[Noisebridge-discuss] Who won, DARPA V Hackerspaces?

rachel lyra hospodar rachelyra at gmail.com
Mon May 21 18:50:21 UTC 2012

Hi corey,

I notice you didn't list noisebridge in your projects. We all do a lot so
it's cool if you decided to focus your energy elsewhere for the faire but I
am hoping this was just an oversight in typing your email?

Because, dude. I love you. But this email sort of reads like an obnoxiously
prescriptive and paternalistic opinion piece on how other people should
'best' spend their free time.  If you don't think that noisebridge has a
high enough profile, then the doocratically correct approach is NOT this,
to continue working on your other projects while telling other people they
should have volunteered more time.

And if it it was a typo, and you were a noisebridge booth monkey? You can
still eat it. A more appropriate way to talk about this would be to say
what *you* feel (not what others should have done or should do), and what
*you* are worried about, and to *suggest some future solutions*.  Jake did
a super brave thing with his sign, I bet he had fun too. Me? I am just
really choosy about what I volunteer for, and have a lot of demands on my

Also, if 'hacker spaces as a movement' can only succeed dependent on a
single for-profit event series then we are all fucked anyway.

On May 21, 2012 1:41 AM, "Corey McGuire" <coreyfro at coreyfro.com> wrote:

> During my exhausting involvement at Maker Faire this year. I realized two
> things:
>    1. I didn't hear anything about DARPA.
>    2. Unless I brought it up, I didn't hear anything about hacker spaces.
> What does this tell me?  This tells me the attempt to spite Maker Faire
> because of DARPA sponsorship was an utter failure, and not only that, as I
> predicted, because so many Hacker Space Luminaries were not promoting the
> movement, the movement was less visible.
> How involved in the event was I?
> I represented the following Maker projects:
>    1. TE+ND Rover
>    2. Weeviles
>    3. Tweethaus
> Other projects I have contributed to which were present:
>    1. Tympani Lambada
>    2. Brolli Flock
>    3. Dragon Wagon
>    4. TechShop
>    5. Nimby
>    6. The Made
>    7. Others I am probably forgetting or didn't see
> Again, unless I brought up Noisebridge or Hackerspaces, I heard nothing,
> even with the groups that utilized Noisebridge.  This, of course, doesn't
> include "non-hacker spaces" Nimby, Techshop, boxshop, american steel,
> shipyard, etc, etc.
> This lack of visibility is counter productive and leaves Maker Faire with
> the clear option, seek further sponsorship from DARPA.  Seek less reliance
> on hacker spaces.
> Yes, it's your prerogative to protest DARPA's sponsorship of Maker Faire.
> It doesn't mean it is smart to do so and it doesn't mean that your efforts
> aren't better spent representing Hacker Spaces at Maker Faire.
> This protest is a failure.  It is failing hacker spaces as a movement.
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