Archive for October, 2009

Next Liverpool Meeting – 3rd November

October 29, 2009

UPDATE: We’ve just heard they can’t get anyone to staff the bar for us at the Bad Format Social Club, so we’ll be meeting round the corner at the Ship and Mitre on Dale Street. We might even be able to book the room upstairs, but I’m waiting to hear back from them about that.

A quick heads-up for the next Liverpool meeting. It’s going to be at the Bad Format Social Club next Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 at 7pm.

Full details on the Upcoming page.

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Liverpool Meeting – 20th October 2009

October 29, 2009

A fairly low turnout at the last meeting, mainly due to it only being announced the day before the event, it clashing with GeekUp Chester, and having to switch venues on the day.

We ended up in the bar upstairs at FACT, looking slightly out-of-place with the ebb and flow of cinema-goers. Still, Dominic managed to find us for his first visit to one of the meetings, and he even lugged this rather impressive battery box from his electric bike project along with him.

He accidentally connected the charging circuit up the wrong way a while back, and fears that he’s released some of the magic smoke that makes it all work. He was hoping that we might be able to shed some light on how to check if the MosFETs are still okay, but all we managed was some commiserating and general poking around at the circuit. One for the future I think…

We have space – 1500sq ft, Manchester

October 24, 2009

61448491_43824fc525_mVery quick post, as I’m betwixt #LRL2009 & climbing in the lakes: the Manchester Creative Collective have a great space they want to share with us a few minutes walk south of Piccadilly Station. The space is great; the terms are great; the opportunities for collaboration are fantastic – with all sorts of projects planned out of the factory (they’re even getting a forge!).

More details to follow, and more info when it’s discussed at the meeting in Stockport on Wednesday. Come along if you can – if not watch for announcements here, or on Twitter.

Next Liverpool Meeting – 20th October 2009

October 19, 2009

STOP PRESS — change of venue —

FACT bar, Wood Street, 7pm – then down to Pier Head to see off the Queen Mary.

That’s right, the next Liverpool hackspace meeting is tomorrow night. We’ll be at the Bad Format Social Club on Trueman street from 7pm till around 9pm. I’ll be bringing one of the Oomlout beginner’s Arduino kits to have a play with shift registers, and in case anyone wants to have a look at what you get with it.

More details over on the Upcoming event page.

Liverpool Meeting – 6th October 2009

October 19, 2009

Liverpool Hackspace meeting at the Bad Format Social Club
These fortnights seem much shorter than I ever expect. And once again the next meeting is looming and I still haven’t written up the report from the last one. So this report will serve more to confirm that we did actually meet up, and there was some hacking done and things discussed.

We had a couple of new attendees along, which is always good to see. I think we were pretty easy to find as we had the venue to ourselves, and as you can see in the photo, there was also a table full of electronics if further evidence were required.

Ross Jones and I showed off the Auduino and IR guitar, respectively, that we’d built at/for Interface Amnesty, and Scott, who runs the bar, showed us the blank area of wall on the way into the venue that he wants to populate with spinning fans and other techno-junk. And that led to a variety of ideas and discussions about how you’d connect them up to spin based on how many people were inside, or using something like the spoke-POV to make things more colourful, and wondering if we should have a hackday down in the club sometime to get something up and running.