we need a volunteer to help administer the front door access control system.
Someone comfortable with shell commands and vim and ssh, please speak up!
extra bonus if someone is available to help with cgi scripts for basic html
stuff, in order to make a way for nontechnical people of omni (who have
password access) to approve card access.
we can collaborate on this of course but i need someone to take over the basic
responses to the keycard requests now.
Today I voted in behalf of Sudoroom in favor of the MOP proposal, and they are
now a member collective of Omni Commons. I emailed about them on April 20th
but didn't hear anything back, so I hope everyone is okay with that decision.
Today a proposal was introduced for a new committee to be formed at Omni
Commons to value and protect the safety and interests of BIPOC/Non-Men.
this is the original proposal in PDF form:
this is an editable "cryptpad" and
we are requested to "please leave comments in red"
actually this is a cryptpad copy of their document just for sudoroom, and I
will forward our discussion to Rafiq to integrate our input.
Other collectives are asking questions too, so if you want to be more engaged
in the discussion, please join the [omni-consensus] list! But definitely make
discussion here in the sudoroom list and get engaged.
If Sudoroom members have concerns or objections, we need to communicate them
promptly and work toward agreeable amedments. It is not an option to simply
reject the proposal, but rather if you have specific concerns then we need to
work with each other to address those concerns and come up with something
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yardena Cohen <yardenack(a)gmail.com>
Hey all, I'm boosting this email with a new subject line so that it's
clear to readers - this contains an important new proposal!!!
Brief summary: this proposal forms a congress of BIPOC and non-men
from all Omni's groups, who then elect a small committee which has its
own seat on the board, its own delegate, and a few specific powers
related to addressing racism and sexism. This is an important step
towards making omni representative and accountable! This finally
begins to put our Statement of Solidarity into action!
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: rafiq.ali <rafiq.ali(a)protonmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2022 at 12:16 PM
I added a little note at the beginning on our proposal and the events
from 2 weeks ago. Happy to provide a short statement. In general, I
appreciate the apologies made and think this can be a growing
opportunity to forge a stronger collective. If it's possible, we can
open discussion on the proposal this week if enough delegates have had
a chance to review with the idea of approving at the next delegate
meeting (or worst case, the one after).
As mentioned earlier, we are proposing the creation of a safe space
Committee (see attached). We appreciate and accept all
We got a really nice 3D printer donation from someone I hope will start coming
around and join us! Welcome Scott
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2023 21:39:31 -0700
From: Scott Griffitts
Subject: Re: [sudo-info] 3D printer donation
Hey, Dropped off the printer with Toby and met a few folks who were excited,
skeptical, and questioning the printer. I figured I would share some info on
Here is the page on the upgraded Z mod I did: https://seckit3dp.design/kit/triple-z
Here is the page for the main printer build: https://github.com/SecKit/SK-Go_SK-Mini
Here is some info on the firmware it can run: https://www.klipper3d.org/
(I think if you do some digging, you can find examples for the kinematic bed)
Here is the bed probe I used: https://coex3d.com/products/bltouch-v3-1-automatic-bed-leveling-probe
The stepper motor board used is big tree tech octopus v1.0 with TMC2209 drivers
If you have any other questions let me know :)
If you guys need volunteers or anything, let me know. I’d love to help out with really cool people like you guys.
On Sat, 22 Jul 2023, Scott Griffitts wrote:
> My name is Scott. I've been in the middle of
> upgrading a Seckit SK-GO² core-XY 3D printer. I'm
> about 90% done, but have lost interest in it. The
> machine has been an absolute workhorse with its
> large build volume, but I think it is time for Oppy
> (named after the rover) to move on to a new owner
> who can utilize and attend it properly. It needs
> about 3-5 hours of work to get it running, and maybe
> 3hrs of tuning. Worst case, it is loaded with
> aluminum extrusions, hardware, stepper motors,
> linear rails, and a Pi!
> Let me know if I can donate the printer to your
> space :)
> Scott Griffitts
So, I had an idea that I wanted to run past everyone: What if we invited people (both within Sudoroom, and perhaps some of the creative/art groups at the Omni) to redecorate our giveaway laptops? My reasons for suggesting this are as follows:
- It's fun
- It's an opportunity to introduce other Omni people to Sudoroom
- People who might not be comfortable coming to sudoroom for technical stuff might be interested in a creative project, and find us friendlier than they'd expected
- A lot of the laptops just have IT stickers on them indicating machine iDs and such, that don't mean anything anymore.
What do you all think? Would a weekend be good for this? Maybe a Saturday?
I've been focusing on serving the membership working group for a few
months, and I'd like to highlight some issues I see with our new member
*1. It's not clear what membership means.* Longtime sudo room members have
told me that membership isn't necessary to participate, it's just a
designation that allows you to weigh in on consensus proposals and endorse
members. This isn't the impression the word has with any new members I've
spoken to, though. The term for most people signifies belonging, and an
allowance to attend events, and this misunderstanding is particularly
accute in my experience when dealing with BiPOC folks, women, anyone new to
tech or hackerspaces... just anyone who doesn't arrive with a preexisting
sense of belonging to the dominant cultural ingroup.
*2. The new member process puts up a lot of barriers to joining.* When
people discover Sudo Room, they often arrive with a sense of excitement to
dive in, and then when I start walking through the steps, I watch all that
excitement dissipate. The endorsement process, for instance, feels like a
massive mud patch on a foot track. It seems to interrupt people's ability
to focus on learning about who we are by creating an open-ended social
challenge. Once again, I don't think tech bros who show up or have been
members since the begining experience this at all, but if you're new to the
town, or you've never been part of a hackerspace, this is stressful and
confusing. I felt this way when I joined, and a new member just told me
exactly this: they're non-white, their non-male, and they've never felt
like tech spaces were built with them in mind. They really went outside
their comfort zone and met people at events and got the endorsements, but
it seems to be working completely against our interests to put up an
obstacle that selectively filters people like this. Then there's a long
wait where nothing happens, and often no one ever tells a new member that
their membership was approved.
As an exercise I would like to invite people to respond to this email and
answer these two questions:
*What roles you think exist in our community?* and *What processes are
effective for helping people enter into it?*
I'm not interested in hearing defenses of the current system. That's not
the exercise. Imagine we're starting from scratch. Maybe, we'll come to
find that the current system actually fulfills certain aims well, but I
don't want to frame this as a change, I want to imagine the process for
helping people become at home at Sudo from a blank page.
*Andrew R Gross, (he/him)*
412.657.5332 - shrad.org <http://www.shrad.org>
(Just got back from traveling & an illness)
Are folks still at Burning man and travelling in Europe for the Chaos
Congress? [Trying to figure out this week at SudoRoom]
Since so many folks were travelling, or going to the Burning man festival
maybe we can have a small 5 minute "today I learned during my travels"
segment for fun at a meeting or at the hardware hacking tuesdy.
Omni Commons needs some rooms locked up with electronic locks. I volunteered
us to make everything and all the software. We can ask for some rent relief
or other favors in exchange for making this stuff, because otherwise they were
going to spend money that we don't have, to buy stuff that wouldn't work.
Who wants to help with this stuff???
We have a bin of keypads and another bin of solenoids and another bin of servo
motors, and plenty of arduinos. The plan is to build a couple of these things
and tune up the software and get them going, and install them on the rooms.
I'm thinking an N600 wifi router flashed with openWRT and python, with an
Arduino plugged into it over USB. The Arduino connects to the numeric keypad
and solenoid latch, and a beeper. The software on the arduino can be
and then the N600 linux machine can host stuff like what i made recently for
the omni front door magstripe reader (ask me about it) so that people from the
events group who are not technical can add and remove codes from the systems.
here is what Phillip from the events group has put together to describe what
they want the system to do:
● Remote access by Omni events staff to unlock or see if the door is currently
● Ability for Omni events staff to admin the system for these doors
● Numpad next to door for renters to quickly unlock with 4 digit pins
● Timeline recorded of each door access for lookup later by Omni event staff
● (optional) log of when door is closed
● Omni events staff admin abilities
○ Delegate additional admins
○ Add/remove renters with a pin access
○ Set dates when renter pin starts and stops working
● DJ booth above bar with sound system control
● Tech room side of stage where sound equipment is stored
basically there will be about three parts of the project:
1. hardware on the sudoroom tables (wiring stuff up and making things talk
each other and fiddling with early software tests)
2. copying the basic hardware setup a couple of times and making a third or
fourth spare setup, for fiddling and hacking and maybe additional doors
the needs specified by the events group
3. writing more software together and concurrently writing notes on how to
it, and composing instructions to send to end users like people in the
4. installing the hardware at the required doors and configuring and testing
5. writing emails to events group people explaining how the system works and
handling their replies and ongoing tech support requests.
I will be back in two weeks and ready to work on this stuff in person!!
in the meantime if anyone wants to get started (especially on the software)
let's not hesitate! I've been writing lots of software remotely.
if you want to see the CGI door access stuff i've been working on which will
be pretty relevant to this project, send me your github username so I can
grant you access
as for the hardware, people can start by grabbing an N600 router and
it with openWRT and installing python and configuring things... or you can
find a working arduino and wire it up to a numeric keypad and a couple of
and a beeper for testing, and that involves a bit of soldering and software
On Sat, 26 Aug 2023, ch1rxpy3 via sudo-discuss wrote:
> I can't commit to the entire project but I do need to work on networking
> skills and would be interested in flashing a router. What sort of machine
> would we want to use?
> -------- Original Message --------
> On Aug 25, 2023, 4:00 PM, Laura Wesely via sudo-discuss wrote:
>> Thanks for including me in this! I am very eager to support by lending
>> what I can: some time, brute force, impeccable instruction-following, and
>> strong executive functioning and spacial reasoning skills.
>> Beyond that I lack technological knowledge and experience to be of much
>> I short: tell me what to do and put me to work.
you not short
>> On Fri, Aug 25, 2023, 15:08 Jake <jake(a)spaz.org> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> Omni Commons needs some rooms locked up with electronic locks. I
>>> us to make everything and all the software. We can ask for some rent
>>> or other favors in exchange for making this stuff, because otherwise
>>> going to spend money that we don't have, to buy stuff that wouldn't
>>> Who wants to help with this stuff???
>>> We have a bin of keypads and another bin of solenoids and another bin
>>> motors, and plenty of arduinos. The plan is to build a couple of these
>>> and tune up the software and get them going, and install them on the
>>> I'm thinking an N600 wifi router flashed with openWRT and python, with
>>> Arduino plugged into it over USB. The Arduino connects to the numeric
>>> and solenoid latch, and a beeper. The software on the arduino can be
>>> basically this:
>>> and then the N600 linux machine can host stuff like what i made
>>> the omni front door magstripe reader (ask me about it) so that people
>>> events group who are not technical can add and remove codes from the
>>> here is what Phillip from the events group has put together to describe
>>> they want the system to do:
>>> Feature List:
>>> ● Remote access by Omni events staff to unlock or see if the door is
>>> ● Ability for Omni events staff to admin the system for these doors
>>> ● Numpad next to door for renters to quickly unlock with 4 digit pins
>>> ● Timeline recorded of each door access for lookup later by Omni event
>>> ● (optional) log of when door is closed
>>> Feature Expectations:
>>> ● Omni events staff admin abilities
>>> ○ Delegate additional admins
>>> ○ Add/remove renters with a pin access
>>> ○ Set dates when renter pin starts and stops working
>>> Planned Doors:
>>> ● DJ booth above bar with sound system control
>>> ● Tech room side of stage where sound equipment is stored
Hey, I mentioned to the building working group that we need to do an ewaste
run, and Silver said they could help us out.
Where do we normally go for ewaste and does anyone from sudo want to help?
The building working group meets on Sundays. Im not available then but can
help add more stuff to the pile from our unsorted areas.
Sunday August 27th 2pm @ Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco
Join our protest in solidarity with LGBTQ Singaporeans, who are under
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details, please see https://safetyforsingapore.com/
Please forward/re-post/share widely! Numbers matter and every body
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RSVP if you'd like a reminder Sunday morning or rides to BART ;)