In no particular order:
* SIG member Jeff Mahon has finished work on his wooden workbench at the guild and it is looking really solid (both literally and figuratively). Looking forward to when the workshop is full of them!
* The SIG communal robot is coming along nicely, it is now at the stage which it can be controlled by a microcontroller and I'm starting to mess around w/ an Arduino to be able to do some cool things with it. I'm going to use this as the basis for upcoming classes on Robotics and Arduino programming, check the events calendar for when those are scheduled
* Member dues are currently $35 a month but there are several members who chip in more (up to $50 a month plus donations) for no other reason than to help support the guild. At some point this premium membership will come with additional benefits, but until then the least we can do is thank them on our wiki
* Makerspaces have been getting some major attention in the news, SIG member Lou Ruppert points out this article in The Guardian, and just this past Friday on the National Public Radio (NPR) an excellent piece was aired on the movement. Hows that for publicity!
* SIG member Ed Deaver a student at ESM high school is always thinking out of the box, and has started the ESM Linux Club! We at the SIG are really looking forward to supporting and working with his group in any way we can! ^_^
* Finally I would like to leave everyone with this inspirational quote by Theodore Roosevelt (originally found here) which we've printed and put up on the wall at the SIG. If this doesn't motivate you, don't know what will! It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.