Monthly Archives: August 2011

Board Game Night – 9/8 6:30pm

Awesome train building game!


Our next Board Game Night is coming up on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm.  Play one of our board games or bring your own.  I’ll be bringing the one pictured above–I’ve never run it for more than three people, so I’m really looking forward to it! These events have been a lot of fun in the past, hope you can join us!  As always, admission to Board Game Night is FREE!

Quelab @ Bubonicon 43!

That’s right, we’re going to be at SciFi and Fantasy convention Bubonicon!  Better yet, we’ll be feeding hungry fans for free!  Find us in the Cons Suite on Saturday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and you’ll get some of Gabe’s Award-Winning Frito pie.  Come by and say hi!

The theme for the Bubonicon this year is Steampunk.  Still working on your costume?  Join us for Steampunk It Up this Saturday!

Local Event: WordCamp ABQ

One thing I love about living in Albuquerque is being part of an active and engaged tech community.  I try to keep an ear to the ground for upcoming interesting and exciting events.  This one sounds particularly good:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to and users alike.

We use WordPress for our blog and we’re big fans!  It is going to be held at the Albuquerque
Sheraton Airport Friday – Sunday, September 16 – 18, 2011.  You can visit the Albuquerque Wordcamp website for more info.  I’m sure it will be great!

Terry’s Amazing Little Camping Trailer 7

Terry Holt is a local Albuquerque maker who I met three weeks ago. He’s got an extensive background in engineering, but these days he’s working on (among other things) a portable structure he can tow behind his car and use to camp in relative comfort!

His first version was designed out of foam insulation.  He chose it as his material to prototype the design because it is light weight and easy to work, with the plan to eventually make the final design out of plywood.  After several months of use he found the strengths and weaknesses in his design. Ultimately he decided to stick with the light weight foam insulation instead of the plywood. This allows for it to be setup and taken down by himself in under 5 minutes and makes for a structure that is probably better insulated than my apartment!

It’s a little rough looking as he has recycled a good bit of his last version into this one.  I admit, with a quick coat of latex paint it might look a little less like a disposable cooler, but leaving it how it is does make it plain to see how it all works.  He had just finished building it, and I have no doubt that with a little spare duct-tape and care this one will last him a while.

Terry recently demonstrated the structure for Quelab members.  He brought it by not to gloat or show off (he’s really not that type), but as an example of the kinds of things he can do if members have ideas they want help making into a reality!

Below is a link to pictures I took of Terry’s project.


Quelab @ Ignite 11!

Quelab founding members Gabe and Walter will be presenting “Don’t Get Caught With Your Internet Pants Down” tonight at Ignite New Mexico 11!  The presentation will cover topics we will be discussing in more detail at our Protect Your Privacy workshop on Tuesday August 23rd. Here are links to the software covered in the presentation:

  • KeePass – Free open-source password manager
  • LastPass – Cloud-based password manager (free and paid versions available)
  • Firefox – Free open-source internet browser (you will need this for HTTPS Everywhere and BlackSheep)
  • HTTPS Everywhere – Website encryption made easy
  • BlackSheep – Tool to detect FireSheep

Protect Your Privacy 2

These days, online privacy is hard to come by.  Thieves try to steal your information to sell on the black market and corporations track everything you do online for the sake of targeting their advertising.  Come to our Protect Your Privacy workshop and learn how to fight back!  We’ll teach you how to protect yourself from thieves and how to go online anonymously.  $5 for non-members.
Location: Quelab, 1112 2nd street NW
Time 7-9pm Tuesday, August 23rd

Crowd Fund This Event Recap

First off , thank you to everyone who presented or attended the “Crowd Fund This” event last Saturday!  We loved hearing about some of the projects people are working on and enjoyed sharing our real world experiences.

As for the workshop itself, we covered the All or Nothing vs Winner Take All models of crowdfunding and went over common sense strategies that are universal, such as having a good plan, building your networks,  pricing it right,  beating the bushes, and following up.  We are glad to see there was interest in the sharing of this type of information.

R. Hunter Gough’s slides for the 1st half of the workshop can be seen here. Includes a great handy dandy table!

Eric Renz-Whitmore’s slides for the 2nd half of the workshop can be seen here (includes the handout of links).

We look forward to our future classes and would also love to hear about any of the attendees’ crowdfunding campaigns!  As always, you can contact us at, or leave a comment below!