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3Jun/120

The Geek Group “Builds Awesome”

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If you are reading my blog posts, chances are you are a Geek. If not, no problem. Everyone is welcome. I want to show you a video about The Geek Group that I think you will like. There are a lot of hacker spaces that lean towards teen and older crowds. The Geek Group works will all age groups. You will see in the video, the kid's reaction to something amazing. This is why The Geek Group exists. Check it out!

31Dec/110

The Geek Group Labs in Minecraft

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Hello fellow members and those who may be curious. I had recently created The Geek Group Labs in Minecraft and recorded a walkthrough video. I received so many comments and suggestions on the original video that I should place the world files up for download, so I did. So here it is. It is not a complete model and is missing some rooms. The proportions are a little off as well. Do what you can to fix it up if you wish or customize it. Have fun. If you have any question please don't hesitate to ask. There is a readme file in the zip that contains the coordinates.

Download TGG Minecraft World Files Here 8.5Mb

Have fun!
-Jeremiah Duke

5Dec/110

Happy Birthday From The Geek Group

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Today I received a special Happy Birthday Wish. At around 1:30am or so I had checked my YouTube account to see if there were any Captain's Blogs from Chris Boden, like I always do. To my surprise I found a special Captain's Blog titled "Captain's Blog 12-5-11 Happy Birthday to Jeremiah Duke". I actually had to take a second look to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Alisha, my angel fiancé, had contacted The Geek Group, my favorite Geeks from Michigan, and asked if they could wish me a Happy Birthday.

This was the coolest birthday ever. Thank you Chris, Batman, Alisha, and everyone at The Geek Group for this very special Birthday Wish. You guys are awesome.

Some day I hope to get a chance to take some time off work and drive over there to hang out and help out. Maybe sometime this upcoming summer. :)

Please take a moment to visit The Geek Group to see how they are changing the world.
You can also watch the official Geek Group YouTube channel or Chris Boden's channel physicsduck on YouTube for a behind the scenes look at The Geek Group operations.

3Dec/110

Give Camp 2011 – The Geek Group

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The Geek Group hosted the Give Camp 2011 event at their Labs in October. Below is a video of the event and a short description from the wonderful people at The Geek Group.

"The Geek Group played host to several non-profit organizations, database administrators, software developers, and volunteers on October 21-23 in a bid to see these organizations solve the problems they were having that they could not do on their own".

For more videos related to The Geek Group check out their YouTube channel thegeekgroup or The Captain's Blog physicsduck
For more information about The Geek Group or to become a member please visit thegeekgroup.org

 

 

 

 

23Nov/110

TGG Copper Scrappers Caught On Tape…

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Not too long ago The Geek Group had put a call out for a donation of CCTV cameras because they were having some troubles with people spray painting their building and stealing copper wiring. I wanted to help as much as I could so I donated some used CCTV cameras and outdoor housings. Not to long after, The Geek Group was finally able to install the cameras and get their DVR up and running. They started recording video and no more than a day later, their system had recorded two people stealing copper wiring from their transformers and generator in their back parking lot. This happened in the middle of the day at around 2:30pm. The Geek Group had contacted their local news channel and a story was developed. You can watch the news coverage here. Boy am I glad I sent those cameras. I am glad they finally have an idea of who is committing these crimes.

If you have not heard of The Geek Group, you can read more about them or become a member on their website here.

12Aug/112

Official Geek Group Unboxing…

Hello friends. Just a few days ago I had sent three packages to The Geek Group containing tools, electronics and other really cool stuff. The packages have arrived and you can see the unboxing in the video below. If you are a geek (and you should be, you are reading this) you should check out The Geek Group at theegeekgroup.org. You can learn more about this non-profit organization and become a member and/or donate by visiting their website.
These people are working REALLY hard to provide a place for people like us (GEEKS) to hang out, learn, and tinker. This is like a dream to me. Please check out their YouTube channel http://www.youtub.com/thegeekgroup. Please spread the word to all of your fellow geek friends and family. Even if you don't live in Michigan, you can still be very involved. Let your inner-geek go wild! Become a member today!

The full Captain's Blog video is below. To skip to the unboxing (PLEASE WATCH THE WHOLE THING THOUGH) see the link below.
Click To See Unboxing Only

4Aug/110

Geek Group Donation…

So I have put together a bunch of stuff to send to The Geek Group as a donation. Some of the things include: tools, a touch screen display, ribbon cables, a micro controller, a few cell phones to put through Thumper, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Its a total of three boxes, about 40lbs of complete Geek goodness. The packages should arrive shortly at The Geek Group and they can get to work unpacking all the crazily packed tools. :)

If you have not already, please go check out The Geek Group and become a member, or donate, or both :)
The Geek Group Website
The Geek Group on YouTube
Chris Boden (The Captain's Log) on YouTube
Live 24/7 Video From The Geek Group Labs

27Jul/110

Geek Group Tool Donations…

Hello friends! Today I come bearing good news. I have placed a donation box at my work for the Tool Drive I am doing for The Geek Group. They are looking for used and new working tools so they can let people come and use them for projects and learning. I have also collected many of my non-used tools and placed them in a box to send to The Geek Group. I have purchased some new tools to send with as well. I hope to be able to send the tools off in a few weeks and I will try to gather more tools when I can.
If you want to donate, visit TheGeekGroup and find out how.

9Jul/110

A Very Inspiring Video…

This video is of Chris Boden from The Geek Group. He talks about The Geek Group and a little history on the company. Please consider watching the entire video to get an understanding of why I am so interested in The Geek Group and why you should become a member.
Visit The Geek Group
The Geek Group on YouTube

11Apr/110

The Geek Group Goes Live…

For all of the fans of The Geek Group, they are now working on live streaming video. You can watch this video at the following link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-geek-group-behind-the-scenes-live-feed

You can check out The Geek Group's home page at:
http://www.thegeekgroup.org/

The MissionDuke.com blog has donated a few things to The Geek Group. First we have sent them 10 camera wall mounts which should be arriving at the labs shortly. I have ordered 20 6ft RCA video cables and 20 12ft RCA video cables that I will be sending as soon as they arrive.

A big thank you to The Geek Group for all this cool things they do!

26Feb/110

For The Geeks…

Go check out The Geek Group. They need your help to bring technology into the hands of those who want to tinker, build, and learn about technology. See the video below!

24Nov/100

Arduino Space Balloon Project…

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For all of the Arduino fans out there, here is a project you will love. TheGeekGroup is creating a project using the Arduino and several shields to gather data and images in space using a weather ballon. Some of the functions it will have include GPS, cellular transmission, temperature sensors, barometric pressure sensors, and more. The video below is by TheGeekGroup and they explain a little about the Arduino and the shields. All together they spent about $700 on Arduino goodies. Watch the video and be sure to visit their website and become a member of theGeekGroup. (ITS FREE) and you get access to a huge forum of geeks just like us who have questions and answers to geek related geekery!

TheGeekGroup does not only deal with the Arduino but they also have tons of other videos about tons of other topics including Tesla Coils, high voltage electronics, programming, and more. Go ahead and check them out. I am a member and you should be too!

18Aug/100

The Geek Group…

I have been watching a few YouTube videos about technology and stumbled across a very interesting set of videos from The Geek Group. They are a non-profit group formed to provide space for learning about technology and tinkering. They aim to teach and to allow you to experience things first hand. The group has tons of tech videos and so far I cannot find one that I don't like.

The group had an issue just recently that was devastating to the existence of their business. Being a non-profit group, they are not taxed. This allows them to operate at a much lower rate which allows use of the saved money for research. Just recently the town they operate in decided to start taxing them. Now they owe tons of money in back owed taxes. The government made huge mistakes and now this business must suffer. As far as they can tell they cannot get out of the back owed taxes.

They closed up shop and moved out of town with a bad taste in their mouths. But they didn't leave quietly. They were sure to leave a trail.

Now they must completely start over and rebuild. Go checkout their YouTube page at YouTube.com/thegeekgroup And subscribe. Also visit their website at thegeekgroup.org.

Be sure to become a member and if you can, please donate. See their YouTube videos for proof that they need your money. They really do educate and help.