This is a great idea!
In the 1990s I used to go to some punk rock feminist women's health talks.
One session had us doing self-examinations using speculums with mirrors.
I'd like to throw that into the "stone soup" of a mix!
- I'm unsure how comfortable most women would be doing self-examinations in
front of men.
- Using speculums and mirrors was very informative! I never realized how
most women are taught to think of their privates as dirty--so much so to
the point that they didn't know how their lady parts worked!
(Rusty: sorry for the double e-mail)
On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM, rusty lindgren <rustylindgren(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Basically, it's easy for us to think "hey, we should let this person have
> access, because they seem cool, and we want to remain open," but even I get
> sketched out at night sometimes, and there are real safety issues at work
> here, and we should discuss them in relation to cost/benefits for the space.
> It's also entirely possible that we trust someone, and they just do
> something bad anyway. We don't really spend a lot of time thinking about
> this, but this is something we haven't had to really deal with yet, because
> we've had really shitty access up until now.
Honestly I'm not comfortable linking access to payment, for a lot of
reasons, but I'll try to outline the most salient thing for me right
* I don't think access means anything if a person can't feel safe here
* I don't feel safe when I'm at the space all alone
* I feel even better when I'm sharing the space with multiple people
who I know and trust
* Our goal should be for the space to be full of known & trusted
people -- if not always, then as much as possible
* It would be silly to turn anybody away at that point
So my goal day in and day out is to look for ways to expand Sudoroom's
web of trust - not just get people to the space, not just facilitate
and encourage them giving money to the space, but helping them feel
happy and comfortable and like they could be a part of a community,
and that coming here will give them a chance to hack awesome things,
work on their projects, get inspired for new projects.
I'm open to solutions in the form of rules and algorithms, but I'm
skeptical of any solutions that seem to close doors (literally &
figuratively) because Sudoroom and hackerspaces in general are so new
The scepter of an untrusted person being alone in the space is
important, but I honestly don't see a good reliable antidote other
than "add more trusted people." Safety in numbers.
I am writing because it was discussed at the meeting tonight that we don't
really have an idea of how much people want to pay for the space ,and also
if people think the current payment approach is good based on some
alternatives that were brought up. I'd also like to ask about basic
productizing to see if people would be interested in using some of our
funds to get t-shirts and stickers, and maybe even decorated key-cards like
hacker conferences do for hotel rooms.
So, can everyone answer these questions(below)? I know it's not perfect
research, but I think it covers most of what came up in the meeting.
1. How much would you pay for current membership, with access as
2. How much would you pay for current membership with 24/7 access to the
space(i.e. new door cards on next payment)?
3. Would you be okay with spending some money on re-branding of the
space(even if it doesn't mean changing our logo), by getting more t-shirts
4. Do you think it would it be more attractive to you to have a lower
fixed price if you were joining the space, and you got 24/7 access at that
moment with a keycard?
5. Would it be more attractive to you if you were joining the space, and
you got a free t-shirt and cool looking keycard upon joining or giving some
sort of donation "gift" like kickstarter projects give?
This is only an attempt to get at some of what we talked about, and I'm
hoping that it will kind of shine some light on the amount of money people
want to pay et all.
Please help out!
This is a very good class, always full. Very good for beginners and
doesn't stop at HTML/CSS/js.
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From: Jeffrey Carl Faden <jeffreyatw(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Frontend Web Development, April 15: FIRST
CLASS of the new series!
To: "noisebridge-discuss(a)lists.noisebridge.net" <
I'm taking a week's break and returning April 15!
lecture series, taught by Jeffrey Carl Faden, is aimed at complete
beginners who are interested in making websites, as well as seasoned
professionals looking to brush up on the latest and greatest.
Frontend web development is all about making code that runs in the
browser (versus code that runs on the server). There isn't a big focus
on web design (creating wireframes and mockups), but we do cover best
practices for turning these designs into beautiful code.
This is the first class of a new series of classes. If you or your
friends been waiting to jump in from the very beginning, this is the
class to take - so spread the word. We'll cover the very basics:
- Explaining "frontend" vs. "backend"
- Discussing tools of the trade
- Explaining the separation between structure, presentation, and behavior
- Writing a basic HTML page
- Styling the page with basic CSS
- Explaining the role of frontend web development as a job and career
The class starts on Monday, April 15 at 8pm, and goes until 10pm! Plan to
arrive EARLY, as the class will probably fill up very fast.
If you can't make it to this week's lecture, you can watch a live
video stream of the class. Join this Google+ Event to be notified of
when to hop on:
This video stream will also be available to watch after the class is
This class and the space in which it's taught are entirely free to
attend. Please bring a laptop. Read all of the details here:
Noisebridge-discuss mailing list
Naomi Theora Most
WOW. OK, where to start?
First off: https://sudoroom.org/wiki/page/Today_I_Learned#May_4
Table of Contents
@Masturbation Lib and Teledildonics
@Sudo Room Donations
@Masturbation Liberation and Teledildonics: Anon195's ideas are amaaaazing!
I've been fascinated by teledildonics ever since I heard of the existence
of Ted Nelson. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teledildonics> <
The closest thing to that that I've run into via the hackerspaces has been
the Dongiverse, which is cool except that I wouldn't want a sharp, porous
plastic dong up any of my orifices. <http://dongiverse.com/>
Maybe a class field trip to Arse Elektronica 2013? (AE is an annual SF sex
and technology event/conference/thingy.) Or how about getting in touch with
their organizers to see if they'd like to collaborate on a workshop? Ooh
Masturbation liberation: Fuck yeah! I think this should be its own TIL and
I'm ready to make it happen. Wanna chose a date, Anon195? Or would you like
to wait on that until we talk more and/or contact our contacts (such as
**So who's got the teledildonics connection?
@Men: Would there be any interest in formulating a men's meetup to talk
about, you know, stuff?
@Gonorrhea: I think the greatest workshops I've ever been to have been
variety hours. It's absolutely lovely and fascinating to have educational
interludes, kind of like exploring Wikipedia's intertwingularity (see Ted
Nelson article). May 4th is reserved! Does anyone else have an educational
interlude they'd like to add to Hacking Menstruation?
@Sudo Room Donations: These events are the perfect opportunity for us to
pounce upon unsuspecting donors. Please reach far and wide into your
networks to advertise this. I'll send a follow-up reminder!
@Community infrastructure: A random hack of kindness will soon be making
its way toward Sudo Room.
2013/4/4 Marina Kukso <marina.kukso(a)gmail.com>
> i think this also presents an excellent opportunity for discussing what
> kind of (light) infrastructure would facilitate reproductive and sexual
> health at the space - very basic stuff, tampons etc., but also community
> infrastructure - are we living up to our goal of being inclusive by
> providing options in both the physical and community dimensions of the
> space that allow everyone to feel at home. everyone should be a part of
> this discussion and i would love to speak more with women, queer folks,
> people of all stripes about it.
> - marina
> On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM, Craig Rouskey <craigrouskey(a)gmail.com>wrote:
>> I would be down to talk about Gonorrhea and plug our program to eradicate
>> the antibiotic resistant strains! May 4 th
>> Sent from Mailbox <https://bit.ly/SZvoJe> for iPhone
>> On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:46 AM, Anon195714 <anon195714(a)sbcglobal.net>wrote:
>>> Re. "What does it mean to hack sexual health...?"
>>> Here's one example. For years I've had a slogan I tell people
>>> (typically guys) whose sex drive is on overdrive to the point where it
>>> warps their attitude toward others (typically gals):
>>> "Masturbate and keep your objectivity."
>>> 70% of guys "admit" that they play with themselves, and the other 30%
>>> are lying. Yet the hypocrisy around this subject is just astounding, and
>>> the result is that physical needs become conflated with social attitudes
>>> and generate oppression of self and oppression of others.
>>> Envision a culture where relationships are based on partners feeding
>>> each other (as in, holding the forks and spoons full of food up to each
>>> others' mouths during a meal) instead of on people having sex with each
>>> other. People would run around frantically seeking partners because
>>> otherwise they'd either have to feed themselves (oh!, the embarrassment!)
>>> or go hungry and die.
>>> That's where our culture is about sex. It's crazy.
>>> So I'd suggest "masturbation liberation" as a sexuality hacking topic.
>>> It even has major potential for cybernetic devices and interfaces and
>>> online communication enhancements.
>>> "Did you try building the new Orgasmatron?"
>>> "Yeah. The interface works pretty well, but there's a bug in the code,
>>> so I patched it. Wanna' download my version, see what you think?"
>>> Later.... "Hey, your version's a lot better than the original. Now I
>>> was thinking, the interface could be improved. Here, I'll make one for you
>>> on the 3D printer."
>>> "Oh, cool, yeah I like your CAD diagram, I think it'll work, so go ahead
>>> and print one for me..."
>>> Here's another potential topic:
>>> Chastity belts for men in cultures that oppress women (for example by
>>> making women wear oppressive shapeless garments from head to toe, that
>>> barely leave enough of an opening for their eyes to see the world).
>>> Even one decent prototype would stir up a bunch of publicity about the
>>> subject, and hopefully generate some embarrassment on the part of men whose
>>> answer to their own weaknesses is to oppress women. "Stop the problem at
>>> its source: the dirty minds of men!"
>>> OK, enough for one night;-)
>>> On 13-04-04-Thu 12:18 AM, Vicky Knox wrote:
>>> Tonight during the general meeting I proposed the Today I Learned event
>>> "Hacking Sexual Health". I'd like to open up the floor to multiple
>>> facilitators interested in this topic area to help me lead either one TIL
>>> workshop, or a series of workshops if there is sufficient excitement.
>>> Hacking Sexual Health is intended for sexual and asexual people alike.
>>> So what does it mean to hack sexual health? Ruminate on it. :]
>>> My personal interest is hacking menstruation. I'd like to lead a
>>> workshop for creating cloth pads out of recycled clothing. The workshop is
>>> intended both for people who menstruate and for people who have friends who
>>> menstruate (and want to make them lovely presents!). We will go over
>>> different lady product options and have fun cost-comparisons for different
>>> products and unproducts.
>>> I will be reserving either April 27th or May 4th upon consulting my
>>> secretary. :P
>>> Please contact me if you are interested in developing your own workshop
>>> or helping me to facilitate menstruation hacking!
>>> PS: Clothing hackers, you know who you are!
>>> sudo-discuss mailing email@example.com://lists.sudoroom.org/listinfo/sudo-discuss
>> sudo-discuss mailing list
Wondered if some sudoers might be interested in this video, with awesome-smart guy Alan Kay and Vishal Sikka of SAP, hosted by futurist guy Paul Saffo.
3.26.13 Technology and Transformation: Vishal Sikka and Alan Kay in Conversation with Paul Saffo
Ah, tropes, memes, symbols, and change. hurrah!
Also on the Alan Kay theme, a written interview:
An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay
By David Greelish
April 02 2013
Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward over the past thirty years — and surely the most quotable one.
He’s the man who said that “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” and that “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born” and that “If you don’t fail at least 90 percent of the time, you’re not aiming high enough.” And when I first saw Microsoft‘s Surface tablet last June, a Kay maxim helped me understand it: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”
Above all, however, Kay is known for the Dynabook — his decades-old vision of a portable suite of hardware, software, programming tools and services which would add up to the ultimate creative environment for kids of all ages. Every modern portable computer reflects elements of the Dynabook concept — the One Laptop Per Child project’s XO above all others — and yet none of them have fully realized the concept which Kay was writing about in the early 1970s.
Actually, Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That’s one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month’s Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta. (The Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox’s groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton.)
Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay’s experiences at some of the big outfits where he’s worked, including Xerox’s fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute.
David Greelish: Do you agree that we now essentially have the Dynabook, as expressed in the three tiers of modern personal computing; the notebook, tablet and smartphone? If not, what critical features do you see missing from these? Have they delivered on the promise of improving education?
Alan Kay: I have been asked versions of this question for the last twenty years or so. Ninety-five percent of the Dynabook idea was a “service conception,” and five percent had to do with physical forms, of which only one — the slim notebook — is generally in the public view. (The other two were an extrapolated version of Ivan Sutherland’s head mounted display, and an extrapolated version of Nicholas Negroponte’s ideas about ubiquitous computers embedded and networked everywhere.)
On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM, Raymond Lai <raymond.wm.lai(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> My fellow Sudoers, I am not feeling well and will not be able to make the
> meeting tonight. I wish I could say there are leftovers in the fridge. :(
Thanks so much for all your work Ray!
If anybody else would like to collaborate on food tonight, I'd love to
help! I can contribute time, car, buying ingredients, chopping skills,
and following directions, in exchange for your contribution of
leadership. :) :) :)
in light of this saturday's audio production workshop, we wanted to share
with everyone the current state of the radio, which is basically ready to
you can listen to mostly silence at the moment at radio.sudoroom.org (HIT
THE GREEN BUTTON).
i'd be happy to show anyone who's interested how to use the dj software in
there, just ask me anytime. i'll also be available before or after this
saturday's workshop if people want to learn then.
Subject: current set up
From: *Marina Kukso* <marina.kukso(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM
To: "sudo-radio(a)lists.sudoroom.org" <sudo-radio(a)lists.sudoroom.org>
naomi, mark, and i worked on a couple items this evening.
the current set up is as follows:
1. there is now a physical mixer that allows you to switch between two
channels (so you can switch between 2 different songs, just like turntables
[image: Inline image 1]
2. there are 4 lines in in total. (this means we can potentially switch
between 4 different sources, like a turntable with 4 RECORDS.)
3. 2 of the lines are currently connected
4. one of the lines goes to the computer set up in there (which means you
can play music from the computer)
5. the other line goes to an unhooked mini jack that one can use to play
from one's portable music device of choice!
[image: Inline image 2]
6. the mixer runs to naomi's rpi which is streaming to her stream,
currently accessible at radio.sudoroom.org.
7. the computer still works as it used to - the mic is connected to the
computer and you can use mixxx to queue songs and speak on the mic. (the
physical mixer also has a separate mic input, so there's that!) audacity is
also on that computer, allowing one to record audio.
1. the beast (aka "tiny") is no longer connected :( which means no more
tapes :( BUT we can easily reconnect him as there are still 2 empty inputs
on the mixer. the only reason we disconnected him was because it was
returning crappy sound.
[image: Inline image 3]
2. every time we listen to tapes in there, i get this song stuck in my head
for the rest of the day: http://hypem.com/track/1e7xa/Blouse+-+Videotapes
3. here's what the room looks like!
[image: Inline image 4][image: Inline image 5]
so pretty! wow! :D
From: *Naomi Most* <pnaomi(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 12:11 AM
To: Marina Kukso <marina.kukso(a)gmail.com>
Cc: "sudo-radio(a)lists.sudoroom.org" <sudo-radio(a)lists.sudoroom.org>
It must be noted, Rusty slid in at about 10:15 -- technically AFTER the
meeting ended! -- and tried to get the cassette deck going again.
Alas (TL;DR) to no avail.
The Tape output of Tiny the Behemoth Mixer comes in all distorted on the
little radio mixer (something about impedance). We must have spent 20
minutes on every-which-way combinations, and all we got was something that
sounded like a live radio feed from an 80s dance party...
...which of course Rusty was totally into, so I think it's still hooked up.
But please, don't use this... much....
also, I "installed" that laptop I brought so that people can play with
It's at 192.168.1.246
Anybody can have an account, just ask.
> Sudo-radio mailing list
you may find the below event interesting.
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From: Shani Aviram <shaniaviram(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Subject: Fwd: for the purposes of this union, we're freelancers
To: Marina Kukso <marina.kukso(a)gmail.com>
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From: Lilah Crews-Pless <lcrewspless(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: for the purposes of this union, we're freelancers
To: Kathryn Jackson <quite_the_contrary(a)yahoo.com>, Kyla Kelley <
kylamoe(a)gmail.com>, sarah kersten <sarah.kersten(a)gmail.com>, Jesse
Lefkowitz <Jesse.lefkowitz(a)gmail.com>, Shani Aviram <shaniaviram(a)gmail.com>,
Wanna go with? My Friend Sonja invited me. She says:
"As of now, the Freelancers Union can do nothing for us, because it is
a New York organization. In NYC they mostly benefit members by
providing a place to buy healthcare, and they run a health clinic, but
they also sometimes lobby to change local laws that harm independent
contractors. HOWEVER, it seems kind of crazy that there wouldn't/
couldn't be a branch in the Bay Area, which I guess is why the founder
is coming to town.
I like the idea of this union, their logo is pretty - I admire the
founder, I'm going to this. u r invited."
Composer and Radio Producer