Hack-a-thon this Sunday

Despite the incorrect and misleading post from earlier this week, the Hack-a-thon is still going on this Sunday (the 17th) at my house.  Fire me an email at jmargalus[at]workshop88[dot]com if you need directions.

Amongst other things, we’ll be making tabletop power supplies out of old computer power supplies.  I’ve got some beer brewing kits that Russ and I will be working on (if anyone wants to check it out), and a few other projects I’d love to spend part of the day working on.  Feel free to bring whatever you’ve got!

Public Planning Meeting 1/18/2009

Workshop 88 will be meeting in the Boilerhouse Cafe at North Central College (29 N Loomis St, Naperville, IL 60540) again on January 18.  I know we talked about perhaps not having the meeting, being that it’s on MLK Day, but after some discussion we decided to keep the meetings as regular as possible.

This meeting will be open to the public, and we’ll be discussing, amongst other things:

  • The location search
  • How the Hack-a-thon went!
  • Recruiting more members
  • The (sort of) Secret Challenge we talked about at the last meeting

We’ll have another post up soon on the Hack-a-thon (remember, it’s this coming Saturday!), but that’s all for now.

I Made a CueCat Decrypter in PHP

This is a repost from my blog:

I wrote a :CueCat decrypter for Workshop 88 based on the following scheme:

0 C3 n Z
1 CN j Y
2 Cx f X
3 Ch b W
4 D3 D 3
5 DN z 2
6 Dx v 1
7 Dh r 0
8 E3 T 7
9 EN P 6

You should check it out here, where I’ve also included the process.php file for download.

I’ll be working on additional features in the future, including product listing and price comparisons.

Lunch/Brewery Tour/Good Times

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We’ll be meeting at Two Brothers Brewing Company this coming Saturday (12/19) at 2:30PM for a brewery tour.  This’ll be our second Workshop 88 outing, and, from what I’ve been told by Russ, should be quite the scientific (and awesome) experience.  We’ll have lunch beforehand at 1PM if anyone wants to join the pre-gaming festivities.

In other news, the Workshop 88 beta blog is up and running here.  Please drop by and leave suggestions (maybe in the comments of this post?) on what you think, and what improvements we can make.  Look for the design to be implemented within the next week or so.

Finally, for the holidays, Workshop 88 will be doing a (sort of) last minute impromptu Toys for Tots collection — we’re calling it 70y5 4 7075.  So if you want to bring toys to our next meeting (preferably of the maker-oriented kind!)  on 12/21, feel free!  I know I’ll be hitting the stores for Legos and K’nex.

Workshop 88’s First Full Public Meeting

…went really well.  I’ve just got some pictures to post, and some information to confirm.

First, pictures from the event:



Thanks everyone for coming out!  We had 15 guys total show up, which made for a great first meeting.  If you haven’t done so already, hop on our wiki and create a profile for yourself so we can all get to know each other a little better (I’m guilty of not having done this yet). We’ve also got a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

At the end of the meeting, everyone got CueCats and, as I said, I’ve got no idea what to do with mine.  If you want to work on a project with me, shoot me a message @JayRM on Twitter or e-mail me.

Regarding our web presence, I’ve got Mike, Kevin, Sean, Adam, and Brannon down to work on that.  I’ll start divvying up the  responsibilities we have and we can get together on the Wiki to see who wants to do what.

And FINALLY, we’ll be doing a little bowling at Brunswick Zone (map) next Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.  Contact me using the above information if you’re interested so we can get an idea of how many lanes to reserve. Hopefully, some of the people who couldn’t make it this Monday can come out, meet us, and drink some dranks.

Thanks again for a great first meeting!


EDIT: We’ve gone ahead and created a Facebook group for Workshop 88.  Please apply to it so we can more easily invite everyone to future events.

EDIT EDIT: Meeting notes are up on the wiki if you’re interested.