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July Community Potluck

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 5 July 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)


June Community Potluck

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 7 June 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)


May Community Meeting

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 3 May 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)


[SERIES] Introductory Electronics Theory

New member Greg Crabtree will be hosting Introductory Electronics Theory for all who are interested. These lessons will focus on the basic principles and concepts (Ohms Law, etc) that make all electronic circuits work. This is to support whatever hands-on project you’re working on at Quelab.

These lessons will start as a kind of open study group, meeting every week, with both group and individual sessions. We’ll start with the basics and work up from there to whatever topic you are interested in. You do not need any electronics background to get started, members can join the study group at any time, and you don’t have to attend every session. If you already know the basics, but want to learn more about an advanced topic, please ask and we’ll dive into it with you if we can.

We’ve set up an Eventbrite event for this class, and you can register here: http://quelab-electronics-study-group.eventbrite.com

About the teacher: Greg Crabtree has a degree in Electronics (1986), another degree in Renewable Energy (2006), and has worked professionally for nearly 30 years in electronics as a TV & Radio broadcast engineer, recording studio engineer, marine electronics tech (ship radar & navigation systems), avionics technician, and solar energy systems. Greg has also been a high school teacher, a musician and music teacher, and a private pilot.


April Community Meeting

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a fantastic April Fool’s Day yesterday, and hopefully the internet didn’t prank you too much. The following message is not a prank!

The coming April Community Meeting is scheduled for 12 April 2015, starting at 4:00PM. We will be having a potluck (so bring something to share), and then starting at 5:05PM our community meeting will begin. We will be going over our most recent event (Hack all the Things!), review the calendar of upcoming events, and hearing back the first results from our Elections and Inclucivity policy taskforces. Once the meeting is done we’ll be phasing into our Yuri’s Night celebration and a space-themed Hack night.

A link to the meeting agenda is found on our wiki. If there is anything you would like to discuss, please let an officer know and they will put it on the list.

Yuri's Night


Epic Pi Day – 3.14.15

Today, we at Quelab are celebrating pi and it’s most epic of confluences 3.14.15! Pi, being the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter, is an irrational number (which repeats infinitely without any repetitions) but is best approximated to the value 3.1415926. Since it is a geometric and mathematical constant, it’s something that we use unconsciously in our daily lives. the discipline undertaken by those who are obsessed with memorizing the digits of Pi is known as Piphilology, and is a skill which rarely comes in handy, but you never know when knowing pi to the 707th digit could win you praise and plaudits.

However, it is also a day to celebrate the Raspberry Pi, a gateway to learning about computers and programming from the ground up.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

For the numerical in the audience, here is a playlist of YouYube videos about Pi from some incredibly geeky folks from the channel “Numberphile”. There are even some tidbits in there for the Tau-fanatics.
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Adafruit & Sparkfun Group Orders

Greetings, Spacers!

We’re getting together an order of stuff from Adafruit and Sparkfun (both of which are space affiliates) and if you’d like to help support Quelab while getting Nifty Stuff, check out their stores, grab the price and item number, and then open up the Public Drive and let us know what you want in the Group Buy spreadsheets (there will be one for each order).

We’ll be closing orders at Midnight on 23 Feburary (23:59), and start collating the order. Since Adafruit doesn’t do backorders, we’ll reach out if the item(s) you want aren’t available. If we get an order of at least $300 for each order, we get free shipping and Quelab gets a cut of the price.

You pay us, and we collect when the goods arrive.

Thanks for looking! And Happy Hacking!
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February Potluck & Meeting

Greetings!

The coming February potluck and general meeting will be delayed to the second Sunday of the month, in order to prevent a conflict with a major national sporting event whose name is copyrighted but is compared frequently to a Superb Owl.

We’re also moving the start time for the potluck back to 4PM to give folks more time to socialize before the meeting, so the meeting itself can properly and promptly start at 5:05PM. So please join us on 8 Feburary 2015!

A link to the meeting agenda is found here:
http://quelab.net/wiki/doku.php?id=2-8-2015_general


January 2015 Meetings

Greetings Spacers, and a preemptive Happy New Year! Quelab has had a wonderful 2014, and the time has come to finish our annual planning process to set the direction of Quelab for the coming year. Come join us on Sunday 4 January 2015 at 5:05PM to sort through all the ideas which were put on cards the at the last meeting. Potluck to precede the meeting at 4:00PM. (agenda link here)

There will also be a separate meeting for the Election for the Board of Directors on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 7:00PM. This is a quick members-only meeting, but it is important, because a quorum of 60% of members is required for the vote to count. Members who are in good standing1 as of 17 January will be emailed a proxy ballot; you can either cast your ballot in person at the election, or return the ballot physically before the meeting.
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