The Two Shelves

A member here was catching up on the TOG website, and saw this very hackerspace relevant post. It’s about dealing the the accumulation of junk.

The following is originally posted on TOG, Dublins Hackerspace:

 

Like many hackerspaces, TOG accepts a lot of materials, donations, parts, and junk that Might Come In Useful™… sometimes so much that there’s no room for actual hacking. The problem is so common, there’s even a Hackerspace Design Pattern for it: the Old Hardware Pattern.

For the last year, we’ve been running a version of the two-shelf system, in which items left around the space are put on the shelves for collection or eventual disposal.

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Does it work? Kind of. Lost items are reunited with their owners. Unused items inspire new projects. Semi-regular photos let members check the shelves from afar, workspaces are cleared with impunity, and there’s a slow but steady flow of junk out of the space.

And yet, the space is still full of stuff… :D

Thank you tangentmonger for that piece of writing! We’ll certainly be giving something like this a shot sometime soon.

Quick Fire Lessons – 6th Jan 2015

Hey folks!

Simply drop in to soak up the knowledge – for free!

Quick Fire Lessons will begin at 091 Labs on 6th Jan 2015 @ 6:30pm.

We’re trying out a new format of class/course/workshop. We aim for it to be practical, concise and quick.

Quick-Fire Lessons will be a weekly event, with lots of introductions to various awesome things. If you want to participate in the problems/exercises please bring your own laptop/device. It’s also fine to drop in for a look & listen.

Our preliminary list for coding content includes the lastest in the following languages/platforms:

  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Angular JS *
  • Git *
  • WordPress
  • Java *
  • Android App Development *
  • Basic Machine Learning ***
  • Arduino *

*Asterix’s mean that we cannot possibly cover everything in one class due to topics being very broad/deep.

Things on our wishlist (if we can figure out how to download knowledge directly from the internet to your brain bits)

  • MEAN Stack:
  • MongoDB
  • Express.js
  • Angular.js
  • Node.js

What’s it all about?
Quick-Fire Lessons are fast and loose, with an emphasis on learning by doing.
We aim to provide a supportive, open and safe environment for you to try out new things.

These lessons will be facilitated by Micheál and Darren and possibly a mix of other people along the way through 2015.

See you there!

Quick Fire Lessons at 091 Labs