TOG Duck goes to EMFCamp

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TOG Duck is on migration this month to EMF Camp, a 3 day camping for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things: hackers, artists, geeks, crafters, scientists, and engineers. TOG Duck transport costs are being supported by the event shiny fund. Check out some of the other shiny projects too.  We are making a host of changes to our duck from its last outing at Dublin Maker. We are adding lights , quacks, position logging  and remote control. If you can’t find us roaming the campsite we can be found at our village.  Check out some photos of the build in the gallery.

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More pinhole photos

After Dublin Maker and having lots of people around we put up few more pinhole cameras turned out much better than expected. Tracks at top left are the sun moving across the image for 3 weeks.

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Brewday (9th August 10.30am)

TOG members and Capital Brewers return to TOG HQ this Saturday. Hearty brews are on the menu, in both brewing with guidance and instructions from the experts, and tasting craft beer made earlier!

A very rough time-line of a brew day is as follows:

  • 10:30am – 12pm: Heating water, water treatment and mashing grain
  • 12pm – 2pm: Boiling, BBQ, beer tasting from previous brews and visitors beers
  • 2pm – 4pm: Cooling and clean up

Every brew day is slightly different with a mix of brewers, recipes and techniques. This weekend Michelle will be brewing a pale ale, similar to something you would get from Sierra Nevada. We will be bottling the mixed berry cider kit that was bottled last month so that should be ready when we meet again in September.

The long term goal would be to get a full set of brewing equipment that TOG members can use themselves at the space and make your own beer, cider or wine whenever you like! All you need are the ingredients. This is a monthly event that usually happens the first/second weekend in a month so if you can’t make this brew day there will always be another opportunity.

Its always a fun and engaging day, the cost is free (donations are welcome) so come along, ask questions and even help with the brewing!

Capital brewers discussion is here, and pictures of our previous brew days can be found here.

Video of the day:

August 2014 Book Club

Thanks to everyone who made it to our July bookclub, despite it being mere hours before Dublin Maker. The next meeting will be 7:30pm, Friday 29th August. (And as some of us will be at EMF camp, we’ll be having a satellite bookclub meeting there as well!)

The book for August is ‘Sarah Canary’ by Karen Joy Fowler.

“When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort “the ugliest woman he could imagine” away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both resurfacing some days later at an insane asylum. Chin has run afoul of the law and Sarah has been committed for observation. Their escape from the asylum in the company of another inmate sets into motion a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying.”

And because many people are away on holidays around now, and to be mindful that our dead-tree reading members can sometimes need time to locate copies, we’ve set the book for September as well, as ‘Permutation City’ by Greg Egan. More details next month.

And remember; all are welcome to come and chat about the book (members & non-members). Whether you’re in Dublin, or at EMF camp! No charge, ever. But usually some tea and a few biscuits.

*edit* Just a reminder that we have a goodreads group as well to help keep track of suggestions. Come join us!

Pinhole photo from DublinMaker

At DublinMaker this weekend we had a tent and took an 8 hour exposure pinhole photo

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New toys in TOG Spot Welder

As always at the BBQs at tog there is fire and dismantling of stuff involved. Group of us on Sunday during the BBQ took apart an old welder that was quite useless and converted it to a spot welder check out the video down below.

 

We also put up a few more pin hole photos of which will be posted in a few weeks.