When Laboratory B got started we were excited about the possibility of other hacker/maker/community workshop spaces starting up and sustaining in Vermont. That's why we created Vermont Hackerspaces Inc as non non-profit designed to help others do great things. The Foundry is a community workshop getting started in the Northeast Kingdom. Building on the grit, and hard work they are going to bring together a community of creators, tinkers, crafter, artist and entrepreneurs. This great community is going to build a great new space for creation and innovation!
On July 7th, Vermont Hackerspaces Inc, agreed to become the Foundry's fiscal sponsor while they get started. The Foundry is looking to develop it's own 501(c)3 but it's a long when from getting going to handling your own books. Check out the website or Foundry's facebook page and Foundry Info Pack for more info.
Nothing super awesome happen at Laboratory B last week, lot's of little things did.
- We got a DreamHost account! We haven't cut over to it yet but getting it is super cool!
- Aaron & Charlie completed this cool sign!
- Our hunt for a new space has started! And it's already paying off
- We got a Keurig!
- We can now take donations online --------> right over there!
Also we applied for a tech soup account so hopefully that will come through soon too!
As is keenly obvious Laboratory B is center of cutting edge fashion (j/k). Seriously though, we do spend a fair amount of time thinking about high tech fashion either in the wearable way or in a materials way. We are pretty excited by the rise of techninja fashion, which I quipped in just" a monochromatic Vermonter just back from hike!"
Though the pricing is outrageous (isn't it always in the fashion world) it present some interesting looks (straight out of a William Gibson novel!)
It's been an exciting last few weeks with plenty of cool addition to the Lab. One of these if your new full sized server cabinet! Friend of the Lab Pat new a guy who knew a guy. Working with Pat we picked it up and brougth it back to the lab. It a Dell model and it's super awesome. We are currently in the process of cramming servers into it. Thanks Pat!
This post is long overdue but better late then never! We'd seen Rebecca Schwarz's designer lights at the number of local maker and art events and we thought "Man those are super cool!" After talking with Rebecca a little we learned that they usually lived in her basement unseen and unloved. Well with a little cajoling we managed to convince her to hang them at the Lab! We maybe the only hackerspace with designer lighting! If you want to see the cool lights from recycled material come on down to the Lab! Rebecca can also do workshops on how to make similar lights at schools and such!
Join with new and experienced Ruby programmers in working through Ruby the Hard Way! This free to low cost way to learn about one of the most exciting dynamic, reflective, general-purpose object-oriented programming language out there! These session will be scheduled regularly soon, but for tonight the jam starts at 6 PM at Laboratory B.
Nick our upstairs neighbor at Place Creative brought down this awesome Nixie tube clock he built with some help from member Aaron. It is Arduino powered!
Hackers aren't exactly known for there physical ability or fortitude. But in recent years a number of hacker types have started doing some pretty impressive, dare I say athletic achievements. Bruce Potter and the Cycle Override teams are about to kick off a a mega ride across the country. While I used to ride my bicycle a lot I can't say I'm up for a ride of that length. Instead I did the Goruck Challenge, right here in Burlington Vt with a bunch of folks. 4 of them were from the local Crossfit box.
It was epic to say the least.
There is often a perception that hackers fit into a certain stereotype...it's changing, just you watch.