Meeting Notes 2016-03-15

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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)

  • 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 |

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

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

Special Announcement

  • We're officially a 501(c)3!
  • Thanks to the previous boards of directors to make 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 this possible
  • Shelly Loke cleaned all the towels in the kitchen
  • Shelly & Gerald ran an event making chocolate truffles
  • Lyn hosted Pi Day yesterday
  • Sheila got plates for 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
  • Lyn made an Android app to doodle
  • Gregor made mozzarella cheese


  • Potluck after the member meeting on March 29th - bring food!
  • Birthday party for PS:1 is April 2nd
  • Shelly is running a pathfinder game on Friday at 3, feel free to drop in later than that with a character
  • Patrick needs to practice taking vitals to get his EMT certificate - see him for free blood pressure screening after the meeting
  • Bike night is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm in the shop
  • SIGBOT - Robotics Special Interest Group - is Thursday at 7 in electronics lounge


  • Has anyone formatted a card for raspbian on a mac?
  • Do we have t-shirts?
    • There is a link on the website to get on-demand shirts
    • [[1]]
    • But if you want to make it happen, do it
  • Do we do anything with our sawdust? Can we donate it somewhere?
    • There are stoves that burn sawdust - but that might be dodgy given the things that might end up in it



  • Vote_to_Donate_SEM
  • Guests from the Analytics Lounge
  • Peter & Josh
    • Wanted to have a place for equipment less focused on making and more focused on measuring & lab equipment
  • Analytics Lounge (AL) will pick up the SEM
  • Ryan sponsored this vote
  • Analytics Lounge is working on creating a reduced dust environment
  • SEM had trouble getting data off
    • We were able to network it
    • AL has expertise supporting older equipment
    • Considering converting 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 to fund the equipment they want
    • 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
    • Planning on setting up a recycling operation for lab equipment
      • Process, cherrypick, and sell gear
      • Have talked to freegeek about their experience with this
  • If you want to take part, people are usually around on Sunday.
  • Considering instituting chaos hours - if somebody has checked in with RFID access, the space is open
  • Co located with a metal-working space
    • Their co-tenants (Chicago Metal) have a waterjet with a 55 x 100" bed]
  • Contact the analytics lounge at [their website]
  • Vote passes with 45 in favor, 0 against. 47 members voted in person or via proxy


Who wants to give a tour?