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!)
Great Scott! What’s the date? Oh thank goodness, we’ve still got time. Listen, I know this may sound “heavy” to you, but we’ve got to get you to the Midsouth Makers soldering class on October 8th at noon or the consequences could be dire! I can’t tell you why it’s important without creating a temporal paradox, but I can promise you that learning how to build a RBBB (“Really Bare Bones Board”) Clone will be pivotal in your future in some way. An RBBB is one of the smallest, most affordable arduino-compatible boards available right now. You don’t even need any plutonium to power this baby, just plug it straight into the breadboard that the Makers will be providing to all the class participants. How many gigawatts is it? Where we’re going, we don’t need gigawatts, just bring a soldering iron and the rest will be provided. Once you’ve completed this class, you’ll have you’re very own arduino compatible microcontroller, power cable, data cable, and breadboard to build it all on, the combination of which should help you save you from – oh no, I’ve already said too much! Hurry and sign-up on the events page at the following link: http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events/. Then you too can say, “I finally made something that works!”
Class: Soldering Part II: RBBB Clone
Date, Time, & Location: October 8th at the Space at Noon.
What to bring: Soldering Iron
What you get: An arduino compatible microcontroller, power cable, data cable, and a breadboard to build it on, plus a greater knowledge of soldering and circuitry.
You must sign-up before the day of the class so that we know how many parts to order!
You can do so at the following link: http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events/