If you follow the Hack-A-Day stream, you’ve probably seen the STM32F0Discovery board come up on occasion. I have two of these boards and I like them — they have what I need for basic stuff, but I wanted some more horse-power (and USB Host.) Quickly, to the STM32F4Discovery!
The target here is people who’ve outgrown the world of AVR and need something running faster; you should be capable and comfortable with diving into your PATH, mucking with environment variables and reading some pretty deep C.
I was given one of these for xmas a little while back (read: 8 months ago) and played with it, getting demo code to run on it. ST did something very painful and/or clever in that they produced this board, for hobbyists, but conveniently forgot to point to a clean, unadulterated compiler.
Friends, Hackers, Nerds! Lend me your ears … or at least spare me a few moments of reading.
Nikola Tesla was the father of the electric age. Despite having drop-kicked humanity into a second industrial revolution, up until recently he’s been an unsung hero in history books. If you don’t know who Tesla is, go read this (NSFW).
Suffice it to say, Tesla pioneered Alternating Current, Radio communication, RADAR, Transistors, Hydroelectric power, and myirad other crazy, mad-science sorts of projects. Tesla was the Uber-Geek of the turn of the last century and he has been forgotten. A brilliant scientist and a prolific inventor, his legacy died with him after a rather nasty spat with Thomas Edison over Alternating Current tarred his name in this country. (Edison employed Tesla, failed to pay him for his work, and pilfered a number of Tesla’s original Patents… but that is a different subject).
Tesla built a laboratory in Shoreham, New York called Wardenclyffe where we was going to try and perfect the projects he developed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But due to meddling by Edison and other financial problems, the project fell through. The giant tower was dismantled, but the main buildings still stand, to this day.
The Tesla Science Center of Shoreham, New York has put an offer on the property. If they succeeed in buying it, they will turn the place into a museum dedicated to the works of Nikolai Tesla: The first in the world. It will be placed on the New York register of Historic Places, and it won’t turn into another strip mall. But only if the Tesla Science Center comes up with 1.6 Million Dollars by September.
But you can help. The State of New York has pledged a matching grant if the center can raise $850,000. They started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds, and raised half of the required funds in less than a day.
(At the time of publication, the perks were all sold out below the $1000 level, but an email has been sent to backers indicating that more perks are on the way).
Will you help us #SaveWardenclyffe?
Taking the initiative to being more of an educational group, we’ve decided that Wednesday is now class day here at Quelab. Here on out, we want to have a class every Wednesday night after Co-Working.
So, to start it out I will be hosting a class on glass etching this coming Wednesday, starting at 7PM, and running until about 10PM, or until everyone is done with their project. It’ll be a simple class, with a $15 per-person fee, and I can teach up to ten people how to etch their own pint glass (or glass object brought).
And we’re going to keep having classes every Wednesday, all taught by community members about subjects which interest them… and hopefully you too. Here’s a quick schedule:
|15 Aug||Glass Etching|
|22 Aug||Pre-Empted this week by Ignite NM 13||B|
|29 Aug||Solar Jars||6|
|5 Sep||Spray Painting Space Scenes||5-15|
|12 Sep||Long exposure, Pinhole Camera making/developing||10|
|19 Sep||How to Change your Oil like a Tech||10|
|26 Sep||TBA — Sign up to teach here|
And we intend on continuing this through September and October and beyond! If there is any subject you want to teach about, or you know someone who is passionate about what it is they do and they want to teach others, let them know, and we’ll see if we can fit them in. We’ve got tentative classes lined up all the way to December!
EDIT (17 Aug): More registration links for Classes added.
Sadly we had one unknown, how much helium was inside the borrowed tank of helium. sadly it was about 1/2 the estimate. which was not enough lift for our project.
Oh well with all science there are setbacks! but we will do it again! and hopefully again… and again.
Solar Jar workshop at Quelab tomorrow(thursday) night at 6pm. This hasn’t been advertised at all, and there are very limited seats. We’ll be making these cool jars from solar light components. Please RSVP so we can be sure to hold a seat for you. $15 covers the workshop and supplies.
Looks like its all full up! feel free to comment if you would like to see another workshop on these.
See our feature story on the back page.
I’m checking back in with everyone because we’re in the home stretch of the Space Chile Project(High Altitude Balloon launch and recovery Containing the seeds for tasty tasty green chile! And cameras, and GPS….). If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month, please come to hacknight Tuesday so that you can get back up to speed before our first launch opportunity on Sunday, 15 July. I’d like to have all hands on deck to review the operations and checklist information so that everyone will have an idea of what will be going on next weekend. This is especially important for those who will be helping with the set up, filling, launch, chase, recovery, and documentation of the event!
There has been a LOT of work put into this project to date from Ken and the Adler team, Jeremy & J from Mach 30, and all the Quelab hands that have build our first (near)-space craft… I got goosebumps just typing that! A big THANK YOU goes out to all involved! See you Tuesday evening B-)
Quelab Has picked up some new members, And its projects are reaching out further and further. (within a few weeks we hope to be launching a high altitude balloon! ) And we are helping to put on Albuquerque’s first mini Maker Faire
But that’s not all.
Friday (July 6th), 6-9pm Quelab is open for a geek social, Its really the local 2600 hacker quarterly meeting. http://2600.com free, (dontations welcome), open to anyone who loves to geek out about technology, security, gadgets, tools and more.
This Saturday (July 7th), We are having “Things that go Boom Event“. That’s right we are talking about fireworks, noise makers, fire extinguishers, exploring the colors of fire, and perhaps even a popcorn cannon (still in progress) tickets are $10
Then (July 13-15th)if you want to turn your programming/design/developer/ideas into a good project, join Albuquerque’s First 48 hour Hackathon! https://code66abq2012.eventbrite.com/ Sign up today! They really need more people! (this is not a Quelab event, but we may be the after hours location. Not to mention its a cool thing for Albuquerque to get so get out there and support it! )
As always Quelab is open to the public for Hacknights, Tuesday and Sunday nights, 7-10pm come on down, there is a Hacknight fee of $5 for non members (unless its your first visit!)
Remember Membership both helps us keep the lights on, and gives you a place to work on your ideas 24/7! More info on memberships can be found on our Membership Details page.
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