Random things of interest

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.



OK We just wanted to do this quick introduction post. Our name is DFW Makers Club, located in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in the state of Texas. We are to our knowledge the latest hackerspace to open up in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are for the most part a group of students who have started this project and are going through the steps to eventually open our doors to the public at large reasonably early next year. We are trying to meet up to our challenges and overcome them in the process to build a model organization. Our central goal is for our hackerspace to act as a community oriented nonprofit workshop helping people of all walks of life pursue technology and industrial related interests both as a group and as individuals. We shall do that by: 1. Educating, teaching and instructing youths, school children, the unemployed who wants to gain new employable skills etc etc and we shall spread our knowledge, knowhow and expertise in the fields in which we as a group or as individuals may excel. 2. By giving the community at large access to tools, expertise, knowhow and manpower in order to work on their own projects and also contribute to the hackerspace in their own right. 3. By recruiting among our local communities and by having regular get together in order to build solidarity with and among our hackerspace, our immediate community and the overall community of Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We also aim to reach out, network and build friendships with other hackerspaces.The challenges faced by our organization are many but the most debilitating one is that of a general lack of resources esp. at the rate that we are expanding our overall activity. Given the fact that most of the members of our hackerspace are students and as enthusiastic as we are we come from mostly humble backgrounds. Therefore in order to meet our economic and resource related challenges - namely a dedicated workspace open to all 24/7, we are considering  raising capital and are interested in starting a kickstarter campaign. What do you guys think?  We are interested in hearing from established hackerspaces such as yourself. Let us know if you have any questions, we will be glad to reply and update you with the pertinent information. And of course we would definitely appreciate any word of advice and any support in substance and/or in spirit.You can follow us on our website http://www.dfwmakersclub.org and facebook.com/DFWMakersClub.Thank You.