Got yelled at by the landlord.
Got yelled at by the landlord.
Communication. Brisk ride down Broadway into Downtown Oakland. At Noisebridge eating left over tofu scramble and staying warm.
In celebration of the winter festivities and do-ocracy, several members (Josh Meyer, Jonathan Foote, Michael Toren and Ani Niow) decided to buy a bunch of strings of LED lights from the local Walgreens, hook them up to a relay switch that's connected to a small webserver. There are two sets around each of the four windows on the west wide of the space, one set of while lights and one set that's coloured. The group programmed different patterns in Python to make them do batshit insane things. Check out the control interface here and have fun with it. Also see the wiki entry if you're interested in how it works or want to help out with the project. If you have any pictures or video of them running than please post them below!
It's a long video but well worth the watch, especially if you're a member of a hackerspace like Noisebridge. The talk is also CC licensed so feel free to distribute it to other spaces or your geeky friends!
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 should do a talk on hacker spaces or on making a living doing what you love. They asked if I could do both. I did.
The Hackerspace Movement:
Make A Living Doing What You Love: How to Bring You Project From Idea to Reality:
They were both very well received. Many people told me they were inspired by one or the other, which is about the best compliment. The videos are at the above links.
I also set up and ran a Hardware Hacking Area throughout the three days of the conference. 49 people out of the 400 attendees made one of my kits — about half of them TV-B-Gone kits. So, there are currently more TVs being turned Off in Portugal.
Now I get to hang out in Lisbon for a few days, before heading to Singapore on Wednesday, where I’ll talk about hackerspaces again.
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 is my MO on planes, I worked on my presentations for Codebits, which I’ll be giving Thusday and Friday — the one Thursday is about how to start a hackerspace, and Noisebridge will, of course, be the focus.
The CNET story about Noisebridge hit the interwebs. It’s a very decent story:
I met up with two friends and managed to stay awake, and even have an hours-long coherent conversation. Now I get to catch up on some emails…
I’m about to fly to Lisbon from Chicago. But while in Chicago for the last 3 days I hung out at Pumping Station: One. The previous time I was at PS:1 was a few days after they got their space (I did their first FRED talk). The space is way lived in now! A really great group of people.
Saturday night was their hackathon. About 30 people were there hacking away. I left at about 1am, and there were still lots of people there! Many stayed till 9am.
Aestetix was there, too. He and Eric (the founder of PS:1) and several others are working on a collaborative hackerspace project that will be revealed at 26C3. It is a really cool project that will encourage more collaboration and community amongst hackerspaces around the world.
Eric and some other people on the board of PS:1 are talking about starting a non-profit foundation that will help promote hackerspaces in the US. More on this later, as it gells…
Rubin will be visiting PS:1 soon. The cross-pollination continues amongst hackerspaces. :)
From now till the beginning of February I’ll be traveling around the world, going to hacker conferences, giving presentations, setting up Hardware Hacking Areas, leading workshops, and visiting hackerspaces everywhere I go.
Here’s my crazy itinerary: Chicago, Lisbon, Singapore, NYC, Philly, Baltimore, DC, Boston.
At the moment I’m at my brothers house in Chicago, where I need to write the two presentations that I’ll be giving at Codebits, in Lisbon — the hacker conference put on by the Portuguese phone company (and I’m currently procrastinating by writing this blog post!).
Today I’ll prepare the presentation I’ll be giving on Thursday, 3-December, at Codebits, which is entitled: The Hackerspace Movement. This, of course, will include lots about Noisebridge. And I’m hoping that it will inspire someone(s) to start a hackerspace in Lisbon. Here’s the abstract on the Codebits website:
Tomorrow I’ll prepare the presentation that I’ll be giving on Friday, 4-December at Codebits, entitled: Make A Living Doing What You Love: How to Bring Your Project From Idea To Reality. This will include photos from the recent Noisebridge China Trip. Here’s the abstract on the Codebits website:
All throughout the Codebits hacker conference I’ll be teaching people to solder and to make cool things at the Hardware Hacking Area that I’ll set up there when I arrive on Tuesday.
One of the cool things about Codebits is the 24 Hour Competition, which is a 24-hour period where people who wish to will initiate and (hopefully) finish a project, which they will have 2 minutes to present on the last day of the conference. Prizes are given to the people (or teams) who create the coolest projects. Anyone who wants to can make use of the Hardware Hacking Area, and I’ll be there to help everyone. It shold be way fun!