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N00bs’ Paradise: an introduction to PS1

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 we’ve decided to create a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of the PS:One community.

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 donate equipment to 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: Sunday February 17th, 4 pm until about 6pm
  • Where: PS:One 1st floor lounge
  • Cost: free

Here are the class notes – please feel free to read beforehand (not a good substitute for class attendance).

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02 2013

eTextiles Arduino Crafting Workshop this Saturday

reactive fabric controlling LEDs

reactive fabric controlling LEDs


When: February 2, 12:00 to 5:30

Agenda:

We’ll intersperse lessons with small projects. You’ll learn what an Arduino is, and how to sew it together with fun glowing, noisy things on a scarf or hat or shoes or whatever we find that we can work thread through. We’ll have a break with sandwiches so that no one goes hungry

What to bring

Required: Yourself, a laptop, and $42 dollars if you go home with an Arduino, else $20.

Suggested for maximum fun:

  • scrap fabric, zippers, buttons and notions
  • junk toys with keypads, switches, speakers, etc.
  • old gloves, scarves, hats and such
  • scissors, pliers and other small hand tools

Class size:

We have room for 20 people and some overflow, but we only have 20 Floras to give out. We’re using this meetup to handle RSVPs: eTextiles using Arduino

If you can’t make this workshop then sign up for the next workshop on March 2 here: eTextile Workshop

31

01 2013

Beer Church Beer Tasting & Brewing a Rhubarb Wheat Ale: January 20th, 1PM

Hello again from Beer Church, the brewing group at Pumping Station: One! This past Sunday the 6th, we tasted & kegged a beer (the Doppelbock’s leftover batch, titled Kinderbock Son von Doppelbock), tasted our previous foray into Mead-making (I Didn’t Mead It That Way, and brewed an American IPA with Cardamom titled Putting the India back in IPA, all grain. It was an all-around great day and the ferment bucket for the IPA is bubbling along crisply in the fermentation chamber. Today at N00B’s Paradise (Pumping Station: One’s event for newcomers), we tapped the Doppelbock – it’s good.

Doppelbock

Doppelbock, one of Beer Church’s brews.

We just cleaned the taps. The bar is operational. We’re rocking and rolling.

sterilizing tap valves

sterilizing tap valves

So, on the 20th we’ll do it all again. This time we’re going to create a Rhubarb Wheat Ale; this is something few have done. The idea comes from Brittany, who is so enthused with the idea that we’ll oblige and make it happen. If this kind of idea appeals to you – and why wouldn’t it – then you should come visit Pumping Station: One on the 20th at 1PM. You don’t have to be a brewer; you can watch, or participate. Before the brew we’ll go over the basics of how brewing works while tasting our previous brews, including:

* Doppelbock
* I Didn’t Mead It That Way
* Pumpkin Ale
* Whatever bottle you bring! Find something in your fridge or the store that you think most people haven’t had, and introduce us to it.

Another new addition to equipment is our BeerGun which we can now use to bottle beers. This and future brews will have a small amount taken aside for a limited run bottling. Part of that bottling run will be granted to those who took part in brewing of the beer; 2 bottles for the brewmaster and 1 for all the helpers who stuck around until the end. Of course, this doesn’t happen immediately; the brew has to make it through brew day, fermentation, maybe racking for secondary, kegging, kegging, and bottling first. This in mind, if you help out on brew day you’ll get something to show for your efforts that’s a little more solid than being able to come in and try your brew on tap. The rest of the bottles will be saved for future Beer Church events so we get to savor them for a little bit longer. Our brews tend to go by pretty fast after they go on tap, since they’re so good (so far).

Nitty Gritty

When: Sunday January 20th, 1PM. We expect to brew brewing until around 7 PM or so, but you don’t have to hang around the whole time if you don’t want to.
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N Elston, Chicago
What: Beer tasting and brewing hands-on
Who: Anyone 21 or over, Pumping Station: One members or not!
Why: Because beer is a worthy purpose for your Sunday afternoon
To Brew: “Rhubarb Waves of Grain” – Orange Ginger Rhubarb Wheat Ale
Brewmaster: Eric Stein

See you on Sunday. Follow along at our twitter, @ps1beerchurch.

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01 2013

Blacksmithing 101 – January 20th

Update: The class is full. Watch for another blog post for round two!

Hammering glowing iron on an anvil

Photo by Mr. T in DC

Wanna bang on some hot metal and make something while learning some forging? Well then sign up for this quick class where you will make a letter opener out of a railroad spike. You will learn to taper & draw, spread, twist, and maybe even to scroll some steel. And you get to take it home and show it off!

Classes will be held between 12pm and 6pm with two people per one hour time slot.

Cost will be $20 for the hour long class and the railroad spike.

What you need to know:

  • If you have a nice pair of safety glasses, bring them – we have some available, but they may not be comfortable.
  • Wear ONLY cotton clothing and closed toe shoes (preferably leather with rubber soles) Any other fabric may catch fire and will melt onto your skin and continue burning you which is never fun.
  • Your off hand will be holding the steel and tongs and will require a glove. Please bring a well fitting LEATHER glove if you have some. This helps reduce chafing and prevents burns. Your hammer hand does not have to be gloved.
  • This activity has a high risk of burns – you will be dealing with glowing hot steel, sparks, and hot slag.  Wearing appropriate clothing and gloves minimizes this risk, but accidents still happen. You have been warned, now come have some fun!

Email Adrianna @ AdriannaMcKinley @ Gmail . com with two preferred time slots (noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm). You will receive a confirmation for one of the two slots. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

09

01 2013

N00b’s paradise: introduction to PS:One Sunday January 13 @ 4pm

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 we’ve decided to create a formal way of teaching new folk how to be a healthy, happy member of the PS:One community.

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: Sunday January 13th, 4 pm until about 6pm
  • Where: PS:One 1st floor
  • Cost: free

Here are the class notes – please feel free to read beforehand or if you can’t make it.

05

01 2013

New Year, New Beer: Beer Church Sunday 1/6 at 1PM

Winter is not coming, winter is here. The doppelbock needs kegging. It’s looking glorious. We haven’t had Beer Church in far too long, and the new year is here, bringing with it the requirement that we shall brew an IPA. Well, maybe an IPA. An IPA or another lager. That’s up to whoever shows up and tosses in their 2 cents (monetary, or opinion). The Brew & Grow’s strategic location and our wide array of existing equipment mean that we can do whatever we want, and what we want is to make beer.

mmmm, beer

However, not before we sample our existing brews; attend Beer Church this Sunday (1/6) at 1PM and you’ll get to try our as-yet-untasted Doppelbock and our hopped session mead “I Didn’t Mead It That Way” which has so far received solid reviews. We’ll be having a tasting to start (please bring your own unusual store bought or homebrew beers to share, if you can, to supplement the selection), discuss what we’ve done so far (several brews under our belts now!), go over a bit of how brewing works for newcomers. This all happens interspersed with the beer tasting, to keep things interesting.

Once we’ve got the groundwork laid we’ll decide what to brew, make a short expedition to Brew & Grow around the corner for ingredients, and get cooking! We expect to be done brewing by about 4:30 PM as we aren’t going to go too nuts this time.

Nitty Gritty

When: Sunday January 6th, 1PM
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N Elston, Chicago
What: Beer tasting and brewing hands-on
Who: Anyone 21 or over, Pumping Station: One members or not!
Why: Because beer is a worthy purpose for your Sunday afternoon

05

01 2013

Automation Night – Thursday, 1/10 at 7PM

Eric Gregori will be giving a talk about doing computer vision on the Android platform using the OpenCV library. It will take place at Pumping Station: One’s (http://pumpingstationone.org). Automated Manufacturing Night on Thursday, 1/10, at 7pm.

Manufacturing applications for computer vision include assembly:

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And inspection:

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After his talk and questions, we will discuss, repair, and build CNC machines ranging from 3D printers to electronics pick and place machines.

Thanks to Eric for a wonderful talk and to everyone who came out.

Eric included the presentation, and the links he mentioned during it, here: http://buildsmartrobots.ning.com/profiles/blogs/pumping-station-one-a-great-group-of-hackers.  He has written an article on the topic here:  http://www.embedded.com/design/programming-languages-and-tools/4406164/1/Developing-OpenCV-computer-vision-apps-for-the-Android-platform

A recorded version of the talk is available here.  Unfortunately, the video and audio quality are low.
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Eric is the President of EMGRobotics (http://www.EMGRobotics.com). He is a robot enthusiast with over 19 years of embedded firmware design experience. His specialities are computer vision, artificial intelligence, and programming for Windows Embedded CE, Linux, and Android operating systems.

Automated Manufacturing Night is a monthly event where a speaker will discuss a topic related to Automated Manufacturing on the third Thursday each month. It is affiliated with the CNC Build Club (http://www.meetup.com/CNC-Build-Club/), a group where folks work on automated manufacturing machines at Pumping Station: One. It is also open to the public.

Pumping Station: One is a Chicago hackerspace located at 3519 N Elston, Chicago IL 60618.

This talk was organized by Jeff McAlvay, who is working with a team from PS:One on an open pick and place machine (http://www.boardforge.com).

16

12 2012

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.

04

12 2012

Monday Dec. 3rd. is back-to-basics night at NERP

Monday Dec. 3rd. is back-to-basics night at NERP. In Part 1, Carl
Karsten and Bonnie King will give an introduction to Python programming
for novice programmers. The target will be the Raspberry Pi, and the
focus of their teaching examples will be on input/output to simple
hardware. In Part 2, yours truly will demo control of output devices
including simple circuits for interfacing electronics to
electro-mechanical devices.

Find us here…
http://www.meetup.com/NERP-Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi/

-Ed

02

12 2012

Beer Church – Sunday 12/2 at Noon: Dopplebock or not to Bock?

Hello again, with a fresh Beer Church event hot off the presses! No plans this Sunday at noon? No problem! Now you’ve got one: come down to Pumping Station: One at noon, sip a few unusual beers (bring one of your own, potluck style – we’ll supply the tiny steins), theorize on the nature of brewing and Sundays, and – Ninkasi willing – we’ll brew a doppelbock all-grain style. It’s possible we’ll also keg “I didn’t mead it that way”, but it may well need another week in the fermentation chamber.

Kegged beers set to condition for a few weeks

Due to the lager nature of doppelbocks, we may find that we need to modify our fermentation chamber to support lower temperatures and/or split temperature. That means physical build and some software tweaking; if you want to pitch in on that, by all means join us. Everyone is welcome who is 21 years of age or older, even if you’ve never brewed before, and aren’t a member of PS:One. A tour of the hackerspace will be available for the curious at some point in the afternoon.

Kegs tapped in the PS:One beer fridge

The brew may last until 4PM or so, depending on the complexities that arise. You’re of course welcome to come and go, but it’s advised to come at the start so as not to miss the beer tasting – which will feature the last of Anisethesia on tap at our bar, which we first tapped for Locktoberfest.

If you can’t make it in person (or if you’re just that intrigued, which you should be), you can follow @ps1beerchurch on twitter. We post updates frequently! See you Sunday.

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11 2012