[Noisebridge-discuss] meeting notes 2010-01-05

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Wed Jan 5 10:02:29 UTC 2011

I want you to be permanent meeting-note taker forever and ever and ever!

Danny O'Brien wrote:
> *Meeting Notes 2011 01 04*
> *Agenda*
> The 142nd Meeting of Noisebridge
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Category:Meeting_Notes>
> Note-taker: Danny O'Brien
> Moderator: Danny O'Brien
> It was a total nightmare. First of all, Josh organised this whole "Show
> and Tell"
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2011-January/019411.html>
> (Tuesdays, 7.30) thing right before, so instead of limbering up for
> proper consensus and correct producedure, everyone sat around looking at
> Mike's ingenious elevator light LED hack and how he planned it, and a
> new kind of logic analyser <http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8938>
> that's basically just six wires and a USB connector, and some
> routers(?). Then they all discussed the hacks they were working on, and
> some ideas they were mulling, and sought out advice and shared knowledge
> with their peers.
> This was all apparently so "interesting" that by the time anyone wanted
> to stop, it was 8.20 already so basically we'd already screwed up the
> whole rules and procedures of the meeting. Nice job, Josh. /Real/ smooth.
> I kept waiting for someone to sue us for this, but they didn't.
> Then I tried to get Dr Jesus
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Dr_jesus> to head the meeting,
> because he looks like a natural leader, doesn't he? But he was too busy
> talking to Gian Pablo <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Gpvillamil>
> about how to repair the Makerbot, and seemed almost happy at shirking
> his genetic responsibilities.
> By 8.30pm I realised that I was going to have to head the meeting
> "do-acratically" myself before our previously finely-tuned
> decision-making process descended into unmanageable chaos.
> I went and got the member binder and started noisily flicking through
> it, which I thought would at least shut people up. Finally I worked out
> how to get the projector screen to come down, but couldn't get the video
> to work. That attracted a few people's attention who "wanted to help".
> It was time to consense.
> *Introduction and Names*
> UNFORTUNATELY, just when I was getting to bit where I explain to
> everyone what Noisebridge is, our code of honor, how to get here if
> you're not here already etc, Miloh started being disruptive and
> un-excellent and said "Hey, everyone knows this stuff here, right?.
> As moderator, I quickly established consensus through a show of hands
> that everyone indeed knew this stuff.
> Miloh then proposed that instead of doing the usual meeting procedure,
> we should have a guided tour of the space, revealing secrets that many
> people did not know, even members. Before I had a chance to even THINK
> of blocking, everyone bloody consensed on this too.
> Look, can I at least read out the binder names? I whined, correctly.
> But it was too late, everyone was following Miloh around to see the
> electronics lab and heard a bunch of so called "secret knowledge" like
> what a Hell Box is, where you can find Quagga, how easy it would be to
> program the life-playing Big LED sign to do other stuff, how to get an
> account on pony, how cool the $500 de-solderer is, how to use John's new
> flat storage area in the FabLab, how you should put empty bottles by the
> third sink because we're going to be making a load of Kambucha, pondered
> on whether we should keep the shrink-wrap machine, learned the secret
> Masonic History of 2169 Mission, and the true origin of some of
> Noisebridge's most famous smells.
> I tried writing all of this down, but our meeting notes don't even have
> a category for stuff like this. I therefore ruled myself out of order
> and deleted it.
> I did scribble down everyone's names though, as per procedure, and for
> purposes of future prosecution. If you want to know these secrets, which
> go against every principle of openness Noisebridge stands for, you could
> ask Jack <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Jack>, Miloh
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Miloh> of course, and Carl
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Cobolt>. Gescykae and John
> Neurofog were also troublemaking (both of whom don't even have User
> pages yet, which is I believe a violation of our lease).
> *Financial Report*
> Treasurer Kelly
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=User:Hurtstotouchfire>
> wasn't around, because if she had been, I'm sure this mess-up could NOT
> *Membership Binder*
> No new members, but a bunch of people getting close. Chandra and Jack
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Jack>, turn up to next meeting to
> be induced into the Academy of People Who Don't Have The Common Decency
> to Listen When You're Moderating them.
> *What's Going On At Noisebridge*
> Apparently, "everyone knows this shit seriously Danny let it go".
> *Announcements*
> Someone announced they were going off to fix the door-opening mechanism.
> Everyone wandered off to help. WTF? WE'RE NOT EVEN DONE.
> *Consensus Items*
> None. I suggested we debate banning someone for the space for what they
> said on noisebridge-discuss that one time, but everyone continued to
> have "better things to do".
> I was pretty much crying at this point.
> *Discussion Items*
> Finally! Andy <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Adi> turned up and
> pointed out that do need to consense about what voting system to use for
> the board elections.
> Please do this next week, PROPERLY. I have carefully expanded the
> meeting template
> <https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_Template> documentation
> so a meeting can never go this far wrong ever ever again.
> It is consoling to me you can fix any problem by adding more documentation.
> *End of Meeting*
> I said that I was going home to write up the meeting notes. Miloh said
> "Hey, can you do it in the form of a mid-nineties cyberpunk novel this
> time?", and everyone started telling me what kind of awesome character
> they wanted to be and what tricked out skateboard they would be riding.
> You know what? You people all totally deserve each other.
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