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We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on. — Richard Feynman
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Mark Havens


As an Entrepreneur and Citizen Scientist, I've embraced the drive to experiment, tinker, and innovate my entire life. My parents were both public school teachers; my father, who was also a lifelong entrepreneur, taught Industrial Technology and Science while my mother taught Home Economics. I've inherited their passion for building stronger communities in which to share knowledge, and between the two of them, I've learned to make everything from candles, ceramics, and clothing, to radios, airplanes, and explosives.

At some point in my early childhood, my passion forked to become mostly dominated by computing, where I continued to experiment and innovate in the world of heaps, stacks, and protocols. At 13, I began to dedicate myself to proving my value to the small business community though freelancing of IT services. At 14, I became engaged in developing the computer hobbyist community by leveraging myself as a respected Bulletin Board System Operator to create the Lower Valley Computer Club. This early passion, combined with support from friends and business associates, drove me to incorporate my first consulting company at the age of 19, which I later sold before moving on to new challenges in 1998.

Some years later, I started a new company, Virtual Salvage, which helped to pioneer the independent monetization of virtual economies such as in the online game, EverQuest. At the time, these were untested, and legally questionable waters. Nonetheless, while partnered with IGE (Internet Gaming Entertainment) and other similar companies, and by making use of cheats, exploits, sniffers, and lots of custom code, I worked to supply virtual goods valued at over $1 Million USD to tens of thousands of gaming enthusiasts throughout the world. And yes, I proudly violated the EULA on a daily basis, while silently changing the economic landscape of online gaming.

Today, I am constantly on the lookout for the next niche and innovative idea. I believe that by staying involved in a community of like-minded people, I can find exactly that. Like other members of Dallas Makerspace, I want to make, create, hack, and learn; I want to do something amazing. But more importantly, I want to share that amazement with others.

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Current Projects


Project Planning on Hold

  • VirtuSphere Clone -- link
  • Live Virtual Server Museum
  • Virtual World Server
  • Secure Virtual Penetration Testing Lab
  • Retrofitting a Sherline CNC Mill
  • Dallas Makerspace Expansion
  • Hackerspace Documentary Film

Future Project Ideas

  • Continuous Flow Vermicomposting System
  • BigFoot Flood and Drain Hydroponic System
  • Retrofitting a Sherline CNC Lathe
  • Robotic Samara
  • Growing Mushrooms
  • Aquaponic Growing System

Shelved Project Ideas

  • Aeroponic Growing System
  • DIY Self Cleaning Litter Box

Shelved Projects

  • Low-cost Arduino Quadrocopter

Past Projects

Items Available for Loan

  • Makerbot @space
  • Bigfoot Hydroponic System @space
  • SMD Rework Station
  • Regulated Soldering Station
  • LEGO Mindstorm NXT 2.0 @space
  • Portable Table Saw @space
  • Huge Ass Ladder
  • Belt Sander
  • Vibrating Sander
  • Circular Saw
  • 2 Panasonic CF-29 Toughbooks

Items Available for Donation

  • CNC Sherline Mill @space (donation depends on activity)
  • CNC Sherline Lathe @space (donation depends on activity)
  • Homemade Worm Bin (with Worms)
  • Several Sun Ray Thin Client Terminals
  • Antique Drill Press (needs work)
  • 4-5 Dozen Sensor Boards from Sparkfun (dings and dents)

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