Tokyo Hackerspace Meeting Number - XXX

Damn, forgot which number the Hackerspace meeting was. It must be around five or six by now. Anyways, it was good conversation and lots of beer.

Lauren was discussing the Shirokanedai house that will be the future home of Hackerspace and also the future of Tokyo hackerspace. That was a pretty spirited debate, where we talked about opposing viewpoints on how we can raise funds for the group. There are many opportunities, but the basic consensus is that we're going to need to do a lot of fundraisers, workshops, exhibitions, and of course sell goods in the webshop. I think it's going to be pretty fun because THS is in the stage of being a scrappy startup and everyone is pulling together to get things off the ground. That's the part that I like best because usually once things take off, excitement dies down and future members won't remember the pain of getting things started.

We also had our round of show and tell where everyone was talking about what they are doing, working on, or are interested in. I especially liked perisoma's demonstration of his Rube Goldberg project where a bunch of Japanese hackers got together and put together a device that was essentially useless, but entertaining in it's uselessness.

If anyone has a link to it, let me know because it's fucking cool.

Everyone always seems to be scared of my turn, I guess because I usually need a lot of time to set up. Luckily that wasn't the case today. I just showed some meters that I picked up in Akihabara for the group. They were surplus meters that were going for 1000 yen a piece so I bought out the inventory (of five meters). I also got a clamp meter for Chris S. because I know he's into some high power, high current, bizarre mechanical stuff like submarines or rail guns. Same with MRE. I'm anti-weapon by the way...

I also showed some of the inventory I'm building up in preparation for manufacturing the THS boards. Most of the parts are already stocked in my apartment and I'm just waiting for the boards to come back. One slight hiccup in the whole thing is that Sharp discontinued the RGB LED. That means that a re-spin of the THS boards is going to need to occur to design in a different RGB LED or remove it altogether. Anyways, I'll probably post more on that later. My brain is still fuzzy from the meeting.

Here's some pics of the gathering:

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When you pulled out that

When you pulled out that first meter, I thought to myself "Curses!!! I KNEW I should have bought that one when we were looking at them!!!" ;)

Good deed on getting THS some equipment.
Next stop: bits and parts... Do you think we should have a THS breadboard or two? Fpr sure, a few spools of wire.... unfortunately wire is a 'consumable' so its not easy to reuse it unless its designated for breadboarding only.

Hee hee hee...too bad the

Hee hee hee...too bad the meters feel so cheap compared to the Fluke. Once you use a pro meter, its tough to use anything else. There will be breadboards on the THS boards. Also, we can look into getting a big breadboard if there are more complex circuits that people are interested in prototyping.