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Images from Amy Jenkins
Images from Benjy Feen

Videos from Eddie Codel:
Timothy Childs
Joe Grand
Alex Handy
Katie / Big Red
Mark Lottor
Mark Pesce

7:30pm Wednesday
23 February 2011

World HQ
200 California Ave Bldg 180 South
Treasure Island
Accessible via the 108 bus from SF

Flaming PISCO BAR So 21+ only please. Also we will have @PizzaHacker and @GrilledCheezGuy so come HUNGRY!

Swap Meet after the presentations. (Please contact Karen Marcelo email below if you want some space for your items)
List of Swap items available so far...

Donations to the space much appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds

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World HQ at Clear Grape

Mark Lottor - Cubatron

Mark will talk about the Cubatron, a computer controlled 3D RGB LED lighting display, including some info on the hardware and software used.

Mark has been working with RGB LED lighting displays for almost 10 years. Previously he worked on Internet technologies and cellular phones.

Joe Grand - BSODomizer: Mischievous Hardware for Mischievous People

BSODomizer is a small, battery-powered, open-source, Parallax Propeller-based electronic device that interfaces between a laptop or desktop and VGA monitor and flashes a fake BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) onto the monitor at random time intervals or when triggered by an infrared remote control. This will cause the user to become confused and turn off or reset his or her machine. The BSODomizer will automatically detect when this event occurs and will revert to the harmless video pass-through mode, leaving the user unaware of any wrongdoing. Customization for different modes are configurable via on-board DIP switches.

This presentation goes through the entire design and development process of the device and ends with hilarious footage of a poor bastard taking the bait. Full schematics, firmware, circuit board layout, and bill-of-materials are available.

Just in time for April 1st, BSODomizer units will be available for sale at dorkbot for $60. $10 of each purchase will go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the remainder barely covers costs.

Don't let the name fool you. BSODomizer will do everything you've always wanted to do to your enemies (or friends) without the messy cleanup.

Joe Grand is an electrical engineer, hardware hacker, runner, daddy, and washed-up TV host.

Alex Handy - Sorry, But Games are Art

Certain folks in the media seem to believe that videogames can never be art. This talk will remove all doubt from your mind as to whether games can be art or not. With references to art games you've never heard of, lots of pretty pictures and video, Alex Handy, director of the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, will walk us through a Louvre-like exhibition of moving, funny, remarkable videogames that are all examples of artistic works.

Alex Handy is an internationally published technology journalist with a dozen years of experience covering videogames, software development, and Bay Area culture. His work has appeared in Wired, the East Bay Express, Business Week, and the Software Development Times. He has won numerous awards for journalism, and his writings have been used in curriculum at Harvard. Slashdot once referred to him as "A well respected figure in games journalism." When forced to choose, his favorite game is Super Metroid.

Timothy Childs - Sneak Peeks at Clear Grape and Pisco Dorking

Timothy is co-founder and managing partner of ClearGrape LLC importer of Oro Pisco. He is a seral entrepreneur, super-taster and award winning innovator whose brand of creative disruption champions the deployment of new systems in old industries. From deep re-thinking of traditional marketing and distribution to supply side efficiencies and consumer product positioning, his work expoits disruptive off the shelf solutions to modernize some of the world's most complex business systems.

Open Dork:

Mark Pesce -
Anselm Hook - Wherecamp
Big Red - Dancing Bliss

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