Member Meeting Minutes for October 18, 2009

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  • Recap of events since last meeting
    • Ham classes
    • New website images in progress courtesy Andy Leer
    • RFID access update
  • Upcoming events
    • DevHousePgh, Tue. Oct. 20th
    • "Starting an Arts Business" seminar, Wed. Oct. 21st
    • Fall Festivities Night, Friday Oct. 23rd
    • "Video Editing in iMovie", Saturday, Oct. 24th
    • Hacky Halloween at Brillobox, Oct. 28th
    • Mobile Art && Code Nov. 6-8
    • More...
  • Council Changes

Minutes by Agenda Topic

It's cold!


  • Ham Radio classes started last Monday
    • Studying to pass the Technician Class exam
    • CMU Ham club will be doing a test next Sunday (Oct. 25th, 4pm). Everyone should be able to pass the Technician exam by then
    • Nick suggests checking out the science center which might have a Ham demo station
  • Andy is re-skinning the HackPGH websites, has already done the top logo
  • Door update - Marty has all of the electonics together. RFID reader can drive the solenoid to unlock the door.
    • Need to get SD card reader working
    • Need to get a replacement door handle, so we can have key access in case of power failure
    • Derrick has 12V 1kV batteries that he can donate as backup batteries
  • Matt Mets' TOUGH ART exhibit is still on at the Children's Museum and is still excellent
  • Heat! Dale is pricing out getting us a heater. We hope to hear from him next week.

Upcoming Events

  • DevHouse is this Tuesday at the shop
    • Steve Klabnik will be talking about Hackety Hack
  • Friday - Fall Festivities Night, hosted by Andy Leer
    • Pumpkin carving (keep it clean, people!)
    • Mulled cider
    • Halloween decorations
    • Halloween music!
  • Video Editing in iMovie '09!
    • Lori Hepner will be teaching, Oct. 24th, 2pm-4:30pm
    • Any helpers? TODO: we'll ask if she needs any
  • Hacky Halloween
    • Music by Andy and the Shockers (
    • Get the word out! Flyer is on the blog post, and Andy is printing a bunch. Bring Everyone You Know!
    • Donations Needed! If you have any of the following stuff to donate, please bring it into the shop this week!
      • Hacking supplies/kits/electronics/coupons/gift_cards
        • We're off to a good start for this
      • Crafting supplies/yarn/tools/fabric/coupons/gift_cards
        • Need more stuff here!
      • Unopened bottles of beer/wine
    • Gwen can DJ! She is a goth DJ and can attract some other folks
      • She has to leave early in the night, so hopefully Jon can still run music later.
    • Costume contest judges - Amy Hurst, Mandy James, Matt Mets
  • Mobile Art && Code Nov. 6-8
    • Registration is open!
      • Contact Matt Stultz to get your discount passcode
    • Still waiting to hear from Golan about volunteering/etc, because he is trying to figure it out. Matt plans to corner him this week.
      • Definitely need to know soon if we're going to have a signup kiosk there, etc.
  • ioBridge presentation at HackPGH - Friday, Nov. 13
    • Hans Scharler will be coming to speak about the ioBridge, a programmable embedded ethernet bridging system (
  • Soft-Circuits Class (Nov. 14th or so?)
    • Elizabeth Perry and Matt Mets will be teaching a soft-circuits class (intro to materials, button, LED)
    • Dates/details need to be worked out or Mets is a terrible person
  • Nerdcore Knitting Night! - Bonnie Fri. Nov. 20th
    • Bring your crafts!
    • Listen to nerdcore music (MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton)
    • Videos!

Council Update

  • Due to time constraints, Nick Pinkston will be stepping down from the council to focus on his startup.
  • At the next Wednesday meeting, we'll open for nominations for council election.
  • Election will follow on the next Sunday.
  • More details coming soon.

Meeting adjourned, 2pm!

Action Items

  • Matt Stultz
    • Email Dale to ask about power
    • EventBrite for soft-circuits Matt did these things. Schmarty 13:29, 21 October 2009 (EDT)
  • Marty McGuire
    • Announce Friday festivities night (blog) (BYOP(G) and cutting tools, cider provided, music; find pumpkin graphic) Done! Schmarty 14:43, 21 October 2009 (EDT)
    • Hacky Halloween donations forum/email for hack-basket, craft-basket, booze-basket Done! Schmarty 11:46, 21 October 2009 (EDT)
    • Blog post for soft-circuits class (calendar, email, waiting on eventbrite) Done! Schmarty 11:36, 20 October 2009 (EDT)
    • Announce Nick's resignation - email. nominations at next wed. meeting Done! Schmarty 13:29, 21 October 2009 (EDT)
    • Announce Mobile Art&&Code (blog, email, forum)
    • Announce ioBridge visit (blog)
    • Announce Nerdcore knitting night (blog)
    • Tweet all blogs