Here are some very pink, and very blurry photos I took at our super rad party (The more beer I had, the blurrier they got I think..)
We hope you see you at the next one.
Hive76 member and quartermaster Brendan Schrader got his fellow Hive members an awesome field trip last Saturday. A journey into the inside of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, the worlds largest working pipe organ. Many thanks to Brendan and Andrew, the Curator’s Assistant for giving us this once in a lifetime experience. It really was amazing.
The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest operational pipe organ in the world, located within a spacious 7-story court at Macys Center City (formerly Wanamaker’s department store). The largest organ is the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ (which is barely functional). The Wanamaker organ is played twice a day, Monday through Saturday, and more frequently during the Christmas season. The organ is also featured at several special concerts held throughout the year, including events featuring the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Festival Chorus and Brass Ensemble.
We also got a sneak peak behind the scenes of the Macy’s Light Show, which Brendan helped build.
We like being in the news. We like being in a front page story even more. In this mornings issue, a story by Justin Lahart titled “Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis” about the DIY/Maker/Hackerspace revolution taking place in our busted economy and my shameless plug of phillys most awesome hangout.
Pick it up on your way today, it’s a good read.
Bar Camp Philly is Nov 14th (This Saturday already). It’s Philly’s version of the Bar Camp un-conference scene, and is going to be jammed with webby and invent-y people talking about what is going on in Philly.
Or if you just want to party on, you can just rock out at the Geekadelphia party. I think tickets are sold out, or close to it, so get your tickets (or not). I myself will be working the sign in table on Saturday, so if you are coming, say hi to the guy in the weird hat signing you in.
We are proud to announce that we have acquired a new space to be awesome in. It’s just down the hall from where we
are were, and 2.5 times the size. We’ve been around for less than a year, and this is a big step forward. Keep an eye out for more details on an Open House event.
Interested in becoming a member? Check out our wiki entry for more details.
Download SkeinFox v1.0 (OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard, git 1.6.5+) and checkout this instructional to see what this is all about. Basically this new software project (launched right here at Hive76!) will make MakerBotting a bit easier for everyone. Watch the video in HD mode for best quality. Join the SkeinFox Google Group to learn more or provide feedback.
MakerBot Industries Zach Hoeken came to Philly this past Saturday for Hive76′s second MakerBot WorkShop, and it was, of course awesome. During the class we also built an ABS feed for 3DPO using a Skyhook from Thingiverse and a milk crate.
We had a good turnout, and everyone had a blast. Thanks to all of you who attended. We look forward to seeing you again!
On Monday the 21st, we’ll be having our first ever DIY music night. Anyone with an interest in music –whether its assembling analog effect pedals, designing custom MIDI plug-ins, or modding up a fretless bass — is welcome. Come with your own personal secret project, team up with like minds, or get some guidance from our resident experts. There will be copious supplies of common electronic components (no digikey necessary), several computer workstations, and a good deal of geeky comraderie for inspiration and assistance. This study-group/workshop is open to novices and pros alike.
And feel free to bring a guitar/synth/childrens-toy to jam out on!
The MakerBot workshop is happening right here at Hive76, starring MakerBot co-founder Zack Hoeken. The class is Saturday September 19th, from 1PM to 5PM. You just need to show up on time, and with a laptop, and we do the rest. We’ll teach you everything you need to do a first design, and a first printing using the MakerBot. Tickets for the 4 hours class are $25 (or $5 for students).
**BONUS: If you were a MakerBot Donor you will get a discount code for this class emailed to you. Thanks again!**