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

girlgeek_wt girlgeek at wt.net
Wed Jan 5 14:02:10 PST 2011


Agreed.  Truly excellent notes.  More meetings like that and I might 
even  stop avoiding them.
-Claudia

On 1/5/2011 2:02 AM, Rachel McConnell wrote:
> I want you to be permanent meeting-note taker forever and ever and ever!
>
> Danny O'Brien wrote:
>> *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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