As part of revamping i3′s front-door wiring, I needed to distribute several circuits of overcurrent-protected DC power. First, I grabbed an old bakelite fuse-block:
(Side note: Are you as sick as I am of trying to read the markings on a blown glass fuse? A little Sharpie solves that!)
This left two unsolved problems, though: Gathering all the return leads, and replacing fuses if I shorted something while wiring. I decided to make a little power distribution block, instead:
The yellow discs are a 900mA Polyfuse and two 2.5A Polyfuses. The LEDs (and 1k resistors) don’t see voltage until the associated Polyfuse “trips”, so they indicate a faulted circuit. That allows me to commit stupidity while wiring things up, know about it, and not spend a glass fuse each time. It was also trivial to add extra screw terminals and a return bus, solving the other problem.
The next trick was mounting the thing without shorting out the traces on the bottom. It turned out to be easiest just to stand off a second piece of perfboard below it. These boards are so cheap ($0.39 ea?) it wasn’t worthwhile to make a dummy panel out of some other material.
Then a little Dual-Lock for mounting, and it’s done…
Saturday’s WinterLAN gaming party was a success by any measure. Game-wise, practically everything was represented — I think we had 7 or 8 vintage and modern consoles running simultaneously, plus dozens of PCs on the network, and tabletop games galore. People-wise, there were 40-plus people in the space most of the night, with the last game of Artemis finally wrapping up around 5am.
Thanks to everyone who made the party what it was, from the members who organized it, to the guests just making it to the space for the first time. By the way, there’s no need to wait for next year’s WinterLAN before coming back — there’s a regular tabletop gaming night on the calendar, and if hacking/making is more your style, we do that every night of the week! Just look for that little box in the upper right to say “open for guests”, and you’re invited, just like that.
The annual WinterLAN is upon us once again!!
On January 12th, i3 Detroit will be hosting the Fourth annual i3 WinterLAN Social event, starting Saturday at noon and ending when the sun comes up on Sunday.
The event will be all about games – BYOC (Bring your own computer) gaming, Board gaming, and tabletop RPG.
The i3Detroit common space will be set up for computer gaming with plenty of power, tables, and chairs. The loft will sport a projector hooked up for console gaming (Got a vintage console you can bring?). Board games will take place in any of our multiple rooms.
If you have any kind of game people will enjoy, bring it, bring yourself, and bring your thirst for gaming. See you then!
*Unreal Tournament 99 – Can be found cheap $5-10
*Fear Combat – $Free
*CS:S CounterStrike:Source – $19.99
*TF2 – Team Fortress 2 – $19.99
*Quake Live – $Free
*L4D2 – $49.99
*WCIII BattleChest – $19.99
*Console gaming & relaxing area
*NES, if someone brings one.
*Sega, if someone brings one.
*NeoGeo, if you bring one
Whiteboard room projector
What do people have available?
Settlers of Catan?
If you have a game people will enjoy, bring it!!
I’ve posted this project on Thingiverse. It uses our laser cutter and the RGB slow changing LEDs with a 3V supply.
Check it out http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:37239
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!
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