Weeknotes

"Week 553 – Godot x Nix"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 10 January, 9:30am-5:30pm Unite the Union
Tuesday 11 January, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearable Tech Group

online at https://meet.jit.si/bubblino and live in the space

Thursday 13 January, 9:00am-6:00pm Jelly Liverpool
Thursday 13 January, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night You can get your free ticket here
Sunday 16 January, 11:00am-3:00pm Repair Café You can get your free ticket here

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 370 open, 1277 closed

4 new issues:

Featured issue: Install the hatch between the kitchen and event room. Can we move this on or close it?

4 issues closed:

Thanks laurenmcguffie, magman2112!

"Week 552 – Happy New 2022"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Happy New Year to everyone in the DoES Liverpool community and all our friends.

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

 

Tuesday 04 January, 6:30pm-9:00pm Liverpool Sewing Club
Tuesday 04 January, 6:30pm-9:30pm Hack the Space Evening

We have a regular evening where we look at improving some of the software that DoES runs on. You can join us online at https://ca.meet.coop/b/adr-ctr-trg or in the space. Take a look here to see what we’ve got in mind: https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/somebody-should/issues/670 https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/optimism

Wednesday 05 January, 7:00pm-9:00pm Liverpool Linux User Group
Thursday 06 January, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night You can get your free ticket here
Saturday 08 January, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day You can get your free ticket here
Sunday 09 January, 2:00pm-5:00pm Plastic Playgroup (DoES Workshop)

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 370 open, 1273 closed

2 new issues:

Featured issue: Find a way to get github to send email notifications to the laser team. Can we move this on or close it?

2 issues closed:

Thanks amcewen!

"Week 551 – LEDs and Xmas Visits"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Xmas

Sean has sent out a newsletter including details of our Xmas opening arrangements. You can take a look here.

Informal “Hack the Space”

We were hoping to have a ‘Hack the Space’ day on Monday 3 January, but at the moment it might be a good idea not to get everyone in at the same time. There’s still plenty of opportunity for anyone with an interest in keeping DoES Liverpool looking good and working well to come in and help make that happen though. If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands this week or over the long weekend then get in touch. If you haven’t go a fob then we’ll arrange for someone to let you in. Some ideas of things to work on (if you don’t have your own!) are:
  • General vacuuming, dusting and tidying
  • Organising things on the shelves better, so that we can store more stuff and find things more easily
  • Similarly with things in drawers and cupboards
  • Working on the laser cutters to make them work better and cleaning their beds so that projects don’t get covered with soot
  • Cleaning out the laser cutter room (we’ll need to remove all the sheet material that’s making it difficult to get into the room at the moment, so if anyone has anything they need to keep then please collect it asap)
  • Tidying and arranging things better for sewing and knitting machines in Dinky (may include moving the bookcases from the Event Space and moving chairs to the Event Space)
  • Taking cardboard to the recycling centre
  • Getting more of the desks cleared ready for new members, hotdeskers and our new Boost members

and of course anything else from the Somebody Should list (https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/somebody-should) and anything else you’ve noticed would improve things

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Thursday 30 December, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night You can get your free ticket here

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 370 open, 1271 closed

5 new issues:

Featured issue: New Big Laser. Can we move this on or close it?

Featured issue: Networking in laser room is poor. Can we move this on or close it?

4 issues closed:

Thanks johnmckerrell, amcewen, JackiePease!

"Week 550 – Happy Xmas!"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Xmas

Sean has sent out a newsletter including details of our Xmas opening arrangements. You can take a look here.

Boost Membership

We’ve announced the winners of our first Boost memberships – congratulations Lauren and Kate! Find out more about our new members here.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Tuesday 21 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Liverpool Sewing Club
Thursday 23 December, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

 

Issue counts: 369 open, 1267 closed

2 new issues:

Featured issue: We need guidance for eve-w/e workshop access and lone working. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks MatthewCroughan!

"First Boost Members Announced!"

We are very happy to announce that we have picked our first set of people to get Boost Membership!

In the end we had 27 entries. Two winners were picked randomly last week and have now confirmed that they can take on the places starting in January.

We’ve asked them for a brief bio, so I’ll let them introduce themselves:

Kate James

A photo of Kate James “Throughout the lockdown I’ve found a creative outlet in working alongside community groups to mark how we’ve all coped with the pandemic in our own ways. Working with Collective Encounters, Friends of Springfield Park, The Drive L14 and The Lantern Company, I used a real mixed bag of materials, mainly fabric and woodwork, but also poetry, chalk and typography to create art that captures moments in time we can all relate to. I’m hoping to make full use of the DoES workshop to create something entirely new in 2022.” – Kate James

 

Lauren McGuffie

“A big warm hello to all of you, my name is Lauren and I’m the face and hands behind Little Chestnut. I currently make personalised gifts and homeware using a variety of paper cutting, vinyl, sublimation and toner reactive foiling.

I studied art at college and went on to complete a degree in Visual Art at university. I spent ten years working as a Visual Merchandising Specialist for a large global home furnishing retailer. This saw me spend time planning and implementing my designs not just in the UK, but in Europe and Australia.
I was made redundant at the beginning of last year and decided to take the opportunity to follow my passion and take the plunge to start working for myself.”

We’re really looking forward to welcoming them into the space more. While both have visited before, neither have spent much time at DoES yet and they’re both eager to get working on projects. If you see them while you’re in be sure to say “Hello!”


Unfortunately we only had two places to offer so we know there will be some people left disappointed now. We do hope to run this scheme on a regular basis though and there should be more information about the next cohort at the end of January.

For the geeks amongst us… as mentioned we had 27 entries. Six of those were for a full time desk and the other 21 for workshop membership. The Google Form puts the entries into a spreadsheet and we picked a winner by using “randomise range” on the rows. After that it was a simple case of going down from the top and picking the first of each type of membership, which brought us to Lauren and Kate. No rubber balls or extravagantly designed and named machines were involved, this time…

"Week 549 – Electricity Monitoring with NixOS"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Boost Membership

Applications for our first round of Boost membership have now closed. The draw will take place on 20th December. Look out for an announcement then!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Tuesday 14 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearable Tech Group Cancelled: to be rescheduled
Thursday 16 December, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night Get your free ticket here
Thursday 16 December, 7:00pm-8:00pm Community Meeting

 

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 368 open, 1266 closed

2 new issues:

Featured issue: Install the hatch between the kitchen and event room. Can we move this on or close it?

3 issues closed:

Thanks JackiePease!

"Week 548 – Xmas Plastic"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Boost Membership

We recently announced DoES LIverpool Boost Membership which offers a chance for six months of free access to our amazing workshop and coworking space. The scheme aims to give people who might otherwise struggle to afford a membership the opportunity to get the benefits of being in DoES Liverpool and have access to the equipment we provide, and the amazing community that surrounds us.

We’ll initially be offering one full desk membership and one full workshop membership,  free of charge, for a period of 6 months. If you or anyone you know could benefit, you can find out more and fill in our application form here. Please spread the word!

Note: Applications will close at 11:59pm on 12th December. A draw will take place and the successful applicants will be announced on 20th December.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Tuesday 07 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Liverpool Sewing Club
Tuesday 07 December, 6:30pm-9:30pm Hack the Space Evening

We have a regular evening where we look at improving some of the software that DoES runs on. You can join us online at https://ca.meet.coop/b/adr-ctr-trg Take a look here to see what we’ve got in mind: https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/somebody-should/issues/670 https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/optimism

Wednesday 08 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm Liverpool Linux User Group Xmas special
Thursday 09 December, 9:00am-6:00pm Jelly Liverpool
Thursday 09 December, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night get your free ticket here
Saturday 11 December, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day get your free ticket here
Sunday 12 December, 2:00pm-5:00pm Plastic Playgroup (DoES Workshop)

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 369 open, 1263 closed

1 new issue:

Featured issue: Get new 20mm o-rings to go behind the intermediate mirrors. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks epsaul!

"Week 547 – #quantifiedself"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

 

Wednesday 01 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm Liverpool Linux User Group
Thursday 02 December, 7:00pm-8:00pm Community Meeting
Thursday 02 December, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night Get your free ticket here
Saturday 04 December, 11:00am-5:00pm Liverpool Synth Meetup – Get your free ticket here
Sunday 05 December, 11:00am-3:00pm Repair Cafe – Get your free ticket here

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 369 open, 1262 closed

2 new issues:

Featured issue: Clean Tony’s bed sections. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

"DoES Liverpool Boost Membership"

DoES Liverpool are very happy to announce the DoES LIverpool Boost Membership offering a chance for six months of free access to our amazing workshop and coworking space. This scheme, which we’re launching to celebrate our tenth anniversary, gives more people the opportunity to get the benefits of being in DoES Liverpool and have access to the equipment we provide, and the amazing community that surrounds us.

Over the past ten years DoES Liverpool has helped hundreds of people to start a business, to build a project, or simply get a few hours of work done. We do this by providing a combined coworking office and workshop space that lets anyone in the city (and beyond!) connect to the internet; use laser cutters, 3D printers, and lots more workshop equipment; or simply sit at a comfortable desk with a laptop.

Throughout this time we have always tried to make sure that our space is accessible to everyone. Both physically accessible, by ensuring wheelchair and other physical access requirements are considered, but also economically accessible. We have tried to make sure our prices are as cheap as they can be, and have always offered some free access to the space through our Maker Day and Maker Night events, as well as our “first day free if you bring cake” scheme.

With the DoES Boost Membership we are expanding this provision of free access to the space by offering a full desk membership and a full workshop membership free of charge through a lottery application. The free access will be given for a six month period which we really hope will give participants the opportunity to try out an idea for a company, or a project, that they might not have been able to manage before. We aim to repeat this offer every three months which means that we should eventually be providing four spaces free of charge at any given time to people who can get good use out of them.

This will offer someone – who might otherwise struggle to afford a membership of DoES Liverpool – the chance to be in the space, make use of the equipment and become embedded in our community. The application process will be open to anyone; we hope that those most in need will apply and that those who don’t need free access will not. However we will not be judging any applicants as we do understand that a person’s situation might not be as obvious as it appears on the surface.

What do you get with a DoES Boost membership? All the benefits of a standard membership. A “desk” membership gives an allocated desk for a person to store their belongings and access to meeting rooms, whereas a “workshop” membership only gives access to the space and use of the workshop area with a “clean desk” policy. What they both provide is:

  • A storage box in the workshop area to store belongings
  • Access to all of the equipment in the space, with free inductions where necessary (with the usual booking and availability constraints)
  • Access to our incredibly fast internet connection
  • 24 hour access

To clarify, the following is not included with membership at DoES Liverpool:

  • Materials (e.g. 3D printer filament, plywood or perspex for the laser cutters)
  • Mentoring – people in the community will of course be very interested to hear about your projects and may offer their help but we do not employ support staff or technicians.
  • Access for all your friends and extended family – we would be happy to meet your friends and understand that sometimes a project might need a helping hand but this offer is for a single individual and needs to be treated as such.

We may of course change how the scheme works in the future, for example targeting specific groups that are underrepresented in our community. At this point we can make no guarantee about how long we will run this membership scheme but we do hope that it will be long lasting.

We look forward to welcoming our new members. Please spread the word to anyone that might be interested. If you want to apply just fill out the Boost Membership form here.

Note: Applications will close at 11:59pm on 12th December. A draw will take place and the successful applicants will be announced on 20th December.

"Week 546 – Cycling and Gin"

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

COVID-19

Click here for details of the measures we’re currently taking related to the COVID-19 situation, especially if you’re thinking of coming in to the space. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes – make sure you’re following us via our Google Group, and/or via social media.

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Tuesday 23 November, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearable Tech Group

– Online at https:/meet.jit.si/bubblino and irl at DoES Liverpool

Thursday 25 November, 7:00pm-9:30pm Maker Night Get your free tickets here
Sunday 28 November, 2:00pm-5:00pm Plastic Playgroup (DoES Workshop)

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 367 open, 1262 closed

1 new issue:

Featured issue: do a major service on Gerald. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

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