We're back! Get ready for Dorkbot 54: Hold The Line at Spider House Ballroom on Monday, February 23rd! Peter Flynn will be presenting about how to use a telephone pick-up coil (designed for recording phone calls) to translate the electromagnetic fields coming off of everyday electronics into eerie sounds. Including a little background on the strange former rules against connecting devices to AT&T’s network that led to the development of Rube Goldberg type inventions like the telephone pick-up coil in the first place. Peter is a Midwesterner by birth but Austin resident by choice since 1992. Works as a computer support specialist at UT by way of a degree in English. A film fanatic who watches several hundred films each year and gleefully attends festivals like Fantastic Fest and SXSW Film. All of which have nothing to do with the subject he will be talking about. Jason Vines will be showing a super cool robotic character he created for a film project! Jason is an actor, improviser, singer, web designer and special effects makeup artist living and working in Austin, Texas. He’s been dabbling in special effects for the past 8 years and has created creatures both fantastic and disgusting for Halloween, haunts, stage and screen. He also really likes bacon. Please visit his website at www.113fx.com to see what else he has done! Clint Young is a local artist who will be presenting the process of how he comes up with a design! Clint’s illustrations reflect everything he finds wonderful about storytelling and childhood imagination. Father, husband, writer and illustrator of children’s books and adventurous stories. Clint has worked on multiple Star Wars titles as visual effect / conceptual artist, and currently he resides as a senior concept artist in Austin, TX. www.cgyoung.com Announcements by SXSW Create and the SXSW Create Robot Petting Zoo and Borgfest Robot social! Brad Knox will announce that the Borgfest Cyborg Festival will be hosting three robots at the SXSW Robot Petting Zoo March 15-17 at the JW Marriott Salon E from 11am-6pm. In addition to exhibiting throughout the day, they'll also have a daily 30 minute presentation on their three robots. So far, the only confirmed presentation is scheduled for March 15 at 4:35pm. This information and more details as they get them can be found on the Borgfest site at borgfest.com. Dorkbot is a regular meeting of artists, hackers, designers, engineers, students and other interested parties who are involved in the creation of electronic or otherwise technological art (in the broadest sense of the term). We will have speakers to talk about their awesome projects while you drink some tasty beverages! Happy Hour starts at 5pm at Spider House Ballroom - come early and prepare to enjoy yourself! As always, Dorkbot is a Free and All-ages event. Bring the kiddos! Bring your friends! Bring your AI lifeforms!