Our Patron Scientist gets a Monument!


Nikola Tesla, circa 1890

As mentioned on The Guardian’s website Tuesday:

The president of Serbia unveiled a monument to Nikola Tesla in New York state on Monday, marking the latest milestone in a long-running campaign to raise the profile of the cult scientist and inventor around the world.

All I can say is, they couldn’t have picked a better scientist.

Read the full article about Nikola Tesla’s new monument on The Guardian’s website.

ArcAttack builds biggest Tesla coil ever

This just in: ArcAttack has built the largest Tesla coil in existence. You can see photos of it on Flickr, courtesy of Steve Ward.

Arcattack and The masters of lightning come together for a common cause, to design the worlds largest DRSSTCs. Due to freezing rain, and extreme schedule constraints, the first test is limited to Daves loading dock, but still it was pretty awesome.


Thanks to all presenters & participants @Dorkbot 25

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the creative tomfoolery at Dorkbot 25. A special thanks goes to the Austin Hackerspace for hosting the event. Also thank you to our presenters: Jonathan and Sharon with their masks, Christian and his UberHoop, the guy who brought his obstacle-detecting tank-bot (plz add to comments if anyone knows his name), Lindsay Greene of The Dead Left and his square-wave distortion boxes, and of course The Dead Left for a fantastic performance at the end of the event.

In case you weren’t able to make it out last night, here’s a sample of what you missed. Yes, you missed the LED throwies (which Hackerspace member do I have to thank for those little gems?). You missed custom-molded Halloween masks, an announcement about the Dorkbot-Arduino 101 class coming up in November, a raffle to give away some fantastic hackable electronic components (though I think Dustin was secretly just cleaning out his closets), a great band, and a fantastic space for hacking and working on whatever project you little maker-heart desires.

That said, how could we ever top Halloween-o-rama? With Dorkbot 26 of course! Coming your way in November. Details coming soon. If you or someone you know would like to present at the next event, just contact us. laura [at] eastsidehovel [dot] com or milsyobtaf [at] gmail [dot] com.

Christian Miller’s UberHoop in action during last night’s intermission. Thanks to Katie and Nate for hooping!

Lindsay Greene presenting his square wave distortion boxes that he uses when performing with The Dead Left.

Lindsay Greene and Lauren Gurgiolo of The Dead Left performing at Dorkbot 25.

White House Science Fair

Science Fair

Science Fair / CC Image courtesy Kelly Sims (

Looks like the President has decided to extend the warm White House welcome, so common for high achieving athletes, to the high achieving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students of the nation!  I look forward to checking out some of the celebrated projects once they hit the blogosphere.

HearWear: The Fashion of Environmental Noise Display

Researching unique ideas for LEDs in clothing (for my not-so-super-secret Halloween costume in the works), I came across a collaborative fashion project called HearWear. This line of clothing reacts to sounds in your environment by displaying moving light patterns.

You can read more about it here: