[BangPypers] [OT] Introducing myself

Jonathan Toomim jtoomim at jtoomim.org
Tue Jan 8 19:25:12 CET 2013

Thanks everyone for the advice and offers of assistance.

When I looked at the website of CIS a few weeks ago, it appeared to me 
to be more of a think tank/news organization than a hackerspace. It 
sounds like that impression was false. Thanks for the tip, I'll check it 

If I have the time, I wouldn't mind holding a workshop or two. Svaksha, 
are you mostly interested in learning how to do the electrical 
engineering stuff, or did you want a workshop on the uses of HEG itself?

As for equipment, the most important thing for me to find will be an 
oscilloscope. Soldering irons are cheap; microscopes are very helpful 
for SMD soldering work, but not necessary, and can be replaced with a 
good magnifying glass; and I haven't actually needed a laser cutter for 
a while. I guess I'll have to look around for a cheap used scope after I 
arrive, and maybe donate it to Jaaga or CIS.

Pradeep, would use of IISc's incubation center be available to me (or, 
eventually, my employees) as a foreigner? As for IIM, I must admit my 
prejudice: I'm somewhat psychologically allergic to management/business 
types; being questioned too long about my value proposition and how I 
intend to leverage social capital to achieve priority objectives has a 
tendency to result in inflammation of my amygdala.


On 1/8/2013 1:05 AM, Sidu Ponnappa wrote:
> Jonathan, you're always welcome to drop by the C42 Engineering office
> and chat us up. One of my colleagues, like you, has moved here from
> Canada, so maybe a conversation with him would be helpful.
> I'm personally not a big fan of shared workspaces in Bangalore, but
> I'll defer to the others on the list as it's been a few years since I
> last hung out at one of these places and lots has changed. I'm not
> sure about laser cutters, though. :)
> Cheers,
> Sidu.
> http://twitter.com/ponnappa
> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM, स्वक्ष <svaksha at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM, Kiran Jonnalagadda <jace at pobox.com> wrote:
>>> On Monday, 7 January 2013 at 11:20 PM, स्वक्ष wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Jonathan Toomim <jtoomim at jtoomim.org (mailto:jtoomim at jtoomim.org)> wrote:
>>>>> In particular, I'll be looking for a place to do work. In California, I
>>>>> spend a lot of time at hackerspaces, especially Noisebridge
>>>>> <https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge>, Crash Space
>>>>> <http://blog.crashspace.org/>, and Nullspace <http://032.la/>. I like
>>>>> working there because (a) I'm more motivated and productive than if I stay
>>>>> at home, and (b) much of my work requires or is facilitated by having easy
>>>>> access to soldering irons, oscilloscopes, dissection microscopes, laser
>>>>> cutters, and the like. I was hoping to find someplace similar in Bangalore.
>>>> CIS <http://cis-india.org/> would be the closest match for a free
>>>> hackerspace, though not exactly equipped with the equipment you
>>>> require - just so you know what to expect, these may be a little hard
>>>> to come by outside of the local Engg schools and/or research labs.
>>> CIS is the closest there is to Jon's requirements. It has a hardware lab and Sunil has been asking for a list of equipment that people need that the lab doesn't already have.
>> Wow, didnt know CIS had soldering irons, oscilloscopes, dissection
>> microscopes, laser cutters ... Its been ages since I've visited.
>> --
>> Regards,
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