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== April 25, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald ==
* Introductions
* We read the minutes from last week.
* Adrian had a suggestion for an Anti-Social space. 72 Princess, third floor, $450.
** Freight elevator if needed.
* Financial Report:
** We had made some money from events, so we're holding steady.
** We have a couple new members.
** The insurance payments in the summer are what usually do us in.
** Member dues essentially pay for rent. We rely on donations and event revenue to cover insurance and utilities.
* Plans for the floor? Getting ends of linoleum would be nice and cheap. We should be able to just roll it out without gluing.
* Chris's friend has some ideas on how to decorate the place.
== March 28, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald ==
* Meeting called
* Approved previous minutes
* Financial report: Looks okay. We had a good event with the synth meetup, so we probably aren't losing anything this month. Michael doesn't have the bank records at the moment.
* Why is the door always locked now?
** The architects lock it at 5:00?
* A lot of members had applied lately, and we're contacting them one by one.
* Hackaday is hiring contract writers! Writing about projects and such, so apply today.
** (P.S. we should document all the neat stuff we do here.)
* Was there money in our fund to purchase upholstery?
** So Chris had the idea to get furniture to make our space better.
** More flooring! Stuff like that.
** We need lockers, too. Costco has a sale.
*** We can probably get old ones from Habitat for Humanity, too.
** We took a vote. The people who didn't show up will never know.
* Flickr is full of pictures from other events, but never anything in our space. We should take more photos in the space.
* Edwin talked about pinball and such. Virtual pinball, etc.
* We've got an orange (the construction type) SkullSpace toque for sale.
* Marcel is looking for a video camera (camcorder?) for an upcoming trip. He was looking for something "a step up from an iPhone."
* Upcoming events:
** Ron's CTF event this Saturday
** Manitoba Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday. We have a table.
== February - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald ==
* Whoops, these minutes are missing! email [mailto:admin@skullspace.ca admin@] if you have them.
** Actuall is probably Edwin.
== January 31, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald ==
== January 31, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald ==

Revision as of 14:33, 10 May 2017

2013 minutes are at Meeting_notes\2013

2012 minutes are at Meeting_notes\2012

2011 minutes are at Meeting_notes\2011

2010 minutes are at Meeting_notes\2010


April 25, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Introductions
  • We read the minutes from last week.
  • Adrian had a suggestion for an Anti-Social space. 72 Princess, third floor, $450.
    • Freight elevator if needed.
  • Financial Report:
    • We had made some money from events, so we're holding steady.
    • We have a couple new members.
    • The insurance payments in the summer are what usually do us in.
    • Member dues essentially pay for rent. We rely on donations and event revenue to cover insurance and utilities.
  • Plans for the floor? Getting ends of linoleum would be nice and cheap. We should be able to just roll it out without gluing.
  • Chris's friend has some ideas on how to decorate the place.

March 28, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Meeting called
  • Approved previous minutes
  • Financial report: Looks okay. We had a good event with the synth meetup, so we probably aren't losing anything this month. Michael doesn't have the bank records at the moment.
  • Why is the door always locked now?
    • The architects lock it at 5:00?
  • A lot of members had applied lately, and we're contacting them one by one.
  • Hackaday is hiring contract writers! Writing about projects and such, so apply today.
    • (P.S. we should document all the neat stuff we do here.)
  • Was there money in our fund to purchase upholstery?
    • So Chris had the idea to get furniture to make our space better.
    • More flooring! Stuff like that.
    • We need lockers, too. Costco has a sale.
      • We can probably get old ones from Habitat for Humanity, too.
    • We took a vote. The people who didn't show up will never know.
  • Flickr is full of pictures from other events, but never anything in our space. We should take more photos in the space.
  • Edwin talked about pinball and such. Virtual pinball, etc.
  • We've got an orange (the construction type) SkullSpace toque for sale.
  • Marcel is looking for a video camera (camcorder?) for an upcoming trip. He was looking for something "a step up from an iPhone."
  • Upcoming events:
    • Ron's CTF event this Saturday
    • Manitoba Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday. We have a table.

February - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Whoops, these minutes are missing! email admin@ if you have them.
    • Actuall is probably Edwin.

January 31, 2017 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Meeting called 6:00pm
  • FPV update
    • FPV Wing build moved to Feb 23rd
    • discontinuing the regular FPV extravaganza until further notice, lack of interest
  • Members: Read the Bylaws and propose any changes
    • announce proposed changes to bylaws on Feb 7th (still waiting for members to submit proposed changes)
  • Synthesizer petting zoo is gaining momentum
  • Bylaw amendment ideas
    • requiring invitation to apply for membership seems outdated as per our recent practices
    • one guest per member in the space rule
    • need to update wiki as per meeting requirements
  • Finances!!!! - see report here
    • forecast: early April is when we die should we not grow our membership
    • next big upfront payment - july?? need to confirm
  • Membership strategies: we need to throw more events to gain more members! Our efforts reflect membership growth, need to keep up the good work
    • Government Grants - paying for events, supplies
    • IEEE wpg section?
  • Malware analysis was well attended
  • Teddy Ruxpin > Furby
  • POS terminals working - for snacks!?!?!?
  • KeyFOBs should be hear by Feb 3rd
  • Meeting adjourned @ 18:41

December 27, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

404 meeting not found (fix plz)

November 29, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Ron is returning!
    • He has an event running this friday (DC204)
    • There _are_ details on this event (6:30pm - 10pm) - OPEN CHAOS NIGHT
  • Retro Computing Event via Justin Lacko!!
    • Follow up with Justin on date particulars / check mailing list
  • Recruitment efforts!
    • Justin keeps threatening to make us a poster
  • Synthesizer event?
    • Let's follow up with Colin; Troy corresponded with Jordan for contact info's, forward along
  • Quadcopter event this thursday!
    • Let's start keeping track of # attendees for events!
    • Might move to mondays, whatever suits the community
  • Financial update
    • March is our trajectory for dying!!
  • KiCAD workshop was successful!
  • Community outreach
    • Can we get reddit integration on the go?
    • local hack event this weekend
    • get a sign-up sheet!!
    • can we go to the yellow dog and put up a poster tonight??
    • A couple different ads - benefits to career, hobbies, etc
  • Local Hack Event
    • 130 sign-ups so far
    • 12 hour event
    • Engineering Building at the UoM
    • Held all over the world - but, internationally there are simultaneous events
    • Lets put an announce method out for mentors!!
    • This saturday, starts at 9am, through to 9pm
    • Hack Central - February - Bigger event
    • Stef and Thor can anchor the 3d printing
    • People can bring some dev boards
    • Major League Hacking - UMDev Club
  • Bike dump holding a meeting here - unsure of the date or commitment, but perhaps!!!!!!?????
  • Next Friday is going to be a movie night!! ( Dec 9 )
    • Double feature - "Clock & Dagger", and "the last starfighter"
  • A workshop that takes you through a process
    • To make a schematic of something and then to actually fabricate it

October 25, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • BELL RUNG @ 6:02PM
    • our long-term viability is improving due to donations, good to go until marchish
    • social profits: 700 bucks, got 300 donation based on performance @ social
    • membership is going back to plateau instead of nosedive...
    • recruiting is starting to work, "cautious optimism"
    • retro computing hackathon? reach out to Justin Lacko
    • first week of december, tentatively
    • the last one was feb 28
    • guy from roland needs a heads up
    • solicit jordan justice for particulars - roland dude etc
    • colin e, adrian might be interested in heading the event?
    • james paskaruk interested as well
    • Colin E is interested in hosting
    • Early January seems like a good timeframe
    • CKUW attended as well
      • Brian will solicit the CKUW crowd
  • We should go get snacks sometime soon
    • Edwin, Michael, Stefan to do snacks
    • Giant tiger gift card so that ppl can get snacks eaiser??
  • Payment stuffs: BrainTree is the best-looking
    • PAD - $65/mo
    • Tiered fee, 10/15 ppl chunks
    • Edwin to investigate further
  • Grants - we are open to signing off on applications, if someone wants to head the charge
  • CNC update
    • it's working, need to go out and buy some wood to build a box
    • need policies
    • user logins, training video?
    • fire extinguisher is underneath the x-carve, safety training will happen
  • C4
    • Troy to follow up with contact to secure # tickets and payment date
    • Power - $150ish?
    • people gather sksp 6:00 thursday
    • opens to the public @ 2pm on friday
  • Brian to shoot a scene for a sci-fi movie @ the space
    • BoD able to sign off on any space usage agreements
    • Movies are cool - one condition for using the space is to provide a showing of the film
  • Do we see the return of bad movie night???? Thor interested in bringin it back
  • QuadCopter night was cool - semiregular basis potential

September 27, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Posters, advertising
    • Troy to contact Millennium Library re general poster distribution
    • Poke Justin to see if he's able to design a new poster
  • Transition from PAD
    • Ask Ben to look into transitioning out of PAD, what is involved
    • Edwin to investigate paypal and/or "MoneyTree" or whatever its called
  • Wordpress initiative
    • Brock is busy lately
    • Edwin will lead this in general
  • CNC Machine
    • Small mechanical adjustments and firmware flashing remain
  • Social
    • Alcohol
      • We are amenable to halfpints beer
      • We adverised drinks @ $3.50, must adhere to this
      • For beer (et al.) pickup, Troy, Edwin, and James all have vehicles
    • Game systems and TVs:
      • Edwin: Wii, NES,SNES
      • Troy: Wii U + smash bros, small CRT
      • Stef: 32" TV
      • James: TV
      • Brad: N64
    • Music
      • We are using our PA system. James is able to set it up.

August 30, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

TODO: populate this

July 26, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald


  • 6:00:
    • Intros
    • Camera parts roll call. Bring back items if you took one
    • Still not at a good space with the infrastructure if Colin gets hit by a bus
  • 6:05:
    • Shirts: We have a printed catalog, so we can print a logo on anything in there
    • Michael should be able to set you up
    • Much discussion was had over capes with our logo for Stephan
  • 6:10:
    • New printer is ready to go
    • X-Carve is waiting for monies, nearly there
    • Corportate sponsorship is ready to recieve
    • Magellan may be willing to donate funds towards infrastructure
  • 6:15:
    • Social planning. Curious if Shab will help organize things
    • Sysadmin workshops - We're planning on doing more of those
  • 6:20
    • Would ladies learning to code want to present here?
    • Paper towel too expensive. Need cheap crap for drying hands

June 28, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

9 members present last week

 -Talk to A. Michael for skullspace t-shirts or polos. Size / colour / etc.
 -Talk to Courtney to get giftcards. SkullSpace gets a little kickback from it.
 -Talk to Ben or Edwin or Troy to donate to the CNC fund. We're at a little over $1000

Thinkbox has decided to sponsor us $2400/year quarterly, explicitly for increasing value in the space. Tools, fixing, etc. Many of our existing tools are whatever members have donated. We should prepare for the CNC by getting things like the filters, safety glasses, and stuff like that. Troy made business cards. They'll be in the office cabinet. The 3D Printer workshop at the library went really well. It sold out, and all the reviews were excellent. Mark donated his presentation material so we can repeat the presentation here. We're planning for the social. Shab was going to help plan. We're planning more than a month in advance this time.

- We should probably focus on a social that's fun for us, without the huge and noisy dancefloor and with more board games. Still loads of booze, of course. If we want to do a loud-music real social, it's not an 'anti-social', and we should focus on the crowds who actually fill up that kind of venue.

The MGUG are going to have a show-and-tell on Thursday. Come talk about open maps and stuff like that. Ben did financial stuff. We lost a lot of members recently, as we usually do before the summer.

May 31st, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • t-shirts, hats, polos, etc with embroidered logo, $20-30 depending on quality and fundraising
    • contact Michael K if you are interested
  • gift cards
    • if you are interested, contact Courtney
  • financial update
  • CNC machine
    • We want to get an X-Carve
    • So far we have about $1000 and we want to get closer to $2000 before we pull the trigger
    • Photos of CNC machine made stuff in the next email
  • social medias
    • we should make a point of posting pics of events on the twitters and facebooks
  • concensus was to relocate the bikes to the back of the space where they are less in the way since they are not used very frequently

April 26th, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • financial update
  • x-carve - talk to Ben if you want to chip in for a CNC machine
  • shelf at back is being cleaned out
  • which area will get cleared out next? beige cabinet! (move and label your stuff / important stuff)
  • fob system is fixed!
  • can we get the front door to open on a button press for when the doorbell rings?
  • key access battery backup will need replacing at some point
  • key access system will need to be documented soon - Edwin will take this on, Mark will help with imaging the VM
  • Stuff in the space
    • available for members to use and borrow short term (note when it will return)
    • donations/long term loans should be agreed upon as useful - announce before bringing in large items and make sure at least a couple other members
    • when you borrow stuff, email the list, even small things - lets people know if stuff is available and ensures it comes back
    • anything that looks good here is probably either destined for someone's project or sksp infrastructure

March 29th, 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

February 23rd 2016 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

* Bell was rung at 6:01pm.
* Introductions
* Motion to end the Nominations for candidacy; That was passed as a

resolution by the members.

* Candidates for the board introductions were made.
* Bylaw amendment #11 vote:
 * Too many meetings focused on administrative issues.
 * Meeting only once a month instead of every week.
 * Edwin mentions that the space might not get used as much, as people

come to the weekly meetings.

 * Mark thinks that the amendment is a good idea because the bylaws are

fairly tight. That being said, he wants to make sure that meetings still happen.

 * More points back and forth.
 * Freedom! ( Fists in the air ).
* Ballets were cast.
* Ben financial report.
* Jay did a quick recap and thanks around for the board for this year.
* Votes are being counted
* New board is:
 * Ben
 * Troy
 * Courtney
 * Edwin
 * Chris

December 29th 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

(3 board + 3 members + 2 guests)


Edwin talked about the electronics workshop: - Mainly in classroom - Going to keep it stupidly simple, welcome to move into lounge if too simple :) - Jan 11th - There'll be a strip of three Neopixels to play with per kit - Arduino - Planning for five people: five kits available for purchase at $20 each, may be able to have more.

Bedbug hackathon: - Mostly going to be informational - Date set for Saturday, January 23.

November 10th 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-347 Donald

  • 6:00:
    • Intros Skipped
    • SkullSpace is now open!
    • Treatments are done for bugs
    • Waiting to re-treat for eggs
    • Nothing found by exterminators
    • People are still worried about it
    • Courtney wants to sell you gift cards
    • Lease is up next month. Asked Landlord about space cost
    • He lowered the rent to 1800 from 2200
    • The Space is now viable to stay. Problem solved? Differed :D
    • There is still a great opportinity to look around
    • Either option is a win, it's no longer life or death!
    • Asked if we'd get as much for the same cost.
    • We're confident we can afford our current space.
    • We're still bringing this up a the next meeting
    • Do we stay, do we go? Details and choice next meeting.
    • Same condition, less cost, "it's a bombshell" - Jay
  • 6:05:
    • Events: Festivus in November
    • Fincancials: We were about $300 loss each month
    • Ben went back, good news is the calculation was a bit off
    • The first six months we were paying back rent! Expensese corrected
    • Average loss is only ~$30/mo. Maybe about $150 with cleaners
    • Bad news, average income is seadly declining
    • Membership is down to 60, but that is the lowest mark.
    • Student members up, average income is lower from this
    • We're loosing $200/mo, so we can barely afford the space either way
    • At best, we can build up the emergency funds.
    • Better than in the last 3 years.
    • Moving to a space with greater savings, more money for good stuff
    • Ben to provide financial reports with these minutes
  • 6:10:
    • Rent decrease is survivable, but reducing rent enables us to achive more
    • Not as many expenses, rent reduced dramatically.
    • 70 Arthur would be okay with after-hours access
    • We'd have a 60 day notice of termnination on Arthur
    • Checking out Market
    • Since moving here, we've never looked better
    • Gift card fundraiser has not been marked on the books. Had been missing the $400 from that.
    • Social has repaid the deposit, so we have an additional $200
    • Almost paid for the bed bug treatments
    • We've gone from doomed to better than ever.

September 8th 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order - 18:00: 13 members present
  • Anti-Social
    • We will be using Facebook RSVP's
    • Awesomichael, Thor, Nate+1, etc. will be early to the venue to help with set-up
    • See the board for tickets!
  • B-sides
    • Deadline for speakers is this Friday.
  • eSports Training
    • Events held weekly and are being very well attended.
    • Nate suggested that we have membership forms on-hand as there are a lot of potential members present
  • Cool stuff
    • Alex and co. managed to get the password reset on a Thinkpad using various tools and dark magic.
    • Please encourage him to make this into a talk for B-Sides!
  • Infrastructure
    • Our IPv4 network was down. VOI has worked with us to get it back up
  • Water: We need to do a water order. admin@ will see to this
  • Mats: It is getting close to
  • Extra Life Games Day will be at SkullSpace on September 26th!
    • Admission will be $10, funds to charity.
    • SkullSpace members will still have access to the space, but are asked to pay the admission fee if they wish to play.
  • Pricerazzi (local start-up)
    • Hiring 4-5 support / technical people. If you are looking for work see Robert.
  • Adjourned: 18:35

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June 30th 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

June 23rd 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 18 members present
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • We have been approached to get a table at comic con
    • Edwin will head this up
  • Meetup
    • We have been getting a lot of traffic on Meetup.com lately.
    • Nate is getting 1-3 new users every day or so.
    • Please communicate event details to Nate if you want them to be posted to Meetup.com
  • Anti-Social
    • Hall booked for the 19th, thank Brittany!
    • Jay and Nathan will look after booze.
  • Member storage
    • There is a lot of stuff on the shelf that has been there for a long time and we are running out of room
    • Please check the storage shelf and get rid of anything that doesn't need to be here.
  • Events
    • Ham radio event this weekend at Shaftesbury high school
    • Bike Jam coming up
  • Old freezer
    • We need someone to put it on kijiji.
  • Power
    • Please do not plug things into the server ups's.

June 16th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

June 9th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 18 members present
  • June 2nd minutes were reviewed and approved
  • Upcoming events:
    • Star Wars marathon is this Saturday, starting at 11am
    • eSports training is happening at 6pm every Thursday
  • Financial update
    • Our rent arrears have now been caught up!
    • Our current membership levels put us roughly breaking even each month.
    • We need to attract a few more members
    • New members joining have increased of late, but regular donations have been reduced.
    • If you are willing to donate extra money it would be much a appreciated
  • Edwin has been talking to Tina and she is willing to help us make a plexiglas enclosure for the 3D printer.
    • Tina is awesome
  • Edwin has ordered and 8-channel logic analyzer for the space
    • This will be available for anyone who has training
  • Nate and Jordan will be collecting donations in the near future to purchase tools for our bike shop.
  • Adjourned: 18:15

June 2nd, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

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May 12th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

May 5th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 14 members present
  • April 28th minutes were reviewed and approved.
  • There are two upcoming events:
    • Day against DRM, tomorrow at 6pm
    • Sarah's Epic Star Wars Marathon, June 13th. See Facebook event for details.
  • Brittany would like to start a regular tech film/discussion night on Thursdays
  • Anti-Social planning is starting up for a fall event
    • Jay/Nate will handle booze procurement
    • Brittany will handle booking the venue
    • Edwin will handle deposit
  • We have a giant cool LED sign that we need to get working: stick around after the meeting if you want to hack on it!
  • Bike Hackathon meeting will follow this meeting
  • Stephen Kiazyk's Papers We Love talk (computer vision) was excellent. Next papers we love meetup is May 22nd.
  • Adjourned: 18:15

April 28th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Introductions
    • Rob, Edwin, Jordan Chris J, A. Mike, Zoe, Thor, Alex, Jay, Russ, Nishan, Daniel, Sean
    • Matt (first time)
  • Minutes were review and approved
  • Blinkenlights purchase to sale at possible blinkenlights hackathon (thinking about $100-150)
  • C4 Table? Thoughts on sharing with AssentWorks
    • [Thor] Has anybody talked to Tina yet? She gets the tables
    • [Zoe] They're very disorganized, tend to have no space until the last minute
    • Edwin is talking to Tina, will get details from Thor.
  • Cleaning person exists! Her name is Pebbles
    • Jody, but goes by Pebbles
    • Starting some time next week. 4 hours of cleaning
    • Robert is trying to evaluate how much time it will take and how frequently we'll need to clean
  • Upgrading printer
    • [Edwin] Not considered worth while, not going forward with it
  • Computer vision talk - This Thursday, Here!
    • [Alex] Object recognition and local scale invariant features At 7pm
  • Mad Max viewing - Next Monday the 11th
    • [Jordan] Should be pretty fun. 3 movies - $5 at the Park Theatre
  • WiFi, in progress
    • [Sean] One up, two more to go. Almost done.
  • David to remove junk, if you want anything hurry the heck up
    • Will contact David Mendez to handle e-waste, as recommended by Zoe
    • Last chance to scavenge the pile of junk
    • 3 Tivos!
  • Nuts & Volts Magazines, I'll bring a few a week
    • If you want to take them home, please do
  • Upcomming Events
    • Bike Jam
  • Zoe and the ferrets are happy with all the cans that were picked up for recycling
    • She's graduating this friday!
  • [Zoe] Does anybody know anything about docker? Les is looking for somebody
  • [Rob] See Rob for stickers
  • [Zoe] rang the bell to close the meeting
    • [Rob] It was a good ring

April 22nd, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 16 members present
  • Minutes from last week's meeting were reviewed and approved
  • Hackathon topics
    • We discussed hackathon topics and approved:
      • May: BIKES (preferably incorporating lighting in some way)
      • June: FOOD
      • July: ART (specifically, but not limited to Fabric Art)
    • We discussed the need to have more cool stuff on our walls, so we want to do a hackathon specifically devoted to blinkenlights
    • We discussed revisiting a version of Alex's cool "here / not here" device that would be used to indicate when SkullSpace is open to the public for events, etc.
  • SkullCamp
    • Several of us would like to revisit / reimagine the SkullCamp idea. It has been a success in past years, in it's current form, but we would like to make it more skills oriented
    • SkullCamp Strikeforce: Jordan, Robert, Jay, Nate
  • We all agreed that we need to do a Great Escape type outing again soon (and beat the record this time!)
  • Zoe has 4 free tickets to the ramp up/open data event this weekend. If you are interested, please contact her.
  • Operational issues
    • As discussed in the past, SkullSpace will hire cleaners effective immediately
    • Lately there have been a lot of cars blocking the fire escape. Admin will follow this up with the landlord.
  • Adjourned: 18:35

April 14th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 9 members presnt
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • Yuri's night happened - it was good
  • Tabletop day happened - it was good
    • We ran a lower-key event this year than last year, but it was still very well attended.
    • People hung out and played games from 11am to midnight or so.
  • Events
    • CircuitSpace tomorrow
    • No movie this week
    • No hackathon planned yet for this weekend
    • Papers We Love next week
    • Ramp Up Open Data event coming up (Google it for details)
    • There are several bike-themed events coming up this weekend. See "SPRING LEGS" and "RAINBOW TROUT BIKE JAM" on Facebook.
  • Zoe is first Canadian going to Cisco Live
  • BSides Winnipeg coming up in a few months (security con at King's Head)
  • No stickers yet. Soon!

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March 17th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

March 10th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 (no count of members present)
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Freezer/drink cooler
    • Freezer is still freezing, disappointment by all
  • Network infrastructure update
    • Wifi is now fully funded, please give money to Sean if you pledged to contribute to this project.
  • Email from wonderland anime festival, let us know if you'd like to man a table ($60.00 for table)
  • Community events
    • Piday / Arduino week (March 23rd) (See discuss@ for further details)
    • Piday is March 14th (RPi workshops, see discuss@ for details)
    • Yuris night is April 12th @ The Manitoba Museum Science Gallery
    • Thor showed off cool ASCII shirts
    • Music night on Friday (March 13th) (Jackd on Debian)
    • Robotics competition on 21st of March (Winnipeg subreddit)
  • We discussed creating a SkullSpace subreddit?
  • Adjourned: 18:20

March 3rd, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 8 members present
  • Old minutes were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Boston Key Party
    • We had a team and okay
    • Robert solved a hard problem!
      • Got a PCAP of a USB connection (yes, Wireshark can read USB connections!)
      • It was a USB mouse, clicking on an on-screen keyboard
      • Had to map out the XY of the clicks to get the flag!
  • Wifi Upgrade
    • Call for moneys! One person still hasn't paid despite committing
    • One new AP is installed for testing
    • The installation is much cleaner than the previous AP
    • The current plan is to install three APs. The outer two are low power, middle one is medium power. This shouldhould be much better coverage/speed.
    • New APs cooperate with each other so they won't conflict.
    • Please send feedback to Sean, if it's slower/better/etc.
    • We will not have 5GHz anymore. It is less congested, but the range is *terrible*
  • Circuitspace this Wednesday March 4th!
    • Just a bunch of people getting together to do electronics.
    • Very "open door", come hang out!
    • Andrew is bringing in his quadrotor "first-person view" kit!
  • Work from SkullSpace Day is this Friday, March 6th
    • If you can telecommute you should come down!
  • International Tabletop Day is April 11th
    • Nate's organizing an event again this year.
    • Any help planning / hosting the event would be much appreciated.
    • Was lots of fun last year. Very well attended.
  • Freezer
    • Edwin's firing up the freezer->fridge conversion
    • Worst case scenario, the compressor gives out
    • If anything seems off, feel free to unplug it
  • Adjourned at 18:15

February 24th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 33 members / guests present
  • Candidates introductions
    • All candidates introduced themselves and provided background information
    • Thanks to everyone who allowed their names to stand for election!
  • Financial update
    • Ben provided a financial update and overview
    • Hacker jeopardy fundraiser was not as profitable as last time. It was a great community event, but did not raise much money.
    • Gift card fundraiser awareness needs to be increased as this is a profitable venture with little to no overhead cost.
    • Fundraisers accounted for 15-20% of our income last year
    • Our target for a reserve is three months of operating expenses. We are 2/3 of the way to this goal.
    • Hats off to Ben for getting our books in order and implementing / automating systems.
  • Year in review
    • We reviewed hackathons, events, presentations in the last year.
    • We need to make outreach and recruitment a priority for the coming year.
    • Thanks to our sponsors
      • Thanks to VOI for providing us rock solid fast internet
      • Thanks to les.net for our telephone and internal network hardware
      • Thanks to Octopi for all of their support
  • Election
    • New board elected
      • Edwin Amsler
      • Benjamin Bergman
      • Colin Childs
      • Robert Keizer
      • Jay Smith
  • Adjourned 19:05

February 17th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to Order: 18:00 - 9 members present
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved without modification
  • AGM is next week
    • if you want to run, please contact Nate
    • everyone should consider running. Lets get some variety!
    • Hours of involvement per month was requested
      • Board members estimate around 4-10 hours depending on tasks you choose to take on
      • The space practically runs itself compared to SkullSpace 1.0
    • Everyone should plan on attending the AGM. We need 25% of membership for quorum. This is about 17 members.
  • WiFi
    • Sean is coordinating WiFi overhaul
    • We are still looking for donations for new equipment
    • Tests will be done before buying new gear
  • List management / spam stuff
    • This will be reviewed and discussed next meeting.
    • Adjourned: 18:10

February 10th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 12 Members present
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved without modification.
  • Financial update
    • Current projection were reviewed
    • Graph has flattened out a bit because our rent went up and because we're paying back rent retroactively to the time of the increase.
    • After rent is paid back, we'll still losing money, but at a reduced rate.
    • We have had a recent drop in membership. We need to step up recruitment / outreach efforts.
    • We are still showing a net gain for snack/drink sales
  • AGM is in two weeks
    • Everyone should consider running for a board position!
  • Community events
  • Adjourned: 18:15

February 3rd, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 17 members present.
  • Minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • Cleaning the space
    • Last meeting we resolved to try and find a cleaner to come in for an hour a week.
    • After discussion over this week and at this meeting, we decided to try and do a coordinated group cleaning after each meeting. Nate volunteered to clean the bathrooms if others help share the burden of general cleaning.
  • AGM is on the 24th of February
    • AGM announcement will be going out today
    • Today is the deadline for by-law changes. None have been submitted for review.
    • Three of the existing directors are seeking re-election, leaving two positions open. All members are encouraged to consider running!
  • Edwin has ordered a new part to repair the drink freezer.
  • Community events
    • Friday 8pm: The Room. Be there.
    • Downtown Biz is doing a movable Feast again
    • Sunday February 22nd is Sarah's Annual Pancake Birthday
  • Adjourned: 18:15

January 27th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 10 members present
  • Minutes from last meeting were not available / not approved
  • Recap of old stuff
    • Cleaners
      • Last meeting we agreed to pay for cleaners
      • Nobody on the board has "owned it" yet
    • Intro to Music Theory event
      • 8 or 9 people attended
      • Event was poorly advertised
      • It covered basic music theory, including: modes, chords, staffs
      • In around one month the next session in this series will focus on composition
      • Robert will figure out a date and email discus@
  • Concerns raised about sleeping at the space
    • Courtney moved to get rid of all of our blankets
    • Opinion: sleeping people don't use blankets, because it's warm
    • Opinion: this is a technical solution to a social problem
    • General consensus was that we are not in favor of getting rid of blankets
  • Papers we love
    • New Monthly (?) meetup
    • Mak started a local chapter
  • AGM
    • Our AGM is February 24th
    • If you want to run for the board, please email Nathan
    • Alex and Courtney are not running again, so two guaranteed new faces
    • Next week is the deadline for proposed by-law changes
  • Adjourned: 18:11

January 20th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 11 members present
  • Previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved
  • Cleaners
    • We recently lost two active members due to the cleanliness of the space
    • This results in a loss of $80 a month in dues!
    • We should hire the cleaners
    • Should we get rid of the dishes and switch to paper?
    • We discussed turning cleaning into a game. Edwin will look into this
    • Vote to hire cleaners was a Unanimous yes
    • Board will look into hiring cleaners
  • Our AGM is coming up on February 2th.
    • Elections will be open to all. If you would like to run for a board position, please contact Nathan.
  • Ghost in the Shellcode
    • CTF event was this weekend.
    • Members worked from the space on Saturday and remotely the rest of the weekend.
  • Sleeping in the space
    • Please do not be unconscious in the space
    • If any member has concerns, please let a director know
  • Drink Fridgeezer
  • Edwin is looking in to getting a new thermostat
  • Adjourned: 18:15

January 13th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 13 members present
  • Minutes for previous meeting were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Edwin is monitoring the temperature of the drink fridge to see if it can be fixed up.
  • Linux course
    • Mark's first session was attended by five members.
    • Most folks in attendance were already familiar enough with the installation procedure, so we ended up focussing on the VM-Server
  • AGM is February 24th.
    • In order to be eligible to run or vote for board positions your dues must be paid up by February 15th.
  • Ghost in the ShellCode is this weekend!
    • Come one, come all. This CTF will be a great time. GitSC is one of our favourite CTFs and promises
  • Board games on the 18th
    • Join us this Sunday for our next open gaming day.
  • January 25th: Music notation / theory presentation
    • Presentation by Mark (a friend of Robert)
    • Open to all
  • January 16th: Innovation Alley documentary
    • Members and friends will be meeting up at the space before the event.
  • Gift cards
    • Courtney will be doing a gift-card order up shortly. Please contact her if you would like to order some. See www.fundscrip.com for details.
  • Adjourned: 18:12

January 6th, 2015 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 12 Members present
  • Previous meeting minutes reviewed and approved without modification
  • Ben's brother's gaming tournament was a success.
  • Cleaners
    • The Cleaners Ian has donated to us for the last year cost about 20/hour.
    • A quick vote was taken on who wants cleaning to be done monthly at a cost of 20/hour.
    • Majority paying cleaners.
  • Financial update
  • Cleaners
    • Cleaning of the space is estimated as taking 4-5 hours @ $20/hour each month. (80-100)
    • Group suggested looking into the costs of cleaning just the bathroom and if the cleaner would even come to just clean the bathrooms.
    • To pay for 4-5 hours each month might put us in the red rather quickly. We could have more fundraisers to make up for this. A clean and tidy space is more attractive to prospective and new users.
  • AGM is next month (February 24th)
    • By-law amendments should be given to the board more than three weeks before the AGM (End of January)
    • Ian suggested that a student is selected from all the student members as an advocate on behalf of students and potential student members to make it less intimidating. Ian has fears that students perceive it as difficult to be a member.
    • Jay mentions that his preference is for all members to be seen as equal regardless of membership type. The point of student memberships was to offset a societal economic balance, not introduce a new one.
    • Ben: "Students may not have time to run on the board"
    • Ian: "Being on the board is a Career/resume booster and would give the student body power on the board." (students are already allowed to run for the board and have been voted in in the past)
    • Jeremy (reads actual bylaws) "The current bylaws state by law changes must be brought up three weeks in advance of any amendments"
    • Jay: "Bylaws can be changed AT ANY TIME but the 21 day period is mandatory." (getting them down at the AGM is nice)
    • Jay: "If you want to run for board positions PLEASE DO! It's not as stressful as you think."
  • Events for 2015
    • If you have any ideas for cool events get your strike force together! The AGM is a great time to announce them.
    • Robert Keizer: "An Intro Music Theory class will be taught by Robert's friend, 21st of January. More notes to go out to the list(s)."
    • Jay: "Mark Jenkins will be hosting an Intro to Linux study/discussion group" (tied to the $60 online course from edX https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-linux-linuxfoundationx-lfs101x-2)
  • Recent Development
    • The Drink Fridge froze and was discovered today (Jan 6.) Lots of cans expanded and exploded all over the inside. Some simply expanded (drink them) Some sticky soda had leaked on the floor.
    • It was cleaned up by Robert Keizer, Courtenay Lofchick and Stephan. Give them a pat on the back!
  • The end of meeting bell rang at 18:19.

December 30th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 4 members present
  • Previous minutes were reviewed and approved without modification.
  • No new business
  • Adjourned 18:03

December 23rd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • No meeting due to holidays

December 16th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order - 18:00
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Please contact admin@ if issues are encountered with the doors.
  • Extra life went well
  • Doubles Gaming tournament is this weekend at the space
  • Ben presented financial information
    • Financial outlook is the same as tabled last meeting.
    • Our rent has increased for 2014 and we owe landlord some back dues. Even factoring these in We are safe financially.
  • Adjourned - 18:10

December 9th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 15 members in attendance
  • Minutes were reviewed
  • Hacker jeopardy was a lot of fun! Ron will report back with a financial breakdown
  • Eight members attended The Great Escape and a great time was had by all. The experience was highly recommended and it is something that we should consider doing again. They change scenarios every 2-3 months.
    • Ben suggessted that we think about doing a similar "Escape the space"
  • Hackathons
    • Alex is coordinating our 24 pull requests hackathon.
    • We have potential hackathons mapped out through March. We will review these next meeting.
  • Financial update: See attached
    • Our lease includes a rental increase ($105) which was supposed to take effect a year ago. Our landlord would like this to be paid retroactive to the time it was supposed to take effect.
    • Ben has posted the financial update scripts to github. Please have a look and feel free to suggest or commit changes.
  • Ben's brother will be hosting a video-game tournament at the space on December 21st. Please talk to Ben if you would like details. SkullSpace members are welcome to join in.
  • We are changing out the hot-end of the 3D printer tomorrow evening (WED). Anyone who is interested in
  • Ron will be working from SkullSpace all week.
  • Ghost in the Shellcode teaser CTF will be going on this week. If anyone is interested in
  • A bunch of folks are going climbing at Vertical Adventures after the meeting. Feel free to come along.
  • Adjourned: 18:18

December 2nd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 13 Members present
  • Preious minutes were reviewed and approved
  • Festivus!
    • We all came and hung out
    • There were cookies and boardgames
    • There *was* an aluminum pole
    • There was airing of grievances
  • Blog
    • Copying announce emails to the blog so we look busy, because we are!
    • We've moved to a hosted solution so nobody has to host anything :)
  • Hacker Jeopardy is next week
    • RSVP on Facebook or send admin@skullspace.ca an email
    • You *have to* RSVP ahead of time because of liquor laws
    • The event will be at Ralph Brown Community Centre
  • Comic Con
    • Our box of Nintendo games has gone missing!
    • Lots were discovered during the meeting :)
  • Les.net is hiring for a tech support position
  • 3D printer isn't working properly!
    • The extruder isn't heating completely anymore
    • It's been replaced, thanks to Andrew Orr for purchasing a replacment
    • Sean suggested that nitrile gloves should be used for handling the plastic to prevent finger oils
  • Adjourned at 18:08

November 25th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

November 18th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

November 11th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • No meeting due to statutory holiday

November 4th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 18 members in attendance
  • Minutes from October 28th meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • Central-Canadian Comic Con Recap
    • C4 was a huge success. We have several new followers on Facebook, twitter, etc.
    • Our booth was super kick ass.
    • Ric's slideshow (with video) was a dramatic improvement from last year.
    • Volunteers were amazing!
    • Suggestions for next year:
      • something less ghetto than microphone stands to hold up our sign.
      • Check social media before events so that we can more accurately measure metrics.
      • More (and cheaper) candy to hand out.
      • The small paper flyers worked really well (thanks Amy and Ali!). Let's include twitter/Facebook info on them.
  • November Hackathon: Computer science
    • Mak is on-board to do a talk
    • Danial will do a talk on Graph Theory
    • Stephen will do a talk on Unfolding
  • Hacker Jeopardy: December 6th
    • Venue is booked (Ralph Brown Community Centre)
    • Jay is coordinating liquor and tickets
    • Ron is developing questions
    • Brittany will host
  • New DNS servers are operational
  • Jay is working on migrating our blog over to Google's blogging system.
  • Jimcon
    • Jim con is coming up in two weeks. Nathan will see if there is enough interest to warrant paying for a table.
  • Adjourned: 18:20

October 28th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 18 members in attendance
  • C4 Recap
    • huge success. We have several new followers on Facebook, twitter, etc.
    • Our booth was super kick ass.
    • Ric's slideshow was a dramatic improvement from last year.
    • Volunteers were amazing!
    • Suggestions for next year:
      • something less ghetto than microphone stands to hold up our sign.
      • check social media before events so that we can more accurately measure
      • more (and cheaper) candy
      • small paper flyers worked really well
  • Computer science hackathon
  • New DNS servers are operational
  • Jay is working on migrating our blog over to Google's blogging patchwork
  • Jimcon
  • Adjourned: 18:20

October 28th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

Members: Sarah, Alex, Robert, Phoul, Jeremy, Theo, Jared, Edwin, Amy, Hymie, Sean, Ben, Courtney, Sarah, Ric, A Michael, Thor

  • Old minutes
    • Food Hackathon
      • Went well
    • Bringing back the blog
      • Feel free to write for it, talk to Jay
    • Helping out with C4
      • Setup is Thursday
      • We need stuff to put on the table and people to man it
    • November Hackathon
      • No suggestion yet
    • Zoe
      • Finished up her website project
      • Would like a hand doing a donation button and some forms questions
    • Edwin
      • Has a Model M keyboard with a weird layout and an RJ45 interface.
      • Talk to him if you want to use it!
  • Cryptoparty!
    • Was on Saturday
    • Went well
  • Hacker Jeopardy
    • Ron's on it, we think?
  • Hacklowe'en
    • A bunch of us are hanging out
    • Come down and hack!
  • Comic Con
    • We don't have to set up on Thursday: we paid the fee, absolving us of
    • We need more table volunteers!
    • For those on the table schedule: The schedule is probably going to change
    • If you have something to display on the table, that'd be super
    • Sarah's the contact
  • December hackathon
    • 24pullrequests.com
    • Have a day where we'll get together and walk people through contributing to
  open source projects
  • Rob
    • Guiness World Record Attempt
    • 20,000KM in a car (200 hours)
    • Loooooots of video
  • DNS is almost done!
    • Ron needs to flip a switch
    • Project: COMPLETE
  • Adjourned at 6:07pm

October 21st, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Food Hackathon!
    • the Food hackathon went really well. It was well attended and there was loads of food.
    • Presentations and hands-on demonstrations were excellent. Thanks to Sarah, Michael, Shab, Daniel, Nick and Nate for their work.
    • There was some confusion on start time. The Facebook event was created for the time we had access to the facility. Even though the text of the event stated that presentations, etc. were later we still had people show up early. We should be more clear on this for future events.
    • We definitely need to do another dinner or food-themed event again some time. Possibly an annual Hacksgiving Dinner.
  • Blog!
    • Jay wants to rejuventate the blog.
    • Sarah and Nate are working on a blog post collecting recipes, and presentations for the Food Hackathon.
  • Central Canadian Comic Con
    • Sarah is coordinating our presence, please talk to her if you are able to volunteer
    • The line at C4 is *long* - helping out means cheaper tickets and you get in so much faster! The price for these perks is helping set up the con
    • We *think* Thursday (the 30th) is the setup
    • The biggest problem is the table itself. We have a table skirt, but nothing exciting to put on it. Cool blinking-light projects help a lot, if you have one of those to put out that would help. Last year we made LED throwies, and demonstrated Siu's LED array.
  • November Hackathon
    • If you have a suggestion, let us know
    • Mak is working on getting Comp-Sci graduate student in to present on their research projects. This might work well for Novemer.
  • Ferrets
    • Zoe has finished the Manitoba Ferret Association website
    • Donation button needs to be done properly!
  • Model M
    • If you want a Model M with an RJ45 jack, let Edwin know!
    • Different keycodes, 20 function keys, kind of a neat project to get working with a typical device
  • Adjourned: 18:20

October 14th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00: 26 members in attendance
  • Minutes were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Food Hackathon
    • Food Hackathon will be this Saturday at Ralph Brown Community Centre
    • There will be awesome presentations and hands-on demonstrations
  • Financial update
    • We are in the black! We currently have about one month's expenses in the bank.
    • Membership numbers still rising steadily. The number of new members has already offset the departure of revenue
  • Hacker Jeopardy
    • Jay is working on making actual buzzers
    • Ron is developing a suite of questions
    • Brittany will be our host
  • Hackloween: There will be another all-night hacking sessions
    • Costumes are optional. Clothing is not.
  • Crypto Party: evening of Saturday October 25th
    • Testing some of the new Tor curriculum
  • New DNS Server
  • The green box on the back shelf is our new DNS server!
  • Thanks to Sean for the machine and to Theo and Mark for the cloud backup.
  • New ideas
    • Jay would like to resurrect blog.skullspace.ca. It has not been updated since 2012.
    • We have a lot of events and social media so it should be possible to build up some content for this.
  • Adjourned: 18:17

October 7th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00: 22 members in attendance
  • Minutes were reviewed and approved without modification
  • Anti-Social
    • A lot of new people attended, but overall attendance was down.
    • Hacker Jeopardy was a raging success, so much so that it drew the crowd away from the DJs/social.
    • There was discussion about doing HJ and Social events separately in future so that we can focus efforts on activities appropriate to each event.
    • Silent auction was far better than expected. Major thanks to Amy and Ali for soliciting all the amazing donations!
  • Food hackathon
    • October hackathon theme is FOOD!
    • Food strikeforce will be meeting after this meeting. Expect exciting news shortly!
  • Financial update
    • see attached
  • Hacker Jeopardy Event
    • Brittany suggested we do another hacker jeopardy event in partnership with UofM
    • Looking at late January with Ralph Brown as a possible venue
  • Hackloween!
    • There will be an all night hacking session on October 31st!
    • Costumes optional
  • Zewy has a PC with Windows 10 preview installed on it.
    • Feel free to have a look!

September 30th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed and approved without amendment
  • News
    • Nuit Blanche was awesome. Many members attended the Bike Jam and various other events. Adrian's exhibit was great and went all night long.
  • October hackathon: Food!
    • Sarah is looking for people to speak
    • Potluck! Bring whatever you can!
    • Talk to Nate for further details
    • Sarah will send email regarding gear list
  • Anti-Social: This Saturday!
    • Buy tickets from Jay / Brittany / Richard / Nate / other people
    • Be a less horrible person, buy a ticket
    • Mark has been working on Hacker Jeopardy and needs questions
    • If you want to volunteer for writing questions, talk to Richard / Mark.
    • We still need more prizes for the silent auction. Please talk to people about donations!
  • Ian's announcement
    • Octopi has signed a lease for their own space
    • Octopi will be departing over the next few weeks, but Ian has encouraged employees to retain membership
    • Ian has received a consulting engagement in the UK. Leaving November 2nd, but will be back every 4-5 weeks for 6 months.

September 23rd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Drink machine
    • We still have a drink machine! Why!?
    • Courtney was not able to find a buyer for the drink machine.
    • If anyone knows someone who would like to take this machine off our hands, please ask them to contact admin@
  • SkullCamp
    • Scheduling did not work our for the last planned event. It has been postponed, likely until spring.
  • Game AI hackathon
    • Hats off to Mak for putting in a huge amount of effort and getting the gameai.skullspace.ca site and a whole bunch of sample bots done. Presentation was excellent and everything worked perfectly, save a few complaints about the speed.
    • Ben did a genetic algorithm, which didn't really work
    • Despite all odds (and logic), 5bot and 6bot did relatively well
    • All in all the event was a success and paved the way for future more exciting game events (Battleship, Carcasonne, etc.)
  • The October hackathon topic will be FOOD!
    • Hacking food... Yum.
    • Topics may include (but are DEFINITELY not limited to) Cheesemaking, winemaking, and/or beer brewing
      • Members in attenance were interested in cheese and beer, but not wine.
    • The hackathon will also include some sort of (likely potluck) HACKSGIVING DINNER.
  • Antisocial: OCTOBER 4th
    • We need more prizes if our silent auction is going to be a success. Brittany has a pre-made begging letter, please contact her for a copy if you are able to help get donations.
    • Projector doesn't work well at out venue because of lighting, so we need a big TV.
    • Tickets are here today! Only $10 from SkullSpace board members and select members!
  • Mega super ultra meetup!
    • RampUp Manitoba held a supermeetup. Many SkullSpace members attended along with folks from Secret handshake, AssentWorks, PHP-UG, Ruby-UG, etc.
    • We have *a lot* of tech groups, and no central hub for them
    • Jay would like to throw an event that gets all these things together
  • Random things
    • SkipTheDishes and Bold Innovation Group are hiring!
    • National Microbiology Group is having an open-house group

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August 26th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 13 members present
  • Minutes from August 19th were reviewed and approved
  • Bike Hackathon was held this Saturday. By all accounts it was a great success. Many people attended and everyone had a great time.
    • Nate and Gorgeous-Mike built a stand for our loaner bike fleet.
    • Jordan, Nate and Stef procured and repaired three bikes to compose our initial fleet.
    • Bike Winnipeg Donated front and rear lights for each of these loaner bikes. We need someone to buy or donate three good quality locks.
    • Richard and Ben built SpokePOV kits. They were awesome! Richard has more kits available for sale, contact him if you are interested.
    • Contact Nathan or the board if you wish to make a donation to help offset some of the personal costs incurred on this project.
    • Next project will be to assemble a repair stand / tools. Natural Cycle will be donating something towards this cause! Nathan will keep on MEC and local shops in hopes of getting further donations of tools/parts.
  • Jay confirmed that we will not have a table at Comic Con this year, as all available spots have been filled.
  • Financial update: Things are looking up!
  • Recruitment of new members
    • Students
      • Gerri (in charge of coop for XXXXX) wants to give second year students a tour. XXXXX is coordinating this.
      • Zoe looked in to getting a table at RRC, but they are expensive.
    • Other community groups
      • At the start of SkullSpace, we recruited from lots of other community groups. We should do that more!
      • We should also make an effort just hang out with other groups (Secret Handshake, Winnipeg Skeptics, HAM Radio group, etc.) and be recognized.
  • Events
    • We had lots of events earlier this year and should definitely do more
    • SkullCamp is planned for Sept 12-14. date was changed due to a conflict with Nuit Blanche. Contact Ian (or see the mailing list) for details.
  • Freezer is now pretty much a drink fridge. thanks to Edwin for taking on this project!
    • It may still be running a little cold, so please don't put anything in there that you don't want freezing.
    • A log sheet will be going up for recording temperatures so we can get an idea of how it is working. Please log temps if you can.
  • Adjourned: 18:12

August 19th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 17 Members present
  • Minutes from August 12th were reviewed and approved.
  • School is resuming. We need to recruit more students!
    • Ashira will look in to seeing if we can set up tables at orientation week events at U of M, U of W and RRC.
    • Sarah will assist.
  • Financial update
    • We are currently running with a small operating surplus (not counting donations).
    • Octopi will be leaving shortly which will remove approximately $160 in monthly revenue. This will leave us with a small shortfall each month.
  • Comic Con exhibitor tables are all booked. Jay will check with Ariel at AssentWorks to see if he has co-booked us a space.
  • Bike Hackathon: NEXT SATURDAY
    • Bike Hackathon is coming up next Saturday. It will run from 10am to ???
    • Current plan is to have an open discussion/brainstorming session starting at 10:00. Guests will include Mark Cohoe (Bike Winnipeg) and Anders Swanson (Active Transportation Consultant). Topics will include software and hardware-based bike/route tracking applications.
    • 12:30 to 14:30: Jordan will deliver some workshops on basic bike maintenance and tire/tube maintenance.
    • 14:#0 to whenever: Jordan and Nate will help people fix their bikes.
    • 12:30 to whenever: Richard and Ben will work on building bike-themed electronics, SpokePOV kits, etc. (NOTE: Richard has these available for sale!)
    • We will also be working on the three SkullSpace fleet bikes, and their stand.
  • SkullCamp: Nate suggested that we look at moving the projected date for the SkullCamp event. The date we had originally picked conflicts with Nuit Blanche, which a lot of members plan to attend.
  • Adjourned: 18:50

August 12th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Minutes from August 5th were reviewed and approved
  • Please contact Edwin if interested in helping out with the freezer-to-fridge conversion project
  • Justin looking for a decent PC for Hyperspin project
  • Bike hackathon August 23rd: See Facebook or contact Nathan for details
  • Adjourned: 18:06

August 5th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

July 29th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 14 Members present
  • Previous minutes were reviewed and approved
  • August 23 - Bike Hackathon
  • Defcon planning
    • Defcon is coming up. A number of members are attending. Put your name on wiki page if you can
    • Precautions if you are paranoid:
      • Don't bring any electronics you care about not getting pwned
  • Social
    • Coming up in September-ish
    • Waiting on confirmation of venue. If you have suggestions, please talk to Brittany.
  • Central Canadian Comic Con is coming up in OCtober.
    • Ashria is interested in coordinating our presence there
  • Drink machine
    • We could convert the drink machine into a parts dispenser.
    • The issue is not just power use, but also how much space it takes up.
    • Most members are in favour of selling it
  • Baby changing station
    • We are still waiting on landlord's permission to undertake this project
  • Fire alarm and occupancy permit status
    • We are still waiting on Colin Stanners
    • Things may progress faster if we could find someone else to take over at least part of his duties
    • Next week after the regular meeting we will have a short meeting to discuss what is left to do
  • Meetup
    • We currently have a Meetup group that Brittany has been paying for.
    • We need to change credit card on this account off of Brittany's
  • Octopi
    • Octopi will be leaving the space sometime after September
    • This will cause roughly $160/month loss per month of income
  • Show and Tell
    • Edwin has an Apple Newton at the space for a few weeks that people can play with (he will recycle it at the end of that time)

July 22nd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Project Euler Hackathon
    • Out July hackathon was all about math and programming.
    • In true Mak fashion, Mak managed to solve his big problem (the hexagonal orchard) the night before.
    • Several people worked as a group worked on a problem to find infected sheep within a flock
    • Topic was well received. We may do another math-themed event, possibly tying in speakers, activities with a broader reach.
  • Mailing lists are now all back up!
    • Lists are now hosted on google servers and should be fully operational.
    • Major thanks to Jay for getting this critical piece of our infrastructure back online!
  • Financial update
    • Current membership (~60 full members and ~20 students) provides income that is roughly equal to our current operating expenses
    • Good job everyone! Keep up the good work.
    • All members/friends/family are encouraged to buy gift cards. They end up costing you nothing and SkullSpace makes a percentage. Contact Courtney for details.
  • State of the space
    • Please make an effort to clean up after yourselves. There were a lot of fruit flies in the space this weekend due to open garbage containers and food waste left lying around.
    • Garbage can be emptied in the bin in the alley between our building and the Yellow Dog.
    • We do not have commercial recycling pick-up. Please consider bagging the recycling and taking it home to deposit in your bin at home if you are able.
  • August Hackathon
    • The August Bike hackathon has been moved back to August 23 (which also happens to be Jay's 30th birthday!)
    • There will be workshops on bike repair, tire patching, EL wire decorations
    • We will be hosting some discussion / workshops surrounding the development of GPS-enabled electronics and smart-phone apps for bikes
    • We will be building up a storage rack and up to three bikes to keep at SkullSpace as loaners for members and friends to use.
    • NOTE: Due to the amount of workshop content, we will be starting at 10am instead of the usual noon.
  • Drink machine - can we get rid of it?
    • The drink machine has a huge energy cost to operate and takes up a large amount of space.
    • we can replace it with a higher efficiency fridge
    • No one opposed removal of the drink machine provided we had a suitable replacement
    • We could also get rid of the upright freezer. It is usually mostly empty and we could make due with the smaller freezer in our existing refrigerator.
    • Edwin suggested we might be able to convert the upright freezer into a drink fridge. Molly may be able to offer guidance.
  • Baby change station
    • Colin C. is meeting with the landlord to ask if we can mount a baby changing table to one of the bathroom walls. He will report back.
  • Adrian is doing a street art demonstration August 1
    • It will be in the alley behind the Frame Arts gallery on Ross. Bring your own teacup!
  • Movie night this Friday
    • We will be watching a timeless classic for the ages called "The Prodigy". It promises to induce genuine eye bleeding.
  • Adjourned: 18:35

July 15th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 17 members in attendance
  • Previous minutes were reviewed and approved.
  • July Hackathon (Project Euler!)
    • Set of hundreds of math problems which should be solved using small programs.
    • The event will be eight hours 8 hours of collaborative programming!
    • Still no consensus on how to properly pronounce Euler.
  • Butterfly labs auction update
    • Nobody bought the BTC miner for the $30 asking price. The device will be going to eBay.
  • August Hackathon (Bikes!)
    • We will be doing bike fixing and bike pimping
    • We hope to establish a functional bike workshop here at the space!
    • Nate put together a donation request letter, will be distributing it to local bike shops
    • The date has changed a few times - it will be firmly the 23rd!
    • Talk to Nate or Jordan for details.
  • Library meeting
    • We sat down with the library and reviewed what we had collected in Trello
    • We settled on a couple of things that they liked and will be exploring them further.
    • We have yet to start on the actual projects
  • Mailing list update
    • Discuss is up! Send an email to skullspace-discuss+subscribe@googlegroups.com
    • Admin is up! Email us as skullspace-admin@googlegroups.com
    • Announce is coming soon.
  • Fringe Fest is coming up!
    • We are going to try and attend some shows as a group
    • Talk to Courtney for details
  • VM Server
    • In August, Mark will be doing some upgrades
    • Mark is interested in doing a presentation on either:
      • What the features are and how to use the VM server
      • What technology is used and how it's leveraged
  • Adjourned: 18:16

July 8th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 18:00 - 18 members present
  • Mailing lists are now on hosted on Google Groups
    • addresses are skullspace-discuss@googlegroups.com, skullspace-admin@googlegroups.com, skullspace-announce@googlegroups.com
    • Discuss and Admin lists are functional. Announce list will be up soon
    • Please contact Alex W. if you are not back up yet or require assistance.
  • Group orders
    • We are eligible for a hackerpsace discount at sparkfun.com. This works out to about 20% off of most of their products.
    • Richard did a group order recently and another order will be done soon - talk to Richard R. if you did not get a confirmation in the last one
    • There will be an Adafruit order soon too!
      • they sell SpokePOV kits, which we might put together in a workshop at the bike hackathon.
  • July Hackathon: Project Euler - math problems + programming
    • Scheduled for Saturday, July 19th. Please see Facebook/Meetup for details.
  • August Hackathon: Bikes!
    • Natural date of the August hackathon would be August 16th. Nathan proposed that we move it ahead to August 2 instead of third Saturday so that it will coincide with the Rainbow Trout Bike Jam
    • Hackathon topics will include:
      • Bike repair
      • Building loaner bikes for shared use at the space.
      • Building a bike repair stand at the space.
      • Building electronics for lighting up your bike, speedometers, etc.
      • Keep an eye on the mailing list / Facebook / Meetup if you want to get in on a group order for parts
  • Bitcoin miners
    • Alex, Mark, and Ian (via a 2 out of 3 scheme) hold about 0.5 BTC on behalf of SkullSpace
    • An older 5Gh/s unit will be on sale - talk to Mark if you want to place a bid (starting bid of $30, which Mark says is over priced). Proceeds from the sale will go into the BTC fund for SkullSpace
  • Public library partnership meeting will be held immediately after member meeting.
    • Please attend if you are interested in participating.
  • Molly has an A/C unit that SkSp can use, if we are interested
    • Molly is also able to weld a bike rack for hackathon and/or just to sit outside for parking!
  • Projects
    • We should discuss projects more, perhaps having regular "show and tell" at member meetings?
    • Another project could be a web interface/database with member photos, interest, and availability status (ie. are you at the space) (opt-in)
    • We could have a computer cycling images and interests so we can get to know the community better and to foster collaboration
    • Edwin has projects he would like to work on with people
      • LLVM target for C64
      • Mini rail gun

July 1st, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • No meeting due to Canada Day holiday.

June 24th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order 18:00 - 17 members present
  • Minutes from June 17th meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • June Hackathon: Music!
    • The hackathon went very well, lots of people, lots of talks on various topics from hardware to music on youtube to the history or classical music
    • Thanks to Jordan, Ric, Richard, Robert, Sarah and everyone else who brought instruments for people to share. The hackathon ended with a jam session that went late into the night (with no complaints from neighbours!)
    • Good job to everyone for advertising: keep up the good work!
  • Library partnership
    • Jay is working on it again. Anyone who is interested should see the Trello board, and contact Jay.
  • Social planning
    • Sir John Franklin Community Centre (same place as last time) is under renovations and isn't taking bookings until last minute for us. This may rule it out as a venue.
    • Most other venues don't have split spaces for Hacker Jeopardy and dancing
    • Please contact Brittany if you have any venue suggestions
  • July Hackathon: Project Euler
    • Come on down and hack on some mathy code and eat some snacks!
    • Bring your mathy friends, and your programming skills
    • combine your skills and work together to solve challenges.
  • Alarm testing
    • The fire alarm on our floor does not work. Colin is looking into getting it fixed
    • The signal to trigger doors in the event of a fire or power loss is also not working
    • We may need to contact alarm company to do a fix, hopefully can be the same person coming to fix the alarm bell.
    • When plugging things in, try not to chain a bunch of extension cords
  • August Hackathon: Bikes!
    • Nate couldn't be here, but has suggested that we make the August Hackathon theme Bikes.
    • We could build a bike repair stand for the space and put together 2-3 loaner bikes to keep at the space for people to share.
  • Winnipeg Urbanists are meeting at library this Thursday
  • United Way coworking space talk
    • Courtney and Jay went to hear what there was to say, but it was not very relevant
  • Music jamming after hackathon inspired some to propose a monthly jam session with recordings
    • could also get "the midnight choir" to come down
    • they teach people how to sing some songs and then do some recordings
  • Eating bugs
    • Someone will be giving a presentation about insect-based foods Saturday at 7pm at the space (with samples!)

June 17th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to Order
    • Jay chairing. Daniel taking notes.
    • 16 or so people here - so quorum met.
  • Introductions
  • Reading Last Week's Minutes
    • Minutes approved form last wek.
  • Event Strikeforce
    • meeting after this meeting to discuss what done so far, to see what coming up next
    • Hackathon to be discussed - a Saturday, noonish...all we have so far...email going out tomorrow?
  • Fundscript - pay Courtney..she'll break your kneecaps
  • Finances
    • no spreadsheet this month. Looking roughly the same, Hacker jeopardy got us $550. It covered two months worth of deficit.
    • Board members are still owed $2000 or so...it is being reduced monthly by their regular donation
    • thank you to the board members who participated in that
    • other prepaid dues are helpful
    • get involved - community building - active people bring more active people
  • Doors not closing
    • remind people that the door need to be carefully closed
  • Event Strikeforce
    • meeting after this meeting
  • Co-working spaces
    • discussion put on by united way - different co-working spaces spoke about the idea - Courtney can discuss it better
    • added to next week's agenda
  • Cool stuff working on
    • working on old stereo amps -- speakers and dj equipment are here for the hackathon
    • Thermin+Guitar! the SkullStrat
    • discussion of the 14-year-olds who used the default password on the Bank of Mtl ATM
  • Adjournment

June 10th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 20 members in attendance
  • Minutes read / accepted
  • Hacker Jeopardy was great, 50+ people attended.
    • Might need a bigger venue next year
    • We made $558.45
  • Fundscript update
    • If you ordered cards, Courtney will find you
  • Next hackathon (21st) is a Music hackathon
    • People are organizing things
  • IDGA gamejam coming up
  • Ron is doing a talk on pentesting and DNS (today, after meeting)
  • End of meeting!

June 3rd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 19:00 (28 members in attendance)
  • Review of previous meeting minutes: approved without correction
  • Old business
    • Hacker jeopardy (Ron): tickets are still available. Please contact Jay, Alex, Richard or Nate if you need some. This is an important fundraiser and will be a great time. Please come join us!
    • Library partnership update (Jay): Partnership with the library is progressing. They would like us to work on programming that can be delivered to youth. This is an important outreach opportunity. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Jay. Jay will be meeting with library on Friday to review potential project options.
    • Newark/Element14 update (Ben): We still have the option of taking advantage of Element14's offer to provide free gear in exchange for a blog post.
    • Schwag strikeforce update (Nate): Nathan, Colin C. and Ian are coordinating an order for T-shirts and good quality stickers. Ian has agreed to finance this so there is minimal risk to SkullSpace. Please contact Nathan ASAP if you are interested in getting a shirt so that we have an idea how many to order. He needs to know size and style (logo or text).
    • Wiki/web hackathon (Alex): We had our first wiki/website hackathon this Sunday. It was attended by seven members. Tasks have been broken out onto a dedicated board in the SkullSpace Trello
  • New business
    • June hackathon - Music (Nate): The planning strikeforce for the June hackathon will be meeting immediately after the member meeting. Please attend if you would like to participate! Collaboration will be done via a dedicated list in Trello.
    • July hackathon - Project Euler (Jay): The July hackathon will be Project Euler. It will include talks on how some problems were solved as well as opportunities for people to work on them collaboratively. There will also b a lively debate on the proper pronunciation of “Euler”. Please contact Jay or Mak for more info, or stay tuned to the Trello.
    • Comic Con (Ben): C4 is last weekend in October and we will once again have a presence there. Please think of possible projects to showcase and consider setting aside time to volunteer to man our booth.
    • Winnipeg JS User Group (Jeremy): The Winnipeg JS user group will be meeting at SkullSpace on June 18. If you are interested in JavaScript, please try to attend.
    • Partnership with IEEE Young Professionals (Troy): IEEE YP is a group catering to engineering / technology grads. Troy is interested fostering a partnership to deliver some workshops. The group was generally in favour of this.
    • Doors (Colin S.): Our doors are confusing and like to trap people inside (or outside) the space. Please do not touch the ambiguously labeled switch unless you understand what it does as leaving it in the wrong position can overload the power supply and lock the doors.
    • Graphic design course (Rylaan): Rylaan would like feedback on what applications to use for the graphic design course that he is planning. General concensus was that open soure applications would be prefered.
    • DNS Talk (Ron): Ron is doing a talk at B-Sides Montreal and will be doing a dry run at the space. The topic will be Pentesting with DNS and it will likely be held next Tuesday. An email notification will be sent out. Everyone should come and provide Ron with “constructive criticism”.
    • Ron and Mak are working on a web service based replacement for Ida. If anyone has experience with front end web development and is interested in working on this project. Please contact them.
    • Adrian is looking for a food dehydrator the process old vtr t tapes
  • Adjournment: 18:35

May 27th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Call to order: 19:00
  • Upcoming events:
    • June 1 wiki/web hackathon: a group of members are getting together to work on revamping our online presence. All members of all skill levels are encouraged to hello out.
    • June 6 Work from SkullSpace day: our monthly "Work From SkullSpace Day" is June 6th. Please come telecommute from the space if you are able!
    • June 6 Hacker Jeopardy: Ron's Hacker Jeopardy event is coming up on the night of June 6th. It is going to be a great time. Tickets are limited, contact Jay, Ron, Alex, Richard or Nate if you would like one.
    • June 7 Cryptoparty: Join us for our next Cryptoparty. Daniel will be talking about one-time pads and RSA. Colin will be presenting on liberation technology (Tor, OTR, etc.).
    • June 8 game day: Our next card/board/tabletop gaming day is in two weeks.
    • June hackathon: The June hackathon is MUSIC HACKING. Please see the trello / Web site for details.
    • July hackathon: The July hackathon will be PROJECT EULER Please see the trello / Web site for details.
  • Strava: SkullSpace now has a group on Strava.com, a running / walking / cycling social media site. Everyone who runs, walks, hikes or bikes should join up. http://www.strava.com/clubs/skullspace
  • Trello: The event strikeforce has established a Trello board to track and plan events for the space. All members are encouraged to check it out and contribute as much as possible. For access, please contact Brittany, Ben or Nathan.
  • Courtney will be doing regular gift-card orders on the 15th and last day of every month. The gift-card fundraiser is an excellent way to raise money for the space without incurring any personal cost. See www.fundscrip.com for a list of gift cards that are available and order lots of them.
  • Element 14/Newark is offering to sponsor us with parts (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.) in exchange for writing a blog about the projects we use them for. This is a great potential source for parts and supplies and may help stimulate some projects.
  • Museum devices: Robert, Richard, Alex[1] and Nathan met with David from Typha Communications. This company works with community museums to develop interactive exhibits. We are going to explore making some of these devices for educational purposes and possibly to generate some revenue. Anyone interested in helping with a museum strikeforce is encouraged to meet in the classroom after this meeting.
  • Library partnership. Jay will be reaching out to members to help develop programming we can deliver at the library. This will put us in front of a large audience. See the Trello board, or contact Jay for information.
  • Please contact Nathan if you would like to order shirts with the Skully logo, or the white and organge text. We are assessing demand for sizez/styles before getting shirts ordered.
  • CIPS is looking for a volunteer to assist with their upcoming charity golf tournament. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact Robert.
  • The 3D printer is working great! Jason did a 13 hour print job and it came out perfectly.
  • Minutes were reviewed / approved by concensus.
  • Adjourned: 18:30

May 20th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald


  • Call to order: 18:00
  • Review of minutes
  • Updates
    • Finance (Ben)
      • Ben presented update financial projections. New projections have been done excluding potential fundraising as none of this income has been guaranteed.
      • The board has loaned approximately one month's expenses to the organization. This is intended to buy time to do fundraising and not to prolong it's demise.
      • We will be in the red in two months time without new members and/or fundraising.
      • Shortfall is such that if every member donated $4 per month we would be in the black.
    • Occupancy permit (Jay)
      • We have all of the required hardware for the automatic fire alarm door-release. Colin will schedule a fire alarm test. This will need to be done in conjunction with the alarm company, landlord and other tenants.
      • Colin is awesome. Please don't die.
    • Network infrastructure (Ian T.)
      • SkullSpace now has a dedicated IPv6 network, wired and wireless!
    • Newark/Element14
      • Newark/Element14 approached us to establish a sponsorship / partnership. They would provide us with parts, kits, etc. In exchange for us writing a blog post about their use.
      • If anyone has a project that they would like to do, please contact Ben.
    • Strikeforces
      • Wiki / Website Hackathon: will be meeting shortly. Colin C. is coordinating this project.
      • Event planning strikeforce will be meeting immediately after the member meeting. Great things in-store!
      • Anti-Social 2.0 is progressing. We are awaiting confirmation on the availability of the venue before picking a date.
      • Library partnership: The Winnipeg Public Library has approached us to develop programming. At this point they are interested in having us deliver SkullSpace-themed programming
      • Jay will be meeting with them on Friday to explore options.
      • Hacker Jeopardy: Ron is organizing a one-night Hacker Jeopardy event on June 6th. Everyone buy tickets and come have fun! Tickets are available from Ron, Nathan, Richard and Jay.
  • Popcorn machine: discussion deferred until existing popcorn machine departs. Nate will be restocking it (and snacks) on FRI.
  • Bread machine: we have one, please feel free to use it. Siu has not been able to get it to make anything resembling bread, and would love it if someone else would see if they have better luck.
  • Cryptoparty
    • The next Cryptoparty will be on June 7th!
    • Colin C. will be presenting on Liberation Technology (Tor, PGP, OTR, etc.)
    • Daniel will be presenting on one time pads / RSA
  • New printer installed! It is on the network at Thanks to Russ for getting this set up.
  • Donor 'membership' level.
    • We discussed the idea of adding a non-voting “friend of SkullSpace” membership tier.
    • This would be a way for remote members and casual users of the space to make regular contributions via PAD.
    • This was unanimously approved.
  • Son-of-Skullotron project is progressing. Hopefully there will be a model to review shortly.
  • Office dividers: Brittany suggested a few office dividers would be a good addition to the classroom, both to help funnel traffic into the space when there are events in the classroom, and to serve as a notice board.
    • Sean offered to pay for them.
    • Jon and Nate offered to pick them up.
  • Adjournment: 18:45

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Apr 29th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

Apr 22nd, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

Apr 15th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Reading of minutes
    • Hydro reading submitted
    • Tabletop day was a great success
    • Yuri's night happened
    • Donation boxes for snacks and drinks are in place. They are separate so that we can track them individually.
    • The Skullotron - some folks were talking about a miniaturized version. Talk to Nate
    • Nate is going to try to get some art for the space. If you're interested in helping with that, talk to Nate.
    • Budget meeting will be happening on the 22nd, after the regular meeting. Talk to Ben
    • Pile o' doom: You have 1 day to get stuff from the pile
  • Special meeting
    • 6th of May.
    • Brittany stepped down, so we need to elect another member
    • Everybody should run
  • Financial stuff
    • Financial situation details are available upon email request
    • If anybody would like to do some fundraising events, big or small, please don't hesitate to ask for help
    • Brittany is hoping to do a social sometime in August
  • Yuri's Night
    • It went great, according to Ian
    • Lots of booze was consumed
  • PlaidCTF!
    • We kind of sucked this year
    • But it was a good time
    • We ended up in 37th place, of ~530 scoring teams

Mar 18th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

Members present: not recorded

  • Reading of minutes
    • Wiki updates
    • Electrical updates
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Donation tracking/lockboxes
    • Meme cookbook
    • Yuri's night
    • Brewery tour
    • Jordan Justice became a member
  • Fire extinguishers
    • Alex purchased at a cost of ~$102, slightly more expensive than expected
    • Nobody objected to repaying Alex
    • Two fire extinguishers
      • 2A-10B-C located near the front (main) door
      • 1A-10B-C located near the rear (fire escape) door
    • They are not mounted yet
  • Plexiglass box for donations
    • Jeremy brought it down
    • Requires some modifications
      • Slot to be added
      • Lock to be added
  • Server electrical
    • Upgrade was funded by Ian
    • Two new 20 amp circuits have been installed
    • Load has been split between the two circuits
    • Before installing more servers, please seek approval
  • Netops mailing list
    • The list has fallen victim to endless amounts of spam
    • New list will be created and not archived
    • The board will discuss with members of this list regarding power usage for non-critical machines
  • Wiki updating
    • AMichael began revising some pages
    • AMichael added dates to some events
    • Nothing else significant to report
  • Yuri's Night
    • Party at the museum!
    • We can get /very/ creative with our presence
    • A member asked "What is the goal/purpose of us having a presence?"
    • Answer: "Not to sell anything. Just to raise awareness and hopefully make the event more fun."
    • April 12th - contact Jay for more information
  • Brief financial update
    • More complete financial update for the previous calendar will be next week
    • We are "uncomfortable" with less than three months of rent in our bank account at all times
    • We currently have ~$2400 in our bank account
    • Our expenses per month are ~$2500
    • Cian asked (paraphrased) "At the AGM, our balance was much higher. Why the discrepancy?"
    • Alex responded: "The last date on graph was 3 months ago, in December."
    • Our membership dues (not including donations) are $2200, so we are not losing much per month but we need to be careful
    • Cian asked (paraphrased) "Why did we drop from $5000 to $2000?"
    • Ben explained that the graph was likely generated between collecting member dues and paying rent
    • The board's thorough report next week will provide a much clearer picture
    • Cian suggested that the board include cash flow projections in the report
    • A member asked about the hydro bill. The board said they will be doing meter readings in the future to prevent wild swings in bills.
  • Bathroom maintenance
    • Sean replaced the paper towel holder in the men's washroom
    • He will replace the one in the women's washroom, but would like to reimbursed. ($30)
    • The repayment was approved
  • Half Pints
    • The tour is a go
    • March 22nd at 1pm
    • First come, first serve. Contact Jeremy[1] for more details
  • Tabletop day
    • GameKnight and Imagine have been approached for sponsorship
    • Planning for the event is underway
    • Having some SkullSpace ambassadors would be nice
    • April 5th - contact Nate for more information

Mar 11th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

Members present: Cian, Brittany, Courtney, Nate, Jay, Alex, Colin, AMichael, Zoe, Stef, Ben, Alex, Brian, Robert K, Edwin, Sean

  • Agenda and minutes
    • Ideally, the board sends the minutes out on Saturday/Sunday
    • They were late last week
    • Aside: once minutes are posted, they become "official" and cannot be changed, so delays are expected
  • Reading of minutes postponed until the end of the meeting
  • Protelec automatic door unlocking
    • No update yet
    • Action item: Colin C will talk to the landlord and Colin Stanners about this forward and provide an update in the future
  • Fire extinguishers
    • Alex volunteered to buy two small ones and bankroll them
    • Show of hands was taken to pay Alex back, majority said "yes"
    • Stef suggested we find out what we require to pass an inspection and buy those instead
    • Action item: Alex to buy extinguishers
  • Wiki updates
    • Many pages are out-of-date and a lot of them are ugly
    • SkullSpace has changed a lot and the wiki has not kept up
    • Brittany is looking for some people to help with this
    • AMichael stated that he is organizing a strike force to handle this issue
  • Electrical upgrades and server hosting
    • The circuit is approaching overload
    • The quote is $250 to effectively double our capacity
    • Possible solutions
      • Negate the need by getting rid of non-critical servers (VM sever, mailing list, DNS)
      • Fund the upgrade through crowdfunding
      • SkullSpace can pay for it if the membership agrees
    • Rich from Voi offered additional Internet service dedicated to the servers
    • Find out the interest level for people who have machines in the rack?
    • Member comment: "if we upgrade the power, it's not a free-for-all, the power still costs us"
    • Action item: the board will discuss with the server owners and gauge crowdfunding interest
  • Donation tracking
    • Proposal: obtain cash boxes that allow deposit but require a key for withdrawal
    • Jeremy volunteered to donate a plexiglass box that he owns
    • How many lockboxes are required?
      • Donations
      • Drinks
      • Snacks
      • 3D printer
    • Lockboxes with non-unique keys are acceptable
      • Stef was asked about the 3D printer box - he indicated that he did not require access to it
      • No other boxes need to be opened by members that are not on the board
  • Reading of the minutes
    • Discussed the AGM
    • Discussed the general and student member audits
    • Discussed the splitting of the calendars into community
    • Covered the meetup, and that everybody can create events (not just Brittany)
    • Discussed the CODE event
    • The membership in attendance was not asked to approve the read minutes
  • Meme cookbook
    • If anybody is interested in resurrecting the meme cookbook, talk to Nate
    • Needs a lot of work, but Nate is confident we could publish it and sell it someday
    • Ideas
      • Asking Wil Wheton or Penny Arcade to write a foreword
      • Organize with them for the proceeds to go to charity
    • Brian proposed that we simply start working on it as a blog, and then we'll put it all together
    • AMichael suggested that this will be positively affected by the wiki cleanup
  • Recurring community events
    • Nate proposed that we have a rotating list of events to mention during meetings to keep members informed
  • International Tabletop Day
    • ITD is an event organized by the folks that run the "Tabletop" web series
    • This year's day is April 5th
    • SkullSpace is hosting a get-together for International Tabletop Day
    • Talk to Nate for more information
  • User groups and using the space
    • The PHP user group was here, and it went very well
    • The Android user group wants to have their meetings here as well
    • If you want to book the space, email admin@lists.skullspace.ca or talk to Colin Childs
  • Yuri's Night
    • April 12th at the Manitoba Museum's Science Gallery and the Planetarium
    • Action item: Brittany will follow up with Jay about getting a table or having some other kind of SkullSpace presence
  • Brewery tour
    • Jeremy has a contact at the Half Pints brewery, and might be able to organize a tour
    • By show of hands, many people were interested in doing that
    • Jeremy will email the mailing list to gauge interest
  • New members
    • Jordan Justice became a full member today
  • Adjournment

Mar 4th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

  • Introductions
  • Reading of minutes
    • AGM last week
      • New board elected
        • Alex Weber
        • Ben Bergman - Financials
        • Brittany Postnikoff
        • Colin Childs
        • Courtney Lofchick
      • Events from last year discussed
  • Audits
    • Student membership audits
    • General membership audit
    • What is a membership audit?
      • Making sure we have financials backed up for every member
      • Making sure we have forms and the like
      • In short, due dilligence
  • Calendars
    • Colin split the calendar into two calendars
      • One for community events
      • One for SkullSpace events
    • Kevin V. wrote a calendar webapp
      • API integration with Meetup?
      • API integration with Google Calendar?
  • Meetup
    • Lots of people ask Brittany to add events
    • Anybody can add events if they are subscribed as a SkullSpace member (???) (5:28)
  • CODE
    • People from Meetup showed up
    • People scrummed
    • Not much happened at the space
    • Pizza, ideas, and then people went home
    • Mark Jenkins put in a lot of work
      • when-ei.ca
  • External community emails (8:35)
    • Once per week, generate a digest of some kind?
    • Forward with the meeting reminder?
    • Bring up during the meeting
  • Adjournment

Feb 25, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Alex, Mark, Michael, Kevin, Jason, Courtney, Nate, Ian, Cian, Brittany, Edwin, Jay, Sean, Thor, Dave, Ric, Colin, Jeremy, Nishan, Stefan

Annual General Meeting 2014

  • Year in review
    • Alex presented with some pictures throughout the year
    • Events
      • CTFs, user groups, social, cryptoparties, Comic Con, hack-a-thons,

movie nights, Peg Jam, Freeze Frame, CDC, game nights

    • Financial update
      • A proper one will be coming, but summary is we are stable
    • The future
      • Fire safety
      • Occupancy permit
  • Bylaw changes
    • Late dues
      • Intent is to remove some process and make it smoother for the board
    • Minutes being read
      • Intent is to ensure minutes are taken and agreed upon by members
      • Could be implemented as a policy if the bylaw is voted down
  • Board nominees
    • Cian, Brittany, Courtney, Alex, Colin, Sue, and Kenny
  • Vote results
    • New board: Ben, Colin, Courtney, Brittany, Alex
    • Both bylaws passed

Feb 18, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Courtney, Brittany, Ben, Stefan, Ric, Thor, Brian, Edwin, Sean, Colin, Ian, AMichael, Adrian, Alex, Marcel, Troy, Kevin, Rob

  • Nominations closed today
    • 8 people running
    • Last minute nominations allowed, but earlier the better
  • Door is almost ready to open when fire alarm goes off
    • Last part is getting building panel connected, which is locked
    • Fire alarm might not even work
      • No battery and no phone line - landlord should bring in alarm company
    • Remote access needs to be tested
  • LES.net upgraded our phone line
    • Calls now last more than 30 minutes!
    • No MTS landline needed anymore
  • Coinfest last weekend
    • First Bitcoin ATM in Winnipeg!
  • David - heritage/community museums
    • Looking for interested members to help create interactive electronic exhibits
      • Push button activated sounds for guessing game
      • Electric fire glow
      • Lit routes on map
      • Fibre optic lights modified to be activated by motion sensor or push button
      • And more!
    • Many small contracts available
  • Raspberry Pi users group this weekend
  • Booking the space is awkward right now
    • Suggestion made for a webpage for applying to use the space
  • Wiki needs updating
    • Brittany will be working on this, contact her if you are interested in helping out
  • Switch inside for when we are open
    • Notification on website/IRC/Twitter?
    • Light in the window?
  • Next hackathon - Manitoba retro computing
    • Winnipeg was the BBS capital of Canada at one time
    • Some speakers already contacted, more being contacted
      • Les
      • Bill Reed
      • Michael Gelespie

Feb 11, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Ian, Mark, Marcel, AMichael, Brian, Colin C., Courtney, Alex, Kevin, Thor, Stefan, Troy, Rob, Cian, Edwin, Ben, Zewwy, Colin S., Dave, Ric

  • You have less than a week to nominate yourself for the board
    • Email admin and Nathan
  • Crypto currency day last weekend - success
    • Slides will be posted on discuss
  • Crypto party last weekend - success
    • People can learn about privacy protecting technology and do key signing
    • Everyone should come to the next one
  • Door hardware - no news
  • CDC Feb 20
    • 3rd year
    • 10 high school teams
    • No more volunteers needed
    • Virtual env. for students to secure
    • Feel free to come by and hang out
  • Sci-fi skirmish day coming up - info on discuss
  • AGM Feb 25
    • Email coming to paid-up members with voting codes
      • Make sure you are paid up by the 15th!
  • Big hydro bill
    • Likely due to air conditioning for the summer
    • Will check if the bill is est. or act.
    • Will look into going on a budget
  • Things that annoy Ian
    • Booking the space and not showing up
      • Please email pics of the space to admin so we can use it to show off to potential renters
  • Dedicated IPv6 network being installed by Voi
    • CDC storage servers will be installed here on that network, Octopi donating blade server for VMs
    • Early stages, nothing bought yet, still discussing
  • MTS Future First providing stuff like shirts and scholarships, sponsoring CDC
    • Talk to Cian if you are interested
  • By-law amendments
    • Can be policy instead of by-law - vote against by-law if this is your choice
  • PHP users group tomorrow

Feb 4, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Phoul, Sean, Alex, Thor, Ian, Cian, Stefan, Jeremy, Ben, A. Michael, Adrian, Edwin

  • AGM - 25 Feb.
    • Elect new board
    • Vote on two by-law amendments
      • Membership dropped if no payments for 3 months
        • Nominate yourself by Feb 17 ??pm
          • admin@skullspace.ca
      • Read minutes
    • Voting
      • You will get a token by email
      • Bring token to do your vote
      • OR give token to a proxy to vote on your behalf
  • Door & occupancy permit stuff
    • Getting fire extinguishers
    • Front door quote was really expensive - ~$2000
    • Colin Stanners will be fixing door himself next week
    • New drink machine process
      • If a drink is out, feel free to buy drinks at Giant Tiger, put receipt with name in cash box
  • CryptoParty
    • OTR & Tor - Phoul
    • Security from ISP perspective - Theo
  • Crypto currency day - Sat. at noon
    • Dogecoin "samples"
    • Crypto stuff regarding block chain
  • Big Hydro bill
    • Need to check if that is a reading or an estimate (might be overage from summer)
    • Keep some drinks in the fridge, only use drink machine for events
  • Beefs
    • If you schedule an event on the calendar, show up
      • Game day and movie night had people show up when no one was hear
  • CDC Feb. 20
    • If you are interested in helping kids fix sketchy networks, contate Nathan
  • Thanks to Dave for sorting out the electronics bench
    • There was a mediocre round of applause
  • Sunday RPG day
    • D&D style, combining many different games
      • Bring any game rules you have to make the system more robust
    • More info coming to mailing list soon

Jan 21, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Ben, Countney, Stefan, Michael, Alex, Thor, Phoul, Brittany, Marcel, Brian, Edwin, Ian, Rob, Jared, Sean, Aemilianus, Cian

  • International Table Top Day
    • Beginning of April
    • Nate is taking charge
  • CDC
    • This Saturday, Linux experts presenting Linux Security Part 2 with Jared and Theo
    • Preperation for CDC high schooler event Feb. 20
  • Hackathon
    • Ghost in the Shellcode - 20th place
      • Pretty impressive, considering we were a small team doing it part time
    • Jim's Unity talk at the last hackathon
      • Went well, Jim is willing to do more Unity talks in the future
  • The Annual General Meeting cometh - Feb 25th
    • Need signage for what is being voted on (ie. board and by-laws) 21 days prior to AGM
    • Board vote
      • Everyone that is interested in running for the board should nominate themselves
      • If you want to nominate someone, email admin@
      • You may nominate yourself the day of the election, but it is prefered that you do it sooner so your name can be on the ballots
    • Tabling of bylaw amendments / special resolutions
      • If you haven't paid your dues and haven't made special arrangements, your membership will automatically lapse (currently we need a vote by the board)
      • Probation period for new members, not just two week delay (other spaces have this)
        • Should this impact privelages, ie. voting?
        • Should they be required to be at a minimum number of events? (eg. 3 regular meetings and 3 other events)
        • Should members need to be vouched for by n number of full members by the end of their probation period in order to be a full member?
          • Execution could be complicated
          • Could be combined with complaints
          • Ian's perspectives (food for thought, perhaps need more discussion at a future meeting)
            • Is it in our best interest to make it harder to become a member?
            • Are we looking for people to improve our cash flow?
            • Are we looking to be just sustainable? More than sustainable? Should there be a membership cap? We are the most expensive technology group (other than AssentWorks) in the city
      • If there are any other proposed special resolutions, email the list
  • Fundraising
    • Bowling night?
      • All you can eat pizza/popcorn/soft drinks - $25/person ($20 without pizza)
    • Minigolf night?
    • Doodle coming for choosing date
      • Saturday is likely cheapest
  • Programming for Beginners course
    • Jan 27, for 6 weeks
    • lectures and assignments
    • Will be a very dense, professional course
    • $60
    • In SkullSpace classroom

Jan 14th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members present: Brittany, Ian, Nate, Thor, Brittany, Courtney, Brian, AMichael, Ben, Jeremy, Phoul, Edwin. Sean, Ric, Colin, Alex, Stef

  • Financial update
    • We're stable
    • One social or other event per year covers unexpected expenses pretty easily
  • Our "Meetup" account
    • We have 80 people, lots of people that aren't members
    • If you want non-members to come, post your event on the Meetup
  • Minutes
    • A request was made to send an email when meeting minutes are published
    • Minutes should also be uneditable by the general public
  • Hackathon!
    • Ghost in the Shellcode CTF
    • Unity talk
  • Cleaning
    • The cleaner charges $100 for 3-4 hours of cleaning
    • Ian has been paying for it
    • Quick vote was taken: overwhelming "yes" for SkullSpace to foot the bill
  • CDC
    • 1/3 forensics, 1/3 presentations, 1/3 securing servers
    • February 20th is the big event
    • If you want to help out with the event, talk to Ian
  • Fire alarm/door locks integration
    • No news
  • AGM
    • The next Annual General Meeting is on the of February 25th
    • Please consider running for the board
    • Please consider any bylaws you would like to be modified
    • More information to follow
  • Comic Con
    • Pop Culture Expo is coming up
    • Last weekend in March (?)

Jan 7th, 2014 - 18:00 @ 374 Donald

Members Present: Ric, Thor, Jarred, Ian, Jeremy, Sean, Courtney, Alex, Nate, Jay, Brian, Stefan, Colin 2, Cian, Michael

  • Game Day
    • The place was left a mess
    • Please clean up after yourselves and please date your food
  • Missing Gloves
    • If you find them they belong to Dave Stewart
  • AGM
    • Will be Feb 25
  • Cleaner
    • Will be coming in Jan 13
  • Hackathon
    • Jan 18
    • Jim is giving a talk on Unity
  • Network Changes
    • See discuss
  • Meetings
    • This Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a server security talk for the CDC
    • The PHP user group is going to start meeting at the space
    • Game day is every second Sunday
  • Door
    • Ian will talk to Bob