My Summer @ NYC Resistor

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This sum­mer I was a res­i­dent at NYC Resis­tor (NYCR), a hacker col­lec­tive based in Brook­lyn, NY. I’m now back home in Lis­bon and would like to share a brief round-up of this won­der­ful expe­ri­ence.

First of all I must men­tion how incred­i­bly wel­com­ing and fun all the mem­bers of the col­lec­tive are. Not only did they let me share their space for two whole months, pro­vid­ing me with a great learn­ing oppor­tu­nity, but also made me feel at home among them and showed me a great time.

I was lucky to get there just as their Awe­some August chal­lenge was start­ing. The idea here being that NYCR mem­bers chal­lenged each other to fin­ish one great project until the end of that month. The projects were indeed awe­some, from an Eight Foot Lite Brite, an FPGA-based DNA sequence align­ment accel­er­a­tor, a Monome, a Player Toy Piano, and some very civ­i­lized smash­ing… to name only a few.

Another of my favorite sta­ples, and the one I think I’ll miss the most, was Craft Night. Every Thurs­day evening NYCR opens its doors to those of us “who like to make stuff… so you don’t have to make stuff by your­self.” On these nights, NYCR mem­bers help vis­i­tors with their projects by shar­ing tips and knowl­edge, and every­one just has a great time work­ing together around one big table.

And then of course, there was the unfor­get­table Inter­ac­tive Party, dur­ing which some of Awe­some August’s projects were shown, and that even included a giant robot cake, chalk draw­ing on the floor, a Wimshurst machine, and cray­ola model magic.

NYCR is cur­rently offer­ing a series of really inter­est­ing classes, which I’m very sad to miss.

Dur­ing my res­i­dency I worked on a few (really fun) exper­i­ments with paper/cardboard pulp and soft cir­cuits, as well as other (frus­trat­ing) ones with car­bon nan­otubes. More on that later — I’m still unpack­ing 🙂

Thank you NYC Resis­tor!

LCD spring show

LCD spring show
Our friends at LCD are hav­ing their semi­an­nual show this thurs­day. If your in Porto do stop by. There will be many awe­some pieces to see/play with, and lots of won­der­ful and cre­ative peo­ple to meet.

Repurpose

A doc­u­men­tary film by Jack Oat­mon. A look into the hard­ware hack­ing com­mu­nity in Mon­treal, includ­ing the Foulab col­lec­tive. Why are more and more hob­by­ists exper­i­ment­ing with hacks and cir­cuit bends? What rela­tion­ship does this imply about con­sumer soci­ety and tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment? Is this a real-world ana­log of ‘user gen­er­ated con­tent’? (via jackoat­mon­treal @ YouTube)

Thanks Nuno João for bring­ing this to our atten­tion 😉