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I'm just this guy, y'know?[1]

I don't think I'll ever be a Noisebridge member, since I don't live in, nor I have ever been in, the Bay Area (let alone the United States for that matter), although I do not categorically rule it out as a possibility in the future.

I once helped runstill run (who am I kidding?) for many years, a university student programmers' society in the Great Southern Land, a society that pre-dates the Hackerspace movement by about 20 years, yet until about 2015, resembled a hackerspace somewhat[2]. We had our own room on campus with workbenches, computers, servers, old gear, books, couches, even a mini-fridge and a webcam. And we met every Thursday[3]. It was awesome.

Unfortunately, when the faculty moved to a new shiny modern building next door, no space was allocated for us, so sadly the hackerspace-like aspects of our society died, and eventually the society itself became moribund.

But not dead.

Fortunately, thanks to a recent change in attitude by the faculty, it seems that before too long, we will enjoy a renaissance. You see, the faculty is actually interested in actively supporting and fostering a hackerspace-like culture on campus, whereas before we were kinda-sorta left to our own devices. They have now allocated space for our society, as well other technically-minded societies, so, y'know, if we all collaborate, who knows what amazing things we can accomplish? I am genuinely excited for our future.

To assist with the rebuild[4] of our society, I have been looking at, and will continue to look at, other hackerspaces (such as this very one here) for inspiration, to see what we ought to be doing to build an active, awesome, technically-minded, creative community.

[1] that has become aware of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy through cultural osmosis, but has never actually read said book...

[2] although I hesitate to call it a true hackerspace, since we did operate under the auspices of the university.

[3] not Tuesday -- remember, we pre-date hackerspaces.

[4] despite having graduated -- we owe our longevity to a) having a regular room and b) our vast alumni network.

How to join Noisebridge[edit]

Here is a list of steps people usually complete as they become part of the Noisebridge community. All are optional, and they may be completed in any order.

  • Enter Noisebridge
  • Strike up a productive conversation with other Noisebridge visitors
    • Your chats don't have to be with members.
  • Ask someone to give you a tour
    • Ask them how they learned about Noisebridge
  • Attend a Weekly Meeting
    • But don't stress it if you're not a meeting person
  • Create a Wiki User Account
    • Create a user page.
    • Copy this to-do list to your user page. Strike out the tasks you've accomplished.
  • Join a like-minded Mailinglist
    • Send a message introducing yourself
  • Try and comprehend our particular flavor of collectivist, diversified anarchy by reading the Hours page.
    • Don't worry if it seems a bit strange.
  • Clean up something that needs cleaning (cleaning up a few pages on the wiki counts, right?)
  • Befriend a member.
  • Be excellent in a new and surprising way
  • Get a proper tour of the Dirty / Wood shop.
    • Don't be afraid of the scary tools.
    • Fingers grow back, right?
  • Attend Circuit Hacking Monday
    • Meet Mitch (I met him!! :D He's the coolest dude ever :) But not at Noisebridge itself, rather at an official Noisebridge activity -- HTTC 2017. It's why I'm here, basically.)
    • Buy a kit and build it. (yeah, I've done this before...)
  • Take a class
  • Learn how to use the Jukebox
    • Play some awesome music.
    • Rock out.
  • Set up a recurring donation (I gave a one time donation of $13.37 -- I'll consider recurring donations later)
  • Become familiar with where we as a community have been by listening to Rubin drone on about the histories of Noisebridge
  • Edit a wiki page that could use some improvement (yep, as mentioned before)
    • Add something to this list
    • To this list? Or to the original list which I copied?
  • Learn to use the vinyl cutter
    • Make a sticker for your laptop.
    • Make a sticker for somebody else's laptop
  • Learn how to use the sewing machines
  • Learn to use the Lasercutter
  • Learn to use the 3d printers
  • Give a class
  • Give a newcomer a tour
  • Apply for Membership
  • Get a Hackerspace Passport
    • Add a Noisebridge visa
  • Help out other more newbie newbies
  • Hack the planet