Pre-camp Coordination 2015
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How technology saved the yo-yo (and the world).
A walk through the history of the modern yo-yo, with a large collection of yo-yos (and spintops) showing the technological improvements over the last generation, and period specific trick demonstrations illustrating how the improvements led to more entertaining, mind-blowing play.
The Chocolate Table needs your help!
- See some chocolate you want to try? Try it!
- Check to see if there is some of the same chocolate open before you open more chocolate.
- See some empty wrappers laying around? Please toss ‘em.
- See a chocolate bar with only one piece left? It’s lonely, eat it. (Forget the “don’t eat the last piece” rule — it doesn’t apply here. It is your duty to eat the last piece!)
- Are you a Chocolatier and fancy bringing your own creation? Please do! However, please make an ingredients sign that identifies what is in your chocolate, so that food allergens can be clearly identified.
Want learn how to make soft, cuddly fractals out of time, yarn and a stick? I’m happy to show you how. I’ll bring the supplies. You bring your hands and some patience.
Cat Allman email@example.com
Maker Lab ORD Camp
This year we are taking the Maker Lab to the next level. We’re going to have a new part of the schedule boards that has room for Maker talks and demos. If you are a maker type person and have something to make or teach we want you to get involved. These types of talks require some preparation. So far we have these:
Make your own skateboard
Make your own bottle opener
Make your own ORD Lamp
Tools we’ll have at ORD Camp include 3D Carving and milling machines, 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters. We encourage you to bring your tools too!
(added by Bill Hammack firstname.lastname@example.org)
What makes a good (science) demonstration? While working on a version of Micheal Faraday’s lectures The Chemical History of a Candle for YouTube I realized that most of the demonstrations shown to students in Freshman chemistry come from Faraday. So, bring demonstrations (I’ll show some of Faraday’s); I’ve been in contact with Mike Davis @MDScience who is interested. Also, I see we have a former magic demonstrator — Kevin Pang @pang — perhaps he might have insights into what works well.
Another Science Demonstration: Cosmic Ray Cloud Chamber
(added by Dan Yocum: email@example.com)
I will be bringing one. You can see muon trails in a supersaturated ethanol atmosphere. Building a cloud chamber is easy:
and you can practice your zen sitting while watching the particles leave trails in the chamber. Truly become one with the universe…
Guitar Geek: Hack Your Axe
(added by Dan Yocum: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I’m a beginner guitar player and like to fiddle with things. In this session I’m going to upgrade the humbucker pickups on my Epiphone Dot guitar live, without a net. You hacker pros can look over my shoulder and point out what I’m screwing up and show off the mods you’ve done to your axe(s), and the folks interested in hacking your own gear can get a little “now I’ve seen it” experience, too.
We’ll talk guitars, amps, accessories, and gadgets and maybe hear the difference between the stock Epi Humbuckers and the Gibson ’57 Classics I bought for this project.
(added by Joe Born: email@example.com)
(Added by Andrew Huff: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott Robbin and I plan to host a booze talk at the end of Saturday’s sessions again, and wanted to share details with you in hopes that we can get your participation and contributions.
At past ORDcamps we covered scotch and bourbon, rye and mezcal, gin, and the effects of barrel aging on liquor. This year, we’re going to experiment with — on — cocktails. Introducing the ORD Fashioned Lab.
The old fashioned is one of the simplest cocktails, and as such is one of the easiest to improvise with and experiment on. At its most basic, it’s liquor, sugar and bitters. And while bourbon is traditional, what might a mezcal old fashioned taste like? What if it’s honey instead of sugar? How do different bitters affect the flavor? Let’s find out.
We intend to offer a variety of ingredients under the Sweet, Bitter and Booze categories for folks to try in different combinations, which is where you come in. As in previous years, we’d appreciate your assistance procuring test subjects. We’ve created a spreadsheet for you to sign up to bring the strong, sweet and bitter items with hopefully not too much overlap. Please note the tabs for each component — you’re not required to bring one of each, nor to bring anything at all in order to participate. And as in the past, we’re happy to pick up liquor on out-of-towners’ behalf — just email Scott or me with what you’d like us to get for you, and we’ll work out payment later.
Scott and I (and compatriots welcome) will do a brief introduction to start the session, then open up the laboratory bar for experimentation. At the end, we’ll all share our results and collect successful recipes for an ORD Fashioned Lab recipe book (or, you know, website).
Bring and Bling Your Glass
(added by Jeff Solin: email@example.com)
With the new maker area happenings, I’m planning to bring a 40 Watt Epilog cutter from my lab along with a super awesome rotary attachment. The rotary attachment allows you to etch cylindrical things like glasses, water bottles, wine bottles, liquor bottles, mugs, ridiculously high-power 7000 megawatt flashlights (looking at you Fitz), etc. My plan is to run a session (if I can nab a slot) to help people design and then etch their glass. The best glasses for this are ones with flat or slightly curved sides. For example, a glass shaped like \_/ or |_| works better than a glass shaped like (_). The glass lies on its side and is spun under the laser on encoded rollers, so variations in the surface contour cause variations in focus of the laser.
Maybe we can cross-pollinate with the BOOZEtalk folks to have some “bling your tumbler then go drink something awesome out of it” type of action. If you have a favorite rocks glass / tumbler or other glass (or aluminum water bottle or anything else cylindrical) that you want to etch, bring it! I’ll help with the basics and do my best to make sure you walk away with something awesome, personalized, and one of a kind.
Below are some glasses I’ve etched to give you a little idea of what can be done. Once the design is ready to go, it takes around 10 min to etch.
Creative Fun with Industrial Waste
Pantyhose factories box up their rejects and sell them on the cheap. This rejected hosiery is my answer to duct tape. The question is not what can you do with it, the question is what can’t you do with it? Join me in making Moonballs and other creative low-tech, low-impact, but high-fun items.
Added by @KimMoldofsky TheMakerMom@hotmail.com
Some of you are professional software developers, user interface designers, master craftspeople with years of training capable of producing elegant, refined tools to accomplish all sorts of goals. These are not the tools I am curious to see. I would like to see your crappiest most hacked together stopgap solutions that you cannot live without. Eg. A google doc that magically tells you whether your business is profitable, a modified hand-file that’s exactly the right size for some esoteric task, the irreplaceable 30-year-old database that has all your company’s critical information in it, the website form you made to translate html into css, the code that you’d be embarrassed to show to your colleagues. Interpret that however you like.
Added by Seth Zurer
Sandy Weisz and Andy Sabin
We’re playtesting a game we’re designing, and we’d be happy to combine the session with one other person/team who’d like a room of bodies to playtest their game. I think 30 min apiece would work nice.
How to Fix the “L,” Part 2
At ORDCamp 2013 I talked about my ingenious scheme to expand Chicago transit. I’ve now gotten funding and sponsorship from a downtown business group to prepare a white paper elaborating on this plan. A genius team has been assembled and work will start soon. The goal of this session, assuming I can elbow my way through the schedule board scrum, is to (a) explain the current plan and the rationale for it, both of which have evolved over the past two years, and (b) get feedback, ideas, and generous offers of assistance, up to and including 500 million dollars.
Added by Ed Zotti, firstname.lastname@example.org
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