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  • Mitch Altman is no longer welcome in Canada? on by maltman23, [Hackerspaces] Hatena Bookmark

    Ever been kicked out of a country before? Well, it sucks. I’m in the middle of my Hackers On A Train Workshop Tour, giving my popular Learn-to-Solder and Arduino-For-Total-Newbies workshops at 22 hackerspaces near Amtrak stations, and going to 4 conferences, over a 53 days. All by Amtrak. That was the plan, anyhow. I was […]

  • Hacker Trip To China #2 on by maltman23, [Hackerspaces] Hatena Bookmark

    I got home today from a month-long trip to China that I organized <>. 10 of us traveled around, visiting all of the hackerspaces currently in China, exhibiting at the Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire and giving talks and workshops and exhibiting at the big Maker Carnival China 2012 in Beijing. We also visited my manufacturer […]

  • Geeks & Depression meetup (in San Francisco) on by maltman23, [Event,General] Hatena Bookmark

    Geeks & Depression meetup Tuesday, 6-December, 7:30pm No Starch Press, 38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (near Civic Center BART Station) Let’s have a meetup where geeks can talk about depression and suicide. You are not alone. Share your story, if you like. Share a friend’s story. Or just hang out and listen. Let’s […]

  • Please reach out on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    For folks who don’t know, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the founders of Diaspora, committed suicide recently.  He was 22 years old. Ilya hung out at Noisebridge, and also led workshops and hackathons for Diaspora at our space.  Most people who met him were quickly taken in by his enthusiasm and do-ocratic charisma.  I became instant […]

  • Trip to Cairo, Egypt on by maltman23, [Hackerspaces] Hatena Bookmark

    I’m in Cairo.  The main reason for this trip was to set up a 3-day hackerspace at Maker Faire Africa, which is in Cairo this year.  Exciting time to be here!  Lots of high hopes since the “Freedom Revolution”.  Plus lots of attempts by the still-ruling-military at divide-and-rule. Our trip was funded by generous donations […]

  • Violence in Cairo — 9-October-2011 on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    From tweets and other postings, and stories from various news sources, I’ve been able to peace together this version of the big picture here in Egypt regarding tonight’s violence: There is a powerful, small minority of ultra-right-wing Islamic theocrats called the Salafiyun, with ties to the supreme military council running the country. They want to […]

  • Mitch’s Eastern European & Belgium Tour of Hackerspaces on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    After my Midwest Workshop Tour of Hackerspaces <> I had 8 days at home to prepare for me next Workshop Tour, this time visiting Eastern Europe and Belgium, where there are lots of new hackerspaces! My trip to Europe was paid for by BruCON <>, and annual hacker conference in Brussels, Belgium, which is branching […]

  • Mitch’s Midwest Workshop Tour of Hackerspaces on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    After being on the road since the beginning of July, 2010, I’m in Toronto, my second stop on my Midwest Tour of Hackerspaces which will last throughout the month of August.  (This trip started with setting up a Hardware Hacking Area at RMLL in Bordeaux, France <>, followed by setting up a Hardware Hacking Area […]

  • Codebits on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    For three days, 400 people created projects, attended presentations, and made cool things at Codebits, the annual hacker conference in Lisbon.  It is put on by SAPO, the Portuguese phone company.  They flew me out here to set up a Hardware Hacking Area.  And they asked me to give a presentation.  I asked if I […]

  • Lisbon on by maltman23, [General] Hatena Bookmark

    It’s Portuguese Independence Day, and as I write, fireworks are going off like crazy outside my window, overlooking what looks similar to the Golden Gate Bridge, but was called Salazar Bridge, after the scary dictator (but renamed to 25 de Abril Bridge, in more recent finer times). I got here today.  Rather than sleep, which […]