hgg_earth_rgb_pos-72dpiHackerspace Global Grid (HGG) is a community driven project aiming to build a distributed measurement platform with space applications. Would there be a better place than space unconferences to present it? We, the team behind HGG who are mostly shackspace members, thought “nay!” and presented our distributed ground station network project for tracking satellites on even two of those SpaceUps in a row.

SpaceUp is a barcamp kind of gathering where virtually everyone with enthusiasm for space can attend, present and discuss space topics. And the best thing about those unconferences is that the time schedule is formed directly during the event itself by the participants themselves. So when you’re quick you can just block a slot and have your space related talk. It’s an unconventional conference, thus unconference.

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IMG_20121221_230155You can buy bath melts with a significant price-tag attached at your local or online cosmetics and beauty shop but you can just as easily make your own with a few simple ingredients available at a far more reasonable price.  They also make very nice presents so if you’re still looking for something to give for the holidays, stop looking right now.

A week ago shackspace member Bine gave a bath melts workshop at shackspace and it left us with a very nice smelling space and lots of presents to give away.  Here’s the recipe if you want to make your own.

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Here at shackspace we’ve had a Brother Innovis 90e embroidery machine for a while now. We’ve decided to go for this model because the colleagues of Mannheim’s hackerspace RaumZeitLabor are using the same and had a great experience with theirs.

For 29C3 the folks behind hgg decided they wanted their logo embroidered onto the collar of black business shirts.
However, we only have a medium size frame to hold fabric to be embroidered. This frame is too big to properly hold and support something as small as a shirt collar.
Of course there’s also very small frames made just for this but they come at a price: you cannot place your motive close to the edge of the collar because the edge has to be clamped into the frame.

So shackspace member ttb developed a technique explained in minute detail in the shackspace Wiki that enables us to embroider a shirt collar right to the edge using a medium size frame.  He’s fixing the collar inside the frame to a piece of support fabric using a special water soluble glue. The glue will wash out easily and can be obtained from your local sewing supply store.

Here’s a video (German) where ttb is demonstrating the technique:

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Damit ihr gleich mit viel Spaß am Gerät ins neue Jahr starten könnt, veranstaltet der shackspace vom 2. bis 11. Januar 2013 die „Frickelwochen 2013“.
Montag bis Freitag ist der shackspace spätestens ab 16 Uhr offen (wochenends ist selbstverständlich auch offen) und es kann wie üblich gebastelt, gelernt und gelötet werden. Wer ein größeres Projekt hat, bei dem andere mithacken können/sollen/dürfen, kann dies gerne h0uz3@foto23.com mitteilen oder hier im Wiki eintragen.

Zum Event:
Eintritt frei! (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen) Jeder ist willkommen!
Datum: 2. bis 4. und 7. bis 11. Januar 2013, ab 16:00 Uhr
Anfahrt: U4/U9 Haltestelle “Im Degen”, Ulmer Straße 255, Stuttgart Wangen (gegenüber Kulturhaus Arena)

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Für die Freunde des ruhigen Jahresausklangs findet am Abend des 31. Dezembers eine gemütliche Hack & Lounge-Runde im shackspace statt. Willkommen ist – wie immer – jeder.

Zum Event:
Eintritt frei! (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen) Jeder ist willkommen!
Datum: 31. Dezember 2013, ab 19:00 Uhr
Anfahrt: U4/U9 Haltestelle “Im Degen”, Ulmer Straße 255, Stuttgart Wangen (gegenüber Kulturhaus Arena)

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