September 7th, 2010 Meeting
From St. Louis Hackerspace Wiki
- Officer’s Report
- Monthly Schedule
- Refrigerator Contents
- Mitch Altman Visit
Arduino the Cat is doing well at his new home.
Pay your dues. We had enough to cover rent for this month. Insurance is paid too. Bills are paid. Yay. No margin.
Sergeant at Arms
Have got keys tonight for those that need them. Shelves are built with space to spare. Raw materials are stored along the bottom and dated. If they are not used within 6 months they will be thrown out. Open to suggestions for a better way to organize raw materials.
Getting about 20 page views a day. On average people spend about 1 or 2 minutes on the site. Search terms people are using to get to us: arch reactor, Arch Reactor St Louis, etc. Plan for some Google optimization because arch reactor gives “do you mean arc reactor?” Discussed the ability for user accounts on the website
PR and Fundraising
Party scheduled next month. October 26th. Pot luck in the space on a Tuesday.
Taylor will be going over piniata constructions
Mitch Altman - was awesome. He's putting together an article about the hackerspaces he visited. He’s going to pass us his notes on other spaces of what he thought was good or bad about how we run the space. Made friends with Jimmy Rodgers and Matt Metts of Make Magezine. Made us an offer if we need something to be posted on Make, he will put it up there. Quote of the night: “It was like time travelling with speed racer but the mach 5 is a lollipop.” – A 10 year-olds description of the brain machine.
Scheduling a class on conduit bending (while running our electrical)
Fridge Contents is extremely light. Don’t know if there is nothing in the donation box or it just hasn't been emptied. Everyone go pick up a case of something.
Plastic – Ryan is placing an order for plastic used in MakerBot printing. 1Lb of plastic is $20. A spool is between 45 and 60.
Every Sunday evening is scheduled for hardware hacking.
Daniel will be holding an HTML/CSS class on the 15th of this month.
Deech will plan a Costuming night.
Membership - Not enough is being done to increase membership. Partly a PR problem, partly an advertising problem. All our events are open to the public. Make sure it’s more widely known the events are open to the public. Widely. John will make and post a flyer to give out to public that doesn't visit the website. Ideas for increasing membership:
- Stephen suggests that we put a page on our website listing the benefits of being a member.
- Photonight to show off the space.
- Bring friends
Electrical. Darrell has been trying to run the conduit and electrical boxes. Almost to the point of running wire and installing outlets. We'll then have to make a decision on the lights regarding where to be mounted and where to put switches.
Need ideas for replacing the miner lights.
Starting this first October Monday (11th), Art Reactor will resume work on the Evil Doctor Coats. The second Tuesday (12th) is our Show and Tell night. Bring your projects, completed or WIP (or planning, even). On Wednesdays the 13th and 20th, there will be a workshop on costume accessories, especially wigs. The third Tuesday (19th) is a combination of our LAN Party and Board Game nights. It's sure to be massive, so be sure to show up! There's also a potluck party in the space on the fourth Tuesday (26th). Bring your own dish and drinks to be mingled with those of your peers! This party, being a Tuesday event, is open to the public. Our November events are great fun as well: The second Tuesday of November (9th) is Harry Potter night, in celebration of the first movie of the seventh HP book. The next day (Wed the 10th) and the following Wednesday (17th), are workshops on combat and utility corsets for your costume (or everyday use). The 4th of November brings a class on SQL, the popular database programming language. The next Sunday (7th) is a Python programming class focusing on game development. The last Tuesday of November (30th) is our LEGO competition. Use your own LEGOs in your own construction and bring it in for judging by popular opinion. You may not use predefined kit plans, although you may use kit sets in your own original construction.
Meeting adjourned at 9:18pm