This post is long overdue but better late then never! We’d seen Rebecca Schwarz’s designer lights at the number of local maker and art events and we thought “Man those are super cool!” After talking with Rebecca a little we learned that they usually lived in her basement unseen and unloved. Well with a little cajoling we managed to convince her to hang them at the Lab! We maybe the only hackerspace with designer lighting! If you want to see the cool lights from recycled material come on down to the Lab! Rebecca can also do workshops on how to make similar lights at schools and such!
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Laboratory B Goes to Art Hop
The Laboratory B Crew and friends went out to Art Hop to show people how to make throwies and have a good time. We got together at the Lab around 5:30 assembled some throwies and made some awesome silly cyberpunk costumes (sorta). Then it was down to SEABA’s Art Hop. Art Hop is party open gallery show, part street fair and part Burning Man down on Pine Street.
It was great to see the Vermont Makers crew, and the Generator folks out too on Pine Street.
On Sunday Aaron, Justin & Jesse headed down to Tinmouth, for Solarfest. Solarfest was billed as a blends of art, education, and outreach to inspire conservation, promote renewable energy, and support sustainable communities. Laboratory B was their to support a maker presences with our learn to solder workshop.
While we were there we got to meet up with Jeff from Sparkfun.
We operated the soldering booth from 10-3 and afterwards were might hungry so on the way back we stopped at the Middlebury A&W for some burgers and floats.
In the coming weeks we have more soldering workshops to do, in St. Albans & the Centerpoint School. It’s going to be a hot summer!
Ruby the Hard Way Sessions
Join with new and experienced Ruby programmers in working through Ruby the Hard Way! This free to low cost way to learn about one of the most exciting dynamic, reflective, general-purpose object-oriented programming language out there! These session will be scheduled regularly soon, but for tonight the jam starts at 6 PM at Laboratory B.
Nick’s Awesome Nixie Clock
Nick our upstairs neighbor at Place Creative brought down this awesome Nixie tube clock he built with some help from member Aaron. It is Arduino powered!
Hackers aren’t exactly known for there physical ability or fortitude. But in recent years a number of hacker types have started doing some pretty impressive, dare I say athletic achievements. Bruce Potter and the Cycle Override teams are about to kick off a a mega ride across the country. While I used to ride my bicycle a lot I can’t say I’m up for a ride of that length. Instead I did the Goruck Challenge, right here in Burlington Vt with a bunch of folks. 4 of them were from the local Crossfit box.
It was epic to say the least.
There is often a perception that hackers fit into a certain stereotype…it’s changing, just you watch.
LockSport on Wednesday!
There will be a Locksport Wednesday on 5/22. Come by the Lab from 6pm to 8pm for a fun time with all kinds of Locksport related fun!
At locksport meetings, members regularly participate in a variety of activities such as lock challenges, lock relay races, standardized tests, and many other such activities dreamed up by the members themselves.
One such activity is known as the Padlock Challenge, where members each start with a predefined number of padlocks linked together. As participants pick a lock, they attach the lock to the chain of padlocks of another participant. The goal is to be the first to rid oneself of all one’s locks. Another common activity is some form of speed challenge, where members are given a limited time to pick a lock, or compete for the best time on one or more locks.
2600 Friday and Anti-Surveillance Fashion Talk on Wednesday the 6th.
First and foremost, 2600 is this Friday from 5-8 at the Quarterstaff Game Lounge,(178 Main Street in Burlington Vermont). It’s going to be tons of fun and afterwards we will head to the Lab..maybe.
Second on Wednesday the 6th at 6:30 at the Laboratory, I’m going to be giving a talk on anti-surveillance fashion The talk will cover the current state of play, who is working on this topic and similar matters. Be there or be square.
SparkFun How to Solder with David Stillman in a Laboratory B T-shirt!
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.
Lab B is Site 54 for Art Hop
Come by Lab B for a transgressive art show involving, light, sound, your data and the Internet! It’s going to be fun! It’s so awesome it has a warning label.
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!