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March 10th 2011 EatFoodTalkShop - Because We Can's monthly open house / BBQ

Wait, it's March already? Indeed, so let's get together for food and talking shop!

You'd think that the fact that we're now officially a Corporation we'd be a little more formal about our events. But then what sort of corporation does what we do? Come see our latest projects, everything from a geek's dream of a TARDIS to a whole subdivision of houses in San Diego. Or just come to hang out with other designers, artists, big thinkers, and fabricators.

To our local friends, we'd love to see you, and to our NYC friends, we'll see you soon!

Catch up with us now, for next week we'll be in NYC bopping about. We'll have food and drink and lots to talk about, so please come by!

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words. You have been warned!

Thursday, March 10th 2011

6:30PM - 9:30PMish

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you here!

Lost? Lonely? Want to hear more than you'll ever want to know about the TARDIS? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

February 10th 2011 EatFoodTalkShop - Because We Can's monthly open house / BBQ

The weather is warming up, and it's February! So let's have a crab boil and talk shop.

It's our first EatFoodTalkShop of 2011, and we're excited for the new year! We've got lots going on, and would love to catch up with you. We're doing it in style this month with a big crab boil. We'll have some live crab on hand, you should bring one to share, or some other goodies, and we'll break into the pumpkin homebrew.

Come by and see our stunning new meeting lounge & library!

We've been busy redoing our digs, and have turned the downstairs entry space into a cozy and relaxing 'meeting library / lounge' complete with lovely new bookshelf benches. We've also recently redone our website, and are turning ourselves into a corporation so that we can offer up more Architectural services. Lots to show and talk about.

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words. You have been warned!

Thursday, February 10th 2011

6:30PM - 9:30PM

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you here!

Lost? Lonely? Want someone to go to lunch with? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

The travel-size Wikipedia globes we had 3D printed are up on the Wikipedia thank you page!

So you may remember the wall-hung 3D Wikipedia logo we made a while ago when we were helping them out with redoing their offices.

Well, we took that same 3D model (done in Blender!) and we 3D printed small, round versions as well. They came out great!

Wikipedia has a picture of one up on their thank you page right now. Check it out!

We were really happy how they came out. Thanks to Ideate for the local printing services.

New year, new website, new company!

Happy new year everyone! I'd like to take a moment to let you know about two big changes.

First, a new website (theme) for the new year. Great to finally launch this, we've certainly been working on it long enough. Take a poke around and let us know what you think!

Secondly, a new (to us) company. Because We Can, LLC is no more, now it's just Because We Can. We've incorporated! This is so that we can expand our services into the bold world of Architecture and better take care of our client's needs.

Very excited for 2011, and looking forward to working together to make it the best year yet!

December 2010 EatFoodTalkShop Holiday Party

We love the holidays! Well... mostly because of all the parties.

So let's party!

We will be serving up hot cider, tasty pie, and showing off our holiday spirit by giving out a special gift to anyone who stops by!

We've decorated for the season, we have our tree up, and Frank is in a giving mood. He's a little big to be considered an elf, but he's working hard for the holidays anyways and will have little presents for all. So swing by and say hello. We'd love to see you!

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words. You have been warned!

Thursday, December 9th 2010

6:30PM - 9:30PM

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you here!

Lost? Lonely? Need a killer gift idea? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

November 11 2010 EatFoodTalkShop - Fall (is) Back!

Please join us for a happy fall evening

It's time for our regular 2nd-Thursday-of-the-month open house / project salon / OMGBBQWTF called EatFoodTalkShop! This time we're just grateful to be happy, healthy, and with plenty to do!

Please come! We'd love to see you.

Please drop by and help us eat food, drink libations, and share project stories. We'll be showing off some big new exciting projects we're up to. Frank will strut his stuff as well with a few demos.

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words.

Thursday, November 11th 2010

6:30PM - 9:30PM

Please note that we've moved!

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you there!

Lost? Lonely? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

October 14 2010 EatFoodTalkShop - Frank the Robot's Fifth Birthday Party!

Please join us for a happy evening birthday celebration: Frank, our trusty CNC machine, is turning five!

It's time for our regular 2nd-Thursday-of-the-month open house / project salon / OMGBBQWTF called EatFoodTalkShop! We're celebrating the fifth birthday of the beloved robot that changed our lives, launched our business, and has made many wonderful things for us all. I don't know what five is in robot years, but he's well deserving of praise for reaching an important milestone. So we're getting him a cake, and letting him blow out the candles (but NOT cut it).

Please come! When was the last time you went to a birthday party for a robot?

Please drop by and help us eat food, drink libations, and share project stories. We'll be showing off some big new exciting projects we're up to. Frank will strut his stuff as well with a few demos.

Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners. And they might learn some interesting new words.

Thursday, October 14th 2010

6:30PM - 9:30PM

Please note that we've moved!

2500 Kirkham St

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 922-8846

Click here for the Google Map.

Hope to see you there!

Lost? Lonely? BWC help line: 510-922-8846

ComBots - Oct. 23-24th - discount tickets for our blog readers!

So we're pretty crazy about robots. But not as crazy as our good friends Dave & Simone! They organize all sorts of amazing robot events, and we're very excited to announce a special deal they are doing for our blog readers: a 20% discount on advanced tickets for their next event! Robot combat is way fun, it's too bad our robot is a Maker, not a fighter.

Here's the lowdown from Dave:

ComBots invites all BecauseWeCan readers to discounted tickets to "ComBots Cup V", the fifth annual heavyweight robot combat championship. This event highlights the best combat robot teams in America and their 220 pound flame-throwing, blade-spinning, titanium shearing robots of destruction! This year's event is Saturday/Sunday, October 23-24th from 2-7pm at the San Mateo Event Center.

Whether you're a sports fan or techno geek, ComBots puts on the best robot events in the world! If you missed seeing fighting robots at Maker Faire this year, or are longing for RoboGames, here's your chance to see them again. Full details at http://combots.net

ComBots is pleased to offer BecauseWeCan readers a 20% discount on ticket prices (adults normally $20, kids $15). Coupon is only valid for advanced purchases until Oct 20th. Buy tickets at http://combots.net/buy-cc.php and use the coupon code below for your discount when you check-out!

super-sekret robot code: BecauseWeCan

What's in a number?

So my Dad's an engineer, an extractive metallurgist. He's a huge influence on me and my more technical, geeky nature. When I recently got my Architect's licence he sent me this wonderful note on the palindromic nature of my licence number. I loved it, and wanted to share it with everyone. Enjoy!

23632

There is a lot more to this number than just a palindrome. There are three prime factors 2 – or 2 taken 4 times, 7 (cooler yet) and 211 (amazingly cool). As you know, primes follow Benford’s Law. Briefly, Benford’s Law states that the first digit in many series of numbers reflecting natural phenomena decrease in frequency logarithmically as the first digit increases. Large prime numbers occurring as prime factors in large numbers have intrigued thinkers for years. If you take all the factors of 23632 you will find that there are 17, also a prime number with a cool 7 in it (this is only true if you join the mathematical argument that 1 is prime, I am in that school because 1 meets the simplified definition of being divisible by only 1 and itself).

Now if you take the prime factors – 2, 7, and 211, you will see that they can also be arranged into palindromes 21712 or 12721. Is that yet even cooler yet? It is so statistically improbable that I suggest that you immediately change all passwords on your accounts, IT stuff and also some of your lifetime objectives to one of the two numbers. I prefer 12721 because HOLY CRAP!!!! IT IS ALSO PRIME.

Maybe I just discovered McGrew’s law!

Now here is some fatherly wisdom – set some lifetime objectives with this number in mind. Earn 12,721,000 dollars in your life’s work. Touch 12,721,000 people’s lives – you are already on a good pathway to do that. Shed 12,721,000 worries in your lifetime that really don’t deserve your attention. Experience 12,721,000 joys and don’t be ashamed of the 12,721,000 tears that go along with the sad things that accompany them. Make objectives for yourself that are challenging but reasonable. Perhaps you would keep this frivolous Suggestion # 23632 to heart, write down those objectives and then take them out and read them after you retire!

No September EatFoodTalkShop, instead NYC meet-up later this month!

No EatFoodTalkShop this month, instead let's meet in New York!

We're going to Maker Faire NYC later this month. So we're going to have the first-ever BWC NYC Meet-up while we're out there. We're very excited about it! If you're in the area, we'd love to see / meet you.

So no September EatFoodTalkShop, instead it's a NYC Meet-up. EatFoodTalkShop returns next month!

We'll have details posted to our blog and twitter feed later this month on the NYC Meet-up. We'll see you in New York! Thanks everyone!

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