February Book Club

The next meeting of the TOG Book Club is Friday 28th February 2014, and we’ll be reading Rainbows End by Vernon Vinge.

Rainbows End is a 2006 science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. It was awarded the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The book is set in San Diego, California, in 2025, in a variation of the fictional world Vinge explored in his 2002 Hugo-winning novella “Fast Times at Fairmont High” and 2004′s “Synthetic Serendipity”. Vinge has tentative plans for a sequel, picking up some of the loose threads left at the end of the novel.

The many technological advances depicted in the novel suggest that the world is undergoing ever-increasing change, perhaps destined for a technological singularity, a recurring subject in Vinge’s writing (both fiction and non-fiction).

Big thanks to everyone who came to our January Book Club and read Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

All are welcome to come and chat about the book (members & non-members).

Big Data applied to Intermedia Art

Big Data applied to Intermedia Art : Pierre Jolivet / Pacific 231

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TOG Hackerspace and Exchange Dublin are proud to host a talk by French artist / composer Pierre Jolivet on Big Data and Intermedia Art. The event forms part of a week long series of events and a gallery show celebrating our 5th birthday.

“Big Data and complex visualisations are now ever present as a means of representation and semiotic simplification. Artists, with the development of specific languages like Processing, are starting to generate a new revolution where creativity transcends data. This short presentation is an attempt to expose the potential of tapping in our environment and / or our inner self – revealing a new form of Intermedia Art*.”

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Date: Friday 24th January - 8pm

Where: Exchange Dublin

Tickets: No booking required, free entry.

* Intermedia was a concept employed in the mid-sixties by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins to describe the often confusing, inter-disciplinary activities that occur between genres that became prevalent in the 1960s. Thus, the areas such as those between drawing and poetry, or between painting and theatre could be described as intermedia. [Wikipedia]

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Bio: Pacific 231 is the moniker of French artist Pierre Jolivet, who is now living in Ireland. He has been composing music for a long time, which is proved by the huge number of releases and also by the wide, ever-changing and evolving range of sub-
genres that are the results of his work. He found the roots of his early works in noise and industrial bases. One could say that Pacific 231 has never left a certain inspiration in noise structures. A few years ago, he began to make more and more experiments with sound samples of various kinds. Discovering the magic of abstract arrangements and sound collages led him also to co-operate with other artists. His discography has got more than eight split or collaboration albums with such artists as Lieutenant Caramel, Vox Populi! and Rapoon.

HACK/CHANGE

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TOG’s tornado tour continues, this time into Exchange Dublin, a multipurpose culture space in Temple Bar.

The week long exhibition in Exchange brings hacker culture to the people of Dublin, with a variety of crazy contraptions made by the mad members of TOG.

There will be adhoc hack/changes made throughout the week, culminating in a big data visualisation event 8pm on Friday 24th  - wrapping up in time for Tog’s 5th birthday party on Saturday 25th.

So take a stroll through Temple Bar this week and serve yourself a little slice of hacker heaven!

Date: 19th – 25th January

Where: Exchange Dublin

Tickets: No booking required, free entry.

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Computer Wallpapers

To coincide with our Hoodies and T-Shirts (which are now on sale), here’s a few wallpapers for your computer which feature the duck based design:

Making a Hot Wire Cutter

3191 Had a go at making a hot wire cutter to cut plastic and polystyrene. Experimented with 2 types of wire. Tried a thinner wire which worked at about 8 amps, but used a thicker wire in the end, as the thinner one broke. It draws about 16 Amps. Managed to cut the tops from some bottles with it. Will experiment a bit more and fine tune it. Want to try some expanded polystyrene. More pics here….

Hot Wire Cutter Pics

A Year of Beer

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TOG will be hosting Capital Brewers brewday Saturday 14 Dec 12:00-17:00

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This brewday will mark 1 year since the start of a beautiful friendship, and you can expect all-grain beer brewing with expert advice, tips and tricks, tasting sessions, demos and maybe even a BBQ if weather permits.

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Drop in anytime from noon; cost is free and all are welcome.

Donations for TOG are welcome too!