On Saturday, December 14 at 1pm, Eli and Alex will put on an intro to Circuit Bending workshop. Attendees will hack various toys (which will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own) and get them to produce weird and wonderful sounds!
To cover overhead, a $20 fee (cash or check) will be required from everyone attending.
Only 10 tickets are available. Get yours and more information here.
Looking for something to do down at Xerocraft? Interested in helping out? Do you want a project to help Xerocraft move forward? Or, do you have a task at Xerocraft you need help with?
We are a volunteer run and operated Hackerspace and we depend on our members to come by and kick in a few hours of work every so often to keep everything running smoothly and keep the place organized. Connor has now put a spreadsheet online that volunteers and staff can use to check in on projects, their progress, and what needs to be done if you are just dropping in for a few hours. It is in a Google Doc so you will need to sign in with some sort of Google account. If you have a problem with the page, send Connor an email.
Volunteer work you complete can go towards a reduced dues payment plan if you sign up for one through our Membership page.
View the Volunteer Task List
UPDATE: Congratulations to Marcos Perez for winning the raffle!
Conference organizers Connect Coworking have kindly given us two tickets to their TEDxTucson event on Friday for raffling!
The 2013 conference features live music, ten videos and seven live talkers ranging from neurologist Dr. Allan Hamilton to Pascua Yaqui leader Marcelino Flores. You can view the complete list of speakers here.
The TEDx conference will be held on Friday, December 6th 2013 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. The doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8.
Indie book publisher No Starch Press is sending some of their geek-oriented books to Xerocraft for free. Look for them in the library soon. On top of that, they’ve also extended to Xerocraft members a 30% discount off their books that will never expire!
From the No Starch Press Website:
No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment — distinctive books on computing, such as bestsellers Steal This Computer Book, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Practical Packet Analysis, and The Manga Guides. We focus on open source/Linux, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, and science and math.
San Francisco-based No Starch Press was founded in 1994 by William Pollock, who brings more than 20 years of publishing industry experience to the company.
Members (paying and non-paying) need to contact us at email@example.com to get the coupon code.
Thank you No Starch Press!
University of Arizona journalism student Yara Askar produced a documentary describing what Xerocraft is all about. Take a look below.
We have an entry in the Tucson Parade of Lights for December 21st and need volunteers to come down, help make illuminated stars and paper lanterns for the float and decorate the float. They will also be needing people to man the float during the parade. Leon and Elizabeth are anchoring this effort and they are starting their build this Thursday at Xerocraft. Come on down starting at 7:00 and get involved.
With all of our new space we are laying out a regular schedule of recurring, monthly workshops. These include “The Basics of 3-D Printing”, “The Use and Capabilities of the new Laser Cutter”, “Welding for Beginners”, “Machine Shop Lathe Operations”, “Basic Woodworking”, “Getting the Most Out of the Bridgeport Mill”, “The Basics of Arduino”, and other fun stuff. There will also be more extended workshops during the member nights for those wanting to go into more advanced operations. We will be updating the Calendar as we get the workshop dates nailed down. If you click on the [View Calendar] to the right, you can see it by week or month view to see what is coming up. If you are interested in one workshop in particular, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org .