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?
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.
Here's some images of the Seiko SMI 3200 Scanning Electron Microscope that
is in need of a new home:
Note that this is NOT a small system! It's not huge as SEM's go, but
definitely not desktop - more like "small room sized". And it would
obviously need some dedicated person to keep it in good running condition.
It is however almost brand new, and currently *running*, at <5nm resolution!
Beam Services Inc is down in Pleasanton, so I guess interested parties
could potentially go and have a look at the system. This kind of equipment
would be a significant commitment and investment in time and effort on our
part, so let's coordinate on this shall we?
On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 AM, Nathan McCorkle <nmz787(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Useful for micro and nano imaging, as well as micro and nano milling
> and deposition (if it has a gas injector system).
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: <microscopylistserver-noreply(a)microscopy.com>
> Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 4:49 PM
> Subject: [Microscopy] viaWWW:SMI3200 FIB system looking for a good home
> To: nmz787(a)gmail.com
> The Microscopy ListServer -- CoSponsor: The Microscopy Society of America
> To Subscribe/Unsubscribe --
> On-Line Help http://www.microscopy.com/MicroscopyListserver/FAQ.html
> X-from: dan.buntman(a)beamservices.com
> This Question/Comment was submitted to the Microscopy Listserver
> using the WWW based Form at
> Remember this posting is most likely not from a Subscriber, so when
> please copy both dan.buntman(a)beamservices.com as well as the
> Microscopy Listserver
> Email: dan.buntman(a)beamservices.com
> Name: Dan Buntman
> Organization: Beam Services, Inc.
> Title-Subject: [Filtered] SMI3200 FIB system looking for a good home
> Message: We have a Seiko SMI3200 FIB single beam system available for
> donation to any university or
> other non-profit organization. The system has only been used
> ~3,500hrs., is fully functional and
> currently operating in our facility with demonstrated resolution of
> <5nm. The recipient will be
> responsible for crating, shipping and installation costs. If you are
> interested please contact me
> at dan.buntman(a)beamservices.com.
> Login Host: 126.96.36.199
> Listserver Email Form V - 20120416
> Do not reply to this message it is from
> the Microscopy Listserver NO-REPLY forwarding
> system. You should send a new message to
> 11, 17 -- From microscopylistserver-noreply(a)microscopy.com Wed Jun 24
> 18:03:49 2015
> 11, 17 -- Received: from Nestor-Mac-Pro-ZNL.local (mac22.zaluzec.com
> 11, 17 -- by ns.microscopy.com (188.8.131.5260308/8.12.8) with
> ESMTP id t5ON3mfZ000739
> 11, 17 -- for <microscopy(a)microscopy.com>; Wed, 24 Jun 2015
> 18:03:48 -0500
> 11, 17 -- Message-ID: <558B3754.8090000(a)microscopy.com>
> 11, 17 -- Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:03:48 -0500
> 11, 17 -- From: MicroscopyListserver-NoReply
> 11, 17 -- Reply-To: microscopylistserver-noreply(a)microscopy.com
> 11, 17 -- User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.9;
> rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/31.7.0
> 11, 17 -- MIME-Version: 1.0
> 11, 17 -- To: MicroscopyListServer-Forward <microscopy(a)microscopy.com>
> 11, 17 -- Subject: viaWWW:SMI3200 FIB system looking for a good home
> 11, 17 -- References: <201506241723.t5OHNnE8030468(a)ns.microscopy.com>
> 11, 17 -- In-Reply-To: <201506241723.t5OHNnE8030468(a)ns.microscopy.com>
> 11, 17 -- X-Forwarded-Message-Id:
> 11, 17 -- Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252; format=flowed
> 11, 17 -- Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
> ==============================End of -
> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups
> "Counter Culture Labs" group.
> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an
> email to counterculturelabs+unsubscribe(a)googlegroups.com.
> To post to this group, send email to counterculturelabs(a)googlegroups.com.
> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Nope, just finding a good adhesive for reattaching it is hard. I ended up
just using an open cell foam pad to push the header on the glass
Only advice is to not be too aggressive and let the glue take its time to
release. Doingbot while warm would help.
On Mar 21, 2018 1:34 PM, "Marc Juul" <marc(a)juul.io> wrote:
Cool! Hey is there any reason why I can't do that end then just flip the
glass, clean it and re-attach the heating pad on the bottom?
Any tips on getting the heating pad off?
On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:34 AM, Adam <me(a)adammunich.com> wrote:
> I have successfully separated the heating pad from my old Taz bed it's
> quite robust
> On Mar 21, 2018 8:10 AM, "Marc Juul" <marc(a)juul.io> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:51 PM, Jake <jake(a)spaz.org> wrote:
>>> I 3d printed stuff last night and it worked great. I scraped off the
>>> stuff on
>>> the print bed and exposed the actual glass print bed! it's still good
>>> there are a couple of serious craters. Not sure what to do about the
>>> perhaps fill them in with caulk? Silicone caulk sticks to glass.
>> Yeah sorry about that. One of the craters is my fault. I was printing on
>> a really cold night with ABS and the ABS stuck so well to the glass and the
>> temperature difference in the room was so great that the ABS contracting as
>> it cooled actually took off a bit of the glass. I will try to find and
>> order replacement glass.
>> sudo-discuss mailing list
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jenny Ryan <tunabananas(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 12:15 PM
Subject: Proposal: Hire or Replace Me as Omni's Bookkeeper
Recently, the topic of more regular and transparent financial reporting has
come up in Omni Delegates Meetings. While this has traditionally been the
domain of the Finance Working Group, said working group has usually seen
fewer than 3 members in attendance, and historically has relied on one or
two volunteers to uphold day-to-day financial transactions, regular
reporting, annual filings (State, Federal, County, and City), loan
repayments, invoicing, bank reconciliations, bill payments, check cashing
and internal financing and filings. Additionally, we continue to receive
requests for and accrue fiscally-sponsored projects, significantly adding
to our administrative overhead. Our property tax exemption application is
due February 15th, which requires detailed documentation of all entities
that use the building (including one-time event rentals and small recurring
group meetings). We also need to consolidate our mortgage loan within the
next two years. Total number of hours spent on this labor each month has
frequently trended toward that of full-time employment (with overtime).
I am now incapable of continuing to engage on this level with Omni’s
bookkeeping and operations on a volunteer basis. I enjoy this work, and
have been studying nonprofit bookkeeping and law generally over the past
three years, obtained Quickbooks certifications, attended webinars and
workshops, and have already begun doing nonprofit bookkeeping as a paid
position for other clients. However, I have bills to pay and will soon need
to find full-time paid employment or the equivalent - which means I won't
have time to work on Omni.
This work adds up to minimally 20 hours/month and is reliant on skilled
labor that has been consistently out of reach for Omni Commons since its
inception. Starting March 1st, all of our community loans - totalling over
$100K with monthly average repayments to the tune of $3,200 - will have
been repaid! We are now in a position, financially, to afford professional
bookkeeping and administrative services (see Feasibility
Paying for skilled labor is not unprecedented: since our beginnings, we
have readily paid the hourly or project-based rate for legal assistance,
city permitting and inspection fees, and building and maintenance work
(including electrical, plumbing, fire safety, and roof repair) - as well as
supporting paid A/V for events. Traditionally, those we hire have been
people aligned and familiar with Omni’s vision and structure, or
recommended by comrades within our community.
It seems to me that Omni has the following options:
Hire an accountant and train them in the structure and history of Omni
and its collectives (probably expensive);
Hire another Omni volunteer and train them in bookkeeping, taxes, etc;
(who will do the training?);
Attempt to find someone else to do this work for free;
Pay me to continue doing the work I've been doing for free over the past
Hire me as Omni’s interim bookkeeper/operations admin on a $25 hourly
basis, with a reexamination of the agreement and contractual follow-up due
diligence by a consensed-upon Omni Delegate upon the start of the next
fiscal quarter (April 2019), with an aspirational increase to $30/hr before
the end of 2019.
Created Chart of Accounts, generated nonprofit financial statements
and custom reports on an as-needed basis for four nonprofit organizations
(Sudo Room, OOC, Omni, and Sudo Mesh), and one worker-cooperatives (Agua
Created custom reports automatically sent monthly to Commons WG and Sudo
Created and maintain Omni and Sudo Mesh’s business plans and budgets
(both actual and 5-year Projected);
Filed Forms 990 and 199
<https://omnicommons.org/wiki/Finances#990_Tax_Forms> (taxes) for all of
the above organizations dating back to 2013
Rigorous bank account reconciliations, including redoing Omni’s dating
back to 2014;
Oversaw Omni’s building purchase process
which required hundreds of hours, nearly 50 individual and organizational
entities, and nearly 75 documents and signed contracts;
Oversaw Omni’s applications
for and successful acquisitions of federal, state, city/business, sales,
and property tax exemptions;
Oversaw much of the soliciting, drafting of promissory notes, and
near-complete (as of March 1st) repayment of over $100,000 in community
Oversee collective invoicing and followup of overdue invoices;
Drafted the following key nonprofit governance/finance documents for
Omni (and the same for Sudo Mesh minus the latter two bullet points):
Omni Commons Budget
Omni Commons Business Plan
Omni Commons Fiscal Policies & Procedures
Omni Finances Overview and Financial Reports
Commercial Real Estate Loan Application
Bottomlined budgets for the Kitchen,
the Media Lab <https://omnicommons.org/wiki/MediaLab>, and nearly a
dozen grant applications for Omni, Sudo Room, Sudo Mesh, ABDC,
*Qualifications and Skills:*
Quickbooks ProAdvisor Certification (May 2018);
5 years of nonprofit bookkeeping experience (Sudo Room 2013-current;
Sudo Mesh 2013-current; Omni Commons 2015-current);
Proficiency with Quickbooks Online, Google Drive, and MediaWiki;
Knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted best practice accounting
principles for complex non-profit organizations;
Strong organizational and communication skills; able to communicate
effectively and efficiently through verbal and/or written means;
Attention to detail, especially with regards to data entry;
Discretion in the handling of confidential or sensitive information;
Great love of spreadsheets and documentation.
Responsibilities / Deliverables:
*The vast majority of these I already do, but would be able to do more
consistently and ideally while training a new Treasurer of the nonprofit.*
Monthly bookkeeping tasks:
Bank account reconciliations in Quickbooks;
Accounts payable (bills - maintain Vendor files and payments
including bill pay system & payroll;
Accounts receivable (invoices - ensure that receivables are collected
Liabilities (loan repayments & security deposits);
Assets (calculating value of purchases of equipment, machinery,
fixtures, furniture, leasehold improvements & in-kind donations;
Regular, transparently-documented financial reporting:
Monthly income and expense reports to be submitted to the Delegates
Council by the first Thursday of the month;
Monthly customized reports for Commons and Project income & loss;
Quarterly reports including: Incomes & Expenses (+ comparative
analysis); Accounts Payable/Receivable; Bank Acct.
Reconciliation; Income &
Expense changes over 1-5 yrs;
Annual reporting including: current year’s Statement of Activity &
Statement of Financial Position; State and Federal tax filings;
Communications & Fundraising:
Preparation and sending of donation acknowledgement letters by Jan
Assist with maintenance of grant budgets, and prepare reports for
Prettified financial reports and binders for potential funders.
Prepare and file annual Federal 990s;
CA State Filings: Forms 199 (and schedules) and RRF-1s;
Bi-annual Statements of Information (SI-100s);
Property Tax Exemption Application submitted by Feb. 15th annually;
Maintain current month-to-month and 5-Year Projected Budget docs;
Maintain Designated Funds (eg; Kitchen), Operational & Capital
Budgets created as-needed for grant applications and fundraising
Create mortgage loan consolidation application package.
Updating our Guidestar and other online profiles;
Ensure accounting and communication processes are properly
documented, and annual reports published on our website/wiki;
Update and prettify business plan;
Filing annual Board Meeting minutes (analog and digital);
Filing system management (analog and digital) and clear labeling/
*Goals & Aspirations:*
Build Operating and Capital Reserve Funds as budgeted;
Scheduled regular maintenance of roof, exterior, HVAC, Fire, etc;
Boost the following potential sources of Omni income: MediaLab, Kitchen,
Commons, recurring donations (eg; Patreon), grant awards, substantial
Create and propose a long-term plan for moving toward sustainable energy
(solar) and full-venue capabilities (fire sprinkler system, Conditional Use
Permit / Liquor License, catering, event promotion, streamlined booking
Create and propose a sustainable compensation plan for
currently-undervalued volunteer and member-collective labor (eg; percentage
of Commons/event rental income to bottomliners and member-collective
Omni’s current monthly expenses average $9,500/mo once all short-term loans
are repaid in February of 2019. Our current monthly average income is
$10,750, leaving a surplus of roughly $1,200/month in the beginning of
2019. This income is an average and does not reflect one-time larger grants
and donations, which we’d be in a much better position to obtain with some
upgrades to our documentation, reporting, and donor engagement.
I propose to do Omni’s bookkeeping work for hire (while still participating
in additional volunteer capacity as I always have) on a 3-month trial basis
at $25/hr, with hours fully documented and invoiced by the 1st of the
month. This is a discounted rate ($45-$60/hr) and about what Omni is
currently able to afford.
This full proposal, including my resume, can be read and commented on as a
Google Doc here:
Many thanks for your consideration. I hope to continue working with Omni
Commons in a capacity that is sustainable for me and enables the continued
fiscal operations of the building.
Help open a professional kitchen at the Omni Commons in Oakland!
"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."
"Anything done for the first time unleashes a demon."
--Dave Sim, "Cerebus the Aardvark"
A new year has come round,
trash and e-waste abound!
Sudo is not quite solid state,
we must care for its fate.
I'll take out clutter by the bag,
let us now plan to de-frag?
- - - -
With great power comes great responsibility.
> NOTE: emails to the helpdesk list were sent to an individual email address (such as info(a)omnicommons.org) with the PRESUMPTION OF PRIVACY. They may include personal information which the sender would not have sent to a public list (such as omni-discuss). If you must forward messages to a public list, please take great care to REMOVE SENSITIVE INFORMATION!
^^ Do people even notice this warning anymore? Kind of ironic in context.
Not sure if anyone wants to respond to this...
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: xxxxxxxxxx <xxxxxxx(a)xxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 12:37
Subject: [omni-helpdesk] need help with computer stuff
Dear omni commons,
I'm xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx. I need some concise help with how to
set up a secure computer. Wouldn't mind joining a casual meeting, etc.
either. But if you suggest a specific day, or maybe a specific person to
speak to, would be of great help.
thanks for the help,
NOTE: emails to the helpdesk list were sent to an individual email address
(such as info(a)omnicommons.org) with the PRESUMPTION OF PRIVACY. They may
include personal information which the sender would not have sent to a
public list (such as omni-discuss). If you must forward messages to a
public list, please take great care to REMOVE SENSITIVE INFORMATION!
helpdesk mailing list