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About adamdzak

I'm an IT guy by college degree and and profession. I casually build ASP.NET, C#, WP8 apps and built the Apollo 13 ( MIDI mixing device for Ableton Live.

Digital Game Night, 4.5.14

This Saturday it’s time to bring the pain…the childhood pain we all experienced playing video games never to see their ending. It’s time to pick up the controllers, yell at a screen, and speedrun through the night spanning Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and Xbox 360 arcade games. The whole night starts with a round of You Don’t Know Jack where the winner gets to decide the first console/game of the night (from there on group votes will decide.)

This event is available to all members of PS1 and begins at 7pm in electronics. See you there!

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Urban Sensor Hack (with MAKE and GE), Thursday 9.26


As the the participating hackerspace for MAKE and GE’s Urban Sensor Hack! MAKE presents Maker Sessions, Urban Sensor Hack. But what is the Urban Sensor Hack?  It’s an event happening in real spaces and online. The USH includes talks from….

  • Alasdair Allan, Author of numerous books published by O’Reilly on sensors including “Distributed Network Data” with Kipp Bradford and “iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino.”
  • Ter0 & Kimmo Karvinem, Authors of the “Getting Started with Sensors.”
  • Patrick DiGiusto & Emily Gertz, Authors of “DIY Enviromental Monitoring with Arduino” and “Atmospheric Monitoring with Arduino.”
  • Tim Dye of Aircasting & Michael Heimbinder of
  • Rob Faludi, Author of “Building Wireless Sensor Networks”

But what is everyone talking about? The practical, real-world applications of continually developing sensors that enable microcontrollers to interact with our world. This series of events is free and open to the public. Whether you’re an experienced maker or trying to figure out what this whole culture is about – these are the events are for you!

Thursday night (9.26) will be led by Tero and Kimmo Karvinem, the authors of Getting Started with Sensors ( The Google Hangout starts 5:30pm central and you can attend here


Check out for more details.

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Build a Light Theramin with Moldover this Saturday!


Hey musically inclinded members of hackerspace and surrounding community. Want to build something that you can put to use in two hours? Then come on by this Saturday (8.10.13) at 2pm for Build a Light Theramin with Moldover!

In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case ( Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours.  If you do have experience you’ll learn how to solder more efficiently, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument – plus a copy of Moldover’s latest album!

This workshop starts at 2pm, entry is free, open to the public, and the kit will cost $25 to purchase. Seats are limited to 20 so to reserve your spot hit up PS1 and Moldover on Twitter (@PumpingStation1 + @Moldover) or email me (the author of this post)

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Raspberry Pi (Rob Bishop), Aug 6th @ PS1

Raspberry Pi


This upcoming Tuesday (August 6th) at 7pm, Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi team will be swinging by for a evening of nonstop Pi goodness! This event is free and open to the general public.

Rob Bishop was the FIRST technical employee at Raspberry Pi and is currently one of two full time software engineers. Alongside his engineering responsibilities, Rob also acts as an “evangelist” and works to promote the educational mission of the Foundation.

An engineer and evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, he’ll be presenting a talk entitled “Raspberry Pi – One Year On” that will cover both the origin story of the Raspberry Pi as well as outlining recent developments. The talk will present technical information about the Raspberry Pi alongside a discussion of the Foundation’s educational aims.

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for an in-depth Q&A on both educational and technical matters.

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Impossible Game Night! Saturday @ 8pm


This Saturday (5.25) PS:1 will be holding a free members only event dedicated to playing (and possibly beating) some of the most difficult games on Xbox 360 around. Some titles you can expect to find are the classics like Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES), and Street Fighter 2 (SNES). But for some up to date titles – Super Meat Boy (Xbox 360), Monaco (Xbox 360), and the maddeningly brilliant, Braid (Xbox 360). But for the sake of fun and not entirely causing your brain to explode things like Castle Crashers, Battleblock Theater, and Geometry Wars will also be available.

This event will be held in electronics from 8pm to however long the group can endure. We’ll also be taking advantage of the whiteboards as you can expect dissection of game strategy, group plotting the next move, and making sense of the chaos in above picture.

When: 8pm
Where: PS1, electronics
What to expect: Yelling, kicking, and screaming

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Build a blinkie night @ Pumping Station: One

Dale Sulak, Dwayne Forsyth and friends from 2DKits will be in for a night
of blinkie building fun!


This is where you get to build one of those LED flashing things.

You start with the kit, use the tools we have in the room. When you are
done, you will have a working blinkie. We have blinkie Techs to help you
debug any problems.

The folks at MuseCon are sponsoring their “Atomic Musecon” kit for
attendees for FREE! We have have the full range of 2DKits from
beginners to advance including the 4x4x4 RGB Cube, ranging from $5 to $80.

We do allow and encourage children to build their parent’s blinkie,
but the parent has to stick around and learn about the process.

When: Friday March 1 , 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free
Open to the public: Yes

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Build your own Light-Theremin with Moldover: Sunday, September 23rd at 7pm

theramin from wikipedia

In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case (  Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours.  If you do have experience you’ll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover’s latest album.

This workshop starts at 7pm, entry is free, and the kit will cost $25 to purchase. Space is limited and all ages are welcome! 8 seats taken 7 remaining! Want to reserve your seat? Email my name at

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Introducing…Apollo 13.

Greeting everyone! I’m glad to be a part of the bloggers here at PS: One and even more excited to share the project that took me the past four months to complete. The Apollo 13.

But it’s actual name is the Maven. Because DJ Sasha happens to be the only one in the world who owns one – until you know, today.

Sasha is just one of those DJ’s that stands out to me, he’s not just putting two songs together, he’s putting on a real performance and he’s doing it with Ableton Live and the Maven. A one off piece of hardware so unique that if you know what Ableton is you drool just looking at this thing. It’s a fantastic looking device and I wish I could see the thing in person! Alas, I went entirely off of photos and four months ago began the project to replicate the device.

Click  for more pictures and video: Continue reading Introducing…Apollo 13.

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