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Michelle’s Hamstrometer is in Raspberry Pi Geek!

This past summer, I read online that the breed of hamsters I own runs more than any other breed: “an equivalent of four human marathons each night on average.” With hopes of figuring out what exactly the “hamster equivalent” of a marathon is, I did a study on my hamster’s gait. And finally, with hopes of discovering whether or not there was any truth behind The Internet’s claims, I built a small Raspberry Pi-powered pedometer and stuck it on my hamsters’ wheel.

This month, the lucky portion of you who can read German can check out a 5-page spread on my DIY hamster experiment in the latest issue of Raspberry Pi Geek!

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HOW AWESOME.

Before coming to CRASH Space, I lived and worked in Berlin, which makes having my work in a German magazine all the more personal and exciting for me. (Not to mention, many of our CRASH members are native German speakers!)

If you want, you can buy the latest issue here. You can also see the (less cool ’cause it’s not in a real paper magazine) version of the article here.

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Also, check out this sweet German translation of my bio they made:

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Barb Makes Things: New YouTube Channel!

CRASHer Barb (@yes_you_am | PaperStatic.com) is starting a new maker-themed YouTube channel: Barb Makes Things!

Check out this amazing trailer she made:

Barb will be releasing a new video every Tuesday, so make sure to subscribe to her channel!

 

Our Bitcoin Instructor Visits SF to Put Bitcoin to the Test

Laura Lopez, who has been running the monthly Intro to Bitcoin classes at CRASH Space (as well as a number of other bitcoin-related classes all over LA) recently went on a trip to SF to see how common the popular cryptocurrency is in the nerd capital of the US.

She made this awesome and hilarious video to show us all how it went. And if you like it, you can buy it with bitcoin!

 

NEW CRASH Space My Little Pony Donation Box

Our donation box just got a serious upgrade:

Want to know how it’s made? Check out the detailed walk-through here!

 

How I Open Sourced My Hamsters for Science

Determined to validate the oft-misguided claims of The Internet, I’ve spent the last month tracking my hamsters’ activity via a homemade Raspberry-Pi-powered Hamstrometer. And recently, I was approached by SuchWowTV to be featured in one of their videos!

If you’re interested in the details behind the build, you can head over to my blog and check out all of the pics and gifs I made of the build process!