A one-day event where participants conceptualize and create projects that have no value whatsoever.
I always loved Matt’s light cone project—it was a big influence on the Radio Free Earth hack that I made with Chloe. Now it has been reborn as a Twitter bot. Here’s Matt’s documentation for his future self:
I haven’t made a habit of project write-ups before, but I’m taking an increasingly “long now” approach to the tech I make and use. How will I remember what I made in a decade? By reading this post.
It looks like this year’s Science Hack Day in San Francisco was particularly excellent.
Tantek told me about building a portable home planetarium—sounded like a blast.
Any sufficiently advanced hacking is indistinguishable from a haunting. In the same way that many Internet of Things objects are referred to as ‘enchanting’ or ‘magical,’ with an intervention, they can very quickly become haunted.
A handy way of quickly finding out how the weather in your area compares to the weather on Mars.
Still a few days left to back this great project for Brighton:
Build, tinker, make and play! For anyone with imagination, The Brighton Makerlab lets ages 8 to 80 create cool stuff with technology.
Our new intern—L’il James—demonstrates good .gif skills in his write-up of the project he worked on at Hack Farm.
It’s like Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley had a baby.
Seb will be running this workshop again at the start of February—details here. I can’t recommend it highly enough—it’s so, so good!
A lovely little science hack: listen to whatever radio station is broadcasting below the position of the International Space Station.
This is a great summation of the origins of Science Hack Day from Ariel.
All the marvellous hacks from Science Hack Day San Francisco being demoed at the end of the event.
Mine is the first one up, five minutes in.
What a fantastic collection of creators!
A lovely hack from Science Hack Day San Francisco: get an idea of the size of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider by seeing it superimposed over your town.
It’s impossible to predict the creations that will spring forth when people gather in the spirit of participation, collaboration, and benign anarchy at the next Science Hack Day, but the results are certain to be inspired, and inspiring.
When I wrote about Reddit and Hacker News, criticising their lack of moderation, civility, and basic decency, many people (invariably men) responded in defence of Reddit. Nobody defended Hacker News. Nobody.
Oh, and all of you people (men) defending Reddit? Here’s your party line …I find it abhorrent.
Photos from the first Science Hack Day in China which just wrapped up.
Did you see Keren at dConstruct 2012? Well, here she is at this year’s TED conference delivering a barnstorming talk on hacker culture.
This is quite exciting: the Endnote project is sponsoring Science Hack Day globally—not just an individual event.
Here’s the font that Brian created at the line-mode browser hack day at CERN.
Well, this is nice: the Line-mode browser hack has been nominated in the Best Collaborative Project in the Net awards.
But 24 Ways has also been nominated, and let’s face it, that really is the best collaborative project.
This nifty place in Brighton is just down the street from me:
Our classes allow kids to get creative with exciting, cutting-edge technology and software.
Ant—the latest super-smart addition to the Clearleft team—describes this year’s Hackfarm, which happened a couple of weeks ago.
It was Ant’s first week. Or, as he described it when we were wrapping up all the hacking, “Best first week at a job ever!”
This is a wonderful, wonderful round-up by KQED of the most recent Science Hack Day in San Francisco …a truly marvellous event.
Be sure to watch the accompanying video—it brought a tear to my eye.
This gives me a warm fuzzy glow. The Mefites are using Radio Free Earth to find out which stars are receiving the number one hits from their birthdays.
Wonderful photos from Science Hack Day San Francisco, courtesy of Matt B.
Brian writes up his experience working on the line-mode browser hack event at CERN.
This is what I’m working on today (where by “working on”, I mean “watching other far more talented people work on”).
Inspired by dConstruct, Ellen is going to start exploring the world of smart objects.
This history of hacking.
Information doth wish to be free.
I would love to have a ticker-tape machine for my tweets.
Executing console.log(“hello world”) or window.alert(2+5-20) brings immediate feedback, makes you feel as though you’re getting somewhere and that you are interacting directly with the computer as a programmer. For those of you old enough to own a Spectrum, C64 or Vic20 – BASIC (itself heavily derided) had the same benefit.
A very, very clever hack to provide fallback images to browsers that don’t support SVG. Smart.
Registration is now open for Science Hack Day San Francisco at the end of September. Hope to see you there.
A profile of the Indie Web movement in Wired.
Go! Fight! Win!
If this sounds like your kind of hackery, be sure to come along to Indie Web Camp UK in Brighton right after dConstruct.
These are the lovely and talented people who will be joining me at CERN for two days of historical hackery.
Want a Science Hack Day where you live? Make it so!
A nice feature on Seb in the latest issue of Make magazine.
Forty Years of Movie Hacking: Considering the Potential Implications of the Popular Media Representation of Computer Hackers from 1968 to 2008
An in-depth look at the portrayal of hackers on film.
There’s going to be mini Science Hack Day at Lighthouse as part of this month’s Science Festival in Brighton. Come along — it’ll be fun.
James’s notes from the most recent Hack Farm show that, even without a finished product, there were a lot of benefits.
Dublin is going to play host to its second Science Hack Day at the start of March. It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic event (again!) but they need sponsors. Do you know of any?
Code Club + Raspberry Pi + Hack Day = Awesomeness from Josh
A nice round-up of the most recent Science Hack Day in San Francisco.
And this is why Code Club is such a great initiative.
Oh My Science! It looks like the most recent Science Hack Day in San Francisco was great.
Some of these are pure chindogu but others are pure genius.
Nice! A feature on Ariel and her spacehacking ways.
Watch the video to see Jonty’s rather good tour of EMF.
The next Science Hack Day in San Francisco will be at the start of November. It would undoubtedly be a great event …but it needs sponsorship.
Do you know anyone who could help out?
Some of these hacks created at the Science Hack Day in Eindhoven are seriously nuts. That’s “nuts” as in “brilliant”.
Brighton’s Mini Maker Faire (which was fantastic last year) will take place the day after dConstruct and this time, they’ve got a lot more space. Want to get involved? Get involved!
Oh, this is just wonderful: a camera that outputs a text description instead of an image (complete with instructions on how to build one yourself). I love it!
Sneaking in to climb the Shard at night.
A blow-by-blow account of last weekend’s MolyJam in Brighton.
This is such a brilliant and empowering idea: an open-source object-oriented to electronics, like LEGO bricks for circuit-building.
The audio from the panel I did at South by Southwest with Ariel and Matt all about science hacking.
The slides from the South by Southwest panel I was on with Ariel and Matt. It was lots of fun.
Now this is what I call science hacking: building an open source fusion reactor.
The Kiwi Foo Space Program (a weather balloon with an Android device attached) captured some beautiful images.
You think that Digital Rights Management is bad? What about Physible Rights Management?
What a fantastic location for a Science Hack Day: the Adler planetarium in Chicago! Get there if you can.
Dublin is hosting a Science Hack Day on the weekend of March 3rd-4th. Put your name down now.
They did it. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad fulfilled that age-old dream: to put a Lego man into space. They have done Canada—and the world—proud.
That Scott is one smart cookie. He has come up with a workaround (using the accelerometer) for that annoying Mobile Safari orientation/zoom bug that I blogged about recently.
I still want Apple to fix this bug as soon as possible—the fact that such smart people are spending so much effort on ingenious hacks shows just how much of a pain-point this is.
Matt is offering up his space in central Brighton every Wednesday afternoon for free-for-all Arduino tinkering. I should try to get over there.
The network will interpret SOPA as damage and route around it …with SCIENCE!
A look back at some of the best code for journalism over the past year.
Before there was phone phreaking there was …radio interception hacking?
A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi’s wireless telegraph
Anil shares his thoughts on where there’s room for improvement in 3D printing, or as he calls it, teleporting.
Ariel is interviewed by Seth Shostak. Science! Science! Science!
This looks truly wonderful: like a hardware version of “if this, then that.”
In a single post, Russell Davies manages to rehabilitate the term “post digital.” And he paints a vivid picture of where our “Geocities of things” is heading.
A round-up of the hacks from this weekend’s Science Hack Day in San Francisco. Sounds like it was great!
One of the opening lightning talks at Science Hack Day in San Francisco by Sean Herron of NASA.
The charming (and often hilarious) results of Hannah and Matt’s Music Hack Day activity.
Hacking science: the intersection of web geeks and science geeks | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
Ariel pens a guest post for Scientific American all about Science Hack Day.
A rallying cry from Russell, urging us not to rely too much on the intangible.
Ariel’s inspiring keynote from OSCON in Portland, featuring two very exciting Science Hack Day announcements at the end.
Brighton hacker Jason Hotchkiss demos his music-generating lava lamps in this promo video for the Brighton Maker Faire taking place the day after dConstruct.
The story of the particle windchime—it turns subatomic particle collisions into sound—created at Science Hack Day San Francisco.
Hardware hackers, you’ve got until June 30th to submit something for Maker Faire in Brighton this September (the day after dConstruct).
Tim Bray calmly explains why hash-bang URLs are a very bad idea.
This is what we call “tight coupling” and I thought that anyone with a Computer Science degree ought to have been taught to avoid it.
So why use a hash-bang if it’s an artificial URL, and a URL that needs to be reformatted before it points to a proper URL that actually returns content?
Out of all the reasons, the strongest one is “Because it’s cool”. I said strongest not strong.
This was one of my favourite hacks at History Hack Day: enter a location anywhere in England to find out if it’s located on a ley line of mystical magical energy, man!
I should get out there and make a few drops in Brighton.
A gorgeous visualisation of Wikipedia data from History Hack Day. Watch the shape of the world emerge over time.
Using data to help put a single death in the family into a wider perspective.
Design fictional biohacking.
Bruce Sterling on Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and the unintended consequences of cypherpunk.
There's going to be a Culture Hack Day in January, the weekend before History Hack Day. They're like buses; you wait for ages for one to come along and then two show up at once.
Nicole proposes an interesting way of clearing floats with a combination of display:table-cell and generated content.
An absolutely fantastic write-up of Science Hack Day San Francisco ...as seen through the lens of Stephen Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From.
A write-up of the "Wearable DNA" hack from Science Hack Day SF.
An inspiring presentation by Tom Armitage on the value of open data.
A versatile material to help you fix things.