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first carousel wheel test

We ran a test of the whole plywood wheel/axle/frame assembly and no one lost their balls in the process. Next carousel work shift: this Thursday afternoon 5-10pm. (video by Rivka) (video by Lindsay)

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meeting notes

We had a good meeting last night, we set the open shop days, ironed out membership details, discussed the carousel projects, and some even fixed the bandsaw. Hackett, Melissa, Mia, Leif, Julia, Rivka, Gaylen, Lindsay, Kim!, Hans, and Lis were in attendance. Lindsay testing the plywood wheel: Mia, Gaylen, and Melissa fixing the bandsaw:

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New Open Shop Days/Hours

At this meeting, a bunch of us signed up for our monthly open shop day duties, all full members should pick a day per month. Also, full members should post on the calendar when they’ll be there other times. Here’s what we have so far: Gaylen – 1st Tuesday 5-10pm Hackett – 1st Sun noon-8pm […]

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popesiversary xi: the siege of mada

To mark Popesiversary! it was essential to reproduce the effect of standing around in the cold while dodging fireworks aimed directly at the eyes. We opened fire from the backyard up to the fortified windows of the third floor. The window opened a crack and answered with a steady stream of roman candles. And no, […]

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On VBS.tv’s Motherboard

VBS.tv recently came by and spent the afternoon hanging out at the shop, and dug thru our archive of video footage, and put together a pretty nice little video about us:

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Basement Archeology

We did an amazing dig thru layers of crap in the basement, dug up some old pictures, found old lunches, chucked all sorts of things that everyone agreed should have been chucked many years ago, and saved lots of useful stuff (crazy, right?). New developments: * you can actually see and walk the whole corner […]

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Jet Ponies night test run

Before we were crazy enough to put people on it, we ran it at 3am the night before, so you can see the jets a’ glowing:

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Gadgetoff 2009

Thanks everyone for the hard work! The Thundersteed Jet Ponies will return! For more info on the next appearance, subscribe to the announce list and watch this site. Or if you have a venue for it, contact us at me@madagascarinstitute.com

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Big Bike on Myrtle Ave

Iris and Mia brought their big bike out for a street fest one Sunday on Myrtle ave–432 myrtle near vanderbuilt–

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Ring My Bell

McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg, Brooklyn “A lewd Double Dareā€“like physical challenge involving a helmet, a water hose, and mannequin legs mechanically rigged to rise in response to aquatic ‘stimulation.’” – Artforum

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Class: Beginning Welding with Ryan

>If you want to impress your sexy neighbor, your girlfriend, or your favorite bartender, or you want to fix that rusty hole in your car, take this class. The infamous Ryan and his cohorts will teach you all that you need to know to get started, and he’ll entertain you all the way. He may […]

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Saturday, May 28, 4pm Crafty Workshop with surprise Artstar, $free

Come find out what kind of crafty stuff we have laying around the shop. Downstairs we have so much fun stuff: paper, fabric, sequins, feathers, belt buckles, pins, bendy, sparkly, fuzzy things. We thought we ought to have a workshop. We will be there to help you complete a project of your choosing. We’ll be […]

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Thursday, May 26, 7pm Beginning Welding with Kim

Basic welding — always full, often overbooked. Always fun, messy, and dirty. Sometimes scary, hurty, and cold — or hot — depending on the season. I suspect this class will be a perfect spring class, the kind where you go directly outside to drink beer and brag about your new skills, wearing your face dirt […]

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Saturday, May 21, 4pm Pinching and Twisting with Mistress Jacquie

Balloon Animals!!! If you want to learn the basics of sculpting with inflatable latex, or want to develop basic twisting and pinching skills, this is the class for you! If you want to impress those 3-to-10 year olds who’ve been dissin’ you lately, or you who want to appear disarmingly charming to the sexy single-parent […]

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Beginning Welding with a surprise Artstar

Same class different month. Any one of our frighteningly talented and attractive artstars can teach this class. Come take a chance and see who it will be this time. Learn the basics: safety, how to weld, the difference is between the various welders, why you won’t electrocute yourself, welding fashion, and depending on the teacher, […]

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Saturday May 7, 1pm Using the Lathe with Hackett

Hackett has been slaving over this thing — making his own bolts, turning rebar into jewelry, and more. Learn how to use this miraculous tool yourself; why should Hackett have all the fun? The lathe is set up for metal work but can we switch it out for wood to. Learn how to set it […]

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Saturday, April 23, 2pm What’s That Do? with Hackett $free

Hey what’s that tool? And what’s that do? How’s that work? This is a free workshop in *what we have.* This is not so much a "how-to" but a "what’s that thing do?" Hackett will take you around the shop and show you the lathe, the cold saw, the chop saw, the bench grinder, the […]

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Thursday, April 21, 8pm Sewing with SarahMac

You asked for it, here it is: sewing. We have tons of fabric and several machines. And after our big-ass fabric ceiling project for the Scope festival, we’re pretty much all proficient at sewing (except me), but none as professional as SarahMac. She’s a crackerjack, that Sarahmac. Learn how the machine works, some things to […]

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MADAGASCAR INSTITUTE GOES CRAZY BROADWAY STYLE

New York, NY June 14, 2003 This all-dance, three minute and 19 second production went off between the lions on the steps of the New York Public Library and finished before guards had time to ask for the permits. Choreographers trained 75 dancers with little to no previous dance experience to count eights and hit […]

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This Saturday at the Madagascar Institute

This Saturday at the Madagascar Institute: Networking 101 Scary Dangerous X-mas gifts Event planning: Luau Work on your own shit This has been a busy week so far at the Madagascar Institute. Thanks to Mo and her army of confused men the welding curtain is up and working ( I guess, unless the people who […]

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