Howdy all, Greg here. We’re trying to get a huge turnout for today’s monthly membership meeting (and Potluck). Please join us at 680 Haines NW (near 7th) to eat some food, meet all the new regulars, and get a sneak preview of the new Quelab version 2.0.
Location Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=680+Haines+Ave+NW,+Albuquerque,+NM&aq=&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=17.309081,33.815918&vpsrc=0&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=680+Haines+Ave+NW,+Albuquerque,+New+Mexico+87102&t=m&z=17&iwloc=A

NOTE: The new space will be pre-occupied for the next month as Blackout Theatre uses it for an interactive haunted house (post apocalyptic zombie survival event). I’ve already seen their set up and its FANTASTIC! While we’re there today, please be courteous of their set and look but don’t touch. Thanks in advance.
Respect,
-Greg
Quelab prez

 

We are well into our 3rd year of operations, and Quelab is really beginning to grow. In fact we’re bursting at the seams! Quelab v1.0 can no longer support all the cool projects, educational workshops, and creative events that we have planned. We need to upgrade to a bigger space. Luckily, our New Location Task Force has found us an awesome building where we can relocate. Quelab v2.0 will give our members, and the community, an enhanced creative outlet and an opportunity for continued growth. Please donate to our Moving Expenses fundraiser campaign and you too could take advantage of this amazing new location with all it has to offer.

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Hey everybody, Ignite is coming up this Wednesday (tomorrow) at 7pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center in the Taos room. As you know, Ignite is a fundraiser for local nonprofits and this time funds are being raised for Quelab! We’re going to need volunteers both to pick things up from Quelab and at the event. Who can make it?

Another thing: we’re going to have the Ignite afterparty at Marble. Since Marble is so close to Quelab, Cameron and I were thinking it could be cool to open Quelab up to visitors on Wednesday night after the event. If you have any projects to show off, this would be a great time to have them set out/up.

Come out and support Quelab, Ignite, and the ABQ Tech Fiesta! See you tomorrow night!

 

As part of the ABQ Tech Fiesta, Quelab is participating in the Co-working Crawl. Tour five of the co-working spaces in Albuquerque, and see what co-working can do for you. And check out the twitter-feed for up-to-date posts in the twitterverse about the #coworkingcrawlabq.

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Friends, Makers, Quelab Supporters!

We will be holding our next general meeting on 4th of August at 4:30pm MDT. 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.

Agenda Link

 

Greetings everyone! For those of you not in Albuquerque this month, it’s our monsoon season. This means flash-flooding, and fabulous thunderstorms. It also means above average (for the time-period) rainfall and excess winds.

If you are at the lab and you observe leaks or other damage (even non-weather related damage… or just when we’re out of toilet paper) please don’t hesitate to email us at info AT quelab DOT net or leave us a message at (505) 750-4522

If you have photographs of the damage, please send those along, and be as descriptive as you can in the damage report so that we can either fix it ourselves (DIY is a bit of a mantra) or direct the professionals or lessor if it’s a major fault.

Thanks for helping make Quelab YOUR place to make things!

– The (Outgoing) Tsar of Maintenance

 

Greetings Quelabbers!

This is a quick reminder for everyone on the blog about the upcoming events in July. We’ve got a pretty active community here, and we invite you to come on down!

WORKSHOPS

What would YOU like a workshop on? Want to teach one? Contact the board!

 

REGULAR EVENTS
As a reminder, access to all of these regular events are only $5 per person. (Members get in for Free!)

2600On the first Friday of every month, we host the local branch of 2600 and have a little open-house and roundtable where fans of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly get together and talk shop.

 

Packet PartyOn the second Thursday of every month, we host a Packet Party. 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. The topics covered are general Network security, monitoring, forensics, and the like.

 

Hack NightOur weekly Tuesday and Sunday hack-nights are also open-house events. Come on down, bring a project and use the community workshop to further your plans. (World Domination optional)

 

Albuquerque Mini Maker FaireThe Maker Faire is back! They will be hosting their organizational meetings at Quelab every Wednesday through the Faire itself in September. If you’re interested in helping put on the “Greatest Show (and Tell)” in the state, this is the group to get involved with.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

19 July – Explora Adult NightJoin the Explora Science Center for their Adult Night on 19 July. This will give you access to the science museum after-hours and without the hordes of children running around. They have live music and live Astronomy going on as well.

 

WANT TO HOST AN EVENT
Quelab is a Community, and we welcome events every night of the week, and every day of the month. If you have an idea for a workshop, or want to host an event, please let us know! Past events have been board game nights, brewing classes, screen-printing, steampunk crafting, Arduino programming, and glass etching. If any of these interest you, let us know; if you have an idea that you think would work for a class, let us know too. Quelab is your space, let’s use it!

 

Revive Wardenclyffe! Previously on this blog, I linked to the campaign to purchase Nikolai Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory. Thanks to the support of people from more than 108 countries they raised raised over $1.37 million in 45 days (surpassing the original goal of $850,000). This run allowed the Tesla Science Center to purchase the site. After a number of clean-up days, the unfortunate news has come out… the building is falling apart rapidly. Many of its historic features require immediate attention in order to be preserved.

To this end, and in honor of Tesla’s 157th birthday this year, they are staring the next phase in the race to restore Tesla’s laboratory and preserve his legacy.

Spread the word far and wide, and help us #ReviveWardenclyffe.




 

New Mexico and much of the west is a huge tinderbox. The city, County and state have various firework bans going.

So here is a few passtimes you can do without fire or atleast with a very minimal chance of bigger fire.

-How about something that can be done in the kitchen, Food coloring falling explosions!
Just need a tall jar, vegetable oil water and food coloring instructions can be found here. http://chemistry.about.com/od/4thofjulychemistry/a/waterfireworks.htm Some little LED flashlights can be fun for lighting up individual drops.

-Two years ago we brought you the link for another Kitchen idea, involving whole milk, food coloring and a little dish soap http://quelab.net/wordpress/767/safe-non-fire-fireworks/

-Or last year, the Folded paper banger. http://quelab.net/wordpress/773/non-fire-paper-popperbangercracker/

-Firecracker likesound? how about a bomb bag? http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Bomb-Bag/

-How about Mentos and Diet coke? http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/diet-coke-and-mentos-minimyth.htm
Or Even how about a mentos and coke rocket? http://wtwii.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/mentosrocket.jpg

-Popsicle Stick bombs? http://www.instructables.com/id/Popsicle-Stick-Bomb/
Or even more on stick bombs, including how to make very long Domino type chain reactions. http://www.lunatim.com/kinart/stickhistory.htm

-Sad you cant write your name in the air with a sparkler? how about setting up a camera for some Light painting? (Quelab has done one workshop on this, hopefully in our next space we will have more room to do this type of thing! http://petapixel.com/2013/05/28/how-to-put-together-a-beginners-light-painting-kit/

-Fireworks in your mouth? You ever had poprocks? Its a little tricky to make candy with liquid co2 at home, but you can make a very similar confection! http://www.instructables.com/id/Pop-Rocks/

Crazy Russian Hacker, and Household hacker teamed up to show you how to make elephant toothpaste or a kind of form of silly string. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OvHkBBpQXo

From the random file i have,
-Glowsticks! They are awesome on their own, but for science abuse, not bright enough? try microwaving them for 5 seconds (careful if you do it too long they can melt or leak), if its no brighter after 5, give it another 5, but no more than 15 seconds total!

-bubblewrap! who needs firecrackers if you can pop or jump on or runover with a bike bubblewrap!

-Sprinklers or Slipnslide fun!

-Squirtgun fights!

What are your ideas?

Please share this around! These are just a few of the many ways Quelab wants you to be creative and have fun!

Quelab just compiled most of these links the credit goes directly to the people who made these for coming up with great posts on these subjects!
Happy 4th of July for you all!

 

We are going to do a Judo-bot build on Saturday 13 July at Quelab 1p-4p. Fight the Judo-bots after building them! If you saw the Judo-bot at ACE, you know what they are. See http://www.instructables.com/id/Hydraulic-JudoBots/ for the build instructions. This is a parent-child (8-14) activity. Kits are $20. We should have an EventBrite up Real Soon Now, or just send an RSVP to board (at) quelab.net with your name and contact info. See our flicr page around http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/8690739509/in/pool-quelab for pictures!

UPDATE: We had a Great turnout of 6 Judo-bot builds! One parent bought a kit at the event for himself! A member brought his two kids at the last minute (Thanks Matt!). The pictures start at http://www.flickr.com/photos/abqjohn/9282600040/in/pool-quelab – all of the parents and kids had a great time. And thanks to JT for the help.

We *really* want to do a “Teach the Teachers” version of this. If you are a teacher, or a principal who wants this sort of event, please contact the Board (board (at) quelab.net) and I (bandit) will work with y’all to help put an event on.