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The 110208th dorkbot-nyc meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at Location One in SoHo.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Please bring snacks to share.

We’re always looking for (and playing) more dorkbot theme songs! Bring or email one and we’ll play it at the meeting.

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Featuring the alkaline and perchlorated:

Fang-Yu Lin: Political Science 101
Political Science 101: A Crash Course in Civil Discourse on Political Blogs is a net art installation that constantly scans and monitors hundreds of political blogs for headlines, keywords and trends. The “learnings” are presented as slides that are generated in real-time, using textbook style charts and graphs. A hacked slide projector projects these virtual slides to the screen in a simulated classroom setting. Hence, the class is a study of blogs as a political medium, and an appraisal of its traits and uses.

Alicia Gibb: Bug Labs
Bug Labs is a new kind of technology company, enabling a new generation of engineers to tap their creativity and build any type of device they want, without having to solder, learn solid state electronics, or go to China. Bug Labs envisions a future where CE stands for Community Electronics, the term “mashups” applies equally to hardware as it does to Web services, and entrepreneurs can appeal to numerous markets by inventing “The Long Tail” of devices. We believe everybody is an inventor at heart, so we’ve developed a platform for users to create and forever modify their favorite gadget, allowing for ultimate customization and use.

Jeremy Rotsztain: Media Impressionism
Media Impressionism is just one possible term for the practice of remixing cinematic imagery using well known practices from painting (such as collage, pointillism, and action painting), but using software-based tools. In this dorkbotty presentation, I’ll discuss a few of my recent video art and computational imaging projects and share my working process.

Check out last month’s presentations here. Good, dorky stuff in the Big Apple!