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Outerz0ne and Synchronous Hackathon This Weekend


This weekend, March 19-21 is full of all sorts of hacker-related fun. It's going to be legendary, so bring a friend (or three).

Starting this Friday @3pm and lasting until Sunday night is Outerz0ne6 at the Wellesly Inn Atlanta Airport. Put on by HackerConsortium member SkyDog and friends, this year is going to be chock-full of wonderful talks and events on a variety of geek-tastic topics, including a panel on FreesideATL. A good portion of our members will be there participating and supporting the cause and we encourage anyone else to do the same.

Secondly, its Synchronous Hackathon #5 time, March 20-21. With cameras out of commission at the moment, currently we are planning not to have UStream up an running this month, but that doesn't mean there won't be projects going on. Expect some various projects being done throughout the weekend, and people resting from the excitement of Outerz0ne. If you have never been to the space and/or are a prospective member come bring a project and join in the fun.

Finally, members from Hacker Consortium will be coming over Sunday night (time TBD) to come see the space. Come represent FreesideATL for them, meet like-minded people from Nashville, TN and recover from the weekend's festivities.

Looking forward to seeing lovely people this weekend.

Sewing Lab - Machine Basics (Rescheduled)

Sewing Lab: Machine Basics has Returned!

March 20, 2010 @ 2pm
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @2pm

Back by popular demand, we're doing another session of Sewing Lab 1: Machine Basics. With Outerz0ne in Atlanta this weekend, the class has been rescheduled until the same time the next weekend.

Check the blog early next week to RSVP

For those completely new to the realm of sewing, we'll be breaking down the mechanics of how the machine works, how it's changed over the years, and basic troubleshooting. And we'll learn some stitches while we're at it.

A machine will be provided, but feel free to bring your own, along with the instruction manual if you have it.

As per usual, this class is free to the public, and a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged to cover supplies.

This class is 18+

Flashtalks Begin!

We are streaming our flash talks on UStream.tv

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/freesideatl

EDIT: Stream is over. Thanks for watching.

Are you Ready for F3?


The First Friday Flash Series Continues!

This Friday, come out to Freeside for the second installment of F3 to watch more 5 minute presentations on topics of learning and debauchery.


Topics this month include:

"Projection Optics"

"Whetware Hacking: Ecosystems"

"Urban Exploration and "The Lifestyle of Abandoned Buildings"



This Friday, March 5 @ 7:30pm
Open to the general public. Participation and merriment encouraged.
Food and refreshments provided.

675 Metropolitan Parkway, Suite 6066. Atlanta, GA 30030



For more information on upcoming events at Freeside Atlanta, go to http://wiki.freesideatlanta.org

Impromptu Hackathon? Why Not?

After our weekly meeting yesterday (every Tuesday at 7:30, open to the general public, if you didn't already know) we decided on an impromptu Hackathon this weekend.

While this is not the same as the Synchronous Hackathon that is held every third weekend of the month, we will still be streaming live on ustream.tv while working on a variety of projects.

We encourage any other hackerspaces that feel up to a little impromptu hacking to have at it with us. If you are so inclined, go ahead and contact us and we'll put up the link to your ustream.tv along with ours.

As always, non-members and curious parties are welcomed, and encouraged to attend, get a tour of the space, work on projects or just generally be in good company.

We look forward to seeing you!

Scanner Teardown

Scanner Teardown 05

The number of scanners we can't, won't, or don't use at Freeside continues to grow, while the demand for stepper motors and controllers also grows. These two problems suggest a mutual solution, which I approached with gusto today. Follow through the process after the jump, click through to flickr for more details and notes.

My Shmoocon

<- Pictured: Duckie and Adam.


Well another year, another Shmoocon. For those who are unfamiliar with Shmoocon, it's a medium sized hacker convention in Washington DC that is held at the beginning of the year. The big change this year is that DC had a record breaking snowfall of around 3 ft. This certainty made getting around for food a challenge. While many people didn't make it, the other new cool thing is that they streamed all the live talks to UStream. This year, one of the best talks was Freesides and DC404's own Taylor Banks and Adam Bregenzers "Becoming Jack Flack: Real Life Cloak & Dagger" The room was quite packed from front to back at 10:00am Sunday presentation. This was especially amazing as the previous night was the open bar party.












Another talk I really enjoyed was:


Most of this talk was based off of things you can learn on DIYdrones.com . However it was really nice to hear someone talk about it in person and show footage recorded from a Drone they flew over the hotel in bad weather the day before. I was quite impressed. I am convinced now that this is going to be my project. UAV's flying around the Atlanta Metropolitan Warehouses just seems like a fun idea.


Here are some more pics from Shmoocon:

To the left is one of the famous competitions at Shmoocon, the Shmooball launcher. This puppy here used an RD feed with video and targeting system and launched a Shmooball faster than an eye can see. While Shmooballs are very soft this thing will leave a bruise.

First Friday Flash Talks Live Stream

We are now streaming from the space and the Flash Talks should be starting in the next 15-30 minutes.

Click here to watch!

Premiering this Friday at Freeside Atlanta...


First Friday Flash Talks

10 Presenters. 10 Topics. 5 Minutes Each.
(Learning and Debauchery will Ensue)


Topics This Month Include...


"Dollar Bill: Intuition and Faith"

"How to Count Cards"

"Origami How-To"

"Bio-Signature on Alien Planets"





This Friday, February 5, 2010.
@ 7:30pm

Free and Open to the Public.

Food, Drink, and General Merriment will be Provided.


675 Metropolitan Parkway, Suite 6066. Atlanta, GA 30030


For more information on upcoming events at Freeside Atlanta, go to http://wiki.freesideatlanta.org

Circuit Bending Workshop

The year is off to a great start and it is almost February, which means it is almost time for our next Circuit Bending Workshop. Calling all Noise Makers, Hackers, Makers, and DIYers to Freeside Atlanta next Saturday, February 6th from 3-5 pm. Toys will be available to hack and bend for a small donation. As always Workshop and Classes are free and open to the public at Freeside Atlanta, however in order to keep Freeside Open we are asking for a $5 donation for this Workshop. This workshop is taught on beginner to intermediate level.