Meeting Notes 2016 05 17

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These are the notes from the The 505th Meeting of Noisebridge.

  • Date: May 17
  • Note-taker: Roger
  • Moderators: Victoria.
  • One or two bullet points of high-level meeting summary.

Meeting Summary[edit]

  • Announcements: 3 big makerfair projects: Powertool dragracing, FT, and something else
  • Finances: [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅
  • New members:
  • New philanthropists: Andy Grosser and John Graham
  • Consensus Items: None
  • Discussion Items: None


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?
  • Egan from Tel Aviv
  • Here w/ TOM Makers
  • Chris, whose name is Chris

Does gaming design stuff. Been here for a yar, Not cynical. Miracles

  • Jonathan: Came here for the Stupid Hackathon. Student in East Bay.
  • Joseph: Same situation as Jonathan.
  • Jarvis: Didn't hear what he said but he does a ton of gaming stuff
  • Olivier: Cryptocurrencies.
  • Jae:

Stupid Hackathon. Excited. Look at that optimism.

Ryan Visiting from Hive13 in cincinatti. Starting a race with powertools #osha

Frank Interested in radio/antenna design.

Don. Offers nothing, but he's chilling with Ryan

Franklin. Writes jet engine software, also doing powertool dragracing

Drew Just moved to SF from Louisiana and Alabama and already getting clingy. Jeez.

Carl (no relation to Karl the Fog) Doing Flaschen-taschen demos!

Victoria. Housing activist. Contributes arts, etc. Fixed the lights. Claims she doesn't come around noisebridge, although I saw her on Sunday (at the hackathon, in fairness) and today. Refinished the floors.

Amber Architect then, interaction design now. Has a nonprofit giving grants to young designers. Into consciousness hacking. Lives around the corner

Alex M, from Germany Visiting on an invitation from Mitch. Here from NOALabs

Mabel. First time in the US, into makerspaces in China Also NOALabs

Elaine SCM from Shenzhen Also NOALabs

Toby, Also from Shenzhen, the greatest city in the world. Somehow overwhelmed by SF, and not Huaqiangbei...? Truly the world is incredible.

also Ryan Here for a year. Known about it since its beginnings [citation needed]. Specialized in nonspecialization. He comes here often on Tuesdays for gaming stuff. I'm not sure if he'd agree with that assessment

Roger (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞Take notes Don't want to self inflict pain

Kiery Do websites, advocate for homeschooled children, sowing things

Razzi Web dev, into functional programming

Alex Does gaming tuesdays, and is trying to set up VNC on the Flaschen Taschen

Putting on belt sander power tool drag racing. (Danukeru Approves)

Short announcements and events[edit]

  • 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!

Alex Makerfair. Noisebridge will be a part of it Doing an expo of the games Gamebridge members and CCSF-Mission Campus has created. On Friday May 20, at 1:15 PM. Room 474, Mission campus.

Need help getting things ready. Get a hackerspaces app in a workable state, and get the taschens flasching

Ryan Mostly the same as Alex

Igal Here with TOM, who's been creating makeathons for people with disabilities.Had 8 72-hour makeathons last year, combining hackers and occupational therapists. Products for people w/disabilities are usually super-expensive and/or unavailable. We can do better. We've done makeathons in Asia, ME, South America, and Africa soon. We have a meetup next monday 6PM-9PM at Google Embarcardero Campus (1 Market/ 345 Spear, 5th Floor) There's an eventbrite:

Ryan (from Cincinnatti) Looking for possible participants on the Powertool dragrace. Looking for used tires near San Mateo. Safety is on the line...?

Chris notes the slightly uncomfortable heat. Ryan (from SF) encourages Chris to make his own fan. I am very slightly sweaty.

Membership Binder [edit]

  • 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.

Nobody applying right now. Which is fine! With small power comes great responsibility!


  • 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(?)

Andy Grosser, Sponsored by Mitch No objections!

John Graham, Sponsored by Trent No objections!

Financial Report[edit]

Donate. Donate donate donate. Patrick will be back this month. Donate donate donate donate donate money.

Noisebridge has (as of last week) $42,000 in the bank. That's a lot, but presumably there's a huge amount scheduled for the Laser project. It's big. So big that we have to modify the building and pay customs, duties, shipping.

> Is this related to the Sparkleforge? Sorta.

Consensus and Discussion[edit]

  • When we have something taht is important to Noisebridge or contentious and worth discussing, we can bring it up and decide if it should go forward or be blocked. Any member present at meeting can block a consensus item. A thing about block is it is not a legistlative block that kills items, it indicates a schism within community. A block is a strong statement that if the decision goes as is, someone will leave Noisebridge. The point is to come up with a decision we can live with. Blocks are used sparingly and discussed outside CAPITAL C consensus process in conversational little C consensus process. NB got torn up about blocks in the past and now we try to do it constructively to propose modifications.
  • You can also always block a new member applicant.
  • 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.

No consensus items

Proposals from last week [edit]

(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]

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

Discussion Items[edit]

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

Drew Jason Kirk wanted to ask if anyone was usign the disassembled shelving in the Trash area


   We are making a hackerspace app - a 3d hackerspaces browser! If you are a web developer with API JSON experience, we could use your help tonight.


   I'm starting a hackerspace in West Oakland/Fruitvale. If you are interested, hit me up.
   Victoria has a crane..???!??!
   Chris is also helping out with this

Ryan (from SF):

   Consortium 22-  A social network for hackerspaces and makerspaces. It's a collaborative network, in order to do much larger-scale projects. 

End of Meeting[edit]

  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]

  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]

  • 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.