680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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Cameron Goble has created a wonderful map of the resources and assets within a few miles of Quelab. It’s a great way to find out more about the surrounding community and the things that can be found there such as parks, community centers, restaurants, museums, and civic resources. There are also some suppliers and other useful places that may be a bit further away.
You can find out more about why this map was made, and how it can help Quelab (and you!) engage with the local community on Cameron’s blog, or watch the video below:
If you would like to add anything to the asset map, or find out more about making your own asset map, Cameron would like to hear from you.
The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 3 May 2015 at 4:00 PM.
Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.
Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!
New member Greg Crabtree will be hosting Introductory Electronics Theory for all who are interested. These lessons will focus on the basic principles and concepts (Ohms Law, etc) that make all electronic circuits work. This is to support whatever hands-on project you’re working on at Quelab.
These lessons will start as a kind of open study group, meeting every week, with both group and individual sessions. We’ll start with the basics and work up from there to whatever topic you are interested in. You do not need any electronics background to get started, members can join the study group at any time, and you don’t have to attend every session. If you already know the basics, but want to learn more about an advanced topic, please ask and we’ll dive into it with you if we can.
We’ve set up an Eventbrite event for this class, and you can register here: http://quelab-electronics-study-group.eventbrite.com
About the teacher: Greg Crabtree has a degree in Electronics (1986), another degree in Renewable Energy (2006), and has worked professionally for nearly 30 years in electronics as a TV & Radio broadcast engineer, recording studio engineer, marine electronics tech (ship radar & navigation systems), avionics technician, and solar energy systems. Greg has also been a high school teacher, a musician and music teacher, and a private pilot.
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.
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.
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.
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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. Continue reading »
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