Meeting Notes 2010 01 12

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Moderator: Matt

Note-Taker: [User:Thatha]

Attendee Count: 21 + 1 (remotely)



Preflight Checklist

Please set your cell phones to vibrate.

Go get the membership binder.

Agenda Items


Introduction and Names

Mikolaj -- trust the rumors. Ozzy (sp?) -- makes new kinds of money. Ian A bunch of other folks.

What Noisebridge is about

Noisebridge is undefinable. Newbies have to ask around?

Treasurer's Report

  • If you made a donation in 2009 and want a receipt for tax purposes, send an email to with your full name, mailing address, the item or amount donated (and if money, the method), and the date of the donation.

Amount in bank: $15k

There are 5 members who are three or more months late. Separate from them:

  • Number of members in good standing: 77
  • Number of members late for December: 11
  • Number of members late for January: 65

If all late dues were paid in full, at $40 each, we would have $4,880.

Very brief primer on Noisebridge consensus process

There is a consensus process... Only do something if all members are comfortable with it.

Mail Call

Check the table and corkboard near the north stairwell door for new mail from other hacker spaces and exhackpats around the world.

Membership binder

Ozzy's introduction: "He likes making shit. He likes being around people who make shit. He also likes unmaking stuff." Ozzy shall become a member. Nobody disagrees.

People who join Noisebridge are either idiots or really brave.

What's Going On at Noisebridge

  • If you bought something and then gave it to Noisebridge (for a project, or 'cause you're awesome) it might be a donation in kind. Talk to the treasurer.

One short sentence about each of the following:

  • Circuit Hacking Mondays (7PM, 2169): It's still going on even when people don't publish on the list.
  • Python Mondays (6:30 PM, 2169): Python hasn't happened for a long time. It didn't happen yesterday and tt wasn't posted. Somebody was here who was skilled enough to facilitate the Python class but didn't happen. Should we change the Wiki to indicate it's not a regular event? Nya, we should be more consistent.
  • Project Euler now on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m: It's a project for solving mathematical problems using computational problems. Didn't happen today because the person who leads it wasn't around. Attendance is down (hearsay). Should it continue? Somebody should ping Seth (Zeth?).
  • SCoW craft group - Wednesdays at 7PM: If you want to do something of crafts or sewing thing, show up on Wednesdays and people will help you. A week from tomorrow there's a large event happenning.
  • GameDevelopment - Wednesdays at 8PM, back from Berlin and 2010 class is in session
  • Shop Friday still plans to come back when the shop is done.
  • Sensebridge and the EEG group - Sundays at afternoonish (1-2ish) - come to try brain scanning
  • Spacebridge - Sundays at 5PM planning meeting this Sunday to decide on payload budget on
  • Where will we launch from? Lots of ideas. There's size limits for payloads but everyone interested should discuss afterwards.
  • Knots Go and Locks - Sundays 3PM

Project Updates

CNC Mill workshop on Friday CNC_Mill_Workshop

2169 Mission

  • Electrical:
  • Library:
  • Kitchen:
  • Network:
  • Heat:
  • EE lab:
  • Darkroom
  • Proposal:


Noisebridge now has server power available. To find out more about the server access, ask Dr. Jesus.

26C3 debrief

Discussion items

Shall we randomize the logo displayed on the Noisebridge Wiki (our primary website) rather than continuing in the general theme of the readily identifiable logo we've been using to date? If so:

How do we want to handle the NB logo on the wiki?

Notes from mailing list discussion

Randomizer function

  • Need better randomizer function

Possible wiki configurations:

  • Status quo (orig black and red circuit-like logo on all pages)
  • Randomizer from pool on all pages
  • Randomizer from pool on all internal pages, orig logo on index
  • Some other variant of mixed logos, may require someone committing to code up the implementation

Possible pool handling:

  • Public
  • Public upload somewhere, added to pool by ops
  • Public upload somewhere, some other approval method

Noisebridge and Wikileaks - 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsorship

Wikileaks has very little presence in the United States. If they were to be able to take donations as a charitable organization, they would be able to generate a great deal more in donations from US donors.

The benefit to Noisebridge would be financial, as well as supporting a good cause. It is customary in these relationships that the sponsoring organization keep 10% of all donations. This would be a contractual arrangement which we would need our lawyers to draw up.

It is common arrangement in the art community that organizations that have a charitable designation "sponsor" organizations that are either too small or unable to manage the issues themselves. The Oakland Opera is a fiscal sponsor for NIMBY, SOMArts is a fiscal sponsor for the Flaming Lotus Girls. NIMBY is an interesting case, as they've faced all sorts of persecution, yet the Oakland Opera has seen none of it.

Without making any commitments, does it seem like this is something the membership thinks would be a good idea to pursue with our lawyers?


Mira has expressed interest in using one of the classrooms for meetings (usually also on Tuesdays, so we can all hang out after our respective meetings and learn more about each other) of the bay area community exchange & has mentioned perhaps Noisebridge might want to create an account with to see about making improvements to noisebridge & we can help others with whatever sorts of geeky projects they might be interested in (as we already do :).

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