HUGE shout out to all the people who helped but up and clear stuff
from the CCL side of the Bocci room during the last couple of days!
Now that we have room, CCL will continue cleaning and have a very
active moving-stuff-in session on Friday eve! Yay! Noise will
happen. Please schedule accordingly.
i have visited two hackerspaces here in Toronto, including
and it's clear that a hackerspace needs a laser cutter. Sudoroom doesn't
have one yet, so we should start thinking about which one we will get.
I heard we had $12,000.00 too much in the bank, and here at TTL they have
a HUGE laser cutter called the Lasersaur. It's a kit, sortof, but it's a
very serious machine. It uses a 100 watt laser! and that means it can
cut through 3/4" plywood (in multiple passes)
okay maybe we're not ready for something like this quite yet, but when
we're ready we should keep it in mind. We can skip over the step of
getting a cheap lame cutter like those other hackerspaces.
speaking of other hackerspaces, hacklabs has one from Universal Laser
Systems that they got off Craigslist for $500 because the controller was
fried. They built a motor control system (the hard way) and then they had
a nice laser cutter! I think it's 25 watts.
Hello Sudoroomers. I spoke to some of you in person and they recommended i
use the listserv to speak to more of you at once. I am *NOT* a member of
the listserv so if you respond to my message *please* email me off list at
I'm looking for someone with an interest in and operant knowledge of
robotics who can help me build an unguided, fast-moving robotic filing
cabinet on wheels. My intention is to battle it with a hammer, naked, in a
crowded room. I intend to get injured, but not as injured as the filing
I am looking for someone who can help me create this-not someone who
can provide guidance or advice. I'm afraid the learning curve is just too
steep for me, and i'm too busy, between working full time, participating in
the growth of Omnispace and developing a (seperate, unrelated) dance
I would provide all the necessary materials.
The filing cabinet would have to move fast enough to hurt me, but not
fast enough to *really* hurt me. It must be unguided because its necessary
that 1. i am battling it and not a human user somewhere and 2. It must have
the potential to injure my audience as well. It must have a minimum of
three axes of movement. Other than that the sky is the limit.
I'm willing to discuss compensation, that is money, for your help.
If i have piqued your interest, email me back and we can meet (i'm at
omni space often) and i can provide more details/rationale if you need
Please spread the word!
Noisebridge is a preeminent hackerspace that helped start the international hackerspace movement! We've won awards, we host hundreds of people each week, we have lots of free classes and workshops every day. We're always open, and there area always way cool people at Noisebridge working and playing on way cool projects. Everyone is welcome! After 7 years, we're now improving our infrastructure for the next many years. Our IndieGoGo campaign will help fund this much needed improvement.
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At last night's Omni governance meeting , we talked at length about
the current status of our working groups and how to go about
encouraging work to get done principally in these working groups. We
identified some issues, such as the same people bottom-lining and
participating in all of the working groups. In short, we need fresh
Working groups should also be encouraged to work as they see fit -
which oftentimes is _not_ yet another weekly meeting, but perhaps a
bi-weekly work party, monthly hackathon, or mostly virtual collaboration.
Current working groups and bottom-liners as per the wiki:
1. Communication - Elaine and Jenny (requesting new bottom-liner) 
2. Challenging Dominant Culture - Kazoo & Margit (new bottom-liner[s]
3. Legal & Governance - Niki 
4. Finances - Danny (has this group met?)
'Space Ops' never really got started, and there was a proposal to
replace this instead with two new groups in need of bottom-liners:
5. Building Maintenance - biweekly Tuesday work parties 
6. Common Space Coordinating
What follows are guidelines for working group functionality, also
posted on the wiki :
_Working Group Protocols_
In order to make progress on many different aspects of this project,
please use the following protocols. The intention is to support
horizontal, consent-based, transparent, good-faith collaboration.
1. Start a Working Group
* Create Working Group wiki page and link to it here:
* Articulate "mission" or purpose, goals, and any tasks you already know.
* Schedule regular meetings and add them to the Calendar:
* Announce upcoming meetings on the omni-announce list at least 24
hours prior to meeting: omni-announce(a)lists.riseup.net
2. Hold Working Group Meetings
* Before the meeting begins, designate a facilitator and a scribe to
* Conclude the meeting with Outcomes or Action Items and schedule next
* Post meeting notes to the wiki on the Event page (making it
discoverable through the calendar)
* Prepare report-back for weekly Omni Collective meeting.
3. Join a Working Group
* Check the Calendar  and attend the next meeting of the working group.
* Directly contact the individual(s) bottom-lining the group.
* Show up to a meeting, or use the communication channel specified for
that group to stay in touch.
4. Make Progress in a Working Group
* Set goals that aspire to deliver on the working group's "mission" or
* If necessary, outline tasks in order to reach each goal.
* Make progress on and seek to accomplish any tasks that contribute to
the working group's goals.
* When a working group's goals require feedback, formal approval, or
simply consent from the Omni Collective, create a proposal:
** Present this proposal to the Omni Collective delegates meeting to
ensure each member-group can build consent in their respective
community as necessary.
* When a working group has several divergent options or ideas and
cannot come to resolution on them alone, then create proposals that
represent these options and present these in some way to the whole
** Present proposals at an Omni Collective meeting for feedback
** Ask for feedback on the omnilogistics(a)lists.riseup.net email list
** Ask for feedback from other working groups, member-groups, or
individuals that are not involved with your working group.
** Rinse, repeat until you have garnered improvements to your proposal
from the invaluable experiences and contributions of everyone involved
with the omni collective, ultimately building consensus among the
"Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories."
- -Laurie Anderson
"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining
"To define is to kill. To suggest is to create."
- -Stéphane Mallarmé
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Marc and I did some spot checks for lead in the paint on the CCL side of
the Bocce ball court, including some of the heavily peeling parts on the
North and East wall, and some specks we managed to knock off the ceiling
with a tennis ball.
*No lead in any of the 6 different samples we checked!* Yay! Highly
surprising for a building this age...
We used Lead Check swabs
<https://www.google.com/search?q=lead+check&tbm=shop> by 3M - you should be
able to find them at most paint stores and home improvement stores for
around $10 for two swabs. You might want to get some to test other spaces,
and we may still want to get an official lead inspection at some point. But
so far, this does look very promising...
We also poured two plates to test for mold. Again, around $10 per kit
<https://www.google.com/search?q=pro-lab+mold+test+kit&tbm=shop>, but you
need to pay an extra $40 if you want a lab to identify the specific mold
species. We'll let you know what we find...
There were reports of silverfish in the bocce ball court. I have no idea if
anyone tried to address it, but it sounds like they did.
I would put this to sudo-discuss -
On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM, ahnon <ahnon(a)ahnon.org> wrote:
> Did someone spray a bug spray of some sort in the bocce ball court? It is
> seriously not habitable in there for me right now.
> Bad for lab:
> Bad for people: hack, cough, sputter choke
> and definitely a thing about which there should be agreement.
At Thursday night's Omni delegates meeting, the following proposals were
put forth and are up for discussion over the next week, to be voted on
at next Thursday's Omni meeting:
1. Paying Jesse
Jesse Palmer is the Omni's lawyer and has done a phenomenal job
helping us get to where we are now. His bill totals somewhere in the
realm of $8500, which divided among 10 collectives means Sudo would
2. Paying an additional month of rent into a reserve
Our rent for July is free, but all collectives could pay rent for the
month of July anyway to be put into a reserve fund. I think this is a
great idea, and we have the funds for it (I believe we have ~$12,000
in the bank).
3. Revision to Consensus Process:
Thus far, the Omni Collective has made decisions using a full
consensus model. The proposal on the table is for votes to strive for
full consensus, but resort to a 2/3 majority vote if consensus cannot
be achieved. This model was recommended by Jesse, who has extensive
experience representing coops and collectives who've run into problems
with full-consensus models for hairy decisions like banning an abusive
individual or - as may be the case with us - removing particular
groups/collectives from the larger collective.
Proposal : New Voting Model
All votes called by the Delegate Council are subject to two rounds of
voting. The first round passes by full consensus. If after friendly
amendments and conversation full consensus cannot be achieved, the
vote moves to a second round which passes by 2/3 majority. If this
second vote fails to pass, the vote does not carry.
This amendment to our full consensus voting procedures is proposed in
light of advice from radical comrades and colleagues who have seen
groups and projects torn apart by bad-faith exploitation of full
consensus voting. Our group's aim and aspiration will always be full
consensus, and we will always work to make sure all voices are heard.
In all of our work and decisionmaking together, let us always be
guided by fairness, kindness, and justice.
Please discuss any issues posed by the above proposals, make
amendments, and feel free to attend next Thursday's meeting if you'd
like to participate!
"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."
Looking for your hand made way cool things!
To make our Noisebridge IndieGoGo campaign more appealing and awesome for higher level donations, we're adding two more reward levels:
$256 -- One ultra way cool handmade thing by a Noisebridge community member. We can't tell you what it will be -- you'll find out when you receive it. We guarantee that it will be handmade, and that its creator made it because they wanted to make a way ultra cool thing!
$512 -- Two ultra way cool handmade things by Noisebridge community members. We can't tell you what they will be -- you'll find out when you receive them. We guarantee that they will be handmade, and that their creators made them because they wanted to make way ultra cool things!
Wanna donate a Cool Handmade Thing for the cause? Please email me! It can be anything! Simple, easy, complex -- it doesn't matter -- as long as it is hand made, and you think it is way cool. Blinky lights, vibrating pillow, a scarf, a science project, a hand crank automata, a photo, painting, toothpick sculpture, an mp3, . . . Anything at all - - as long as it is hand made, and you think it is way cool. You have till October 1st to complete it and get it to Noisebridge.
Please email me if you can help.
Hey Sudo Room,
Noisebridge is holding a Class-a-Thon between August 9th and August 15th.
All we need are awesome and talented folks like yourselves to teach a few
You can do a one-off class you've been meaning to try for a while, or a
tried-and-true stand-by you've been teaching forever, or even a discussion
group or workshop.
This is the week leading up to our Reboot Party, so it's sure to come with
lots of excitement and fresh energy.
See below emails for details!
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From: Naomi Most <pnaomi(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] Class-A-Thon, August 9 to 15
To: Jeffrey Carl Faden <jeffreyatw(a)gmail.com>
Cc: "noisebridge-discuss(a)lists.noisebridge.net" <
If you can teach a class on ANYTHING, and you can do it between August 9th
to 15th, please contact Jeffrey:
We'd love to have a huge variety of classes for this week-long event.
Suggestions / Examples:
* circuit bending
* cross-stitch / needlepoint
* wearable electronics
* kombucha making
* radio broadcasting
* streaming audio/video
Contact Jeffrey, let him know your availability, and he'll get you on the
Doing this class-blitz will go a long way towards introducing many
different people the way we've upgraded the space, and of course encourage
a few donations along the way. :)
On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM, Jeffrey Carl Faden <jeffreyatw(a)gmail.com>
> Cross-posting this from Announce, because Naomi Said So
> Come teach at Noisebridge! Help make Noisebridge a place where people will
> want to come and learn about all things related to hacking.
> For the week of August 9 to 15, we're looking for people to teach as many
> one-off classes as possible, in addition to the regularly scheduled
> recurring classes. Filling Noisebridge up with classes for a week will send
> the message that it's a place where everyone is free to come and teach what
> they know, and learn as much as they can. It should also help with the
> fundraising effort toward the Reboot:
> Have a specific skill that you're good at or known for? Think others would
> benefit from it? Take an hour or two of your time to teach others.
> Run a woodshop class in the shop. Teach how to sew with the sewing
> machines. Run a photography class and use the darkroom. Here's a full list
> of Noisebridge's resources: https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Resources - use
> them to their full potential!
> We're especially looking for all-ages or kid-friendly classes to be taught
> on the weekend.
> I'm in charge of finding people to teach classes and help schedule them.
> Contact me, or noisebridge-discuss(a)lists.noisebridge.net, with any
> questions related to the Class-A-Thon.
> To teach a class, all you have to do is put it on the Upcoming or
> Recurring Events list and email noisebridge-announce(a)lists.noisebridge.net
> Noisebridge-discuss mailing list
Naomi Theora Most
Naomi Theora Most