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Come to the Jigsaw Renaissance Going-Out-Of-Business Everything-Must-Go Rummage Sale today and tomorrow from 1:30 to 8.

More details here: http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/gms/5094449876.html

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It was fun while it lasted, but Jigsaw Renaissance is closing. We have to be out of the space by July 3. If you have any stuff there, pick it up before Friday. Other stuff is for sale to try to pay back rent.
Keyed members, please return your keys.

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We had a nice little Jam last night. Brent and Dustin from C4 Labs came up from Tacoma to give away some of their awesome Pi cases–wow! Pat got some ideas for panning and tilting his camera. Newbies Gordon and Paul hopefully got some help and inspiration. Steve gave a little tutorial on the Pi’s clock/counter peripheral, from how to read the data sheet to writing some C code to access the control registers. Very cool!
Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so no pix. Plan to come to the next Jam: June 17.

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Our second book is The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.

Here the subject explained by the author:

Feel free to discuss it in the comments here, but please keep all conversation relevant to this book.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

 
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY:

Amelia R. Gill Memorial Library + Discovery Space

Thank you everyone for doing your best helping out with ARG Space (Amelia R. Gill Memorial Library + Discovery Space) project.

GOOD NEWS!

The Gill family has pledged seed funding for the design of ARG memorial library project. To celebrate this, I’ll be hosting A Year of Books every other Friday at Jigsaw Renaissance starting January 16.

More exciting news coming up soon!
It’s still not too late to contribute to ARG Space (Amelia R. Gill Memorial Library + Discovery Space)http://www.patreon.com/ameliagill

About A Year of Books

We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.

(Check out book recommendations every two weeks directly from

A Year of Books Facebook community page

or for those of you who don’t have accounts, ask for a clue.)

We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic.

For all those who are asking where to get the book:

Amazon

Alternative sources

Check your local Barnes and Noble as well. The hardcover on sale for $4.99.

Try: Audiobooks.com or Audible.com (you even get your first book free)

Here the subject explained by the author:

 

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Thank you everyone for doing your best to help out with ARG Space (Amelia R. Gill Memorial Library + Discovery Space) project.

GOOD NEWS!

The Gill family has pledged seed funding for the design of ARG memorial library project. To celebrate this, I’ll be hosting A Year of Books every other Friday at Jigsaw Renaissance starting January 16. (RSVP here:http://www.meetup.com/Jigsaw-Renaissance/events/219612672/)

More exciting news coming up soon!
It’s still not too late to contribute to ARG Space (Amelia R. Gill Memorial Library + Discovery Space): http://www.patreon.com/ameliagill

RSVP on Jigsaw Meetup site.

When: Every other Friday starting January 16, 2015 from  to

WhereJigsaw Renaissance, 815 Seattle Blvd S. Suite 112, Seattle, WA (Google Map)

Jigsaw Renaissance is located inside a lovely and vibrant art community called Inscape Arts in the Seattle Chinatown-International District (dial # 112 for entry). 

What: We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. (Check out book recommendations every two weeks directly from A Year of Books – Facebook community page or for those of you who don’t have accounts, we can give you a clue what they are.)

We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic.

Our first book will be The End of Power by Moisés Naím.
Feel free to discuss it in the comments here, but please keep all conversation relevant to this book.

For all those who are asking where to get the book:

The End of Power The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moises Naim (Author)

Amazon

Alternative sources
Check out: Houston Area Digital Media Catalog

(If you click on ‘sample’, it’ll give you free access to the first 172 pages of the book for free. At least get ahead while you wait on your copy!)

Try: Audiobooks.com or Audible.com (you even get your first book free)

The end of power: Moises Naim at TEDxGeorgetown

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At Wednesday’s Raspberry Pi meetup, Steve showed us his smartphone-controlled model rocket launch system. He has his Pi acting as a wifi hotspot. The Launch Control Officer connects with her smartphone and enters the launch code; a button appears on the screen and, once the countdown reaches 0, the LCO presses the button and WHOOSH the rocket leaves the pad on a pillar of fire and smoke. Of course at the meeting there was no fire or smoke, just a couple of light bulbs standing in for igniters, but Steve showed how one could select a pad (currently two are implemented) and ignite a rocket.
Meanwhile, concurrent but unrelated to the RPi meetup, was a robot build session. Xandon and his team were working on a Robomagellan robot for the upcoming Robothon (9/20) at Seattle Center. Robomagellan is an outdoor contest in which autonomous robots navigate varied terrain to reach traffic cone targets while avoiding obstacles and people. Xandon and co. were attaching a cool LIDAR unit to the robot (looks like a hockey puck in the picture above).

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Last night, Rob Jellinghaus returned to Jigsaw with the latest iteration of Holofunk. Holofunk is a live looping system that lets the user (or users) create music by layering short repeating “loops” of sound recorded in real time. Unlike typical loopers, which are controlled by physical switches, Holofunk is gesture-controlled, with a Kinect detecting the position and shape of the users hands. For example, making a fist is the command to start recording sound; opening the hand stops the recording and starts the repeated playback.


With one loop playing, you record another loop, and another–until you’ve built up a multi-voice musical composition using the power of repetition. There are also gestures for muting loops and adding audio effects such as flange and reverb. And Holofunk supports two users for real-time collaboration. After Rob gave his presentation, he invited audience members to come up and try out Holofunk, which led to some interesting musical results.
It’s been fun watching Holofunk evolve, and I’m expecting even more cool stuff in the next iteration.

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Sorry for the late update. I just found these in my camera. Of course I no longer remember anything about these projects. If you see yourself or your project, leave a note in the comments.

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