LB AFOL Meetup August 28th!

We spent the morning celebrating youth Cody’s birthday and the evening continuing on Cody’s theme of the ocean.  Photos from both AM and PM.

Jason Z. also brought his Mindstorms robot hack, which is explained in the video.


LBAFOL OC Mini Maker Faire 2013

The three maker spaces in Long Beach (DIY Clubs at the Sea Base, Great Educational Experiences and the Cultural Alliance Long Beach) joined forces to present the Long Beach Adult Fans of LEGO club booth which included many making opportunities, both LEGO and non LEGO!  Hey, it’s a Maker Faire! Frankie the Fish,  cousin to Billy Bass, was also there!



July/August LEGO Contest Winners!

Congratulations Graham and Carol who participated at the Comic Bug build!  They won the Star Wars and Lone Ranger kits!

Congratulations to GiGi who ALSO participated at that build! She won the River Dragon set ( a much sought after set that is now retired!

Thanks to judge Norbert La Buguen who selected the winners!

Sorry no photos, crazy busy times! will come back to update later!

Handmade Penguin is hosting a Maker Camp Super Affiliate Site!

I’m thrilled to announce that Handmade Penguin has been selected as a Maker Camp Super Affiliate site!  The schedule of activities will be administered through  It means that we will be listed as a Super Affiliate site on the Maker Camp website (for folks to find us) and we get fun toys with which to play!

So keep close and hang tight and we’ll get the program rolling!


Scheduled days will be a subset of the full Maker Camp schedule.

Locations will vary.  Please check back for the specific location of any particular camp day.


Camp will be held on 3-5 days each week.  The location of the camp will vary by day of week.  Events will generally start at 11:00 AM, and end at 2:00 or 3:00 PM, depending upon the activity.  Please check back for the specific day or activity.

  • Select Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: Cultural Alliance, Long Beach, 737 Pine Street, Long Beach
  • Select Thursdays: Comic Bug 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach
  • Select Fridays: Great Educational Experiences, Resurrection Lutheran, 1900 E Carson Street, Long Beach, CA
  • Select Weekend Days: Long Beach Sea Base and Aquatics Center, 5875 E Appian Way, Long Beach, CA

There are two or three days which will be “dark” days.

Stay Tuned!

Interesting References

Electrical formulae and calculations

What currents are dangerous?

Taken from the above site:

While any amount of current over 10 milliamps (0.01 amp) is capable of producing painful to severe shock, currents between 100 and 200 mA (0.1 to 0.2 amp) are lethal. Currents above 200 milliamps (0.2 amp), while producing severe burns and unconsciousness, do not usually cause death if the victim is given immediate attention. Resuscitation, consisting of artificial respiration, will usually revive the victim.

It’s not volts that kills, it’s current.

Really great site for limits and electrical safety while working.

Keep hands clean and dry and remove jewelry when working with electricity.

In industry above 30V is considered a conservative threshold value for dangerous voltage.

Using one hand when working increases resistance of the body.

If there are downed electrical lines, standing on one foot or running (only one foot contacting at any one time) will also reduce the chances of you creating a path for the current – in one foot and out the other 8)