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February 17 2016

DIY Gold Plating Class on Saturday, Feb 20

Want to learn to conjure gold? Of course you do.

OK, while we can’t technically teach you alchemy, we can teach you how to wield the magic of electrochemistry! We have a DIY Gold Plating workshop coming up on Saturday, February 20th. Bring your own jewelry, learn some awesome stuff about electrochemistry, and leave with your gold-plated jewelry. You can even gold plate an entire Apple Watch!

Jewelry in this class means: small pendants, earrings, rings, anything that is metal and less than an inch and a half in diameter. Metals that work are stainless steel, copper, brass, nickel, and silver (but not aluminum). We won’t be gold plating chains.

This class is brought to you by Eric Knoll, creator of the Midas Touch kit. Check out the Kickstarter video to learn more.

Tickets are on sale now.

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February 11 2016

Resistor Projects at Stupid Hackathon!

Last weekend, NYC Resistor members Cameron Cundiff, Caroline Sinders and David Huerta #disrupted the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon at ITP. Among the Cheez Whiz 3D Printer, VR Fireplace and Browse-with-Guy Chrome extension, they made two projects that helped dumb-up the Stupid Hackathon to a new level:

Debate Camp

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Debate Camp

Debate Camp is an interactive tale of political intrigue and sexual tension in a secluded boot camp for doing debating… and doing it too? Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio form a kinship in the cutthroat crucible of primary elections, leading them to form a very different kind of “exploratory” committee.

 

Dark Registry

Cameron Cundiff, David Huerta
Dark Registry

Dark Registry is a wedding gift registry, but on the ~*dark web*~. Make your wedding one to remember by making a wishlist of the sketchiest wares the Russian black market has to offer! Download the Tor Browser and point it to the Dark Registry onion service: rlmhcda2ttz4tdtw.onion.

Check out stupidhackathon.org for more projects by various randos.

February 08 2016

OMG I wrote a book on React Native

My main project of 2015 is finally done. I wrote a book! Learning React Native is a practical guide to using JavaScript to build mobile apps for iOS and Android, taking you from the very basic starter application through deploying to the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

You can get a copy at Amazon or directly from O’Reilly. (The O’Reilly ebook is DRM-free.)

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Before you ask: the animal is a ring-tailed possum! And nope, I wasn’t involved in choosing it. If you want to talk to me about JavaScript / mobile / React / etc, come find me at Craft Night.

February 02 2016

Still tickets for Soft Circuits Workshop! Electronics you can hug! (Or Stab! Or Wear!)

Learn about LEDs! Circuits! Tiny Clothing! And share a love for ridiculous things by making your own light-up soft circuit toy this Sunday 3-6pm at NYC Resistor. Grab your ticket here!

We’ll provide all the supplies and teach you about things like conductive sewing thread and conductive cloth. We’ll also provide a blank plushie and plenty of fabric and other supplies to decorate it however you’d like. In the end you’ll walk away with some great knowledge of electronics, LEDs, and a light up thing you can hug! Perhaps your own tiny voodoo doll that only lights up when you stick a metal pin in it….which makes a pretty great joke gift for Valentine’s day. Or maybe a fancy cuff?

It’s a great starter for anyone who’d like to learn more about electronics. No previous experience needed!

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Inspiration photos from Grace Kim and The Museum of Tech!

 

January 19 2016

The Anti-Valentine’s Day: Voodoo Doll Soft Circuits Class on Feb 7th

Pssh, Valentine’s Day. Obviously the worst holiday, except for the February 15th chocolate sales. Those are pretty cool.

Join us in grumpiness on February 7th for an Anti-V-Day class! Ever had the urge to create a voodoo doll of that one ex with glowing “ow I just got stabbed” eye action? This is your chance! Learn how to make a soft circuits doll that lights up when you stick a pin in it’s cold dead heart.

Tickets available via Eventbrite.

NYC Resistor @huertanix in Motherboard this month with a Tor relay how-to!

Illustrious world traveler, cryptography enthusiast, and all-around nice guy David Huerta is featured in Motherboard this month with an article on running your own Tor relay, and how it can help the Tor network become even faster: Motherboard: How You Can Help Make Tor Faster for $10 a Month

 

January 18 2016

Feb 7: Vector Game Design with Processing

TLDR; we have an awesome vector game design class coming up on Sunday, February 7th. Tickets available now! 

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Do you identify as a woman and have an interest in making games that are playable across web-capable devices? If so, NYCR & Code Liberation invite you to attend our Vector Graphics Game Development workshop using Processing!

If you’ve ever played an original Asteroids arcade game and thought “wish we could still make games that looked like that” Now we can! Trammell Hudson from NYC Resistor has developed some hardware that will allow us to drive the vector monitors to play a whole series of emulator games. We thought it’d be super fun to create original content for these gorgeous retro-graphic displays and were so excited we did a talk about it at this year’s Chaos Communications Congress: 32C3

This class is a collaboration with Code Liberation and is open to attendees who identify as women. As always, we ask that attendees read & abide by our Code of Conduct.

Tickets available now!

January 13 2016

Nail Art Make-Along on Sunday, Jan 17th

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We’ll be having a nail art make-a-long on Sunday. Bring your nail polish, and get excited. RSVP on the Eventbrite page.

Never been to one of our Make-Alongs? A Make-Along is a self-guided craft workshop where participants learn new skills, explore new materials, and make great things! As always with NYCR events, we ask that participants read & abide by our code of conduct. Thanks!

January 10 2016

2016 Make-Alongs Posted!

From nail art to kokedama to pumpkin hacking, we’ve got you covered in 2016. Our Make-Along schedule is now live on our Eventbrite, so you can get your tickets now.

Make-Alongs are self-guided craft workshops where participants learn new skills, explore new materials, and make great things! We try to keep our Make-Along ticket prices low, just enough to cover materials. For 2016, we’ve got some awesome stuff planned:

January 17: Nail Art
February 21: Knitting and Crochet
March 20: Egg Dioramas
April 17: Book Binding
May 15: Terrariums
June 19: Kokedama
July 17: Summer Camp Crafts & Picnic
September 18: Costumes
October 16: Pumpkin Hacking
November 20: Pop-Ups
December 18: Dioramas, Mobiles, & Elementary School Crafts

Get your tickets & see the full class schedule now on Eventbrite.

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December 29 2015

NYE Craft Night!

There has been some question around whether NYC Resistor is open for New Years Eve so pay attention cause we are open.

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And there will be music.

And there will be science.

And there will be dancing

So get over here and join us for the last craft night of 2015!

December 24 2015

We’re Open!

NYC Resistor will be open as usual for Craft Night on Thursday, December 24th. Woohoo!

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December 17 2015

NYCR at CCC

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NYC Resistor’s origin goes back to some of its founders attending the Chaos Computing Congress in 2008 and this year we again have a great showing at CCC in Hamburg, Germany. Many Resistors members will be attending and we’ll add to the giant pile of hackerspace stickers.

Presentation at 31C3

Several NYC Resistor members will be giving presentations at 32c3: Caroline Sinder’s “When Algorithms Fail in Our Personal Lives” (2015-12-30 at 14:00), Matthew Borgatti’s “My Robot Will Crush You With Its Soft Delicate Hands!” (2015-12-27 at 23:00), Trammell Hudson’s “Thunderstrike 2: more Mac EFI firmware vulnerabilities” (2015-12-27 at 20:30) and a joint presentation by Adelle Lin and Trammell Hudson on “Vector Retrogaming with MAME and XY monitors” (2015-12-28 at 18:15).

The Congress provides free live streams of all of the presentations, so even if you can’t attend the event you can still watch and ask questions on their IRC channel. There are four days of four presentation tracks with around one hundred talks on a wide range of technology, security, society and art topics. It is well worth looking through the list of events!

December 16 2015

B-Sides NYC Registration Open!

B-Sides is finally coming to NYC! What is B-Sides you ask? Well it’s a volunteer driven low cost Information Security conference that’s hosted around the country. It usually follows in the wake of big name conferences such as RSA or Black Hat. But, it’s become famous for being a smaller crowd of interested researchers rather than a commercial blitz or an all out party. It’s a great conference for first time presenters and seasoned veterans alike. And when I lived in SF, it was a welcomed event that usually left me very inspired not just by the quality and innovation in the presentations, but the people I met there and the conversations that ensued as well.

NYC has only just managed to get a B-Sides event off the ground. And a few folks pushed very hard to make this happen. So, having been in some of the email threads around this. I am super excited to see that this registration opening. This is cool people!

Some of the presenters include former NYC Resistor member Dino Dai Zovi and former L0pht hackerspace member Chris Wysopal. Both legends in the infosec community, and really cool down to earth people as well.

The event will be hosted at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For those not in the know, John Jay is where most of the NYPD got their degrees. It’s also been a helpful academic liaison for the NYC infosec scene for years. So it’s kind of awesome to see this event being hosted there.

Register Here or don’t. That’s cool too. =D

December 13 2015

Monday Open Night: Come Knit With Us!

Monday nights are one of our public nights at NYC Resistor. Every Monday is Laser Night, and every other Monday is Knit Knight, too! So many things!

Don’t know how to knit? That’s awesome, we have needles and spare yarn, we can teach you! Just swing by around 7:30pm this Monday, December 14th, and say hello.

Want to learn something new? Some of us are working on making knitted scale mail, and we can teach you that, too…

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there!

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November 26 2015

Yes, There Will Be a Craft Night on Turkey Night

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Eschewing traditions or just trying to avoid going anywhere near JFK during the holidays?  [Some, very few of] us too! Resistor will be open for Craft Night this Thursday, November 26th. Same bat time, same bat channel. Skip the Turkey (or eat it earlier I guess) and join us for some hacking.

BONUS: We’ll have a limited supply of Soylent available, if you’re into a particularly dystopian and/or health goth themed Thanksgiving.

November 25 2015

Intro to Arduino Class on December 5th

Our ever-popular introductory Arduino class is back for another round! This one’s on December 5th. Our last class sold out quickly, so get your tickets early.

 

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If you’ve been wanting to get into electronics but don’t know where to start, this class is for you! Learn to use an Arduino to control lights and sound, and how to combine sensors with output. Get your tickets here.

No previous electronics experience required. For programming experience, you should be comfortable with for loops and variables.

November 17 2015

Hot Casting Cross-Polinator Class with Urban Glass on Dec 12

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Want to learn how to combine LASERS and glass? Grab a ticket for our upcoming collaboration with UrbanGlass!

In this one day workshop, students will get to design a simple object within a 7″ x 7″ square, laser cut that object in wood and then cast it in glass. It’s a full-day event, from 10am-7pm on December 12.

We’ve got other classes coming up, too, including a vector display class and our usual laser certification class. Check ’em out on our Eventbrite!

 

November 10 2015

Hackers Party Update!

TLDR: This party is now no longer on Nov 14, or at NYC Resistor. Read on for details!

So you may have noticed there’s another much bigger hackers party the same weekend as the one we planned to have. Heh, great minds think alike. So, we’ve decided rather than force people to pick sides and make this some form of competition, we’d just make life easier on everyone and join forces with the other party. In part, this is because of recent upgrades to NYC Resistor’s machine room eating up a significant amount of our floor space. In part, it’s because we really wanted to check out the other party as well =P.

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So we got in touch with the folks at hacktheplanet.party and they were excited to team up with us as well. We’ll be bringing the nycresistor hackers party projects over there. We hope to see you there.

Details for the event:

WHERE: The Paper Box
WHEN: November 13th 2015
WHO: The best music you can possibly imagine
WHAT: Full cyber punk regalia

This Thursday the 12th you are also invited to our Open Hack Night at NYC Resistor to work on / complete your projects for the party. Get amped up. Show everyone you know stuff, and didn’t just get a puter for christmas. Be elite ya’ll.

HACK THE PLANET!

November 01 2015

Intro to Arduino Class on November 15!

Curious about Arduinos? Not sure where to start? Come to our introductory Arduino class on November 15th! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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We’ll cover the basics of using an Arduino for both input and output, using a light sensor, LEDs, a buzzer, and more! We’ll also talk about breadboarding and the basics of Arduino programming. No previous electronics experience necessary. Our Arduino classes often sell out, so get your tickets!

October 24 2015

Join us for Pumpkin Hacking this Sunday!

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I carved this here Benedict Pumpkinpatch during another year’s Pumpkin Hacking session, come along and we can show you how, too!

Hello pumpkins! It’s that time of year again!

This year it’s BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN, because for some reason people at our space don’t enjoy hacking around rotting piles of pumpkins in the days following our little get-together.

We will also be snacking on holiday themed foods (candy corn and pumpkin seeds, anyone?) and watching spooky (but not scary) movies. JOIN US!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
1:00PM – 4:00PM

Tickets are $10, purchase them here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-make-along-4-pumpkin-hacking-tickets-15195844179

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