Workshop 88 Class – The Physics of Music

This Sunday, starting at 2pm, our own Andrew Morrison will be teaching a class on the Physics of Music.  A short description:

In this class we will explore some of the basic physics which governs the behavior of musical instruments. After exploring the science of resonance, pitch and timbre we will build some simple musical instruments out of common materials. By the end of the class you should come away with your own musical instrument and the ability to invent new musical instruments of your own design.

Tickets will be $10.00 for non-members and supporting members, and free for regular members.  Material costs are TBD, but should be under $20.00.  All payments will be accepted at the door.

Please let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll keep you updated!


Labor Day! No General Meeting Until Sept. 13

We’re shifting the general meeting by a week, since the next one would fall on Labor Day, and we don’t want to interfere with the long weekend.

The next meeting will be on September 13th, at 6:30pm.

The main topic of discussion will be classes to be held at the space.

We’ve got a preliminary list of classes we’re planning on offering, but we’d love other suggestions, so come on out on the 13th and give us your input!


Game Night, This Thursday.

This and every Thursday is Game Night at Workshop88.

Last week we welcomed three awesome TVs, we got to lounge and enjoy some fight games on a massive 36 in TV. And we got to witness the first Munchkin draw on record.

Stop by and show us your games. The event is open to the public, but that might change soon.

6:30 at Workshop88 HQ in Downtown Glen Ellyn.

Questions? Email us at


Game Night this and every Thursday.

Last week D&D dominated the space with the medialab being used for the recording of the Film Yarn Podcast. And our awesome comfy leather couches were used for a vicious game of Munchkin.

This week will see the generous donation from College of DuPage of three big TVs to incorporate to the vintage video game corner (which will see a replay of the  PlayStation classic Simpsons Wrestling) and perhaps to see a movie or TV show.

Come visit us and bring your games! this event is open to the public.

6:30 at Workshop88 HQ in Downtown Glen Ellyn.

Questions? Email us at


General Meeting – August 9, 2010

After a lot of wall scraping on Saturday (wherein Andrew and I tackled the spackle issue with great intellectual vigor), we’re finally moving onto the priming and painting portion of the project. Thanks to everyone who came out and put their time in!

Anyway, this post is about our General Meeting next Monday, which we are having, as usual. Here’s the Plancast plan:

Hope to see you all there.

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

Questions or Comments?


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


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.


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!


More about the new space.

We finally have a space to stretch our legs and spread out. The massive public space will be outfitted with comfortable seating and a wireless connection so our members can read, chat, work on crafts, have meetings and bring the projector to watch a movie, or play vintage video games. The space will also be easily converted to a classroom for presentations and guest speakers.

The workshop space will be divided in a carpentry and heavy duty space for projects that require power tools, and an electronics and art workshop, for projects that require light soldering and paint.

The back room will be the W88 medialab. It will feature padded walls for sound isolation. Podcasts and video projects will be produced in this space, and will feature space for editing, monitoring and mixing audio and video projects. The space may also be used as a photography studio.

Come to our public meetings to check out our space, or email to schedule a visit. Let us know what kind of projects you’re interested in making, and consider joining our community.