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Junk Independence Day: Sunday 19th November 2017

by on Oct.17, 2017, under Events

It comes again! Our next Junk Independence Day at the Hacklab is Sunday, 19th November from 2pm-7pm (or later). Bring your e-waste or other electronics you want to get rid of, root around in other people e-waste, and walk home with a new treasure. On previous Junk Independence Days, people have gone home with wonderful treasures like a 1TB HD, an iPod touch, a decent desktop computer, a classic Macintosh, and lots of random electronic bits for hacking on. Come with your e-waste and have some fun socializing with other hackers!

Anything left at the end will be picked up on Monday, 20th November and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who has been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the first one.

Thanks Revolution!

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Rocket Powered Birthday Cake

by on Nov.15, 2017, under Uncategorized

The Useless Duck Company built a Rocket Powered Birthday Cake at the HackLab last month.

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Janus VR Scan of the HackLab.TO

by on Jun.27, 2017, under Uncategorized

Janus VR scans the first Hackerspace with their Matterport and Matterscan scanner.

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DIYBio Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Party

by on Apr.19, 2017, under Events

Want to try some of DIYBio’s nitrogenous delicacies? We are having a party to celebrate the end of winter with some cryogenic fun!

When: April 29, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Hacklab Classroom
Why: Because science is awesome!

Please RSVP if you will be attending (but come anyway even if you don’t RSVP)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liquid-nitrogen-ice-cream-party-tickets-33720751676

 

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Junk Independence Day: April 9th

by on Mar.23, 2017, under Announcements

Our next Junk Independence Day at the Hacklab is Sunday April 9th from 2pm-8pm. Bring your e-waste or other electronics you want to get rid of, root around in other people e-waste, and walk home with new treasure. On previous Junk Independence Days people have gone home with wonderful treasures like a classic Macintosh, old but still good LCDs, Stereos and lots of random electronic bits for hacking on. Come with your e-waste and have some fun socializing with other hackers!

Maker Festival, after the great success of the component art workshop last year, is in particular looking for colourful old electronic components. If you’ve got pretty-looking capacitors, old vacuum tubes, awesome looking ICs, or any other small components that could be used as decorative pieces in a “component art” sculpture, please bring them out, and we will put them to good use. Note: they do not need to be functional, merely good looking!

Anything left at the end will be picked up on Monday April 10th and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who have been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the very first one. Thanks Revolution!

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Junk Independence Day: Sunday October 23, 2016

by on Oct.11, 2016, under Announcements, Events

Once more unto the Junk! Our next Junk Independence Day at the Hacklab is this coming Sunday October 23rd from 2pm-7pm (or later). Bring your e-waste or other electronics you want to get rid of, root around in other people e-waste, and walk home with new treasure. On previous Junk Independence Days people have gone home with wonderful treasures like a classic Macintosh, old but still good LCDs, Stereos and lots of random electronic bits for hacking on. Come with your e-waste and have some fun socializing with other hackers!

Anything left at the end will be picked up on Monday October 24th and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who has been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the first one. Thanks Revolution

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Project: Talking Darkroom Timer

by on Jul.04, 2016, under Darkroom, Projects

As some of you might already know, the Hacklab has a photographic darkroom where we do processing of many kinds of B&W and colour films. All of these processes require a series of fairly precisely-timed steps, where the film or paper is exposed to various chemical baths. A number of these processes require complete darkness (no red safelight!), so you can’t have a timer that has a readable display. Commercial timers solve this by beeping once per second, so you know they’re still timing. As you can imagine, this gets very annoying after an hour or more of working in the dark!

Old Darkroom Timer

I set out to design a new timer that would be less annoying and more functional. My original design goals were:
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Junk Independence Day: Sunday June 26, 2016

by on Jun.21, 2016, under Uncategorized

It comes again! Our next Junk Independence Day at the Hacklab is this coming Sunday June 26th from 2pm-7pm (or later). Bring your e-waste or other electronics you want to get rid of, root around in other people e-waste, and walk home with new treasure. On previous Junk Independence Days people have gone home with wonderful treasures like a 1TB HD, an iPod touch, a decent desktop computer, a classic Macintosh, and lots of random electronic bits for hacking on. Come with your e-waste and have some fun socializing with other hackers!
Anything left at the end will be picked up on Monday June 27th and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who has been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the first one. Thanks Revolution

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Maker Festival! So Many Workshops!

by on Jun.14, 2016, under Events, Workshops

component_artHacklab is a big part of the Maker Festival Satellite Events this year – we’ve got EIGHT workshop/events all queued up for the Month of Making (June 15th – July 17th)! I’m especially excited about the Soldering Workshop – Component Art and the Sewing 101: DIY button up shirt workshops, but there is something for everyone! We’ll also be exhibiting at Maker Festival July 9th & 10th, at the Toronto Reference Library. Come check out our booth!

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Project: Building the PiDP-8/I

by on May.03, 2016, under Uncategorized

Awh… The joy of a hacker space. All the tools to build this lovely PiDP-8/I replica of the PDP-8/I kit from Oscar Vermeulen.

 

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