This weekends Open Social will have a bit of a twist. There will be some live music to go along with the usually good mix of food, drinks and chat.
The social will kick off at 7pm this Saturday the 2nd of July until late. Feel free to bring your own beer and food along. It’s a great chance to visit the space and see what we are all about.This event is free and open to the public.
Dan a member of Tog will be giving an update on the great work being done at Cloughjordan, a new eco village, located in Tipperary.
Cloughjordan is a new concept in living. With Fibre Optic Internet to
every home, communal heating system, low energy concept housing, and a hackers dream, a fab-lab with laser cutter and a shop bot robotic machine. The fab-lab is still in construction with the foundations laid. Dan visited the village as part of the food festival and will explain how the village works and how they need help from hackers to get the best of technology to drive the economy.
After the talk we will have a set from Ewan from Boy Scout Audio http://boyscoutaudio.com/. Restricted to a mere 16 notes per pattern and 16 patterns per track, he squeezes the last drops of musical juice from a Nintendo DS, battering the synthesised daylights out of the bare-bones Korg DS-10 software that is the sole sound of his music. Csixtyforce and Zyme from Gamepak have also been added to the line up. Bring on the chip tunes.
The beginning of June represents the one year anniversary of TOG moving into Chancery Lane or TOG 2.0. To celebrate we’ll be having a dinner party during the June 4th social night.
So what do you want from a TOG dinner party? Ordinary three course meal; formal four course meal; party food; experimental cooking; BBQ; bring-your-own?
We’ve a reasonably equipped kitchen and BBQ. We expect to meet up in TOG about 2pm for the clean up, shopping, preparation, cooking/baking, with dinner starting about 6-7pm. If you like to attend, cook or bring something comment below. We’ll probably have a small contribution to cover the food costs. BYOB.
Following on from the March event we’ll also be having Projects Night on Saturday. Participants will have a short opportunity to present projects they have worked since the last meeting and any new projects they hope to work on over the next three months. We expect this meeting to run from about 8pm to 9pm.
Somewhat related to the Projects Night we are announcing our Summer Fund. Over the three summer months this fund will provide approximately €120 per month for a group project(s). The exact criteria hasn’t been set yet. But it will likely involves a lump sum being give to a project to buy parts/materials for a project which involves/stimulates group activity in the space. Project suggestions and participation from non-members is welcomed.
The Cupcake Challenge – The flour dust has settled in TOG and the result is one cupcake winging it’s way to Australia.
After trying a recommend cupcake recipe with mediocre results we tried a recipe using the chiffon method and we were very happy. In the end for the cake we went with a chocolate flavouring using cocoa powder and a lot of melted chocolate. The frosting was an Italian style buttercream flavoured with melted chocolate. The buttercream was then piped onto the top of the cupcake. The decoration was a mint flavoured fondant icing which we shaped into a shamrock.
Weighing up the options for the packaging we decided to go all out and protect the frosting. We suspend the cupcake through the cake base using wooden skewers. The skewers were in a crossed shape with a piece of cardboard used to keep the shape stable. The cupcake and skewers were wedged firmly into a plastic container used for pre-made soups. Using some bubble-wrap to fill the remaining space. The plastic container was then wrapped in more bubble-wrap and packed into large box.
The resulting package was 28x20x18 cm and weight less then 500g. We found that the international courier service from An Post the national postal service and DHL was the cheapest at only €50, where the other international providers were more then €100. One issue with this service was that due to recent terrorist activity with printer cartridges, package contents need to be inspected before they can be sent. So the postal lady undid some of the careful work we did to package our cupcake.
Now the main concern which we could do nothing about is that its southern hemisphere summer in Australia and the buttercream frosting is unlikely to survive the high temperatures.
Some more photos of the cupcake and packaging are available on the gallery.
Baking and eating your own cupcakes is the best. But giving a cupcake to someone else can be just as rewarding for the giver and really great for the receiver
With this in mind the global community of hackerspaces have come up with the Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge. The challenge is to bake, doctorate, package and send a cupcake to another hackerspace and for it to arrive in good condition.
At this moment the destination for our cupcake is The Perth Artifactory hackerspace in Perth, Australia. We should be recieving a cupcake from Alpha One Labs hackerspace in New York, USA.
So members of TOG will be participating in the challenge this weekend the 15th and 16th of January and you’re invited to help. We’re very luck to have a full kitchen in our space. On Saturday from about 1pm we’ll do a lot of baking and experimenting with different cupcake recipes and decoration techniques. Later in the day we’ll bake other things and cook some dinner. On Sunday we’ll work on the packaging of the final cupcake.
If your a disaster in the kitchen, this is also the a Synchronous Hackathon weekend so feel free to come along and use the rest of the space to work on your programming, electronics, craft or constructions projects or just hang out for awhile.
The Synchronous Hackathon is free and open to visitors like most of our events. We’ll have a donation cup to help cover the costs of shipping (approximatly €100), any equipment and ingredients.