Open Hack Night was busy tonight. I did not catch what everyone was doing. I did catch that Michelle was gluing together a puzzle box, Ben and Kassie were installing Raspbian on their new Raspberry Pis, Celeste was prototyping an LED-illuminated yo-yo kit for girls to make, Taper was wiring up a circuit to drive some Nixie Tubes (?) from an Arduino, Austin was printing a plastic fan guard and then a special-purpose Wii holder on the MakerBot, and I was making the wiring harness for my laser cutter project.
We've been getting really good turnouts at Open Hack Night lately. It must be the lovely weather. (-:
Eugene Maker Space will not be having Open Hack Night next Tuesday, December 25th, because it will be Christmas.
We will be back on Friday, December 28th, and probably on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night from 6 to 8 PM (major holidays excepted (-: ). Come to the shop. Bring your project and/or see what other people are working on.
It's just about time for us to hold our first annual meeting since Eugene Maker Space was founded! The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00PM.
At this meeting we also have to elect our new board. There are currently five positions on the board and all members in good standing will get to vote to fill those slots. We are working on an electronic voting system that will allow you to vote online in the event that you cannot make it to the membership meeting or otherwise do not wish to attend. This should help us reach our quorum so we can officially elect the new board right away. More details about the electronic voting system will follow, but the most important thing to note is that the polls will close on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00PM. That is exactly one hour after the meeting starts. This will give candidates some time to speak their peace before the votes are all cast.
Do you think you might want to run for a board position for 2013? Please do! This is your chance to step up and make a difference in this community. If you think you want to run for a board position, please send an email to the discussion list or talk to some members in person to let us all know why you want to be on the board and what you can bring to the table. Another member must nominate you for a board position. If you wish to nominate someone for a board position, please send an email to the discussion mailing list with a subject line of "NOMINATION - Member Name". That will make it easy for us to keep track of nominations. Nominations will close on November 30th, so make sure you get all of your nominations in before December 1st.
We encourage all members who are interested in this voting process (or are interested in running for a position) to familiarize themselves with our current governing documents. You can review the most recent version of our governing documents on the EMS wiki:
If anyone has any questions about any of this, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will help you out where possible.
Our open house party is tomorrow from 11:00AM to 4:00PM at 687 McKinley St. Suite #2 in Eugene. We will have projects to show and tell, soldering kits for people to learn soldering, food, and more! If you've been looking for an excuse to finally come check out Eugene Maker Space to see what we are all about, this is the time. This event is open to anyone and everyone so bring your friends and family.
EMS will be having a membership drive on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. We hope to make this event similar to our grand opening from last March. We intend to have food, drink, fun projects, and activities for people to do. Please mark your calendars and spread the word! We want to try and increase our membership so we can afford to do more and perhaps move into a larger work space in the near future. More info to follow soon. We hope to see you there!
If you are a member of Eugene Maker Space and would like to learn how to use the Makerbot 3D printer at Eugene Maker Space, then come to this event! I will go over the basics of how to use the machine and what problems to watch out for. This training will certify you to use the machine on your own so you can print 3D objects to your heart's content!
The training will be from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. It will probably not take up the entire two hours but I've scheduled two hours just in case. Hope to see you there!
There are a few events happening at Eugene Maker Space this Saturday! First off, at 11:00AM the sysadmin team is meeting up to install Linux on a new rack mount server. The end goal of this project is to move the EMS web services over to actual EMS owned equipment hosted inside of EMS itself. If you have any interest in this process and want to learn more about it, then feel free to show up after 11:00AM!
Then at 1:00PM we are hosting a Makerbot workshop. Have you seen the Makerbot 3D printer at the shop? Have you always wondered how it works and how you can use it to print your own plastic 3D objects? If so, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will go over the basics of how the 3D printer works as well as the basics of how to use the software installed at the shop to print your own designs or designs downloaded from the Internet. This training will get you the certification you need to use this machine on your own if you are a current member of Eugene Maker Space.
These events (and other EMS events) can all be found on the EMS Calendar page. Please check the calendar frequently to find out what EMS events are scheduled. If you have an event you would like to host at EMS, email your idea to board (at) eugenemakerspace.com and they can get it on the calendar for you.