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Al Billings

Former @openbuddha, Tabletop RPG Geek, Buddhist, Security Program Manager, Director at Ace Monster Toys (@AMT), an Oakland Hackerspace.

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2014

TrustyCon Videos Available

TrustyCon 2014 (maybe the only one ever) happened the other week as a competitor to the RSA convention because of per...

2013

Short Update

A short update of a list of things I’ve been doing lately…Drones aka multi-rotor coptersI built a tricopter with my ...

Boing Boing Ingenuity was great

I managed to go to Boing Boing: Ingenuity this weekend. This was a one day hackathon followed by “vaudeville for geek...

Moving Blogging Here

I just announced over on openbuddha.com that I’m effectively closing that blog. I’ve also changed my twitter username...

Cal's Dreambox

A few weeks ago, it was announced that there was now a 3D printing vending machine over at UC, Berkeley (aka “Cal”) n...

Weird Records from 3D Printers and Laser Cutters

Warning: This post is rather heavy with the use of Flash to show videos. Sorry!I’ve seen a bit of weirdness involving...

Visiting Metrix

Last week I was up in my old home of Seattle for a few days to see family and friends (my daughter just turned 17). W...

Foldarap Adventures

When last I wrote, I said that I was building a Rostock Mini 3D printer. That is still true but I hit a few snags. Th...

2012

Building a Rostock Mini

I haven’t posted in a while here, largely because I haven’t finished any interesting projects lately. The one thing t...

OMFG Closed Source 3D Printers

Bre PettisWow. I posted about the new Makerbot Industries Replicator 2 yesterday. I’m still, site unseen except for t...

New Makerbot Printer

Wow, today is an unexpected news day for 3D printing. Over at Ace Monster Toys, we’ve had a number of 3D printers, ei...

Making Clocks

Today, a batch of Ardunino compatible nixie tub boards arrived from China. I heard about these a week ago on Professo...

Mini Quadcopter fun at AMT

Tim O'Brien's mini-quadcopterLast night, we had our new semi-regular small open house at Ace Monster Toys. One of our...

Notes from a Hackerspace Panel

Drawing by Suzanne ForbesI attended a panel today at Defcon 20 titled, “Connected Chaos: Evolving the DCG/Hackspace C...

Black Hat and Defcon Fun

I’ve spent the last few days at the Black Hat and Defcon security conventions in Las Vegas. I attend these every year...

Learning to Play Go Online

I’ve been learning to play Go lately. Like many people, I learned the rules when I was much younger and then forgot t...

A Review of Doctorow's Pirate Cinema

I recently managed to score an advanced reader copy of Cory Doctorow’s upcoming young adult novel, Pirate Cinema. Thi...

The Great Fork

I’ve done it now. As if having one blog that I updated about a tenth as often as I should wasn’t enough, now I have t...

Scanning the Buddha

Originally published on Open BuddhaIt isn’t often that my Buddhist interests and my hacker/geek interests completely ...

DARPA, Hackerspaces, and Schools

Originally published on Open BuddhaA little levity for your memesThere is a bit of a controversy brewing right now th...

Ace Monster Toys Book Scanner is Complete

Originally published on Open BuddhaThe Ace Monster Toys Book ScannerA year ago, Ace Monster Toys member Myles and I d...

Little Brother on Stage

Originally published on Open BuddhaI went with friends on Sunday night to see the Custom Made Theater Company’s adapt...

2011

Ace Monster Toys on Make Live

Originally published on Open BuddhaAce Monster Toys was approached recently to appear Make: Live as part of their “Ha...

College of Lockpicking

Originally published on Open BuddhaLast night, Ace Monster Toys had a two hour or so workshop by guests, Eric and Jam...

Ace Monster Toys at East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Originally published on Open BuddhaThis weekend is the second annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland, CA. As the...

New DIY Book Scanner Design Goes to Beta

Originally published on Open BuddhaDaniel Reetz has released his beta files for the newer DIY Book Scanner that he sh...

Daniel Reetz unveils new DIY Book Scanner at Open Hardware Summit

Originally published on Open BuddhaMy friend, Daniel Reetz, was a speaker at the recent Open Hardware Summit. His tal...

Ace Monster Toys Hackerspace on Meetup

Originally published on Open BuddhaWe decided (well, David the treasurer did…) to start using Meetup to promote event...

Al's Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 Visit

Originally published on Open BuddhaI attended Black Hat 2011 and DEF CON 19 this last week under the auspices of Mozi...

3D Printing Sucks or the State of Things

Originally published on Open BuddhaAlice...my makerbotLook around and you’ll see more and more articles in the mainst...

Remote Control Plane Talk at Ace Monster Toys

Originally published on Open BuddhaAaron shows one of the planes he builtAaron did a talk on the basics of remote con...

Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire - Follow Up Report

Originally published on Open BuddhaAce Monster Toys had its first booth at a Maker Faire last weekend. Technically, w...

Nortd Labs discusses the Lasersaur laster cutter at Ace Monster Toys

Originally published on Open BuddhaNortd Labs is in the Bay Area for the Maker Faire this weekend. They are the creat...

Ace Monster Toys at Maker Faire

Originally published on Open BuddhaAce Monster Toys, the hackerspace which I helped found in Oakland, will have a pre...