The vending machine now provides some more feedback after money is put in.
Source code associated with my contribution is here. I haven't documented
the other components of the vending machine.
Based on the implementation details, it appears to me that
the bill acceptor is in fact plugged into one board (Arduino Leonardo)
that is connected by serial to another board (Raspberry Pi). Why is
the former board used at all? That is, why is the bill acceptor not
plugged directly into the latter board?
Greetings Sudo et al, I'm so sorry but I have to bring to your attention a
recent, very unfortunate, inappropriate, and violent encounter a friend of
mine, Deon Saunders, had with a guy named "Rob", who I don't think I know
personally, although I'm sure he's well known around Omni in general. I
don't believe he's a sudo member specifically, but I believe this incident
sort of came into Sudo territory when Marc became involved; I also really
respect and love what Sudo room provides to the community, and I know that
Sudo is a powerful force within the Omni; as such, I'm writing to you all
now because I believe this issue definitely needs to be dealt with, and not
ignored or brushed aside.
Basically, Deon is friends with Phat Beets and Food First, and has been
frequenting the Omni in order to do work and access the community resources
that are available. To my understanding, he often works in the Sudo room
space. Although this should not need to be said, I can personally vouch for
Deon as an upstanding and generous member of the Oakland community.
Deon was having trouble accessing the space the other day and rung the Omni
doorbell several times, at which point guy named Rob opened the door and
started cursing at him and being very aggressive. After Deon was able to
enter Omni, Rob then started following him around and harassing him, acting
like a cop. Although this is egregious in and of itself, and a terrible
counter-representation of the Omni's values, this all came to a head when
Rob accused Deon of not being "an actual, normal, human being". Whether or
not this was intentional, it evoked longstanding racist attitudes that
black folks have been subjected to, suggesting that Deon was less-than, or
sub-human. Deon was so offended that he promptly left the Omni and has not
been back since.
Besides this very loaded and hateful comment, this general kind of
treatment and attitude, overall, is the EXACT opposite of the way black
folks should be treated when interfacing with the Omni. Rob's actions are
not okay, at all, and I strongly feel that a serious accountability process
should be implemented for this incident. This is not a small matter. I've
spoken with Deon, and he has agreed to participate.
I've also heard that this type of incident has happened before at the Omni,
specifically involving Rob. Correct me if I'm wrong, but apparently, the
attitude that was expressed to Deon was that Rob is one of the main people
that operates (i.e. helps to reproduce and sustain,) the Omni, and as such,
people basically go along with what he says and does. If this is in fact
the case, then an accountability process is even more imperative. In no way
should labor, and by proxy, "power" derived from labor, enable a person to
act with racism against members of the Oakland community. I think it's in
the best interest of the Omni to address this issue immediately, for Deon,
for the Omni, and for the Omni's relationship with the greater community of
I believe Marc was present for part of this incident as well, and although
I know, Marc is so busy doing vital work for Sudo and Omni, it might
behoove him to also participate in this process, as a witness.
I am writing this email not because I am trying to "cancel" or ruin anyone,
but because I care about Deon, The Omni, Sudo, and the Oakland community at
large. This issue seems indicative of larger problems, and if addressed
with love and respect and accountability, could seriously benefit all
parties listed above, and improve the Omni and it's relationship with
I'm not sure where to take it from here, as I am personally extremely busy
with other community-based activities in Oakland right now, but a
mediator/facilitator should be sought out, ideally a black person, but at
the very least, a non-black poc, and probably someone that isn't personally
involved in the day-to-day operations at Omni, sudo etc. If i am able, I
could possibly be this mediator, but I hope other options are sought out
first, because a.) I'm a non-black, mixed race poc, and b.) I have very
little capacity at the moment.
But please keep me in the loop regarding an accountability process for Rob,
and I'll do whatever I can to help move this along and reach a fair and
Sorry to bring such difficult news to you all, but I could not stay silent.
With love and Solidarity,
I said "your 'community' space," but honestly, I still want this to be my
space, too. I hardly ever make a fuss about any of this stuff because it's
all so futile, you know? but in this case, I really want to make my point
clear: I think we should rescind our action against Rannette. I think
she's been treated unfairly. Even if she is "aggressive" towards you or
your compatriots, I don't think we need white dudes policing our space of
black women's bodies. Matt, you claim to have acted in another's interest
and you offer an injured third party -- let them speak for themselves,
because I don't think it's your place right now. If there was a violent
incident that threatened our space, let's hear it from a witness or an
involved party. "Something Happened" is not good enough. Otherwise "but
above all the Omni
Commons must maintain a safe, welcoming environment" seems to fly directly
in the face of the lived experience of too many black people.
I wanted to reach out for some feedback. Seeking folks who would want to
facilitate or participate in a men's group.
I've previously participated in small groups like this and found them
beneficial for various reasons. I would like to see if folks have had
similar or different experiences.
The way I'm thinking about this would culminate in something like a regular
meeting for men in the sudo room community to discuss relevant issues
including those of identity, oppression, privilege, patriarchy, gender,
sexuality, stereotypes, safe space, and mutual support.
This may not be the best or even a viable path to approach these topics,
but I wanted to throw it out there to see if there is any interest.
Hi everyone, I know we discussed at the last meeting Gwen slamming the door
in someone's face when she asked to use the bathroom. There was another
incident that went down the exact same way a few days ago, and tonight
there was another that prompted me to ask Gwen to leave.
I was sitting in the small classroom and heard Gwen answer the door, and
shouted "it's 50,000 a month, are you going to help pay for this place,
huh, are you" in a very aggressive tone, but she allowed the person in to
use the bathroom. As the person was leaving, Gwen shouted "YOU'RE WELCOME"
repeatedly in an extremely snotty tone. I heard this myself, confirmed I'd
heard correctly with the woman who used the bathroom, and then asked Gwen
to leave. To her credit, she simply said "no problem" and left immediately.
This is a completely unacceptable way to answer the door at Omni. I'm not
sure if Gwen if a sudo member, but I strongly feel whichever collective she
belongs to should call her in and have a conversation about this. At the
same time, I feel we have the responsibility not to pretend this problem is
limited to Gwen and at the next sudo meeting we need to brainstorm ways to
reform the door policy to be more inclusive.
Today we are going to replace the toilet in the wheelchair bathroom and
also tile the area behind the toilet. The whole bathroom will be out of
service for at least a couple hours. Sorry for the inconvenience!
we picked up those tables that were on craigslist a few days ago.
there are 5 small ones and 3 large ones. they are very strong, and have
places for outlets so we can get rid of the extension cords.
if we cut two of the long ones length-wise to be the same width as the
short ones, then we can have the same exact table situation we have going
on right now but with much stronger and nicer tables.
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With great power comes great responsibility.
I have been working on this for a while now, https://civilpedia.org/s/
It's designed to be a website for everyone, where anyone can teach anyone
else anything. My hope is that we can decentralize science and learning, so
more people can have that opportunity in life regardless of how small the
Ivory towers are.
You can make groups, pages, discussions or IRC channels, and subscribe to
any of those to have notifications pushed to your email or phone.
It still has some bugs (tracked here:
https://civilpedia.org/p/?pid=329&h=Civilpedia+Issue+Tracker), but, do play
around with it and let me know what you think!
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