Thru a problem with PNM, the power is out and it will be at least Monday(They said maybe Wednesday) before the power is back on.
So, Sunday Night Hacknight is canceled, along with the organizational meeting for Hacker Scouts. The BoD still needs to decide if we are going to have the General Meeting.
Please check here (this website and the Quelab Facebook page) for more information on Tuesday Hacknight, the Stilts Class, and Sunday General Meeting.
We will have the Hacker Scouts organizational meeting at the Sunday Hacknight on 10 March at 7:30pm.
We are very sad about this and will be dealing with PNM to resolve the problem. We are really sorry about the inconvenience.
***UPdate! Stilts class is still on, the loan of a generator and a inverter/battery power to still do it!
** Update 2: Power has been restored**
Reminder, our usual monthly (First Sunday of the month), planning/info meeting is coming up Sunday. And after that there will be the First meeting of the planning group for Hacker Scouts.
Below is a link to the Agenda, its a work in progress, and as usual the meeting notes will be appended to it. please show up on time 4:30 those who do show will be included in the headcount for pizza.
Our organizing meeting will be Sun 3 March during Open Hack Night(7-10pm). BUT – please feel free to contact me before that! … bandit
More info on Hackerscouts:
Dear Maker Families,
It is with great enthusiasm that I announce an addition to our programming. At Hacker Scouts, our mission has always been very clear to us. While our Guild must maintain an age limit to encourage and support complex concepts and skill building at a developmentally appropriate level, Open Lab has always remained all ages. We really try in Open Lab to always have at least one or two activities that can be modified for our younger Makers and engage whole families.
We hear fairly regularly, however, from parents who would like to have a more consistent experience like Guild for their younger children. When we joined the fiscal umbrella of the School Factory, we merged with Maker Scouts but kept our name. We are now pleased to announce that Maker Scouts lives on! A fully developed program for ages 4-8 that meets weekly, Maker Scout Guilds will focus on STEAM concepts and activities, and build confidence in our youngest makers. It will also give them a solid foundation for when they are old enough to graduate into a Hacker Scouts Guild. Go here to read more!
We are currently looking for leaders for our Oakland and South Bay Maker Scouts Guild. If you are interested, please let us know. Also, we are very close to securing a location for the South Bay Hacker Scouts Guild and hope to be starting next month!
We are also in the process of forming Guilds in Seattle, Los Angeles and Brookville, MD (just outside the Washington DC Metro area). If you are in these locations (or know someone who is) and would like to be involved, contact us!
Reminder: Open Lab is this Sunday 2/17 from 2-5pm! Awesome Wood Gliders that soar incredibly high, beautiful Handmade Books, and amazing Tesla Coils!
I also want to introduce two newer members of our team:
Jarick Cammarato joined us from Maker Scouts as our Director of Youth Outcomes,and is the Guild 003 leader in Charleston SC.
Jean Kaneko from the Exploratory in Los Angeles joins us as Director of Maker Scouts. She and her team have an extensive background in early childhood education and Making, and we will be working closely to consistently align the two programs.
Finally, we are migrating to new websites: hacker-scouts.org and makerscouts.org up and almost complete! Thanks for your patience as we get all the information posted.
If you have any questions or interest in any of our programs, please contact us!
Executive Director, Hacker Scouts
Ever wanted to learn to walk on stilts? The first step is to get some and try to walk on them! Peg stilts are very expensive for no good reason, so Kristen and Copper will be teaching a hands-on course in peg stilt making out of some wood, bolts, and ties at Quelab, 11am on March 2nd.
Taught by Kristen Woods and Copper Flame of The Albuquerque Aerialist Collective. The Albuquerque Aerialist Collective is an organization dedicated to the Aerial Arts. Members occasionally dabble in other arts, like juggling, acrobatics, and stilting. Copper and Kristen both learned stilting at Wise Fool NM.
This is fun for the whole family!
Please bring 1 pair of kneepads per stilt-walker; the materials to build the stilts are included in each admission price.
Beer. Mead. Cider. Each of these beverages have a number of things in common, but first and foremost: Yeast. This little microbe has so many tasty uses, we will gladly consume it’s products.
The other thing these libations have in common is the time-consuming process… and the delicious results. This mostly-lecture class will discuss the history of beer, and then the finisher will be showing you the process on how YOU can make your own libations, and how you can use the insatiable appetite of yeast to your own purposes.
On Saturday, 23 February at 1PM, we will start a batch of a Partial Grain Ale, and talk about the history and process of making beer. As an added treat, the product of our last class will be available for tasting.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This class is 18+; NM Statute only restricts the manufacture of alcohol for sale, and the sale of alcohol to minors (21-). This generally is considered to mean that all adults can make alcohol in quantities suitable for personal consumption (aka ‘culinary purposes’); YMMV.
(Photo from Joshk@wikipedia cc-by-sa)
Here’s a return of an old standby which we wanted to bring back at Quelab: Board Game Night. Come join Quelab memeber Geoff Nicholson who will be opening the space and bringing out his collection of multi-player boardgames, but we invite you to bring your own. Our next board game night will be Monday, 21 January at 1930.
Whether it’s a ‘German’ style game (Agricola, Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico), a Strategy game (Risk, Axis and Allies), a Deck-Building Game (Dominion, Thunderstone, Ascension), a card-based game (Pit, Fluxx, Ratsplatter), or just a fun romp (Zombies, Gother than Thou, Gloom, Cards Against Humanity) come on down and play some games!
And if you’ve got a game you want to try out, or a favourite which you need more people to play again, bring them along too: the more the merrier!
Join Quelab Member Jeremy Hoel who will be curating our monthly “Packet Party”, the second Thursday of the month. Our next Packet Party will be a week early on 7 February at 19:30, and we would love everyone to come out and learn about network security.
This is a rather free-form, open-format meeting; there aren’t any official materials we will be working from, and there is no set curriculum to be followed. Our last Packet Party had people learning how to unwrap a network packet using PCAP, and read the contents (sniffing for login credentials). Jeremy would be able to provide information about network monitoring, forensics, security IDs, you name it.
Jeremy has been working as a government contractor over the past 13 years, moving from generic systems administration to mail/*nix systems, to network management/security, to his current job on a incident response team. He has been playing with network tools (open source and otherwise) for most of the past 10 years. He is currently managing 50+ snort IDSs across the country, doing analysis, maintenance and performance tuning and upgrades. He participated in a group like this for over a year in Virginia, and had been leading the group for the past few months and it’s always good to see what new things are learned when people talk about what they do. Jeremy currently holds CISSP, SANS GSEC (Gold) and GCIA along with CompTIA’s ASP, Sec+ and MS MCSA+
Join Quelab member Kevin Wood as he gives us an introduction to using Blender (a popular 3D modelling software package) and how to do your own 3D scene modelling.
- This will be a Crash course in not only 3D modeling, but texturing, lighting, and rendering. We will create and render a complete scene!
- Must bring your own computer, can be Windows, Mac, Linux or FreeBSD. (Netbooks and low end laptops discouraged)
- 3 or more button mouse highly encouraged, keyboard with numpad is also highly encouraged.
The latter is due to the advanced features which we will be taking advantage in Blender; the number pad and the mouse-wheel make using the software to it’s fullest extent very much easier. More RAM and processor power is also better, as rendering takes a goodly amount of resources. While it is possible to do without, it makes it take longer!
Join us on 9 February at 1pm for this class which will go through a rendering complete scene. This class will probably take the full three hours. You can download the full Blender suite here (current version is 2.65a).
We at the Lab had a Segate DockStar kicking around, taking up space. I had been looking for a tiny NAS to run some home storage things, so a donation to the kitty later and away I go. However, I couldn’t put my 2.5″ PATA adapter onto it stock, so it needed a new home. That home happens to be sandwiched between some slabs of Inventables plexiglass. I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures, but the overall design is pretty simple: Two sheets of plexiglass.
First, a short primer on Poly(methyl methacrylate), AKA “Plexiglas”. Technically, there are many names for the (usually) transparent, shatter-proof material, including lexan, perspex, lucite, and oroglas. the material itself is a lightweight, usually thin layer of a synthetic polymer intended to be both heat resistant and shock resistant. One of its first uses was in World War II, on the front of bombers which needed to have impact-resistant noses (so you could see out of them. More useful if you’re the guy in the bubble below the plane.)
Anyway, my design process essentially boiled down to:
- Mock the whole thing up in cardboard (this is an important step)
- Replicate the design overall onto a hunk of Plexiglas
- Drill holes for the bolts
- Drill holes for the zip-ties holding the ripped-out beating heart of the DockStar
- Zip tie the Dockstar in place
- Add hard drive/adapter
- Cable it up
- Admire work
The last part is the hard part.
On the slightly different side, I have ArchLinux ARM running on it. The device itself is supported quite well and has most, if not all, the Arch base packages available to it. Cool stuff. Installation wise, its a matter of following the instructions. I’ll summarize:
- Disconnect it from your PogoPlug account
- SSH into the device
- Pull down the alternative U-boot script installer
- Partition the disk. There needs to be at least one partition with at least 5..6GB of space available for ArchLinux. I personally gave Arch 10GB of space on a 250GB hdd. More data for meeee!
- Make sure the first partition is formatted ext2, has the ArchLinux arm5te root tarball extracted.
Nothing can beat the official documentation on the ArchLinux ARM website.
One of the things I have is a real biggie for statistics. I like statistics. I happen to also like pretty graphs. Combine them and you get the results of tinkering around with the kernel diskstats file:
I put the script on Gist. Go hack on it.
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