[Noisebridge-discuss] State of the Noisebridge Non-Panic (n+1 of 2(n+1))
danny at spesh.com
Mon Apr 8 04:32:34 UTC 2013
On Mon, Apr 08, 2013 at 12:21:14AM -0400, Scott Arciszewski wrote:
> Do you have a paypal subscription thingy setup?
(You can also choose your own montly donation here:
> On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:
> Hello, Noisebridge Saviours!
> You're getting this note either because you signed up for a $10 a month
> saviour donation to Noisebridge, or else you pledged you would, or else
> you upped your existing donation in the last month, or you're a
> Noisebridge member, or you're just reading this on nb-discuss or
> announce. I think that just about covers everyone.
> Quick update: Two weeks ago, Noisebridge was running out of money, so I
> asked people who liked us to pledge $10 a month, either through PayPal:
> http://nburl.net/save or by credit card at WePay
> https://www.wepay.com/donations/noisebridge or BitCoins
> 1B5sJQ6Wu6AmK9xG5YTic4Nszw4PS7UMAM or giant cowrie shells or any way you
> Thank you! The last couple of weeks have been amazing. Hundreds of
> people from the South Bay and beyond -- from Brazil to Austria, Berkeley
> to Bernal -- sent us kind wishes, and with their pledges and donations,
> hard filthy lucre. James Sundquist also organized an awesome fundraiser
> last Saturday at the space, with bands, 3D printfests and vinyl and
> laser cutter free-for-alls, food and drink, raffles and auctions and
> start-ups and art shows, robots and LED rooms which brought new friends
> and over $4000 for the space.
> We pause now for some cute pictures of people with soldering irons
> and/or hats at the fundraiser and beyond:
> Although my favourite depiction of what happened is still:
> So, the results: two weeks ago had only $7K in the bank, with $2K
> bleeding away from us every month. Now, thanks to everyone, Noisebridge
> has $15K, and is not only breaking even, but putting a little away for
> the future. With our pledges soon it'll reach the three month expenses
> (or $18K) reserve that all good hackerspaces should have.
> I've been scrabbling a little to find something to give you all by way
> of thanks back. I still hope to some mails out to the saviours (and
> other donors and members) later this week with some goodies, but I
> thought everyone should know before then they should stop panicking, and
> start DANCING.
> Really though the best gift (I think!) is to work on making Noisebridge
> friendly for everyone who is potentially part of our community. We're
> going to have another party during the weekend of the Bay Area maker
> faire, May 18th and 19th. We'd love it if you could come. We're going to
> mess with a few things in the space to make it more welcoming. Not sure
> how it will work out, but, again thanks to you, we'll keep
> Thanks again!
> All hail Discordia!
> Your much reassured treasurer manque,
> PS Just to let you know the kind of thing we'll continue to be up to:
> * This Tuesday, a crowd of Noisebridgers gave a tours to forty high
> school kids, who went on to spend three hours learning to solder,
> lasercut, and circuit bend, in front of their amazed teacher and school
> district rep.
> * On Wednesday, the SF Weekly included us in their front page story,
> with the Internet Archive and EFF as one of the pillars of the city's
> free culture, with interviews of some of the people hacking on the
> future in our space.
> * On Friday, we had a free talk by Phil Lapsley, the author of Exploding
> the Phone...
> * ...plus the usual free circuit-hacking, Web, Linux, Ruby, Python
> lessons, Tahoe-LAFS and sysadmin meet-ups, and more.
> And that was just this week!
> Here's that SF Weekly piece URL, so SEO-enhanced it doesn't actually fit on
> a line:
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