Happy Internaut Day!

Hey, Internet (or is it just “internet” now?) you’re 25 years old? You don’t look a day over 24!

The internet was supposedly opened to the public on August 23, 1991. The problem with this date doesn’t seem to have any relevance in the history of the internet or the web. Who doesn’t love a little contrarian history? Go read a debunking by Fortune:

The building blocks (the HTML language, URI web addresses, and the HTTP protocol) were specified and written up by October 1990. The first webpage went live in December of that year. To quote the Web Foundation’s Berners-Lee-approved history: “By the end of 1990, the first web page was served on the open internet.”

So technically, the world-wide web has been on the internet for more than a quarter century. Only they didn’t tell anyone about it until a news group post on August 6, 1991. And of course, the first graphical web browser program, Mosaic, wasn’t released until 1993.

So happy roughly 24-26th birthday, internet!

CAD class this Sunday with Kyle

Stop by Crashspace next sunday 6/5/2016 at 6:30pm for a walk through of swept bodies and nifty things you can do with them. I’ll cover the basics and then get into some of the useful techniques to model with a sweep. Afterwards we’ll do a general CAD Q&A

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We’ll use Onshape (go set up an account, it’s free). Bring a laptop and a mouse. Email RSVP me if you’re interested. <risknc at google mails>

The instructor: I’ve been CADing for near 10 years on everything from humanoid robots to rockets. More background on me here: ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecothern )

Intro to Python Office Hours

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If you’d like to join us, enroll in this course!
(If you choose “Audit”, it’s free!)

These meetups are office hours intended to supplement the Coursera course above. They will be guided by Michelle Leonhart, who is a professional software engineer currently working with Python.

Students are expected to watch the lectures before coming to the meetup, so we can optimize our time together for answering questions. (Similar to a professor’s office hours.) However, this course is intended for beginners, so no prior programming experience is required.

Watch the lectures in advance, bring a laptop, come with questions, and make some new friends!

The class runs from May 30 – July 10.

We will be meeting once a week during the course, on:
Thurs, June 2
Wed, June 8, 15, 22, 29
Thurs, July 6

We’ll start at 7:00PM. Students are not obligated to stay any longer than they find to be useful to them, but Michelle will be be available until 8:30PM.

Directions to CRASH Space

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2015 CRASH Space Annual Report

CRASH Space is a member- and donor-funded 501(c)3 organization. Below you can find our latest (2015) annual report, as well as our inaugural (2014) annual report. If you have any questions about the organization or the reports, please reach out to info@crashspace.org.

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CRASH Space 2015 Annual Report
CRASH Space 2014 Annual Report

Michelle Leonhart
Vice President & Director,
CRASH Space

CRASH THE PLANET Hacker Art Show Recap!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first Hacker Art Show last month!

Between the art show and our annual meeting, April was a very busy month for us here at CRASH Space! Our endless gratitude goes out to everyone who has been here to help, and everyone’s patience as we catch up on blog posts for the past month. 🙂


JaMmInG wiTh tHe CoNs0L3 C0WB0y5 iN CyBeRSpaC3 by @makecation

CRASH THE PLANET was an ephemeral experience, lasting only one night. We had 33 local artists on display, and roughly 200 people in attendance throughout the night. If you missed it, pictures of the show are here and pictures of the setup are here. The works spanned across many dsciplines, including hack art, projection mapping, oscilloscope art, virtual reality, robotics, hand-crafted neon, glitch art, video games, photography, painting and sculpture.


The Perceptoscope by Ben Sax

We also had the pleasure of having Laura (who you may recognize from our Intro to Bitcoin classes) on site at the show interviewing the artists for her grassroots media organization SuchWowTV. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to work with a local maker from our own community, as SuchWowTV is an independent org based right here in Los Angeles, just a few blocks away from CRASH.

Check out the video below!