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My former hackerspace, in fundraising for the new space, offered up a reward tier that let you name one of the rooms, which was a pretty fun perk. "My" room is going to be #16 on this map, the larger of the two electronics labs:

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Being the sort of person I am, I named it the "Pink Fluffy Unicorn Dancing on Rainbows Laboratory" thanks to this earwormy video. (Original song here, punk version here.)



They can call it PFUDOR labs for short or something. I actually proposed it as a joke when the campaign first was getting set up, but it got so many laughs that I decided it was actually kind of fun to have a name that really didn't take itself too seriously.

A few days after I made the official declaration, I got an email from an adult male friend there, bemoaning my choice of names in a gentle, joking, but also a little bit sincere way.

He is a friend and I don't want to mock his words in public, but I saw the email and thought THIS IS HOW I KNOW I HAVE CHOSEN THE RIGHT NAME. If this even a little hurts the manhood of even someone who knows me and my sense of humour, then you know that the anti-girly sentiment often prevalent in hacklabs is going to be rankled by this for as long as the space lasts. So now not only do I get to earworm my friends, but I run the risk of affronting people who haven't quite dealt with their own minor misogyny? And maybe give the hacklab an excuse to fill a space with rainbows, with all the connotations thereof? That actually kind of sounds like a bigger social win than I was intending, but maybe, just maybe, it'll combine with the already excellent people at Quelab to help keep the space as friendly and fun as it can be.

So next up I'm going to be buying a friend's pony patterns, a bunch of stuff from adafruit, some fabric, and I'll be making a hilarious e-textile pony with glowing rainbow neopixels to go in the space. Because I am not very subtle. ;)
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It's been a while since I just wrote about what I'm doing, so let me tell you about some of this week:

Cory Doctorow (Speaking in Albuquerque, NM)

On Wednesday I...

... continued to run cool experiments on mutated software at work.
... went to see Cory Doctorow speak at the library.
... went out for falafel with some local hacklab folk.
... beat up an ingress portal with the help of my lvl 8 friend.

Today was less cool, what with the 2hr taxes-for-aliens session (not actually what they call it, but accurate enough), but I did make some coffee cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

Coffee cupcake with cream cheese icing



I plan to feed those to my coworkers (partially to make fun of the fact that we ran out of coffee today. "Look, I brought coffee!") and anyone who shows up at the local 2600 meeting tomorrow.

Then, on Saturday I'm going to build stilts and hopefully learn to walk on them! Or more likely, bruise my knees a lot, but hey, can never learn if I don't try, right?

And on Sunday I'm playing a concert of predominantly Percy Grainger music (which is pretty music-nerdy), and then hopefully taking part in a meeting to start a local Hacker Scouts guild.

So yeah, I've mostly been living life rather than photographing it and posting about it lately, but it is a very awesome life and you should all be jealous, promise!
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Quelab had a chocolate-themed hack night tonight, which included a double boiler made from dog dishes, delicious chocolate pearls (I almost typed perl... such a geek), several variations on chocolate mousse, several failed attempts at a chocolate rocket (although the test fuel burned well, the fuse fizzled on the rocket itself). But my favourite part was sitting down with a bunch of fellow geeks and altering conversation hearts to be a little more geeky. We had waaaaaay too much goofing off and geeking out while coming up with things to put on the candy. The best set is probably these themed ones:




I came home craving Doctor Who and devoured a couple of episodes while putting together my crochet Fluttershy. More pictures of the hacklab and the new pony tomorrow, though; I am sleepy now.

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