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Monday
Oct 27, 2008
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Feb 22, 2009
DorkbotPDX Focused Workshop: Breadboard a Sanguino
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

PNCA, Room 205 $25 to cult-at-tempusdictum.com

As previously announced this months focused workshop is about prototyping and it is intended to go with a second focused workshop on fabrication (in may). We will go over breadboarding, point to point wiring, breakout boards and a variety of techniques to get your projects prototyped. In the process we will build a "Sanguino" on a breadboard, add the core to our arduino environment, and program it. Then we will look at the next step of putting it on a protoboard. For more information on the "Sanguino" you can look at http://www.sanguino.cc this project was created by the reprap folk who needed more I/O for their projects. I will also be presenting as an example a small (as in tiny) project that I will be doing using breakout boards to make prototyping possible.

The workshop as always will be $25 and participants will walk away with a breadboard and all components necessary to build a bare bones "Sanguino" during the workshop. It will also include other items including a a protoboard and socket to move the design to something more permanent.

It is my hope that in between this months focused workshop and the fabrication workshop people can collectively look at how the hardware design can be improved on (see: similar designs such as laday ada's FuzeBox ( http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=133 ), and the pre-arduino Number 6 board ( http://six.media.mit.edu:8080/6/direction/get-your-board-ready/numberSixStuffed.jpg/view ).

In the fabrication workshop (31May09) we will lay out and etch a board based on this work. Additionally I will follow up the prototyping example from this months workshop by sending the design to be fabricated.

I am sorry that I wasn't able to get this finalized sooner but the extra cult induction kept me busy. Both inductions sessions went extremely well so I think it was worth it..

As usual you can RSVP by paypalling cult /at/ tempusdictum.com

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Sunday
May 17, 2009
DorkbotPDX Pure Data Workshop - (1 of 3) - Introduction to Pd
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

DorkbotPDX introduces free Pure Data workshop series

We are excited to announce a new workshop series devoted to Pure Data (Pd). http://puredata.info.

"Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM."

Pure Data is free [FLOSS] software - meaning there is no charge for the download and it is open source, (free/libre). It runs wonderfully on Mac, Linux, Windows - so bring any laptop. Come with Pd-extended installed if possible - otherwise come a little early for installation assistance. The workshop is free as well!

We will will be doing several workshops starting from the ground up - and ranging topics as advanced as there is interest for.

Workshop One will be held May 17th. No prior Pd or programming knowledge is required, but expect to leave with functional knowledge of how to use Pd. The outline in progress can be found here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/pd_workshop_2009_outline.

But we want to hear from you! We'd love to get a rough idea of how many people are interested in attending.

Do you use Pd? Do you use similar commercial software like Max/MSP? Are you interested in learning Pd? Why? What are some of your ideas?

Pd is an incredibly open-ended platform so we're trying to get an idea of where the majority's (if there is a majority) interests lie.... Physical Interfaces for music? Live DSP? Generative composition? Video? Dance? Robotic cat toys? Feedforward most welcome!

Bring a laptop with Pd-extended installed, if possible. Otherwise come a little early for installation help! http://puredata.info.

Seating is limited to about 35, so please rsvp at http://dorkbotpdx.org/pd_rsvp or email jason@noisybox_net or coldham@mac_com.

  • When: May 17th, 2009
  • Where: PNCA room 205 (Portland, OR)
  • Time: 1-5pm
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Sunday
Jun 14, 2009
PC Board Fabrication Workshop
TechShop Portland [closed]

Have you ever wanted to lay out and create your own printed circuit board? Then this inexpensive course is for you. This is a focused workshop on fabrication that will take three designs and follow them all the way to physical circuit boards using commonly available chemicals and the freeware version of Eagle PCB design (download).

You should bring a laptop and any small designs you are working on. You will leave with enough materials to etch your own circuit boards, with the exception of chemicals that you can buy from any hardware store.

Sunday June 14, 1-5pm Techshop Electronics Lab $35 (includes materials) RSVP and pay at http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html (Workshop: Fabrication 31MAY09 Techshop) If you have any questions, email Don Davis - don@tempusdictum.com

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DorkbotPDX 0x03 - Lecture Series
AboutUs

HURRY HURRY STEP RIGHT UP! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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http://dorkbotpdx.org/dorkbotpdx_0x03

Dorkbot PDX [[People doing strange things with electricity...in Portland]]

...welcomes you to the 4th installation of its lecture series.

  • Where: AboutUs: 107 SE Washington St, Suite 520.
  • When: Sunday, June 14th, 2009 - 7pm

As always, the event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share. Please spread the word!

Andrew S. Parnell

Pieces to be discussed include Semaphore-bot, Tangólumen, and Cardiolumen: a multifaceted exploration of the data we create both consciously and unconsciously and their inherent value.

Andrew S. Parnell is a Portland based digital artist. His work primarily deals with the physical manifestation of digital information using code, image capture, and electronics.

Michael Bunsen

Dome Control: Altering a space via physical and web-based interfaces

Michael Bunsen spends most of his time on the internet but is more interested in nature and the outside world. He developed Urbanedibles.org and began exploring microcontrollers to cultivate his mission of using the computer to get people off the computer.

Dan Gilsdorf

A presentation featuring works from 2006 to the present, including the recent exhibitions Interiotrope, 2008 and SRO Video, 2009.

Dan Gilsdorf is a sculptor and installation artist based in Portland. Using video, sound, and mechanics, his work addresses the mediating effect of technology on physical and cultural landscapes.

See you there!

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Friday
Jul 17, 2009
DorkbotPDX friday nite dorkout
Someday Lounge

Come join us Friday evening at Someday Lounge (http://www.somedaylounge.com). We've been invited to bring our particular brand of dorkiness and geekdom and show it off. This will be much like our usual meetings (so bring your toys!) but we'll also be giving folks the opportunity to make a lot of noise and get up on the stage.

The fun begins at 9PM and among the activities will be:

  • Don, performing on the computer-enhanced bass guitar
  • Jason and Jared, aka CRM114 Discriminator, performing an avant/noise piece originally premiered at ToorCamp
  • Simran, with the feedback organ
  • Peter, with his suitcase of mystery
  • You!

Seriously, if you have something you'd like to show off, let us know and we'll get you some time on the mic. Preferrably, ping Jason, Don or me beforehand so we have some idea of what to expect, but don't worry if it's all last minute. We'll be setting up at 8, so feel free to come down early and to help out or just hang out and keep us company.

Here's a map if you don't know where it is -- but if you've been to one of the Monday night meetups, it's just around the corner:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=125+NW+5th+Avenue,+Portland,+OR+97209&sll=45.429522,-122.705794&sspn=0.00771,0.01929&ie=UTF8&ll=45.524901,-122.675765&spn=0.007697,0.01929&z=16&iwloc=A

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Monday
Aug 3, 2009
DorkbotPDX informal meeting
Backspace

Come join DorkbotPDX for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Aug 9, 2009
DorkbotPDX 0x04 - NYC invasion
AboutUs

Dorkbot PDX brings you the next installation of its lecture series.

  • Where: AboutUs 107 SE Washington St, Suite 520.
  • When: Sunday, August 9th, 2009 -- 7pm

As always, the event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share. Please spread the word!

We are extremely honored to have two distinguished artists from New York visiting Portland and sharing their work with DorkbotPDX. Please help us welcome these amazing and inspiring dorks from across the way!

Michael Mandiberg

"FAIL, WIN!, FTW? Three Creative Commons Case Studies"

Michael Mandiberg is known for selling all of his possessions online on Shop Mandiberg, making perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrieLevine.com, and creating Firefox plugins that highlight the real environmental costs of a global economy on TheRealCosts.com . His current projects include the co-authored groundbreaking Creative Commons licensed textbook Digital Foundations: an Intro to Media Design that teaches Bauhaus visual principles through design software, HowMuchItCosts.us, a car direction site that incorporates the financial and carbon cost of driving, and Bright Bike, a retro-reflective bicycle treehugger.com praised as “obnoxiously bright.” He is a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, and an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn. His work lives at Mandiberg.com Open Dork

Your project, your dime!

OpenDork provides a flexible forum for people doing strange things with electricity to show off their work in a quick, formal, but relaxed setting. It's up to YOU! Do a quick demo, brag, ask for help, show off your stuff.

OpenDork talks/demos are short (generally 5-10 minutes) and may have slides, or hardware, or both, or neither. Get interactive! Marisa Olson

"Performed Listening"

Marisa Olson's work combines performance, video, net art, sound, drawing, and installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation within pop culture, and the aesthetics of failure. Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Paris, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 52nd International Biennale di Venezia, the British Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere. She's a Contributing Editor at Rhizome and Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase.

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Thursday
Oct 1, 2009
Dorkbot at ON Gallery First Thursday opening
ON Gallery

Show opening: "Dorkbot at ON"

First Thursday Opening 6pm - 10pm October 1st at ON Gallery Show runs Thursday October 1st to Friday October 30th

ON Gallery welcomes projects from the Dorkbot community into the gallery for October.

A sampling of the pieces in this group show includes....

Voltage Village by Laen Electricity provides the spark of life in Voltage Village. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68831973@N00/2304649983

Codosome Hexis by Ward Cunningham and Jim Larson Interactive Video & Ink Jet Photography

Bed (green fuse) by Collin Oldham An interactive sound-art installation http://vimeo.com/6744880

Hilbert Curve Coffee Table by Simran Gleason A coffee table made out of copper pipes in the shape of a Hilbert curve

Pink Fish by Donald Delmar Davis Pinkfish is a piece based on the idea that the etched copper on a circuit board should have a sculptural or esthetic aspect. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3362/3275517809_310e412e8d.jpg

Virtual Windows by Donald Delmar Davis The magic window is a pair of computers with cameras. One of which is presented as a window.

Retina Tattoo Gun by bzztbomb This amazing device allows the user to imprint images on their retinas for a small period of time! http://noisybox.net/weblog/images/retinal_tattoo.gif

Maxwell by Mark Medonis A humanoid robot head, telling you about this and that.

...and a few more.

Please come enjoy what occurs at the intersection of art and technology.

ON Gallery is proud to announce that Captured by Porches Brewing Company is a sponsor for programs during September and October 2009.

About ON Gallery

ON Gallery is a Portland Oregon art gallery and project space devoted to contemporary interactive art and technology based arts. ON is curated by Benjamin Foote.

ON is part of the Everett Station Galleries

ON Gallery 321 NW 6th Ave #101 between Everett &Flanders http://ONgallery.org curator@ongallery.org

About DorkbotPDX

DorkbotPDX is a community of creative types who enjoy experimenting, finding art in technology and pushing the limits of whatever is in front of us. We meet on an regular, informal basis every other week. We welcome you to join us at our gatherings and to bring something interesting to view or ponder. Hands-on items (electrical, mechanical, digital, aural, visual, or other) are highly encouraged!

http://dorkbotpdx.org

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Monday
Feb 1, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Feb 15, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 1, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 15, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 29, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Apr 12, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Apr 26, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Come join us for an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys. Bring things for show and tell if you like, or just bring a willingness to share your interests. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 10, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 24, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 7, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 21, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Jun 27, 2010
Dorkbot PDX Open Lab
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Come work on electronics projects!

There will be a mini surface mount soldering workshop, and an introduction to XMegas.

..or bring your own projects to work on!

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Monday
Jul 5, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Friday
Jul 23, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

** Note: DorkbotPDX will be moving to Friday this week due to another event taking place at Backspace. We'll update this shortly with further details about our special plans for the Friday night meeting. We'll be making up for the move. ;~)

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Aug 2, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Aug 16, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Aug 30, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Someday Lounge

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Sep 13, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Sep 27, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Oct 25, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Nov 8, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Nov 22, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Dec 6, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Dec 20, 2010
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Feb 27, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Open Lab
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

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Monday
Feb 28, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 14, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Mar 27, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Physical Computing With Midi
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

FEE: $35

Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

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Monday
Mar 28, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Apr 11, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting [at Someday Lounge on 4/11, see website]
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

[at Someday Lounge on 4/11, see website]

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Monday
Apr 25, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
May 1, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Arduino Cult Induction
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

FEE: $35

Please join us on the last Sunday of the month for one or more of these opportunities to learn. This may change somewhat given schedule conflicts withe PNCA which has graciously hosted these classes for the last 3 years. I will be at the open lab Sunday and would like to discuss what could be done to make the workshops and workshop schedule better serve the community.

The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

Website
Monday
May 9, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 23, 2011
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Backspace Website
Sunday
May 29, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Audio Synthesis
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

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A unique, free workshop geared at teaching sound synthesis fundamentals as explored and demonstrated through Pure Data.

Fascinated by orgies of towering analog synthesizes from the 60s? Mesmerized by how computers can generate sound that offends and elates? In this causal yet intense session, we will cover the basics of audio signal theory while exploring the common techniques and tricks used by sound designers and synth builders.

We will progressively cover theories/techniques from the ground up, so no formal experience is required. We will make some noise.

When?

Sunday, May 29, 2011 1-5pm PST

Where?

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Room 205, Portland, OR, US

Participants should bring:

  • A mac/linux/windows laptop with a functioning Pd installation.
  • A basic/rudimentary knowledge of Pd
  • Headphones
  • An eagerness to learn, develop, and share!

The Pd synthesis workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited (to about 30) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The PNCA workshops are at the Pacific Nortwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson St.) from 1-5 in the afternoon, usually in room 205.

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Monday
Jun 6, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 20, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Jun 26, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Focused Workshop: Surface Mount
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Cost: $8

Please register by emailing jim at jimeastman dot com

Learn how to work with surface mount technologies. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to SMT as well as more experienced hobbyists who are looking for a reliable method for building projects using SMT. We will cover the basics of surface mount parts and the tools necessary to work efficiently with them, including a temperature controlled hot plate reflow system which you can build. And we will offer a hands on build session where you will go through all the steps in populating a PCB with parts and doing the reflow soldering process to end up with a working project.

No tools or prior experience is required although, if possible, please bring a soldering iron, some type of magnifier (reading glasses, visor, etc), a desk or work lamp and a good pair of fine point tweezers. We will have some tools available to use during the workshop.

You will get a circuit board and parts kit for use during the class that is yours to keep.

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Monday
Jul 4, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jul 18, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Jul 31, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Arduino Cult Induction
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

FEE: $35

This is a an opportunity for 20-30 people to build their own arduino compatible "Dorkboard", A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Tempus Dictum and DorkbotPDX have put together a kit and a programmer as a local resource at a very low cost. This seminar is to walk you through putting one together and programming it.

You Bring

-A laptop -A soldering iron (20-30W Pencil type) -A standard (not mini) usb cable (A->B) -A pair of dikes (wire cutters/nippers) -$35

You will get

-A duce usb to serial programmer -A Dorkboard! (an Arduino clone) Kit -An introduction to the Arduino and microcontrollers in an artists setting -Help when you need it -To know that what you built worked at least once

How do I rsvp? Via paypal -- Select the session on the TDI Products page: (http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html)

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Monday
Aug 1, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Aug 15, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Aug 28, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- e-Textiles
ADX

Cost: $25 Please bring: - Scissors - A bag or garment to modify – please choose something made of a non-stretch fabric.

Dreaming of bike gloves that light up to keep you visible at night, or an awesome illuminated costume? Or maybe you’d like to add a bit of extra sparkle to your living room with a glowing throw pillow… Whatever project you have in mind, if you’re curious about the process of integrating electronics into fabric, this workshop is a great place to start.

Shannon Henry and Cat Poole will start by touching on some of the interesting things being developed with eTextile methods and useful resources, then we’ll spend some hands on time laying out a basic LED circuit and sewing it on to fabric using conductive thread. You’ll learn how to convert standard LEDs (and other electronic components) into sew-able ones, and how to use standard textile fastenings like zippers and snaps to switch your project on and off, plus lots of tips on how to make your project easier and make sure it lasts.

No prior electronics or sewing experience required. Conductive thread and electronic components will be provided.

Register for the workshop here: http://pdxetextile.eventbrite.com/

About the instructors: Shannon Henry loves to make things that blend the science & tech world with art and crafts. She has been crafting with fabric since she could handle safety scissors, and began integrating electronics into her art in 2008. Her eTextile work has been shown in San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver BC. She also develops sewn electronics kits and tutorials, which you can find at her website, Polymathdesignlab.com.

Cat Poole is a one woman instigator of perception bending mayhem. Through “Discovering Empowerment Through Creativity” workshops and Upcycled Electronics, she encourages all to defy their programming and void all warranties. Find out more at her site, Cacophonouscreations.com.

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Monday
Aug 29, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday
Sep 1, 2011
DorkbotPDX group show - SUSPENSION/DIS/CONNECTION
Styloid Process

--~~== DORKBOT PDX GROUP SHOW 2011 ==~~--

http://dorkbotpdx.org/2011+connection+suspension

Dorkbot PDX and Styloid Process are proud to present a collection of 11 works by local artists doing strange things with electricity:

Where: Styloid Process Gallery - 625 NW Everett Street No. 109 (map) When: Opening First Thursday, September 1st, 2011, 6-10pm

The event is free and open to the public. Beverages (donation suggested) will be provided.

Exhibits

Works include (please see the official page for detail):

: Wall Disruption (Ross Young) : Handmade Microphones: Audio Bricolage (Philip Graham) : Alcohol Swells (Jesse Mejia) : Augmented Reality Booth (Libbey White) : Fatal Machine (Jason Plumb) : Uno the Integer (Ward Cunningham) : Conversation Piece (Cameron Adamez) : Creeper (Donald Delmar Davis) : E-Textile Projects (Cat Poole) : Calling Response (Michael Bunsen) : Maxwell (Mark Medonis)

Connection:

: causal, logical, or contextual relation, sequence, or association : a relation of personal intimacy : coherence, continuity : something that connects/communicates : link/transport : a source of contraband (as illegal drugs)

Suspension:

: the state of being hung : temporary removal (as from office or privileges) : temporary withholding (as of belief or decision) : temporary revocation of a law or rule : a carried-over musical tone which results in momentary dissonance : stoppage of payment of business obligations : a rhetorical device whereby the principal idea is deferred to the end of a sentence or longer unit

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Monday
Sep 12, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Sep 25, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- PCB Layout Using EAGLE
ADX

Cost: FREE

No RSVP required. Just drop in.

Description: We all love circuits with blinky lights that make strange noises, but imagine how much cooler your circuits would look on a custom-designed and manufactured circuit board. It's easier than it may seem, and we're going to show you how it's down. Using the free version of EAGLE PCB you can design your own circuit boards in a format that is then easy to have fabricated.

This is an introductory course on using EAGLE to design printed circuit boards for fabrication. It's aimed at beginners that may have breadboarded some electronics, and now want to make a final circuit board. We'll design a simple circuit, draw out the schematic, and lay out a board.

Bring a computer: Mac, Linux, or Windows. Please download and install Eagle beforehand from http://www.cadsoftusa.com/downloads/

Laen, the ever dedicated Dorkbotter behind the DorkbotPDX group PCB order, will be showing you all of the necessary ins and outs so that you, too, can make your very own printed circuit boards.

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Monday
Sep 26, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Oct 10, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Oct 24, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Oct 30, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Arduino Cult Induction
ADX

During this quarter's induction we are going to try something different.

We are going to build a complete arduino compatible board made entirely of through hole components. Called the TAD (for Through hole Arduino compatible Design) The board uses the same footprint as the arduino but does not require any surface mount components. This workshop will be lite on lecture and heavy on putting the thing together so be prepared to solder.

What: This is a an opportunity for 13 people to build their own TAD , A complete microprocessor based development environment which is very popular with artists and other creative people. Suspect Devices has put together a kit which takes the surface mount out of the arduino. This seminar is to walk you through putting yours together and programming it

Where: ADX -- SE 11th between Oak and Stark

When: Sunday October 30, 2011 from 1 to 5pm

You Bring:

  • A laptop

  • A soldering iron (20-30W Pencil type)

  • A standard (not mini) usb cable (A->B)

  • A pair of dikes (wire cutters/nippers)

You will get:

  • An Arduino that you built yourself.

  • A very brief introduction to the Arduino

  • Help when you need it

  • To know that what you built worked at least once

How do I RSVP?

The workshop costs $40 including all kit parts (plus $5 room use fee for ADX).

Via paypal -- Select the session on the TDI Products page: (http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html)

-- or --

At the preceding dorkbot-pdx meeting (make checks out to "tempus dictum, inc");

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Monday
Nov 7, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Someday Lounge

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Nov 21, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Nov 27, 2011
Dorkbot Workshop -- Open Lab!
ADX

Where: ADX, 417 SE 11th, Portland When: Sunday, November 27 -- 1-5pm What: OPEN LAB!

We haven't had one of these in a while, so on Sunday, November 27th we'll be using our monthly workshop time to offer instead open lab time.

What is that, you ask? We provide the space (and some power outlets), and you bring the tools and whatever projects your working on. You can ask your fellow dorks for help and help others with their projects as well.

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Monday
Dec 5, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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DorkbotPDX 0x07
Backspace

0x07

Dorkbot PDX would like to welcome you to the latest installment of our semi-regular presentation series:

DorkbotPDX 0x07

(zero-based)

When: Monday, December 5th, 2011 - 8pm
Where: Backspace ( map)
Who: All ages -- open to the public
Cost: Free!
What's happening? Three great and inspiring talks regarding art, electronics, computers, physics, and a hybridized mega monster of all things strangely technical. Did we mention 3D bluetooth kittens and RF aardvarks dancing to the synthesizer sounds of the microcontroller apocalypse? Ok, I made that up...or did I?

Art and Electronics: Arcing the Gap

Jesse Mejia

Jesse will present an overview of a few recently completed projects and a few works in progress. His talk emphasizes bridging the gap between artists and pseudo-engineers, and he challenges the community to come up with a proper term for this crossover behavior.

Jesse is an artist and AV nerd represented digitally at anestheticaudio.com.

Getting Started With RF

Ward Ramsdell

Ward presents an overview of several affordable, contemporary wireless devices and demonstrates how they may be easily incorporated with today's microcontrollers. It's off-the-shelf RF demystified, and you too can go wireless with your projects!

Ward Ramsdell is a real engineer who helps takes real products to market.

SPROING!

Simran Gleason

SPROING! is a new web-based word game is like playing boggle in 3D, on platonic solids made of springs, with kittens (& aardvarks).

Simran will show off Sproing & its HTML5 implementation, show the design evolution of the game, and give you the math of spring physics simulations.

There will be a live multiplayer Sproing tournament during the talk, with chocolate at stake for the winner.

Simran Gleason is an artist and a nerd. Usually he makes noise, but sometimes likes to turn physics into games.

OpenDork

You!

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration.

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Monday
Dec 19, 2011
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jan 2, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jan 16, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Jan 29, 2012
DorkbotPDX Workshop -- Surface Mount Soldering
ADX

Learn how to work with surface mount technologies. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to SMT as well as more experienced hobbyists who are looking for a reliable method for building projects using SMT. We will cover the basics of surface mount parts and the tools necessary to work efficiently with them, including a temperature controlled hot plate reflow system which you can build. And we will offer a hands on build session where you will go through all the steps in populating a PCB with parts and doing the reflow soldering process to end up with a working project.

No tools or prior experience is necessary although, if possible, you can bring a soldering iron, some type of magnifier (reading glasses, visor, etc) and a good pair of fine point tweezers. We will have some tools available to use during the workshop.

WHERE: ADX, 417 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR

WHEN: Sunday, January 29th, 2012, 1-5pm

Kits will be $8.00 each. Build a 2AA to 3.3V or 5V converter.

Jim Larson and Scott Dixon have a lot of experience teaching this course and are looking forward to doing so again.

Please RSVP by emailing Jim Larson: jlarson@pacifier.com

Class limit of 12.

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Monday
Jan 30, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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DorkbotPDX 0x08
Backspace

Dorkbot PDX would like to welcome you to the latest installment of our semi-regular presentation series:

DorkbotPDX 0x08
(zero-based)

When: Monday, January 30th, 2012 - 8pm
Where: Backspace (map)
Who: All ages -- open to the public
Cost: Free!
What's happening? Two great and inspiring talks

Sailing the I2Cs with the Bus Pirate

Jared Boone

Jared will be discussing I2C as a bus and protocol, and will demonstrate talking with a few I2C devices. Demos may include interfacing with an off-the-shelf accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and/or audio codec.

Jared runs a fledgling open hardware business, ShareBrained Technology, where he experiments with devices for audio, time-keeping, aeronautics/astronautics/astronomy, motor sports, and radio.

Remote Reality via Orbduino

Travis Smith

From what started as some pretty colors and cat amusement has grown to take over a walk-in closet and has had visits from all over the world. Have you always wanted to play with a robotic arm in the exotic land of Vernowhere, from the comfort of your couch? Here's your chance!

Tech junkie, traveler, and avid Phish-head. Travis conformed to the corporate mold for 17 years before breaking free to travel and completely geek out. Viva La Dork!

OpenDork

You!

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration.

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Monday
Feb 13, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Feb 26, 2012
Dorkbot Workshop -- Open Lab
ADX

Where: ADX, 417 SE 11th, Portland When: Sunday, February 26 -- 1-5pm What: OPEN LAB!

It's open lab time again!

What is that, you ask? We provide the space (and some power outlets), and you bring the tools and whatever projects your working on. This is also a great opportunity to ask your fellow dorks for help with a project.

Also good to bring: power strips and extension cords if you have any to spare.

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Monday
Feb 27, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 12, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Mar 26, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Apr 1, 2012
Dorkbot Workshop -- An Introduction to Pure Data
Collective Agency Downtown

Back by popular demand, it's the Dorkbot PDX Introduction to Pure Data. This course is geared at students new to Pd or those who have tinkered in the past and would like another primer.

Details:

When: Sunday, April 1st, 2012 Where: Collective Agency (322 NW 6th Ave, Suite 200) in Portland, OR Time: 1-5pm Instructors: Collin, Alex, Jesse, Jason Cost: FREE

About Pd:

Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM. The core of Pd is written and maintained by Miller Puckette and includes the work of many developers, making the whole package very much a community effort.

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Monday
Apr 9, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Apr 23, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 7, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 21, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 4, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 18, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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DorkbotPDX 0x09
Backspace

Dorkbot PDX would like to welcome you to the latest installment of our semi-regular presentation series:

DorkbotPDX 0x09

(zero-based)

When: Monday, June 18th, 2012 - 8pm Where: Backspace (map) Who: All ages -- open to the public Cost: Free! What's happening? Two great and inspiring talks!

LAMOSO

Christi Denton

The LAMOSO (LAsar/MOtion/SOund) is a MIDI controller; that is, it's a device that sends MIDI to my computer. MIDI is a standard music protocol that allows electronic musical instruments (e.g., the LAMOSO) and computers to communicate with each other. It's not audio - it's digital data that includes values for pitch, length, volume, etc.

So... the LAMOSO uses lasers and photogates to send signals to a computer, which then turns that data into sound.

The lasers hit (or don't hit) photogates. The photogates connect to a Teensy++, a "microcontroller development system" (it's the computer chip thingy in the pictures), and that sends my computer data about whether there is or is not a laser beam light hitting the photogate. Max, a music programming language, is used to interpret that data into music.

Visually and musically, what this means is that there's lasers crisscrossing an area, and when those lasers are broken, it changes the music.

Digital Painting

Jeremy Rotsztain

Jeremy Rotsztain writes software to generate digital images that closely resemble paintings. Instead of working with paints and pigments, he prefers to use digital materials. He collects popular images from the Internet and iconic scenes from Hollywood films -- and uses their pixels and sounds to generate entirely new compositions.

Jeremy will be presenting and discussing two recent works:

1) "Obsessions" (prints made from photos of adorable pets)

2) "Action Painting" (abstract expressionist animations made from high octane car chases, violent punches, fiery gun shots, and sublime explosions).

OpenDork You!

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration.

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Saturday
Jun 23, 2012
DorkbotPDX Workshop -- Programming Digital Art
ADX

In this introductory workshop, we'll walk through a few different approaches for creating screen-based digital artwork using code. We'll be learning Processing, a free open-source programming language & environment for creating realtime graphics. Processing has become an immensely popular tool for artists and designers to create interactive artwork, data visualization and generative processes.

The topics for the workshop include an introduction to the Processing environment, working with images, basic animation practices and generative art.

Some prior familiarity with programming will be helpful, though not required.

Please RSVP by emailing Jeremy Rotsztain: jeremy (at) mantissa.ca

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Monday
Sep 24, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Tuesday
Oct 2, 2012
DorkbotPDX lunch talk @ Teuscher Lab
EB 102 (Engineering Building)

Please join us for the next Nuts and Bold Ideas Seminar:

INSTIGATOR: Jason Plumb, DorkbotPDX, http://noisybox.net, http://dorkbotpdx.org

IDEA: "DorkbotPDX -- 6 years of doing strange things with electricity"

Seminar website and speaker schedule: http://www.teuscher-lab.com/nuts_and_bold_ideas_seminar

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Monday
Oct 8, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Oct 22, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Nov 5, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Nov 19, 2012
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Tuesday
Dec 4, 2012
DorkbotPDX Open Mic Surgery
through Someday Lounge
  • When: Monday, December 17th, 2012 :: 8pm
  • Where: Someday Lounge (map) (just two doors down from Backspace)
  • Who: DorkbotPDX and YOU!
  • Cost: Free! Open to the public!

We will be taking advantage of the audio/visual system to have an open-mic style event. Think: OpenDork meets OpenMic. Bring your own signal!

Signal ideas:

  • Music performance
  • Video (short film, realtime performance)
  • Ignite style quick talk
  • Reading source code

To keep things moving, we're going to have slots that you sign up for. We will try our best to stay on schedule and enforce the following limits:

Setup: 5 minutes
Performance: 8 minutes

To sign up, add your name to the wiki page above. We're trying to keep the audio and video slots independently available, so if you're performing some sound based work, someone else could present video work at the same time. If this won't work for you (because it's a quick talk for example) sign up for both audio and video in that slot.

See you there.

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Monday
Mar 25, 2013
DorkbotPDX 0x0A
Backspace

People doing strange things with electricity...in Portland!

  • When: March 25th, 2013 - 8pm
  • Where: Backspace (map)
  • Who: All ages -- open to the public
  • Cost: Free!

Self Balancing Robots 101

Glenn Phillips

Glenn Phillips got into the computer business around the era of the Mac Plus. Glenn's last job was the owner of Gorge Networks Inc. a rural Internet provider using fixed wireless and dsl. The business was sold in 2010 and Glenn has been on the Obama plan ever since.

Glenn became interested in the Arduino a couple years ago, but he had no programming experience. At some point in the process Glenn began to control servos and motors from his old RC collection. Computer control of motors was fun, interesting and possibly a job in the future.

Self balancing robots seemed to be the holy grail of motor control! Constant feedback from sensors is processed and translated to power and direction of the motor. Any issue with any component of the system is immediately apparent.

Glenn is also a cheap Yankee so his creations use salvaged parts from electric bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, laser printers and computers.

Glenn's presentation will cover the basics of self balancing robots:

  • Overview of accelerometers and gyroscopes
  • Control software
  • Motor controllers
  • Battery and electric motor selection

The Church of Robotron

Learn about the mutant savior and our efforts to save the last human family.

We will talk about the Chuch of Robotron installation at Toorcamp 2012. It involved many different types of materials, skills, and work. We used microcontrollers, plywood, and cast away junk to create a brand new immersive experience of Robotron 2084. On top of that, we had performance, writing, and art to complete the branding of the Church. We will show what a lot of people working together can accomplish.

We hope to inspire you to take up the two eight ways!

Opendork

Opendork is you!

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration.

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Monday
May 6, 2013
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
May 20, 2013
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 3, 2013
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jun 17, 2013
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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DorkbotPDX 0x0B
Backspace

dorkbotpdx_0x0b

  • When: Monday June 17th, 2013 - 8pm
  • Where: Backspace (map)
  • Who: All ages -- open to the public
  • Cost: Free!

The Good Life Lab

presented by Mikey Sklar & Wendy Tremayne

http://blog.holyscraphotsprings.com/

Mikey & Wendy live in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and have been homesteading there for the last seven years. They produces their own power, fuel, food, water and building materials. Mikey will be explaining how a little bit of embedded hardware can empower anyone to leave their day jobs and focus on the interests. Projects such as grease car temperature displays, irrigation moisture monitors, pulsed LED growlights, using machines to build with trash, fermentation controllers and recovering different battery chemistries.

Mikey is a open hardware developer who has been selling kits and has worked for Adafruit, Hack-a-Day, and Popular Science. This will be his fifth dorkbot presentation.

Blending art, nature, and mechanics

presented by Stephanie Simek

http://stephaniesimek.com/

Stephanie will be speaking about some of her recent art projects involving light, sound, and electrical components. She'll talk about her interest with combining disparate materials and pushing the limits of their inherent functional capabilities, like playfully incorporating circuitry with handwriting and the movements of Venus Flytraps. She'll also discuss her newest project, a crystal radio sculpture. Other topics to be covered include: synchronized swimming, the Golden Record, non-Newtonian lovers, and Cab Calloway.

Stephanie Simek has been living in Portland for 6 years, where she has been creating experiments with sound, performance, and sculpture. Throughout the month of June, Place Gallery will be exhibiting her most recent project, Radio Room.

Opendork

You!

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration.

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Monday
Aug 26, 2013
DorkbotPDX 0x0c
Instrument

poster

Zach Archer

The Hypnolamp

Using LEDs and an Arduino, Zach converted a simple lamp into a hypnotic work of art. Knobs and sensors were added to control the animation and colors. Zach will reveal the HypnoLamp's secrets, and discuss the creative process, interactivity, and the coming revolution in home lighting.

Zach is a developer who focuses on interactive media and installations. He lives in Portland.

Drew McIntyre

The Art of Breaking Video: Observations, Insights & Instabilities.

Why stop at Speak n' Spells and Nintendos? Big Pauper employees an obscure arsenal of hand-modified electronics to sculpt multimedia installations, sound design & glitch visuals. Glitch video production will be the matter at hand this evening as Pauper shares the methods & the madness behind modifying video equipment, personal computers and video gaming hardware. Should be good fun!!

Big Pauper is a multimedia artist, producer & mad scientist of sorts living here in Portland, OR. He works as part of the circuit bent sound-art collective Folktek. He also breaks video gear for a living under the enterprise Big Pauper Modified Circuitry. He also just released a multimedia EP you should hear/view: http://www.djpz.com/unnecessary_human_enterprise_ep/

OpenDork

An open-mic session for those looking to show off a project, ask a question, solicit help, or incite collaboration. Please limit to 5 minutes.

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Monday
Nov 18, 2013
DorkbotPDX Meeting
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Dec 2, 2013
Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Dec 16, 2013
Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Dec 30, 2013
Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jan 13, 2014
Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Monday
Jan 27, 2014
Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Sunday
Feb 23, 2014
Introduction to Pure Data (Pd)
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

An Introduction to Pure Data DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a free workshop as an introduction to Pure Data (Pd).

When: February 23rd, 2014. 1-5pm

Where: Flux 412 NW Couch Street, #222 (map)

Instructors: Jesse Mejia, Alex Norman, Jason Plumb, Edward Sharp

Details: Pure Data (Pd) is a free, open-source, community supported data flow language and coding environment with an emphasis on sound, music, and multimedia. It was originally written by Miller Puckette (also the original author of Max/Max MSP) and runs on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Pd has been used widely in the creation of art -- such as music, sound art, visual art, generative, new-media, and interactive art. Pd interfaces readily with MIDI equipment and many popular microcontrollers.

In this 4-hour course, students will learn the basics of Pd and will have fun developing foundational Pd patching skills.

A link to the curriculum will be posted here very soon.

Beginners are welcome. No prior computer programming or sound programming experience is required!

Notes: Students should attempt to install Pd prior to the workshop...but if not, no biggie. We can help with that!

Seating is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to jason@noisybox.net to reserve a spot.

Attendees will respect Flux's code of conduct and will be asked to donate.

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Wednesday
Sep 24, 2014
Church of Robotron
Diode Gallery for Electronic Art

The Church of Robotron

2014 Testing and Training Facility

With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting September 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, both at 7pm. Other times by appointment.

The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8­-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight­-way joysticks to battle both on­-screen Robotrons and real­-world stimuli manifested from in­-game events. These futile efforts will be celebrated and archived on a videographed leaderboard.

Church organizers will be conducting research and performing additional tests to determine if the mutant savior walks among us today. Devotees and skeptics alike are invited to take in a recorded (or live!) sermon from a church prophet and to learn more about Robotron prophecy and culture in the reading room.

The last human family must survive, and it is through experiential Error, deep understanding of Futility, and the Mutant Savior’s anti-­robot chest­-mounted turreted lasers that our human culture can continue to thrive.

About The Church of Robotron

The Church of Robotron is an avant-­fanatical post­-apocalyptic videogame cyber­-religion based in the 1980s but born in the 2000s in Portland, OR. The CoR has installed/performed at ToorCamp in Neah Bay, held public devivals in Portland, and celebrated with private screenings and public swearing over low scores.

About Diode

Diode is Portland’s flagship art gallery dedicated to electronic and and electro­-interactive works.

For More Information

Contact:
Brian Richardson (skinny@knowhere.net) (503)­929­-3785
Diode Gallery (contact@jetsoncreative.com)

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Thursday
Oct 2, 2014
Church of Robotron
Diode Gallery for Electronic Art

The Church of Robotron

2014 Testing and Training Facility

With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting September 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, both at 7pm. Other times by appointment.

The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8­-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight­-way joysticks to battle both on­-screen Robotrons and real­-world stimuli manifested from in­-game events. These futile efforts will be celebrated and archived on a videographed leaderboard.

Church organizers will be conducting research and performing additional tests to determine if the mutant savior walks among us today. Devotees and skeptics alike are invited to take in a recorded (or live!) sermon from a church prophet and to learn more about Robotron prophecy and culture in the reading room.

The last human family must survive, and it is through experiential Error, deep understanding of Futility, and the Mutant Savior’s anti-­robot chest­-mounted turreted lasers that our human culture can continue to thrive.

About The Church of Robotron

The Church of Robotron is an avant-­fanatical post­-apocalyptic videogame cyber­-religion based in the 1980s but born in the 2000s in Portland, OR. The CoR has installed/performed at ToorCamp in Neah Bay, held public devivals in Portland, and celebrated with private screenings and public swearing over low scores.

About Diode

Diode is Portland’s flagship art gallery dedicated to electronic and and electro­-interactive works.

For More Information

Contact:
Brian Richardson (skinny@knowhere.net) (503)­929­-3785
Diode Gallery (contact@jetsoncreative.com)

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Sunday
Mar 29, 2015
KiCad PCB Workshop
Control-H

flyer

Have you ever wanted to design your own PCB from scratch? Are you curious about the design process and the tools and techniques used by pros and hackers alike? Maybe you have some experience with Eagle PCB and want to try out a free and open source design suite...

Now's the chance to learn KiCad!

"KiCad is an EDA software suite for the creation of professional schematics and printed circuit boards up to 32 copper layers with additional technical layers. KiCad runs on Windows, Linux and Apple OS X and is released under the open-source GNU GPL v2 free of charge."

The workshop will be hosted by hardware ninja Jared Boone of Sharebrained Technology and HackRF fame.

Details:

  • When: Sunday, March 29th, 1-5pm
  • Cost: Free/Donation $
  • Where: Control-H, 7600 N Interstate, Portland, OR
  • Bring: A laptop with KiCad installed + power cable (and maybe a mouse)
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    Monday
    Apr 20, 2015
    Dorkbot
    Bunk Bar

    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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    Monday
    May 4, 2015
    DorkbotPDX 0x0D
    Bunk Bar

    flyer

    • When: Monday May 4th, 2015 - 8pm
    • Where: Bunk Bar - 1028 SE Water Ave (map)
    • Who: All ages -- open to the public
    • Cost: Free!

    Laen
    OSH Park - Purple PCBs for People

    Laen will talk about the beginnings and growth of the DorkbotPDX PCB Order, and how he turned his hobby into work.

    Laen is the founder and owner of OSHPark, and doesn't like writing bios.

    Joe Grand
    Making Magical Mustaches with Mustache Mayhem

    World peace begins with mustaches. Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Salvador Dali, Frank Zappa, Freddy Mercury, and Hulk Hogan have all harnessed the power of the mustache. It's time the rest of the world joined their ranks.

    Mustache Mayhem is a hardware hack, a video game, and an interactive art piece rolled into one. Based on the short-lived Nintendo Virtual Boy video game console and retro-fitted with a BeagleBone Black Linux computer, the project provides a singular, entertaining goal: Overlay virtual mustaches onto real-world faces for points. In this presentation, Joe details the trials and tribulations behind creating his most ridiculous oeuvre yet.

    Joe Grand (@joegrand), also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, product designer, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio (grandideastudio.com).

    OpenDork

    Your short (5-minute) ligtning talks about an interest or project you've been working on!

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    Monday
    May 18, 2015
    Dorkbot
    CTRL-H

    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

    Website
    Monday
    Jun 1, 2015
    Dorkbot
    Bunk Bar

    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

    Website
    Monday
    Jun 15, 2015
    Dorkbot
    Bunk Bar

    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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    Sunday
    Nov 15, 2015
    An Introduction to Pure Data (free DorkbotPDX workshop)
    CTRL-H

    DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a free workshop as an introduction to Pure Data (Pd).

    When: Sunday, November 15th, 2015. 1-5pm Where: Ctrl-H Hackerspace, 7608 N. Interstate, PDX, OR

    Bring: A laptop and headphones

    Instructors: Jesse Mejia, Alex Norman, Jason Plumb

    Details:

    In this 4-hour course, students will learn the basics of Pd and will have fun developing foundational Pd patching skills.

    Pure Data (Pd) is a free, open-source, community supported data flow language and coding environment with an emphasis on sound, music, and multimedia. It was originally written by Miller Puckette (also the original author of Max/Max MSP) and runs on Linux, Mac OSX, Android, and Windows.

    Pd has been used widely in the creation of art -- such as music, sound art, visual art, generative, new-media, and interactive art. Pd interfaces readily with MIDI equipment and many popular microcontrollers.

    We have curriculum posted here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/intro_to_pd_workshop_2015

    Beginners are welcome. No prior computer programming or sound programming experience is required!

    Notes: Students should attempt to install Pd prior to the workshop...but if not, no biggie. We can help with that!

    Seating is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to jason@noisybox.net to reserve a spot.

    Attendees will respect The DorkbotPDX code of conduct and will be asked to donate.

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