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  • 16th Show.
  • Recording time: November 5th, 2011


  • JimShoe
  • Brimstone
  • Crashcart

Show Format

  1. Introduction - who, what, when, where, why
  2. Update on what Makers Local 256 is doing.
  3. Stories
  4. Events
  5. Thats all folks


This is Hackerspace Digest episode number 16 for November 5th, 2011. Hackerspace Digest is a semi-weekly podcast recorded by member of Makers Local 256 in Huntsville, Al. Check out for more information about us. I am (realname) also know as (online_name) online, (rest of people fill in starting to left of the main host).

Makers Local 256 update

  • open house


  • Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine talks to a White House panel called "Champion of Change"
    • adafruit article
    • pointing out the innovation and education coming from the "Maker Movement"

I wanted to point out some neat projects from other spaces - CrashCart

  • Annoy your sound guy with a noise plug
    • Shackspace in stuttgart
    • ATtiny9 microcontroller, RCA plug, and a watch battery
    • Runs one line of C code to produce algorithmic "music"
  • Plate steal "lawyer art"
    • TX/RX labs in Houston Texas
    • 3/16″ plate steel with the faces of various lawyers cut into them with a CNC Plasma Torch
  • Improvised Pen Plotter
    • Interlock in Rochester New York
    • "this machine is a hack, on top of a kludge, wrapped in a cob-job."
    • OpenCV to trace pics form a webcam
    • Arduino with a couple Polulu stepper drivers
    • dot matrix print feeder
  • Zac Manchester's Kickstarter for a super tiny cubesat --brimstone
    • graduate student in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.
    • $300+ your name on a Sprite
    • $1000+ your own Sprite kit.
    • Free launch via NASA's ELaNa CubeSat program
  • Hive13's light up bathroom --brimstone
    • Processing based
    • inspired from blinknlights
    • Android/iOS based app to control it

Random Wiki Finds

  • Netherlands-based Bitlair hackerspace vetoes music --brimstone
    • ties in with mpd
    • arduino pro mini
    • 433MHz transmitter




Thank you for listening. If you questions, comments, or basically anything, we want to hear your thoughts. Please drop in irc, #makerslocal on freenode, or send us an email to You can find out everything about Makers Local 256 on Have a good one.


Hackerspace Digest is a production of Makers Local 256. Hackerspace Digest is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license (CC-By-SA-3.0 Unported).