This is a review of The Arduino Starter Kit, and of a set of accompanying videos sponsored by RS Components, Ltd., of the U.K.
A vlogger friend of mine and I took a trip down the street to
and posted a video about it!
I'm encouraged to see more people at THS taking the time to set up classes!
The biggest barrier to starting a class is putting it on the site for later promotion. Here's a step-by-step way to do that.
My first electronics experience at the Hackerspace was a Mintyboost, but the hardest thing I've done so far has been a "mood lamp." I'm a software engineer and don't know much about how to read schematics, but after seeing some maker videos where people pull scrap from their pile and make something awesome, I thought I could do the same.
Hackers On A Plane is a hacker touring group led by the infamous Nick Farr. He organizes hacker trips to places like the annual XXC3 conference, CCC camp, and other prominent points of hacker interest. They also have been coming to Japan the past few years and we get the chance to show them around and hang out with all the other international hackers. Currently, they're in Tokyo for PacSec, AVTokyo, and hanging out at Tokyo Hackerspace.
A few weeks ago, Adafruit swung by Tokyo for a much needed vacation. We ended up meeting up with them and taking them around Akihabara and Tokyo. It was interesting because Bunnie Huang from Chumby was also in town so it was like a mini OSHW summit.
I showed up, albeit groggy, yet excited for brewing Guinness last Sunday. I set up the ingredients, turned on the A/C, and waited for everyone to show up. But avast, no one came. I understood the reason was that no one knew that there was a class at all! So, here's my effort into making sure that people actually know that we're going to be making delicious delicious beer on October 9th at 2:00PM.
I attended the second DIY geiger counter workshop on August 22. This was taught by Kalin, and involved soldering three parts of a homemade gieger counter:
- Freakduino motherboard (right) - this is basically an arduino board with a wireless radio interface. It provides the power to the NetRAD and keeps track of the rate of radioactive events.
- NetRAD shield (left) - an interface to power the tube and keep a TCP/IP connection for communication.
Based in the inclement weather and the lack of sign-ups, I have decided to postpone the Guinness clone partial-mash no-sparge session for another week.
As I lay upon my futon, lazily drinking my homebrew that I trekked back home from the hackerspace, I wonder to myself, "What kind of hackers do the beers like?"
Now you can be the one to mistakenly mix your nouns, as soon as I finish the first communal hacker brew!
What beer style do you prefer? Announcing your favorite beer is also very welcome. It will help me to get a better idea of what to make. The "choice" brewing will begin next Sunday during the partial mash class as scheduled.