Oct 7 2013

Homebrewing @ 091 Labs: Workshops Starting Oct 12th

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Back in August we had our first homebrewing workshop of 2013 at 091 Labs, and it was a great success! A member of the local brewing community guided nine intrepid attendees through the ins and outs of their first kit brew, from basic theory, through fermentation to bottling and conditioning. Their reward: twenty bottles of beer they had made themselves and the basic skills needed to move on to their next brewing project with confidence. We really couldn’t have done it without the skills and patience of Geoff, homebrewer extraordinaire, and the participation of Home Brew West, Ireland’s largest supplier of homebrewing equipment.

 

 

Starting this Saturday the 12th of October at 12pm we’ll be kicking off our second round of workshops geared towards first-time brewers who want to be shown the ropes by an experienced home brewer and learn to avoid the common pitfalls that can ruin a first brew. The cost of this workshop is €35pp and attendees will get to bring home 20 bottles/20 pints/10 litres of their brew at the end of the course. The course will be run with 2 people per brew kit (basically sharing the workload and end product brew).

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You can register your interest for the event by emailing your details to brewing@091labs.com.

Please note that there will be a minimum of ten attendees so it is important to get in touch with us to confirm your place.

Week 1: (First meeting) – you will sit down with Geoff who will explain the differences between the  different kinds of beers, explain the process of brewing (fermentation, bottling etc) and a trip to local craft beer pub The Salthouse for examples of beer styles (sample platters are included in the cost of the workshop). Attendees will pick what type of type of brew you want to make for the classes.

Week 2: The brewing proper begins.
Week 3, 4 or maybe 5: Teaching of proper bottling sterilisation and bottling of brew until it is completed.

The brewing classes will take place in the homebrewing corner of our hardware area at 091 Labs and tutorials/discussions will be held in the main room, usually for a few hours from noon on the Saturday. The brew buckets and other equipment will be supplied and stored in the brewing area.

This is a strictly over-18s event, ID will be required if necessary.

 

Oct 1 2013

Winter is coming (and that’s a good thing)

Mark

Haha, meme joke. The blog and the hackerspace have had both enjoyed less life than Io, the first moon of Jupiter, in the past few months. Oh sure, we’ve had a clade of successful workshops, a packed Ignite event, major redecoration, a freaking awesome new logo, and some great new members, but if you walk into the hackerspace at an arbitrary point in time you’d have found hardly anything but a handful of happy hackers happily hacking away at their Facebook pages, or a video game.

But rule of thumb, it’s been quiet, and the blog has sadly reflected this. The Twitter account is shared between several people, and is trivial to update, as is our Facebook page. But you know what, winter is coming and with it a spike in activity at the hackerspace, and it behoves me to talk about the hackerspace and winter activities long-form. “So what,” you might ask, “is coming up this winter?”

Foremost, a change to our Tuesday open nights: Learning nights (and also a chance for some Photoshop fun). The idea is for a few people to get together on Tuesday’s, pick a topic, and learn about it. Or learn about learning-study methods, research sources and filtering, phrasing search terms. The atmosphere is intended to be informal. Come along, dust off your brain, and use it in good company for a few hours.

Also, alcohol.

Learning Nights

Learning Nights start next week, Tuesday October 1.

Also coming to the hackerspace are more workshops: A rehash of the above Bash workshop with a greater focus on Linux, Adobe Photoshop and digital image editing, and LaTeX, a programming language for document preparation. My personal goal is one workshop per month, and if anyone else wants to run a workshop is absolutely welcome to contact us.

Our next Ignite event will be on Wednesday October 30, and the annual 091 Labs Hallowe’en party on the next day Wednesday October 31

Looking further afield, the 091 Labs website will be getting a complete overhaul to match the new logo and its attendant colour scheme. I have no timeframe for this beyond a vague “next few months”.


Sep 11 2013

Knitting Circle’s Next Meeting – Sat 14th September @ 4pm

Meredith

The knitting circle will have its next meeting at the labs on Saturday, 14th September from 4 to 7pm. The knitting circle is open to knitters of all skill levels. It provides a social and collaborative workspace, and help is available for people just starting out.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

All attendees are encouraged to bring their own supplies, although a few spares are available. Attendance is free for members, and €2 for everyone else. All money goes to the upkeep of the Labs. Any questions can be directed to maraley42 [at] gmail [dot] com.


Aug 20 2013

Board Games Gaeilge

Meredith

Beidh oíche de cluichí boird sa phríomhsheomra ag 19:00 ar Chéadaoin 28 Lúnasa.
Fáilte roimh cách. Ní gá Ghaeilge maith, nó fiú Ghaeilge ar bith a bheith agat le páirt a ghlacadh. Imreoimis na cluichí, agus tabharfaidh an Ghaeilge aire di fhéin.

There will be a board games night through Irish in the main room at 19:00 on Wednesday 28th August.
All welcome. No need for good or any Irish to participate. We’ll play the games, and let the Irish take care of itself.


Aug 4 2013

Learn to program in the Linux shell from August 19!

Mark

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Linux scripting and programming courses @091labs.
Four weeks, four classes, beginning August 19, 7pm.

Subjects include:

  • The fundamentals of computer programming.
  • Installation and maintenance of a Linux system.
  • Bash shell syntax, structures, and pipelines.
  • Practical tasks for shell scripts.
  • Passing data to and from binary programs.
  • Binary shell programming with C#/Mono.

Requirements:

  • Laptop computer.
  • Installation media (USB key, CD-R or DVD-R).

Cost:

  • €40 general rate for the full workshop.
  • €20 reduced rate for hackerspace members and students.

For more information, contact or visit:

Bare blurbs aside, I plan to use Ubuntu for this, and start off by showing people how to install Linux on their laptop. If they survive that (and the scary liability release for my assistance), delve into Boolean logic, basic structures, and hopefully devote most of my time to doing cool and practical things with the Bash shell.

I don’t intend to handhold through the Linux installation: If you want to program or script with Linux, I expect that you at least be comfortable enough to partition your laptop and install it. I really recommend that you come into this workshop with either a function Linux installation, OS X installation, or a Cygwin installation so you can begin working immediately – example code I use will be usable in both environments (except for the respective path differences).

The Big Topics of the shell workshop include:

  • Refreshment on elementary subjects: Boolean logic, Linux and its shell.
  • Input and output (STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR), and redirection.
  • Pipelines, and using them to build workflows.
  • Parsing, searching, and appending to files.
  • Coding standards and best practices.
  • Everyday uses and examples of shell scripts.
  • Including your own binary programs (C#/Mono) in your workflow. I will cover basics of this.

Come one, come all, and geek out to your heart’s content. :)