All posts by Mark Creasy

About Mark Creasy

PS1 PR Director. Video producer & avid baker in Chicago.

Join Us for Our 10 Year Summit

Join Pumping Station: One in celebrating 10 years of making with demos and discussion on Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28. On Saturday, enjoy creative demos, a design sprint and a party featuring robot bartender and Drinking Station: One. On Sunday, we’re inviting other maker spaces to dish on what they’ve learned and where spaces are headed.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Saturday, April 27
1pm 300 seconds of Fame
2pm Creative Demos
3pm Design Sprint / Hackathon
4pm Group Games
6pm Party + Food / Drinking Station: One

Sunday, April 28
1pm Meet & Greet other spaces
2pm Makerspace panel
3pm Lightning talks
4pm Creative Demos
6pm Cleanup party

Download a flyer and schedule summary.

Demos include plasma cutting, chocolate mold making, small metals, tye dying, and more.

Email [email protected] to sign up for one of the 300 seconds of fame slots if you’d like to show off your project or highlight a quick topic. For a longer form talk of up to 10 minutes, sign up to give a Lightning talk on Sunday.

To volunteer or help clean up, email [email protected]

Need a reminder? Here’s the Facebook event & Meetup event.

We hope to see you!

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DIY Zines come to PS1

We’re excited to welcome CHI PRC’s Zine Zine Club Thursday 2/21 from 7-9pm in the lounge.  We’ll be discussing DIY zines that teach and inspire readers to do it yourself. Bring your favorite titles that instruct us on how you can make, design, build, create, tinker, and hack anything. Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are welcome to join us for a fun discussion and snacks.

If you’d like to participate in a Mystery Zine Swap bring a zine (concealed in some way) to trade with someone else on the spot. This free event will be led by PS1 member (and Zine Club regular) Mariano Muñoz and Chicago Zine Fest organizer Cynthia E. Hanifin.

Here’s a Facebook event and Meetup link. Hope to see you there!

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All members can now vote!

Voting at PS1
All member tiers can now vote and propose new votes. Illustration by Mark Creasy.

Good news for Starving Hacker tier members: you can now vote at PS1 member meetings for things like purchases, activities, or elections. On January 22nd, those with Full Member status approved the Vote for All Member Suffrage. All members can propose new votes.

If you’re ready to exercise your voting rights, there are upcoming opportunities at the meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2019:

If you can’t make the meeting, you can vote by proxy in the email sent to members on 1/24. You can also simply “abstain” on your ballot. This allows us to reach quorum – which is the minimum number of people required for a vote to be decided – without you having to decide yes or no on the proposal.

If you have questions- there’s a Voting FAQ thread on the Google Groups.
Happy voting!

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Bringing VR/AR tools to PS1

VR Demos at PS1

I’m Mark, the new kitchen area host, and I’m trying to bring all the benefits of VR/AR/MR to disciplines across Pumping Station: One. Below’s an example of how I’m using it for food design.

You are welcome to come talk to me about incorporating experience-creation tools for food purposes during kitchen office hours Saturday 10am to 12pm, but I’m also interested in enabling you to use these for your own projects. Sundays from 12pm – 3pm we’ve been having “Let’s Make VR” upstairs in electronics. The current project is trying to capture our space in a demo that can be shared with the outside world using VR, helping members capture and display their projects in virtual spaces using photogrammetry and 3D scanning, and recording 360 training to be used in the app.

Screens from a new PS1 VR gallery.

If you’re an area host and you’d like some training recorded, reach out to me to schedule a time. If you want to use our tools to recreate and capture experiences, see how your furniture is going to look in your living room before making it- or send it to a friend and let them check it out with AR tools, come to one of the above events and let’s talk about it. More members are getting familiar with the tools & we’ll be posting tutorials to Canvas soon.

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