Monthly Archives: August 2011

Craft Night!

Tomorrow night we’ll be bringing talented Chicago craft makers and artists together to share current projects and discuss the creative process.

It will be held:
August 27 Saturday
5 pm – 9:00pm
3354 n Elston- PS:One 
(look for the red door — there’s plenty of street parking and we’re pretty close to the Blue Line Belmont stop, too)
Please bring a project to work on or some materials to work with. I would like this to be a opportunity for you to create and share your current projects, talk about the process of art and craft with others and meet new people.

This event is open to the public so stop on by!

Wooooo partyyyyyyyyy

A general LAN/Gaming night will be held,  starting friday afternoon and depending on attendance may run till sunday morning if there are a ton of people, or untill sat night if there are only a few.

This may turn into a monthly thing, currently there will be

Board/ Tabletop games: Monopoly, Risk, Warhammer 40k

Some type of either documentary or TV series marathon (probably Invader Zim)

and PC games, there are a few extra PCs around, but we ask that as many people bring PCs as possible. There will be some linux compatible games (woo DOSbox) like:

Blood, Quake, Quake 2, Redneck Rampage, Shattered Steel, The Incredible Machine, A ton of Apogee games, Mario

And for the windows gamers ( installers available locally):

Duke Nukem Forever, Dungeon Keeper 2, Flatout 2, Quake 3, Unreal Tournament 2004, Battle Chess, Tron 2.0,  R.U.S.E, Team Fortress 2,  Supreme Commander, Burnout Paradise, Dead Rising 2,  Homeworld, C&C Generals +mods, 

and games you would need to bring to play:

Any of the Warhammer series, Portal 2, Starcraft 2

And lastly random Xbox 360 games.  If there are enough people there will even be a tournament.

I almost forgot to mention, you do not need to be a member of PS1 ! This is open to everyone.




The Gentle(wo)man Hacker’s RC Airplane

If you’re like me, the RC aviation hobby is as fascinating as it is costly.  In the two videos below that we produced for element14 though, we cover how to convert a $10 foam glider into a great training flier and then get even more bleeding edge with a cheap-but-good-for-the-price setup for flying UAV style with a pistol grip camcorder mounted to the plane that transmits to a screen on the ground.  Dan Meyer with the help of Ken Zinnen walk you through some of the many exciting  facets of radio controlled airplanes.

Solar Charged RC Airplanes from Pumping Station: One on Vimeo.

First Person Remote Control Flying from Pumping Station: One on Vimeo.

What’s infrared and white and smells like burning?

Pumping Station: One is now the proud new owner of an 30 Watt Epilog Mini 24 laser cutter!  If you aren’t familiar, a laser cutter can cut detailed parts out of wood, acrylic, and other materials, and it can engrave images onto even more.  We’ve already been busy cutting our logo into everything that isn’t nailed down (and doesn’t contain pvc), but we also have certification process ready for any member who wants to fire the lazzzor themselves.  Ask about it on the mailing list or come to a meeting to see it in action!

* Ok, it’s not exactly white. Wordplay is hard.

HSBNE Inc – we are now incorporated

Our Incorporation paperwork has been finalised, and we are now officially "HSBNE Inc".   This means from this point forward, our official guidance document is the page called "HSBNE Rules" ( link in the menu to the left), and the old "Constitution" document is no longer relevant.    Please be advised that this *does* change the paperwork side of things, so if you have questions, please ask the