Meeting Notes 2016-05-03

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Meeting Minutes
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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)

  • Josh | Likes to make bicycle things | found out about us online
  • Regan | engineering kind of person | found out about us online too
  • Tony | found out about PS1 from a friend | interested in 3D printing, 3D modeling & design, casting

Two Random Members

  • Shelly | googled hackerspaces to find us | working on papier-mache dragon heard, hosted cooking and gardening events
  • Brian | got inspired at Burning Man to find a hackerspace, camping with somebody from the Seattle hackerspace, decided to find one in Chicago | putting lights on thing / light-based art

Board and Area Hosts

  • Justin - President
  • Jennie - Vice-president
  • Lyn - Director at Purple
  • Brian - Treasurer
  • Dave - CTO
  • Simon - Secretary
  • Ray (PR) & Michael (at large) are downstairs
  • Anna - Electronics Area Host
  • Erik - General Area Host
  • Ron - Hot Metals Area Host

Things that need doing around the space

  • Electric for compressor needs to be taken care of - and will be tonight
  • Lubrication system for horizontal mill in cold metals needs to be assembled, Dean picked up all the parts
  • Clean up after yourself:
    • Sweep the shop
    • Put away tools
    • Take out the trash
    • Empty the dishwasher when it's clean
  • Don't give out the door code
  • No nasty goos down the drain

Awesome Callouts

  • Lyn for running 501c3 party
  • Shelly and Gerald for helping clean the kitchen
  • Shelly for making awesome cake for the party
  • Jennie for helping clean the safe
  • Andrew for general tool cleanup in the shop & adding dampening to the dust collector
  • Ray for a big group laser authorization

What have you been hacking

  • Patrick - fixing up the powerwheel for the power racing series. Race coming up in SF in three weeks.
    • Currently tops out around 20 mph
  • Shelly did the cover art and art for a game - RAID: Random Adventures In Dungeons - a traveling dungeon game
  • Jay is working on a wind power generator
  • Brian is making a cosplay nixie tube device based on Stein's Gate
    • If anybody needs taller nixie tubes, Brian has a good source in Ukraine


  • Northside Mini-Maker's Faire
    • This Saturday, 10 - 4 (but show up earlier to help volunteer)
    • We need volunteers to help teach folks to make noise-makers
    • And bring projects you want to show off at the maker faire
    • Simon, Will, Shelly and other folks will be there too
    • Email Justin to let him know you'll be volunteering
  • 300 Seconds of Fame is next Tuesday after the member meeting
  • Analog Game Night is Saturday from 5 pm until late
  • Lockpicking - 8pm Wednesday in the lounge
    • Beginners welcome!
  • Python Office Hours - Wednesday at 7 pm in electronics - open to newbies and experts alike
  • May the 4th (plus 10) be with you is on MAY 14 for Star Wars
  • Not-Exclusively-Raspberry-Pi - Monday May 9, 7 pm in electronics
    • Dr. Elliot Roos from Neurobionics lab will talk about mechanical and biomedical engineering & prosthetics and control systems
  • Pumping Station One band - come play instruments, well or poorly, tomorrow, Wednesday at 7 in the loading dock
  • There is an upcoming vote about subsidizing member attendees for ally skills workshop at PS1
    • Workshop will take place June 10 at 6 pm, regardless.
    • Vote is to sponsor fees for a up to 25 people.
  • Existentialism discussion group is this Friday from 7-9


  • How do you get authorized on all the equipment?
    • Best way to find out is to look at the wiki page for the equipment; that should have details about how to get authorized
    • Also check calendar and mailing
  • Do the tools get calibrated?
    • Generally yes, though not on a set schedule. Depends somewhat on the tool.
    • If there's something you think needs to get calibrated, you can do it or organize to get it done.
  • What kind of equipment do we have?
    • Electronics, arts and crafts, wood shop, machine shop, hot metals, CNC tools, kitchen, jewelry-making
    • No longer have the Electron Microscope; it was donated to our friends at the Analytics Lounge
    • Analytics Lounge
  • How is the organization supported?
  • Do we have manuals for equipment?
    • Usually we have manuals and information on the wiki
    • We're all volunteers; nobody is paid to update things. But you can fix things if they need fixing.
  • Is there a cleaning service?
    • Yes, periodically, but mostly all cleaning is done by members cleaning up after themselves
  • Does anybody have any other questions?
    • No
  • Do we get to sing our song?
    • Yes!




Who wants to give a tour?

  • Ron - thank you Ron for giving the tour!