Wednesday 16 March 2011

Mailing List MADNESS

Alright, first off: SIGN UP FOR THE MAILING LIST. It’s crucial. The mailing list is where we, well, mail lists. And discuss stuff. If you want to know what’s going on with the space, what are current needs/wants/hopes and dreams are, and if you want to weigh in on these, the mailing list is the place to do it!

We’re trying to make meetings a time to vote on things, and to discuss the finer points of the subjects in the mailing list. If we want a group that works on consensus, we all have a responsibility to stay informed. Next Tuesday we’ll be voting on the wishlist. It’s available on the wiki, and it’s been listed in the blog. We can probably email you a copy too.

Yesterday’s meeting was pretty good, and we had an extensive discussion concerning the potential spaces. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we held it at the current candidate for the physical space. It’s between Republic and the Peasant Cookery, and it’s a space that’s affordable and suitable to our needs. Plus, the entrance is a totally cool nondescript door.

It’s not ideal, and it needs some work, but the location and price are hard to argue with. The fact that the space is set up to accommodate industrial equipment is a huge plus, seeing as skullspace and the sister organization, protospace, want to share the same buildings. Other potential locations include one in the Inkster industrial park and a space off of Erin. These, though bigger (and at least one has 3 phase power!) are harder to get to and would almost certainly necessitate a personal vehicle (ie: bus-riders stay home!)

There was some confusion during the meeting regarding the space, growth possibilities as well as the finer points in any potential lease. The concern is good, though being subscribed and up to speed with the mailing list discussions will alleviate this kind of confusion in the future. However, the concern shows that we have a dedicated group of people willing to put time and effort into the project.

Which is why we’re looking forward to this Saturday. As you probably know we’re hosting a Hackathon. We’re going to be featuring talks by members covering a number of subjects and we’ll have a bunch of other awesome activities. We’re hoping that after this weekend we’ll have some projects in the works and some collaborations going between group members.

Personally, my goal is to get people involved with the Arduino, and start building things as soon as possible. I’d love to hear the ideas you guys have and the (arduino-based) things you’d like to build! Feel free to drop your suggestions off at the discuss list:

Anyway, it's the middle of the week, so this seems appropriate: Plastic snakes and fractal geometry.