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.
if you had more than 15 github followers last april you
can get $1300 in bitcoin by running these commands:
you may not feel like $1300 is very much, but if that's the case then just give
it to sudoroom :)
something that's more interesting than that is the blinded signing (sort of)
that they're doing using your ssh key (which is how they limit the money to
people whose keys they scraped a year ago) is VERY applicable to Secure Polling
System's need for blinded signing (although they're doing it to RSA keys)
anyway, everyone who can should do this, and everyone should give money to
sudoroom, and everyone should help develop secure polling system.
By accident I bought one of this 3D printer filament, are Sudoroom 3D
printer users interested on this?:
The roll still in the box as new, never used.
Please let me know if interested, so I will bring it over when I get the
chance, maybe next weekend. Or, if a Sudoer is in Marin and can bring it
over Sudoroom, that would be great. We can meet in San Rafael.
Dear Sudo Room,
Here's your invoice! We appreciate your prompt payment.
Thank you for stewarding the commons.
Love and solidarity,
------------------------ Pledge Summary --------------------------
Invoice # : 2185
Invoice Date: 08/01/2020
Due Date: 08/25/2020
Terms: Net 25
Amount Due: $8,000.00
The complete version has been provided as an attachment to this email.
The Alameda Green Party could use a hand.
Looks like it runs on Windows & MacO$. It sort of runs in Wine:
Greg, I'm forwarding this to the sudoroom list, maybe there are folks
there who know FileMaker and would be willing to pitch in.
I don't do Windohs, but if you can't find anyone else to do this maybe I
could take a throw at helping a little if I can get the trial version of
"share"ware version to run under Wine in Linux.
Notify me if you can't find anybody actually competent.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Urgent! Do you know how to use FileMaker? Or know someone who
might know how to use it?! (Re: Sending out Questionnaires)
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 03:06:24 +0000 (UTC)
From: Greg Jan <gregjan4(a)yahoo.com>
To: Green Party of Alameda County Council <countycouncil(a)lists.riseup.net>
It's now going to be very difficult for the person who has sent out most
of our Voter Guide questionnaires for previous elections, for many years
now, to again do so this year. So we now _urgently need to find one (or
more) other people to help out with this_! It's currently set up in
FileMaker, so it would be best to find someone who knows how to use that
program, if possible. (Or -- you can use another program, or even do it
"manually", if you'd like to).
The deadline for questionnaires to be written and submitted to be sent
out is Monday, August 3rd, and the candidate filing deadline is Friday,
August 7th. We should therefore be able to obtain the candidates'
official contact info on approximately Tuesday. August 11th, so
questionnaires can be sent out just as soon as we've loaded that data
into the program. (And we might even load in some "unofficial" contact
info prior to receiving the official contact info).
We ask the candidates to RSVP that they've received the questionnaire,
but usually only about half of them do that, so you'll then send out the
questionnaire again to the remaining candidates, and then after that
you'll send a phone-calling list to our volunteer to telephone the ones
who still haven't RSVP'd. And finally, at the "end of the process",
when the deadline to return the questionnaire passes (about 10 days
after they're sent out), for those who haven't yet returned it, you'll
email them a notice to please return it right away, and then after that,
another phone list for our volunteer to telephone them to please return
So -- _please reply back right away if you can help out with this_! /Or
if you know someone who might be able to help (and who is
"trustworthy"), please do ask them! / (Or of course, if you have any
questions, please do ask!).
Thanks so much!,
Are you good at building electronic and mechanical gear? Want to help build
a rig to test Covid-19 face masks and materials for filtration efficiency
We have a plan, and can contribute some funding to get the components. But
we really *need someone to spearhead this project! If interested, please
contact me at patrikd(a)gmail.com <patrikd(a)gmail.com>*, and we can sort out
People around the world are sewing DIY cloth masks, or buying N95 masks
from dubious suppliers with little or no quality control. There is a big
need for being able to test cloth materials and completed masks for
filtration efficiency and breathability. But the official, professional
testing gear costs around $90,000.
The Smart Air folks in Beijing built this far more accessible testing rig,
and used it to show that half of the N95 masks they sourced from different
Chinese suppliers did not meet specs:
The Met One GT-521 particle counter that Smart Air used in their setup
costs around $2000 new. But Adafruit sells a $45 Arduino-compatible
particle counter module <https://www.adafruit.com/product/4632> that can
measure down to 0.3 micron. A DIY version of this rig can probably be built
for around $100 total. (Alternatively, a used Met One GT-321
particle counter costs around $600. Or a PerfectPrime AQ9600
<https://perfectprime.com/products/aq9600> particle counter only costs
around $200 new)
The plan would be to do some research on which fans and pressure sensors to
use, order some materials, build a test rig, document the heck out of it so
others can replicate it (e.g. on Instructables or Hackaday), and start
testing mask materials - maybe in collaboration with Rachel at Ace Monster
Toys and the other folks in the Bay Area PPE group that are sewing
thousands of masks right now.
Our biggest bottleneck right now is that we need someone to lead the actual
building. I definitely want to be involved, can help with the research and
design, and am willing to put in some of my own money to buy supplies. But
I'm also still 100% Working From Home for my day job and don't have the
bandwidth right now to take this on by myself.