An example of a three-dimension art piece created with a laser. Photo courtesy of NYC Resistor.
Hackers get a bad rap – some deserved, some not – but you can’t deny that they are some of the most intelligent and skilled computer experts in the world. And if you’re open-minded enough to realize that not all hackers are working for the dark side, NYC Resistor (87 Third Ave., Brooklyn) is worth checking out. Their website offers a description of the group and its mission:
NYC Resistor is a hacker collective with a shared space located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. We meet regularly to share knowledge, hack on projects together, and build community. If you’re interested in joining NYC Resistor, come to some of our public meetings (like the study group listed below) or join the NYC Resistor mailing list.
The group mentioned – The Microcontroller Study Group – aims to introduce people who have a mutual interest in microcontrollers and a desire to plan (and, presumably, complete) cool projects using them. But even if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about – and, really, the average person wouldn’t – there’s still hope, because NYC Resistor offers computer classes to help educate people about hacking tools and culture.
For example, Fire the Lazzzzor! Learn to rapid prototype using the 35 Watt Epilog Laser (June 22, 1–4pm; $75) offers participants the chance to use a laser to create artwork and three-dimensional models, while Introduction to Python (June 23, 1–4pm; $75) teaches the basics of Python, a popular programming language.
What’s your favorite place to take classes in New York City? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!