Events

Events held at Quelab, or which are relevant to our interests (not classes or hacknights)


Quelab’s Fireless Fourth 2022

I (Adric), your humble blogposter have been collecting these ideas and demos and posting every year since 2011.  And while I love fire and booms.  It’s fun to try and scour the internet for ideas that don’t need big flames!  Quelab is based in the middle of the Desert Southwest and fire danger is a real and growing thing in the western United States.  So hopefully some of these ideas will help you wile away the long hours until its dark enough to see a public display, or before you responsibly do your and or your family/friends do your own small fireworks displays.   Remember to always have a hose in the ready,  and a bucket of water.  Avoid setting off fireworks in weeds or near other flammable things.

Anyway on with the links! Keep scrolling down to see them all. As always, I did not write any of these.  I’m linking you to the sources, Please mind your own limits and don’t injure yourself or others. 

Drone dropping things. 
Have a drone?  Perhaps you can follow this instructable to allow it to fly over and drop glow sticks, led/battery “Throwies”, or perhaps some biodegradable confetti?  
https://www.instructables.com/Party-Drone/ 

Bonus link, Cody’s Lab, Dropped a roll of TP from a drone.
https://youtu.be/3hAGfoAobOM 

Fun with Dayglow Dyed Yarn
Can you make firework images with this?
https://youtu.be/c9f-0wT5TFA
Bonus video, some dayglow dyes will actually glow in the dark for a moment, if you get them really cold.
https://youtu.be/3nBk5lNw8Bo 

Dollar Store Water Squirter Vacuum Powered Toy Cars. 

Sound Resonance Powered Soda Bottle Rockets.
Ever blow across a bottle and hear a note? if you play that note, the bottle can puff out periodic directed jets of air, and if you balance them right you can get them to spin in a circle.
https://youtu.be/GJNozc4IfWU 

An Evaporagraph you can make!
An evaporagraph, is a way to use temperature to cause a dew like image on thin plastic.
https://youtu.be/MdCUUy0Wibc 

Fun with dead Fluorescent tubes.  AKA portable 8’ vacuum*
This one does involve ripping the cap off a fluorescent light tube and then breaking the small fill tube while the whole end is under water. are you surprised at how little gas there is in them? keep in mind there is a teeny bit of mercury in the gas, but as you can see it’s pretty teeny. *it would be best to when done, pour the water out and let it evaporate off just to avoid getting any mercury contaminated water into the water system.
https://youtu.be/CrP3Y6u7RHs 

Make Water Droplets Spin like a Teeny Firework
Making soot hydrophobic surfaces and some scratches on it, you can make water do a dance. 

Making a Rainbow of Silver Nano Particles
This one may be beyond most home labs. But it is not super hard
https://youtu.be/v8pko9IlFW4 

Posters printed with pyro mixtures.  
Well this one has some fire, in fact it’s pyrotechnics painted on paper,  but surprisingly the paper in general does not burn, and leaves a image behind.  Which I think is rather fun.
https://hackaday.com/2022/02/11/pyrotechnic-posters-are-fireworks-drawn-on-paper/ 

Small Popcorn Cannon, In the “Shut up and take my money” sort of thing.
I would love to have one of these. while this does need heat/flame, the boom is just from water flashing into steam!
https://www.reddit.com/r/DidntKnowIWantedThat/comments/rqgyxx/shut_up_and_take_my_money/

Here is a list of links to previous years Fireless Fourth Links!

If you have any questions, or ideas, or updates feel free to reach out to me at adric at quelab.net Happy 4th


2019 Board of Directors Election

Board of Directors Election Announcement

TL;DR: mandatory Board of Directors election 2-17, nominations open now, early electronic voting, catered election party on the 17th, come have fun with us!  Send nominations & questions to ELECTIONS@quelab.net

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held on Sunday February17, 2019. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are three directors finishing out their two year terms, so you will be voting to elect three 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, 53% turnout.) Like previous years, we will be providing food (last year was Monroe’s!), and hope to have many Quelab members come out to socialize, be a part of the process &
enjoy the party at the same time.

ELECTION PROCESS AND VOTING

Per the By-Laws, the Election will be handled by Vice President John Murray with assists from other volunteers, JT Benedetto & Josh Pedersen.  We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting (https://www.opavote.com/). There will be no paper ballots.  Voting will start earlier that week, perhaps Wednesday (exact date still to be set).

MANDATORY

Per Quelab’s By-Laws, the Election “meeting” is mandatory for ALL Quelab members, and all members should vote for their choice(s) for Directors on the Board (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!

NOMINATIONS

As was announced at Sunday’s meeting, nominations are now open. Any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Mexico, but does not have to be a Quelab member (but must be ~eligible~ to be a member of Quelab). Members can nominate themselves (self-nominate). Once a nominee confirms their interest in running, they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. We hope to post a short bio to the wiki for each nominee. Send nominations to elections@quelab.net. Nominations close on Saturday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and barring complications,
we will send out the official list of nominees the next day, Sunday the 10th.

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 no or only one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system.

Additional Links


Memorial and Celebration of Life for Eric Lee

Eric Lee was very much a core of our community at Quelab. Please join us as we remember him in a Celebration of Life on Tuesday May 29, 6 pm. Held at Quelab, 680 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque. Everyone who knew and cared for Mr. Lee is welcome to attend and share their stories and memories.

Additionally, we welcome you to share photos to our “online memorial” at ericleephotos@quelab.net  (you may put a title in subject line and anything else you would like to share in the body of the email). Photos will be posted on our Flickr account later on.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that a community member has left us.  Eric Lee, a man of many talents, was found deceased in his home on Friday, May 11, 2018 after members of his community and coworkers became concerned for him.

Eric was a pillar of Quelab’s community. As a master machinist, he took the time to teach anyone who asked how to use the tools which he had mastered in a safe manner, displaying his care and meticulous nature and ingraining it in those he taught. Eric explored the world through intense, deep conversations with members of the community on every topic, from his expertise in physics to conversations about culture and politics. Eric was, and will forever be remembered as an essential member in the construction and development of Quelab’s dedicated community of makers, as a tireless and selfless teacher, collaborator, and sounding board for ideas. Eric ahbored the idea that a member of his community should pay for his knowledge, instead asking only to learn something new in return at some distant point in the future.

In his professional life, Eric had many accomplishments—too many to list without missing at least half—which benefitted the world. Eric in his work at Stanford University in California and later the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque has advanced the state of the art in multiple physics disciplines, been granted innumerable patents, and been on the edge of scientific advancement for many years. Without him, our understanding of dark matter, particle physics and various other disciplines may not be where they are today. Often lauded for his talents in many fields by his cohorts, the world owes a thank you to Eric for his many years of dedicated research, ingenuity and intense passion for his work.

In his personal life, he was an avid maker of many things. Any opportunity to design and engineer a project became a means to learn a new skill, refine one he had, or a chance to teach and collaborate with another member of his community. Eric found joy in sharing what he had made as well as encouraging others to learn, share, and explore through his many hours of time at Maker Faire, in the Quelab metal shop, and numerous events which hosted Quelab in some capacity. His enduring enthusiasm brought smiles and joy to others through his love of many topics and fields.

He will be missed, but his legacy will endure through his selfless volunteering and the passion that he encouraged us to all continue.

-Quelab Board of Directors


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


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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Quelab goes to TEDxABQ

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Going to TEDxABQ on Saturday September 17? So are we! Drop by the Quelab booth — outdoors on the Civic Plaza for the “audience engagement” session from 10 am to 1 pm, and indoors during the Speaker Sessions from 1 pm on. Learn more about our makerspace and how you can start making at Quelab!

We will have live demonstrations of a 3d printer, a wood lathe and a hand-made bowling lane. (I’m guessing the convention center isn’t going to let us take ALL of our fun toys inside, so arrive early if you’d like to see everything!)   We will also be giving away some laser-cut gears (made on Quelab’s laser cutter — some of the gears are being cut by the laser head in the photo above), which are part of a geared back-scratcher (also a great fidget!) design that you can make yourself with the free design files at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1766894. If you don’t have a 3d printer or laser cutter, or would like to learn how to use them, come visit us at Quelab and we can help you!  Our open hacknights are every Sunday and Tuesday from 7-10 PM at Quelab, 680 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque NM, 87102. Tours at 7:30 and 8:30.

Special thanks to Kris Hardy with Albuquerque Software for custom laser cutter and 3d printer design, and donating the materials and time for making the gears and backscratchers!


5th Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

Quelab is a sponsor of, and will be exhibiting at, the fifth Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire at the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum on Aug. 27-28, 2016.

Check them out at http://www.albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com/.
See our prior coverage of Maker Faires here:


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“We are not just consumers. We are makers of Things.”
Dale Dougherty, creator of Maker Faire
 
 
Part science fair, part county fair, part interactive show-and-tell, and part something entirely new, Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire is a multi-generational gathering that brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire features hands-on activities, learning opportunities and the chance for visitors to learn new skills such as soldering, sewing, rocket building and welding.
 
Typical maker activities include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, textiles and the artisanal arts. Makers take a do-it-yourself approach to standardized hobbyist and engineering technologies, and encourage the re-use and modification of designs, materials, and techniques available in the public arena. Makers focus on learning, using and teaching these practical skills.
 
 
Buy Tickets Now
Adult $10, Kids $5, Senior Retired or Active Military $5


(Additionally, No Orientation this week, and while we will be there for unloading everything from Maker Faire, we probably won’t be up to a hacknight of projects).


Community Meeting Sunday March 6, and a few of our upcoming events

Come to Quelab for our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, March 6!  Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM.  You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

The agenda can be found on our wiki here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Quelab is open to the public for hacknight every Sunday and Tuesday from 7 PM to 10 PM, this is a great time to check out Quelab, have a tour of the space, and meet some of the wonderful folks in our community of makers.

Locksport initial meetup on Friday, March 18, 7 PM – 9 PM. Open to any level of locksmith/pick tinkering, no experience required. If there is enough interest a Toool locksport chapter here is a possibility. Free for members, $5 donation requested for nonmembers.

Join us for Arduino Wednesday on March 9 and March 23, 6 PM. Come work on your Arduino projects at Quelab!

Tabletop Game Night happens at Quelab every second and fourth Thursday, 6 PM – 10 PM. Come on down March 10 or March 24 and try a new game or bring an old favorite. New players welcome!
New Mexico Radio collectors club meets at Quelab on Sun, March 13, 1 PM. Quelab members are welcome to sit in on the meeting at no charge. More info at http://www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com/

See even more events on the Quelab calendar! Have a great March and thanks for supporting Quelab!

Quelab — A Place to Make Things — A Community of Makers

2016 Annual Election Recap

Last night, we held our Election Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park; we had a good turnout of Quelab members. Going into the party at 7PM we had 27 voters request electronic voting codes, which meant we needed only 27 voters to vote in person to make our quorum of 54 votes. We had 12 votes cast in-person, so a mad-dash to get 15 more electronic voters coincided with a convenient extension of the voting period to allow us to keep the polls open until 9PM and get a total of 58 voters through the system.

Using OpaVote to conduct a Scottish STV count, we entered in the in-person votes and ran the tally. Twelve candidates, 49 ballots, and ten rounds of vote allocation, reallocation, and candidate elimination, the final result came down to John Benedetto (JT), Don Menning (Gönner), Charel Morris, and Craig Goldsmith (Zoot) winning seats on the Board of Directors.

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of the breakdown, the summary is as follows:
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2016 Election Night

Quelab’s annual board election will be held on Wednesday 17 Feburary 2016, starting at 7PM at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. We will have the whole taproom to ourselves to have a celebratory end to 2015, and a welcoming of the new 2016. Bring a project to show off, and come join the community of Quelab in a party setting.

The nominations will end this coming Wednesday, and the official slate of candidates will be announced at that time on the members list. All members paid in full (or on automatic payment) will be sent a voting guide, and all the candidates will be invited to post a quick blog entry as an introduction: keep your eyes peeled.

We will have the folks from Spork The World on hand to provide food, but the taproom is welcome to any food brought in. And even though this is being held at an drinking establishment, minors are welcome with their guardians.

Electronic voting will start on Monday at 8PM, and will run until Wednesday at 8PM, so on-site and electronic voting will both be closed at that time, and we will go and tabulate the results and announce the winners of the election this evening.

So join us at Tractor Brewing Wells Park on Wednesday 17 February, from 7-10PM!

Electronic voting link here

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Thanks Everyone Who turned out!
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