[Noisebridge-discuss] Semantics

Andrew Byrne andrew at pachakutech.com
Wed Apr 10 22:46:30 UTC 2013

On Apr 2, 2013 6:17 PM, "Gopiballava Flaherty" <gopiballava at gmail.com>
> When I lived in Germany, I went to a meeting of the local branch of the
Chaos Computer Club. The people there were doing nothing but coding on
their own projects. There was very minimal social interaction. It seemed
pointless - why go to a specific place to code surrounded by other people
absorbed in their own code? Couldn't you just sit at home and code?
> Now, I am aware that not everybody can code at home, and NB has hardware
as well, etc, but I can definitely imagine why some people would think that
the expectation of NB is that people are there for community and
interaction while doing their projects.
> Would something like different tables for distraction free vs. "I want to
share ideas and hear your opinions" work make any sense? I'd expect some
people really want interaction.
> Also, re: headphones, a friend of mine in Pittsburgh has been having
people on the bus repeatedly try to converse with her while she wears very
large headphones. Sometimes these people get annoyed she doesn't respond...
Keep in mind, you are talking about Pittsburgh....

> Thanks,
> gopi at iPad
> On Apr 2, 2013, at 18:06, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
> > Mitchel McAllister wrote, On 2013-04-02 17:38:
> >> I'm not possessive of a particular place. I just want somewhere I can
> >> work. I don't care where in the space it is, as long as I am allowed
> >> to work on my stuff without constant disruptions. I thought the first
> >> rule was "Be Excellent to Each Other"? How is being disruptive being
> >> excellent?
> >
> > A good question to ask ones self whenever anything regarding frustration
> > and a hacker space (or any space for that matter) comes up is, "What
> > requires me to continue existing inside of this space (as oppose to many
> > other open spaces) to the point where I observe myself to become
> > frustrated?"
> >
> > Remember that Noisebridge isn't mission critical, and by design doesn't
> > work for everyone 100% of the time they're there. Leaving for somewhere
> > else that works for you is always an ok option, over attempting to
> > change something that's grown quite organic into what it is now.
> >
> > Take myself for instance, I've hardly set foot in the space over the
> > last year, and I'm a founding member. I can't be productive with my own
> > work in that environment anymore. Does that mean Noisebridge is broken,
> > simply because it doesn't work for me? But it's working so well for so
> > many other people, most of the time. I'm happy Noisebridge continues to
> > exist, because it gives hackers who can work within its ridiculousness a
> > space to form community and build questionable things.
> >
> > --
> > Rubin
> > rubin at starset.net
> >
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