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Bokeh Yeah have moved!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Bokeh Yeah have permanently moved to Castefield Gallery! Check out the message from the group’s organiser below:

Bokeh Yeah are excited to announce that we have moved into our new project space at Federation House, thanks to the support of the New Arts Spaces Scheme hosted by Castlefield Gallery.

BY project space 01

We have been busy sprucing the place up and will be for the next couple of weeks, after which time we shall be hosting an official launch do!! So we will let everyone know when that will be as soon as the sprucing is complete.

If you’ve some free time to come and assist us in this that would be great. We still need to paint the walls and clean up the floor a little so we will be there all of this coming weekend. You can get in touch here on email of Facebook or just drop by in your overalls! We will be there from 10am on Saturday and Sunday

The address is Federation House, Danzic Street.  Manchester M60 0AF. Our entrance is through the large black door on Danzic Street and throughout the door to the left of the court yard.

We will be working on lots of exciting DSLR video projects and training sessions for you to participate in at the space so do keep an eye on on our twitter @bokeh.yeah and Facebook page

This coming Thursday 4th September is our regular session of course, where will are continuing on the theme of documentary film making. Our Pararchive Challenge is under way and we will be hosting a practical camera session. How to set up for interviews camera, lighting and sound recording to get the best results. As well as how to capture an interview on location whether it be  to gather ‘vox pops’ sound bites or record a full interview on location to make your documentary lively and interesting and highlight some aspect of your story

This session is open to all and it will be a great opportunity to see the new space. The session will start at 7pm as usual so bring your camera and we’ll see you there.

Your Bokeh Yeah! team

Next Round of SciFi Books

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Hi Everybody

Here is our next round of books for exciting discussions at Manchester SciFi Book Club:

19th August – Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (318p)
16th Sept – A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain (272p)
21st Oct – Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (400p)
18th Nov – Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F Hamilton (320p)
20th Jan – We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (256p)
17th Feb – Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (384p)

Don’t forget our next book on 15th Jul, which is Nova by Samuel R Delany.

See you next book!

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club Contacts:

You can contact us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab or by using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

Manchester SciFi Book Club on Google+

Post by Daniel Wells, Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club.

A Ferranti evening with the Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing Enthusiasts

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing Enthusiasts are a rather self-explanatory group. They meet on the first Friday of each month to talk vintage computers, tinker with peripherals, emulate and replicate old machines, and exchange information and ideas.

Ferranti Argus 100

Ferranti Argus 100 – Image Credit: Computer Conservation Society

On Friday 6th June, Alan Pickwick will be leading an informal talk about Ferranti Argus computers from 19:00. Alan has been researching the machines and has an update on his progress, as well a request:

“I have scanned in all the manuals relating to the Argus 100 that was stored at the Catalyst Science Centre in Widnes and is now in the hands of The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. Many thanks to Paul Meara for facilitating this. Amongst many other things, we now have listings of test programs.

One request – very unlikely, but if you don’t ask – does anyone have any paper tapes relating to Argus?”

RSVP for free via Meetup to join in this discussion and contribute to their research!

Manchester SciFi Book Club – Vote for the next round of books!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Sci-Fi Book Club

Sci-Fi Book Club

Manchester SciFi Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a different science fiction book. The meetings are free to attend so, if you’re a science fiction reader, come on down. Right now, they’re taking a vote for their next round of books to read. Below is a list of the books, and a link to the poll. Get voting!

  • Player One Ready by Ernest Cline (384 pages)
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (384 pages)
  • Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon (384 pages)
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (318 pages)
  • Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F Hamilton (320 pages)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain (272 pages)
  • Turbulance by Samit Basu (368 pages)
  • Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (400 pages)
  • Protector by Larry Niven (218 pages)
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (256 pages)
  • Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds (296 pages)
  • Shikasta Re: Colonised Planet 5 by Doris Lessing (384 pages)

Vote now or click through for more about each book…


Group Spotlight – Arduino Manchester

Monday, May 19th, 2014

One of the world’s most popular open source technologies, Arduino has a special place in our hearts here at MadLab. Whether we’re teaching it, hacking it, or selling it down at Inventory, it crops up on an almost daily basis. Fittingly, one of our many community groups brings together users of the platform.

Arduino Manchester Logo

Arduino Manchester

Organised by local artist James Medd, Arduino Manchester meets on the last Tuesday of the month, and is currently working on Pararchive, a project lead by the University of Leeds, which is aiming to decentralise archive materials from institutions including the BBC, Science Museum Group, and Nation Media museum, to tell the stories of community groups. Daniel Mutibwa, one of the project leaders at Leeds, has been attending Arduino Manchester’s 2014 meetups, and has written a nice summary of their April meetup:

At this Arduino Manchester group Meet-up session, we were invited to talk about the progress of the project and to hear where members were with their own research projects. As always, the session was convened by James – an artist, musician, and maker based in Manchester, and the leader and coordinator of the group. In attendance were Chris, Michelle, Roman and his friend Donna. James began the session by projecting the latest news and developments from the Arduino development platform on a screen…

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If you’d like to get involved with Arduino Manchester or Pararchive, they’re meeting next on May 27th.