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Here are your Board of Directors’ Election Nominees!

Here is the list of nominees (in alpha order by first name) for the Board of Directors Election taking place this weekend, 2-18-18, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:

  • Charel Morris
  • Craig “Zoot” Goldsmith
  • Gonner Menning
  • Jack Gilster
  • Jesse Trujillo
  • John “JT” Benedetto
  • Rebecca Snyder

Electronic voting will start Thursday. All active members will receive their ballot via email that day.  All voting will be electronic, there will be no paper ballots this year. If you do not want to vote ahead of time, you are welcome to come to the Election Meeting party this Sunday afternoon, and vote at Quelab; there will be food provided! You will need to have access to your email to get to your voting email from the OPAVOTE system to use your specific voter setup (each one is unique).

A REMINDER: The Quelab by-laws state we MUST reach quorum for voter turnout, which is why we have electronic voting, encourage voting ahead of time, and ask that ALL vote in the Board of Directors’ Election.  You are even free to submit a blank ballot, and NOT vote for ANYONE; that will still count towards quorum!

Vote Ranking – When voting, everyone will be asked to rank all of the candidates that they want to vote for; they can rank as many candidates as they want. Unless they are voting for only one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system.

The Quelab Elections Team

Celeste Gangwere & Josh Pedersen

with volunteer help from Charel Morris & John “JT” Benedetto


Star Wars Fest VI

Reporting by Darren Moody.

Yesterday, for the third year, Quelab participated in the Rio Rancho Library’s Star Wars Fest.  We were able to show off various disciplines that are offered at Quelab and let people know about our space. This year was the event’s 6th (or is that Sith?) occurrence.

As in the past, the event was VERY successful, and of course a very fun to be a part of! The three hours passed by quickly and it was over before we realized it.

A HUGE shout out and thank you to John “JT” Benedetto, Morgan Gangwere, Alice and Patrick Shriver, Darrel Knutson, Eric Lee and Josh Pedersen for volunteering their time and talents in helping Quelab have a presence at this event. A thank you as well goes out to Craig “Zoot” Goldsmith for coming to the event and taking these pictures.

Quelab had its’ (now becoming) standard Star Wars exhibit set up with 3D Printing, prop style lightsabers, combat lightsabers, and various forms of laser cut artwork. However, this year we did something different. Since this event has been so good to us in the past, in terms of new memberships as well as cash and equipment donations, Quelab gave back to the event. Simple and easy X-Wing and TIE Fighter kits (small ones, about 11-13 pieces) were cut on the laser cutter, bagged up, and given to the library. These proved to be VERY popular, as many of the participants came to the Quelab tables and thanked us for making cutting these as they proudly showed off their assembled kits.

Our presence at this event is very much noted and appreciated by not only the public, but especially the staff of the Loma Colorado branch of the Rio Rancho Library. Event organizer, Librarian Jenna Wells, expressed her appreciation many times during the event, starting with when we walked in the door. Many other staff members stopped me as I took a moment to walk around, to say thank you and how much they appreciated our presence. The Library Director also came over to our tables to personally thank us.

As the event was wrapping up, I had a chance to walk around.  I heard two different groups of librarians comment about us – “Those Quelab people are incredible!” and “That Quelab display was amazing”.   We have become a staple at this event, and as such, we have already been asked to come be a part of it again next year!

It would be nice to grow in our presence, and add more examples of what we do. One in particular is a Star Wars themed corn hole game. This could show off woodworking, electronics (if we want to get really fancy), large format printing, laser cutting and fabric arts! So, if you’d be interested in helping with this becoming a reality, don’t be shy, and let’s talk! If you have any other ideas for a Stars Was related exhibit or activity, please share them as well!

With all of the interest generated, it would not be surprising to see an influx of people visiting Quelab during the next few public nights! If you see some new/unknown people, stop and say “Hi” and welcome them to our space.  Remember, we were all new and walked in the front door as strangers once…

Thank you again to the participants, as well as everybody else who has taken the time to read this.

– Darren Moody


2018 Board of Directors Election

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held on Sunday February 18, 2018. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are four directors finishing out their two year terms, so you will be voting to elect four Directors. The election party will be held at Quelab, starting at 5:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m. or later, if we don’t reach the required voter turnout (per the By-laws, a quorum of voters is required, that is, 52% turnout.) Like last year, we will be providing food, and hope to have Quelab members come out to socialize & enjoy the party. And yes, this timeframe extends into the regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hacknight.

Election Process & Voting

The Election will be handled by Josh Pedersen & Celeste Nichols-Gangwere, with assists from other volunteers. We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting. There will be no paper ballots. Voting will start earlier that week, perhaps Wednesday (exact date still to be set).

Mandatory

NOTE: Per Quelab’s By-Laws, the Election “meeting” is mandatory for all Quelab members, and all members should vote for their choice(s) for Board of Directors (even if that vote is “none of the above”). Fortunately, voting electronically counts as “attendance”. Early electronic voting simplifies things for everyone, and we encourage as many people to vote early as possible. The election team still wants to see as many Quelab members as possible at the party. Come to Quelab & have some fun with us!

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A special visitor to HackNight!

Last night’s hacknight had a special visitor: Sonny Jeon, the developer behind grbl – “a free, open source, high performance software for controlling the motion of machines that make things and will run on a straight Arduino.”  It is loaded on the Arduino running our Shapeoko 2 Mill (thanks, #INVENTABLES!) as well as many many more machines worldwide.

He emailed us, then came in to donate some CNC equipment & brewing supplies. Sonny had great discussions with Aaron & Morgan & others, and he even updated the Arduino running our Shapeoko to the latest version of grbl (freshly released in the last day or two)!   This new version is much faster, and we can already see the difference in movement of each axis.

…Sorry, Walter, but none of us thought to get a picture, durn burn it! Instead, please accept this sketch from his blog (a cropped version is also on his github page):


Shapeoko 2 – Desktop CNC Mill Kit, Part 1

Part 1 of a continuing series…

 

If you’re a member of our Facebook group, you’ve probably already heard this, but we won a really neat tool!

 

It started with Mr. What (Aaron) emailing out to the members mailing list about the Inventables.com contest – they were giving away a Shapeoko 2 3D carving machine to a Maker Community in every state.

Shapeoko 2!

That message led to a back & forth flurry of others between members, officers & the board of directors, talking whether we should apply for it (honestly?  That was the easy no-brainer part!), and the best way to fill out the application.

 

We worked & worked, and edited & edited, down to the wire, and made the deadline to submit.  And we won for New Mexico!  Yay, Quelab!

 

That was last month.  Since then, Inventables contacted us with instructions how to actually get our hands on their magic machine.  Walter volunteered to be the point man, so it was delivered to his house.  I can’t imagine how excruciating is must have been to have that sealed box in his possession, yet not able to open it!  While everything is included, it comes as a kit, so there’s much work to be done in getting it all together & ready to cut.

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Foosball Table, part 6

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.

Read Part 1 of this seriespart 2, part 3, part 4, or part 5 if you missed them.

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:

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And this shot, the day I had reassembled the table with all new guys:2013-11-29_17-36-41_451

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.