This week’s schedule (Aug 18 – Aug 25)

August 18th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Monday, from 07:00PM TA3M:

    Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world. [1]

    Join us for the local Durham TA3M [2], held the third Monday of every month at SplatSpace in Durham [3]!

    RSVP optional.

    [1] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays
    [2] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays:durham
    [3] http://splatspace.org/location/

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Saturday, from 02:00PM Triangle Embedded Computing Hack Afternoon (TriEmbed):

    Triangle Embedded Computing Interest Group (TriEmbed)

    It’s time again for another Hack Afternoon at SplatSpace!

    What is an Arduino? What is a Raspberry Pi?  See these links for more info:

     

    http://arduino.cc/

     

    http://raspberrypi.org/

     

    No prior experience is required to attend hack afternoon and you don’t even need to own an Arduino. There are plenty of members who will be glad to let you look over their shoulder and ask questions. Some will even hand you some parts and let you tinker. If you have your own parts, definitely bring them. We have lots of space and everyone should have room to work on a reasonably sized project.

    You don’t need to be a member of SplatSpace in order to attend, but please do ask about the membership options while you’re there. It’s a great group of folks and, if you’re into embedded computing there’s a good chance that you’ll share interests with other attendees.

    Go here for directions to SplatSpace: http://splatspace.org/location/

    If anyone has projects they’d like to collaborate on, feel free to start a conversation on the http://mail.triembed.org/mailman/listinfo/triembed_triembed.org mailing list. This announcement has also been cross-posted to that list.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Craft Project Night:

    Bring your textile, paper, jewelry, fiber, metal, or any type of craft project to the space.

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Software Project Night:

    Come to Software Project Night with a project that you want to show off, you want to ask others for help with, or that you just want to work on.

    Come to Software Project Night with a software topic you want to talk about because you think it’s cool, or you want to understand it better.

    Come to Software Project Night if you’re a beginner or an expert programmer: sharing your unique perspective on software is what makes Software Project Night work!

We hope to see you out!

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Member Project – Stairwell Kegerator

August 16th, 2014   

A few years ago I built a kegerator out of a small chest freezer I purchased for about $80 on Craigslist. It was installed in our kitchen and worked well but the taps were a little low and the freezer took up too much space.

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Kegerator installed in the kitchen


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Meet the Mill!

August 14th, 2014   

On August 2 we held a “Meet The Mill” event at Splatspace for the ShapeOko2 CNC mill/router which we won from Inventables. Inventables had sent us a set of aluminum and walnut bottle openers, and several members and non-members used the Easel design and toolpath software to design the engraving on their bottle openers.

 

There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to optimizing bit size and type vs. the design so as to get adequate detail while minimizing milling time, and we made considerable progress during this event.

 

3D Printed Pen for Gishwhes at Splat Space!

August 13th, 2014   

At Splat Space we love to do awesome things, and what could be more awesome than helping out in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen

 

Gishwhes is an annual event where people from all over the world form a team of 15 people who are tasked with one simple goal: participate in one of the craziest worldwide scavenger hunts! Participants “capture” items via photo and video for submission, you can see examples here, (I’m rather enamored with the picture of the girl shopping for diamond’s while wearing a wig made of popcorn)
 

Over the years, participants have helped to break five Guiness World Records ( Interestingly two of those were for “Largest Media Scavenger Hunt” two years in a row )!

 

This year’s hunt began on August 2nd, and Splat Space was asked to help in fulfilling the challenge to make a a 3D printed pen (Quills are back in style ya know!), and write message with it!

 

So what message was etched for this glorious event? You’ll just have to watch the video and see!

 

This week’s schedule (Aug 11 – Aug 18)

August 11th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Software Project Night:

    Come to Software Project Night with a project that you want to show off, you want to ask others for help with, or that you just want to work on.

    Come to Software Project Night with a software topic you want to talk about because you think it’s cool, or you want to understand it better.

    Come to Software Project Night if you’re a beginner or an expert programmer: sharing your unique perspective on software is what makes Software Project Night work!

  • Monday, from 07:00PM TA3M:

    Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world. [1]

    Join us for the local Durham TA3M [2], held the third Monday of every month at SplatSpace in Durham [3]!

    RSVP optional.

    [1] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays
    [2] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays:durham
    [3] http://splatspace.org/location/

We hope to see you out!

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This week’s schedule (Aug 04 – Aug 11)

August 4th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Craft Project Night:

    Bring your textile, paper, jewelry, fiber, metal, or any type of craft project to the space.

We hope to see you out!

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Splat Space Information Kiosk Deployed!

July 30th, 2014   

This one is a bit of a late announcement, however, we now have an information kiosk here at Splat Space.

 

 

The kiosk is powered by Ubuntu 12.04 and runs Firefox to view this very blog!

 

There is a chance you are reading this very post on there right now!

 

Yep.

 

Special thanks The Shadowbox for the kiosks, Chris Bumgarner for setup, and everyone else who made this possible.

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This week’s schedule (Jul 28 – Aug 04)

July 28th, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Saturday, from 01:00PM Meet the ShapeOko CNC Mill:

    Come to the Splatspace Fabrication Annex (right down the hall from the main Splatspace meeting room) to learn how to use the ShapeOko mill that we just won from Inventables.

    We will have 20 blank bottle opener kits on hand, ready to be custom-engraved with your design. (If you want to try out the bottle openers, you’ll have to bring your own bottles to open: BYOB.)

    We will also have some computers available and people to help you out with the design work.

    Note that the actual milling is taking place in the Annex, down the hall from the main Space. Starting at 2 there will be a Chromebook meetup in the main Space.

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    Durham LUGo

     

  • Saturday, from 02:00PM Durham LUG Meetup – Presentation on Google Chromebooks + Meet & Greet:

    At this Meetup a presentation will be given about Google Chromebooks, and afterwards there will be time to meet other members, and discuss your passion about GNU/Linux!

    The presentation will go over ChromeOS, and the various ways to install a full blown GNU/Linux distribution on them. We will cover popular Linux distributions known to run well, and what type of performance can be expected.

We hope to see you out!

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3D Design and Printing Workshop at the Stanford L. Warren Public Library

July 27th, 2014   
On Tuesday, July 22, members of Splatspace, and Durham County Library staff held a 3D Design and Printing workshop at the Stanford L Warren branch.

Turnout was heavy – over a dozen teens and parents showed up.

 

 

Fortunately there were enough laptop design stations to go around and the Library staff also supplied a 3Doodler extrusion pen to help keep everyone busy.

 

 

The teens in attendance all got a chance to design their own personalized keychains or swing-tags, which were printed on the spot with Splatspace’s Lulzbot or later, on the Library’s own Replicator.

 

 

This was just the latest in Splatspace’s ongoing collaboration with the Durham County Library system.Look for more Splat/Library events in the future as the Library forges ahead with their own Maker education efforts!

Special thanks to everyone who made this possible!

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This week’s schedule (Jul 21 – Jul 28)

July 21st, 2014   

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Monday, from 07:00PM TA3M:

    Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world. [1]

    Join us for the local Durham TA3M [2], held the third Monday of every month at SplatSpace in Durham [3]!

    RSVP optional.

    [1] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays
    [2] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays:durham
    [3] http://splatspace.org/location/

  • Tuesday, from 07:15PM Splat Space Open Meeting:

    Open Meetings on Tuesdays include member show & tell, project updates, and calls for collaborative hacking from 7pm-8pm. By 8:00pm, the meeting will break and everyone is free to mingle, work on projects, and get to know fellow hackers.

    How to get here: http://splatspace.org/location/

    We’re in the basement below Beyu Caffe @ 331 W. Main St. Parking behind the building on Ramseur St — there is plenty of parking and it’s free on weekends and/or as long as you exit the lot after 7pm.

  • Saturday, from 01:00PM Personal Digital Fabrication Saturday
  • Sunday, from 06:00PM Craft Project Night:

    Bring your textile, paper, jewelry, fiber, metal, or any type of craft project to the space.

We hope to see you out!

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