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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

December 7, 2009
Magnificent Revolution, the bicyclette aficionados who brought you the UK's Cycling Cinema project, are sponsoring another workshop designed to help power your life, literally, with the velo. At the Bike Generator Workshops in London, "participants can discover how to use their own bike as part of a small power station, capable of powering computers, stereos, TVs and other small household appliances."

Taking place at London's Pangea Project on Sunday, December 13th, from 10am-5pm, the workshop has been organized "for those interested in learning the ins and outs of pedal power generators." If you're not a total techie but would still like to charge your iPod, blend some daiquiris, or just give someone a jolt of electricity, have no fear. Barbora Patkova from Magnificent Revolution assures us that while "basic D.I.Y skills are an advantage," they "are not essential" for the workshops, which "have a good balance of theory and hands-on experience." Which means you won't just be talking about schematics and equations, you'll be getting some tactile interaction via your fingers as well.

Workshop topics range from the basics of a generator system's design to the ins and outs of power storage using batteries and the conversion of DC to AC electricity by inverters. Magnificent Revolution's write-up on the event says that, "participants will take turns in constructing 3 different types of pedal powered systems... [to] provide insight into the various equipment used in renewable systems and the pros and cons of these systems."

There may still be some places left, so if you're interested, scrounge up 35 British Pounds, pack a lunch, and book a spot online.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, there has been a second workshop added for Sunday, January 24th, also at London's Pangea Project. The Sunday, 13 December date is fully booked.

SEE ALSO: www.magnificentrevolution.org

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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