Monthly Archives: February 2012

Que Pasa Riachuelo

Cómo fue posible Qué Pasa Riachuelo? La Causa Mendoza en 2004 pone al Estado Argentino en situación inédita de tener que rendir cuentas ambientales. La Corte Suprema se declara competente en un juicio por daño ambiental e incidencia colectiva. A partir de esta Condena, el Estado actua obligado a gestionar y resolver uno de los problemas […]

Conférence: la technique hors du capitalisme

Ce jeudi 1er mars à 19H dans la salle de conférence de la Gaité Lyrique, Clément, contributeur au site palim-psao et aux bulletins ‘sortir de l’économie‘, viendra faire un exposé le plus pédagogique possible sur la question de la technique, comment la critique de la valeur interprète le phénomène de la technique dans sa forme historique contemporaine et alors à quoi ressemblerait une technique au-delà des formes de vie sociale capitalistes.

Pour entrer dans la théorie de la critique de la valeur d’un point de vue hacker, il peut être intéressant de commencer par le texte de Robert Kurz ‘Critères de dépassement du capitalisme‘. A partir de la citation ‘La force productive capitaliste la plus récente, la microélectronique est devenue une condition universelle d’appropriation’, Kurz imagine un dépassement communautaire de la crise capitaliste actuelle dès le début des années 2000. Il est certain que cette vision implique que des groupements sociaux soient en mesure de produire des composants éléctroniques et des processeurs de manière autonome, c’est-à-dire en se passant de l’industrie.

Dans une conférence de novembre 2011, un autre auteur du mouvement de la critique de la valeur, Anselm Jappe, s’oppose par contre aux espoirs réposant sur le monde numérique: ‘On y trouve toujours la même confiance dans les bienfaits du progrès de l’évolution des forces productives – une confiance qui laisse perplexe. Ce que les êtres humains ne sont pas capables de faire – c’est-à-dire, arriver à une organisation consciente de leur vie sociale – on veut le confier aux machines’. Après l’exposé de Clément, un temps de débat sera réservé pour échanger sur le sujet.

Lördagsforsk aka Saturday Forsk on February 25

Another Lördagsforsk event will be held this Saturday, Feburary 25.

Theme: GSM and osmocom-bb

Place: Norra Grängesbergsgatan 26, at high noon – 12:00

Entrance fee: Free!

A presentation and workshop about the Open Source GSM baseband software osmocom-bb. With osmocom-bb you can do anything a regular GSM phone can do. The difference is that osmocom-bb is Open Source all the way into the airwaves. Using only a Motorola mobile phone, you can learn everything about GSM.

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Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge 2012

This weekend the 18th and 19th of February will be the second Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge.

Hackerspaces worldwide are challenged to bake, decorate and package a single cupcake and send it to another hackerspace. The receiving hackerspace will then open and judge on various topics including decoration, condition and taste.

Full details are included on the Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge 2012 wiki page.

Below you can see last years winner denhac from Denver, US which was recieved and judged by NESIT Connecticut, US.

Cameraphone Tripod GET!

This is a mini tripod with a cameraphone adapter to maximize the quality of your cell phone videos and snapshots, and make it easier to capture anything you like in pics or video, even if you didn't bring your bigger better camera. 

 This one will reside here in the 23b Shop, enriching the lives of all who it touches, like a magical sunshine blessing of rainbow sparkle flowers and tickly pony feathers from angel unicorns.

The mini tripod came from our Purgatory Bin.  You can use any tripod with a standard 1/4-20 thread, or make your own genius type construction with a 1/4-20 bolt to hold a camera or phone in place anywhere.

The cameraphone adaptor is made from a scrap of Lexan polycarbonate sheet. (This specific scrap was from a racecar windshield which was cut out in the shop this one time.) The scrap was band saw cut, and the edges and corners were sanded smooth. A heat gun was used at 450C to bend the scrap into a U over a metal bar. 

A spot was then heated in the center of the bend and a 1/4-20 nut (to engage the tripod bolt) was pushed into the Lexan. I attached the nut to a 2" bolt to push against the table edge. The nut was glued in place and aligned by moving the bolt head. A bit of soft wax like chapstick rubbed into the bolt threads prevented the glue from sticking to them. The bolt was then removed and a hole was made through the plastic for the tripod bolt.
Any minor discrepancy between the nut's actual finished angle and the desired angle is compensated by the tripod head.  This eliminates the costly and annoying rework phase of breaking the incorrect glue and regluing, should the nut be slightly misaligned.

The square hole was beveled with a high speed rotary carbide tip and filed smooth to fit the keys on the Android phone.
The neoprene pad glued in place keeps the phone snug in any orientation.


 
 
Shoots video or pictures from directly over your project

Captures drawings accurately and easily, with the phone completely flat to the table
Captures a class, event, or session on video

Make a electric postcard for your Mom!