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Quelab
680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 750-4522
info@quelab.net

 

Quelab is Albuquerque’s hackerspace.  Our mission is to foster and sustain an environment that promotes creativity, invention, and collaboration at the intersections of science, culture, art and technology. We support people inventing, learning, tinkering, and conducting citizen science.

We host two open nights a week where we open our doors to the public for tours and tinkering, held on Sundays and Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. (like an open house,  but more hands-on)

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Quelab’s open house, Hack All The Things, was last weekend. The event was as resounding success with over 250 people attending! Many people hacked lots of things!

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Greetings!

I hope everyone had a fantastic April Fool’s Day yesterday, and hopefully the internet didn’t prank you too much. The following message is not a prank!

The coming April Community Meeting is scheduled for 12 April 2015, starting at 4:00PM. We will be having a potluck (so bring something to share), and then starting at 5:05PM our community meeting will begin. We will be going over our most recent event (Hack all the Things!), review the calendar of upcoming events, and hearing back the first results from our Elections and Inclucivity policy taskforces. Once the meeting is done we’ll be phasing into our Yuri’s Night celebration and a space-themed Hack night.

A link to the meeting agenda is found on our wiki. If there is anything you would like to discuss, please let an officer know and they will put it on the list.

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As the first Sunday of April is the Easter Holiday, the next Quelab General Meeting will be Sunday April 12, potluck at 4, meeting at 5:05

Everyone with an interest is welcome to come to the meeting, you need not be a current member.

 

The Daily Lobo ran a “geek edition”, and there is an article about Quelab! Read all about it here.

From their article:

For all those people who took apart their Nintendos and put them back together as kids, for those who build things with wood or steel or circuits or wool — there is a place for you in Albuquerque.

Enter the nonprofit “hackerspace” Quelab, a literal warehouse full of tools and supplies of every kind, from sewing machines and soldering irons to 3D printers and high-tech laser engraving machines. For a small monthly fee, members have access to the building and everything in it 24 hours a day, including the vibrant community of makers and hackers that have built the space.

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Quelab is having an open house and everyone’s invited!
March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE

Come join us in celebrating International Open Hackerspace Day, Arduino Day 2015, and Quelab’s own March of the Robots. Quelab members will be demonstrating robots, lasers, and other projects. There will be others in the New Mexico hacker/maker community joining us. You can see M-Lab casting aluminum, CoderDojo Albuquerque will hold a drop-in hackathon for kids, and ABQ Mini Maker Faire will showcase their stuff.

This is a great chance to check out Quelab as well; we have added more tools and equipment since our grand opening, and of course we’ve been hacking more things as well. The latest arrival is our hackable smart fridge from ChillHub for participating in their Crate Hack event.

March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE

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Today, we at Quelab are celebrating pi and it’s most epic of confluences 3.14.15! Pi, being the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter, is an irrational number (which repeats infinitely without any repetitions) but is best approximated to the value 3.1415926. Since it is a geometric and mathematical constant, it’s something that we use unconsciously in our daily lives. the discipline undertaken by those who are obsessed with memorizing the digits of Pi is known as Piphilology, and is a skill which rarely comes in handy, but you never know when knowing pi to the 707th digit could win you praise and plaudits.

However, it is also a day to celebrate the Raspberry Pi, a gateway to learning about computers and programming from the ground up.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

For the numerical in the audience, here is a playlist of YouYube videos about Pi from some incredibly geeky folks from the channel “Numberphile”. There are even some tidbits in there for the Tau-fanatics.

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Quelab welcomes the New Mexico Radio Collectors Club on Sunday March 8, 1 PM to 5 PM.

The NMRCC invites Quelab members to attend, buy at auction, or just listen in on the “Show & Tell.” Auction at 1 PM, meeting at 2.

Quelab is located at 680 Haines NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 [map]

Here’s a photo from their December 2014 meeting at Quelab. Wow!

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Instructables from the January build nights are up, and one of ours was chosen as a featured article for the technology section!

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[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

 

This coming Saturday, we’re having an Arduino class! Some people don’t have an arduino though and didn’t order a kit with their ticket (or found out about it late.) For those of us who are willing to throw some money at the problem, here’s a few options! These are all available with Amazon’s 2-day prime shipping. You can get overnight shipping and, if you’re super desperate some have same-day shipping.

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[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

There are just a few spots left for the Arduino class happening at Quelab on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, but hurry — sign ups end at midnight Monday February 23 so we will have time to order Arduinos for participants.

There are also a few discounted tickets left for folks bringing their own Arduinos. If we haven’t sold out of those tickets before the class those will be available at the door, but if you want to ensure your place in class the best way to do that is to buy a ticket via eventbrite.

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