This Week at Denhac (Apr 1-7)

April’s event schedule will be out tomorrow but, for now, let’s take a look at what’s coming up in the next few days!

Tuesday, April 2, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, April 2, 8 p.m, in the classroom: Radio Heads. This week, we’ve got a special presentation by TVoid who has agreed to come by and give an SDR 101 class for the group. RSVP on Meet Up.

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

Saturday, April 6, Noon – 5 p.m: Open House and BBQ. This past Saturday was so nice to have the bay door open and to fire up the grill that we’ll be doing it again this Saturday. Mmm…burgers and dogs and brats, oh my!

Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m, in the classroomAsterisk with Acr0nym. What is Asterisk? Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications. It is “like a box of Legos for people who want to create communications applications. It includes all the building blocks needed to create a PBX, an IVR system, a conference bridge and virtually any other communications app you can imagine.”

In this 2-hour course, Acr0nym will give us an introductory look at what it is, what it does, and how to get started. He may even regale you with the story of how he took down the entire call center on his second day of the job. (I’ll probably be in trouble for mentioning that.) RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.mDenhac Dojo: Coding Club for KidsRe-scheduled from March 23. The result of our organizational meeting and inspired by the code.org project, we’ll be having a hands on workshop for all student age kids during which we’ll be demonstrating the MaKey MaKey and then teaching kids how to code a program in Scratch to apply to the MaKey MaKey. All students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a laptop if you have one with Scratch already downloaded. You can download Scratch for free here. 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!

One of our resident twins, Lena, in the process of programming her arduino during Intro to Arduino class.

One of our resident twins, Lena, in the process of programming her arduino during Intro to Arduino class.

This Week at Denhac (Mar. 25-31)

After a snowy weekend filled with various cancellations, I, for one, am ready to get out of the house and get busy having more fun at Denhac! Spring needs to hurry up and get sprung already.

Tuesday, March 26, 8 p.m:  Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up. Note: Normally, this week would be our regularly scheduled board meeting but due to travel schedules and spring break, we elected to hold the board meeting via Google Hangout yesterday afternoon. I’ll have a BIG announcement to make about what came out of that meeting soon!

Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, March 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m: CiGDA presents Game Graphics and the Open Web. From their Meet Up announcement:
(This presentation is being given by Hunter Trujillo)

Topics covered include:
Vector: SVG, Raphael
Bitmap: HTML5 Canvas
3D: WebGL, Three.js

In addition to graphics alone, a great deal about JavaScript development techniques and methodology will also be covered. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, in the classroom: Adult Firearm Safety with Chance Whaley. We are extremely fortunate to announce Chance Whaley, certified NRA Firearms Instructor, has agreed to teach this adults only (18+) class on the safe handling, storage, and care of a firearm. Participants are welcome to bring a personal firearm if they would like but it is not mandatory. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (I cannot stress this enough) do not bring a loaded firearm or live ammunition with you. Chance will totally check and there will be hell to pay if he finds any live rounds. There is a nominal fee of $20 to cover the cost of materials. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, March 30, Noon – 5 p.m.: Open House

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

And just because I can…our friends at NESIT Hackerspace in Connecticut uploaded a video to YouTube explaining the point of a Hackerspace. It’s so spot on, I wanted to share.

This Week at Denhac (Mar. 18 – 24)

It’s that time again for the weekly round up of events!

Monday, March 18, 8 p.m. in the classroomUsenet Theater presentsConspiracy Theory.

“A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.”

 

Usenet Theater: where the movie is free and the floors aren’t sticky (we hope). Popcorn and soft drinks provided! RSVP on Meet Up. This will be the last Usenet Theater for awhile so, if you’ve been thinking about coming out for the movie night, this would be the week to do it.

Tuesday, March 19, 8 p.m:  Radio Heads – a casual discussion group for people interested in exploring different aspects of software defined radio (SDR). RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, March 19, 8 p.mWeekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m: CiGDA Hack Night! The monthly CiGDA hack night. This is a casual meetup with no agenda. Come and hang out, chat with fellow game devs, work on your project and get feedback on it. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.mWork from Denhac DayRSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m: Internet of Things (IoT) Denver meet and greet  As a build-up to the April IoT 9th event, there will be a meet and greet opportunity to brainstorm a bit on the group and where it could lead. This will be very informal, with no planned speakers, etc but if you have a project you have been working on and want to share with the group that would be a great addition. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.mdc303 CONFIRMED dc303 will be meeting.

Saturday, March 23, noon – 5 p.m: Open House. Based on the resounding success of last week’s Saturday open house, we’ve decided to do it again this week! Have you wanted to check out Denhac or sign up to be a member but couldn’t make a Tuesday night? Well now’s your chance to come by, take a tour, and ask questions on a weekend.

Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the classroom: Intro to Video Production 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.

Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.mDenhac Dojo: A Coding Club for Kids. The result of our organizational meeting and inspired by the code.org project, we’ll be having a hands on workshop for all student age kids during which we’ll be demonstrating the MaKey MaKey and then teaching kids how to code a program in Scratch to apply to the MaKey MaKey. All students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a laptop if you have one with Scratch already downloaded. You can download Scratch for free here. RSVP on Meet Up.

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

Open House = Not ScaryWe're nice! You'll like it here!

Denhac Hackerspace = Not Scary
We’re nice! You’ll like it here!

 

 

 

 

This Week at Denhac (Mar. 11 – 17)

Fasten your seat belts and get ready for another jam-packed week! We have got seriously cool stuff going on every day.

Monday, March 11, 8 p.m. in the classroomUsenet Theater presentsAntitrust.

“A computer programmer’s dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.”

Usenet Theater: where the movie is free and the floors aren’t sticky (we hope). Popcorn and soft drinks provided! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, March 12, 8 p.m: LOCKSPORT! Seriously. If you haven’t been to Locksport yet, you really need to come in for it. Legion is so full of win! By the way, we have lots of practice locks and some practice picks to use so no equipment is necessary. Just bring yourself and your patience. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, March 12, 8 p.m: Weekly Open HouseRSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m, in the classroom: ALL NEW! Sprite Night! CiGDA is starting an all new series of monthly lessons on spriting. Here’s the description from their Meet Up event (please be sure to RSVP):

“There has been quite a bit of interest in a night dedicated to learning the ancient art of spriting. So here it is!

The “class” will be loosely taught by Jesse (creator of Wyv and Keep and SmashBox) and will feature the basic presentation of a topic relating to spriting followed by time to work and check out each others’ sprites. We’ll cover topics such as shape and form, shading, anti-aliasing, lighting, key frames, forces of movement, secondary animations, and much more. It will be a casual gathering as with most CiGDA meetings, and will focus on helping each other and learning together in a relaxed, stress-free setting.

Our first meeting will focus on getting acquainted with the spriting process, distinguishing a good sprite from a bad one, and creating a character for a simple platform game.

Novices and pros and everyone in between are welcome! Can’t wait to see you all!”

Thursday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: Work from Denhac Day. HAPPY PI DAY! RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m: dc303

Saturday, March 16, noon – 5 p.m: Open House. ALL NEW! Have you wanted to check out Denhac but couldn’t make a Tuesday night? Well now’s your chance to come by, take a tour, and ask questions on a weekend.

Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the main room: Repair It! with Needle & Thread. The lovely and talented St. Jude will be in the house teaching us how to make basic sewing repairs to well-loved garments and other fabric stitched items (bags, pillows, coats, cushions, etc – NO LEATHER as leather repair is a specialized skill). Stuff like buttons, hems (both re-stitching and shortening), seam stitching that has come loose (think split pants seam as an example), basic hand sewing techniques in general and possibly zippers. She’ll bring supplies and a very basic machine to use if needed, though the focus will largely be on hand stitch repairs.

Participants should bring an item you’d like to repair, a basic sewing kit: sewing needle, sharp scissors, thread to match (or are willing to use) on the item you want to repair, and a button to replace if you have it. If you have a sewing machine you would like to learn how to use, bring it along and Judy will help you with that too! RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the classroom: I Got a Raspberry Pi…Now What? We are totally jazzed to have Lordspeed teach this introductory course on how to get started with a Raspberry Pi. The class requires a raspberry pi, sd card, and micro usb charger. We will have a limited number of kits to sell so, if you need to purchase one from our supply (around $60 for the pi, the charger, and the card), please be sure to RSVP on Meet Up and indicate that you will be purchasing from our supply in the comments.

As an added bonus, Jane will be baking raspberry pies to celebrate Pi (+.02) Day for your tummy pleasure.

Saturday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m: All Member Monthly Meeting. Due to the grossly exaggerated snowstorm on 3/9, we re-scheduled our monthly meeting to 3/16 to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

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

This Week at Denhac (Mar 4 – 10)

Monday, March 4, 8 p.m. in the classroom: Usenet Theater presents…the original Total Recall.

“When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?”


Usenet Theater: where the movie is free and the floors aren’t sticky (we hope). Popcorn and soft drinks provided! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, March 5, 8 p.m. in the classroom: Radio Heads – a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, March 5, 8 p.m: Weekly Open House. RSVP on Meet Up.

Thursday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: Work from Denhac Day. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the classroom: Intro 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 give 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, March 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m: All Member Monthly Meeting. Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting to give our members a chance to mix, mingle, snack, and talk business.

Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m: Kids Code Organizational Meeting. Have you seen the code.org project? Well we have! And it seems like a natural fit for Denhac. A team of members and people in our community are getting together to discuss how we can get involved with teaching kids to code. If you’re interested in learning more, lending your coding or kid management talents, and want to get involved, stop by and bring your kids! RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m: MOAR INVENTORY!  Members running amok, evaluating equipment to keep, give away, or recycle. Come by if you’d like to help or just want to dig through the pile of discards.

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

This Week at Denhac (Feb. 24 – Mar. 2)

Monday, February 25, 8 p.m. in the classroom: Usenet Theater presents…Galaxy Quest.

“The alumni cast of a cult space TV show have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.”

 

Usenet Theater: where the movie is free and the floors aren’t sticky (we hope). Popcorn and soft drinks provided! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, February 26, 7 p.m. in the classroom: Denhac Board meeting. Open to the public.

Tuesday, February 26, 8 p.m: Weekly Open House.

Thursday, February 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: Work from Denhac Day. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the loft: Denhac has an online radio stream (you can find it at denhacradio.org) and all the equipment necessary to host live shows complete with call in capability. Join us March 2 when Scott comes by to teach us how to produce a live online radio show that can be heard all over the world! RSVP on Meet Up.

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

This Week at Denhac (Feb. 17 – 23)

Monday, February 18, 8 p.m. in the classroom: Usenet Theater presentsEnemy of the State.

“A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.”

 

Usenet Theater: where the movie is free and the floors aren’t sticky (we hope). Popcorn and soft drinks provided! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, February 19, 8 p.m. in the classroom: Radio Heads – Our latest geekery. A bi-monthly gathering, “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.

Tuesday, February 19, 8 p.m: Weekly Open House.

Thursday, February 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m: Work from Denhac Day.

Friday, February 22, 7 p.m. in the classroom: A Night with A Jolly Corpse - Jesse Bull will tell us all kinds of awesome things that he and A Jolly Corpse are working on. Topics will include Wyv and Keep, Smashbox, co-op puzzle design, hyper small pixel art, and so on. There will be ample time for Q&A as well. Please RSVP on the CiGDA Meet Up event.

Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the classroom: KVM Virtualization with Dan Kulinski –  Always meant to learn KVM virtualization but never got to it? Here’s your chance to learn from a vet. Dan delivers an excellent show-and-tell so come hang out and learn with us. Bring a beefy computer and a good, long network cable if you can. You can use a VM, but it’ll be better to use a physical box, 64-bit with vmx/svm. RSVP on Meet Up.

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