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.

Tuesday Open Night 8 April 2014

091 Labs weekly Tuesday open night is tonight. The open discussion on simple OOP for novice programmers continues, this week small apps will be built with Processing. Some electronics projects will also be worked on and there will be some 3D Printing demos.

join us for a coffee and see what we are all about. Activities as diverse as electronics, knitting, papercraft, carpentry, board games and more. Come along, join us for a coffee and see what we are all about! All welcome.

Ignite Galway #8

Ignite is a event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. Come down to Kelly’s bar on 27 of March at 20:00 for Ignite Galway #8.

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091 Labs has moved!

If you have tried to visit 091 Labs over the last days, you may have noticed an eerie quiet to the place and not a soul to be seen…

That’s because we’re in the process of moving 091 Labs into it’s new location! =D

Our new address is “6 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway”.


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We’ll go into more detail about it and our future plans over the next few weeks but suffice to say that it’s awesome and you should come visit us on Open Tuesdays from 7pm =)

All future events should be considered as being on in the Flood Street space and for anyone who has been using our Lo-Lo app to find out if the Labs is open, it should be operational again next week!

Moved in!

Just 24 hours after signing our new lease, 091 Labs is moved in. Yesterday was a day of heavy lifting. I caught the aftermath on film. Sadly, I didn’t snap a picture of Mariah’s special Bailey’s cake before we consumed it.

Our new space is at 47 Eyre Square, just above Kennedy’s pub. (Maps are on the About page.) For now we’re sorting out all the utilities that come with a new home: electricity, internet, keys… as well as starting the unpacking in earnest.

We’re planning some great events in the upcoming weeks. Mark your calendar for Irish Hackerspaces Week (Saturday the 20th of August to Sunday the 28th of August), and consider subscribing to our Events calendar and this blog.

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091 Labs in motion
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The night view of Eyre Square out our window. Convenient for watching for the bus!
Kebabs courtesy of our neighbours, The Charcoal Grill. Delicious boozy chocolate cake courtesy of Mariah!
Relaxing after the move

Thanks are also due to Gerry & Patrick Kavanagh for assistance in storing and moving stuff at relatively short notice, Michael O’Connor (for help with storage) as well as Radek Panek, Marcus Quinlan, Carles Sentis and Seán for their time, fuel and vehicles when ferrying members and our collected crap from pillar to post when both moving out of the old space and moving into this one. Not to mention, everyone who turned up to lend a hand with the heavy lifting. Thanks one and all!