This Week at Denhac (June 3 – 9)

Oof! Denver Comic Con was a lot of fun but wow! I think it’s fair to say that we’re all going to be glad to get back to business as usual. Here’s the run down of the geekery galore we’ve got in store.

TC and Hoopes man the Denhac table on Friday, May 31 at the 2nd annual Denver Comic Con

TC and Hoopes man the Denhac table on Friday, May 31 at the 2nd annual Denver Comic Con

Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.mRadio Heads – Our bi-monthly group dedicated to all thing software-defined radio (SDR). All skill levels welcome. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open House. RSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, June 5, 6 p.m.: LPFM Admin Team meeting (via Google hangout). If you are interested in the business end of the application process – FCC rules and regs particularly – send a request to join the hangout with your gmail address included to contact (at) denhac (dot) org.

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m: LPFM Engineering Team meeting – The weekly meeting for the team behind the technical logistics of applying for and (eventually, we hope) maintaining the LPFM community radio station. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m: LPFM Content Team meeting – The weekly meeting for the team responsible for making content and programming decisions as well as creating content for the LPFM community radio station. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, June 8, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! 

Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.mIntro to Designing with Microcontroller ICs in the Raw with Th3 D0n – While many folks are getting exposed to embedded applications using Arduino and other embedded platforms, sometimes you want to start a design by selecting and using raw microcontroller chips in order to save cost, reduce device footprints, or just to learn about the microcontrollers at the lowest level. Some topics of the class will be:

- What is a microcontroller?
– Selecting a microcontroller IC
– Hooking it up to the real world (electrical and logical considerations)
– Programming microcontrollers in C

As a real example of a microcontroller project, we will refer to the schematics, circuit, and software developed for the 303/Denhac badge created for last year’s Defcon.

This will mostly be a presentation, with demonstrations using the303/Denhac Defcon badge. As such no materials are mandatory.

However bringing a laptop etc. to access the schematics, GitHub code repository, and other resources Don will show during class can be helpful. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, June 9, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).  RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

 

This Week at Denhac (May 27 – June 2)

Or, you know, what’s left of it. Sorry, Folks! I got a little sidetracked over the long weekend. So here’s what we’ve got for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.mBoard Meeting – Our regularly scheduled board meeting. It was a good meeting. We started and ended on time even. Shout out to Hoopes for making it so!

Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open House. Hopefully you already know Tuesday is a great night to come hang out and came down anyway.

Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2Denver Comic Con! If you’re planning on attending the con, make sure to stop by our fan table just outside the main entrance to the exhibit hall. We will either have the Lulzbot or the new Rostock Max 3D printer and all sorts of other cool stuff to show off.

Saturday, June 1, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).  RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, June 2, noon – 5:00 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! This Sunday is a special open house. We wanted to be open each day of the weekend so that those who hear about us at Denver Comic Con and want to stop by have an opportunity to do so. Even if you aren’t going to con though, please do feel free to come on by and keep me company!

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

 

Gomez gets ready to test the tesla coil he built while Scott looks on.

Gomez gets ready to test the tesla coil he built while Scott looks on.

This Week at Denhac (May 13 – 19)

You guys! Spring finally sprung! Last week was the first week we didn’t get an appreciable amount of snow and that means with warmer weather Denhac’s set to get even busier and more awesome. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week (and beyond).

Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.mLocksport! – Our monthly meet up for lockpicking enthusiasts led by the infamous Legion. All skill levels are welcome. If I can do it, so can you. This is always a good time.  RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.mdc303. The local defcon group for Denver. I dunno exactly what they do. They’re very serious. They kinda scare me. Naw, they’re good guys. Uh…I think. Mostly. Tilver’s nice in any event. So if you’re interested in Capture The Flag (CTF) type stuff, stop by. I’m fairly certain no one there has eaten a human liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Uh…fairly certain.

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, in the classroomWooly Makes for Noobz. Our lovely and talented Patricia will be in the house teaching us all the art of crochet. This class is geared towards people who have never crocheted or haven’t crocheted in a long time. We’ll go over how to start a project, how to finish off a project, how to do a slip knot, basic stitches, how to start a new row, how to crochet in the round, and she’ll do her best to answer questions anyone has above and beyond what’s covered. Attendants are also encouraged to bring projects they need help with or want to show off.

What to bring: Yarn and crochet hook. Red Heart is a very good and cheap yarn. Please avoid very dark or very light/pastel colors. Variegated and medium color yarns are preferred to make the stitches easier to see. You can check the yarn packaging for the recommended crochet hook size. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 18, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. – 5 p.mLow Power FM/Community Radio Planning Meeting. We’re looking for folks interested in helping to create a new FM Community Radio station here in Denver. The FCC is granting licenses, for the first time in decades, for 100 watt (3-7 mile radius) non-profit community FM radio stations.

The window opens, for a short time, October 15th of this year (2013).

We’re going to apply. If you’d like to be involved (creating content, helping to run the station, RF engineering, or whatever else you can think up that might make a great community radio station even better), come to this meeting. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). 

For this event, students are encouraged to come with a toy or other object that they would like to incorporate into a game.  We will have a green screen set up to take pictures of the object in different positions for simple animation! (Nothing reflective, since it will effect the green-screen). RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 25, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome! Since this is Memorial Day weekend and lots of people are traveling, camping, and just generally living it up, we won’t be holding any classes. However! The space will be open, as usual, on Saturday for our weekly open house and BBQ. More details on other special happenings that day will be announced soon!

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2: Denver Comic Con and Open House! Denhac has been invited by Denver Comic Con to host a fan table at this year’s event. If you’re planning to be at Con, please do be sure to stop by our table and say hello and then come by the space and take a tour. Or, if you aren’t going to be at Con, come hang out at the space and geek out with us.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

THIS JUST IN!!!

The SeeMeCNC guys came by the space just this evening and we were so impressed by their product – the Rostock MAX – we acquired one! It’s a kit that we’ll need to assemble and so we’re just now working out the logistics for getting it put together but very soon Denhac will have a printer capable of printing 3D objects using a machine with these standard features (from the SeeMeCNC website):

  • Over 1300 in² of build volume (11″ Diameter by over 14 3/4″ height)
  • Your model is stationary throughout the entire build process, less prone to print failures
  • High quality Laser cut, Injection molded and CNC machined parts all made by us right here in the USA
  • Comes set up for 1.75mm filament
  • Uses high torque NEMA 17 stepper motors
  • Comes standard with a .5mm nozzle for easy printing, but can use our other sizes as well
  • 450w PSU delivers more than enough power for the heated bed, hot end and accessories you could add
  • RAMBo by UltiMachine electronics
  • Positioning accuracy of .02mm (20 microns) *
  • Speed in excess of 300mm/s in all motion, not just X/Y moves ***
  • Tinker-friendly electronics and hardware. Many extra places to add your own mods to both
  • Filament spool holder incorporated into the machine (for 1lb or 1kg spools only)
  • Easily upgradeable to dual-extrusion in the future. RAMBo supports dual hotends and extruders stock

Holy smokes! BOUNCE! BOUNCE! BOUNCE!

The Rostock MAX coming soon!

The Rostock MAX coming soon!

This Week at Denhac (May 6 – 12)

Here’s what we’ve got cooking at Denhac this week. I’ll have the May calendar of events posted ASAP – I apologize for the delay – but I’m waiting for additional information on two of our class offerings before I post.

Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m, in the classroomRadio Heads – a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. It’s my understanding we now have a handful of SDRs to purchase. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 11, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, in the classroomHow to Teach a Class. Have knowledge to share but have no idea how to put a class together? Want to learn how to keep an audience engaged? The Public is here to help. He’ll cover how to stay on track, interacting with your audience, creating a slideshow presentation, and everything in between. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.: SeeMeCNC 3D Printer Demo and Open House. A crew from SeeMeCNC – a 3D printer and laser cutter company – are on the road to the Bay Area Maker Faire, dropping in on hacker and makerspaces along the way, and they asked if they could drop in on us. We, of course, said yes because we always love a chance to get our hands on a 3D printer we’ve never seen before. So if you’re interested in 3D printing, come on down and hang out, bring a friend, and learn all about their machines. RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Bete Noire Gets Ready for Costuming Basics While Intro to Guitar Wraps Up

Bete Noire Gets Ready for Costuming Basics While Intro to Guitar Wraps Up

This Week at Denhac (Apr 29 – May 5)

Wow! It’s hard to believe May is here! We’ve got some spectacular events cooking on the Denhac grill.

Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m, in the classroomBoard meeting – Our formal monthly board meeting, open to members and the public, where we talk over business at hand and make decisions to the best of our ability.

Tuesday, April 30, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, May 4, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, May the 4th (be with you), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, in the classroomSFS and Denhac Present: Windows for Nerds – Linux Fundamentals

Celebrate Star Wars Day by joining the Rebellion.  Imagine that you can collect up pictures of your favorite artists’ paintings, copies of your favorite musicians’ songs, add your own personal touches, and distribute the final product to your friends, legally. Imagine that Wikipedia is just one of many ways to present the same articles and information. Imagine that you can write better versions of cool programs, and make your living from them, without getting sued. What you’ve imagined is the way Linux works. Is it time for you to make it personal? RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo. The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary- through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Madstringer leading Intro to Guitar

Madstringer leading Intro to Guitar

This Week at Denhac (Apr 22-28)

Every week it seems like we’re doing something new, something different, something fun. This week is no exception!

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m, in the classroom: Board meeting – Our formal monthly board meeting, open to members and the public, where we talk over business at hand and make decisions to the best of our ability.

Tuesday, April 23, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac Day – Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac days. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 27, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, in the classroomIntro to Guitar with Madstringer – Madstringer is back for another go at fulfilling our dreams of becoming the next greatest rock god…or, you know, at least giving us a fighting chance at Rock Band. If you’ve got a guitar – accoustic or electric, either is fine – bring it with you. If not, Stringer’s got a number of guitars people can use during class on which to learn. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 27, 3:30 – 6 p.m: Costuming Basics with Bete Noire –  It’s coming up on Con season! And to help us get in the spirit of costuming, Bete Noire, the Tiny Dynamo, will be in the house to give us a crash course on costuming. She’ll cover basic costuming awareness, repurposing/recycling, and how to steal like a pro. She’ll also have some kind of make-and-do project that’s small and hands-on, so people can have something to take home. Whether she’s dressing up for a steampunk masquerade, as a post-apocalyptic warrior as part of the entertainment for Wasteland Weekend, or as a USO entertainer for the WWII ball, Bete is a world-class costumer. This class is bound to be good! RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!

Acr0nym Teaches Intro to Arduino

Acr0nym Teaches Intro to Arduino

This Week at Denhac (Apr 15-21)

Whoops! Sorry for the delay, folks. I should have had this out yesterday.

Tuesday, April 16, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up

Tuesday, April 16, 8 p.m, in the classroom: Radio Heads – “Radio Heads” is a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, April 19, 7 p.m: dc303

Saturday, April 20, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m, in the classroomIntro to Video Production with Toast – One of our fabulous members, Andy (aka Toast), has graciously offered to give a crash course on the basics of producing quality video. Whether you want to learn how to capture your cat in the next viral LOL video or how to edit your master’s thesis presentation down into a TED talk, Toast is your guy. He’s also the guy who can teach you how to master the art of aggressive inline skating…but that’s another class for when it’s warmer…and for when I’m way braver. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, April 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m: All Member Meeting – Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting (postponed from last week) to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.mKids Coder Dojo at Denhac – The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a computer programming class designed for elementary- through highschool-aged kids.  Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages).  Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology and craft-related classes, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge, and membership is not required, however donations are strongly encouraged.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and instruction will begin promptly at 11.  Lunch will be provided at noon (pizza), and we will be wrapping up at 2. RSVP on Meet Up.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and events are free, open to the public, and kid friendly. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!