I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming Workshop we have planned for Wednesday 12 March. Our very own Spaceman Greg will be teaching a class on how to paint a stunning space scene. That’s right, Greg will be teaching you how to design your own worlds!
Wear your most rakish spray painting clothes and we’ll teach you how to spray paint your own space scene. If you want to pay at the door, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll hold you a slot in our rocketship*; otherwise, sign up at our Eventbrite
*Rocketship is metaphorical, unfortunately. It means we’ll keep a spot for you in the class
I bought a foosball table for the space. It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it. Part 6 in a 5 part series.
These events took place… oh, I don’t remember when they took place.
Yes, you read that correctly: “part 6 in a 5 part series”.
Once upon a time (well, back in part 2 of this series), I said “take notes & lots of pictures when you do something like this… it will pay off in the end”. This article drives that point home. You see, I was all happy. I had finished a project! That’s always good news, and gives one the warm fuzzies. But little did I know…
A little while later (I don’t remember, could have been days, could have been weeks… this post has been put off for various reasons, and I finally decided to bite the bullet today & get it posted), two different people commented to me that the foosball table wasn’t right. That maybe they thought I had put it together wrong?
I thought: “c’mon! It’s a foosball table, how could I have put it together wrong?!?” Well, they were right: I had put the table together wrong… I inserted the rods on the wrong side, so the handles were controlling the wrong guys.
Here is the photo proof:
Compare this shot from the day I purchased the machine & delivered it to Quelab:
The handles ARE on the wrong side. I can’t believe I made such a simple (yet serious) mistake!
Thanks to everyone that realized it… I am not sure I ever would have realized the problem, just thought something was odd with the table.
I have been unable to upload pictures to the blog, so I cannot show you the table with the correct setup. Here is a link to pics on flickr, though: The incorrect layout versus the correct layout. The side with the goal return should be controlling the red team, not the blue team.
The only upgrade I have thought about for the table is upgrading the ball return. Currently both goals return the ball to same side of the table, the red team, and I think each goal should return to a different side of the table. If we ever get around to that, I’ll be sure to create a new post about it.
The shortest month of the year ends Friday, which means its member meeting time again. Come out this Sunday March 2nd for our potluck and member meeting. Always awesome food and a great time! Bring something if you can, and remember our meetings are always free and open to everyone!
We’ll be starting at 4:30pm MT with the business part of the meeting starting at 5pm. Please take a look at the agenda of the items we will be discussing, and if you have any suggestions for the agenda, please leave a comment here, or speak with a board member.
We’d like to get our Five Minutes of Fame talk going again this month, so if there’s anything you thing you’d like to be able to talk about for five minutes, please let us know!
680 Haines NW (Thats 3 blocks southand one block west of the 6th street freeway exit!)
It’s time to teach classes! The schedule is up (on paper – how old school!) in the core at Quelab. If you reserve a date, send email to the events coordinator and they’ll help you get the class rolling. Get your ideas together, and sign up tonight!
We’ve done things like Space Scenes, Oil Changes, Homebrewing, Screenprinting, Light Jars, Knitting, Personal Locksmithing, Arduino Programming, and 3D Printing Design. But that’s not all we’re about, and we’d love to have repeat classes.
In fact, we’re collaborating with ABQ Old School on hosting a class about making your own Rocket Stove, so the teachers don’t even have to be Quelab members! If you, or someone you know, has a passion about a subject (any subject) and a desire to pass along that passion, get in contact with us!
Greetings, Quelabbers! This week, I’ve got a quick blog post from the world of Hackerspace News.
While perusing Hack-a-Day this week, I discovered that Null Space Labs (NSL) has encountered some unexpected building problems: Their current location is going to be gutted for a remodel in March, and they have to vacate their space by 23 Feburary. After having gone through our own move recently, I’m positive that is not doing them good things.
They’ve put up a crowdfunding campaign to help defray the cost of getting First and Last Month’s rent together, and get everything packed and moved in less than a month. Boosting the signal, here’s the link to help Save Nullspace Labs.
Thank you all whom attended or sent in a proxy ballot. Your input is very important to the future of Quelab!
One minor change to our bylaws was made under full board consensus, and that was to drop the Quorum requirement from 70% to 60% to better reflect our active vs mostly non-local/non-active membership ratio.
I don’t think that folks could have picked wrong with the candidates on the ballot. Everyone involved was passionate and would have been a fine choice, but while many of the previous members were re-elected we did change out 3 seats.
Please welcome our new and returning Board members,
Walter Duran, Ray Finch, Addie Fryweaver, Cameron Goble, Adric Menning, Charel Morris, and Geoff Nicholson. These folks are all here for the betterment and continuation of Quelab, if you have questions or problems or anything they can help with please contact one or more of them!
For everybody else there is a lot of room for help, and especially lots of room and need for Officers(the people who are effectively the managers and taskforces for areas and activities).
This is the public notice of election for the Board of Directors for Quelab. The members list and announcement list have already been notified, but for folks who aren’t on either, here’s the notification.
Members in Good Standing are called to attend a special meeting to conduct the election, it will be held at Quelab (680 Haines NW, Albuquerque NM 87102) on Saturday January 25th, 2014 at 7pm.
This will be the election of all 7 seats on the Board of Directors. This is intended to be a quick vote and will not take up too much of your time. The slate of nominees and proxy ballot will be sent out to all members in good standing on January 18th.
In order to reach a quorum at least 70% of the membership is needed to participate (in person or via proxy vote). This is a very important meeting, your attendance is highly encouraged.
And best wishes for the upcoming New Year! This is just a quick reminder about the monthly planning meeting coming up next Sunday at Quelab. This will be held at the regularly scheduled time, with potluck starting at 4:30 and the meeting at 5 pm.
Please make sure to review the “cardstorming” work done last month during December’s strategic planning session. Here is a link to those meeting minutes
The plan is to sort through and prioritize all the things that we want to do in 2014. Here’s a link to this month’s agenda. Be there to have your opinions heard and to point Quelab in the right direction for the next year!
Please email the board AT quelab.net with any additional questions. Thanks!
-Greg, Quelab prez
I bought a foosball table for the space. It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it. Part 5 in a 5 part series.
These events took place on November 27 & 29th, 2013.
When last you left us, disaster had struck! As I was reassembling the foosball table, heretofore hidden damage revealed itself on other cream-colored foosball men as they were tightened on their rods. Oh noes!
Morgan & Celeste helped me choose a new set of guys. I ordered from eBay seller “blazingstarbiz2009” a complete set of 26 red & blue foosball guys. I only need 22, but having the four extra guys will mean that I will never break a guy on this table. At least, I hope that’s what it will mean!
Yay! It came, it came, it came! Let’s hear it for Priority mail!
The new space is progressing along, slow but sure! Here are some pics:
The garage door into the warehouse area has been trimmed out. Last week, Bandit trimmed the two bolts protruding from the concrete, but we still need to remove the parking barrier in front of the rollup door.
3d Printing Room:
In room #10, Alfred & his brother John built this great counter & shelf. I am thinking of stealing, er, borrowing the format for other places in the space. It looks very professional!
Room-yet-to-be-named, you know, for crafting & junk:
We have been referring to this room (#3 on the map, for those of you keeping count) as the Crafting room, but the people that do the crafts don’t seem to like that term, so I don’t know what we are calling it. In any case, if any of you were in the space in the first few weeks after the move, basically everything from the old space got dropped into rooms #2 & #3. They were jam-packed. I don’t know who started the cleanout process, but I was in the space one day when Walter & Alfred were finishing it. Addie chose this table to go into this room (though Walter & I were discussing how to re-do the damaged trim strip around the table, so it may temporarily move to the shop for repairs, oh, “someday”, I guess). I believe further plans call for a small counter on the east wall (where the blue cabinet is, in the below picture), and the french cleat system used in some of the shop areas may be installed in this room as well.
This room, #2 on the map, was also jam packed from stuff during the move. I was pleasantly surprised when I came in to find it almost empty! Walter tells me that he wants to switch rooms 5 & 2. Room #5 was marked down as Gaming & Arcade, and indeed, we put the asteroids cabinet there during the move. However, I agree with Walter… room 5 is narrow, and not really suited for the Arcade Cabinet (cabinetS now, I guess). Room #2 was marked for use as Library space & the open access PC. However, room #2 is a little large for “just” that, so I think switching the two rooms makes sense to me.
Electronics Lab workshop:
Bandit has made some great progress in the Electronics space. He has a very solid base built for the counters that will be set up. I think it might be strong enough to stand on! We were impressed enough that Alfred used the same techniques in building the counter in room 10, the 3d Printing room.
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