[Noisebridge-discuss] Rooster watch, round 1 (documenting sleepers at NB)

Tao Neuendorffer Flaherty neuendorffer at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 2 19:55:20 PST 2012

How many geeks would we scare away if they knew that they would be constantly watched on webcam while at Noisebridge?

Z-points for the right to sleep at Noisebridge are a horrible idea. We've determined that sleeping people hurt the energy, inhibit the ability of everybody else to work. There should be no system of "I am so cool that I don't have to be excellent to you."

If people who work hard at Noisebridge have a  serious problem finding anywhere else to sleep, that's a problem we should look at and make suggestions for. But our workspace is not a bedroom.

I like the idea of Z-points without a reward system, just as an arbitrary bragging point. I washed all dishes again, getting me to level 2!

Tao Flaherty

On Feb 2, 2012, at 18:53, Kaya <firefaerie at psyreal.net> wrote:

> We just need the right tech to address this problem.
> Often roosters are not present to encourage alternate behavior.
> Utilizing our vast pool of remotely connected volunteers we could enlist
> virtual roosters by installing web cams throughout the space. The
> doorman can be reconfigured or replicated to provide a blast of high
> frequency noise with speakers in each section of the space. Through a
> web page the space can observed and when sleepers identified a simple
> button press emits gentle acoustic encouragement in that particular
> section of the space. The system could eventually be supplemented with
> robotics for a nerf launcher or squirt gun for those who are audibly
> challenged or wearing ear plugs. Using facial recognition software we
> can automatically identify and record individuals. This data can be
> linked to a webpage that charts each trigger event.
> If Cynthia's idea is vetted we could issue "Z-points" for work done
> around the space. These Z-points would be displayed on the Virtual
> Rooster web page. When the facial recognition software identifies a
> sleeper it checks the Z-log to verify if they have earned enough Z's to
> sleep undisturbed. If they have met the minimum threshold the system
> stands down for a 6 hour period and Z-points are reduced by some amount
> from their pool.
> If we had this sort of thing I'd be on it often. What a great way to
> start the day.
> ~Kaya~
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