Your Moment of Zen.
First of the month, That’s this Friday. It’s 2600 time! Meeting will be at the usual place the Game Lounge at 178 Main Street in Burlington Vermont from 5-8. It’s on the third floor, so just keep going up. There will be signs to point the way.
Afterwards we will probably head over to Laboratory B! 1.5 blocks away for further hijinks!
Check out that cool t-shirt that Dave is wearing! He picked it up when we was up in Vermont visiting for Champlain Maker Faire.
The Laboratory B crew had a great time at Champlain Valley Maker Faire. It was a gleeful marathon of teaching kids & adults to solder using the Sparkfun kits. Labortory B would like to thank in short order.
- Jeff B & the rest of the SparkFun Crew
- Jerome, Doug Andrea, John and all the other organizers of the Faire
- All the other Makers that came out, like John Cohn, Vermont Makers, RANV, Angela of Soft Circuits, Jaimie Mantzel, Filabot folks, Schuyler Towne, and everyone else we talked to but forgot to mention.
- All the kids & adults who spent some time with us learning to solder. See people’s expressions when they finished their kits was priceless!
To all the folks that stopped by the soldering station and wanted to come by the Lab; Open hours are 5:00 pm to 8 pm Tuesday and Thursday. Email [email protected] or call us at 802.540.2524. We would love to meet with you where it is warm & dry.
Finally: It’s the first of the month, so that means it’s 2600 time on Friday! Meeting will be at the usual place the Game Lounge at 178 Main Street in Burlington Vermont from 5-8. It’s on the third floor, so just keep going up. There will be signs to point the way.
Tell your friends and family that Champlain Maker Faire is sold out. They will be selling tickets at the door (either the Shelburne Farms gate, or the Coach Barn entrance) as visitors leave the event, so you should show up after noon if you want to get in!
That’s right kids there are two Maker Faires this weekend..but only one will have Lab B!
Laboratory B will have a booth at the Champlain Valley Maker Faire, the Faire is Saturday September 29th from 10-7 at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. At the booth we’ll teach young and old how to solder! We’ll have some awesome kits from SparkFun. You should buy tickets now to make sure you can get into the Faire.
Do you think having a Maker Faire in Vermont is cool! If so print out some posters and join the street team! Let people know!
Here is what The Burlington Free Press has to say about Laboratory B
From the iPad to the printed page
Funkiness gives way to what might well be a scene from a Frankenstein movie at Laboratory B, where Alec Brecher and about a dozen others tinker with computer security information research. The location, which has been dubbed a “secure bunker,” is inside in the freezer at the back of the old Hood Plant on south Winooski Avenue.
“It’s windowless and airless,” he said, “but no longer freezing.”
Members of the non-profit are hackers generally devoted to computerprogramming. At the Hop, their project is called “Who’s Got your Digital Booty?” According to Brecher, this means “an ad hoc collaboration that will reflect the trail of information leakage.”
In layman’s terms, he said, “visitors who bring their devices can opt into being hacked. We’ll encourage them to send Tweets or email messages. There’ll be network snooping tools, so they can visualize whatever communication is coming across.”
In techno-challenged language, maybe the Frankenstein monster of the 21st century looks like code instead of a lurching giant with plugs coming out of his neck.
The Laboratory B crew had a great time Friday and Saturday night at Art Hop. We didn’t really get to leave our show to see all the awesome stuff other people were doing, but playing host is always fun. Bunches of new and old friends dropped by to play with a variety of the pieces we showed. We event got a write up in Vermont Art Zin
…”One of my favorite stops was Laboratory B, a self-described “hacker space” set up at 187 South Winooski. Jesse Krembs who showed us the work on display, says that Laboratory B is a group of tech-interested people who get together on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8. Most of them have related day jobs (he said he’s at Fairpoint Communications), but they’re all interested in privacy issues and the interesting things that can be made with imagination, microcontrollers, and apps. He said Laboratory B is “not a straight-up art group, but hacking can sometimes look like art.” For example, a piece called Walk Don’t Walk picks up information from cards on your person that aren’t shielded and changes the walk signal. Another piece used “throwies” (a LED light and magnet packet), a metal sheet, and an amplifier to make a species of music when the throwie “…
We’re going to be open on Friday and Saturday. Friday from 5-10 and Saturday 10-5/Whatever.
There will be throwies, Free Internet Access, and data fun!
This is also the First Friday of the Month..so 2600 up on Main St might be a little sparse..come see the Art Show instead!