Hey guys, thanks to everyone for coming. I'll post photos from the meetup once I get back from Toorcon. The speed picking contest results are:
1. Phaasit 2. Jeremy 3. Alex 4. NMI
We had a casual blind-picking competition in which Jeremy and David won their rounds. Congrats to everyone who participated, and don't fret if you didn't get any locks open. Keep practicing and remember to relax, focus, and most of all ease up on the tension wrench during a competition.
For now, tell me what YOU would like the topic of November's meeting to be. Tom suggested that we have a night where we all bring in locks that we can't pick and that I go over a variety of picking techniques and tricks to help you identify binding pins, setting pins properly, beating security pins, and so on. Once you master these techniques you should be able to consistently single-pin pick everything in the lock box in under 2 minutes.
For those attending, stop by the Lockpicking Village at Toorcon!
We teach people the many facets of physical security and access control in a friendly, hands-on environment. Founded in May 2010, this is one of the longest running American lock meetups. Each month we are home to some of the best and brightest lockpickers on the west coast! Our membership is primarily locksmiths, hobbyists, security researchers, physical penetration testers, and hackers. Beginners are always welcome!
There are two common sense rules that all members must follow: + Do not pick locks you do not own or have the owner's explicit permission to pick. + Do not pick locks that are in use, including those that you depend on.
Each month we have a different topic with a presentation or hands-on workshop where attendees learn about and work with a wide variety of locks and keys. Examples of topics we cover are: lockpicking, key bumping, impressioning, decoding, safe cracking, master keying, making your own tools, making your own locks, high security lock research, rare and exotic lock showcases, tamper-evident seals, and much more!
This group meets at Null Space Labs (http://www.032.la) in Los Angeles, CA on the third Friday of every month. The meeting is open to the public and beginners are welcome! Null Space Labs itself is home to many other technology, electronics, hacking, and social meetings. (http://www.meetup.com/NullSpaceLabs)