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. Continue reading »
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Everyone you know is knitting like a boss and you want to get in on the action, but aren’t sure where to start. Or, no one you know can knit and you want to be the trailblazer. Or, there was that one time you tried to learn to knit, failed horribly and swore that you would conquer knitting someday. Well, that day is here, my friend.
January 30 come get your knit on at Quelab. We’ll teach you how to cast on, knit a rocking pot holder and bind off. All in two hours. Yes, that’s right. You’re going to finish a knitting project in two hours. We’ll provide needles, yarn and know how. You come with your swank self and get your knit on.
My, how time flies.
The time has come to start working on the agenda for the February General Meeting, currently scheduled for 3 February 2013 at 16:30.
The main items which are on our agenda every month are our Financial Report, our Task Force reports (currently 3D-Printing and New Location), and our 3-month Calendar Review. If there is anything you would like to bring up to the leadership of the group, please let us know via email, or by posting it in a comment here.
As always, there will be pizza for a $5 donation, and the meeting will be followed by our regularly scheduled hack-night.
Among the hacker-sphere this past week, there has been an uproar concerning the suicide of one of the Progenitors of the Internet, Aaron Swartz. This brilliant entrepreneur who was responsible for RSS 1.0 and is considered as a co-founder of Reddit, committed suicide on 11 January 2013 amid an ongoing investigation surrounding a theft of data from JSTOR (an online repository of academic journals).
Many other people have written more, priviliged, detailed, and informed commentary about the case, the surroundings, the impact, and the man that was Aaron Swartz. I encourage you to read the remembrances on the memorial blog and read more on both the case and the circumstances which led to his death in general.
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