Maria Honig and the Southern Ocean

Hey everyone, you should join us for Maria’s talk on Monday at 7pm.

Maria Honig

Sailing away from Cape Town’s shores on the 17th of September 2008, there was no certainty of me visiting all the magical places I had seen in photographs and coffee table books. As a marine biologist and avid seabird lover, it was my dream to observe albatrosses during their short visits to pristine sub-Antarctic islands scattered in the southern ocean.

No sooner had I discovered that it was possible to sail there, I initiated a process that would take me on a voyage that I would never forget. In my talk I will give you a maritime glimpse of my adventures to lands surrounding the most productive oceanic corner of the Southern Ocean, the Scotia Sea. After hitchhiking to the Falkland Islands, I crewed on expedition yachts to South Georgia, the Beagle channel, Cape Horn and finally Antarctica. Notes on the geography, climate, oceanography, history, demographics, wildlife and some quirky stories during my month-long stays will inspire the adventurer in you.

Some boats offered luxury, some boats offered warmth, some boats offered security, but none offered all of the above. The Southern Ocean is an unmerciful force of nature, a challenge for any sailor who dares attempt to discover its glorious jewels!

Please join me, Maria Honig, as I take you through my photographic quest.

Photowalk – tomorrow!

From the emails, tweets, and post I’ve seen, tomorrow’s photowalk and photography talks both look like they will have an incredible turnout from the photographers of Galway and Ireland! While the weather may be unfortunately against us, with a Met Éireann forecast of showers with a chance of thunder, I’m confident that we will all have a great day. If the heavens do open up we can retreat to the plush comfort of 091 Labs and talk about photography.

My final route for the day is in two parts: Firs to start off down Lough Atalia Road, up into Forthill Graveyard, around the docks and down the Long Walk to the Spanish Arch and then Claddagh. On our return we will venture up through Quay Street and Shop Street, taking in some of Galway’s historic buildiongs and then back into the Labs in time for lunch.

You should all start gathering at the 091 Labs site, located at Exchange House on the Fairgreen Road at around 10am. My own direct contact number is 086 198 1097 and I encourage you to call me if you cannot find the building or need assistance with parking.

Processing and Arduino Meetup

Thursday 26th at 4pm is the first Processing and Arduino meetup at 091Labs. From Thursday 2nd September on we will be meeting regularly once a week at 6pm in the space.

For starters we will be following the O’Reilly Online course

‘Processing and Arduino in Tandem’

Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools

Starting Tuesday 31st 11pm GMT O’Reilly will stream the course which you can follow for free online, quick go sign up, but it you cant make it to every class we have pooled together to download the course video which we will be following week by week 6pm every Thursday at 091Labs.

Sooo what is Processing?

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Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.

Just check out all the crazy fun stuff people are doing with this at

Check out artist and course instructor Joseph Grays website  to get an idea of what possible

What is Arduino?

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“It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.

Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer”

Put them together and you get really great interactive art works and installations.

But first you will need to get yourself some materials

the list can be found here

We are currently looking into getting these bits and pieces together from local suppliers details of which we will add to the wiki asap.

As the weeks go by we will also build a resource of documentation and links on the Wiki.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Introduction to Linux – Summary

As part of 091 Labs’ series of workshops for Irish Hackerspace Week, one event for which we received a great deal of positive feedback was our “Introduction to Linux” class, tutored by Matthew Kolder, Barry Coughlan and Aaron Hastings. The class, which we are looking to hold more of in the future, covered the very basics of Linux and Ubuntu (our Operating System of choice) – installation, initial setup, cool applications and benefits of running Linux over Windows and Mac.

By putting an 091 Labs laptop and an Ubuntu disc in front of each attendee, we guaranteed that everyone could get hands-on with the system, while having comfort in the fact they weren’t messing up their own computer.

A summary of the topics covered can be found on our Wiki, at the following link:

Introduction to Linux – Summary

If you would be interested in attending a future “Introduction to Linux” event or have any suggestions for Linux or Ubuntu-themed workshops, we’d love to hear from you at

The tale of the geek and the penguin

Maybe one of the most consistently popular workshops that 091 Labs has been holding to date have been those for Linux beginners. Come in, meet the members, and learn to use Linux while under the supervision of one of our Linux gurus. Although if you wind up with me assisting you, you are expected to stoically endure a certain amount of baleful stares and dark imprecations as I bravely cd and ls my way through your folders.

Linux Ubuntu Linux

The majority of 091 Labs members choose and use Ubuntu Linux for its ease of use and installation, its broad user base – and implied support base, and the depth of its software repositories. In addition to our own personal laptops and workstations, Ubuntu also powers all of the work machines here at the Labs.

091 Labs <3 Ubuntu, in short. In the next few months, we are hopeful of extending our Linux offerings for both Labs members and the public alike. They include:

  • A regular series of beginners Linux workshops with a focus on Ubuntu.
  • Shell accounts for Labs members to learn remote administration on.
  • Advanced Linux courses that will delve into security, advanced command line usage and kernel compilation using enterprise Linux distributions.
  • A local repository of current distributions for members.