Steampunk Masquerade Promenade, Saturday April 18th!

We are VERY excited to announce a huge upcoming party…
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Along with Airpusher and NIMBY, we present the 3rd Annual Steampunk Masquerade Promenade, on Saturday, April 18! It’s a fundraiser for all three groups, and everything we earn will go towards making more awesome art for everyone to enjoy, on and off the Playa. And of course, for a party this big, we’re bringing out the Serpent Mother, our 168′ long sculpture of a skeletal serpent. Come see her spit fire from her powerful hydraulic jaws, and out of every vertebrae, while you dance yourself silly between SIX different stages of music and live performance. This party is gonna be HUGE!

Soma repair weekend was a great success!

For the first time ever since we first installed Soma down at the Pier, all the lights are all on and they are THE RIGHT COLOR! We spent the weekend in the boom lift, and on ladders, reaching up to replace misbehaving LED boards inside the dendrite tips.

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Laura and Denise singing to the dendrites. photo by Catbird.

The geeks were hard at work programming, debugging, and wiring things up. The casting crew gave the blubs some TLC, drilling drainage holes for moisture and giving them a fresh coat of UV treatment. Our ground crew kept the public from wandering underneath our work zone. They chatted with passersby and answered questions about our group, and gave out plenty of stickers.

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Plenty of folks were out on the Embarcadero on this beautiful weekend; some stopped to watch our progress. photo by Sabs.

We had a dynamite crew working together, and our resounding success shows. Come visit Soma after sunset and see how good it looks when all the lights are on and cooperating together!

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Sam catches the sun with a blub.

Stunning time-lapse video features Soma!

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San Francisco at Night is a gorgeous hyperlapse film made by Wyatt Roy and Lara Ortiz-Luis. And they chose Soma as their video thumbnail!

Hyperlapse is a form of time-lapse that involves moving the camera itself, often over long distances. Watch this stunning video and it’ll all make sense.

Dang, we sure do live in a good looking city.

Soma electronics build party a resounding success!

This past weekend, some FLG geek heroes got together and built up a whole slew of new driver boards for Soma’s LEDs. By all accounts it was a fabulous and productive day.  We made nearly 30 new boards, and repaired/salvaged over a dozen others. Laura K and Carolyn organized a strong crew of fabricators, and Lorah G caught all the magic with her camera.

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Carolyn peers through the magnifier while reworking a board

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Laura K & Sarah T hard at work

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Rick tests the temperature as this board cooks its solder on the hot plate

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here’s Tad, being excited about electrons

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stenciling the solder paste onto a new board… sticky process!

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We’ll be having another workday soon to finish mounting all the boards in their brackets and waterproofing them. Then we’ll head down to the sculpture and replace our faltering bulbs’ innards.

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