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?
Hello Omni folks,
How are ya’ll doing? We hope everyone is doing ok.
It’s been a while since we’ve put out an Omni newsletter, almost a year has
gone by since our last one! A lot has happened between then and now, so it
would be nice to catch up. We’re thinking of putting out the next
newsletter by the end of March, so we want to invite Omni collectives and
Omni folks to share updates, thoughts, art, feelings, ideas with us, so we
can include them in the Omni Commoner.
There is a lot to talk about. We are still in the grips of a deadly
pandemic which has undeniably exacerbated the ills of capitalism and its
deadly effects on our community. But Omni folks and Omni Collectives have
organized and actively continued to support the community during this
crisis. We are stewarding a town fridge, the North Oakland Mutual Aid
Project is going strong, Acta Non Verba has adopted Phat Beets’ CSA, and
the rest of Omni collectives continue to do empowering work out in the
community. The working groups are meeting, some regularly and other
sometime, the finance/fundraising working group though has been at the
forefront doing the important work of keeping the Omni alive, critical
work, which we are all grateful for! There is much more going on for sure,
this is not even mentioning the different individual projects Omni folks
are working on!
It has been a rough year, but with the spirit of collectivity, the Omni
continues to be a hub for community collective action during this pandemic.
It is this we would like to share in this newsletter =].
So if you want to share anything with the Omni community please do! Art,
thoughts, visions, desires, anything!
We are asking from each collective to submit 1-4 paragraphs providing an
update of the work ya’ll have been doing. Below are some suggestions of
questions or topics you can touch on:
Updates from your collective. New visions and goals.
How your collective has been responding to the covid-19 pandemic.
What kind of world do ya’ll imagine post covid-19?
Anything you want to share….poetry, paintings, photographs, recipes,
Please send your content to the communications working group email at
comms(a)lists.omnicommons.org, by March 21st.
Like all the other working groups at the Omni, the communications working
group needs more participation. If you are interested in joining please
sign up to the communication working group email list at
With love and solidarity,
The Communications Working Group
For legal reasons, every omni collective needs to have 1 member formally
represented on the Omni Commons executive board. Right now Sudo Room is
represented by Jenny Ryan, who's happy to continue or be replaced.
Would anybody like to volunteer to be on the Omni Commons board
representing Sudoroom? I am happy to keep acting as delegate for now, but
do not want to be listed on paper as a board member.
We are hoping to have a formal meeting to update Omni's bylaws this
Thursday. All are welcome, Thursday March 4th 7-9pm
https://meet.google.com/diw-hszw-msr or 515-428-1108 (PIN: 465 814 905)
Hi Sudo and CCL,
I'll be doing a remote-learning livestream from CCL on Sunday March 7 (link
<https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/276470601/>), and I'd
like to be plugged into a wired ethernet connection for it. Does anyone
know if there is an accessible ethernet port somewhere in Sudo / CCL?
Dear Sudo Room,
Here's your invoice! We appreciate your prompt payment.
Thank you for stewarding the commons.
Love and solidarity,
---------------------------------- Invoice ---------------------------------
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609 US
Invoice #: 2315
Due Date: 03/25/2021
Terms: Net 25
Amount Due: $16,000.00
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94607
****************************** Account Summary *****************************
02/01/2021 Balance Forward $14,000.00
Other payments and credits after 02/01/2021 0.00
New charges (details below) 2,000.00
Total Amount Due (activity through 03/01/202 16,000.00
<u> Date </u><u> Activity </u><u> Qty </u><u> Rate </u><u> Amount </u>
03/01/2021 Furnishing Fa 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Total Of New Charges: $2,000.00
Total Amount Due: $16,000.00
Greetings Sudo Room!
This is your monthly donation invoice. Thank you for stewarding the
Love and solidarity,
Omni Commons Finance Working Group
I've been working on this pinball machine project over the last years and
I'm looking for a new home for it because I'm leaving the bay area and
can't take it with me:
I'd donate it to the sudo-room for free (if someone picks it up from my
place in Berkeley).
It's fully working. Everything on it is software controlled, so it's very
I thought it would be a nice addition to the sudo room for people to have
some fun and learn about linux / python / embedded in the process.
If sudo decides to sell it to help with the rent, that's fine with me too.
So please let me know if there is interest or -- if it's not a good fit for
sudo -- maybe you know someone who might be interested.
I know a lot of people are moving out of the Bay Area, and my company is
currently looking for a laser scanner like this. Does anyone have any
And I miss all of you guys, and hope to be back at sudo soon.