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?
Did something happen to the omni door computer? I can't reach it over
the network, even from within the building. It appears to be working,
letting people in. I tried looking at the box, but couldn't make sense
of the mess of cables. Maybe an ethernet got disconnected somewhere?
The rest of the network is fine. Other devices on that subnet and that
interface are reachable, but:
$ ip neigh | grep 100.64.64.11
100.64.64.11 dev enp3s2 FAILED
Forwarding this omni proposal with great enthusiasm!
FYI I'm still acting as sudoroom delegate at omni meetings, but
abstaining from all decisions since we haven't met in ages. Anybody
wanna organize a sudo meeting?
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Vicky Cassis <vickycassis(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 2:38 PM
Subject: [omni-consensus] Revised Free Store Proposal
I have rewritten the Free Store proposal to reflect the new idea to
have Omni Commons' Commons Working Group itself host the Free Store,
as an Omni-led project that acts in intentional partnership with other
collectives to facilitate mutual aid.
I'm really excited about this because I believe it could provide a
clear channel to the public of where and how to direct volunteer
energy toward the Omni. I think it could be a great step toward
enhancing participation within the working groups.
Let me know what you think! There's always room to revise.
consensus mailing list
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
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 #: 2326
Due Date: 04/25/2021
Terms: Net 25
Amount Due: $18,000.00
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94607
****************************** Account Summary *****************************
03/01/2021 Balance Forward $16,000.00
Other payments and credits after 03/01/2021 0.00
New charges (details below) 2,000.00
Total Amount Due (activity through 04/01/202 18,000.00
<u> Date </u><u> Activity </u><u> Qty </u><u> Rate </u><u> Amount </u>
04/01/2021 Furnishing Fa 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Total Of New Charges: $2,000.00
Total Amount Due: $18,000.00
Greetings Sudo Room!
This is your monthly donation invoice. Thank you for stewarding the
Love and solidarity,
Omni Commons Finance Working Group
My name is Jathan Gurr and I'm a disabled musician who doesn’t have enough fine motor control of my hands to play traditional musical instruments. I’m looking to hire someone to build for me a custom microphone with a few midi controls built onto it, that’s going to be part of an assistive electronic instrument I'm making to allow me to play instrumental music despite my disabilities.
All the parts of this microphone are easily assembled with the midi controls I’m envisioning, but I don’t have the technical skills to put them all together.
While I am not rich, I’m very much willing to pay for this project, and I’m wondering if you know anyone who has experience putting together custom electronics and possibly being able to do some 3-D printing. If so please have them contact me at jathangurr(a)yahoo.con