Open House at All Hands Active

Who’s up for a trip to Ann Arbor?

All Hands Active is having an open house!

5pm until 10pm, Saturday 1/21 (yikes, that’s today!)

Mention was made of liquid nitrogen twinkies

Tabletop Game Night, and Penguicon Dinner

Tonight at 6 PM, come out for board and card games, come out for the Penguicon dinner, or both! Choose from dozens of games. One which we will playtest is my new tile game that I made on the laser cutter, in which the players build an island and plant trees on it. At the same time, there will be a Penguicon dinner, in which we discuss plans for the upcoming convention of science fiction and open source software.

Visit your local hackerspace. Hello, Kalamazoo!

Are you reading this post from the Detroit metro area? Then come to i3 Detroit this evening for Open Shop Friday! Guests welcome, bring a project to hack on, bring a friend or two, you know the drill…

But if you’re in Kalamazoo, or know any hackers/makers who are, you might want to get involved in Xipherspace. There isn’t a hackerspace/makerspace in every town quite yet, but new ones seem to be popping up quite often! The most surprising part? They cited us as an inspiration, and let me tell you, that’s an amazing bit of flattery.

If you’re in another area, leave a comment on this post! I’m curious how far-flung our blog readership is, and even more curious what your experiences have been when visiting other spaces around the state, country, or world.

Greased Up Pinewood Derby


Our friends over at AIGA Detroit are hosting a pinewood derby. We are helping out by giving participants a space with tools to plan and build their derby cars. The actual race day will occur sometime in January, but there will be a series of workshops leading up to the event. Here is a little blurb from their website on the next workshop day:


Monday, October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for our second workshop designed to help participants prepare their cars for AIGA Detroit’s Greased Up Pinewood Derby to be held this January. This workshop will focus on continued tips and how-tos so you can transform your block of wood into a speed racer or a magnificent show car. Experts will be on hand to lend advice or bounce ideas off of. Come meet fellow racers and start working on your wheels at I3 Detroit. Hand tools and supplies will be available (pens,pencils, draft paper, sand paper) but feel free to bring anything else you might need to help in the drafting of your vehicle.


I3 Detroit 1481 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI 48220


$15 for Non-AIGA member
$10 for AIGA members


Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the workshop to ensure we have enough kits available.


*the workshop price includes a full Derby kit which contains a block of wood, axels and wheels and use of the I3 space and tools!

If you are interested in constructing a lightning-fast derby car, go ahead and hit up that eventbrite link in the post, and meet us at i3 Detroit on Oct 24th! We hope to see you there!

Metro Parent – BLAST OFF!!

Blast off to summer fun with this awesome family DIY project as Metro Parent teams up with i3 Detroit for some crafty good times!