When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (ET)
Where: HacDC, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
Join HacDC for a workshop in which we’ll construct a simple soft circuit — in this case, a unisex fabric cuff with an LED that lights up when you’re wearing it. We’re charging a $10 fee to cover the cost of the materials, including the fabric, conductive thread and velcro, LEDs, batteries, and resistor. To participate in this workshop, you do not need to have any prior experience with electronics; this workshop is suitable for all ages (small children should be accompanied by an adult, though). We’ll be using a tutorial by SparkLab‘s Syuzi Pakhchyan, a media designer and tinkerer who weaves electronic circuitry with craft.
Register at http://hacdc-ledcuff.eventbrite.com/ or below:
In order for space exploration to prosper and become cost-effective robotic technology will need to be created and adapted to develop infrastructure that is necessary for human space exploration and industrial exploration. Concepts like those behind the RepRap, will be required to be further developed so that it is possible to automatically manufacture goods as needed in space. The RepRap technology in part has driven the conception of a previous future technology I proposed in “Future Tech: Spider-bots dial Home”. I imagine developing Spider-bots that can manufacture themselves, manufacture other things and can also be used for surveillance and exploration. Now if the technology required to do space exploration is developed in open-source/Creative Commons type methodologies, then groups of people will be able to work together in Hackerspaces, Universities and Industry to propel innovations forward that are created at NASA making space exploration cheaper.
This DVD documents 36 machines, an animation machine sequences (3 short funny movies presented on my animation machine), a sequence showing how my wire gears are bent and soldered….and a few general scrolling text thoughts about the machines and the process. It is a straightforward documentation of the work which gives overall views of the pieces as well as many close-ups. The audio is strictly the sound of the machines themselves, except for Machine with Chair which is accompanied by a classical guitar piece which I wrote and perform.
As always, this event is free and open to the public, but we’re asking you to RSVP via Eventbrite. Your RSVP will help us determine whether to hold this screening in our smaller space or in the church’s large sanctuary area, so please let us know if you plan to come; we’ll publicize the exact location by the morning of the 26th. Everyone is welcome!
Directed, written, produced, designed and animated by Nina Paley; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License; 82 minutes; Animation; Color, stereo; 2008
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920′s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."
The second Northern Virginia Girl Geek Dinner will be held on December 17. All women who are in technology fields or consider themselves a “girl geek” are invited to attend an evening to meet, socialize, and network with women in technology. Men are invited if accompanied by a Girl Geek. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
Date: December 17, 2008
Location: Viget Labs, 400 S. Maple Avenue, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22046
Presentation: Defining the -ette in Geekette
Twenty years ago, Julie Lerman learned that she had to act and dress like the guys in order to fit into the IT Industry. Today she’s found that the cover-up is no longer necessary. Many of her “girly” qualities have become advantageous in a world of geeks where she now speaks at conferences all over the world and has just finished writing her first programming book for O’Reilly Press. Julie will share with the NOVA Girl Geeks some of this historical perspective and lessons learned.