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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #4: Carol of the Bells
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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #4: Carol of the Bells

  Merry Christmas from The Geek Group! Carol of the Bells Rendered in four part harmony from a single solid state Tesla coil. All the sound heard is being generated from the electrical arc. A small ion motor, shaped like a Christmas Tree, is riding on top of the coil. This Solid State Tesla Coil…

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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #3: Deck The Halls
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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #3: Deck The Halls

Merry Christmas from The Geek Group! Deck The Halls Rendered in four part harmony from a single solid state Tesla coil. All the sound heard is being generated from the electrical arc. A small ion motor, shaped like a Christmas Tree, is riding on top of the coil. This Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC) was…

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2011 Building Tour
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2011 Building Tour

  One year after we purchased and laid out the plans for our Leonard St. Labs, we give you a look at the progress we’ve made so far, upcoming projects (and those already under way), and where we plan to take it from here.

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Geek Group CNC #5 – SFM–Surface Footage Per Minute
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Geek Group CNC #5 – SFM–Surface Footage Per Minute

  Chris and Rick discuss feeds and speeds as they go over how to figure out surface footage and feed rates for various materials (rates also listed below). Surface footage for materials Aluminum 1000-3000 Brass 850-2000 Bronze 825-1800 1018 600-1200 12L14 600-1200 1020 600-1200 8620 500-800 4140 450-750 6150 400-700 52100 300-600 D2 250-350 A2…

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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #2: We Three Kings
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Happy Holidays From Geek Group 2011 #2: We Three Kings

  Merry Christmas from The Geek Group! We Three Kings. Rendered in four part harmony from a single solid state Tesla coil. All the sound heard is being generated from the electrical arc. A small ion motor, shaped like a Christmas Tree, is riding on top of the coil. This Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC)…

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Give Camp 2011
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Give Camp 2011

  The Geek Group played host to several non-profit organizations, database administrators, software developers, and volunteers on October 21-23 in a bid to see these organizations solve the problems they were having that they could not do on their own. We’d like to that all those who participated in the experience, and extend a special…

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Captain’s Blog: Saturday Fun
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Captain’s Blog: Saturday Fun

  A romping Saturday at the lab. Kidwell is in town, along with Iscar Rick which allowed for an exceptional meeting-of-the-minds kind of mojo. The main project of the day was the triggering system for Project Stomper. Mikey and Dave worked on the blast containment chamber. Paul and Rick focused on the contactor. Justin and…

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Equipment Autopsy- Power Drill
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Equipment Autopsy- Power Drill

  With the help of his trusty tool-box and some fancy camera work Chris Mutilates an old Dewalt power drill to explore the mystery’s of the Planetary gearbox and the Pulse-width modulated drive. Want to help create more awesome videos like this? why not try out our new weekly donation scheme, just press the blue…

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Haas Video Series: How to Tram a Vice
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Haas Video Series: How to Tram a Vice

In our second video on CNC Basics, we learn how to setup a Vice for milling with Chris and Rick, from Iscar. We are in the process of shooting an entire series of videos on how to use the Haas CNC machinery. If there is something you’d like to know about using a Haas machine,…

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ArtPrize 2011!
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ArtPrize 2011!

Here in Grand Rapids we are gearing up for ArtPrize 2011. It is the world’s largest open art competition, and we are very excited that it takes place in our hometown! The whole competition really imbues the city with a wonderful vibe for two months as everybody explores the roughly 1,000 art pieces up for…

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Carburetor Cleaning and Repair
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Carburetor Cleaning and Repair

Motorcycle enthusiast? Want to service your own ride? well look no further: Along with member Craig, we open up a carburetor to show you the small (and really small) bits inside as we clean it up in preparation for repairs to the lab’s 1975 Honda CB-550-Four motorcycle.   Please remember to thumbs up, comment and…

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Rustoleum Rocks!
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Rustoleum Rocks!

We would like to take a minute to remind everybody how awesome one of our sponsors, Rustoleum, is. Many of our sponsors donate a few items for a project, which is fantastic. And a few of our sponsors go above and beyond with continuous support. They have been donating paint for our renovation of the…

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Geek News

Moving Email Server!

It’s been a long and arduous process, but we have finally migrated over to Google Apps for a lot of services, including for e-mail. There won’t be any lost e-mails the way we are setting this up, but existing users will have to do a few things in order to retrieve email sent between now…

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Captain’s Blog: a typical Saturday
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Captain’s Blog: a typical Saturday

A Captain’s Blog post here on the main channel to give you guys an inside look at a typical day behind the scenes here as we build the new Leonard Street Labs. Captain’s Blog episodes appear daily over at www.youtube.com/user/Physicsduck subscribe and get a look at the day to day happenings here at The Geek…

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Red’s Blog [Thursday, June 30th 2011]

Hey Internet! It’s been a while, but today…the MDH got cleaned up AND we unloaded the Zeus tubes. <3 We had to unload the Zeus tubes out of the back of Dante without a loading dock. There was a lot of  “secret plans,” which in layman’s terms just means….no one had any clue what the…

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Featured at Wheatstone!

Check this out!   Wheatstone interviewed us earlier this week, and now you can read all about it! (And see pictures of the new-to-us Wheatstone console in use!)   http://blog.wheatstone.com/?p=523   A huge thanks to Wheatstone for the interview! Are you interested in working with the console featured in the article? We’re looking for video…

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Captain’s Blog: MDH Progress and Glen from MA!
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Captain’s Blog: MDH Progress and Glen from MA!

Glen (one of the founders of our Massachusetts Chapter) comes for a week-long visit to the Leonard St. Labs. He’s spending his days rocking out with the rest of us, moving tons of gear into place and bringing things closer to opening to the public. We also hosted our first presentation event partnering with WMLUG…

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Red’s Blog [Monday, June 13th 2011]

How was YOUR Monday? Over at The Geek Group’s Leonard Street labs, there was much excitement. Much of the day was spent sorting through the donation from Local 4 in Detroit. Blocking monitors were moved around the building (and they were HEAVY). And Batman continued working on inventory. In other lab news, Baker and BA…

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Red’s Blog [Friday, June 10th 2011]

Hey there Internet! As many of you know, the Detroit trip to news channel 4 was yesterday. Members of the Detroit trip included myself, Batman, Baker (Brandon Baker), Squeak (Rob Vermeulen), and Miss Moose. I’m going to let you know now that I have no idea what happened at the lab on Friday, and I’m not…

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Captain’s Blog: Safety Cage, Concrete Prep and FIRST ARCS!
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Captain’s Blog: Safety Cage, Concrete Prep and FIRST ARCS!

  What a BIG DAY! 🙂 Jeremy and his team put our giant Safety Cage together in the High Voltage Lab. Dan and his team prep for a concrete pad outside (to house our big transformers and generator). Paul and Chris work on some preliminary high voltage testing and we make our first arcs in…

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Red’s Blog [Friday, May 27th 2011]

Hey there internet! Today, Moose and Batman made another trip to Kzoo and among the things they moved was some of the high voltage equipment, which included the rest of the cages and the special bolts that were needed to set up the cage in the high voltage lab. There was also a giant transformer…

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Red’s Blog [Thursday May 26th 2011]

Hello internet! I hope that you’ve had a wonderful Thursday. Our Wednesday and Thursday this week were both quite eventful, continue on to see why… Yesterday (Wednesday) was Miss Moose’s birthday, and we celebrated it…with cake! Amy brought Moose in a homemade carrot cake, and it sure was yummy. In the last two days, there…

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Captain’s Blog: Giant Robot, Painting, Progress
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Captain’s Blog: Giant Robot, Painting, Progress

  Red has already blogged a little bit about Tuesday, and now you can see it in video! Castor is here! For those who are curious, we received Castor in non-working static display condition. Because of that, we felt it was completely appropriate to let the robot live in a totally non-robot friendly location (outside).…

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Receiving our New Lotus Esprit!
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Receiving our New Lotus Esprit!

This is the official start of a new, major project happening at The Geek Group Leonard Street Labs: the Lotus Electric Conversion! One of our members in Kentucky, Dannie, donated us this Lotus with the intent that it would be turned into an electric car. It is going to be one of our flagship projects.…

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Geek Group Invades England
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Geek Group Invades England

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoIAZyP9Tcw Karl gives us an introduction for the creation of our official UK Chapter. Do you want to start a Geek Group chapter? Let us know! We also have an official chapter in Western Massachusetts, and cluster chapters in Ontario, Germany, California, Texas, and Australia.

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Captain’s Blog: Forklift, Painting, Video Cable
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Captain’s Blog: Forklift, Painting, Video Cable

Woohoo! A new forklift!! A big thanks to our friends at Morrison Industrial— they are loaning us a forklift for the moving process. We have one at the old warehouse, but we need it to load things onto the truck to move up to Geek HQ. This will work great in the in-between! 🙂 By…

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Kyle’s Blog, Day One
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Kyle’s Blog, Day One

Hello there guys and girls,I’m Kyle. I’m office manager for The Geek Group labs G.R. and welcome to my first blog post. I’ve been asked to do a update once or twice a week to give a behind the scenes look of our Grand Rapids location. My day consists of well…really anything. I could be…

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Ustream! Website problems!

First off, I would like to thank everybody for their patience with the website lately.  Everything should be ironed out very soon! Let’s hope! 🙂 While we’re working on that, please check out our Ustream channel! We’re broadcasting live RIGHT NOW! (You can watch me type this post… it’s weird.) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-geek-group-behind-the-scenes-live-feed

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Captain’s Blog April 8
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Captain’s Blog April 8

  We are making progress with the studios! Check it out and then check back this weekend for the details on our U-Stream account after we’ve got it up and running.

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Geek Group Membership Kits- they’re here!
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Geek Group Membership Kits- they’re here!

We said we were hard at work on it, and it’s true! You can now buy a Geek Group Beta Membership Kit! Check out the video for extensive information. Check it out! You can now buy your very own Geek Group membership card. A view of the back. The membership kit is available to members…

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Member Cards!
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Member Cards!

Check it out! Member cards have arrived! We will do an update as soon as they are ready to purchase, which will be VERY SOON! 🙂

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Captain’s Blog Train Adventure
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Captain’s Blog Train Adventure

  We shot video on a train today! 🙂 It was a whole lot of fun, and we’d like to thank the Coopersville-Marne Railway for letting us play around with their locomotive and video cameras.

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Project Thumper Repairs
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Project Thumper Repairs

Be sure to watch all the way through- you get to see a beautiful explosion from Thumper! Everybody at Geek HQ is pretty happy to get to have regular Thumper explosions 🙂

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Captain’s Blog 3-21-11
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Captain’s Blog 3-21-11

High Voltage Lab, Basement Epoxy, and Studio We start assembling the all new HIGH VOLTAGE LAB! 🙂 The Epoxy still isn’t cured enough for the big heavy stuff like transformers, but we put some of the smaller gear together and out on display. Gemini is going to be incredible in this room. We should have…

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Captain’s Blog 2011-03-19
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Captain’s Blog 2011-03-19

  We made huge process today! The high voltage lab has been epoxied, and the set is coming together. 🙂 We’d love to see you there! We are open M-Sat from noon until at least 6pm.

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HD Timelapse Test- 3 Days in 7 Minutes
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HD Timelapse Test- 3 Days in 7 Minutes

  Check this out! It’s our first attempt at a multi-cam HD timelapse video shoot, and we could not have picked a more epic project to do it with. Here we are removing the floor of the Main Demonstration Hall. Eventually, the floor will be completely removed down to the concrete and then we will…

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Weekend Log #8
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Weekend Log #8

Weekend log for Feb 19th, we show off our render engines for our time-lapse video’s, the old heating units get torn apart and Chris investigates a strange noise that appears to have recently manifested in the lab. More as it happens, so stay tuned!

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Daily Log 2-18-11
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Daily Log 2-18-11

The Daily Log for 2-18-11, where Kidwell shows us a new project for the lounge: a twitter station made from an old DECWriter 3 machine! And chris learns just how long an inch actually is.

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Captain’s Blog 2-14-11 Roof Leaks, Cafe, and Fusor
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Captain’s Blog 2-14-11 Roof Leaks, Cafe, and Fusor

Breaking News:Monsoon season has arrived in the grand rapids science center, as deep snow begins to melt on the roof, the main demonstration hall appears to be worst hit with a single breach pouring in melt water at a similar rate to your home shower head. besides the as smaller leaks, all over the building,…

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Daily Log 1-26-11
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Daily Log 1-26-11

The Daily Log for 1-26-11, in which we build the scaffolding, cut up some ducting, and get some tables and workbenches! Big thanks to Spencer from Model!

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Daily Log 1/18/11
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Daily Log 1/18/11

The Daily Log for 1-18-11, in which we get phones semi-working, take stuff out for a scrap run, and get the robot to work!

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Daily Log 1/13/11
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Daily Log 1/13/11

ZOMBIEEESSS!!!! When we bought the building we didn’t consider that it might be built on an ancient Native American burial ground, Now our presence seems to be causing the not so dead after all to rise from their graves and attack us (well you would be pretty cheesed off trying to sleep while someone fires…

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Daily Log 1/10/11
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Daily Log 1/10/11

The Daily Log for 1-10-11. More cleaning out of pipes, meeting with the heating contractor and general tidying. Also, Omni!

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Moving Fun
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Moving Fun

Over the weekend, a bunch of members braved the wind, cold and heavy objects to move quite a bit of equipment up to Grand Rapids. This has been a very exciting process because many of the new members in Grand Rapids have never seen some of the more exciting toys that we have. Such as…

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Daily Log 1/8/11
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Daily Log 1/8/11

Mr kidwell, dan, batman, Austin and Cory start the day in Kzoo to pack up the tuck with thumper and some other goodies and haul it down to Grand rapids. safe from pesky copper Thief’s at last!

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Daily log 1/6/11
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Daily log 1/6/11

Plumbers arrive to give us basic utilities, and we find a grappling hook inside the wall, complete with cable  all that coming up.

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Day 7 in Pictures

Today has been amazingly productive! 🙂 We discovered some openings in the walls (part of the HVAC system) and then we discovered what was inside of them … iew…. But we had several brave volunteers eager to go exploring in it! And clean it out. Mighty disgusting, but everybody will be happier with the better…

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Daily Log 1/5/11
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Daily Log 1/5/11

Dan looses his cool and destroys a porch with a crowbar. and General Badass salutes the fallen porch with a melody his trombone If you liked this please take the time to go to avalon@thegeekgroup.org and kick a buck so we can raise the $700,000 we need to be able to keep this building for…

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Daily log 1/3/11
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Daily log 1/3/11

Dumpster arrives, a couple of geeks battle it out in the high voltage lab and general Badass busts a lock…and rests. =]

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Zomb – the Pictures

We had a great time with our first indoor Zomb event! Absolutely awesome! And in addition to the video, there’s pictures! If you want to view all of them, they are in a set on our Flickr. Some of the highlights: Some friendly battles before the big fun began. Everybody came prepared! It was not…

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New Years Wrap Up
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New Years Wrap Up

Chris takes a moment to review our progress over the past month, answer some hate mail, fan mail, love mail and hypnotize one viewer into donating big time. At this point we would once again like to extend your gratitude to our members and viewers for all of your support and donations over this month,…

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Happy New Year!

If you follow us on Twitter, you know that every day we post a piece of science/tech trivia that originally happened on that particular day in history. If you tweet and don’t follow us, what are you waiting for?! Normally it’s just a single tweet, but January 1 happens to be a very, very busy…

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