[Noisebridge-discuss] Cooking in the space

Al Sweigart asweigart at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 03:20:46 UTC 2014

"Meal hacking", "Food hacking". Call it what it is: People using the space
to facilitate living at it.

The number of actual cooking classes compared to the number of people
making dinner for themselves is barely above zero. Combine that with the
fact that people who use the kitchen are consistently incapable of washing
dishes, keeping the kitchen clean, and that the kitchen is sole cause of
the huge rodent problem at Noisebridge, I don't see why Noisebridge
continues to have a full kitchen with stove. (Actually, yes I do. Because
consensus prevents any attempt to remove or regulate it.

The kitchen creates far more problems than it solves.

Heck, the kitchen would even be fine if it just didn't have the stove.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM, Ceren Ercen <ceren at ercen.com> wrote:

> "Meal hacking", my bulgeslurping ass.
> People are simply taking advantage of a kitchen in a community space that
> doesn't have the spine or coherence to shut them down. They are there
> because they're preparing food for each other to eat, and they don't have a
> rented kitchen that is willing to take on the liability for the public
> meals. I'm sure they've taken advantage of plenty of other flustered
> organizations who have felt squirmy in their pants about punting them out,
> initially.
> $50 says they don't really give a rat's ass about causing rats, or
> inviting theft or foodservice-related liability to the space. You're being
> taken advantage of, and calling it "meal hacking" is a sad attempt to play
> down the insult of making you eat the cost of their responsibility dodging.
> Even the jerk(s) who thought they were clever for bringing "liberated"
> stolen groceries into the space to "donate" were closer to "hacking"
> something. And I'd rather have seen them arrested than refused.
> I was a huge proponent of a kitchen space because food sciences and odd
> nutrient forms and strange cooking tools are neat, and social cohesion
> often forms around a kitchen. Instead, it's now a majestic pile of neglect
> and shining example of how gullible disinterested milquetoast nerds are
> easily bullied into passive accommodators of opportunistic lolanarchists.
> I'm really sad, but I'd say tear it down. Mount the countertop logo on the
> wall for a spectacular clonk during the next miniquake. laugh sadly, stop
> getting laughed at for this.
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