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Belt Sanders, Swordsmithing & Free Watermelon

It’s hot out. So very hot out. Jewel was selling watermelons. That’s a no-brainer right there.

Except… I couldn’t find a large knife at PS:One to cut it! Oh no! However, belt sanders are pretty good at sharpening metal… and we had this practice sword lying around (not sharp by any remote stretch). Fix that, boom!

Sword: at the ready

Now to put on my war face. Watermelon, I will sup on your flesh tonight! Today is a good day to die. Kaplah.

Watermelon vs. Sword

P.S. we’ve got some watermelon left, come and get it!

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06 2012

Beer Church: 5/20 @ Noon

Do you like beers and peers and find that your Sundays need more structure, such as drinking and doing science? If so, this event is for you.

Beer tasting: bring a few bottles of something you like that you think others may not know. We will do a potluck beer tasting. Tiny beer steins (for tiny beers) will be provided but bring your own if you prefer. Homebrews are highly esteemed, and you will get some beer peer review from your peers in beer!

After (and during) the tasting, we’ll discuss the science of beer brewing and other scientific questions and pursuits. Peer review of projects will happen if people have something to show; 300 seconds of non-fame with frequent interruptions.

You are of course welcome to come even if you do not consume beer or other alcoholic beverages! You must be 21 to drink at beer church.

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05 2012

Laser Cutter Upgrade

You may have heard that we had issues with our laser cutter. This was a cover story. The laser cutter has been down for upgrades. We can now cut 1/4″ steel. Welcome to the future, where there are no limits.

April is going to be a good month, fools!

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04 2012

Beer Church: 3/25 @ Noon

Do you like beers and peers and find that your Sundays need more structure, such as drinking and doing science? If so, this event is for you.

Beer tasting: bring a few bottles of something you like that you think others may not know. We will do a potluck beer tasting. Tiny beer steins (for tiny beers) will be provided but bring your own if you prefer. Homebrews are highly esteemed, and you will get some beer peer review from your peers in beer!

After (and during) the tasting, we’ll discuss the science of beer brewing and other scientific questions and pursuits. Peer review of projects will happen if people have something to show; 300 seconds of non-fame with frequent interruptions.

You are of course welcome to come even if you do not consume beer or other alcoholic beverages! You must be 21 to drink at beer church.

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03 2012

It’s a Beer Church Miracle: Time is No Object

6 days ago, we had Beer Church. It’ll definitely happen again! We read up on some science, learned some new beers, and then got right back into our projects! I hacked for 12 hours. I built a time machine, sort of.

It will send video messages to the future! Yes, yes. This it in Development and Drinking(tm) mode:

Just a few days ago, one of our members donated me a Dell Mini 9 to turn into the computer backing the Actual TARDIS project. I’ve since… altered it. By the time I’m done, you won’t think it’s a laptop.

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03 2012

Beer Church 3/11 @ Noon

Do you like beers and peers and find that your sundays need more structure, such as drinking and doing science? If so, this event is for you.

Beer Tasting (Sciencerament)

Bring a few bottles of something you like that you think others may not know. We will do a potluck beer tasting. Shot glasses (for tiny beers) will be provided but bring your own if you prefer.
By accepting beers into your hearts and bloodstreams you will accept the body (and nose) of bioscience as your temporary saviour from low blood alcohol and slight social awkwardness. Homebrews are highly esteemed, and you will get some beer peer review from your peers in beer!

Sermon

Once the sciencerament has been administered, we will read the sermon (the frontpage of /r/askscience) and if anything moves us, we will choose it for a short investigative google scholar-ing (supplications).
The event will then turn to peer review. This can be anything from an airing of grievances (if an aluminum pole is available) to feedback and constructive criticism on one another’s projects and ideas. No religious arguments (such as vim vs emacs) will be considered kosher.

Come on Down!

If the event is successful it will become semibiweekly. Needless to say, all 21-and-older people are welcome, at no charge (although participation in the tasting is predicated on your bringing some beer to share). This is a public event.

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03 2012

This Wednesday 8PM: Neurohack Workshop

On a trip all the way fromĀ /tmp/lab in France, Sam will present his work with music generation from participants’ brainwaves and 3D print small brainwaves collected via a headset as well! We expect to learn a lot about brain computer interfaces via music and tactile feel.

Where: 3354 N Elston, Chicago IL
When: Wednesday November 30, 2011, 8:00 PM CST
Bring: Yourself, your brain.
Take: Knowledge, inspiration.
Why: Because it’s awesome.

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11 2011