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March 6th, 2012


  1. Approve draft minutes of the last meeting
  2. Consent Agenda
  3. Officer Annual Reports
    1. President
    2. Vice-President
    3. Treasurer
    4. Secretary
    5. Public Relations
  4. New Business
  5. Old Business
  6. Member Reports
  7. Adjournment


President: Last month we discussed MIBS and we'll try to stick to it this time. Concerns were expressed that it might take away from social aspect, but it will help decision making.

No objections to the last meeting's minutes.


Consent Agenda

Officer Reports

  • Big thank you to Chris for his heroic efforts to protect our wiki!
  • High-fives all around for Darren, who initiated the CMKT 4 visit, which was a resounding success
    • Many new faces in the space, wish I was able to stay longer
  • Lightning Talks: it is Time. March 27th anyone? We could do lightning talks in place of our open meeting perhaps?

Just gave Darren a stack of 34 SparkFun gift cards (estimated $10 each, maybe $20). We should plan promotions to give them away. They expire April 1. Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has a local chapter that has been meeting locally for a few years but are in need of a meeting space. Seeking a host for the montly meetings.

  • Account balances:
    • Paypal balance as of 3/5: $0.00
    • BB&T balance as of 3/5: $3,990.67 available
    • WePay balance as of 3/5: $97.75
    • Total balance as of 3/5: $4,088.42

  • February income:
    • Paypal - $96.50
    • WePay - $613.60
    • BB&T Deposits - $515.00
    • Total: $1,225.1

  • February expenses:
    • CREH-Snow (rent) - $920.00
    • Prime Rate Premium (insurance) - $0.00
    • VELLEMAN, INC. - $37.46
    • CMKT 4 Kits = $40.00
    • Total: $997.46

  • February income - expenses = $227.64
  • Maintenance fund ($0 + $20) = $20
  • Tool fund ($0 + $113.82) = $113.82

Thank you very much to Shaw for taking minutes this evening! Nothing else to report.

Public Relations

New Business

Old Business

Member Reports


Will probably be absent for meetings over the next few months (3-6 months). Nominate a substitute officer? Math study night has been meeting here but seeking a substitute host for the group. Inquired if anyone else in the group has noticed resiratory issues after visiting the space. Shaw says the smell seems worse on Sunday nights. Alan will send note to building manager about the air issues.


Have signed up for a table for SplatSpace at next year's train show. Stated we should decide what to do for MakerFaire. Had a really successful how-to-solder workshop last time. Would like to do another one soon, working around the Easter holiday, perhaps in conjunction with RARSFest.


MakerFaire, MakerFaire, MakerFaire. Coming up on June 18 and the space should be present. We need someone to lead the effort for the space. I'm writing the tool list page on the wiki right now. In need of an ISP programmer, which Scott offerred.


Posted suggestion on the list about break-out groups. Groups should be announced on the mailing list or calendar before so people know what's happening. Idea for MakerFaire: "Aloha Hack Bar", a bar where people can sit down and plug in and make the bar do fun things with Arduino and/or Processing.


Bought a vinyl cutter. Can now cut the Splat shape in blue as $1-2 items to sell in addition to the pricier t-shirts. Working with Peter to upgrade the Apollo capsule exhibit at the Durham Museum of Life and Science. 70's-era heavy duty switches are desired to build control panels.


Efland-Cheeks final Robot Camp is March 24th, 9-3. Got a Lego grant. 3:30 to 5:30 is the "Building your world with math and science" Lego build event. Many hands are needed to help with the Lego part. Alan proposes an event on the SplatSpace meetup page for this. Details at http://wiki.splatspace.org/index.php/Robot_Camp_at_ECE. "Train the trainers" on March 17, where volunteers can practice programming Lego Mindstorm devices.


Just got back from SIGCSE, the special interest group for computer science educators. Learned about several things that might apply to the space: ROS (Robotic Operating System) as a platform for advanced projects and interactive art; SNAP (HTML5 version of Scratch). Built on Scratch and BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks). A drag-and-drop visual programming environment. Other notable things: the Teaching Open Source event, three most amazing speakers were Fred Brooks, Hal Abelson, and Alan Kay.

Propses we schedule updates for special-interest groups to be given at meetings. Status for projects such as the 3D printer. Geoff adds that documenting those communities with the mailing list or the wikis would put the right people in touch with those groups.


ÜberLisp has hit a milestone: garbage collection now "totally working." You can now run lisp programs interactively on the Arduino. Renamed now to Wombat.


Christopher Covington reports that requiring email verification before allowing edits on the wiki has cut off the flow of spam for the time being. Also, the first of many Libre Thursdays was a modest success. It will be recurring weekly for the foreseeable future.


Describes the new "Libre Thursdays" wiki-related events at the space that Chris Cov will host.