Tomorrow, dorkbot makes a glorious return to NYC after a 5-month hiatus! After a self-dorkbot last month and an, um, non-dorkbot in May in addition to the usual summer break, the original “people doing strange things with electricity” (“We’re very flexible on the people, strange and electricity parts.”) meeting finally returns for the first time since April with presentations by three longtime regulars (well, four since one is a duo) who have done great presentations in the past (one of who has also made the ultimate icon of revolution, and another who presented at my first meeting!). Details are in my snazzy flyer. As I blogged in 2005:
Founded by artist and Columbia University Computer Music Center professor douglas irving repetto, its motto, “People doing strange things with electricity”, gives the impression of what to (un)expect. Its dorky arena includes almost anything within the wide bounds of electronics, including both hardware and software, with a square emphasis on low-budget, do-it-yourself, personal projects. The results are geeky, goofy, technical, off-beat, and as wacky as the presenters’ personal interests; the three presentations of a typical session will have almost nothing in common.
Over the years, hanging out at dorkbot has gotten me quoted on NPR, resulted in my head being fragmentarily visible in a Rocketboom episode (it’s what we used to do on Fridays on the Internet in between cat pictures, young’uns), introduced me to cory arcangel and del.icio.us before they were cool (del.icio.us was cool once, young’uns), and gotten my animated GIF of dorkbot’s logo featured in a successful Kickstarter project.
And the only way to see what a new season will bring is to experience it.