Ping to sudo && the jake
On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:18 PM, Otis Pig <otispig(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey, the automated door seems to be stuck in the unlocked position, which
> means that anyone can open the door by pushing it.
> Is anyone who knows how that thing works going to be at Omni today? seems
> like it should be looked at by tonight at least.
On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Somebody <somebody(a)riseup.net> wrote:
> We have installed some switches on one of the three donated racks.
> Yes! We have a surplus of two switch racks.
> Please feel free to provide ideas on what should we do with them, so far we
> have the following ideas:
> a) Jeremy suggested that we should sell them, we can use the cash.
> b) I suggest that we keep one so we can install the spare switches and
> provide a managed switch resset/configuration workshop. And for the second
> one, I suggest, we offer it as a donation to other hacker space as a symbol
> of solidarity and sisterhood.
Just to be clear - were these racks donated to Sudoroom or Sudo Mesh?
If the latter, I'm ok with whatever that group decides.
If the former, I would advocate for keeping them all. I think rather
than selling the rack, we could potentially make more money renting
space for colo servers to people in our community. Definitely more a
long-term than short-term goal, but I don't think we should start
selling off awesome infrastructure when we're just getting started in
our huge new space!
If we were to share with a sister hackerspace, is there one in
particular that wants it?
Hi, sudoers :)
Jenny told me last night that a bunch of folks are looking to get a
noisebridge field trip going to come out and help us with the reboot.
This Saturday starting at around 11am we're going to accomplish:
* More floor refinishing work
* Installing a bunch of bridle rings overhead
* Running a bunch of Cat5 through those rings
* Installing ethernet jacks throughout the space
If you're an artist who wants to give a few walls and doors some artistic
love, we're also looking for new artwork all over the space!
For questions, feel free to e-mail me privately, nb-discuss, or this thread on
the robot has been switched on. However, it won't move yet. It is having
problems with a couple of encoders which may be just loose wire
it's turned off now, and the circuit breaker that powers it is well out of
its reach, so there's no way it can go rogue and turn itself on.
If you want to help fix and play with the robot, write me an email!
tl,dr announcements/discussions/decisions from tonight's meeting:
* Please check your Gittip accounts as we've seen a sharp decline in the
past week! Gittip doesn't notify users when their cards are declined.
* Omni Kiosk will be put by the front door of the Omni tonight. Check in to
help out with building management tasks so we can better distribute work
among all interested participants! There's also a simple system set up for
reserving common space areas for meetings and the like.
* 'Newbie Night' every Friday evening with an oscillating array of
facilitators to help welcome and onboard potential new members. Jenny can
host this week - who would like to host next week? Marc sez yes. jake says
friday is thought to be for partying, not ideal for newbie night
** Perhaps Mondays? Thoughts?
* PROPOSAL: Proposal to ban non-member scott cohen for reasons of safety.
** 10 unanimous ayes, proposal passes
* PROPOSAL: "If the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco bans a person from
their space for reasons of safety, that person is immediately &
automatically banned from Sudoroom."
** Consenso: 9 ayes, 1 abstention
* PROPOSAL: Add question for new members: "Have you ever been banned from a
** Consenso: 9 ayes, no blocks or abstentions
* Request of sudoers to read the in-process Omni Safer Space Policy:
** To get involved, join the next Challenging Dominant Culture meeting,
Saturday at 11am at Arbor Cafe
* Permitting meeting on Friday afternoon anytime after 1! Come help!
* Shop work party Saturday with Brendan!
Full notes recorded for posterity at:
"Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories."
"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it."
"To define is to kill. To suggest is to create."
"Sorry! This site is experiencing technical difficulties."
Any chance someone could take a look at this? We were hoping to discuss and
vote on the Omni safe space and conflict resolution policies at the CCL
board meeting, this evening at 7.
Bud and Miller Are Trying to Hijack Craft Beer—and It’s Totally Backfiring
InBev and MillerCoors loom over the US beer landscape like…well, like one of those monstrous inflatable Bud Light bottles that spring up at certain football tailgate parties and outdoor concerts. Together, the two global giants own nearly 80 percent of the US beer market. InBev alone, corporate owner of Budweiser, spends a staggering $449 million on US advertising.
But also like those vast blow-up beer bottles, their presence is not-so-faintly ridiculous and always teetering. The industry's signature light beers are suffering a "slow, watery death," BusinessWeek recently reported, their sales declining steadily.
Meanwhile, independent breweries cranking out distinctive product—known as craft breweries—are undergoing an accelerating renaissance. "Sales of craft beers grew 16 percent in volume over the past year versus a 1.7 percent decline for the biggest U.S. beer brands," Bloomberg reported in January. And new craft breweries are budding like hop flowers in spring. Here are the latest numbers, just out from the Brewer's Association. Note that that the number of US craft brewers has nearly doubled since 2010, and grew 20 percent in the past year alone.
Chart: The Brewers Association
Now, here's an historical look at the situation, a chart that I also included the last time I looked at the craft-beer revival, back in 2011. Note that the number of breweries plunged with the coming of Prohibition, surged with the onset of legalization in the 1930s, and then began a long, slow decline as the beer industry consolidated into the hands of giants like Budweiser, Coors, and Miller. By the end of the 1970s, the entire US beer market was being satisfied, if that's thw word, by fewer than 100 large brewing facilities.
And then, starting in the early '80s—with the gradual demise of Prohibition-era restrictions like the one that kept breweries from selling beer directly to the public, as well as people's growing distaste for watered-down swill—the craft-brew revival, the one reaching full flower today, emerged.
For its part, Big Beer has responded to the declining popularity of its goods in two ways. The first is relentless cost cutting. When Belgian mega-brewer InBev bought US corporate beer giant Bud in 2008, it very quickly slashed 1,400 jobs, about 6 percent of its US workforce. And the laser-like focus on slashing costs has continued, as this aptly titled 2012 BusineseWeek piece "The Plot to Destroy America's Beer" shows.
The second is to roll out phony craft beers—brands like ShockTop and Blue Moon—and buy up legit craft brewers like Chicago's Goose Island, which inBev did in 2011. Other ersatz "craft" beers include Leinenkugel, Killian's, Batch 19, and Third Shift. The strategy has been successful, to a point. Bloomberg reports that InBev has seen its Goose Island and Shock Top sales surge.
But there's a catch: These stealth Big Beer brands aren't "putting the microbrewers who started the movement out of business," Bloomberg reports. Rather, "the new labels are taking sales from already-troubled mass-market brands owned by the industry giants peddling these crafty brews." In other words, consumers aren't dropping Sierra Nevada or Dogfish Head and reaching for the Shocktop. Rather, ShockTop sales are being propped up by refugees from Bud Light and the like.
Meanwhile, the beer world is buzzing about what would be the granddaddy of all mergers: rumors are swirling that InBev is preparing a bid to takeover SABMiller, a move that would give the combined company 30 percent of the globe's beer market. The motivation, reports the St. Louis Post Dispatch: "A-B InBev could reap $2 billion in cost-savings through an acquisition of their largest rival, through global procurement and shared services, and eliminating job redundancies."
While Big Beer attempts to solve its problems with crafty marketing and yet more giantism, US craft brewers are trying out innovative business models. Big-name craft brewers Full Sail (Oregon), New Belgium (Colorado), and Harpoon (Boston) are all fully employee-owned. Here in Austin, Black Star Brewery and Pub is cooperatively owned by 3,000 community members and managed by a "workers assembly" as a "democratic self-managed workplace." It may sound like it should be a cluster, but the place is always packed, the service is brisk, the food is good, and the beer is excellent. And the employees proudly refuse tips, citing their living wage as the reason. Meanwhile, a forthcoming worker-owned project, 4thTap Brewing Co-op, is creating excitement among Austin beer nerds with its promise to "bring radical brewing to the forefront of the Texas craft beer scene."
For me, all of this ferment underlines an important point about the US food scene: It may be dominated by a few massive, heavily marketed companies at the top, but that doesn't stop viable alternatives from bubbling from below.
Sent from my iPhone