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Two exciting milestones are coming to fruition for Jigsaw members.

Firstly, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, is preparing for a major event this Saturday. Check out the goings on:

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And here we have team Elcano lead Tyler showing off his new Mega Shield DB board. Prototyping the board via Eagle has completed, and he’s currently looking for a vendor to produce his board.  Seen here is a Tyler and a paper printout of the PCB:

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Jigsaw Renaissance is an incubator of learning and innovation!  Just feast your eyes on tonight’s happenings in the apiary:

First up, knower and teacher of all things computer science is Pat Tressel.  Here, she’s schoolin’ Meredith and Budi in finite state machines using MIT’s Scratch as a learning tool!

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Here we have Ed and Mike with a satisfying mixture of Python and Robotics—like peas and carrots…

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Seen here leading Jigsaw Renaissance’s 3D printing renaissance, Rick is in the process of constructing a new 3D printer, while Scott makes a precise adjustment to an intricate component.  By all reckoning, Jigsaw is nearing a cool baker’s dozen printers in our facility.  Stop by some night and check our lively 3D printing scene…

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And here we find Mark busily constructing a portable sign for tomorrow’s Sakura-Con show.  Make Atsuko Ishizuka proud, Mark!

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While passing through the kitchen, we stumble across science hobbyist Bill Beaty updating the electronics surplus site list on his website.  Bill’s super friendly, generous of spirit, and an amazing powerhouse of electronics know-how.

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And last, but far from least, our resident super volunteer, kaizen-master, and executive-in-training, Tim Clemans.  Tim keeps the lights on and can be found most days at Jigsaw.  If you catch him while he’s keeping office hours, ask for a tour of our space!

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Interesting projects happening tonight at Jigsaw.

First up, Charlie conquers Android and reveals that he is actually a model T-0001 shapeshifter.  The app he’s working on tonight will allow him to contact Skynet for further instructions:

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And Scott’s 3D printing juggernaut knows no bounds:

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Stop by Jigsaw most evenings, and talk with Scott if you’re interested building your own 3D printer.  Also, contact tom@jigsawrenaissance.org if you’d like to join our 3D printing interest group.

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3D printing is hot at Jigsaw!

Scott and Rick worked late into the evening today on several printer projects.

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As a maker at Jigsaw Renaissance, do you feel like you’re losing touch with the outside world? Do you feel like the only people you can influence are those already makers? What about the power players? Could you influence them?

I believe everyone is a maker. We make things as kids. We make food. We make plans. Some make organizations. We make and break relationships. Many of us make web sites, films, and electronics.

Those companies we think we can’t influence are ran by makers. It takes passion and commitment to a dream to make companies like Microsoft and Coca-Cola.

The way to influence is to understand we all have the same underlying feelings and drive. If your goal is to get a company like Microsoft to influence you think about what the sponsorship officer is thinking when reviewing your application. Keep thinking about it until you think wow my application is written in a way that resonates with the reviewer and explains how sponsorship will help Microsoft meet its goals.

We’re all makers. Lets positively influence us all.

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Lots of folks clocking hours with smiles-a-plenty at the Jigsaw today.  We’re lucky to have such vibrant a member community…

First up, long time member Doug hackin’ root on his Ububtu box:

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Here we have Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s Rakesh bringing to bear his Adobe Premier skillz:

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Next, our favorite robotics experts on Team Elcano show us what they got.  Here’s resident wiz kid Pat doing her best to hide SSH private keys from prying eyes:

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And, also of Team Elcano, solar-powered Charlie having a photon induced reaction while Tyler is wowed by his latest Eagle CAD drawing…

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New member and artist Ling is all artistic business as she nears completion on her prototype bionic maneki-neko.  What will she use this better-stronger-faster neko for?  Keep eyes tuned to Seattle storfronts or www.whoisherry.com for more information:

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Here we have Jigsaw board member Budi (back to camera) holding court with some of his Filipino Community Center robotics program disciples:

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Last, house favorite Michael Park contemplating his opus in front of adoring fans:

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There’s something amazing happening at Jigsaw every day.  Today, we captured some pics of Jigsaw Member Tamara Clammer’s R&D process for a Concord International Elementary School project.

Tamara is developing headdresses for Concord’s Spring production of Swan Lake.

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Looks fantastic!

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Today is Pi Day everyone!  Jigsaw celebrated in style thanks to Monica’s famous Pi Pies!

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Member Pat also brought in celebratory Pi fruits and Pi ice creams.

In all the fun, we noticed that one of Pat’s fruits laid across one of Monnica’s pies along the diameter nicely, and we decided to do a little measuring.  We found that the pie’s circumference was exactly 22 centimeters, and the fruit was just over 7 centimeters.  For some irrational reason, we can’t seem to exactly measure the fruit, but Michael’s promised to bring in a higher precision calliper which might do the trick.  In the mean time, here’s where we’re at so far with our equation:

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058
209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480
865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502
841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659
334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486
104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748
815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488204
665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173
819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248912
279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952247
371907021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676
694051320005681271452635608277857713427577896091736371
787214684409012249534301465495853710507922796892589235
420199561121290219608640344181598136297747713099605187
072113499999983729780499510597317328160963185950244594
553469083026425223082533446850352619311881710100031378
387528865875332083814206171776691473035982534904287554
687311595628638823537875937519577818577805321712268066
130019278766111959092164201989…

http://www.piday.org/

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