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(SPECIAL DORKBOT EVENT!
You're Doing It Wrong: Creative Misuse of Technology
8pm, 11 Feb 2009 @ 92YTribeca)
Now back to our regularly scheduled meeting...)

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The 4706th dorkbot-nyc meeting took place at 7pm on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at Location One in SoHo.

The meeting was free and open to the public. Please brought snacks to share.

We're always looking for (and playing) more dorkbot theme songs! Bring or email one and we'll play it at the meeting.


It featured the beautiful of the face and unswervingly patient:


Benjamin Caras: CNC for artists
I am an artist who has broken out of traditional creative realms and engineered a simple CNC machine utilized to make art that is capable of many tasks (more and more every day). In its current configuration it can be set up to plot on a large scale or to run a plasma cutting machine. Built (against advisement from professionals) from parts that are available at most hardware stores and capable of results that rival cnc machines that cost tens of thousands of dollars. All for under $750. I will also be discussing improvisational mechanics/engineering, a DIY / "who needs you?" approach to outsourcing digital fabrication, organic knowledge bases, and open source ideas and methods.
http://www.artdoxa.com/benjamin

Thessia Machado: synf
An analog synthesizer based on a quad nand oscillator and a divider chip. Synf is a portable and somewhat unpredictable racket-maker in a handy package, complete with built-in amp and speaker. Also, some thoughts and images on a work-in-progress involving "harvested" lcd screens and more oscillating frequencies.
http://www.thessiamachado.com

Hans-Christoph Steiner: Reware We are surrounded by gadgets, from iPods to phones to PDAs. These little black boxes are in fact full-fledged computers and are eminently hackable. Yet these devices are locked down to try to prevent you from doing anything but consuming: consuming media and consuming minutes. On top of that, we discard these devices at an alarming rate. Thanks to many hardcore hackers, you can now run the Linux kernel on many of them. We are building on top of that work to turn these devices into an Arduino-like platform for hacking. We are starting with Pd and Python firmwares, now available in alpha releases.
http://dev.eyebeam.org/projects/reware/wiki/Reware
Some images from the meeting!
And dance-techTV streamed and archived the meeting!



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