Build Day, This Saturday.

Making our space usable is now the main priority of Workshop88, This Saturday, July 31st we’ll have the opportunity to ready the place to start moving our projects and tools. And we need your help and expertise. This Saturday’s agenda will be:

Front Room:
– Scraping walls
– Priming walls
– Tightening outlets
– Increasing lighting
– Organizing a storage solution
– Making the front room more friendly (via painting, wall hangings, an updated front door logo, etc)

– Baseboard prep and installation
– Drywall for the exposed bathroom wall
– Tightening outlets
– Painting/mounting our new storage cabinet (thanks Eric!)
– Framing and installing the wall dividing the workshop and electronics area.

A special thanks to Bill for our new dehumidifier! The smell from last Friday’s rain has already moved from ‘musty’ to ‘damp’! If you have tools useful for the aforementioned projects that are not already on site… bring em. If anybody has an extra shop-vac, that would be nice too, so Adam can stop carting his back and forth 🙂

Hope to see you all on Saturday!

Game Night Part 3: The Return of Puerto Rico.

This Thursday, and every Thursday is Game Night at Workshop88.

Doors open at 6:30PM. and goes until the last of our members decides to go home.

After last week’s predictably polemic and borderline violent game of RISK, and a morally objectionable game of island exploitation for the good of the Spanish crown in the 17th century called Puerto Rico our traditional D&D game comes back with a fury.

In the vintage video game corner you can expect Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game, so if you were looking forward to control Raul Julia to defeat Kylee Minogue in this frustratingly obtuse game, this is your chance.

Some guests promised to bring a zombie board game; and we’d love to see the obscure,  strange, home made, or otherwise awesome games you’d like to share with us.

If you have any questions, we’ll respond to comments on this post, or email us at

See you there!

General Meeting – July 26

Start your week off right with a Workshop 88 General Meeting! Next week, we’ll continue talking buildout projects. Also at the meeting next week: Me! So long as my car doesn’t crap out (again), leaving me stranded and crying in the driveway.

I sat in it for 20 minutes, despondent look on my face. Ask my wife.


If there’s anything you’d like brought up at the meeting, make a mention in the comments below or e-mail For instance, I’d like to see the walls coated in gumdrops and the tables made out of candy canes & graham crackers.

Make it so.

Workshop 88 General Meetings
6:30pm, biweekly on Mondays

Welcome to Our New Members

This is a new series of posts tagged under #welcomingcommittee where we welcome new Workshop 88 members to the hackerspace community.

WELCOME to our two newest members: Greg Williams and Dawn Kuczwara. Greg and Dawn are both from the tech industry. I haven’t met them yet, but other people from Workshop 88 have, and vouch for their goodness.

Greg, I’m told, herds nerds for a living (not in his words). He has a forge and two anvils in his garage. My knowledge with forges and anvils stops at World of Warcraft, so I’ll be schmoozing with Greg whenever we meet to learn how to thoroughly meld and sunder shit. Preferably things made out of mithril, but one can’t be picky.

Greg also gave our group a hammer, and I can only assume it looked something like this. Thanks for the hammer, Greg.

Dawn is the head of (and I beg pardon for the generality) a “Girls in Tech Group” in Chicago. I’m not sure what the name of it is, but it sounds really awesome, and I might even have a few people interested in joining this group of ladies in tech. Someone told me Dawn tore a hole into our floor the size of the sinkhole in Guatemala, but what I think they meant to say is that she helped with some serious work on our new workshop floor. Thanks, Dawn!

Both Greg AND Dawn have managed multiple sci-fi conventions, so I can only assume their knowledge of Dr. Who is more extensive than my own. This makes me feel insecure, and slightly threatened.

Welcome Greg and Dawn! Welcome to our crazy group at Workshop 88!!

Game Night! This Thursday!

This Thursday, and every Thursday is Game Night at Workshop88.

Doors open at 6:30PM. and goes until the last of our members decides to go home.

Our president, Russ Lankenau will be officiating his weekly D&D game sporting a spiffy wizard hat.

Bring your portable console, or make your console portable, and then bring it to the space (bring a TV to connect to it too). Bring some comfortable seating, and share your most frustratingly obscure game.

Laptops, cabinets, board games, checkers and chess are welcome. If you can play with it, we want you to share it!

There will be an original XBOX, a PS2, a projector and a couple of televisions available.

Because the new space doesn’t yet have internet service, all games must be self contained and not have an online component. Sorry WoWers and Second Lifers, we’re working on it.

The event is for the most part BYOS (bring your own stuff.) There’s a Starbucks in the same block should you require some caffeine. And I’ll bring a cooler with ice to hold your beverages. If you want to share some tasty snacks with us it will be most appreciated. The idea is to share and game together. Without much of an agenda.

If you have any questions, comment on this entry or email us at

Hope to see you there.

Build-Out Saturday!

Workshop 88 needs your help this Saturday getting up and running in our new location in Glen Ellyn! We’ve prepped the floor of the workshop area for priming and painting, but we need help sanding, spackling, cleaning, and with any other gerund you can think of. We’ll be there at noon, we have some basic things over there for our work, but not to much as of yet.

So if you have tools you’d like to bring, especially things that would help in
the buildout (putty knives, paint rollers, all painting equipment for that matter, saws, drills, oh and I have no idea how nobody has brought over a hammer yet) please bring them with.

We will respond to any questions via this post. Or email

See you all there!

July 12, 2010 General Meeting

Our new space is coming along quite nicely, and we’ve already found a neighborhood bar a block away that doesn’t mind selling us beer.

Join us Next Monday, July 12th, at 6:30pm for the second general meeting at Workshop 88. I’ve been told this is the address: “481 N Main St. Rear Building Unit B, Glen Ellyn, IL”. You’ll be better off mapping out the intersection of Pennsylvania and Main, Glen Ellyn like-a-so:

…and then following this video, which may be the first ever “how-to-find-a-hackerspace” Maker video ever created (update: new video, that wold make two):

Hope to see you there!