Meeting Notes 2016 02 16

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These are the notes from the The XXXth Meeting of Noisebridge. Date: Feb 16 2016 Note-taker: Alex; Moderators: J.

  • One or two bullet points of high-level meeting summary.

Meeting Summary[edit | edit source]


  • Announcements:
  • Finances:
  • New members:
  • New philanthropists:
  • Consensus Items:
  • Discussion Items:

Introductions[edit | edit source]

Noisebridge is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides a space for creation, collaboration, and learning about technology and creative projects. Noisebridge provides space, power tools, and infrastructure to help the public learn new skills and create cool things. Noisebridge continues to exist through and depends entirely on membership fees and donations. Our code of conduct is 'Be excellent to each other'."

  • Introduce any experimental or unusual moderation techniques that may be using during the meeting like: direct responses, limited speaking time, orderless stack, &c.
  • Round of introductions (remember, announcements come later):
    • What's your name
    • What do you do
    • What do you maintain at Noisebridge?
    • if you are new: how did you hear about Noisebridge?
  • TRENT: Work as web developer teach Python 7PM mondays, NBer since 2013.
  • JULIO: Italian! Second or third time here.
  • KEN: Software engineer. Still getting used to NB. Thanks for having me!
  • CHRIS: Game designer. Ninja. Badass. Hero.
  • ZV: is zephyr
  • TAYOPA: coming for a few years
  • CLAY: I've been at NB sporadically through past year. Right now building open source atmospheric water generator.
  • ALEX: I teach game development and music on Tuesdays and I take notes, I teach robotics on Mondays and I like making signage around Noisebridge.
  • TRAVIS: I do a lot of hacking, any sorts of APIs that are intersting. Primarily doing Unity for VR development and AR currently.
  • BRENNAN: Game development and augmented reality development, here with Alex for game workshop.
  • ANNIE: Artist with focus in CG and programming in Unity and about to run away to Australia.
  • HENNING: Electronic music producer dabbling in VR.
  • COOL DAVID: Game designer game developer coming to NB since forever.
  • NICK, NOT MISCHIEF: Web developer.
  • JARVIS: App developer game developer.
  • ZACK: Hanging out last week, finally have time to spend here, interested in Ethereum and making an Ethereum app right now. I've done electronics, Arduinos, woodshop, and I like building things.
  • KYO: Used to do web development, now I . After a long struggle with web development, he finally had the willpower to kick the habit and finally live life to it's fullest.
  • MITCH: Giving workshops around the world about making electronics for all ages and having fun promoting hackerspaces and open hardware.
  • HENNER: I like to hack hardware and software and stuff, right now I'm working with others on Flaschen Taschen thing. To simulate it I made this thing taht outputs visuals on terminal and it's working.
  • ENRIQUE: Research scientist here for 4 days enjoying seeing the space.
  • CARL: Coming here for years. I write mobile apps. HE LITERALLY WROTE A MERGE SORT THAT SORTED 1024MB OF DATA IN A MEGABYTE OF MAIN MEMORY!!!! THIS IS NOT A JOKE.!!!!!!!!!
  • J: I've been teaching circuit hacking for over a year, I teach every Monday.
  • ALEX: I'm a college student.

Short announcements and events[edit | edit source]

  • Sewing and craft night on the first and third Tuesday of every third month. This is very popular, if there is something you've always wanted to do, you are always welcome to hack away at the sewing machines. check out
  • Wednesdays math meetup at 7:00.
  • Photonics West conference is tomorrow, a show of lasers.
  • FLASCHEN TASCHEN NEEDS YOU TO DRINK MORE BEER FOR THE BOTTLE PIXELS! Bring clear bottles in or drink the ones we have for $2 donations here. Corona and Sol work fine.



  • Cool new projects? Something you'd like people to know? Say now, but keep it short! One or two sentences please!
  • Any happenings at the space of which members should be made aware.
  • Don't hog everyone's time since we all just want to hack!

Membership Binder [edit | edit source]

  • MITCH: You don't need membership to do almost anything here but you can be one if you love NB and want to support on ongoing basis. What membership gives you that you don't get otherwise is automatic 24 hour access tokens and the other is full involvement in our consensus process.
  • To be a member is a simple process that takes some doing. Since decisions are made with consensus, we want people involved to be cool by the community. Take one of the handy forms and put your name in, why you want to be a member, then submit it and hang out 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, if you've got 2 signatures signing from members vouching you show up and if nobody objects you become a member.
  • It is not the same as membership at a gym. Membership is stewardship to build and protect NB space. As such, it is important part of NB overall. If stewardship isn't something you're ready for but you want 24 hour access and want to contribute, you can become a philanthropist with just 1 member to vouch for you.
  • Applicants this month:
  • J (other J): 4th week.
  • Chris: 3rd week. Torrie and Alex.
  • Valentine: 1st week. Alex sponsors.
  • Philanthropy
  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe membership, and the application process.

Being a member of Noisebridge is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community and space better than it is today.

  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Mark down a check or other indicator on every open application to keep track of how many weeks they've been read out.
  • Anyone eligible to join this week should
    • introduce themselves,
    • answer any questions members may have for them, then
    • leave the area in search of gifts (traditionally beer and a lime, or cookies) for the rest of the group.
  • The rest of the meeting should reach consensus on whether they may join.
  • Remember to applaud new members when they return.

Philanthropists[edit | edit source]

  • MITCH: One of the things that keeps our community healthy is stewardship. The community wants to attract people who are good for the space. Not everyone is welcome if they don't follow our one rule, be excellent to each other. If someone doesn't follow that, they'll be asked to change, if they're not willing they're asked to leave. Members and philanthropists are both stewards for making our cultural immune system is working well. We work collectively to attract good people and repel people who aren't. People who belong here are people who contribute to the community and people who benefit from our community.
  • Blocking is a last resort thing and in a healthy process and in a good case if someone is objecting then discussion can go on. Blocking is only necessary if someone feels that they wouldn't want to be a member if the proposal went on.
  • JAMES: Your actions are what matter in the space and being involved and learning and helping others learn is do-ocracy. That's why the space continues to exist and things happen. If you want to have 24 hour acces and be involved, you can become a philanthropist.
  • J: It's like friendship you take time to get to know someone and put the time in to build commitment over time by getting to know members of the community. It's not just waiting 4 weeks time, it comes with spending those weeks getting to know people. Member applicant spends time showing they want to be a part.

People who want to be philanthropists[edit | edit source]

  • Lee: Not present.
  • Ronald "Milo": No objections. Milo is a philanthropist.
  • Dave Erwin: In Indiana right now.

  • Invite a knowledgeable member to describe Philantropy, and the application process.
  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Any applicants must have their sponsor present to vouch for them.
  • If there are no objections, they're a philanthropist! Their pledge should be handed over to the Secretary posthaste, after which their token will be updated to give them the 24/7 access they've earned(?)

Financial Report[edit | edit source]

  • Funds in bank:
  • we have $37,414 in checking
  • with a fuwe have $37,414 in checking
  • with a further $9k pending
  • 7.5 of which is noisetorrther $9k pending
  • 7.5 of which is noisetor
  • Noisetor (See the bulletpoints at the bottom of
  • Any other details by those participating in handling our financials
  • You can also help the space by coming in to clean up, helping teach a class. Many teachers would love to have assistant teachers to share the teaching.

Consensus and Discussion[edit | edit source]

  • invite a knowledgeable volunteer to give a brief primer on consensus process
  • It is important that everyone in attendance understands at least:
    • Blocking with verbalized principled objections.
    • Why we use consensus over other approaches to decision making.
    • How consensus isn't a legislative process
    • Why consensus isn't applicable to some things like conflict resolution, resolution of time sinks, and the like.

Proposals from last week [edit | edit source]

(Add any items which are consensed upon or someone has raised a principle objection for to the Consensus Items History page.)

Proposals for next week [edit | edit source]

(Add any new items for consensus to the Current Consensus Items page.)

Discussion Items[edit | edit source]

  • Noisebridge needs lockers to protect its valuablest and oftenest stolen tools.
  • We are building an electronic lighting crafts shelf.

If any important discussion happens, it should be happening after forward progress is made during consensus.

End of Meeting[edit | edit source]

  1. Return the membership binder to its rightful location.
  2. Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting.
  3. Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker, robot, or robothacker.

Note taker posts the notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Clean and tidy the meeting notes including removing all these really verbose instructions.
  2. Fill out the short summary at the top listing just announcements, consensus items, discussion topics, and names of new members and philanthropists.
  3. Copy paste the notes to the next meeting page. (They will become Last meeting at midnight.)
  4. Email the meeting summary to Noisebridge Discuss and Noisebridge Announce lists.
  5. CC on the email and if there are new members and philanthropists.
  6. Edit the Current Consensus Items if anything is proposed for consensus next week.
  7. Edit the Consensus Items History if anything was reached consensus or failed to reach consensus this week.

Fun things to do after[edit | edit source]

  • Reprise of the Hackernationale. [This is anarchy - we do what the wiki says!]
  • PGP Key Signing could happen now (if it doesn't happen before any given Meeting). Ask others around the space or check the list to see who wants in on the action.