WEEKENDER: Six things to do on the weekend of Aug. 14 to 17

BY MATT HARRISON

 

Bob Log III plays at Zaphod's on Aug. 14

Bob Log III plays at Zaphod’s on Aug. 14

Bob Log III
Of the one-man blues performer who wears a human cannonball suit, a space-helmet, and who is obsessed with breasts, Tom Waits says: “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest, strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying…” Couldn’t have said it better, Mr. Waits. Bob Log III plays at Zaphod’s on Thursday, Aug. 14, with Hunter, Matt Morel & Catriona Sturton. Tickets are $12. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Zaphod’s is at 27 York Str.

CodeFest 2014 FREE
Arguably, this was a bad week for the web — it’s reported that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and another hacker stole $83,000 in bitcoins. While it sounds like the wild west, the Internet can be a tool for good — but it requires a certain degree of literacy to do that, something CodeFest 2014 aims to help out with by offering a series of free workshops at Carleton University on Thursday, Aug. 14 and Friday, August 15. This year’s event is focused on uniting developers, designers, and communicators from the public and private sectors to work together for a better Web. This will involve keynote speakers, numerous code sprints, a Design Jam, and lots of sessions, where users will learn how to write effective web content, Information Architecture 101, and the ominous-sounding dark art of JavaScript adaptation. Different times, different days. More info or to register, visit here.
Carleton University is at 1125 Colonel By Drive.

National Capital Craft Beer Fest
City Hall knows how to par-tay… Beginning on Friday, Aug. 15, and running until Sunday, Aug. 17, Marion-Dewar Plaza, in front of City Hall, will kick off the annual three-day National Capital Craft Beer Festival. Thirty craft breweries, over 100 beers — local, national, international — and cider, wine, and food from fine local eateries, brewmasters to chit-chat with, and live music on Friday and Saturday. Will the Mayor be there, slinging back suds? Come and see for yourself. One-day tickets are $15 adv., $20 at the gate; weekend pass is $30 adv., $35 at the gate; sample tickets are $1 each. Times: Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City Hall is at 110 Laurier Ave.

Nature Nocturne — Pride Edition
Pride Week — it kicks off on Friday, Aug. 15 and runs until Sunday, Aug. 24. Among the activities, the Museum of Nature’s monthly transformation from museum to dance hall, Nature Nocturne, is hosting a special Pride-themed event, with a burlesque show, a drag queen pageant, vintage video games, and a collective craft event. Music and food as well — tickets are $25.
Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod Str.

Mini Maker Faire
Daft Punk is playing at my… national science and tech museum?!? — Not really. But it might seem that way after viewing the Daft Punk-like, full-face LED display helmet created by Charles Bergeron on display at this year’s Fourth Annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Museum of Science and Technology. The futuristic helmet — similar to the one’s worn by France’s electronic dance duo — is but one of myriad of innovative, playful, and interactive creations on display at this year’s show. Among my favourites: a DIY pinball machine, 3D printer-created objects (check out Ottawa’s Ecotonos’ hand-held tools and earrings online at Ottawa Magazine) and an R2-D2 lookalike being built by hand! Lots to explore, the event is the price of a regular admission ticket into the museum. It starts both days at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
Canada Science and Technology Museum is at 1867 St Laurent Blvd.

Eat Lunch W/ A Farmer
Ignorance is bliss — for some, but others may want to know about what it truly takes to produce that bountiful harvest we see every week at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market in Brewer Park. To that end, this Sunday, Aug. 17, Savour Ottawa is hosting a Harvest Table event, where you and your family can eat lunch with a local food producer. This is an opportunity to ask questions (after you’re finished chewing), get the scoop on farming, and savour the bounty — tickets are $75 per person. The event begins at noon. Tickets or for more info, visit here.
Brewer Park is in the south end of Ottawa, across from Carleton University.

EVENT PREVIEW: Up close with Mini Maker Faire designers Ecotonos

By HOLLY CLARK

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Anthony Dewar, industrial designer and part of the 3-D Ecotonos team. Photo by Dwayne Brown

At this year’s Mini Maker Faire, the festival of artistic craftiness that celebrates the do-it-yourself spirit, a special printer is likely to garner a lot of attention. The event, which takes place at the Museum of Science & Tech on August 16 and 17, shines a light on the process behind the production of an object and explores the notion of access to manufacturing. So it’s only fitting that a strong contingent of makers is looking to learn about making three-dimensional products with a digital printer. Among those getting behind the technology are Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, industrial designers and founders of Ecotonos.

Three 3-D Things
Ecotonos produces a wide range of objects, from simple hand-held tools like guitar picks to more complex products that call for a longer design process. For example, Ecotonos will soon be selling beautiful earrings with custom-designed sterling silver hardware, all made using their 3-D printer. Their technological prowess, though, is fully revealed in the environmentally progressive Smart bike generator, which Ecotonos presented at last year’s Maker Faire.

A Design for Life
While unique in structure, all Ecotonos products are conceived with the same fundamental vision in mind. It’s something Iouguina describes as “biologically informed design.” Combining the fields of bionics and biomimicry, their approach uses what we know about biology to address challenges in sustainable development. It’s about learning from nature, devising powerful designs, and using real materials that emulate ecosystems and processes to create things that have the potential to benefit future generations. “We decided to reimagine the way humans make,” Iouguina says.

Step by Step
Similar to any other artistic venture, it all starts with an idea. These ideas come from many sources, but many are derived from scientific research. One of their favourite sources of inspiration comes by way of so-called “business trips” that see the team hike along country trails to collect little snippets of natural life, from twigs to insect corpses. “Where one would see leaves, gravel, grasses, and rock, we learned to see a masterfully orchestrated mosaic of shapes, textures, and tone,” Iouguina says. After sketching it, next comes a series of prototypes — 3-D printed layer upon layer. Questions are asked and answered, developing dozens of iterations until finally the product is born and ready for the online store.

Beyond Biology
It has been heard through the grapevine that the future will see 3-D printers in every home, enabling the production of everyday items. But there are limitations, Dewar says, most notably maintenance of the machines and the potentially hazardous chemicals released during printing. As for Ecotonos, Iouguina says the team plans to evolve their process by integrating locally grown biopolymers and renewable energy sources into their products. In using these sustainable materials, they can begin to partner with local farms and renewable energy sectors, making the future of 3-D printing, and sustainable development as a whole, look brighter than ever.

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