Greetings everyone; the Tsar of Maintenance here…
Quelab is not closing for good, but we do have to close the space temporarily for a few days in the first week of April. As part of the work that our landlord originally scheduled for November (before we were supposed to be moved in) we were going to have the tile floors in the lab cleaned and sealed…they’ve finally gotten around to doing it.
This means we have to remove everything from the floor in these rooms so the contractor can come in and work on the floors. Then we can’t walk on them for a day or two while the sealant cures. The rooms affected will be 1, 49, the Core, the Kitchen, the hallways, and the bathrooms. Since this covers our exterior doors and most of the lab space itself, we have no choice but to close while this is done.
To this end, Quelab will be closed from 2 April until 4 April (the week before the general meeting). Additionally, we will need help at the hacknights on 1 April and 30 March to move all of the contents of these rooms out to make space for the workers, and then help again before the general meeting on 6 April to put everything back.
Sign up to help with the moving in the linked gDoc, and in the words of Douglas Adams “we apologize for the inconvenience”.
Quelab, in association with ABQ Old School, would like to announce a class taking place this weekend and next in the Shipyard (Workshop), a how-to and hands-on class on building a Rocket Mass heater. This two part class on 22 and 29 March, from 9a-12p each day, will teach the design and construction of a rocket mass heater.
Rocket mass heaters have gained a considerable following from permaculture practitioners, homesteaders, and individuals wishing to build their own fireplace from locally sourced materials and avoid contributing to the fossil fuel and fracking industry. A rocket mass heater is a modification of a rocket stove that passes the flue gas through a large thermal bench. The term rocket in the name comes from the fact that it sounds like a rocket! It can be used to heat homes, greenhouses, and other places needing a warm touch.
Go visit ABQ Old School to learn more about the class and register to attend.
See you on Saturday!
For those of you who didn’t make the general meeting on the second, Quelab has received a donation of a Laser Cutter! Based on our original expectations, it looked like a Full Spectrum laser, but on further research, it turns out it’s actually from g.Wilkie.
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.
I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming Workshop we have planned for Wednesday
12 26 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 email@example.com 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
EDIT: Due to a clerical error, this class was supposed to be scheduled for 26 March, so it has been rescheduled. Launch is a go!
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.
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