March 2016

Gather for co-writing with the Tech Valley Center of Gravity Writers’ Group. Brown bag a dinner and bring your writing tool(s) of choice and a project on which to focus. All genres and platforms welcome. Electrical outlets, hot beverages, water and a snack provided. (Feel free to brown bag any other beverage you enjoy while writing.)

6:00-6:25 – dinner, settling in and socializing (optional)
6:30-8:25 – co-writing (no conversation)
8:30-9:00 – sharing session (optional: stay to the end or leave by 8:25)

Bring other writers with you! Quiet co-writing time is the priority. As the group takes shape, we may choose to add a speaker or writing activity, which will be announced in advance.
TVCOG and TVGS members: free. Non-member writers: $5 at the door.

RSVP Rhonda Rosenheck, or


Maker Cast has a very cool podcast featuring Scott Carpenter (a TVCOG member) talking about his path to making highly customized baseball gloves at his company Carpenter Trade. Scott even gives a shout-out to the TVCOG, thanks Scott! You can listen to the podcast from the Maker Cast website, or download through iTunes or Stitcher.

Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework…or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lighted work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)

When: Thursday, April 7th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Back before we moved to the Quackenbush building, I started working on a small forge with my boys that would melt aluminum cans, based on a design from a Youtube video and feedback from other sources. This evening we finally set it up in the back alley behind the TVCOG. Here are some photos to share the fun:IMG_8108

The forge, a galvanized pail with plaster of paris for the insulation, and a lid made from the same material with 2 U-bolts for handles.



The crucible is placed in the forge, and charcoal surrounds it. Wrapping a few pieces of charcoal with cardboard and lighting that turns out to be an excellent way to get things started.



The first can to be melted in the fires of the forge!



The forge has a nice glow once the charcoal is burning hot. The blow dryer pushing air into the bottom of the forge makes the coals GLOW. The bottom of the crucible shows some of the melted aluminum.



The forge crew wait for the latest additions to melt.



Adding more charcoal to the forge, it goes through fuel quickly!



Once we ran out of cans, we used up small scraps of aluminum from the metal shop!



It’s dark by the time we pour the aluminum into the muffin tin to make ingots.



And now we have aluminum pucks!

Now that we’ve gone through the process once, we’ll likely do it again in the future with some improvements… maybe during a social night!


–Tom Tongue, with Bob, Bridget, Ian, Calvin & Erica’s son (whose name escapes me at the moment).


When getting a startup off the ground, it’s critical to have a clear agreement amongst the founders around a handful of key issues that are essential to your ability to safeguard the future viability of your new enterprise and to raise venture money.  These key issues cover three really important areas: the roles and responsibilities of the founding team, equity ownership and vesting and IP ownership. 


As part of SPECTRVM Services, we’re hosting and organizing workshops and events to help entrepreneurs and startup teams gather the knowledge and resources to be successful. This coming Wednesday, March 9th from 5:30-6:30pm we will be hosting a legal workshop on founders agreements with Richard Honen and Emily Ekland.

Join us for a discussion about the legal significance of founders agreements and the items that should be discussed when arranging a founder’s agreement.

Please RSVP using Eventbrite so we have an accurate headcount for the event!

Questions, Comments or Concerns? Please contact Tom Tongue (

The next Zero to Maker event is on Saturday, March 12th from 10am – 1pm! What is Zero to Maker? It’s a great way to get started making things at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity!  Come sign up, get your ID card, and receive your new member initiation and Red/Yellow safety training on some of the power tools. You’ll also get an introduction to using the laser cutters and 3D printers, all in one morning.

The event will be starting promptly at 10am, so please be on-time or early.

There is no cost to attend, but to participate, you must have a Full Membership or higher. See membership options here.

Save time on the day of the event by filling out the form and paying for your membership online before you arrive. If you have an Associate Membership, you may upgrade it to Full Membership at this time as well. PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER WITH YOU!

Please “Join” using the Eventbrite sign-up page at:

or RSVP to so we have some idea of how many to expect. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

Saturday, March 5th

1 P.M. – 3 P.M.

TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge

Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer
drinking in America. Where once a small number of nearly identical beers of very simple, light
character dominated, now drinkers have literally thousands of choices with a wide range of flavors,
textures and recipes.

Homebrewing is an exciting hobby that can range from simple and inexpensive
to wildly complex and capital intensive. Recipes can be bought pre-packaged, as raw materials, or
anywhere in between. Beer is now something *anyone* can hack, and members of the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity have expressed strong interest in joining the homebrew movement.

This Pod will be an informal gathering open to everyone from neophyte to brewmaster, where we can talk, learn, brew, and sample together. We need to inventory and clean our equipment, there will be a simple-recipe brew started, and we’ll start planning for future activities. It is a free event, but donations to the cause are always welcome!