Pre-Gaming and Pre-Hacking #rbcreation

The liquor has all be dranken and now it’s time to get hackin’!  Paul and the gang have made it back to the RV (this was no easy feat after being drowned in booze at the kickoff party) and have begun reverse engineering their electronic badges.  The badges appear to be banging out some Morse code to a single red LED.  Paul is trying to get past the fuses on the PIC to read the code inside while the others set up our Rigol portable digital oscilloscope and try to record the LED blinks to a file to decode the Morse.  Crazy but true, the wacky guys from Two Hands Project are hanging out in the HaHa RV right now.  Apparently they are covered with stickers?!?  You may remember them from a while back (over a year ago?) when they came to HaHa and filmed us for inclusion in a documentary about hackerspaces.  Hey guys, what happened to that film project?

The HaHa Gears Have Landed in Brooklyn! #rbcreation

After many hours of butt-numbing car rides and New York traffic, four intrepid HaHa hackers have taken on the wilds of Brooklyn to journey into the mouth of the caffeine-addled beast, also known as Redbull Creation. Dave, Paul, Jeff and Miles have arrived to bring the hack, Baltimore-style, to the soon-to-be-unwashed masses of McCarren Park. Our dedicated compatriot, Jason, will do his best to record all of our rants and photos here at HaHa central for all to see.  Yes, that photo is Paul in a sombrero; they are expecting it to be quite hot.  Warning: After over 72 sleepless hours, it could get ugly.  This should be fun…


Well, we finally got around to opening the INTJ-22 TGIMBOEJ and took out some selected bits.  But, boy, did we fill it back up!  We packed it with all manner of miscellanea including motors, mysterious circuit boards, high-power LED’s, and other electronic bric-a-brac.  Now, it needs a new home.  Are there any Hackerspaces or Makerspaces out there who want to get in on a sweet box of junk?  Please keep it within the U.S. as heavy international shipments of questionable gizmos is frowned upon by Uncle Sam and his cronies after the toner cartridge fiasco.

Red Bull Creation Finalist

Brooklyn, NY Here we come! Paul, Jeff, Miles, David (from left to right) will be headed to New York in July to compete against 15 other teams in the Red Bull Creation challenge.  You can read the official e-mail below.

The photo on the left was taken at 3am as we were finishing up our qualifying entry to the Red Bull Creation challenge.
Here is Popular Mechanics coverage of the winners.
Our submission:


Congratulations Harford Hackerspace! Great Joy!

Your team has made it to the final round of Red Bull Creation, and you are invited to come to New York to take part in the ultimate 72 hour build-a-thon!

Go ahead and jump up and down, run around, call everyone you know (most importantly your teammates) and do what you need to do to celebrate, cause you’re invited to take the final challenge! Yes it’s true. You Won.

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