recycled Shipping Container
Downtown Brooklyn is a funny place. The Fulton Street Mall is an epicenter of shopping and style. The so-called ÒBrownstone BeltÓ encircles the mall area and has born repeated, failed, attempts to reshape downtown. BBOX Radio takes its place at the center of all this as an internet radio station built into a recycled shipping container that features original programming developed by the Brooklyn community. With a live performance venue, gallery space, and diverse roster of talk and music shows, BBOX Radio is a combination of analog and digital media — something that can bring the Brooklyn community together in person and broadcast to the world online.

Jody Zellen: Urban Rhythms
Jody Zellen investigates ways to integrate new technologies into her practice. She has become increasingly interested in making works that involve active audience participation. To that end she creates net art projects, site specific interactive installations and is now embarking on creating artworks for mobile devices. She will talk about her interactive installations “The Blackest Spot” (2008) and “The Unemployed” (2011) currently on view at Disseny Hub Museum in Barcelona, and “Urban Rhythms” a new art app that will be available in the iPhone store soon.

T3db0t: Deconspectrum
We humans tend to treat our perceptions as holistic — as seeing things as things, instead of as an accumulation of parts, details and features. This is the great abstracting power of the 3-pound neural network in our heads, and is a major differentiating characteristic from other computational paradigms. But what happens when we are confronted with a former whole that’s been broken into its constituent parts?”Deconspectrum” is a sound-reactive installation that takes the notion of a spectrum analyzer and pulls it apart, gutting our monolithic perception of sound and laying out its component viscera in the form of flickering, colored light-cubes, leaving them out in the open to decompose into a new autonomy.

September 28, 2011

DIY Slider

by sarafusco

For any video enthusiasts, here’s a pretty sweet idea for a DIY slider using a gorilla tripod and skate wheels.  The instructions began to get a little confusing to me in the middle of the video, but it looks relatively do-able.  Maybe?  Anyone have an old pair of skates they aren’t using?

September 28, 2011

GeekMom’s 10 Takeaway Lessons From Maker Faire NY

by Farah

Blogger Andrea Schwalm wrote a great post summing up her experience at Maker Faire. Her points (aside from the one about how her son is so great) touch on a lot of topics we’ve discussed in class or posted about here like sustainability, the importance of play, programming with Arduino, ham radios, hackerspaces, etc. She includes tons of links to the projects and groups featured at the Faire as well as recent news stories about making/DIY. It’s definitely worth looking at if you weren’t able to attend or even if you did go and want to further explore some of the initiatives encountered there.

One of the things Schwalm links to is Jody Culkin’s “Introduction to Arduino” comic. For those of us without prior programming experience, this might be a helpful primer in advance of Nick’s workshop:

Click the image to download the PDF!