I have a few brand new 1st gen Google Cardboard units lying around.
Anyone interested? I considered just bringing them and putting them
someplace, but I hear folks junk-dumping is a problem. Lemme know!
Sudo did a straw poll last week to get the ball moving on this, but need
quorum to come to a decision about switching banks. It doesn't seem too
controversial to me, there aren't that many options anyway.
Long and short of it is that sudo's current credit union, Internet Archive
Federal Credit Union (IAFCU) is struggling to stay open. The credit union
members took a vote that was due Dec 8th about whether or not to liquidate
the credit union. Sudo Room did not vote on behalf of its membership, but
the evidence is pretty convincing that this is a failed experiment and it's
time to reorganize and try new things:
Western Federal Credit Union, is large, stable, now supports quickbooks,
and is where Omni Commons holds its main account currently, making payments
very efficient. It seems like a no-brainer, and I personally have not found
any more appealing options. For instance, Bank of the West is closing its
Temescal branch location, part of long-term closures, so there is no
obviously close credit union to our current location at 4799 Shattuck.
Finally, it'd simply be nice to see your faces at sudo tonight, just to say
hi and catch up, possibly before some of us go out of town for holidays,
At the Commons working group meeting we were discussing how, last year,
over the winter holidays, many of the people who usually spent time at
the Omni were not around. What resulted was people without an interest
in taking care of the Omni and our community entering the space,
engaging in conflict, and ignoring community agreements.
With that in mind, we would like to ask Omni collective members who are
in town over the next several weeks to come by the space on a regular
basis and check the building to make sure everything is secure and that
the space is being used appropriately. All the doors (Ballroom, main
entrance, and the two 48th St doors) should be locked at all times
unless there is a member of a member collective keeping a door unlocked
for a particular reason (such as loading, or an event) and someone is
keeping a eye on who is coming into the building.
Please remember that non-members can only be in the building as guests
of a member. If you let someone into the space, you are taking
responsibility for them.
Only members of member collectives are granted 24-hour access to the space.
Members are asked to not occupy the space without at least one other
member present for safety reasons.
Members are not obligated to let non-members in to the space at any time.
Members may ask non-members to leave the space at any time, for any reasons.
If your collective is hosting an event or class, one of your
responsibilities is to make sure everyone leaves after the event is over.
Please ensure members of your collective understand this information.
And please sign up for an ongoing door shift here:
Thanks to everyone for your hard work and friendship over the past year.
Laura, for the Commons working group
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 23:52:15 -0800
From: Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner <shifra(a)temescaldistrict.org>
Subject: Meeting re how the BID can best support Omni Commons
I am the new Executive Director for the Temescal BID, and I'd like to
set up a meeting with you and/or any other decision makers at Omni
Commons to get to know your organization, and learn how I can best
support you. I've shared some of your events on Facebook, and taken a
short tour of your space (as well as attending the Bicycle Music
Festival after-party in your space!). But I'd like to know best how to
talk about all your amazing organizations, as well as your over-arching
I offer marketing and promotions support to all the organizations and
business in the district, as well as coordinating the cleaning, and
graffiti removal in all the different zones. I am eager to hear your
issues, challenges, and successes.
I'm also interested in finding out if Omni Commons rents out space for
events on a regular basis, and if I could possibly publicize. People
frequently approach me for meeting/event space available in the
And on a different note, the storage unit that the Temescal BID's clean
team uses will be demolished in less than 4 weeks to make way for the
development at 51st and Telegraph. The BID is urgently looking to find
the team a new storage unit in the district, and we are willing to rent
one. We are definitely interested in both temporary
and permanent solutions given the urgent need. The team needs a space on
the ground floor, ~200-250 square feet. The team needs access 5 days a
week (M-F) starting at 8am and ending at 2:30pm. Do you happen to have
any extra space available?
Please let me know when you would be available to meet? Omni Commons is
an important stakeholder in the Temescal BID.
Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner
Temescal Telegraph BID
4430 Telegraph Ave #49
Oakland, CA 94609
Greetings Sudo Room!
This invoice for January rent should be paid before the end of the month if possible. It's going to be tight going into 2016, but we're simultaneously in our final round of negotiations to purchase the building!
Love and solidarity,
Omni Commons Finance WG
------------------------ Invoice Summary --------------------------
Invoice # : 1207
Invoice Date: 12/14/2015
Due Date: 12/28/2015
Terms: Net 30
Amount Due: $2,000.00
The complete version has been provided as an attachment to this email.
people have been using the embroidery machine lately. you might notice a
piece of fabric on it with practice runs on it, and a black piece with
SUDOROOM in green thread.
the machine works perfectly. if you want to learn how to use it, I can
show you anytime i'm there, including every tuesday evening starting at
For now you need to use a stencil to get lettering. (although you can
certainly try to freehand stuff) There are a couple of sets of letters
you can set up to spell out your name or whatever.
you could also take a thin piece of wood and carve a design into it, and
use it as a stencil. You could also (easily) 3D print a stencil with the
design of your choice on it. There is probably also a way to use the
laser engraver to make a stencil, although the groove in the stencil
should be a bit wider than the laser beam. Probably the right settings
and the right wood would produce a good stencil after a single pass.
Also, the embroidery machine can be used as a sewing machine, in which you
can move the fabric in any direction (not just in a straight line).
The catch being that you have to move it yourself and it won't guide you
or help you keep a pace.
The hardest part is controlling the speed using the pedal.. It's like a
clutch on a sports car, it takes some getting used to. Let me know if you
want a lesson.
I brought in a Panasonic KX-P2180 Dot Matrix printer a while ago, and
someone found some tractor-feed paper for it.
I want to use it to print lines from IRC when someone says
12:34 < jerkey> !print 12:33 < sudobot> DOOR EVENT: RichardStallman swiped into the building
the printer will actually print that line onto the paper and advance one
line like a typewriter.
this is what a dor-matrix printer looks like in action:
(ours will be printing lines of text, not graphics)
so i got a USB to parallel converter, and i plugged it into the desktop
computer next to the 3D printer. It comes up as /dev/usb/lp0 because of
kernel module usblp, which sees the hardware and makes that device.
If i become root, i can do
echo "hello world" > /dev/usb/lp0
and it will print "hello world" to the paper, and advance to the next
this works a couple of times, but then the printer stops printing, and
then the command doesn't exit, until you press a button on the printer and
then it prints SOME of what you sent it, and you have to press the button
again and again... it makes no fucking sense.
I experienced this in the past too, playing with the same kind of printer,
probably under DOS, and I never figured out what the fuck was wrong.
any ideas? the printer is still set up on the desk if you want to play