Grand Opening and SHHH – Feb 21st from 12:00 Noon till late

What
VHS has moved into its new home on 1715 Cook street, and is mostly unpacked. Its time for an open house and party to show off the new space to everyone.

Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see VHS’ new space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have.

Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share!

A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.

Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.

Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!

Lightning talks – (11PM).

A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks.

A video of some previous lightning talks
https://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/2013/10/08/vhs-lightning-talks-video/

Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.

Remember to **BRING YOUR OWN CUP** if you want to drink beverages at the space.

Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!
http://www.straight.com/blogra/499266/photos-vancouver-hack-spaces-fifth-anniversary-open-house

Where
1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Vancouver, BC

Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.

This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=zQTF2pOfG2Fs.kqmUJ7LBwVZo

When
Feb 21st (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)

Who
Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.

If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.

Why
Because it is awesome!

 

 

Talk: https://talk.hackspace.ca/t/grand-re-re-re-re-opening-and-shhh-feb-21st-from-12-00-noon-till-late/1252?u=funvill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/669978609778539/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6rednbtfd112h1t7pr803s3ef0

SOLD OUT Feb 12th Workshop: Soldering for Beginners

d1e832da23d6e2d8-whencatssolder-jlmartinweb Illustration by J.L. Martin

Cost: Only $3 (payable on the night)
Experience level: beginner
Class Size: sold out
Date: Thursday feb 12th
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: VHS, 1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Sign up: Workshop is now full

Come down and learn to solder or to brush up on your soldering skills for future workshops. You’ll learn the basics of through-hole soldering with the Soldering is Easy comic book and build your very own flashing LED VHS badge.  No previous soldering experience required!

badge

Build this at VHS!

 

 

The Shoebox public tour (1715 Cook st)

We have keys to the new space!
Many of us have not seen the new space yet, and this is your opportunity to come down and view it before we fill it with stuff.

This is also an opportunity to have a voice in how we layout the space before we start moving stuff in.
Come down and help us shape the new space.

We don’t have an nickname name for the space yet.
I am calling it the MEAT SPACE. Do you have a better name? It’s officially called The Shoebox.

Where: 

1715 Cook St #104, Vancouver, BC

When: 

7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan 6th, 2014 until 9 pm

Who: 

@funvill has keys and will be opening and closing the space.

Everyone is welcome; VHS members, or guests, or anyone who is interested.

Last chance to become a member at the reduced rate!

We have two more days before the VHS member rates go up!

 

Sign up here.

 

Still on the fence?

  • Our new location has been secured, and we will be reopening in a week or two
  • We survive entirely on membership fees and need your support!
  • We make cool stuff and want to help you make cool stuff, too
  • You’ll be joining an excellent community

 

So what are you waiting for? Join now!

Move date is Tuesday, starting early morning – Come help out!

We have a truck booked for Tuesday the 23rd of Decermber.

Who can drive a 16 foot box truck?

We probably need at least 3 drivers, because this is going to be a long day.

Everyone willing to drive, we need you at Penske1 in Burnaby at 7 am to sign some forms.

Live tally:
Currently we have 2 out of the 4 drivers we need.

Email me (Jarrett) or PM me on Talk to volunteer yourself.

Everyone else:
Show up at VHS any time after 7am until late at night. We need all of the hands we can get! Somewhere in the range of 4-6 people at pickup location (VHS), and 4-6 people at drop-off location (the storage warehouse).

 

Join us in the thread!

Status of our move – Prognosis: Not Good.

Hi,

We need donations to help us move!


 

The Story

As many of you know, VHS’s lease got unexpectedly terminated last October.

 

In the meantime, our moving and space hunting committees have done a heroic job packing up The Bunker and finding a new space within our (frustratingly stringent) requirements.

 

Despite our best efforts, it’s looking like we need to go into storage for a couple weeks. The cost of this is about $1200 more than we have in our bank accounts.

 

 

What You Can Do

Tell your friends! Spread this post around social media! Hand out flyers! Shout it out to the street!

Consider donating (everything is appreciated):


 

Or even becoming a member. We love new members!

 

If you have storage space or equipment to loan us

If you have ~800 square feet of storage space that we can use for only two weeks, this will save us over $1500! We’re excellent storage-space-users, we even sweep the floors when we leave!

We also need the use of 5 ton trucks, pallet jacks, and all of the arm muscles you can spare.

 

For more information or contacting us

If you have equipment or person-power donations, send us an email at directors@hackspace.ca.

Join us on our modern forum, Talk. It’s not like other forums you’ve used, give it a shot. It can even be configured like a mailing list.

 

Related thread: https://talk.hackspace.ca/t/does-anybody-have-storage-space-we-can-use/887?u=Jarrett

Movie night at VHS! Saturday!

Saturday!

 

All day is movie night at the Vancouver Hack Space!

 

Come on down, members, non-members, friends, guests, and everyone! For our very last SHHHH (Super Happy Holiday Hacker House) at the Bunker, we’re having a movie night!

Say goodbye to our old digs, and start looking forward to the new ones! We should have some good news by then.

 

On the menu

As discussed in this thread:

 

Open house – (noon till 9 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. Movies will be playing on our projector!

Super Happy Holiday Hacker House – (9 PM – Late)

SH(H)HH a social night where members and non-members are welcome to gather for conversation, beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker movies. Bring your popcorn, 3D glasses, and beer for a night of merry making!

Lightning talks – (11PM)

A 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 and BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR. Seating (in the physical sense) is limited.

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 December 13th, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 14th.

 

Who:

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

SHHHH 0x22 – Moving Out Party

Hello hackers, Tinkerers, Builders, Crafters, and Makers

In light of the recent news, we can’t just move out without getting together at the bunker one last time:

The Vancouver HackSpace is opening its doors to the general public for an open house and a Super Happy Holiday Hacker House 34!

Due to VHS being forced to move out, we will dedicate this edition to raise funds for the move and everything that comes into play with it. Members and the public are encouraged to organize and sell things for the greater good of the community. We’re trying to figure out the format still. Updates are to follow shortly.

Open house – (noon till 9 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 Holiday Hacker House – (9 PM – Late)
SH(H)HH 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 December 13th, 2014. 2 pm until the early hours of the 14th.

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

Beer advent calendar – VHS Style – Nov 30 7:30pm

What:
Last year a few us did a Beer advent calendar at VHS. It was awesome! This year we have worked out a few bugs and I think its ready for the entire membership. Anyone that wants to joins us can.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486879274927545/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cn4kkcbu7lh6ceiu2ei7e7tervg
Forum Post:  https://talk.hackspace.ca/t/beer-advent-calendar-vhs-style-event/607?u=funvill

When:
Nov 29, 7:30pm Sunday

Who:
People that are over 18th and like beer.
Non-VHSers or Ex-VHSers can joins us, but you should be at least a friend of the space or a friend of someone there.

How:
Instructions:

  • Step 1: Announce that you want to participate by replying to this thread with “I want to participate” https://talk.hackspace.ca/t/beer-advent-calendar-vhs-style-event/607
  • Step 2: Purchase ~30 craft or specialty beers. Expect to pay between $6 and $7 per beer. ~$210 + tax. See below for more instructions. Don’t drink these beers yet!
  • Step 3: Show up at VHS on Nov 30 (Sunday) 2pm with all your beers + $10 for materials (tube, cardboard, wrapping paper)
  • Step 4: Place everyones beers on the table, Take a picture ! Instagram that shit!
  • Step 5: Each person goes up and picks two beers to be added to their Beer advent calendar. Repeat until everyone has 25 beers.
  • Step 6: Make Advent calendar (See below) While drinking the extra 5 beers that everyone brought.

Total is should cost around ~$220 depending on what beers you buy.

What kind of beers should I buy?

You should buy beer that fits in a packing tubes with approximately 3 inches diameter and 10 inches tall. Average beer can is typically 4.5″ high x 2.4″ diameter. Average beer bottle is 9.039 inches tall x 2.4″ diameter. Either way it should fit in the packing tube.

  • You should buy strange and exotic beers that most people have not tried before.
  • You should buy beer. No crab juice, or mountain dew !
  • You should buy good beer, No crab juice, or mountain dew !!
  • You should buy beer that is alcoholic, No crab juice, or mountain dew !!!
  • You should buy beer that you would like to try yourself.
  • Bottles or cans are okay as long as they fit in the tube.

You should not buy

  • No crab juice, or mountain dew !!!
  • No Canadian or Molsan, Budweisers, Bud light, Coors light, Blue, Keiths, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois, Dos Equis, Sam Adams
  • No Guinness, I am sorry, its a good beer but its not exotic,
  • No snakes in a can. it been done, its not funny because after you are done laughing, you realise that you don’t have a beer today.

How to make a Beer advent calendar

http://www.instructables.com/id/beer-advent-calendar/

FAQ

[Q] What is the extra $10 for ?
[A] The packing tube, the cardboard box that the tubes get put in to, the wrapping paper. If you have a suggestion on where to get it cheaper I would love to know about it.

[Q] I spent more on my beers then he did, but he got more beers than I did, its not fair!
[A] We are adults, you should be able to figure this out. Don’t spend more than ~$7 on a beer.

[Q] This is expensive!
[A] Thats not a question, but if its too expensive then you probably shouldn’t be participating

[Q] Its cheaper if I buy it from the store myself
[A] Then do that.

[Q] I don’t like beer can we do this with XXXXX instead?
[A] Not instead, but yes. I would love to see other advent XXXX as well. If you do a whisky one I would be in for that too. A devboard advent calendar ?

[Q] What do you have against crab juice?
[A] http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=273_1350970132

[Q] Why are you running this on a sunday?
[A] Last day before december !

December 6, 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 atomic rainbow colored fire light!

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

When
December 6, 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 12, 2014.
Contact Dan through https://www.marginallyclever.com to pay for the parts and complete your registration. If you already have all the parts, you can attend for free.

You must provide your own laptop and a USB A to B cable.