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Voyage to the ATX Hackerspace in Austin, Texas (Video) 47

Posted by Roblimo
from the your-friendly-neighborhood-24-hour-a-day-hackerspace dept.
The place is big. It has lots of bats. And the people there not only make things, but play games and just plain hang out. Some are making a TARDIS they hope to take to Burning Man. Others are college student roboteers, working on their entry in a regional IEEE robotics contest. They're cutting, shaping, drilling, soldering, programming, talking, and generally having a great time. Timothy says they're Texas-friendly, too, so go ahead and stop on by if you're in the neighborhood. They're open 24/7, too, so whenever you have an urge to make something, ATX Hackerspace is ready to help you satisfy that urge.

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Voyage to the ATX Hackerspace in Austin, Texas (Video)

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  • I just moved to Austin and am wanting to start hobbyist robotics, so this post was extremely useful. Thanks.
  • Slightly misleading (Score:5, Informative)

    by OverlordQ (264228) on Friday August 24, 2012 @12:32PM (#41111237) Journal

    Timothy says they're Texas-friendly, too, so go ahead and stop on by if you're in the neighborhood. They're open 24/7, too, so whenever you have an urge to make something, ATX Hackerspace is ready to help you satisfy that urge.

    If you're a member, or it's an Open House. It's a $50/mo fee.

    • by DontLickJesus (1141027) on Friday August 24, 2012 @12:35PM (#41111291) Homepage Journal
      Texas friendly implies you may stop by for a visit and say "Hi", get a tour, that sort of thing. I find it doubtful they'd charge you just to check the place out.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        I'm an Austin native and I've never heard the term "Texas-friendly" before.

        Must be something the filthy refugees from silicon valley coined.

        • by WillgasM (1646719)
          Umm...it's kinda the state motto.
          • I thought the state motto was "Don't Mess With Texas!" Looked like it at least, as often as I saw that printed upon everything in sight, last time I was down there...
            • by WillgasM (1646719)
              The state motto is simply "friendship" "teyshas" is the caddo word for "friends"
            • Austin != the rest of Texas.. Their motto is "keep Austin weird" and it's a mix between hipsters, republicans and tech savvy professionals. A very dramatically different place than any other Texas city.
              • by XXeR (447912)

                Austin != the rest of Texas.. Their motto is "keep Austin weird" and it's a mix between hipsters, republicans and tech savvy professionals. A very dramatically different place than any other Texas city.

                s/republicans/democrats/, with a generous helping of libertarians as well.

                • I was in Austin a few years ago, and heard the comment, "Austin isn't so much a *PART* of Texas as it is *SURROUNDED* by Texas." I thought it was kind of funny, not least of all because the quote was equally applicable to my own hometown of Anchorage, substituting "Alaska" for "Texas," of course :)

                  Slightly off-topic: while in Austin, I heard an awesome band called "Flyjack" play at a club called (IIRC) Antone's. Whatever else you have to say about the place, it's
                  • by dbIII (701233)
                    It's good to hear something positive about Texas immediately after hearing some weirdo that convinced people to make him a Judge scream about civil war and the UN invading Texas. People have forgotten that Texas was the centre of the world's electronics industry before silicon valley and it still has a lot fo high tech industry. That oil isn't found with a bent stick and praying.
            • by g1zmo (315166)
              It's a trademarked slogan [wikipedia.org] of the Texas Department of Transportation, created for an anti-littering campaign in the 1980s.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by misterpib (924404)

        I find it doubtful they'd charge you just to check the place out.

        Definitely not! The place is open to visitors most every evening. Any of the events on the calendar are open-house events: http://atxhackerspace.org/wiki/Calendar [atxhackerspace.org]

  • by SethJohnson (112166) on Friday August 24, 2012 @12:59PM (#41111635) Homepage Journal
    This could have been a much better video. Roblimo doesn't understand how to gather compelling content. Ughhh!

    He talked to the robotics engineer asking him all kinds of questions about stuff nobody is excited to learn about - "How many people are on your team at UT?" "Why doesn't the school let you use their laser cutter?" A better direction would have been to ask the guy how the laser cutter works and how the pieces it was processing would fit into the robot project. That was completely missing.

    Also, half the video was about some card game. Less than 1% of this video is about 'hacking' anything and 99.9% is about the social aspects of the ATX Hackerspace. This is a missed opportunity for Slashdot to create relevant content.

    If you are going to ask visitors to spend 11 minutes of their lives looking at your video, you better make it worth it. This isn't.

    Seth
    • That's like complaining that a McDonald's commercial didn't show you how to grill a hamburger. It was a video about the hackerspace. If you want to learn about hacking, watch a video about hacking. Not about a place.
  • ...texas.

    • by Megane (129182)
      Then go find your own. I've been meaning to find out more about them (had reasons why I couldn't so far) and this got me to click the link and look at their map. And now I know that they're very near where I work. I was expecting them to be on the south side of town or something like that. (going between north and south Austin can take a while even with good traffic, and Austin traffic usually sucks)
    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by dierdorf (37660)

      ...texas

      You obviously don't understand. Except for geography, Austin is not part of Texas. Austin is exceedingly liberal, gay-friendly, pro-abortion, supports evolution, etc. etc. Hell, one of the local public parks has a clothing-optional beach. Most residents vehemently hate the idiot governor and legislature, which retaliates by jerrymandering to try to keep Austin from having ANY representation in Congress. (The current redistricting shows something like six pseudopods stretching for hundreds of mi

      • by Ryanrule (1657199)

        Oh I get what austin is, but you all are helping texas be texas by moving down there. You are raising the education rate, the employment rate, the iq level, ect.

        You need to take your ideas and money and leave. Let texas kill itself.

  • People just use certain chemicals instead of a Tardis.

    Or maybe that is the idea - use certain chemicals inside the Tardis?

  • by Prien715 (251944) <agnosticpope@gmai l . com> on Friday August 24, 2012 @02:31PM (#41112833) Journal

    There's also an TX/RX Hackerspace in Houston. They've got a bunch of fab equipment, an electron microscope, and a bunch of electrical engineering gear.

    Both these places have open houses (go in and say "Howdy;)"), and grats to the folks from there bringing their freaky deaky time machine home.

    (Pedantic: You can either say ATX Hackerspace, Hackerspace in Austin TX, or ATX (Austin TX) Hackerspace)

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