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.
I did a basic mopping of Sudoroom last night (without moving furniture),
and was able to remove a lot of silt dust that was everywhere. I also only
used water, as my objective was to capture dust.
There is still big particles the mopping could not pick up; yet sweeping
will resolve. I also had to circulate five mop buckets because it was so
dusty. It also had taken about an hour and a half.
It would be good in the near future to have a Sudo Mop party day, with
volunteers, to help move furniture back and forth, and have at least 2-3
people mopping. This would be a very effective way to bring all of the dust
to an optimal minimum.
The time would be shortened with another mopped as well :-).
I'll spear head a near future day when I less busy.
Thanks to a huge recent donation, sudoroom now has a TON of materials for
hosting electronics soldering workshops for newbies wanting to build arduinos,
mignonette games http://www.mignonette-game.com and
TV-B-Gones http://www.mignonette-game.com and many other cool kits!
The donation included a ton of snips (we were almost out of them!) and
soldering irons and probably a lot of other important things.
I already nominally host "Hardware Hacking Tuesdays" and I am totally down to
support people wanting to build these kits on those tuesdays, but I think we
should consider scheduling weekly events just focused on building kits, if
people have the time to dedicate to hosting such events.
Either way, anyone who is interested should participate in sorting and labeling
the donations and ideally trying to get the parts for the above-described kits
in order so that people can grab them, buy them from sudoroom, and then build
thanks again for the donation!!!!!!!!
Hello Sudo room I went through the laser cutter system and environment
thoroughly, and we are now able to use it at 24/7.
there are a couple of loose connections inside that I solded alligator
clips to to clip onto the laser itself.
I replaced the 4-ft water pump hoses with 6'1 so that there's slack with
the laser system and water canister.
I cleaned out the water canister a bit and replaced the water.
Ripped out all the old tape that partially covered some of the gaps in the
ventilation system. I'd redone it thoroughly with new foil tape.
I have truncated all excess hosing on the short ventilation run for better
air flow. I also compressed all of the excess hosing on the larger run for
better airflow as well. All of the slack has been removed from both sides.
I ventilation leak test by engaging the laser into a thick piece of wood
for about 30 seconds, which has also cause flames to be admitted from it
while firing. The test has passed as their husband no smell of of smoke
inside Sudo To with it on for that period of time.
I am full of excitement, ambition, joy, and hackery, to let everybody know
that our MLE-40 laser system is back online. it hasn't been too long
because it hasn't been done again until now.
The first email I sent was two large two send (with the three photos I
attached), so I'm hacking around it by adding a screenshot of the original
email with the three photos.
I was working on a project with it yesterday and it's really efficient.
Improvements are a Space big enough to work on 4x8 flats, a table that's
easy to clamp to. Overall study as well.