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Weekday Literati 1

Taking the initiative to being more of an educational group, we’ve decided that Wednesday is now class day here at Quelab. Here on out, we want to have a class every Wednesday night after Co-Working.

So, to start it out I will be hosting a class on glass etching this coming Wednesday, starting at 7PM, and running until about 10PM, or until everyone is done with their project. It’ll be a simple class, with a $15 per-person fee, and I can teach up to ten people how to etch their own pint glass (or glass object brought).

Register Here

And we’re going to keep having classes every Wednesday, all taught by community members about subjects which interest them… and hopefully you too. Here’s a quick schedule:

Date Subject Capacity Register
15 Aug Glass Etching
22 Aug Pre-Empted this week by Ignite NM 13 B
29 Aug Solar Jars 6
5 Sep Spray Painting Space Scenes 5-15
12 Sep Long exposure, Pinhole Camera making/developing 10
19 Sep How to Change your Oil like a Tech 10
26 Sep TBA — Sign up to teach here

And we intend on continuing this through September and October and beyond! If there is any subject you want to teach about, or you know someone who is passionate about what it is they do and they want to teach others, let them know, and we’ll see if we can fit them in. We’ve got tentative classes lined up all the way to December!

EDIT (17 Aug): More registration links for Classes added.


Calling All Musicians! 3

bottlecap contact microphones

Circuit-Bending Hackerspace Rock Band, CMKT 4, is doing a workshop Wednesday, May 9th, 7-9:PM building contact microphones in conjunction with Quelab. These microphones are powerful enough to do whatever you want, and accessible enough for all skill levels. Plus, they’re made out of bottle caps, which is just awesome. It’s a DIY electronics project that leaves you ready to do other projects, too. Register at any hacknight or through Eventbrite.

Workshop attendees will learn how to solder/improve existing soldering skills, work with recycled materials, and develop a basic understanding of piezoelectricity. The process involves a 45 minute dry-time, during which CMK4 will entertain the workshop attendees with a live performance. Additional kits and microphones will be available for purchase, as well.

There will be a separate members-only event later in May. If you’re interested, please contact us about details!

See them in action on YouTube.

 

Photos from the workshop can be seen here, And Wookie (Ready handed Media) took some video.)
http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?w=1645712%40N24&m=pool&q=CMKT


TechMas 2010 2

Merry TechMas to you all!  Last night we kicked off our first big geeky holiday crafting event.  I only captured a small fraction of the very cool creations people made.  There were motherboard Xmas trees, wreaths made out of ISA cards (the photo to the left does not do it justice!), cellphone wreaths,  bobbleheaded mice with blinking noses, evil killer robot snowmen,  musical heatsyncs,  folded CD  ornaments,  model magic creations,  rubber stamp creations,  and much much more!

Best of all, some folks had a chance to get first time experience using a drill press, an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel attachment, a powered jigsaw, and a heat gun to knock components off of circuit boards!

You can see my photos linked below.  I’m hoping people who took crafts home post links to photos!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/tags/techmas/

Great event all!  I look forward to many more in the future!

PS, don’t forget to get up and look at the moon early Tuesday morning!  http://tinyurl.com/2bjvvjm


TechMas! 1

Join us for a TechMas themed hackday!On December 19th, a geeky, Make Magazine-style crafting and wrapping and upcycling/recycling event.  Build stuff you can take home to admire, or build that last moment gift!

4pm-8pm
Sunday December 19th,
1112 2nd street NW (use the side door)
Suggested Donation, $5 for non members.

Bring whatever crafting supplies you think might be handy. This can include obsolete hardware, cd’s, dvd’s, papers, colorful cables wires, lenses, markers, glue, tape, and whatnot!

(Image via BoingBoing)