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Meet the “MOTHER” of all hackerspace A.I.’s

MOTHER is LVL1's attempt to create the ultimate hackerspace A.I. and automation system. The MOTHER project is still in it's early stages yet MOTHER has already gained the ability to monitor and control a MASSIVE numbers of sensors as well as become a central integration point for various systems around the space. Read the full post for a complete overview of the MOTHER project.

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A SOPA you can get behind

Introducing a useful SOPA- The Stop Online Productivity Avoidance box.

After having an extremely productive day on January 18th, I had a thought: What if every day were January 18th? Well, at the push of a button, now it can!

The button, switch, and display are wired to an Arduino.  The Arduino communicates with a python script running on the router, which controls a Squid3 proxy blacklist.  In SOPA mode, the whole of the internet is my oyster.  In NOPA mode, however, distracting websites like reddit, hacker news, and hackaday are blocked.  This isn’t very useful without a great deal of self control, however.  In weaker instances, nuclear mode must be employed.  Turn the key switch and press the button and all distracting sites are blocked for one hour.  The only recourse is to restart the router, but the router requires 15 minutes to restart, blocking the entirety of the web for the duration.  Overriding nuclear mode is not appealing.

All code is posted online at

A video demonstration and more pictures of construction lie below the break.

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TF2 Lan Party!

Griswold Christmas Lights Controller Workshop

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White Star SPITBall-1 Flight Initial Recap


Balloon, vent valve and cutdown device

Looking up in flight at balloon, vent valve and cutdown device

Hi All, the flight of the SuperPressure Initiated Termination Balloon Flight 1 was successful as far as we can tell so far.  We don’t know for sure because we haven’t gotten the SD cards that hold the video and science data on them.  Technical results as they come in over the next week will be posted on our wiki site, here.

With just skeleton assembly, launch and mission control crews preparations for this flight had to be less organized than we’ve done in the past for SpeedBall flight attempts.  We allowed for that by targeting an early launch time, with plenty of daylight left for schedule slip.

The massive zero pressure balloon was launched from SpacePort Indiana around 3:30 PM EST, by having the payload support crew run with the wind as soon as they released the balloon, allowing the balloon to rise straight up as it lifted each payload.

The balloon landed about 1.5 hours later on a family’s home in Miamisburg OH and was recovered shortly after.  The family made a youtube video of the balloon on the house!

Thanks to all who helped!   Some science observations follow.  The three pics above were emailed to us by the recovery crew in Ohio.   More pics available on Flickr here.

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KIPCUG Networking

Links and resources for the KIPCUG PC Tune Up Presentation




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Alternative Applications: Ninite


Freeduino Workshop – 11/05/11

Learn soldering and basic Arduino programming in this workshop. The cost of this workshop also covers the materials cost for a freeduino microcontroller kit. Your assembled Freeduino is yours to keep! Use the vast open resources of the Arduino community to come up with your own electronic applications. This workshop is intended to teach you necessary skills for further exploration in the world of Arduino.

Limited Seating!

More information and registration here!

Why amateurs haven’t suceeded in making super-pressure balloons

I, Dan Bowen of the White Star Project, recently gave a presentation on the frontier of amateur science ballooning, a type of balloon called the ‘superpressure’.  At this I introduce a tool we’re working on to help amateurs solve the problems of these balloons.  The event was the United Kingdom High Altitude Society first annual Amateur Balloon Conference on October 15, 2011, in London, England. I was unable to travel there, so I combined Skype live video with a pre-recorded presentation.

Slides from presentation and Source Paper Citations in text format

Now, background info to get you up to speed on the state of amateur superpressure:

This type of balloon has the potential to stay in the air for extremely long times, much longer than the 3 days flight estimated for the White Star’s trans-atlantic ‘zero-pressure’ balloons. Read the rest of this entry »

Timjusttim’s 0x3C birthday party

Come celebrate a “round number” birthday. Saturday, September 24 from 7 pm until???
At the LVL1 space. 
Food and beverages provided.
Bring a snack or a desert if you want.
(Binary numbers just look too old!)  

ANNOUNCING – LVL1′s 2nd annual Sumobot tournament

LVL1′s 2nd annual Sumobot tournament will be on October 29th, 2011, 8PM at 814e Broadway (our home). There will be a Halloween party following the fun. All are welcome to join in the festivities. You may even get to see the world famous fire breathing pony, Buttercup! You have a couple of months to build your bot. There will be prizes and eternal glory!  Here is the poster  Here is how to build your own Sumobot.



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