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Snake Time on Tuesday!

Guys, python night is on again tomorrow night. There's going to be snakes, and snakes. We're gonna talk about program structure, maybe some flow control, and all sorts of other nonsense. If that didn't make any sense to you, don't worry, it's still a beginner's class! We'll just have to kick those no-goodnik sandbaggers out to their own later class, if they keep showing up and asking their advanced questions about set theory and Big-O-Notation and runtime optimization.

The material I'm going to cover is roughly exercises 19 through 22 out of Zed Shaw's Learn to Fight Snakes The Hard Way. Try to read through it if you can, and bring questions!

I'm going to see about getting pizza again, so rsvp and so forth. Feel free to bring your own snacks (and even your own snakes, if you like), but remember, it's tough to get Cheeto stains off your keyboard.

So again, tl;dr:

Learn Python Something Something

7PM at 6050 Lowell

Open and free to all (but the quality of the pizza goes up and down with the size of the donations)

New Twitter Handle


Twitter was kind enough to kick the name squatter off of the handle @AMT. Henceforth, our tweets will show up from @AMT and not @MonsterToys. Now that our name is shorter, I promise that our tweets will be that much more succinct. Thanks to our member, SuperQ, for making this happen.

Learn to Program Python Class - OMG EPIC FTW Attendance!

OK, so the turnout is only 13 people, but for one of the first public events that AMT has hosted, this is pretty freekin' cool!  EPIC thanks to all who came out tonight.  We hope everyone learned something and we hope to see you again in the weeks to come.

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Vote on the AMT Sticker Design

Sticker Choices


Coming soon, the must have laptop accessory of 2011!  It's big enough to cover the Apple logo on your MacBook (in case you plan to appear on TV and don't want to give out free advertising), it's shiny, UV resitant, and it smells of yummy vinyl!  It's the AMT Robot on a sticker!

We're planning to print up an initial batch of 1000 stickers this month. We'd like your vote on which design to use.  If you are an AMT member, please visit the About the Logo page to view and vote for your favorite design! Voting ends Thursday night, so vote early, change you mind as much as you want, but please place a tally on only one design.

Come Learn To Program at Our "Learn To Program" Program

If you've ever wanted to learn to program but didn't know where to start, come on down to AMT on Tuesday the 8th, at 7:00 PM for "L2P", our new series of programming classes.

We'll start learning Python, the language of choice for MIT's introductory programming course. Don't be scared! It has simple rules and is a very easy language to learn. You'll be at "Hello World" in no time. Bring a laptop if you have one! We'll have a few spares, but having your own equipment is better. If you do bring your own, download the appropriate version of python from If you're unsure which version you need, grab "Python 2.7.1 Windows Installer" if you're on windows, and "Python 2.7.1 Mac OS X 32-bit i386/PPC Installer" if you're on a Mac. If you're on linux, then you probably know how to grab the appropriate package for yourself. Make sure you get anything newer than 2.5, but lower than 3.0.

Our textbook of choice is Zed Shaw's book, "Learn Python the Hard Way," which really isn't hard at all. The book is free and you can find it here. If you have time, try to work through Exercise 0 before Tuesday. If you run into trouble, don't get discouraged! The command line is a dark and mysterious place, and we'll be there to help.

The format will be as follows:

7:00-7:30 Eating pizza, me mumbling about how computers work

7:30-8:00 Hands on time with exercises out of the book

8:00-9:00 Office hours: work on more exercises, ask questions, learned advanced things like object-oriented programming

I'm looking forward to a fun and productive night!


L2P (Learn To Program, for complete beginners)

Tuesday, Feb 8th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Open to all, including non-members, bring a laptop, install python, and google "Learn Python The Hard Way" by Zed Shaw.

No cost, but donations are nice :D

RSVP in the comments or by email so I can get some pizzas

Building a #*%$! RFID Entry System, Episode 1

For those of you who have been with AMT from the beginning, you know that we've had a bit of a love-hate relationship with our RFID door entry. Specifically, we'd love one, and we hate it that we don't. Well never fear, I brought together the brightest minds AMT could muster, and after a few hours, an arduino, a parallax RFID board and some ingenuity, we've managed to put together this lovely AMT door panel:

Door panel

Makerbots in action

Our space currently has two working Makerbots, which are amazing 3D printers that actually create physical plastic objects from 3D computer designs.

Alice Bob

Here is a little guy I printed, based on our logo:

See our wiki page on Makerbots for technical details, or browse Thingiverse to get an idea of the kinds of things that can be made.

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