I just got home from our weekly Tuesday meetup. I’m stoked, elated. I had an excellent time.

Today, my goals were quite simple: get there, and put up some nice magazine holders for the library (paper, IKEA, 19 SEK). Which took about three minutes to do, but it looked great. I also brought some decorative wallpaper and an electrical screwdriver – stuff that collected dust at home.

Then Kugg described the Norwegian success of HackBergen and the plans hatched by the hackerspace at Sosiaalikeskus Satama (Helsinki) to meet up with us. The Norwegian smart women had made a little folder, so I begun work on an information folder. I got derailed, but the idea’s sound: a quick information hand-out is good.

We had two visitors from hacklab.dk: Mark and Aslak, who came by and focused on learning more about what goes on at our place, and what they wanted to do. The Hacklab guys recently cracked the non-security in a national school test that had been moved to the Web. When they knew how to do it, they released it. Media interest ensued, and party politics entered the picture, fingers were pointed, but all in all, it seemed like Hacklab guys emerged quite unscathed by the whole affair. Well done!

I helped seek out some resistors for Linda and Kugg’s amazing project. Good thing someone had made an effort to sort all the resistors into boxes grouped in large groups. Made it a human task. I got to train my visual identification skills, and remember more resistor colors. They got some solid soldering down.

OPTOShield, gives you 12 relays.

Long-time mailing list hang-around Petter came by, and showed his recumbent bicycle. When he saw the hardware shop with all the dead bikes, he exclaimed “You could build… four-five recumbents out of those parts!” He had practical and concrete advice and ideas that ache to become reality.

Cissi played us a lullaby on a dumpster-dived guitar. She also built metallic net reinforcements for some mikes used for bass drums – mostly to avoid breaking the membranes when someone fatfingers them during setup. “Plus, they look punk rock now.”

Next week: more of the same. I’m going to try and build a bit more storage and do some tool care.

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One Response to A Great Tuesday

  1. Marc Juul says:

    Thanks for having us! It was great to see the space and how people use it. Definitely a different setup from what we have planned for our group. But our plans are still pretty fluid so it’s good to get some inspiration from you guys before we commit to a certain path. I really liked the atmosphere: A great mix of active hacking and people just hanging out. The little library area with a couch is definitely something I want to copy for our space :) I hope to visit again soon, and you’re welcome to visit any time, but our space is probably at least a month or two away from having an independent physical space.

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