Hackerspace Holiday Party! December 12th - 6pm-9:30pm

Fixit clinic fixes it!

Last saturday the Fixit Clinic came out to Ace Monster Toys and helped people fix their broken things. Among the items fixed were a casette player, roomba, car stereo, and pair of binoculars. Overall the event was a great success, and I think something we'd like to repeat in the future! Check out some more pictures as well.

Ace Monster Toys a success on Make: Live!

Ace Monster Toys was approached recently to appear on Make: Live as part of their "Hackerspace Roadshow." As their page says, Make: Live is a streaming show and tell show from people at Make magazine. Given that I own every issue of Make and, of course, all officers of a hackerspace are unable to turn down free press, we agreed to be on their show.

Make: Live had done a first Hackerspace Roadshow this last year, profiling a number of other hackerspaces around the United States, including our sister (cousin?) space in San Francisco, Noisebridge. This time, they profiled Ace Monster Toys (of Oakland!), Hive13 in Cincinnati, Perth Artifactory in Perth, and Tokyo Hackerspace in, you guessed it, Tokyo! A little more international this time.

For the show, they asked us to give a brief tour of the space, show our coolest tool, maybe give a little history, and then show some projects. I gave the tour (under some duress) and Stacy, Chris, and Atom Bomb all showed their projects (which are far cooler than my touring ability).

You can see all of the shows right now on the Make: Live web page. The videos are also up on Youtube. I've put the AMT video inline below or you can watch it there.

I also want to say, for the record, that the truth of samsaric suffering is revealed when you are forced to watch a video of yourself.

-- Al

AMT featured on Hackerspace Roadshow on Make:Live tonight 6pm PST

Ace Monster Toys is getting featured on Make: Live's Hackerspace Roadshow stream. Read details and links to watch below: 

Join us for a Hackerspace Roadshow tonight on Make: Live! This time, we have our passports ready to be stamped because we're taking the show international. We'll be checking in with Perth Artifactory in Australia and Tokyo Hackerspace in Japan. In the US, we'll hear from Ace Monster Toys in Oakland, CA, Hive13 in Cincinnati, OH, and NYC Resistor right here in Brooklyn, NY. Each hackerspace will give us a tour and show off a few of their members' projects. Perth Artifactory has a 30,000 volt MIDI instrument they call the Arcophone, which they'll play for us. Tokyo Hackerspace will show off their LOL Shield builds and how how they melt lead for their radiation detection experiments. Ace Monster Toys will show us their huge 100 watt laser cutter, LED blinking art, and a Minecraft Creeper bot. Hive13 will take us around their impressive space, will talk about their lock picking forensics group and their RGB LED window. And NYC Resistor members will demo their projects, including an Inspector Gadget inspired pop up book, a TV-B-Gone NES Light Gun, remote controlled HAM radio base station, and stylish RFID-blocking wallets. We'll have all that, a giveaway from Digi-Key, and so much more tonight on Make: Live.

Details about this episode:

Make: Live 21: Hackerspace Roadshow II

Wednesday November 30th at 9pm ET/6pm PT

Watch at makezine.com/live or on UStream

Please join us in the UStream chat or mark tweets with #makelive to interact live with the show. 

Thank you and I hope we'll see you in the chat tonight!


Fixit Clinic, Sat Dec 3rd 1-5pm

Come to Ace Monster Toys to get your broken stuff un-broken! Bring electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. in a non-working state, and we will assess, disassemble, and possibly repair them. We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you take apart and troubleshoot your device. If it turns out it's not possible to fix, or we are lacking replacement parts, you'll still learn more about the inner workings and what exactly failed in it.

Led by Peter Mui, an MIT-trained engineer who has put on several of these clinics to great success in the past.

Cost: Free, open to the public

When: Saturday, December 3rd, from 1-5pm

Where: Ace Monster Toys Global Headquarters

6050 Lowell St #214, Oakland, CA 94608. Look for the blueish building, buzz "# 2 1 4" on the door panel to get in.

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