Soldering is Easy!

Found this in my RSS feeds today. Definitely some good info in it, and one of the formats available allows it to be easily printed as a comic book. Given all the excitement around The World's Most Useless Machine last Saturday, it might be worth cranking out a few dozen of these for our next big event.

From the website (

"The class runs from Sept 26 through Dec 16, 2011. While this class is being offered online, it is also taught at Stanford University, where it continues to be a popular intro-level class on AI. For the online version, the instructors aim to offer identical materials, assignments, and exams, and to use the same grading criteria. Both instructors will be available for online discussions."

Learn more about the program:

Mini-Meet Reminder : Tonight @ Bacchus Pub

Just a friendly reminder if you are interested in getting to know more about the Bozeman Makerspace.

For full details visit our Meetup page here!

We are hosting biweekly mini meets for the Bozeman Makerspace. Come one, come all for festive discussions with fellow makers from around the Gallatin Valley. Beyond the typical ramblings about electronics, fire, and building cool stuff, we want to hear about your projects.

We would love to have everyone with interest attend!


We have filed our papers

Just to let you know we finally have our papers filed with the State of Montana!

Bozeman Makerspace : The Corporation

NAO Robot presentation @ BozemanLUG

Hunter Lloyd will be giving a presentation on the NAO robot tomorrow @ BozemanLUG (Bozeman Linux User Group)
Watch a Video of the NAO robot in action here. This sounds like a great LUG meeting to attend!

BozemanLUG meeting times:
Start: Jul 28 2011 - 7:00pm
End: Jul 28 2011 - 9:00pm

For more details about the BozemanLUG group checkout the website

Homeless Speaker

I did a two layer treatment for the grille on a wood compression fit (fancy way of saying I jammed it in there) grille.
Muslin for the first layer and really thin box pattern net for the top layer.
The frame is made of pine and pocket hole screwed together.
I stapled one layer at a time.
The name badges I made but screwed up and made twice the size I wanted. When I get a chance I'll remake them to proper size and go over what I did to make them.

Festival Projects : Build Day

A festive day of hacking and building will occur on this day. A group build of one or more Thermins will take place during this meetup. If that doesn't peak your interest feel free to bring your own project to work on, or just come and have fun conversation with fellow makers from the Gallatin Valley.

Update: We made a Theremin... ?

More work on the Scrambler!

Pictures! I haven't updated in a while, but have managed to put some time into the pedal.

Really, there's not a lot to say this time. I managed to solder everything in without significant injury. I also mocked up the housing, stuck everything together with alligator clips, and fired it up for a quick test. As expected, it sounds weird (see video.)

Next steps:
- prime and paint the enclosure
- finish the off-board wiring (including power switch & LED)
- stick the whole thing together and hope I haven't broken something in the interim.

I've read but never tried this method of growing potatoes until now...

To get more potatoes - apparently way more - you essentially "stretch" the plant's root system out over the course of their growing cycle. And since the plants will produce potatoes wherever they have roots, more potatoes will result.

How do you "stretch" the plants? You keep burying the stalk, so that the buried portion puts out new roots.

Chicken Tractor

From the outset of this blog entry, I have to confess that this chicken tractor was a joint project between me and my husband. And when I say "joint", I mean that I came up with the general design and my husband implemented it. I almost hate to post it as my first entry, since I lamed out on in a considerable way on this particular project, but the chicken tractor ended up being so cool in the end, that I have to get it out there. Plus, I am going to finish off the rest of the project: nesting boxes with easy access to the eggs and wintertime (removable?) insulation.


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