Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?

All work and no play makes for some very dull dorks. Join Dorkbot this moth as we explore things playfully dorky in nature.

  • HOW TO FUND YOUR GAME (OR WHATEVER) – Johnathan Leistiko
    “Ya’ Darn Kids, Get Offa My Kickstarter!”

    Back in June of 2010, Jonathan and his friend Jeremy raised $9,400 to self-publish a board game. Jonathan will talk about what it took to Kickstart their project, why they succeeded, why they would have failed if they ran the same campaign today, and his thoughts on how the crowdfunding landscape has changed.

  • WHEN WE PLAY FOR FREEDOM – Brandon Wiley
    “Busting Through Firewalls to Defeat Internet Censorship.”

    Brandon revisits the topic of fixing the internet in what promises to be a playful approach to making things better for you and me and probably everyone really.

  • HIDE AND SEEK, BUT MOSTLY SEEK – Mikal Hart
    “Return of the Sundial Quest Box.”

    Mikal will share some of the amazing stories of what’s been happening with his “Reverse Geocache Puzzle” since he last spoke at Dorkbot in 2010. There will be a new product announcement and a multi-day treasure hunt for a few lucky audience members.

Dorkbot 43: Shall We Play a Game?
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday, May 20th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.

RSVP: via Facebook (not required) Always free. All ages welcome.

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot 41: Welcome our Robot Overlords – Feb. 18th 7p.m.

Dorkbot 41: I, for one, Welcome our Robot Overlords

Dorkbot 41: I, for one, Welcome our Robot Overlords

This February — to celebrate electrical camaraderie — we’ll be partnering with our friends in The Robot Group to bring Big Crawlers, Little Things, and Mechanical Bands to your robot-loving eyes and ears.

  • Brooks Coleman shares his robots both Big (Crawler) and Little (Thing)!
  • Professor Conrad will show off his newest addition to the Screaming Babyheads band – the Rockin Raven Piano Player.
  • Matt Steinke will present some of the instruments from his mechanical band, Octant.
  • Quentin & Hilary will tell us how Pony Trap, once a somewhat normal band, became a robot freakout fun time. Plus, a performance!

Dorkbot 41: I, For One, Welcome our Robot Overlords
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday Feb. 18th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.

RSVP: via Facebook (not required)

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot is — as always — a FREE, all-ages event. Bring the kids, even if they’re not robots!

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright – Jan. 28th 7p.m.

Dorkbot 40: Future's so Bright

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright

It’s going to be a busy year preparing for the singularity. Face the future with your Dorkbot friends and some lovely libations.

  • Clay Shortall & Chris Chang – Shadow Puppet – Kinect motion sensors, processing, and Arduino code power an interactive screen of spinning circular panels.
  • Eric Jacobs – SARGE, the Slightly Anachronistic Retro Gaming Environment – a homemade development game console that brings NES and Famicom classics back to life with a modern twist.
  • Matt Steinke – Octant – a mechanical band.
  • Brent Dixon on solving global challenges with play.

Dorkbot 40: Future’s so Bright
at The North Door, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday Jan. 28th. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.
RSVP: via Facebook (not required)

Enter The North Door through the North Door (duh), off the alley. They have a full bar and a pizza kitchen. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot is — as always — a free event. Open to all ages.

Dorkbot 39: Valley of the Dorks! 11/19/2012

Dorkbot 39: Valley of the Dorks

Dorkbot 39: Valley of the Dorks

There are 40 panic-inducing shopping days until Christmas. We say screw the lines and the sales and the cinnamon scented holiday jingle filled air and Dork your own Holiday Magic!
Come enjoy three talks on toys, games, and dolls that explore creative expression and are sure to add some tinsel to your turkey.

  • Bryon Lloyd – Kids + 3DScanner + 3DPrinter Hear about how to make projects with kids and see some of the creations co-designed by Bryon and his kiddos.
  • Brandon Wiley – Make a Video Game With Your Friends… Today!! Inspired by game jams and never one to shy away from a creative urge, Brandon will give you the knowledge and the nudge to quit thinking and start making.
  • Yuliya Lanina – Mechanical Dolls and Automaton, Oh My Yuliya shares her misshapen characters, made out of parts that are not supposed to go together, which are her own projections of nonsensical events and their consequences. In other words, magic!

Dorkbot 39: Valley of the Dorks
at ND Austin, 501 Brushy Street 78702 [map]
Monday Nov 19. Doors at 7, talks at 7:30. Open dork to follow till they run out of beer or they kick us out. Whichever comes first.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/175939155880040/

Enter ND Austin through the North Door, off the alley. They have a full bar and a tamale truck. Two of the many reasons why we love them.

Dorkbot is — as always — a free event. Open to all ages.

Dorkbot 38: Nightmare on Dork Street

Dorkbot 38: Nightmare on Dork Street

Dorkbot 38: Nightmare on Dork Street

This month kicked off our residency at ND Austin, the official homestead of dork and nerd (as well as music, comedy, and film) happenings in Austin.

Monday, October 15, 2012
Doors at 7pm
ND Austin
501 N IH 35, Austin, Texas 78702

Christian Miller is a UT Austin Computer Science graduate student whom you may remember from awesome projects like the UberHoop. Aiming to impress his way into a sweet internship, he made a fancy business card that is a small portable video game system. nbd, just a retro game business card. *totallyabigdealy’all

For just over a century, amateur radio operators or “hams” have been working in basements and attics, taking things apart and putting them together to hear the crackle of a voice coming from the static. Austin’s Amateur Radio Society shared the magic ranging from the simplest homebrew, basically the technological Victory garden for modern communications to the advanced digital high-speed multimedia capability (i.e., The Self Configuring HAM Network) in use around Austin.

Damien Di Fede (@ddifede) rocked the socks off of the Fantastic Arcade with The Dancingularity and was willing to show Dorkbot how he did it, including using Processing to write the software, the reason for running it in Linux, and the hardware (ahem, electrical tape) used to create the web of mats. If you missed the magic you can check out the sweet write up in the Kokoromi blog for more details.