SHHH 100001 – Super Happy Hacker House 33

Hello hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters, and Makers

Its been far too long since funvill organized our last Super Happy Hacker House. So, it is my pleasure to invite you all to The Vancouver HackSpace on October 18th for an open house and a Super Happy Hacker House 33!

Open house – (2PM till 6 PM) Never been to a hack space before? This is the perfect time to visit! We will give you the grand tour of the space. There will be a BBQ on site during the day if you want to bring something down to cook.
Super Happy Hacker House – (9 PM – Late). SHHH a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacking. Bring your laptops, Arduinos, crafts, and gadgets for a night of merry making!
Lightning talks – (11PM). Lightning talk is a short presentation on any subject that you want. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and several talks will happen in a single period by different speakers. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks. Here is a video of some of our previous lighting talks https://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/2013/10/08/vhs-lightning-talks-video/

Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP !

A great article about one of our previous open houses!

http://www.straight.com/blogra/499266/photos-vancouver-hack-spaces-fifth-anniversary-open-house

A time laps video of one of our old Super Happy Hacker Houses

Where:
“The Bunker”
270 1st Ave E,
Vancouver, BC, V5T 1A6
or 49.268764,-123.098187 for the numerically inclined.

Parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be brought inside via the garage door. To get here via transit: get off at Main St. – Science World station, walk South down Main to 1st Ave (past McDonald’s), turn left onto 1st Ave. Walk until you see the VHS sandwich board (past the “Stay away from lonely places” sign, directly across the street from the Brinks building).

When:
Saturday October 18th, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 19th.

Who:
Everyone, members and non-members and all of their friends.

November 1, 2014 Class: Programming 101 with Arduino and LEDs

What
Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making electric rainbow colored fire light!

We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall of LEDs4. That’s 64 LEDs. If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

When
November 1, 2014 (Saturday) @ 13:00. See your job for registration deadline.

Who
Anyone! You? YOU. Max 10 people.

Where
VHS main room

How
…much: $75 for the LEDs + power supply you get to keep! $30 Arduino UNOs are available from the vending machine.
If you already have the LEDs and power supply from our group buy then you can attend for free.

…long: 2-3h, based on interest.

Your job
RSVP to this thread so people can count how many spaces are left.
Register on or before November 25, 2014.
Contact dan through https://www.marginallyclever.com to register.

You must provide your own laptop and a USB cable.

October 14, 2014 Class: How to use the band saw

What
Safety, setup, put-away, changing the blades, cleaning the interior, basic do’s and do not’s of cutting.
We’ll be chopping up scrap from the laser cutter so no need to bring anything.

When
2014-10-14 (Tuesday) at 20:00

Where
VHS shop room

Who
You! No need to be a member (but it helps). Max 5 people for this first time.

How
…much: $5
…long: 30 minutes or less.

Your job
RSVP to this thread.
Tie long hair back or tuck under a hat.

 

October 21, 2014 Class: How to use the chop saw

What
Safety, setup, put-away, basic do’s and do not’s of cutting. We’ll be chopping up scrap 2×4.

When
2014-10-14 (Tuesday) at 20:00

Where
VHS shop room

Who
You! No need to be a member (but it helps). Max 5 people for this first time.

How
…much: $5
…long: Class should take 30 minutes or less.

Your job
RSVP to this thread.
Tie long hair back or tuck under a hat.

Server Migration

If you are seeing this post then you are looking at the new server. Woot !

More information can be found in this post about the server migration 

What’s this about?

Robin has been asking us for a while now to move VHS stuff off his server so he can decommission it. I’m creating this thread as a place to track/report where we stand on the migration.

How does this affect me?

Everything is going to be moved over the next week or two, so in particular you’ll want to get yourself set up onVHS Talk ASAP.

What we got, and where it’s goin’

  • VHS Talk is intended as a replacement for vhs-general and vhs-members. It is functional now, but could use improvements in formatting of incoming email. And maybe the categories could be further rearranged. Also, is it backed up?
  • The directors mailing list (technically, an alias) needs to be migrated somewhere, perhaps a private Google Group? Hopefully the BoD can set up whatever they want.
  • Our PR list needs to be migrated somewhere. It could be a category in VHS Talk, but I’d think we should make that private to a separate ACL of users. We don’t want every member signed up by default, but anyone who wants to be included should be allowed in. However it’s arranged, it has to be something that we can connect to from the website’s contact form, which is currently done via email. And VHS Talk can handle that, but again there’s that formatting issue to be resolved.
  • Our WordPress website needs to be migrated to a new machine. And probably updated to a current WP version.
  • Our docuwiki needs to be migrated, presumably to the same machine as the website. And updated.

Did I miss anything? Other than the Directors’ list, all of these migrations are at least being discussed in the #vhs IRC channel on oftc.net – if you want to get involved, IRC’s the place to be!

Knitting and Sewing Night Pics from September 22nd

Thanks to everyone who attended knitting and sewing drop-in night on September 22nd. It was a wonderful evening of knitting, sewing, crafting, socializing, and of course sorting through our new fabric stash (donated by www.designtex.com).

We had so much fun we’re doing it again on October 6th, from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.  Join us! Details here.


Knitting/Sewing/Crafting Drop In – Mon, Oct 6th, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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Join us for a fun night of knitting, sewing, and crafting.  FREE and open to everyone.

When: Monday, October 6th, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Where:VHS 270 E 1st Ave
What to bring: your own project (see below for suggested projects)
Cost: FREE
Register:  Let us know you’re coming (we have space for 20 people)

Join us for a night of fun where you can:

  • get help from people experienced in knitting and sewing.
  • use our sewing machines, yarn winders, and other cool gear.
  • get inspired by other crafters.

Note: This isn’t an evening of formal instruction, just a fun night of hanging out with other crafters. Please bring your own knitting or sewing project. Beginners welcome!

Wondering what to work on? Here are some ideas.

1. Mason Jar Pin Cushion Sewing Kit – no sewing required!
Bring your own mason jar and two-part ring lid. Everything else will be provided (fabric, glue guns, stuffing). Make this for yourself or for a sewist in your life. We have loads of beautiful fabric samples to choose from. No fee, but throwing a loonie into our donation box is always appreciated.

2. Wheat Scarf – FREE pattern
This a great project for beginning knitters who can knit, purl, cast on and cast off. Bring your own yarn, needles, and printed copy of the pattern. Help will be provided if you need it.

Talk.hackspace.ca – New VHS forum

We have implemented a new forum system built with discourse.org.
Its has all the features that you would expect from a modern forum system and its available now!

  • SSL to prevent NSA from spying on our forum traffic
  • Email notification and replies
  • Login with OAuth, Google, Twitter, Facebook (yuck), Github, etc…
  • Image upload support for Animated gif responses. (Paste to share images)
  • BadgesMarkdown, Realtime updates,
  • Remembers what you have read and what is new to YOU
  • Comprehensive API – If its missing something YOU! can add it.

https://talk.hackspace.ca/

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Monday September 22: Join us for Knitting and Sewing Night

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Join us for a fun night of knitting and sewing.  FREE and open to everyone.

When: Monday, September 22nd, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Where:VHS 270 E 1st Ave
What to bring: your own yarn and needles, or fabric and thread
Cost: FREE
Register:  Let us know you’re coming (we have space for 20 people)

Join us for a night of knitting and sewing where you can:

  • get help from people experienced in knitting and sewing.
  • use our sewing machines, yarn winders, and other cool gear.
  • get inspired by other crafters.

Note: This isn’t an evening of formal instruction, just a fun night of hanging out with other knitters and sewers. Please bring your own knitting or sewing project. Beginners welcome!

 

The Conductive Ink Challange

Recently Newark Canada organised a competition where contestants needed to create a project using Conductive Ink. Our very own Robert Butterworth had a crack at it and this is what he came up with.

You can check out the full blog post and videos at www.TechArtBlog.com