OK Go: New video includes Rube Goldberg machine from Syyn Labs

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – RGM version

If you are not one of the 2,625,758 people (at the time of this writing) who have watched this video from the band OK Go, then you really should check it out. It’s a fantastic Rube Goldberg machine, all filmed in a single take for their song, “This Too Shall Pass” off of the album, “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. Here’s what their YouTube channel had to say about it:

The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs ( ) over the course of several months.

Update: Make Magazine posted an opportunity for you to interview the makers of this video, Syyn Labs, in the comments on this post. So go ahead and start questioning.

Austin Hacker Space Opening Soon!

Austin Hacker SpaceAustin Hacker Space is opening soon and will be at Dorkbot 23 on 3/13 in Brush Square Park to tell you all about it.  In the meantime, check out their website/wiki at for more information. Seems like a great space for creative collaboration.

Here’s what Austin Hacker Space has to say about their objectives:

  1. Create an open community of hackers, artists, and open source/hardware enthusiasts to create, share, learn, and collaborate
  2. Help spread knowledge to the larger community, especially in the areas of: technology, DIY, and security
  3. Provide a space for creating, collaborations, workshops, and classes
  4. Provide resources (hardware, tools, materials, access, knowledge) to members and the community
  5. Assist other groups that share similar objectives
  6. Seek to enable others, and others’ projects; to help break down barriers; and to avoid erecting barriers

Look for a Nerd Movie Night at their place coming up on March 4, and hopefully another Dorkbot after SxSW! Also,  there’s a Group Build-Out scheduled every Saturday from 10am – 5pm till they’re ready to open, if you’d like to volunteer some time, check out their space & help out for a bit. Austin Hacker Space is located at 209 E Ben White Blvd, #106 – enDesign.

Build your own stereo vacuum tube amplifier!

tube_amp_1Lone Star School of Music in Austin Texas

Will be hosting a class this month (Sat. Jan 23, 2010) offering instruction and guidance while you build a commercially offered stereo tube amp kit

The class will consist of practical discussion about the easy to build kit but will also offer discussion of how to solder,commercial recordings, diy high end sources, vacuum tube lore and audio tweaks for this kit. This class aims to give the participant a rounded view of audiophiledom and to desconstruct the exclucivity of “high end” audio. This puts the user in control of the sound they’re looking for and is a spring board to other audio projects and most importantly is a way to get closer to the music.”

Website update!

A bit overdue.  Hopefully now we’ll do a little better job of keeping our event and blog up to date.  Please leave a comment and say hello!

Dorkbot Austin – New volunteer

Dorkbot Austin would like to welcome a new volunteer to the group — Laura Smith.

Laura is a web designer in the Faculty Innovation Center at UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering. She’ll be helping to coordinate our upcoming events, so feel free to contact her if you’d like to speak at our next event or to help out in some way. dorkbotaustin [@] dorkbot [.] org.

If you are interested in volunteering for Dorkbot Austin, please contact us. We can always use extra folks for setup or teardown at our events. Or if ‘you know a guy who knows a guy who has a friend’ who might like to present at our next event, just let us know. dorkbotaustin [@] dorkbot [.] org.

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More on Dorkbot13

Indy Mogul gives dorkbot13 a nod in their SXSW coverage

Dorkbot SxSW coverage on G4TV

Dorkbot13 got a mention on G4’s Attack of the Show

Dorkbot13 at SxSW Coverage

This year’s SxSW Dorkbot was a roaring success, I hope you were all able to make it – most of you must have because according to the SXSW folks at the door, we had somewhere in the ballpark of 1,300 people pass through our gate.

I want to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors:

THANK YOU! Without our sponsors, the event on Saturday wouldn’t have been in any way possible.

A little bit of press is starting to trickle in

It sounds like everyone had a good time! If you have come across any news articles please forward them on to us at or post them to the blabber list and we’ll put them up on our recap page when we finish it

If you have pictures (or video – we haven’t been able to dig any up yet) please, post them to the blabber list, we’d love to see them!

If you have any feedback or suggestions about what we could have done better, please let us know! Some of the presenters have already mentioned a few things and we appreciate the feedback.

Lastly, we still have some shirts available.

Rather than hold onto them, we’re going to try to pass them on to some of other Dorkbot groups in the US, so they might not last. If you’re interested in one, let us know and we can save one for you, shirts are $17 ($15 if you can pick them at an austin dorkbot event)

Thanks everyone!

Oh, I almost forgot – Dorkbot 14 is scheduled for April 10th, mark your calenders!

Dorkbot sxsw coverage from 2007

dorkbot-sxsw is almost here!

Check out the meeting page for more information.