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With the help of Steve Devine, I cobbled together a proof-of-concept door lock (or more precisely, a doorknob-turner). It’s a small step toward a “keyless” entry system.

As you can see, it works, but it’s pretty darn Rube Goldbergy. If you have some ideas for improving it, leave a comment or come to SCRoW Wednesday evening.


Willow Brugh, one of the founder of Jigsaw Renaissance and now the Director of Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB), offers this opportunity for you to contribute to their cause. Some of you might have heard about the GWOB, but some of you may  not. Let me try to explain what I know about them. Put it simply, GWOB is like the Geek Squad (at the Best Buy Store):

with big EXCEPTION: Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) are not technicians like Geek Squad who are fixing home entertainment, automotive  or appliance, and certainly they don’t work for the Best Buy stores.


Geeks Without Bounds Geeks Without Bounds

These geeks are dedicated to solving the world’s technology challenges and fixing the world by empowering people to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) is an accelerator for humanitarian projects. They take teams through a six month mentorship cycle to bring good intentions to a state of deployment. GWOB connect developers with aid organizations so technology can be used in disaster and humanitarian response.

Their cause are noble, and this is your opportunity to enable them to succeed in a big way:

They need a grant writer!

Unbound these geeks so that they can effectively create systemic change and expand their program on a global scale!!!



How do you know Jigsaw Renaissance is an amazing community?  Because we use our powers for awesome!



It’s always satisfying when a perfectly good electronics item can be rescued from the trash. Take this poor Magnavox mini TV. Sound worked, but no video.

Popping open the case revealed a capacitor that had obviously blown up.  A little disassembly and soldering of a new cap later, and the TV came back to life (as a little testing with Asteroids confirmed)…


If you have something to fix or tinker with, stop by Jigsaw Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights ay 6PM to build, tear down, or fix your project.  Resident electronics wizards Ned Konz and/or Michael Park can usually be found for a few pointers.


What a great day for Jigsaw!  Yesterday, the Inscape Arts Building (where Jigsaw is a tenant) had its quarterly arts festival.  We were packed with great folks checking out our space, and I was able to grab a few photos:



Jigsaw Space Manager, Tim Clemans, has started a new GitHub project called Influence API to develop web services enabling developers to integrate optimized communications features in their apps.


Fork the repository on GitHub here, and email Tim if you’d like to join the project.


DSCN6549aThe Seattle Arduino Meetup met up at Jigsaw last night, bringing in lots of people. Not a lot of SCRoW activity, as everyone wanted to hear Bob Harris’s presentation on the internals of the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Following the talk, something odd happened. For some reason, Monica decided to lick a 9V battery. I don’t understand it, but I did manage to snap a photo:


Those nutty Arduino folks!

On the less-nutty end of the Arduino fan spectrum was Rame Chitturi.  Rame was fascinated by Team Elcano’s autonomous vehicle and told of his career in industrial automation.  Rame’s career path started as a child watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and was hooked.


Lastly, here’s Monica again chatting with a fellow Arduino fan after the night’s presentations were complete:


What a fantastic event!

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First meeting of the 2013 Jigsaw Board of Directors, with several other members participatingFirst meeting of the 2013 Jigsaw Board of Directors, with several other members participating

Please help me welcome your 2013 Staff Volunteers:

Benevolent Dictator: Tom McDonald
Master of Coins / Treasurer: Michael Park
Aspiration Manager / Membership Director: Budi Mulyo
Nerds Wrangler / Development Director: Monica Houston
Guild Master / Space Manager: Tim Clemans
Tools Master / Tools Room Manager: Alan Krum
Feng Shui Master / Raspberry Pi and flute maker: Steven Devine
Resident Wiz Kid / Network Administrator: Pat Tressel

We are a learning and making community with around 250 of interesting creative active members and supporters. Part of the benefit of having this vibrant community is that we have a safe, fun, and engaging place for diverse people to make things around and with others. We are a safe space to fail and to succeed, and we empower people to make anything they want.

But I don’t need to tell you that. That’s why you are here isn’t it?

We have a handful of generous, dedicated volunteer staff who are committed to keep that vision alive. We need way more! Those who have not yet committed PLEASE, PLEASE step up and email To get momentum, we need as much participation as possible.