APEX Electronics : Dorkbot Socal Trip

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After growing up in the Bay Area, I attended High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day my father, who worked as a programmer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, brought me to, and later got me a job at, a nerd’s paradise called The Black Hole. I ended up working there for 3 summers and I think it was probably my favorite job ever, although it only paid $5 an hour. Many of the hours I worked were directly exchanged for random bits of junk, much of which I still have, to my wife’s elation, stored away in boxes in our storage closet.

When I saw heathervescent’s post about the upcoming Dorkbot Socal trip to APEX Electronics, I knew I had to go. The night before the trip I shot an email out to an especially geeky list that I run and CHS responded that he wanted to come along. We arrived a bit late at Machine Project, and Tom Jennings was mostly finished talking about what to expect. I mentioned my previous employment at The Black Hole and he told me that he make a road trip there every year, saying that it was one of his favorite places in the world.

After a short drive to the highly industrial Sun Valley, we made our way in to the wonderfully techno-detritus rich warehouse known as APEX Electronics. I immediately pulled out my camera, set up my tripod and began photographing the narrow aisles packed high with everything from oscilloscopes to capacitors to vacuum tubes.

Update Heathervescent’s flickr photo set can be found here, Zoetica’s can be found here (Thanks thedaniel).


Panel / Regulator

Aluminum Scrap

Microwave Equipment

Hoses and Valves

Read more about the trip here and view the full gallery here.

3 Replies to “APEX Electronics : Dorkbot Socal Trip”

  1. Oh man, I haven’t been to Apex in years! Just seeing these photos triggers a pavlovian response within my inner geek. I used to spend hours in the back aisles, teetering on top of a ladder, looking for obscure molex plugs or some-such item. Good times!

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