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Help a child without family

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Help turn tears into smiles.
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Help turn tears into smiles.

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Your sponsorship can break the cycle of poverty
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Your sponsorship can break the cycle of poverty

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Giving children a vibrant future
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Giving children a vibrant future

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Thank you!
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Thank you!

ood Morning Westsiders! I would like to personally thank everyone who helped out in the Mercantile Bank contest to support local nonprofits. Thanks to your support The Geek Group got the most votes by a substantial margin. We competed against other nonprofits much, much more massive than ourselves (with the budgets to match). I am…

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It’s back – and in a big way!
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It’s back – and in a big way!

Greetings Everyone 🙂 It is with resounding, radiant happiness that I am pleased to announce The Geek Group will begin Phase-2 of our Computers To Families program today, effective immediately. With Phase-1 we did our initial feasibility study and it was successful beyond our wildest imagination. With Phase 2 we will significantly expand the operation…

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Surplus Sale!
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Surplus Sale!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtQLXnYsmYk   We’re doing a surplus sale! It’s on Saturday, October 12. Auction starts at 3pm and the doors open at noon. You must be present in person or send a representative who is not staff, and you can pay in cash or with credit card.

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Geek Group Member Deal!
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Geek Group Member Deal!

We are super excited to let everybody know that one of sponsors, Bluecherry is offering a deal just for Geek Group Members! As most of you who follow the video blogs are aware, we are in a constant need of baluns. It is a popular item for Geek Group members to order and have shipped…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The First Day

As you are probably aware, we do a heavy amount of vlogging. Which is great! And you can follow our videos daily, via this blog, youtube, Twitter and/or Facebook. (We are well connected.) But! We also shoot a lot of photos. It should be pretty cool to see both the video of things as they…

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Sunpack Strobe Equipment Autopsy
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Sunpack Strobe Equipment Autopsy

Exploring a vintage camera strobe pack. Now, we are huge fans of gear no matter what vintage it is, and it did make us a little sad to take this strobe pack apart. However, it was the old style Sunpack that required a separate battery pack for the light. That’s a lot of gear to…

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Concept Zero
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Concept Zero

Check these out! Some cool toys made by a good friend of ours, and Geek Group member, Nicky Nada. These ferrofluid toys make an awesome desk fidget item and are a cool way to play around with ferrofluid if your ten-year-old has been begging… and you don’t want to clean it out from the sofa…

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Potential Lab, Steadicam Tour
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Potential Lab, Steadicam Tour

A more in-depth look at the potential new lab here in Grand Rapids. We’ve had quite a few people ask what spaces would be used for what, so here’s what we’ve got figured out so far! Every room has been assigned a task – and we’re happy to report that it matches up with our…

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Zomb Tour
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Zomb Tour

We look forward to doing Zomb events at the new facility! We are super excited about the chance to get a lab here in Grand Rapids – see how you can help!

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New Lab? Could be with your help!
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New Lab? Could be with your help!

As most of you know, we’ve been working for the past several months on finding a new lab here in Grand Rapids. We have a serious opportunity to get this facility as the new Geek HQ. And we need your help! What can you do? Become a member (it’s free!) Tell your friends! Follow us…

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Sorry!

This is still under construction. Oops, sorry you had to see it! You probably want the forums. http://www.thegeekgroup.org/bb/members.php

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CNC Revolution
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CNC Revolution

The Geek Group is bringing a manufacturing revolution to the United States by helping share the incredible power of CNC Engineering with the general public. For more information please check out www.thegeekgroup.org

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