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7 Year Twitch (7 Years of dorkbotSF!) May 27, 2009

Posted by k0re in Events, Meeting Archive.
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Yes, dorkbotSF has been around for 7 years in June! To commemorate, we’re having two events in June.

The first one will be on June 3 at Greg Leyh’s Nevada Lightning Lab where he’ll discuss possible research at NLL and do a live testing of various loads on his 1/12th scale of the 2 12-story tesla coils he’s planning to build. Food Hacker Marc Powell is going to show off his latest Food Genome project and bringing some dope food for us all! And the ever prolific Jonathan Foote will be showing us a light printer he calls the Ghost Matrix scavenged from different parts including scrap from SRL! Kevin Ottalini will also show his Marx Generator and the NLL in Half-Life!

More details on the dorkbotSF 7 Year Anniversary MEETING here (Jun 3).

Then about a week and a half later, Jon Sarriugarte is hosting a dorkbot party meeting to end all party meetings at his Boiler Bar in Oakland! Many surprise speakers and strange electrical gizmos to demo so you really have to go as not all of them will be announced! But on the lineup he’s got Omega Recoil’s twin Tesla Coils that will be running live, the Golden Mean, Marriage Wrecker and Muffin Art Cars! Greg Solberg and Keith Johnson teaching how to build an electric car from scratch (Tesla roadster, muffin cars, marriage wrecker), Jon is giving the audience a choice of several topics he could present so YOU choose: Giant Iron Snail Car, Golden Mean, 1928 Hogan Tesla Coil, Power Tool Drag Racing, Volt-Aged Whiskey and Mike Winter will show his artificial personality projects and interrogation by robots!

There’ll be food and beer, fire gardens, and live electrocutions with the 1928 Hogan Device!

More information on the dorkbotSF 7 Year Anniversary PARTY here! (Jun 20)

So hopefully you all can come out to one or preferably both events and celebrate 7 years of people doing strange things with electricity in the Bay Area!


Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (dorkbotSF Field Trip) April 13, 2009

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Last Saturday (April 11), dorkbotSF went on a tour of Jacques Littlefield‘s tanks in Portola Vallery which happens to be the largest private tank collection in the world. Since his passing early this year, the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation Littlefield founded continues on in keeping his passion for tanks alive and his generosity for sharing such neat stuff with the world. Acquiring, maintaining, and restoring military technology from the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly tanks, MVTF sits on a 470 acre property in Portola Valley complete with horses, steam train, and a large 45-stop pipe organ built into an extension of his house.

Not only was the collection impressive in its breadth but the meticulous restoration and staging of the tanks, anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns, and all sorts of artillery were also quite impressive. There was everything from motorcycle tanks to bazookas, bridge building tanks to SCUDS!

The artwork on the tanks were also pretty interesting such as this one of Olive Oil on a swastika.

Other impressive ones were painted by Omar Woodley who is now a video game producer!

There was even a little RC tank built by Jacques Littlefield that shoots .22s, a RC Blue Angels jet, and a Batmobile!

More images can be found in the dorkbotSF field trip archive

BoingBoing Video crew were on hand to shoot the tour, so stay tuned for video from them soon!

Many thanks to Liz Ditz of MVTF for the tour!