September Potluck & Meeting

Greetings! The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 7 September 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

One of the most important changes we are looking at implementing is the new door code policy. We will be changing the door code at the meeting, and only members in good standing (i.e. paid dues in the last 15 days, or are on auto-payment) will be given the new code. Membership fees come due on the first of the month, and are in arrears by the 15th. Folks who are not paid up by the meeting will have to come to a Hack Night or make an appointment to regain their 24-hour access.

EDIT: Updated to announce door code changes.

Sunday Hacknight Recap

Mind you this was only from my point of view. There were others banging away on code and soldering away on their Peggy led board.

I finished 3 small projects, I will quickly outline them here.

Ive been playing lots with alternative process photography, and one of the mediums ive been working with is blueprint paper. which takes days of sunlight to work in a pinhole camera. Which got me to wondering how many hours of good sunlight do we have currently? i could look up sunrise/sunset info online but that wont tell me about the cloudy hours. the cameras themselves can do it but you have to develop it to see how that day was. so i thought one good use for those 30 or so Solar yardlights we have, would be to pull the solar cell. and slap it on a small 1.5v clock, i will see tonight how good it was, but I will see how far its gone from 12:00, one problem with the system is if its over 12 hours of sun, one risks wondering if it was just a few non cloudy hours. but i think looking out a window once in a while coudl tell me this. It could also be used to determine solar aray placement and calculations.
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2nd project was trying out my first Arduino, and seeing if i can interface it to i probably should have worked in some
the RFID readers we have laying about, all in all it was pretty simple. I used this article as a guide. The tricky part was getting linux arduino-ide that supported the Arduino uno installed on my netbook. which also took a few minutes googling and manual install of a few DEB packages. Now to decide what to do with it! Test rfid blocking? spoofing? setup a login/access control?

3rd project was also just for fun, making Ferro-magnetic Silly Putty Works great, its just about as messy as the Instructables says, Probably should have worked in a little of the black iron oxide, and added more and worked it in and added more… dumped it all into a pocket and worked it in, might have used too much powder, because its a little stiff now and still sometimes makes your hands gray. going to add a 3rd lump of putty tonight and see. Its fun watching it eat magnets!

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We also got visited bit a small cadre of enthusiastic budding tinkerer/hackers, they are working on their own RepRap 3d printer, and a place to use it when done, i think we have perhaps made a good match!

Please, if any of this interests you come on down, if not! let us know what would get you out of your house and come on down!

Hacknights continue to be fun, but still need more folks!

The past few months hacknights have only netted a few full projects, I built a new stereoscopic blueprint paper pinhole camera, A guest came in to have me help him build an ozone generator to air out a smoked in apartment he rents. And we have had visits from a 1/2 dozen interesting folks around town.

There was also progress on the makerbot. Speaking of 3d printing, The Stephen Colbert report, had Bre Pettis on with his thing-0-matic on Wednesday, Watch it here!

For For July we are going to be trying out projects involving Air, Sky, and Space, sofar we have a few ideas, but would love to have everyone participate. Anyone interested in aerial photography (kite, balloon, rockets?), how about Astronomy, or gliders? or engines? or countles things i have not even thought of yet?

Last Hacknight before the big Event.

Remember the Quelab semiannual yardsale is Saturday!! Even if you don’t have anything to swap, sell donate or show off, we would love to see you and everyone you know down to come pick through the stuff! You wont see stuff like this just about any other place! You can tell your children you were there!!! Its 8am-11ish 04/30/11! Be there!

Tonight is the LAST Hacknight before the event’s! We need warm bodies helping finish projects, test builds, troubleshoot hazards, and sort through our junk!

Anyway I digress.
Tonight we wrap up the ideas and projects we have planned to demo to the public Saturday 2pm-6pm (after the Yardsale). Times like this its always good to reflect over all the ideas, and or supplies that you had but just didn’t have the hu-manpower/time to complete. Some of these projects I’m sure will live to see another day, some probably wont. We had a bout 40 solar yardlights, just begging to be hacked, we had a old portable typewriter and a few novel ideas on how to make it a HID device, stacks of untabbed solar cells just begging to be a panel, as tack of 12v gel-cell batteries, looking for a electric bike, a electric scooter needing a tire, and a new throttle control box wiring. And coultless other projects that just didn’t make the cut.

How can you help out? First off, we need more folks involved! We rarely have more than a few people down for hacknights. and thats not enough critical mass to both keep the place open and to really collaborate (Que-lab-orate)

If you can’t make it down to Quelab, think about your friends and co-workers, is there someone who would benefit from having a tinkering space, a workshop full of tools, a small group of very fun and dedicated problem solvers? If so tell them they need to come down, at least for the events listed above, and ideally for more of our hacknights!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Meeting, Hacknight, And special event 1

Sunday the 2nd of January, 6pm!  Come Attend our open meeting, If you are interested in being involved in stuff at Quelab,  If you have Ideas or input on the events and activities and future of Quelab.  Find a Sitter,  Poke your interested friends, update your PDA/smartphone/calendar!

This meeting is open, membership is encouraged but not required!  Because we want input from folks,  Help us make this the type of place that makes you interested in taking part of this space!

Scratch down a few notes or things, projects, or subjects, events, ideas  you may have and bring with you.

We will supply an update on current and future projects and events!  Such as LED month!

Meeting is 6pm-7pm at Quelab 1112 2nd street NW, Get there on time if you want to be sure you will have a seat!


Before that is a special event, (looking like 2pm, we will be learning about techniques to transfer toner to etch pcboards.   This is a fairly small event with limited supplies,  so if interested rsvp via the email list!


After the meeting(7pm), is our First Hack/Makenight of the year, we may continue with projects based around the PCB etching, or may continue on with the player piano roll reader and other projects.

Hacknight Recap 2

A quick recap of the Hacknight: Due to being on call for work, I spent a good part of it just doing little things around the lab. I built us a coat rack mostly out of my scrap lumber and parts.  Also rigged us a 15A outdoor extension for back yard power and other kinda maintenance stuff.

Progress was made on a single sensor/light pipe for the Player piano music reader reader (fyi plastic light pipe does not like superglue it melts!) more on this fantastic project Ray blogged about here,

Added some new stuff to the workshop, including a propane torchhead and bottle, and the adapter tube for the large spare propane tank in back. That spark any hot ideas for you?

Speaking of that, anyone got any interest in RFID hacking?

Or,  building some sort of Electric Furnace?

Next Hacknight is Tuesday 7-10pm  come on down!