Sunday 31 July looks like a good date, this would give us plenty of time
to organise the day and projects, and is approximatley 1 year since we
moved in to our new space.
That's an interesting suggestion, but I think that it is easier to
motivate people to turn up to one day of events than two - we could
easily end up very thin on the ground at the second day. Also it's
useful to have a day for preparation beforehand.
On 2011-06-07, Russ Garrett wrote:
> On 7 June 2011 10:49, Robert Leverington <rob...@rhl.me.uk> wrote:
> > What does everyone think about having another open day soon?
> > Sunday 31 July looks like a good date, this would give us plenty of time
> > to organise the day and projects, and is approximatley 1 year since we
> > moved in to our new space.
> I was already discussing this date with a few other people, and it
> seems good to me. The other option would be to do it on Sunday 28th of
> August, when there'll be a bank holiday on the following day.
I personally prefer the end of July, but don't really have a reason for
this - August seems a long way away.
Let's have a think if some of the Young Hackspace stuff we did could be used for the event; some of the experiments would be quite easy to reproduce. E.g. I would love to set up a more sturdy Glob Monster installation.
And let's take that as an opportunity for one of our (currently semi-) regular cleaning rituals.
I think a bank holiday weekend is a bad idea as a lot of people will be
stuck in a traffic jam on the M1, sorry, going away for the weekened.
Sooner than July?
One thing to note is that we have 3 alcohol licenses left for this
year, unless the Hackspace wants to pay for me to go on a personal
license course :).
That depends on how much it costs.
What does one need to do in order to get an alcohol license, as a matter
of intellectual curiosity?
It's basically a case of filling in a form and paying £21.
A single person (or anyone related to them - in practice I think
everyone helping the Hackspace counts as related to me, now) can only
apply for 5 licenses per year unless they have a personal license. If
I get a personal license, the space will then be restricted to 12
events per year.
> On 7 June 2011 12:09, Martin Dittus <dek...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Let's do it sooner! Then we can do another one in early autumn.
> Sooner than July?
Ah no, I meant if it's a choice between July and August then let's do July.
On 8 June 2011 16:40, Sam Kelly <s...@eithin.co.uk> wrote:
> Sounds good to me (and I completely agree on responsibility without
> authority - been there, still got the T-shirt with the target on) and I'm
> happy to vouch to the list that Steve not only knows what he's doing but has
> never been known to abuse or overuse authority. Also, this would mean we got
> extremely good real ale at non-extortionate prices.
I am perfectly happy acting as the licensee for these events, I've
done so several times before (both for the Hackspace and elsewhere),
and realistically I think it'll probably be easier for all involved if
it's me as opposed to Steve (although thanks for the offer!).
Buying beer is a different discussion. In the past we have tended to
stick with keg because we're better set up to serve it, and the
Meantime brewery provides us with good keg ale at non-extortionate
(In the future, if we end up needing a personal license holder, then
I'm happy to get one myself. Seems like a useful thing to have.)
Thanks! We might take you up on that.
Our main issue with serving beer at these events is that we don't know
how much people are going to drink, and if we end up with a surplus,
we can't legally sell it. This is more of an issue considering the
lifetime of cask beer.
Last time we served draft beer we had 60l of Meantime Pale Ale (which
turned out to be quite palatable to lager drinkers as well), which
ended up disappearing a good 3-4 hours before we closed. So we need to
think about what we do this time - perhaps a combination of cask and
The pillar drill's ideal for working metal, n'est pas? As far as I know
it's definitely not just "wood stuff."
Why don't we prepare infrastructure suggestions on the infrastructure list; and send out a separate invitation for a cleanup session in the next few weeks. I'd be happy to do the latter, unless someone else wants to take charge.
Just to share my thoughts on it so far:
- start with a reminder (email & tweet): make sure to label & store your stuff properly, cleanup session coming up.
- early July: invitation to cleanup & space refactoring session (via email, IRC, tweet, Fax etc)
- mid-July: cleanup & space refactoring session on a suitable weekend (best a Saturday in case we need to buy stuff)
- 31 July: partay
Refactoring is fine if it implements a new strategy for keeping things
in order, but just sifting for the sake of it tends to destroy rather
than create. Much better to keep things in their place as long as
We're actually not that short of space : it's just that some areas are
hard to use efficiently and this is exacerbated by people failing to
put things away when they've finished using them. That's hardly
surprising when there's no obvious place to put quite a lot of the
things (despite Phil's heroic efforts to make places).
Keeping stuff on the floor is the worst possible use of space, since
it doesn't stack very high. I believe we need another bank of shelving
to take all the stuff currently on the floor. Anything then left on
the floor is in-progress or rubbish and can be tidied appropriately.
Perhaps we could get some more shelving before tidying, so the tidied
items have a chance of staying that way ?
The shelving around the front window in #24 also needs revising - it's
unstable and irregular, encouraging random piling.
There are two large cardboard boxes in the middle of the workshop
floor. I brought them in for server packaging (and initially put them
with all the other server packaging). I presume they're not useful for
that since they haven't been used. Please throw them away.