Meeting Notes 2016-03-15

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  • Intro to PS1 and what we're about.
  • Let new members and visitors intro themselves.
  • Pick 2 random people to introduce themselves.
  • Introduce the Board and Area Hosts
  • Go over things that need doing around the space.
  • Awesome call outs
  • Tell me about What You Hack
  • Announcements
  • Questions
  • Votes
  • Tour

For extended discussions, we may take stack and borrow from MIBS Rules#Meeting Procedures.


Intro to PS1



New People

New People (name - where did you hear about us - what do you make/hack)

  • Don | 3D printing | 12 year old wants to build a forge | learned about us online
  • Zack | industrial engineering | home from college out of state | son of Don
  • Joe | teaches imagineering class @ Montessori | built a robot that flew an autonomous powered parasail | learned about us online
  • Gregor | builds things that include tables. Oh, and a hydrogen processor | First came to a meetup a year ago
  • Al | found us through Google | working with python, wants to get into woodworking
  • Keith | with roommate recommendation | bikes are fun |

Two Random Members

  • Patrick | runs power racing series - next one is in San Mateo in May, then Kansas City, Detroit, Colorado. Milwaukee is in September, | Member since 2010

Board and Area Hosts

  • Justin - President
  • Simon - Secretary
  • Lyn - Director at Purple
  • Anna - Electronics Area Host
  • Shellie - Arts & Crafts Area Host
  • Triano - Woodshop Area Host

Special Announcement

  • We're officially a 501(c)3!
  • Awesome Callout and thanks to the previous directors and those who made this happen.

Things that need doing around the space

  • Please wash your dishes, either by hand or by dishwashing machine. Put dishes in and turn on.
  • Sweep up the shop (and everywhere else that there is floor) and put tools away when they are not in use.
  • Take out the trash.

Awesome Callouts

  • To everybody who made Pumping Station: One's nonprofit status possible
  • Shelly Loke cleaned all the towels in the kitchen
  • Shelly & Gerald ran an event making chocolate truffles
  • Lyn hosted Pi Day
    • there's still pie and it needs to be eaten!
  • Sheila made an emergency pie plate run pi day
  • Space planning committee for all of their work
  • Eric B for negotiating our lease with landlord

What have you been hacking

  • Justin & Everett invented a new card game called Thai Pirate Rummy
    • Ask them for the rules
  • Lyn made a doodle app for Android
    • Four colors are available. (You'll be surprised what color didn't make the list.)
  • Gregor made mozzarella cheese


  • Everybody is invited: Potluck after the open house/member meeting on March 29th - bring food!
  • Birthday party for PS:1 is April 2nd.
  • Shelly is running a pathfinder game on Friday starting at 3; feel free to drop in later than that with a character.
  • Patrick needs to repeatedly practice taking vitals to get his EMT certificate - he'll take your blood pressure after the meeting.
  • Bike night is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm in the shop. Bring your bike, bike accessory, bike-related project, or bike thoughts.
  • SIGBOT - Robotics Special Interest Group - is Thursday at 7 in electronics lounge.


  • Has anyone installed raspbian on a microsd card for raspberry pi using a mac?
    • Dubi is setting up a pi for the first time
  • Do we have t-shirts?
  • Do we do anything with our sawdust? Can we donate it somewhere?
    • There are stoves that burn sawdust
    • if the sawdust contains elements that don't burn safely (acrylic, treated wood), that could be dodgy



  • Guests from the Analytics Lounge: Peter & Josh
  • [Analytics Lounge Website]
    • Goal is a place in maker culture for equipment less focused on making and more focused on measuring & lab equipment

Questions and Answers:

  • Analytics Lounge (AL) will pick up the SEM
  • Ryan sponsored this vote
  • Analytics Lounge is working on creating a reduced dust environment
  • We had trouble getting data off the SEM due to it using floppy disks as storage
    • We were able to network it to get data off
    • Analytics Lounge (Peter) has expertise supporting older equipment
    • Considering converting the SEM VGA output to DVI so that the output can be streamed on the internet
  • AL membership model:
    • Avoiding paid membership because not sure if there is a large enough user-base for that model
    • Anybody is welcome to come by on Sundays
    • Want to get people involved and educated in using these scientific instruments
    • Goal is to build a community of mutual support and information
    • Looking into grant funding, depending on requirements from funders
    • Part of the charter is a recycling operation for lab equipment
      • Plan is to process donations, rehabilitate gear that is worthwhile, and sell surplus
      • Have talked to freegeek about their experience with this
  • If you want to take part or check it out, people are usually around on Sundays.
    • Have chaos hours - if somebody is in the space, come by and they'll let you in
    • RFID tag access system provides up-to-date info of availability
  • Co-located with a metal-working shop (Chicago Metal)
    • Those folks have a waterjet with a 55 x 100" bed]
  • Contact the analytics lounge at [their website]

  • Vote passes with 44 in favor, 0 against. 46 votes cast.
  • 10 full members attended the vote.
  • 37 full members voted by proxy.


Thanks to those who gave the tour! I missed exactly who all did that - Lyn, Shelly, and at least one more person.