Last active last year
Hey! Our meeting schedule devolved over the winter. I hope we can get back on track soon. Until that happens, what kind of projects are you looking to work on? Tools do you want to use? I'd be happy to help you, or find someone who can. Most of us are in Bay City/Saginaw, but some work in Midland. I'd say we'll be a lot closer than Lansing!
I wanted to start a conversation on our motivation/direction.
I think we should be an organization focused on providing convenience, services, advice, etc. to our members. We should also be focused on advancing educational, humanitarian and other goals. This is usually a good, fundable structure (c.f. NSF and other funding agencies, fraternities, service organizations, the "spirit" of a nonprofit, etc.)
I think we should start getting a list of what we want to do to benefit our members, and what we want to do to benefit the community. I think this will drive the necessity for forming an organization, for collecting dues, and for eventually securing a space. It is important to have this chain of causality so we can't be seen as just cliquey jackwagons sharing toys. This is important, because aren't just cliquey jackwagons wanting to share toys!
I think it would be good to start a list of local resources for common tasks. e.g. where do I go to buy wire? What are the best local sources for various other items? (servo motors...) More pertinently (and feel free to answer this one directly....) where do I go to recycle old technology?
I think it would be good to start adding this to a FAQ page on a Wiki or something like a Wiki. A forum is great for conversations, but I think improper for a FAQ.
I contacted a hackerspace in Clio to see how active they are and if they're interested in what we're doing.
I emailed attendees of the last meeting so we all have each others' email addresses.
I updated the Hackerspaces page with some of the new info I could find (twitter, new name, etc.)
Also I found this and I'll skim it sometime... https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/Design_Patterns
Per conversation at that meeting, count me in! I can swing a bunch of different kinds of hammers. Everything from setting up Apache to writing the front/backends. My design experience is limited; I can't weild that hammer. (Unless you want it done in LaTeX or the same style, or it's a technical document, then I'm your guy!)
I think it would be good to disseminate references to ourselves online (e.g. hackerspace database as I've already volunteered myself to update). I think we should also actively seek out similar groups. I don't think there is a large need to set up new software right now, except perhaps a calendar including our meetings and meetings of other groups.
I have paid one 30pk of beer and $15ish for one of the rims. $35 sound ok?
I'll put up a picture later!
I don't see the images from your post. =[
Are you looking for a donor bike? I have something that might work that I was going to use for a very similar project!
Could I have a few long db25s? I need multiconductor cables.