Join Quelab member Kevin Wood as he gives us an introduction to using Blender (a popular 3D modelling software package) and how to do your own 3D scene modelling.
- This will be a Crash course in not only 3D modeling, but texturing, lighting, and rendering. We will create and render a complete scene!
- Must bring your own computer, can be Windows, Mac, Linux or FreeBSD. (Netbooks and low end laptops discouraged)
- 3 or more button mouse highly encouraged, keyboard with numpad is also highly encouraged.
The latter is due to the advanced features which we will be taking advantage in Blender; the number pad and the mouse-wheel make using the software to it’s fullest extent very much easier. More RAM and processor power is also better, as rendering takes a goodly amount of resources. While it is possible to do without, it makes it take longer!
Join us on 9 February at 1pm for this class which will go through a rendering complete scene. This class will probably take the full three hours. You can download the full Blender suite here (current version is 2.65a).
We at the Lab had a Segate DockStar kicking around, taking up space. I had been looking for a tiny NAS to run some home storage things, so a donation to the kitty later and away I go. However, I couldn’t put my 2.5″ PATA adapter onto it stock, so it needed a new home. That home happens to be sandwiched between some slabs of Inventables plexiglass. I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures, but the overall design is pretty simple: Two sheets of plexiglass. Continue reading »
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Everyone you know is knitting like a boss and you want to get in on the action, but aren’t sure where to start. Or, no one you know can knit and you want to be the trailblazer. Or, there was that one time you tried to learn to knit, failed horribly and swore that you would conquer knitting someday. Well, that day is here, my friend.
January 30 come get your knit on at Quelab. We’ll teach you how to cast on, knit a rocking pot holder and bind off. All in two hours. Yes, that’s right. You’re going to finish a knitting project in two hours. We’ll provide needles, yarn and know how. You come with your swank self and get your knit on.
My, how time flies.
The time has come to start working on the agenda for the February General Meeting, currently scheduled for 3 February 2013 at 16:30.
The main items which are on our agenda every month are our Financial Report, our Task Force reports (currently 3D-Printing and New Location), and our 3-month Calendar Review. If there is anything you would like to bring up to the leadership of the group, please let us know via email, or by posting it in a comment here.
As always, there will be pizza for a $5 donation, and the meeting will be followed by our regularly scheduled hack-night.
Among the hacker-sphere this past week, there has been an uproar concerning the suicide of one of the Progenitors of the Internet, Aaron Swartz. This brilliant entrepreneur who was responsible for RSS 1.0 and is considered as a co-founder of Reddit, committed suicide on 11 January 2013 amid an ongoing investigation surrounding a theft of data from JSTOR (an online repository of academic journals).
Many other people have written more, priviliged, detailed, and informed commentary about the case, the surroundings, the impact, and the man that was Aaron Swartz. I encourage you to read the remembrances on the memorial blog and read more on both the case and the circumstances which led to his death in general.
I had a very hard time figuring out how to use Pin-Change Interrupts. I found AVR documentation hard to follow, and Arduino libraries overly complicated and obfuscating. Here is an example of how to use pin-change interrupts for Arduino (mega). It may help.
PCICR |= 1; // enable PCI0 pin group interrupt
PCMSK0 |= 0b1100; // enable PC interrupts on arduino pins 50,51, which are in group PCI0
/// Pin-Change interrupt, for group PCI0 (arduino mega pins 13..10, and 50..53)
// do what you need to do when one of the pins in this group changes.
// usually... check to see which pin changed here... then do something.
Got in the mail yesterday a small christmas gift. A free Copy of Instructables Book, “Extrordinary Projects for Ordinary People”
About page 301, you will find the Instructable I wrote and won Quelab 2 prizes with(even with the typos!), I’ve only skimmed the rest of the book, but its a nice tomb of neat projects to inspire!
The above link is a Quelab affiliate code, so if you buy the book through there we get a few pennies! what better thing can you think of to spend your amazon.com gift cards on!
btw another holiday pro tip is, there are places you can exchange your unwanted un-usable (in my case one year i got gift card for a theater chain we don’t have), for cash or an amazon gift card. (you can also buy other cards if you like to do such things) http://www.giftcardrescue.com/ is one of them. Then buy the book! I know, you are probably thinking. Well since these are all on instructables, why should i pay for them? Well I have to say while i do find cool projects on Instructables, this atleast has it curated down a bit, and even after months of hanging out in the new article rss feed, I keep seeing new things in this book i never did see online.
Friends, Makers, Quelab Supporters!
Come celebrate the new year and our impending new space! We will be holding the first general meeting of the new year on 6th of January at 4:30pm. Please take a look at the agenda of the items we will be discussing, and if you have any suggestions for the agenda, please leave a comment here, or speak with a board member.
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