March of the Robots is here. Come build a robot minion during the month of March and we’ll show them off at our March of the Robots event on March 31 from 6-9pm. There’s been talk of BEAM Bots and photo-voltaic awesomeness. Want a Dalek to serve you? We can build that. Want to build a bot that can navigate mazes? We can do that, too. We’ll be working on robot related madness on hacknights all month – Tuesdays and Sundays. Come the end of the month, we’ll be having a public event to show off, build some simple bots with the public and generally have a great robotic time. Craig Goldsmith will be on hand with some hand built 1uffakind robots. They’ll be walking around doing what a robot does.
See the March of the Robots forum for more discussion.
Upcoming Workshops Meetings & Events.
Heres a quick rundown, of upcoming stuff at the lab. We are moving The board & public/members meetings from Thanksgiving weekend, to the Sunday after. Which is conveniently the first Sunday of the month. Where we are hoping to move the future meetings to. (this will facilitate many things including membership dues payments and some schedule issues)
Dec 2nd, Local 2600 Hacker Quarterly meeting 6-9pm (free and open to anyone curious about things)
Dec 3rd: Barcamp After hours Social, Snacks and beverages, possibly even beer (donation sugested) hours? 6-9pm?
Dec 4th: 1pm-?? Insulation install fest. We are going to be learning all about blowing insulation into attics.
5pm-6pm Board meeting, Quelabs board and any members interested in attending,
6pm-7pm Public/Planning meeting, public and members encouraged to attend.
7pm-10pm Deck the Lab, This will be the first workshop where we go over the project, (this will be a 3parter)
Dec 11th 7pm-10pm Deck The Lab, We will look into automating holiday lights and music,
Dec 13th 7pm-10pm TechMas! This is a craftastic event. last year we had a lot of fun making pretty things from recycled computer parts!
Dec 18th 7pm-10pm Deck The Lab, Hopefully finishing up the project!
Dec 20th 7pm-10pm Techmas part 2, for all those who could not make part 1, wanted to do more, or need to finish up!
January 1st is when the next public meeting is scheduled.. this may change due to travel/absenteeism.
*Actually November’s meetings a being delayed until probably the 11th of December, Due to Absenteeism!
We wanted to do another big community tech yardsale. Then we got too busy to pull it off. Now its cold. so we are going to do it INDOORS!
Go find your old computers/gadgets/toys!!! and Get ready!
Recycling, Indoor Swap-Meet Fund-Raising to help build our community workspace for learning/teaching about how things work.
Quelab Albuquerque’s Maker/Hackerspace is a great place to tinker with electronics, and to take apart old things and build new and exciting things, its better than recycling, its upcycling. But we are drowning in castoffs spares and other gadgets. Help us empty our closets, and help yourself by emptying out your old closets of unused tech stuff. We are doing an indoor Swapmeet! Rather than standing around in the cold doing a yardsale, we are opening up inside, to host a Recycle your Junk Swap-meet.
Stay warm with Hot Cider and Coffee (Coffee thanks to http://www.aromacup.com/ )
Think of it as a Ham Radio Swap-Meet with even more interesting stuff! Its hard to categorize what all will be there, but a simple list would likely include, computers, laptops, gadgets, books, parts, cameras, optics, radios, toys, printers, test equipment, tools and possibly even furniture, lighting and craft supplies!
This is open to members and the public, everyone is encouraged to bring things to trade or sell! Donate whatever percent of the sale you feel like to Quelab! All Proceeds go towards buying parts supplies, consumables, and other operational expenses.
Meet interesting people who love tinkering with technology
Come/Bring things And tell everyone (especially your crazy uncle with a garage full of old gadgets!)
When: 8am-12pm Saturday November 19th
Where: Quelab, 1112 2nd street NW!
RSVP to sell by coming to Tuesday(8th or 15th) or Sunday(13th) Hacknights, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Saturday, our friends Dave and Adric were invited to give a few minutes talk on the radio Saturday morning to talk about Quelab.
This aired on KUNM‘s “Children’s Hour” Saturday Oct-22 9-10am. You can hear it at about 9:49, you can listen for the next two weeks here. Here is a more trimmed down audio file: KUNM_Quelab_Segment.ogg
Thanks to KUNM and the Children’s Hour for having us on!
Taking place on Saturday October 29th from 6pm-10pm, Quelab’s Haunted Lab is a special event to showcase homemade Halloween haunted house effects built from recycled and off-the-shelf parts. We are opening the doors and revealing the tricks and techniques behind making spooky creations. Come see our recycled spooky bubbling chemistry lab, our animated ghosts, moving severed animated head, other home built robotic animatronics, and our extra spooky ghost cloning techniques, realistic corpses, LED Pumpkins, household silicone creations, and creepy specimens in jars. And much more!
Come on down, find the kid in you that has always dreamed of making fun effects like these. Meet with the makers, and learn the secrets.
Saturday October 29th 6pm-10pm
1112 2nd Street NW
Cost $10 kids under 12 and Quelab members Free!
The following Evening(Sunday 30th), will have a public meeting at 6-7pm for anyone interested in participating in Quelab or future events, and after that our Make/Hack-night will be devoted to helping people do some last minute Halloween builds based on things they may have seen in the Haunted Lab! Or costuming work.
Photos The Haunteed Lab, and from this month’s workshops! Check it out!
Whew, down to the wire, but we got alot of our projects and more all done! checkout this nice writeup about it in the Daily Lobo.
See you Saturday!!! Tell Everybody!
Here at Quelab we have been working hard on the spooky arts for the month of October. All of this will culminate in a big Haunted Lab Event on the last Saturday of the month (October 29th), where you will see our creations, play with some spooky science, and see how we made some realistic hunted house effects using off the shelf and recycled stuff.
But if you don’t want to wait until then to dive in to the spooky arts, join us at our Cloning Ghosts Workshop Sunday October 16, 7-10pm. We will be making human-sized transparent ghosts! Think of how it will look on peeking out of your yard or buckled into your car. Better yet, dress it up and send it to work for you!
Cost for non-members is $8. Please RSVP by comment here, emailing email@example.com, or at our Facebook event page. Tell your friends!
For whom who missed it, Its pretty simple, cling wrap your object, cover it with a few layers of tape, (5″-10″ sections), cut it off, tape it back together. These form a remarkably sturdy structure, (much like paper mach)
Things can easily be joined together with a little tape to make all sorts of shapes.
Ran into this blogpost, its almost a year old so many of you have probably run into this, but its all about effectively. building farm and construction equipment out of interchangeable open source (Erector set like) parts.
Check it out, and then come into Quelab to think in what ways can you change the world?
Our last Linux Night was a huge success, so we’re doing it again (and hopefully again and again and again!).
Interested in Linux but not sure where to start? Installed Ubuntu but not sure what to do next? Having trouble with your Linux install and need help from an expert? Well, we can help. Bring your computer down on Tuesday September 13 at 7:00pm for our second Learn about Linux Night! We can help you install Linux, troubleshoot, and learn how to love the terminal. A $5 donation is requested.
That’s right, we’re going to be at SciFi and Fantasy convention Bubonicon! Better yet, we’ll be feeding hungry fans for free! Find us in the Cons Suite on Saturday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and you’ll get some of Gabe’s Award-Winning Frito pie. Come by and say hi!
The theme for the Bubonicon this year is Steampunk. Still working on your costume? Join us for Steampunk It Up this Saturday!
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