Adric


About Adric

Local, Geek Of All Trades. Serious Supporter of Quelab and hacking/making things. Boardmember at Quelab and all around scrounger!


Ignite 15 photos

Thank you everyone Who came to Ignite 15, As part of Tech Fiesta, it it was great to see you all, and your support for the NM Makers group!

Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights. Images can be clicked on to go to the descriptions.
Or you can see them all here on one scrollable page https://www.flickr.com/photos/quelabnm/sets/72157647074549889/


Created with flickr slideshow.



See you this weekend at the ABQ Mini Maker Faire? http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/


Happy Birthday to Us! Quelab is 4 years old Today

On this date in 2010 We signed the lease on the first location that Quelab opened. We knew at the time it was not perfect, but with less than 7 people onboard we knew this was a community we needed to grow before we could even dream of perfect.

Quelab 1.0 was a quaint little place, a pretty old converted house (previous to us it was used as a flower shop), less than about 1200 sq foot of usable space (billed as 1400), it was quirky, But it let us have a space to “build it and see if the come”. It was not the dozens of people we hoped for but a small trickle. Our first tasks were building workbenches and some shelving, moving in some tables (most scrounged), chairs. By our grand opening party on August 12th (note that date Its when Quelab is going to observe its birthday this year with some Cake and Icecream with the members.) We had some bits of equipment, and we were just starting to make a name for ourselves.

Can’t say the next 4 years were easy, most of the time we were broke and being propped up on donations, and there were many times where we could have just closed the doors rather than digging deeper, We grew at a slow pace, and there was little chance we could reach out far and fast enough to survive on memberships alone. And none of us were good at grant writing, or experienced marketeers.

To survive we turned to what we knew, how to tinker with geeky things and thought we we should share that with the world. So we put on events, LED’s, Attraction, March of the Robots, Sound of the electron, Eco MAcGyver, Air&space, HauntedLab
Swapmeet’s, Steampunk Crafting, Hacking_Chocolate and more. We started hosting the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, and the Ignite Talks meetings, We setup booths at Tedxabq, Ace, and various other spaces. We have been toured by Caleb Kraft of Hackaday, we have won several Contests (Inventables, Instructables).

In November of 2013 after more than a year of hunting, Quelab was able to move to the grand Quelab 2.0 Campus we are in now. With over 340 people in attendance at our @nd grand opening (that is a huge increase over the 24 or so people who made it to our first one.) And a membership in excess of 50 members we are still on rocky waters but we have come a long-long way baby!

Thank you Albuquerque Makers, and supporters everywhere!

Happy Birthday Quelab!


Quelab’s “Fireless Fourth” 2014

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Here in the Southwest, we are entering Year 5 of the drought, and there are more firework restrictions than ever. So once again I have compiled a few ideas/links from my own head and around the net. Share and enjoy!

No fire crackers?
Buy an extra long roll of bubblewrap (or collect it from places that get lots of things shipped), put it down on a sidewalk or driveway and have a little bubble walking parade!

Milk jug rockets Got old snap top milk jugs? How about making little rockets for the tops, and pouring a little baking soda in the bottom, pour in a few table spoons of vinegar and snap the cap on, and stand back. (experiment option alka-seltzer tablets can work too, which works better?

Family Firework time
Youtube videos and a data-projector outside on your garage door! If you live anywhere really dark (or inside)and don’t have a data-projector, you can project a monitor using a cardboard box and a magnifying lens (those flat fresnel lenses they sell at bookstores work great!
‘Jellyfish’ in a Bottle
Check out this YouTube video, which while not super fireworky, it’s a fun bottled show.
Bottle Lightshow
Spitballs, waterbeads, watergems; whatever you call those jelly spheres that they sell for putting in flower arrangements and as kids toys… Put them in a tall thin plastic bottle with a few glowsticks or cheap LED lights (Dollar Tree has flashing color LED bracelets), then toss it around in the dark. The spheres all work as little lenses and look at how it projects on a wall in the dark!
Paper Straw Rockets
No Bottle Rockets? How about Paper Straw Rockets? Breath-powered and fire-free fun.
Fireless Sparkler Decorations
Try these Pipe Cleaner ‘Sparklers’
LED Throwies
LED, Tape, Magnet, and a disposable lithium battery turn into Throwies; these will glow for up to 3 weeks and can be tossed against anything magnetic (garage doors often work great). You can also collect them and tossed them over and over again!
Pringles-can Kaleidoscope
Check out this link to get the plans. Substitute Transparency material with the shiny side inside folded and taped into triangular tube (instead of their cardboard and foil), and use a Phillips screwdriver to poke a hole in the middle of the bottom for an eyehole). I’d suggest cling wrap over the open end and then fill with beads and confetti, and snap the lid on.
Water Balloon Launchers
Follow these instructions to get a world-class water balloon catapult.
Confetti Popper
Get an air pocket in the corner of a ziploc bag, twist it off once and hold it in your hand. Sprinkle in some confetti in the upper part of the bag and zip it shut keeping as much air inside as possible. Hold above your head and quickly squeeze the air pocket — it should quickly untwist and then pop open the zip lock spraying confetti upwards!
Glowing Magical Mud
Needs cornstarch (or potatoes), Tonic water and a blacklight. Watch the YouTube video for the results.
Black Snakes
(no fire,  but fumes and dangerous chemicals). Uses Sulfuric acid (concentrated battery acid) and Powdered sugar. This experiment should be performed outside or in a fume-hood. In a glass beaker or other heat-safe Pyrex container. Put a 1/4 cup sugar in the bottom, pour in a little sulfuric acid until the sugar is completely covered, stir quickly, then just sit back and watch the reaction. The sugar will change from white to dark brown, then to black carbon.

For previous year’s ideas, check out:
Quelab’s Fireless Fourth Links from 2013
Quelab’s Fireless Fourth Links from 2011


Quick Thank You to everyone who helped make our Grand Opening event a huge success!!

I hope myself or one of the rest of us is able to adequately express the gratitude and joy that seeing Quelab visited by such numbers of people, and seeing so many people get engaged and inspired and having fun!

Thank you all! Quelab is proud to be part of this great community. Hope to see many of you back to do what spaces like this do best. Get people and tools Together to make dreams come true.

Here are some photos Taken by the Quelab Camera Yesterday.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.


Welcome to the new Quelab board of directors.

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).


October General Meeting (North Campus)

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


Quelab’s Collection of Fireless Forth Ideas. 3

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!


Come See Us At ACE! Fri/Sat/Sun!

Quelab Booth!Quelab will once again be manning not only a Booth at the Albuquerque Comic Expo Today, Tomorrow and Sunday, But we will also be unveiling the Huge Project a few of our Quelab and community members built called the USS Q, Which is the Starship simulator bridge we built to play the game Artemis. in all its glory. But we will also be Come check it out.
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Come say HI! We Should have on sale $20 prepaid punch cards($25 value) for people to come down and work at Quelab Inventing/Fixing/Building/Learning/Sharing! And Much Much More!

And If you found out about Quelab through ACE, Then Come on buy for one of our open “Hacknights”, Tuesdays and Sundays (probably not too late this Sunday Due to ACE) 7pm-10pm come be a part of Albuquerque’s Maker/Builder/Inventor/Artist Community. We will also have Signup sheets for our upcoming Workshops and classes!

If you like what we do, then be sure to mark your calendar for this falls Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire. (not so mini this year!!) August 24th and 25th at the Balloon Museum Grounds!

*PS, Don’t be afraid, “Hacking” may get alot of bad press, but Quelab is all about open learning and teaching and inventing! (what hacking was before some crooks gave it a bad name)