Have you ever wanted to sit down with creative people and just create something? Work with folks of similar minds but of different backgrounds? I have and I've noticed others have too. That's why the emergence of Make Magazine and Make Conferences have come about. More people have gotten interested in making things, complex things, recycled things. Things a lot of geeks (and makers) are interested in but which can be difficult to do by yourself. Let's face it as a geek I may be great with computers and technology but other areas are left wanting for better (for instance: don't ask me to deal with colors). So folks have begun to pool resources and talents (such as computer geeks and artists) and reclaim junk, parts, tools, and otherwise useless spaces into Hackerspaces (community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects).
So I've decided to join the folks at The Institute for eXporitory Research (IXR - Wall, NJ). I could have joined NYC Resistor (Brooklyn NY), or FUBAR Labs (Highland Park, NJ) or gone as far as Philly's Hackerspaces. But this one suited me. For one thing, there is the Mid-Atlantic Retro and other groups at InfoAge (Vintage Computers, Amateur Radio Club, The Radio Technology Museum & The New Jersey Shipwreck Museum). These are other creative people whose minds we can pick. I'm hoping that this turns out to be a creative place to pick the minds of others and share information I've garnered over the years.
So this Sunday (Oct 16th), The Institute for eXporitory Research (IXR - Wall, NJ) will have a Grand Opening (all are invited). They'll have a Barbecue from 2PM to 6PM at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ (use the parking lot on the corner of Marconi Rd. & Monmouth Blvd (just off the exit/entrance for Rt 18 North). Here's their press release for the event.