Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get events going again. In the spirit of realizing that not everyone can make our public Friday night meetings (either at republic or at the space) we’ve had a lot of conversations about how to get potential members involved with the group outside of Friday meetings. Our first idea was to do a social public area lunch and then head back to the space for a casual / social afternoon at the space. If you’re a member, come work on projects or anything you may need help with. If you’re not a member, come hang out with the group and see what we’re all about and take a tour of the space.
This Saturday we’re going to do “Lunch with the Makers”. We’re planning on meeting at the Pizza Hut (of sadness) on Union (1961 Union Ave Memphis, TN 38104) at noon. We’ll hang out and eat and then head to the space. The plan is to be back at the space at 2 or so. Come eat lunch with us and come see what’s been going on at the space.
Where: Pizza Hut (of sadness) on Union (1961 Union Ave Memphis, TN 38104)
When: 1/21 Noon @ pizza hut Space @ 2pm
We’re having our next Artist Ghetto this Wednesday December 14th at 6:30 p.m.
You asked for it, and we got it! One of most requested items in our events poll was welding, and our very own member Kit has graciously offered to demonstrate the basics this Saturday at noon at the Space. Please be aware that this is a hands-on demonstration only – it is not a replacement for any actual welding training, and can be very dangerous.
We will be covering the three types of arc welding as well as plasma cutting, starting with a safety lecture, a group how-to, then a short one-on-one section. After everyone has been shown the basics and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the concepts and inherent dangers, we will offer participants the chance to try it themselves.
If you wish to participate, please sign up at http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events so that we can know how many people to expect.
What: A demonstration of basic welding and techniques as well as important safety guidelines that you must follow, with a brief hands-on opportunity for those interested at the end.
When: This Saturday, December 3rd at Noon.
Cost: $10 (to cover the cost of the welding fuel and materials involved)
What to Bring: Make sure that you wear long-sleeves, and preferably nothing loose or flammable.
We discussed briefly whether we would have a 4th Wednesday meeting in December (We WILL NOT have a 4th Wednesday meeting in November). As the 4th Wednesday falls in the holiday doldrums on December 28th it might be fine for an informal, project show and dream and tell meetup. Roy will be there no matter what.
Rick showed the programmable LED artwork he made with pool concrete, LEDs and film canisters.
Roy showed the LED t-shirt he screenprinted (his first) and lit with the knowledge he got from Rick’s LED class. Roy also showed my first steps with Arduino — a PWM sketch that faded in, then faded out an LED. Woo hoo!
Dru demonstrated us his excellent progress on the sewing machine that Judith had brought. After removing the rust on a few key components he had it cranking and sounding like a real live stitching machine.
Y’know, back in my day, the only game we had was Stick Ball Beta Four. It was a hard game to play, especially considerin’ there was only one ball in the whole town, and you had to compile the entire game yourself! Oh sure, any Tom, Dick, or Haderach could find a stick, but a bunch of whippersnappers standing around with just sticks might as well have been Stick Ball Alpha! No siree, Stick Ball Beta Release #4 was the only respectable game in town, and if you didn’t play you might as well have not existed. Heck, we picked our mayor because of his tenacity on the augmented reality Stick Ball courts! And what have we got now, eh? Stick Ball Beta Five?! FIVE?!?! Bah! The gall of the Stick Ball developers! The sheer nerve of those rubes thinking they could improve upon a classic like ol’ SBb4! Before you know it, they’ll be asking us to wait until the game is actually finished before playing!
What: The Midsouth Makers are hosting a Cookout & Game Night this Saturday evening! Pick your favorites games and bring them over. We’ll try and play everything, but preference is given to those who get there first and to people who are extremely persuasive about their game.
When/Where: This Saturday, November 12th – 6pm @ the space
Cost: Free! (Though donations for food are greatly appreciated!)