Flutterby™! : Just learned that in Australia hacker

Next unread comment / Catchup all unread comments User Account Info | Logout | XML/Pilot/etc versions | Long version (with comments) | Weblog archives | Site Map | | Browse Topics

Just learned that in Australia hacker

2012-01-27 18:01:12.891915+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Just learned that in Australia "hacker spaces" and communal workshops go by the name "Community Shed". A whole new sociological vista opens.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Community ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-27 20:10:04.927306+00 by: Mars Saxman

Interesting. I did a quick google search and found a lot of references to "such-and-such men's shed" and apparently there is "Australia Men's Sheds Association". Very strange to me that it is described in such a gender-specific way; gender-egalitarianism is one of the things I have found so appealing about the hackerspace movement. It's also surprising to see how mainstream the concept is - they have national conferences and funding from state governments! A far cry from the countercultural, under-the-radar hackerspaces I know about here on the west coast.

Reading about this gives me a very odd alternate-universe feeling.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-27 20:18:08.647124+00 by: petronius

I know there is a movie with a the title "Smash Palace", but when i was in Sydney I saw a number of auto-collision shops called smash shops, which is certainly a proper name for the business.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-29 16:09:09.810304+00 by: Dan Lyke

Mars, yeah, it seems to be a "retired guy hobby" space rather than a "younger professional tinkering" space.