[Noisebridge-discuss] meeting notes 2010-01-05

Danny O'Brien danny at spesh.com
Wed Jan 5 00:24:33 PST 2011


*Meeting Notes 2011 01 04*

*Agenda*

The 142nd Meeting of
Noisebridge<https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Category:Meeting_Notes>

Note-taker: Danny O'Brien

Moderator: Danny O'Brien

It was a total nightmare. First of all, Josh organised this whole "Show and
Tell"<https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2011-January/019411.html>(Tuesdays,
7.30) thing right before, so instead of limbering up for proper
consensus and correct producedure, everyone sat around looking at Mike's
ingenious elevator light LED hack and how he planned it, and a new kind of
logic analyser <http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8938> that's basically just
six wires and a USB connector, and some routers(?). Then they all discussed
the hacks they were working on, and some ideas they were mulling, and sought
out advice and shared knowledge with their peers.

This was all apparently so "interesting" that by the time anyone wanted to
stop, it was 8.20 already so basically we'd already screwed up the whole
rules and procedures of the meeting. Nice job, Josh. *Real* smooth.

I kept waiting for someone to sue us for this, but they didn't.

Then I tried to get Dr
Jesus<https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Dr_jesus>to head the
meeting, because he looks like a natural leader, doesn't he? But
he was too busy talking to Gian
Pablo<https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Gpvillamil>about how to
repair the Makerbot, and seemed almost happy at shirking his
genetic responsibilities.

By 8.30pm I realised that I was going to have to head the meeting
"do-acratically" myself before our previously finely-tuned decision-making
process descended into unmanageable chaos.

I went and got the member binder and started noisily flicking through it,
which I thought would at least shut people up. Finally I worked out how to
get the projector screen to come down, but couldn't get the video to work.
That attracted a few people's attention who "wanted to help".

It was time to consense.

*Introduction and Names*

UNFORTUNATELY, just when I was getting to bit where I explain to everyone
what Noisebridge is, our code of honor, how to get here if you're not here
already etc, Miloh started being disruptive and un-excellent and said "Hey,
everyone knows this stuff here, right?.

As moderator, I quickly established consensus through a show of hands that
everyone indeed knew this stuff.

Miloh then proposed that instead of doing the usual meeting procedure, we
should have a guided tour of the space, revealing secrets that many people
did not know, even members. Before I had a chance to even THINK of blocking,
everyone bloody consensed on this too.

Look, can I at least read out the binder names? I whined, correctly.

But it was too late, everyone was following Miloh around to see the
electronics lab and heard a bunch of so called "secret knowledge" like what
a Hell Box is, where you can find Quagga, how easy it would be to program
the life-playing Big LED sign to do other stuff, how to get an account on
pony, how cool the $500 de-solderer is, how to use John's new flat storage
area in the FabLab, how you should put empty bottles by the third sink
because we're going to be making a load of Kambucha, pondered on whether we
should keep the shrink-wrap machine, learned the secret Masonic History of
2169 Mission, and the true origin of some of Noisebridge's most famous
smells.

I tried writing all of this down, but our meeting notes don't even have a
category for stuff like this. I therefore ruled myself out of order and
deleted it.

I did scribble down everyone's names though, as per procedure, and for
purposes of future prosecution. If you want to know these secrets, which go
against every principle of openness Noisebridge stands for, you could ask
Jack <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Jack>,
Miloh<https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Miloh>of course, and
Carl <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Cobolt>. Gescykae and John
Neurofog were also troublemaking (both of whom don't even have User pages
yet, which is I believe a violation of our lease).

*Financial Report*

Treasurer Kelly<https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=User:Hurtstotouchfire>wasn't
around, because if she had been, I'm sure this mess-up could NOT HAVE
HAPPENED.

*Membership Binder*

No new members, but a bunch of people getting close. Chandra and
Jack<https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Jack>,
turn up to next meeting to be induced into the Academy of People Who Don't
Have The Common Decency to Listen When You're Moderating them.

*What's Going On At Noisebridge*

Apparently, "everyone knows this shit seriously Danny let it go".

*Announcements*

Someone announced they were going off to fix the door-opening mechanism.
Everyone wandered off to help. WTF? WE'RE NOT EVEN DONE.

*Consensus Items*

None. I suggested we debate banning someone for the space for what they said
on noisebridge-discuss that one time, but everyone continued to have "better
things to do".

I was pretty much crying at this point.

*Discussion Items*

Finally! Andy <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Adi> turned up and
pointed out that do need to consense about what voting system to use for the
board elections.

Please do this next week, PROPERLY. I have carefully expanded the meeting
template <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_Template>documentation
so a meeting can never go this far wrong ever ever again.

It is consoling to me you can fix any problem by adding more documentation.

*End of Meeting*

I said that I was going home to write up the meeting notes. Miloh said "Hey,
can you do it in the form of a mid-nineties cyberpunk novel this time?", and
everyone started telling me what kind of awesome character they wanted to be
and what tricked out skateboard they would be riding.

You know what? You people all totally deserve each other.
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