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N00b’s paradise: introdution to PS:One Thursday Dec 6 7pm

Are you new around here?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and you’re hardly alone. PS:One has seen explosive growth in the past year or so, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of PS:One.

Meet with PS:One old-timers (including at least one former president) to learn the many opportunities available to PS:One members, plus hacks for getting around easier.

You’ll learn:

  • the one and only rule you need to remember at PS:One!
  • what mailing lists and IRC channels you should join
  • how to get discounts on classes, tee-shirts, stuff around town, and even monthly dues!
  • how to get certified on equipment
  • how to bring new equipment into PS:One
  • how to create a class, event, group, meeting, or what have you
  • how to request a class, event, group, whatever
  • how to blog
  • the wiki.
  • do-ocracy and how to do-ocratize things

The basics:

  • Who: anyone who wants to learn how PS:One works
  • When: Thursday December 6th, 7 pm
  • Where: PS:One 1st floor
  • Cost: free

Here are the class notes for folk who can’t attend.

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12 2012

N00B’s Paradise: An introduction to PS:One for new folks

Are you new around here?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and you’re hardly alone. PS:One has seen explosive growth in the past year or so, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of PS:One.

Meet with PS:One old-timers (including at least one former president) to learn the many opportunities available to PS:One members, plus hacks for getting around easier.

You’ll learn:

  • the one and only rule you need to remember at PS:One!
  • what mailing lists and IRC channels you should join
  • how to get discounts on classes, tee-shirts, stuff around town, and even monthly dues!
  • how to get certified on equipment
  • how to bring new equipment into PS:One
  • how to create a class, event, group, meeting, or what have you
  • how to request a class, event, group, whatever
  • how to blog
  • the wiki.
  • do-ocracy and how to do-ocratize things

The basics:

  • Who: anyone who wants to learn how PS:One works
  • When: Monday October 22nd, 7 pm
  • Where: PS:One 1st floor
  • Cost: free

Here are the class notes for folk who can’t attend.

09

10 2012

Automation Night Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm

Art Institute Lion by the Art InstituteThe first Wednesday of the month is rapidly approaching, so that means it’s time for: Automation Night (formerly DIY CNC night)!

Join us and be part of the automated manufacturing and design revolution! Get together to discuss, fix, repair, upgrade, and show off 3D printers, routers, laser cutters, and other tools made awesome by computers.

  • WHEN: Wednesday October 10th 7pm (show up early if you want a tour)
  • WHERE: 3519 N Elston Ave, PS:One electronics lab (2nd Floor)

Typical schedule:

  • 6:45 tour for new people
  • 7:00 introduction round-robin
  • 7:20 guest speaker
  • 7:30 schmoozing, machine repair, demos, etc

Image from Thingiverse user ArtInstituteChicago

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10 2012

Photoboop


This is what happens when geeks get married.  Back in December, I decided that I wanted to have a photo booth at the reception, so I looked around at rentals and services and was surprised at the cost.  I then looked around at DIY photo booths and was slightly disappointed by the state of the art of the DIY photo booth – most seemed to have a big button, and Arduino, a webcam, and a full laptop.

So I designed a simple test circuit with a Canon point and shoot camera (with CHDK installed), an Arduino, and a button.  Now, months and hundreds of prototypes later, I have Photoboop! A robo party photographer that turns most cameras into photo booths or time-lapse video machines.

Thanks to the entire PS:One community for help and support while making this project a reality!

Photoboop is live on Kickstarter, Facebook, and it’s own Website.

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08 2012

Automation Night: Wednesday August 8 at 7pm

The second Wednesday of each month is our monthly Automation Night (AKA: DIY CNC night)!

Are you interested in automated manufacturing? Do you like the idea of owning your own 3D printer, laser cutter, automated mill, router table, or other automated tools? Then this is the night for you!

Automation Night is an ever-growing group of enthusiastic amateurs and professionals in the field of do it yourself automated manufacturing (ie 3D printers, CNC mills, laser cutters, cake frosters, etc) hardware and software.

Please come if you’re interested in learning more, already have an automated tool at home, want to show off your latest build, or just want to meet locals who are into this exciting technology!

  • Who: Open to the public
  • Where: Pumping Station: One, 3517/3519 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
  • When: Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm
  • Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation for non-members to help us pay the rent)

Typical Schedule:

  • 7-7:10: people show up
  • 7:10-7:25: introductions round-robin (and sometimes a guest speaker)
  • 7:25-’till everyone leaves: schmoozing, machine assembly and show off, discussion of tools and techniques

Image: Model of Mars Curiosity Rover by Thingiverse user ThePlanetMike

06

08 2012

Mini Maker Faire Evanston: August 4 (evening) – August 5 (all day)

PS:One is proud and delighted (and working tirelessly) to be a host of Mini Maker Faire Evanston on August 4 and 5!

Tickets are on sale now at MakerFaireEvanston.com.

We’ll be there running a booth (…and several members will have individual booths), hosting our regional hackerspace friends, the Power Racing Series races, and general volunteer work.

We hope you’ll all come take a look around the Faire, visit us, and say hello!

29

07 2012

N00b’s Paradise

Update: wow! Thanks to the 38 people who showed up on five days’ notice! I really didn’t expect that many folks to show. Here is a link to my notes (I’ve added a little more based on our discussion).

Original post:


Are you new around here?

There’s nothing wrong with that, and you’re hardly alone.

PS:One has seen explosive growth in the past year or so, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of PS:One.

Meet with PS:One old-timers (including at least one former president) to learn the many opportunities available to PS:One members, plus hacks for getting around easier.

You’ll learn:

  • the one and only rule you need to remember at PS:One!
  • what mailing lists and IRC channels you should join
  • how to get discounts on classes, tee-shirts, stuff around town, and even monthly dues!
  • how to get certified on equipment
  • how to bring new equipment into PS:One
  • how to create a class, event, group, meeting, or what have you
  • how to request a class, event, group, whatever
  • how to blog
  • the wiki: WTF is that about?
  • do-ocracy and how to do-ocratize things

The basics:

  • Who: anyone who wants to learn how PS:One works
  • When: Wednesday July 25th, 7:30 pm
  • Where: PS:One 1st floor lounge
  • Cost: free

image

20

07 2012

eSymposium: Circuit Bending Saturday 7/21 noon-3


To nurture the Midwest experimental electronics community, the circuit bent duo Roth Mobot hosts a free weekly “eSymposium,” a lateral lecture series where participants are both teachers and students. There’s soldering, tinkering, Q&A, show-&-tell, bending circuits, hacking toys, and Chicago’s only weekly Circuit Bent Open Mic. Stop by, or keep in touch with the growing membership via the eSymposium’s Google Group, or listen to some unedited audio from the open mic on the eSymposium’s SoundCloud Channel.

Who: anyone!

What: Circuit bending eSymposium with Roth Mobot and friends

Where: Pumping Station: One Electronics Lab (2nd Floor) 3519 N. Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

When: Saturday, 7/21 at 12pm-3pm

19

07 2012

Automation Night: Wednesday, July 11, 7pm

modular hollow universal joint by sirmakesalotThis Wednesday night is the triumphant return of Automation Night!

The second Wednesday of each month is our monthly Automation Night (AKA: DIY CNC night)!

Are you interested in automated manufacturing? Do you like the idea of owning your own 3D printer, laser cutter, automated mill, router table, or other automated tools? Then this is the night for you!

Automation Night is an ever-growing group of enthusiastic amateurs and professionals in the field of do it yourself automated manufacturing (ie 3D printers, CNC mills, laser cutters, cake frosters, etc) hardware and software.

Please come if you’re interested in learning more, already have an automated tool at home, want to show off your latest build, or just want to meet locals who are into this exciting technology!

  • Who: Open to the public
  • Where: Pumping Station: One, 3517/3519 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
  • When: Wednesday, July 11th, 7pm
  • Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation for non-members to help us pay the rent)

General Schedule:

  • 7-7:10: people show up
  • 7:10-7:25: introductions round-robin
  • 7:25-’till everyone leaves: schmoozing, machine assembly and show off, discussion of tools and techniques

 

Image: Modular Hollow Universal Joint by thingiverse user sirmakesalot

09

07 2012

Learn programming with Python Office Hours

There are loads of people who want to learn how to program, and thankfully there are loads of high quality free tutorials and classes from big names like MIT (the class a small group of us are currently using), Stanford, and Google, from start-up educational resources like Khan Academy or Udacity, and other free resources like Python-course.

All of the courses listed above teach the easy-to-learn Python programming language.

Starting Thursday, May 17th, every first and third Thursday of each month PS:One will hold Python Office Hours.  This is a chance for people learning to program in Python to get together for moral support, project assistance, and homework assistance.  We’ll have an experienced python developer or two on hand to help answer questions and explain difficult concepts, plus loads of students at all skill levels to provide assistance and community (there is no better way to learn than teaching!).

This is an “office hours” event with volunteer teaching assistants. The expectation is that students watch lectures, read tutorials and attempt homework on their own, then use this as a resource to aid in learning, not as a class, workshop, seminar, private tutor session, or other primary learning tool.

  • Who: everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level!
  • When: First and Third Thursdays of each month, 7pm, starting May 17
  • Where: Pumping Station: One 3354 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
  • Cost: Free ($5 recommended donation to help us keep the lights on!)

image: flickr user dougwoods

PS: in lieu of apples, our TAs prefer adult beverages as thank-you presents.

PPS: interested in becoming a TA for this series? Contact the author of this post.

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05 2012