Artemis Space Game – Sat. 3PM ……………………… For Members and Accompanied Guests

hackerSPACE – The Final Frontier…

i3 will again be hosting an Artemis Game for its members and their guests this

Saturday, March 9 @ 3PM (see calendar).

From the author’s website

“Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers, and now IOS devices too.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room (“bridge”) , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.”

And it is a TON of FUN. Come try it out this Saturday.

BRING YOUR LAPTOP — the system requirements are pretty modest, and
anything even halfway modern should run it without issue. If in any
doubt, go here, right now, download the demo, install it, and run it:

http://artemis.eochu.com/

LINUX USERS: I have no personal experience here but I’ve heard that it
works fine under WINE. You’ll definitely want to play with the demo
first, though!

iPad users too!

BRING YOUR POWER SUPPLIES.

 

Praise for Artemis
“This was the game we played under the treehouse at WinterLAN, and
it’s the reason so many of us stayed until 4am and beyond…” NateB
“Artemis isn’t an official Star Trek game, but it is the Star Trek game you’ve always dreamed of.” – PC Gamer
“Overall, Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is ridiculously good fun.” -Wired Magazine
“This is such an amazingly simple idea that I can’t believe nobody has thought of it until now.” – Escapist Magazine
“This is LARPing for science fiction fans, with the exception that everything you want to work actually does. You’re not pretending to throw spells, you’re actually telling Engineering to send more power to the shields during a tense standoff.” – Penny Arcade

 

Images courtesy of steamcommunity.com and blisteredthumbs.net.

I heart electronics

When I first came into i3Detroit, I didn’t know what to expect. I never thought in a million years that I would be doing the things that I do when I spend time at the space. Clearly I was the odd “man” out. I was surrounded with individuals versed in things I had never even dreamed of; things I never thought i could comprehend and understand. I took a very basic electronics class, and was fascinated that i actually could understand and retain the information. It blew me away that an individual would take the time to teach me something I knew nothing about; it blew me away that an individual had the patience to teach me things I had never even heard of. I came to find that i3Detroit was full of people like this; sharing ideas an knowledge, and having a genuine want to teach you mindset. I quickly found a home where I was accepted, even though I didn’t quite “fit the mold”.

heart

For Valentine’s day this year, I created my very first circuit board. I found the idea here while I was searching for “heart shape circuit board” images on Google  I had planned on doing something more in my realm of knowledge. I was going to create circuit board flowers out of e-waste that can always be found floating in our graveyard.

The concept seemed simple; a circuit board that blinks a few LED’s in some pretty neat patterns.

I quickly found the process to be much more complicated than I had anticipated; but in this process, I learned how to solder, and got  a crash course in how to use our PCB Mill. I connected with fellow members, and spent some fun late nights at the space. I felt at home. I felt smart. I felt awesome. (granted two of the LED’s need some tweaking, but let’s not get down on that.)

When I hit that switch for the first time, I was reminded of how passionate I was about this place, and the people in it. This is my home, and these people are my family. This place makes my Heart Blink.

Below is the video of my reaction. <3

I heart electronics

<3 brodi3

Help us name the balloon project!

Nate B and ZurielSeven test a GPS module

The poll is now live!  Help us name the balloon project by picking your five favorite names from the poll, linked at http://polldaddy.com/poll/6757133/

Please keep in mind when choosing a name that we will use this name to make an impact on social media including corporate visibility.  The poll closes next Saturday, December 15th, 2012.  Thanks!

Inlay Using Laser Engraving

Here is an example of a distinctive effect you can get with laser-cutting. I laser-engraved the laser cutter donation box made by the wood shop warden, Greg Smith. Then I laser-cut the same shapes out of marbled formica, and set those shapes into the engraving.