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Quelab’s Annual Fireless 4th Craft and Science (Links)

Hi there, Im Adric. I love fireworks, Big, Small Loud/Smok!! But this year like several in the past, I have very much enjoyed collecting ideas and links for Kids and adults to do in places where fireworks are either not legal, not safe or not advisable. Some of these ideas can be used to entertain away the long hours it takes to get dark for the big shows, Or your own fireworks.

As always I don’t claim the rights to any of these ideas, (unless otherwise noted). But I do encourage people to share this post Share it on your social media, share it to your clubs and school groups. Its all a fun part of learning to DIY!

-This one is a fun color changing drink: starts off with a purple(blue) liquid, and mix in a clear (white) and you get a pink(red) right in front of your eyes.
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Color-Changing-Sports-Drink-Mocktail/

-Red, White and Blue Patriotic Parfaits
http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

-OOPS, this is a repeat from last year! sorry, but its still fun! Not technically a firework, but still cool, and I think some skybloom fireworks look like jellyfish, make a pseudo jellyfish!

-Or How about DIY Origami Fireworks:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Origami-Fireworks/

Steve spangler show’s both the yeast, and the potassium iodide version of Elephant Toothpaste (in a Red White and blue motif):

-Funfetti or sprinkles to paint teeny firework paintings?
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2012/06/sprinkle-fireworks.html

-Glowsticks in old refilled water bottles, then pick your favorite ball. and night time bowling!

-15 second paper screamer.
http://www.instructables.com/id/15-Second-Paper-Screamer/

-This one requires liquid nitrogen, and there is a danger frostburn or bottle fragmentation, but i think the risk is pretty low.

-Smoke ring launcher (on the subject of cold stuff, this can be done with dry ice)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dry-Ice-Smoke-Ring-Cannon-No-fog-machine-necessa/

-Diy stomp rockets, 2l soda bottle, and an old innertube,
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Stomp-Rockets/

-Past years collections
Quelabs 2014 Fireless 4th links
Quelabs 2013 Fireless 4th links
Quelabs 2011 Fireless forth ideas

As always if if you do play with traditional fireworks keep a garden hose handy, and one or 2 buckets of water. and if your doing fountains, you might consider launching them from a ladder or other stand to get them up off the ground. It makes the fountains look more impressive, and more of the sparks are out before they can reach dry grasses or other combustibles.

Have ideas that have not been covered? send me a note and I will add them! Or collect them for next years post! adric at quelab.net


Adafruit Group Order

Greetings, Spacers!

We’re getting together an order of stuff from Adafruit (one of our space affiliates) and if you’d like to help support Quelab while getting Nifty Stuff, check out their store, grab the price and item number, and then open up the Public Drive and let us know what you want in the Adafruit Group Buy spreadsheet.

We’ll be closing orders at Midnight on 11 October (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 together, we get free shipping and Quelab gets a cut of the price. You pay us, and we collect when the goods arrive.

Thanks! And Happy Hacking!


Tesla Science Center Memorial Brick

A few years back, I posted a link to the Tesla Science Center‘s fundraiser campaign to purchase the grounds of the Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory to preserve it and turn it into a museum. A campaign which worked, and a campaign which attracted the attention of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

Well, things have been going swimmingly for the TSC folks, and they got the land, they’ve cleaned it up, and they’ve started the renovations. Now they’re raising money by selling memorial bricks for the visitor’s center and we have our opportunity to get our name engraved in history.

Quelab member Jeremy has started raising money internally to place OUR name on one of those bricks. If you’re interested in contributing, check out the thread on our members email list, or see him at the potluck this coming Sunday. If we raise enough money for us, we can send that money on to the TSC.

Also, Tesla for those who don’t know him (tw:language)


#ReviveWardenclyffe

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‚Äôs 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.





Hardware Group Order

Hello Hackers!

There is an order being organized on Facebook, the Quelab Forums and in a gSpreadsheet to Adafruit and Mouser. If sufficient interest is gathered, we can also do a similar transaction with Sparkfun, DigiKey, Jameco, Solarbotics or Pololu.

If you have a need for some components, if you have a desire for some kits, if you have a want for some swag, hit us up in the comments and we’ll hook you up. If this becomes incredibly popular, we may have to resurrect the idea for the hardware canteen!

**UPDATE2: Order completed on 27 March 2013. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Giving new life to a Segate DockStar

Or, how I learned to hack things.

We at the Lab had a Segate DockStar kicking around, taking up space. I had been looking for a tiny NAS to run some home storage things, so a donation to the kitty later and away I go. However, I couldn’t put my 2.5″ PATA adapter onto it stock, so it needed a new home. That home happens to be sandwiched between some slabs of Inventables plexiglass. I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures, but the overall design is pretty simple: Two sheets of plexiglass.
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Aaron Swartz Remembered

Among the hacker-sphere this past week, there has been an uproar concerning the suicide of one of the Progenitors of the Internet, Aaron Swartz. This brilliant entrepreneur who was responsible for RSS 1.0 and is considered as a co-founder of Reddit, committed suicide on 11 January 2013 amid an ongoing investigation surrounding a theft of data from JSTOR (an online repository of academic journals).

Many other people have written more, priviliged, detailed, and informed commentary about the case, the surroundings, the impact, and the man that was Aaron Swartz. I encourage you to read the remembrances on the memorial blog and read more on both the case and the circumstances which led to his death in general.

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A little bit of fame. (Instructables Book) 2

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Got in the mail yesterday a small christmas gift. A free Copy of Instructables Book, “Extrordinary Projects for Ordinary People

About page 301, you will find the Instructable I wrote and won Quelab 2 prizes with(even with the typos!), I’ve only skimmed the rest of the book, but its a nice tomb of neat projects to inspire!

The above link is a Quelab affiliate code, so if you buy the book through there we get a few pennies! what better thing can you think of to spend your amazon.com gift cards on!

btw another holiday pro tip is, there are places you can exchange your unwanted un-usable (in my case one year i got gift card for a theater chain we don’t have), for cash or an amazon gift card. (you can also buy other cards if you like to do such things) http://www.giftcardrescue.com/ is one of them. Then buy the book! I know, you are probably thinking. Well since these are all on instructables, why should i pay for them? Well I have to say while i do find cool projects on Instructables, this atleast has it curated down a bit, and even after months of hanging out in the new article rss feed, I keep seeing new things in this book i never did see online.