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    Hackerspaces & Makerspaces

    Hey INTPs, I'm curious about hackerspaces and makerspaces.

    Do you know what one is?

    Do you have any experience with them?

    Have you been part of one?

    If not, is this something that would be of interest to you?

    This is what one is:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace

    Here's news about them:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/hackerspaces/
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    I would love to be part of something like that. In Tulsa we have something similar http://www.fablabtulsa.com/ though not owned by individuals, by the hour fairly reasonable rates. I went there and looked it over, mostly equipment I don't need. Also I am not crazy about working in an unknown environment with unknown people.

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    I belong to group that has had one. I was never able to meet up with them and the dude coordinating it move to Texas. The appeal for an INTP would be the encouragement(or goading) to complete SOMETHING in life! Cripe!
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    Evaluation: unnecessarily social.

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    It would be nice if there were some sort of business model that could provide people with access to expensive equipment and didn't require joining a club.

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    There is supposedly one here. I looked around for it when I needed to get a part machined a few months ago, but I never found it. Had to take my part to the regular machine shop and pay someone to do it.

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    Idk about the hackerspace thing, but my robotics club has a plan to create a makerspace(if we can get the space) as part of outreach to the community and hopefully recruiting more people to work on robots. The benefits would mostly be having access to the tools and equipment, I think, but it's also cool to have people around who know different things and can often offer input on how to solve a particular problem. Also it's cool if you're young and poor and don't have the space for a dedicated workspace. And yes, Ptah, the social element. Everybody needs some social interaction, I'd rather go to a place with some good music playing where people are working on electronics than where they're drinking and talking about nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathogenetic_peripatetic View Post
    Idk about the hackerspace thing, but my robotics club has a plan to create a makerspace(if we can get the space) as part of outreach to the community and hopefully recruiting more people to work on robots.
    Hackerspaces and makerspaces are sort of two different names for the same thing. They're both community groups who have equipment/tools/supplies in a shared space. There's one around here that's focused on biotech stuff, another that's kind of more robotics-oriented, and a few that are software-focused.

    I've been looking around and wishing there was one closer to where I actually live though. I'd love to have the chance to start a project like this locally. There's a lot of awareness within the area educational community so I might look into seeing if I could get funding. It would be great to work with them.

    The benefits would mostly be having access to the tools and equipment, I think, but it's also cool to have people around who know different things and can often offer input on how to solve a particular problem. Also it's cool if you're young and poor and don't have the space for a dedicated workspace.
    Yeah, in a city like the Bay Area a lot of people have either smallish homes or they live in apartments. So, workshop shape is a valuable thing not just for the young and poor. As a different example, if you want to work on a large art project, it's awesome to have access to a building with a loading dock, pallets and a pallet jack. Many universities don't even give artists access to a resource like that.

    And of course the social thing is important too, or you could just walk in wearing headphones all the time and ignore everyone if you want to. I know in hackerspaces I've been to there have always been a bunch of people with big noise-isolating headphones tapping away on laptops.
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    "I don't have psychological problems." --Madrigal

    "When you write about shooting Polemarch in the head, that's more like a first-person view, like you're there looking down the sight of the gun." --Utisz

    David Wong, regarding Chicago
    Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word which in their language means "the Mouth of Shadow". Later, the Iroquois who showed up and inexplicably slaughtered every man, woman and child renamed it "Seriously, Fuck that Place". When French explorer Jacques Marquette passed through the area he marked his map with a drawing of a brownish blob emerging from between the Devil's buttocks.

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    I had a thread going about them at INTPc. I've checked out two here in Chicago. The one closest to me out here in the burbs is called Workspace88, or Workshop88. I haven't been to a meeting in a year or so, I suppose, but I attended fairly regularly for a while, during more pleasant weather. I guess they've made a lot of changes since I was last in. I still get all of their email chatter. There was supposed to be a guy interested in podcasts, and there was a kind of studio for him ( or for anyone that knew how to get that going ) to do it. But he never showed up to any of the meetings, and had apparently been a lot more active in the early days of the club., Everybody else was mainly interested in getting these Raspberry Pi things to control little operations like turning lights on and off for a holiday display etc. Someday I'll go back and re-familiarize myself. They had a 3-D printer, too, but it didn't ever seem to churn out anything very interesting. I was frankly underwhelmed with it. Some really smart folks there, however. I wish that it was closer to me. Cost of gasoline etc.
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    I have my own lab and workshop. I don't like working around other people if I can avoid it. Also, I don't like people knowing what I'm doing because I want to preserve patentability.

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