2010-09-14 Meeting Notes

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Agenda Items[edit]

  • Electronica Fest
    • Saturday, Sept 18, 1:30 PM - 8:45 PM EDT, National Electronics Museum 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD 21090
    • Advertise, notify membership
  • Getting a faster internet connection? Does we need 'em?
    • Matt: I think we need it.
    • Adam: I don't think we need to spend more money on it.
    • Members have noticed at events.
    • We're currently spending $30 a month.
    • Who would we get it from? Wireless seems like the best option.
    • We might be able to bump Clear up.
    • Local file server might be handy.
  • Cleaning up
    • recycling: Alan said he'd take it tonight.
    • garbage?
    • STUFF - cleanup, destruction, remove?
    • Someone will set a date, they will tell people, and then it will happen.
    • New Kindle derails meeting catastrophically.
    • We have too much and it's not organized.
    • Sisson Street dump will take the electronics garbage.
    • Be it resolved sorting of will happen during Open Hack on September 23, take-away will happen on Saturday, October 2. Anything in the scavenge or trash categories will be disposed of. http://wiki.baltimorenode.org/index.php?title=Things_to_fill_the_Space We voted, passed.
    • Bins for members?
  • Add space per Sherwin?
    • As long as it's not just to hold more junk.
    • Do we need it?
    • Matt: yeah. At a busy workshop, we run out of space at about 10 people.
    • Events could be better advertised, we could reach out to other groups.
    • Clutter and disorganization makes discussion difficult.
    • What do we want to have and what do we want to do?
      • Meetings + Workshop. These scenarios do not seem to be compatible in the current space.
    • It is impossible to have 30 people.
    • Ben: Do we want a new space, or would it make more sense to rent a space as needed? Like, find a space that has room for people and use it when we need it.
    • Matt: we can have events in our space which is good, because that's the reason for having space: to put people in the space.
    • Kelly: could we organize to make room for more people?
    • Consensus: unlikely
    • Adam: "Build it and they may come." It was the same when we started the space.
    • No action items, but it was a rousing discussion.
  • Getting active (Where have we been?)
    • What's the scoop? Is something missing?
    • Is stuff getting in the way?
    • It has pointed out that node-discussion-list has been inactive.
    • Members oughta BE MOAR ACTIVE, just put stuff out there.
    • Workshops, going good. Keep going. Add to them.
    • Has once a month business meeting caused a drop-off? Nope.
  • Taxes
    • Still gotta pay 'em. Waiting for Jon.
  • 501c3
    • The thing keeping us from doing a 501c3 is money and time.
    • We have people to work with. A committe shall be organized.
  • Money for Wes?
    • We already approved the money and already have the stuff. We just gotta get him the money.
  • baltolug - baltimore linux users group
    • loose affiliation of linux fans
    • Mark has a dude coming by to check out the space, Brian H.
    • Concerns: no one to open up, 'cause we're a private space.
  • Unallocated Space - new hackerspace forming, leased space near BWI. 1600 sqft and outdoor space.
    • Collaboration - lightning talks, workshops, other events. We should pay attention and cross-promote.
    • Should we start or seek a Mid-Atlantic mailing list or discussion forum? Baltimore region? Where does a "techie" in Baltimore go for this kind of discussion. We should pick this up on the discussion list.
  • DIY Fest
    • October 23, 2640 St Paul.
    • We have a table and time for workshops.
    • ADAM will send a message to solicit workshop ideas.
  • New stuff
    • Electronic components, we have 'em.
  • Remington Science Camp? See the mailing list.

Special Agenda Items[edit]

  • Pete visited, dev with Skyline. Interested in being a member. We voted, he's in.

Standard Agenda Items[edit]

  • Financials
    • Monies In
    • Monies Out
  • Memberships
    • Surprise! New member.
  • Upcoming Events

Attending[edit]

  • Adam
  • Alan
  • Ben
  • James
  • Jon C.
  • Justin
  • Kelly
  • Mark
  • Matt
  • Pete