As a part of my last acts as Treasurer, part of the job had been to get rid of PayPal (or at least lessen it’s burden on us) as well as streamline the membership portion of the treasurer’s office. To that end I asked the Directors about getting a better membership software package, and WildApricot is it. WA is in use by a handful of other hackerspaces, and is a pretty good deal.
This system will be replacing both Seltzer (the membership part) and Eventbrite (an added bonus), and will add a donor-tracking system (something we’ve needed). It also automates the process of reminding cash members (ie those not using a credit-card through the website) that their dues are… due. As a part of this change, we are moving away from PayPal as our preferred payment processor; the new site is designed to use Stripe (our new payment processor) as the automated payment transaction system. Folks who use a credit card on the new site will be added to automatic transactions (and charged monthly on the first).
So keep a lookout for emails from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, and don’t throw it away. Those of you who have been looking to ditch PayPal, you can renew your membership through WildApricot (paying with a credit card on our Stripe account) and end your PayPal subscription, and things will flow through successfully. Those of you who wish to remain an in-person payor (by cash, check, or credit-card) can continue using Square, and those of you who wish to continue using PayPal can also keep doing that too (although it will be a pain in the neck, and we really don’t advise it).
And here’s why: if you want to use PayPal (or Square), this will now be considered a ‘manual’ payment. PayPal has changed their data-export functionality, so it is not straightforward to import everyone’s payments. Additionally, since as the charges are debited every month on the day of the subscription start, keeping track of who’s paid this month by the 15th is impossible because anyone can cancel their subscription after they received the doorcode, but before we collect their automatic payment. Because of this, we will not be distributing the door code to folks until their charges clear. This now puts PayPal customers at the same level that Square customers have always been at. Monthly reminder emails will be sent to all manual-payment members and memberships will be automatically suspended if payment is not received by the 15th of the month.
If you have any questions, and I’m sure there will be, Geoff will be talking about this at the general meeting on Sunday (6 November), and will be hosting office hours after the meeting to get everyone up to speed.
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/thi
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!
Quelab is having some upstream mailserver problems right now, so if you just got home from the Albuquerque Maker Faire, and are sending us an email. it might bounce or fail please try again in a few days or hit us up on facebook! Or Drop by for open hacknight Tuesday 7pm-10pm
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:
“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.
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).
Last month we celebrated our 6 year opening day — Just last week we celebrated our 6 years since our official Grand opening! It’s hard not to feel like a proud parent watching it grow and get better all the time!
Take a stroll with us through the good times.
Iconic moments from Quelab’s last 3+ years (slideshow)
Some older iconic moments at Quelab. (slideshow)
In our our early days we had less than 1,400 square feet of space, we are now pushing 10,000 square feet with a huge selection of tools and equipment we never dreamed we would get to acquire. But it is not the tools or the space that is what makes Quelab so special — it’s the members, the supportive friends, and the whole Maker Movement that is what makes the magic happen!
This 4th of July, many of us near Albuquerque are living with the fresh memory of the Dog Head Fire — 17 thousand acres just went poof! — a few miles out of town, it’s now considered 95% contained, but as hot and fierce as it burned, it’s important to continue looking for fireless ways for people to celebrate. Since 2012 I (Adric) have collected ideas for sending out to friends, and Quelab friends.
I know my mother, who supported the responsible use of fireworks to entertain us kids, hated anything that went boom or whistled. (and if it flew in the air, it was pretty much forbidden by our county firework laws) This naturally made me love and lust for anything that whistled, boomed, or flew in the air. But her lessons on knowing where to safely set up fireworks, how to set up buckets and hoses and all to make sure we could contain anything that did start to burn, and other general safety ideas did stick with me. I’m not in favor of banning personal fireworks, but i do plead that everyone who uses them please be careful and responsible!
On with the Fireless Stuff!
Some of these can be combined as entertainment before and after the fireworks (no matter if it’s a big stadium display or your own small home one).
All ages ideas:
A bazooka that does not explode — and despite the fact it sucks, it throws a pingpong ball or paper ball pretty far!
Smoke ring cannon, with dry ice fog
Salt paint fireworks, (might be fun to setup some blowgun targets with paintballs and see if salt will stick to the “paint”) …
Fourth of July slime
Dish brush painted fireworks
Make pretty giant stars out of nothing but paperbags and glue
Bubblewrap machine gun
On the food front we have:
Alton Brown’s Favorite 4th recipes
Stained Glass Jello
Red White and Blue Layered Drinks for kids.
And Red White and Blue Drinks for adults.
Pizza Box Solar Smores!
Exploding water bottle bb/blowgun/pellet targets.
Liquid nitrogen can be pretty hard to get, and surely needs a little more safety, but here is a build for liquid nitrogen and water rocket launcher.
This one is for home made caps/exploding targets, it’s not entirely fireless, the compound does explode but there is no sustained flame.
#needs work section:
Glowing fountain (blacklight), this one was a bit of a failure, but i suspect the addition of some yellow highlighter marker ink, and a brighter blacklight could probably make this work. But its good to know others are also on the hunt.
Link to 2015’s Fireless Fourth, which also links back 2014, 2012, 2011!
The Board of Directors have been considering a statement supporting the freedom of expression at Quelab. This policy, very heavily based on the statement put out by the University of Chicago, and strongly supported by the Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org), essentially says that Quelab won’t impinge on your First Amendment right to free speech, and won’t let others do that at Quelab either.
You can find our draft of this statement on our Wiki. It asserts people’s right to free speech, as long as they’re not threatening or harassing others, or violating others privacy or confidentiality. All educational topics can be discussed at Quelab, and we do not want to stifle that creative and investigative spark.
Please let the Board of Directors know your opinion on this proposed statement, and please give it a good reading and a dose of thought.
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!
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.