what did you expect would happen when you handed out physical keys to
people? they copy them and hand out copies, and then those get copied
Now someone is repeatedly using their key to unlock the front door, and
leaving the lock in the "unlocked" position.
I arrived at Omni at 10PM and the door was like that. I immediately found
someone with a key and used their key to re-lock the door, and I confirmed
with that person that they understood to always re-lock the door after
using their key.
When I left Omni at 2:15AM, it was unlocked again. I had a front-door key
stashed somewhere and I went and got it to re-lock the door, since there
was nobody around answering my request for a front door key.
The moral of the story? Someone with a key is leaving the front door
unlocked, multiple times a day, including between the hours of 10PM and
I have worked very hard to make sure the magnetic stripe access card
system is 100% reliable, including it having a battery backup and
automatic notifications that go out to multiple people if anything goes
wrong. I did this work so we wouldn't make the same mistake of handing
out physical keys that get copied and copied and handed out to whomever.
I propose we re-key the front door and only give keys to very specific
people who promise not to make any copies. It's easy enough to add cards
to the card access system (that's a whole other discussion) that we should
not have to be handing out keys anymore.
The Omni Commoner
*Issue 1, April 2016*
The Omni Commons currently hosts over a dozen collectives committed to the
mission of equity and community. We’re actively recruiting new members for
existing groups as well as entirely new organizations to collaborate with
us. Please visit *omnicommons.org/wiki*
to learn more, or contact *info(a)omnicommons.org* <info(a)omnicommons.org>
with inquiries on how to participate!
*We’ve been changing the exterior of the Omni to increase security,
accessibility, and improve the buildings appearance. *You may have seen our
beautiful new front door that improves wheelchair accessibility. Exterior
lighting has been repaired and we will add more as finances permit. After
long discussions about privacy and security concerns, we have developed a
security camera system that ensures footage can only be used when necessary
for increasing the safety of our community. You will soon see security
cameras mounted to observe key areas of the exterior and sidewalk. The
cypress trees have been pruned back, but there is discussion about problems
with them, such as providing hiding places for both people and objects, and
the mess they leave on the sidewalk.
Are you connected to an aligned group looking for occasional or permanent
space? We have space available and are actively seeking new member
collectives to rent it out! Apply to be a member collective at*
omnicommons.org/join <http://omnicommons.org/join> !*
We’re always welcoming new volunteers to participate in various working
groups - in particular finance, building & maintenance, commons (event
management), and fundraising. Check the calendar for the next working group
meeting, or visit *omnicommons.org/lists <http://omnicommons.org/lists>* to
join the relevant mailing list.
DONATE NOW TO KEEP US GOING!
*Updates From Member Collectives*
Greetings from Omni’s newest collective project, *Agua Viva!* We are
remodeling the Entrance Hall to create a cafe and infoshop that will serve
as a welcoming and inspiring space for newcomers and oldtimers alike.
Aiming to open by mid-summer!
In the months of April and May, *Liberated Lens* is presenting Local
Filmmaker series with directors present for Q&A. So far we’ve screened *Chicago
Confessional* by Bryan Gibel, *First Friday* by Mario Furloni and N'Jeri
Eaton and *A Fierce Green Fire* by Mark Kitchell. The screenings coming up
in May will be: *The Waiting Room* and *Rezoning Harlem*.
Weekly *sudo room* meetings are now socials! Stop by on a Wednesday, 7pm,
to kick it with your friendly neighborhood hackers and learn more about the
various projects, meetups and resources available in sudo room!
Meeting-flavored parties are 2nd Wednesdays.
Outside the Perimeter: Interview with Counter Culture Labs in the Daily
Have a Question?
Chances are the answer is already on our website or wiki at omnicommons.org
- Come visit and send us a comment or feedback at *info(a)omnicommons.org*
or check out the calendar of ongoing events at *omnicommons.org/calendar*
*Fundraising / Buy the Building / Until the Revolution Working Group*, 6pm
in the Blue Classroom - Working on fundraising strategies for the Omni and
the logistical tasks toward buying the building - until the revolution,
when property becomes obsolete.
*Synthetic Biology, Biohacking and Cheese*, every other Monday at 7pm in
Counter Culture Labs – Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It
all starts with regular old baker’s yeast. Through synthetic biology, we
engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories. Our milk proteins are
then combined with water and vegan oil to make Vegan Milk which is
ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese through standard cheese-making
processes – just like cheese made from cow or goat milk!
*The Art of Science, the Science of Art*, 4th Mondays at 7pm in Counter
Culture Labs - Come by CCL at Omni Commons to show, tell and share anything
that you are interested in relating to the intersection of art with
science, math and engineering.
*Hardware Hack Night*, 7pm in Sudo Room - Come learn about any aspect of
hardware hacking and hack with others. The *giant robot arm*
would like to let you know that everyone is welcome.
*Biohackers and Mad Scientists Social*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs - Come
meet our Biohackers and other Mad Scientists in our new space at the Omni
Commons to discuss science, brainstorm projects, learn more about Counter
Culture Labs, and plot world domination. And hey – free pizza! See you
*Birdhouse Art Collective Weekly Meetups* - 7-9pm in the Omni Entrance
Hall. More info *here*
*Film Night @ The Omni*, every other Tuesday, 7pm in the Disco Room -
Regular film screenings hosted by resident radical film-making member
collective Liberated Lens.
*Sudo Room Weekly Social*, 7pm in Sudo Room - Open to all! Potluck!
*East Bay Homes Not Jails Meeting*, 7pm in the Blue Classroom - Homes Not
Jails is a consensus-based collective of squatters and squat supporters who
believe housing is a human right. Our goal is to open as much vacant
housing as possible and to keep it open as long as possible.
*Fermentation Station MycoFermentoOmniMondo*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs
- A Chatauqua style event with several hands on activities going on
concurrently with occasional focus for attendees on one or more of the
activities. Sort of a three ring circus style in a sideshow presentation
with a potluck format.
*Open Source Insulin*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs - Developing the first
open source protocol to produce insulin simply and economically. Our work
may serve as a basis for generic production of this life-saving drug and
provide a firmer foundation for continued research into improved versions
*BACE Timebank Monthly Meetups*, 1st Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Treatment
Room - The Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank promotes and facilitates
the use of Time instead of money in the exchange of goods and services.
*Omni Delegates Meeting*, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7pm in the Ballroom -
Open to all! We’ll give space for brief announcements, updates from working
groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues.
*Commons Working Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7pm in the Entrance Hall
- Coordinates scheduling, maintenance, and use of the common spaces. We
discuss issues that arise in the commons, meet with folks who have in-depth
questions about the space, and review pending event requests.
*Finance Working Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6pm in the Blue Classroom
- Mission: To ensure the continued financial health of the Omni Commons.
Featured Upcoming Events
*April 19th, 12:30-4:30pm* - *Team Building Work Retreat for FQHC Services
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland* *(private event).*
*April 21, 6:30-10pm -** Film(s) and a panel about squatting*
Homes Not Jails will be screening films about squatter movements from
around the world, followed by a panel and discussion about the films and
squatting in general. Donations will support East Bay Homes Not Jails and
*April 23rd, 9am-5:30pm *- *Catalyst Project’s Anti-Racism for Collective
Liberation* - Training for local groups supporting white people involved in
anti-racist work. This event is by invite only - contact info 'at'
collectiveliberation 'dot' org
*April 24th, 1-3pm -* *Revolutionary Mothering* - Part of a book tour
featuring workshops by the book's editors, centering on experiences from
mothers who are of color, low-income, queer, trans, and other identities on
*April 29th, 10am-5pm -* *The Omni Commons Fair* - Showcasing the power
within interdisciplinary collaboration and grassroots community organizing.
The all day event will include a panel discussion about
cooperatively-organized arts groups featuring arts and cultural leaders in
the Bay Area, an array of interactive booths which showcase Omni’s
interdisciplinary, creative, and practical endeavors, and guided tours of
the space. A community dinner will be served at 5pm by Dos Manos, a new
catering cooperative initiated by two longtime Omni volunteers.
Recurring Events (cont.)
or ignore each other while we code (up to you). Self-paced, and all
experience levels welcome!
*BAAM Mushroom Lab*, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm in CCL - This meetup is
for people interested in mushroom cultivation at all experience levels.
Beginners (primordia) are welcome, and experienced cultivators are
encouraged to bring their own ideas, cultures, and experiments to the table.
*Hegel for Communists*, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7pm in the Treatment Room -
Studies and close readings in Hegel’s *Phenomenology of Mind*.
*Bernard Stiegler Reading Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:45pm in the
Disco Room - We will begin by making our way through Bernard Stiegler’s
Technics and Time, 1 // The Fault of Epimetheus. We will keep a blog to
follow the group: bernardstiegler.tumblr.com
*Heidegger for Mystics,* 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7pm in the Blue Classroom.
This reading group will investigate Heidegger’s esoteric and “poetic”
writings about language and the event, texts composed approximately between
*Synthetic Biology project: Engineer an evolved bacterial sunscreen*,
10:30am-12pm in Counter Culture Labs - Come get your hands dirty with some
of the most advanced genetic engineering concepts – synthetic biology,
directed evolution, and more!
*Liberation Ministries Sunday Service*, 9-11am in the Omni Ballroom - All
*Open Insulin Lab Day*, 12-3pm in Counter Culture Labs - Regular meeting to
do lab work.
*Oakland Jericho: Prisoner Writing & Analysis*, 3-5pm in the Basement Hall
- We will review prisoner writings for the purpose of analyzing their
thoughts, views and revolutionary ideologies and develop a working model in
which we are able to publish their writings so others may learn and
benefit. In addition, we will be writing our CA Political Prisoners, and
others- in order to get to know their needs, form relationships and provide
services per Oakland Jericho’s missives for Political Prisoners.
*Community Democracy Project Weekly Meet Up*, 6:30pm in the Basement Hall -
Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People,
Local Resources, Local Power!
*Liberated Lens Weekly Meetup*, 7pm in the Ballroom Mezzanine - A radical
digital filmmaking collective at the Omni. *Contact to join, learn and
*Open Circle: Families Fighting for Justice!* - Every 4th Sunday from
in the Entrance Hall or Disco Room. Open Circle, first and foremost, is an
opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to
reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring about justice
for the families who’ve lost loved ones to police terror and to bring an
end to these egregious crimes.
Thanks for reading!
*With love from:*
Agua Viva Cooperative Cafe - A worker-owned cafe dedicated to creating a
warm, public space for learning about the Omni, aiming to open by
*Bay Area Public School* - A free, self-organizing, anti-capitalist school
with radical and contestatory politics.
*Birdhouse Art Collective* - A new collective bringing art and artists to
the Omni Commons.
*Building Bloc* - A new collective for people who love Omni and want to
help it thrive!
*Buried Seeds Medicinal Herbal Cooperative* - Dedicated to the production &
accessibility of Earth-based medicine.
*Chiapas Support Committee*
- Supporting autonomous health care and education in Zapatista communities.
*Counter Culture Labs* - A citizen science and DIYbio space that is open
*Food Not Bombs* - Bringing free food to parks, political events,
neighborhood gatherings, & social centers since 1991.
*Global Womens’ Strike* - Omni Collective: International network working
toward the return of military spending to the community, starting with
women, the main caregivers everywhere.
*Liberated Lens* - A radical film & video collective dedicated to social
*The Mess* - A theatre troupe & collective of writers, dancers, actors, &
mischief makers who are out to do comedy that is a reflection of the Bay
Area’s diverse culture.
*Phat Beets* - A food justice group building farmers markets and gardens in
- A place to build, learn, reclaim technology for the people, and create
alternatives to the tech industry.
*Timeless, Infinite Light* - An Oakland small press focused on contemporary
poetry and critical theor
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this company is in Berkeley and they make really cool stuff! it's a lot
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If you want to go check out what they do and meet them, they're very nice:
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last night we installed a full-size wood router on the end of the sudoroom
robot, with a 1/4" diameter endmill, using the metal bracket Elisabeth
made. And we carved a shape into a piece of wood with it.
if you need to route any wood stuff please let me know. I can help you do
it. If you make a simple SVG file with the path you want to carve, the
robot can follow it, similar to the way it drew this dinosaur with a
Great event upcoming June 4th
http://www.alterconf.com/conferences/san-francisco-ca hoping some folks can
submit a talk (due by Monday.) Looking for folks to volunteer also.
I went to event in Oakland, it was great.
Is there any interest in having an AlterConf at Sudo? I'm willing to help
with efforts if folks are interested.
Plurality for all the things,
I'd like to share with you a website I've been working on as a side-project.
It's a place for people to share all the things they make, and build a
following :-). It's a totally custom CMS. Feel free to register and
poke around, it's a cool platform.
It's just about ready to go public, but there's one big issue: all
emails seem to be going right to spam. I have a mail-in-a-box SMTP
server configured on a D.O. droplet, with proper DNS records etc.
Still, no luck.
If anyone thinks this a thing they see as cool / would like to get
behind, feel free to reach out!
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My friend is trying to start a business building electric cargo tricycles:
"do me the honor of at least watching the vid if you haven't already cause
we put a lot of work into that and share it with Noisebridge and SudoRoom
This is about diy going pro. There's nothing shameful about taking a
successful project and wanting to share it to a broader audience. I would
love nothing more than to see tricycles take over American streets just
as they are being driven out of Asian streets.
That would be a genuine victory."
so there's a robot being built at sudoroom... another one.
it's based on a golf-club bag caddy cart thing I pulled out of the trash
at Shipyard in berkeley. It's pretty lightweight so it's less likely to
break peoples legs if it goes berzerk, compared with the last mobile robot
i made (MC Hawking) which was based on a really heavy electric wheelchair.
Robb has supplied some awesome batteries, lfp100aha which each need two
bolts to connect to them, M8 thread, and no more than 10mm long threads
with no shoulder. We have four of them so we need eight bolts.
if you have access to a kit of M8 bolts and can grab eight 10mm long (the
threaded part that is) of them, we need them to proceed with the robot.
it's next to the regular robot arm, which is in its usual spot. If you
bring the bolts to me or Robb or place them in the hand of the big robot,
that would be awesome.
Also, seeking AI programmers to make this robot work.