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

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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 python.org. 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!

TL;DR

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:

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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.

Door Hacking Night

Ever wonder why the front door has given us so much trouble? Wonder no longer. Come and marvel at the considerations involved in building a working door system. Open to members and the public, you'll find out firsthand why implementing electronic access is such a pain in the butt!
This Tuesday's session will revolve around figuring out how to reliably trigger the electronic strike from an arduino without blowing things up. I've got an SSR, an arduino, and a sacrificial netbook, so come on down and watch me release some magic smoke.
 
Door Hacking
Tuesday, February 1st, 7PM AMT
Open to the public 

New site, new infrastructure

Hey there! You made it! Welcome to the new and improved AceMonsterToys.org. I (robbiet480) have been working on this all day. Everything is fresh and sparkly. Go ahead and edit the wiki, interact here on the main site, and chat it up in the mailing lists. 

 

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