Dorkbot Melbourne 23, 4pm, Sunday 26 October -- Level 1, 124a Johnson St Fitzroy

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Dorkbot Melbourne 23, 4pm, Sunday 26 October -- Level 1, 124a Johnson St Fitzroy

Ross Bencina-3-3
[please spread the word far and wide!]
[apologies for duplicates]


Dorkbot Melbourne 23
>>> people doing strange things with electricity <<<
4pm, Sunday 26 October, 2008
Level 1, 124a Johnston St Fitzroy 3065 (just east of Brunswick St).

This Sunday Dorkbot Melbourne once again brings together inspired and
inspiring minds from all over Melbourne. Everyone with an interest in doing
strange things with electricity is invited to come along and check out the
presentations and participate in lively discussion. Doors open at 4pm,
presentations start at 4.30 sharp. Bring your friends. Bring drinks and
nibblies of your choice. Scheduled talks are outlined below.

// Life at the Nanoscale and Below: New Adventures in Electron MIcroscopy

   Matthew Weyland

Matt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Centre for Electron
Microscopy, where he is in charge of the new shiny electron microscope there
(the one with the highest resolution outside North America). A microscope so
sensitive it can see atoms moving around on surfaces and requires a home
more stable than any other building in Australia, including the Synchrotron
across the road, where it lodges in a 25 ton faraday cage. Matt will show
some pretty pics and animations of what it can do, including some of his
earlier work debunking the Martian meteorite bacteria story.

// Echolocation, among other things

   Alex Stahl

Alex Stahl will talk about some strange things he's been doing with
electricity for echolocation, including some hidden aspects that are still
in progress, and share some stories about an intercontinental jam session
last weekend. And also, how this work connects back to his first job in
California, which was for a small startup company call Arc Technologies that
made space rockets. Who wanted to provide more affordable access to
geosynchronous orbit in the 1980's. Apparently rocket science is not really
all that hard.

Alex will also be happy to take questions about his role as Media Systems
Technical Lead for Pixar, and perhaps tell the story of how bat guano and
grape must interact with electricity in some strange ways that are audible
in the soundtracks of certain well known films.

// OpenDorks

Please announce yourself to the presenters if you want to make a short
communication (three to seven minutes) about your project, work in progress,
or make a petition for help (material, technical expertise, etc needed).



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