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ALC Maker’s Space is coming

Abundant Life Church is starting a new thing called Groups which will each be on a secular topic of interest to those who participate, and will meet in lieu of the traditional Wednesday evening Bible Study service. (Typical groups last time were Finances, Cropping for Christ, & Shooting and Firearm Safety.  My church is kinda crazy like that) The point is to involve the wider community, not just church members. There will still be a small group meeting Wednesday evenings at ALC for those who don’t have an interest in anything.

Anyway, due to some temporary lapse in sanity, ALC has actually approved yours truly to sponsor one of those groups. I submitted our description as follows. I’ll post start details & dates for any interested once I have them. This is for makers and minions.


Made in the Image of God, we are Creators! For people who make things out of micro controllers, electronics, leather, wood, and steel. That’s not a junk TV, it’s a parts bonanza!

A Maker’s Space, we gather to share and discuss technology ideas, cool things to make, and learn and see what each other has been building. In the event of fire or explosion the church has insurance.

My initial thoughts are interesting projects such as wireless electronic signs, quadrocopters, furnace controls, and performance art lighting, using TI Launchpads, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi micro controllers, but anything goes. Just have to see what awesome ideas people have when they come.

Coffee, fellowship, Windoze & Linux workstations, & an ugly but indestructible work bench provided. I have some proto-boards. Lots of junk box parts. Room full of electronics upstairs that we need to empty anyway. Meets weekly in the Community & Bridge rooms. Steam punk garb optional.

Kubulai / John D. Nash

P.S. We will start each session with coffee and prayer. “Sweet Jesus! Why did I make that!” is probably not what we want to pray.

LED Lighting: advent of the “bulb-less” Lighting Appliance

Will $60 LED bulbs be the new green incandescent?

The price and carbon terrorism is so extreme — CFLs last 1-3 months, not 10 years. I have a pile on my work bench. And they hurt us more in the manufacturing and contain Hg. The law does not even force retailers to take back units which do not last the promised 10 years and rework them for redistribution! LED lighting has a promise of being better, but will it also be just an extremely overpriced scam to defraud Citizens? $60 for LEDs? Seriously!

We may need to rebuild our own lamps to use LEDs without screw in bulbs — to achieve the same result, a nearly permanent light source, for a much lower price. With LED lighting comes the practicality of permanent lamp fixtures which do not use light bulbs of any kind — a lighting appliance.