Skull Alley is hosting “LVL1 Solder your own Freeduino Workshop” in January. Some of the possible applications (light controller, music synthesis) could come in pretty handy if you’re in a band, or hell you could get some ideas on how to make your coffee pot post to Twitter when it’s empty and alone. If you’re interested, it is suggested that you bring a laptop and your own soldering equipment if possible. If you don’t have a soldering iron, they will have a few available, but you need to let them know when you sign up (registrations are open until Jan. 15th I believe). For registration and materials (you’ll take your microcontroller home with you), it’s $50.