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I bought a 45-day Amtrak USA Rail Pass.  <br> <br>I will be starting by going from San Francisco to New York City on 27-June.  I have a few plans already, but if people/hackerspaces are interested, I'd love to do lots of workshops in cities with hackerspaces (or forming hackerspaces) in cities nearby Amtrak stations.<br> <br>Jimmie Rodgers will be joining me, and so will other cool people -- for either all or part of this Hackers on a Train Workshop Tour 2012.<br> <br><img style="width: 248px; height: 157px;" id="ecxrg_hi" class="ecxrg_hi ecxuh_hi" alt="" src="https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQY15OUp2tdk-LCYMJx9pGwylM6-QwGm2JxgqbNl9FB-KShzi2pcA" width="275" height="183">  <br> <br>Our workshops are for all ages, and all skill levels.<br> <br><img style="width: 230px; height: 162px;" id="ecxrg_hi" class="ecxrg_hi ecxuh_hi" alt="" src="https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQknbb5v9hH54ABX3llBQ8tCKbFwZ68qEI_rJ0OXp-hTZAAA3Eh" width="259" height="194">  <img style="width: 219px; height: 161px;" class="ecxsize-medium ecxwp-image-1377" alt="" src="http&#58;//pumpingstationone.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/20100731_312a-300x262.jpg" width="300" height="262">  <img style="width: 230px; height: 167px;" id="ecxrg_hi" class="ecxrg_hi ecxuh_hi" alt="" src="https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTuJ4bsIjel1oun-idZlElsU47Qv0PVO7RP2k6cXET3en85mkw_BQ" width="259" height="194"><br> <br> <br>Would you be interested in having us do workshops at your space?<br> <br>Would you be interested in joining us for all or part of the HoaT Workshop Tour 2012?<br> <br>Lemme know!<br> <br>I have the following plans so far -- and there's room for plenty more!<br>     July 1 -- arrive in NYC<br>     July 7 -- workshop at The Hacktory, Philadelphia<br>     July 13-15 -- HOPE #9, New York City<br>     July 21-22 -- Awesome Foundation Summit, Boston<br>     July 27-29 -- World Future Society conference, Toronto<br>     August 8-12 -- ToorCamp, NW corner of Washington state<br> <br>We'll be bringing lots of our kits, all designed for total beginners, but fun and intriguing enough for everyone.  We can teach anyone and everyone how to solder -- <a href="http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/soldering-is-easy-comic-book/" target="_blank">soldering actually is easy</a>!  And we can teach more advanced topics, too.  I can also give my "<a href="http://www.cornfieldelectronics.com/downloads/tvbg_arduino/tvbg_arduino_workshop.htm" target="_blank">Arduino For Total Newbies</a>" workshop.  And Jimmie can give his "Circuit Bending" workshop.  We can also give talks, if there's interest.  Anything that can help out your hackerspace!<br> <br><a class="ecximage" title="Arduino for Total Newbies Workshop at Noisebridge" href="https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/File:Arduinos_For_Total_Newbies_workshop.jpg" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Arial"></font></a> <img style="width: 276px; height: 183px;" id="ecxrg_hi" class="ecxrg_hi ecxuh_hi" alt="" src="https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRYE8Ao-arELNUimtdYZXqOFxHTH0NbAA612xuBPV_FxLcVEGXD" width="276" height="183"><br> <br>Here's some of the kits that will be available:<br> <br><BR><div><div dir="ltr"><div><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><strong>TV-B-Gone</strong>          -- (turn off any TV in public places!)</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"></span>* <strong>"Hi My Name          Is" badge</strong> -- (you may have seen me wearing mine)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* <strong>Brain Machine</strong> --        (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>Mignonette Game</strong> --        (build your own handheld game console!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>Trippy RGB Waves</strong>        -- (interac tive blinky lights!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>LEDcube</strong> --        (animated 3D cube of LEDs!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>MiniPOV</strong> -- (more        cool blinky lights!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>BoArduino</strong> --        (solderless breadborad Arduino!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>Diavolino</strong> --        (shield compatible Arduino from Evil Mad Science!)<br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>OpenHeart</strong> -- (animate fun patterns in the shape        of a heart!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>LoL Shield</strong> --        (Lots of LEDs for your Arduino!)</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* <strong>Atari Punk Console</strong> -- (make noise!)</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span">* </span><strong>microcontroller programmer (USBtinyISP)</strong>-- (program all your AVR family chips!)<br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"> </span></font><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><strong>And more!</strong></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ecxApple-style-span"><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></span></div>  <img style="width: 189px; height: 267px;" id="ecxrg_hi" class="ecxrg_hi ecxuh_hi" alt="" src="https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRDtxR7qsCP6RR-cWSwDXvom5c_c9n3VaA48vooKOasxfbJdHGyGg" width="189" height="267"><br> <br>Workshops are great ways to get new people to your hackerspace, and to energize people already at the space.  You can also use them to raise funds, if you like.<br> <br>Me and Jimmie don't make money from our workshops.  The money we charge ($10 to $35, depending on the kit) pays for kit parts and travel.  We do this because we love teaching people how to make cool things!  And we love helping hackerspaces.<br> <br>Here are a few links to articles from our Midwest tour a couple summers ago:<br><a href="http://blog.makezine.com/2010/08/12/coming-to-you-town-the-midwest-work/" target="_blank">http://blog.makezine.com/2010/08/12/coming-to-you-town-the-midwest-work/</a><br> <br><a href="http://forum.archreactor.org/FUDforum2/index.php/m/5955/" target="_blank">http://forum.archreactor.org/FUDforum2/index.php/m/5955/</a><br> <br><a href="http://pumpingstationone.org/2010/08/mitch-altman-jimmie-p-rodgers-to-join-circuit-hacking-wednesday/" target="_blank">http://pumpingstationone.org/2010/08/mitch-altman-jimmie-p-rodgers-to-join-circuit-hacking-wednesday/</a><br> <br><a href="http://www.lvl1.org/2010/08/17/fun-with-the-lolshield/" target="_blank">http://www.lvl1.org/2010/08/17/fun-with-the-lolshield/</a><br> <br> <br>I'd love to add your hackerspace to our tour.  Please let me know if you're interested, and I'll reply with an email with a minimal list of what's required on your end.<br> <br>And please let me know if you'd like to join us on the HoaT Workshop Tour 2012.<br> <br>Cheers,<br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Altman" target="_blank">Mitch</a>.<br> <br> <br> <br></div><br>_______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.hackerspaces.org http://lists.hackerspaces.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss</div>                                               </div></body>
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