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July 30, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • 7 members, 5 guests
  • Introductions
  • Ratified minutes
  • Financials
    • Thank you to Sean Penn for almost using our space as a filming location. They paid for the space, even if all they did was move out and move back in. We gained $2000 for that
    • Thank you to Helga for a donation after the successful launch of her Shimmer art exhibit. It was great seeing so many members working together on one project
  • Ai-Kon was the previous weekend
    • We had Brad's Skulltris with us, and it attracted many eyes
    • We had plenty of members to look after the booth
    • We could do a presentation at Ai-Kon some year
  • If we wanted to do presentations, we could use the Millenium Library
  • We should look into Manitoba Arts Council can give us grants to work with different groups
  • We'll be making an internal list of members who would be interested in doing grant stuff, or running presentations or working with educational groups. At the moment, the best we can do is send it to announce@ to see if there's any interest
  • Sandbox is dead without a new (graphically powerful) computer. Sand was also annoying to deal with, so we'd need something different
    • If anyone would like to salvage some of the wood (2x4s, painted black), feel free
    • We still have the Kinect if anyone would like to use it for a project at the space
  • wants to hire someone to set up Raspberry Pi relays to monitor things. Email Chris for details
  • Val, a visitor, is trying to make a sculpture for the Forks. It's currently a model of a bull, but she is going to turn the model into a series of panels with the shapes of books in bas-relief. Then she'd like to 3D print the final proof-of-concept
  • Events
    • Missing Maps was on Wednesday
      • There are new building footprint datasets released by Bing and NRCan for Southwest Manitoba
    • First Fridays this Friday. Chris will be here. We're thinking of renewing, but we haven't gotten any members from it in the past year and it's difficult to get members to staff it
    • Movie night August 23, Weird Science and My Science Project. Snacks!

June 25, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Introductions
  • Financials
    • Net value is even with last month
    • We gained some members recently after we lost a few a couple months ago
    • All the numbers this month were pretty average
    • It's getting into air-conditioning season, so Hydro bills will be higher in the coming months
  • Using a larger bit in the CNC machine causes loose material to gum up the rails, so steps will be skipped
    • Edwin is dabbling with designs to get the vacuum connected
  • Helga's rippling tile project is nearly complete! The debut is this Friday, June 28th at 7:00pm at Video Pool (2nd floor at the cinematheque).
  • Video Pool would be interested in partnering with SkullSpace to offer member's rates to SkullSpace members if they work with Video Pool members to work on and showcase prototypes
    • SkullSpace members could help unlock the full potential of their more technical equipment
    • We'll try to go over there on Tuesday, July 30th after the meeting
  • Planning for Anti-Social 2019 is in full swing
    • You can join the channel on Slack, and you can ask for an invite if you're not in Slack
    • We're planning for an afternoon game day as a pre-event. More info later
    • We're aiming for late August or early September
  • Next Movie night will be July 23rd, with 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' and 'Mystery Men'
  • The Long Con has opened their call for talks
    • Have some ideas, but want to collaborate? Talk to Troy
    • Also, get your employers to give some sponsorship money
  • A movie called Flag Day will have a scene filmed from within SkullSpace on Wednesday, July 10th. The space will be closed to all members, so let us know if you planned to use the space and we'll make some alternate arrangements for you.

May 28, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Introductions
  • Ratified last-month's minutes
  • Financial report:
    • Still losing money. After pruning some members last month, we haven't replaced them for this month. More funds will come in next month and the month after, so it should even out
    • Snacks are pretty low this month
    • Everything else is pretty average
  • Events
    • OSM night in June will probably be on the third week. It'll be on a Wednesday
    • First Friday not this Friday! It'll be on June 7th
    • Cookies & Community today. Come talk about business plans or something while eating cookies
  • Other
    • We discussed getting a ladder at some point. 8 feet high, grade 1A, it could be either aluminum or fibreglass. Colin 0 will probably pick one up when there's a sale
    • New Ubiquity APs! These ones support the 5 GHz band and 802.11ac
      • Maybe in five more years we'll upgrade again to 802.11ax or something

April 30, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Introductions
  • Ratified last-month's minutes
  • Financial report:
    • Lower membership from new members dropping out after a couple months
      • We sometimes have to trim newer members who lose interest after a few months, but sometimes Michael gets lazy and leaves it for a month or two. Then it piles up
    • Everything else is fairly normal. On the whole, a small loss for this month
  • Events:
    • Ai-Kon is coming up, July 26-28. We get two passes per day, so let me know if you'd like to watch the table for one or more days. There are events throughout the night if you want to enjoy yourself after the dealer's hall closes
    • First Friday of the month coming up:
      • Work-from-Skullspace Day during the workday
      • Potential plans for Lunch-from-Skullspace Day if you work nearby but can't telecommute
      • First Fridays that evening, starting at 6:00
  • 3D printer got some extra care. Ordered new print surface using a coupon
  • Cookies and Community is held after each monthly meeting. We snacked on cinnamon rolls during the meeting. You should have been here!
  • Ended 18:17

March 26, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Oops, the meeting minutes weren't uploaded. They should be on the lounge computer, so they should be uploaded sometime in May.

February 27, 2019 - 18:00 @ 200-374 Donald

  • 14 members present; 3 represented by proxy. These 17 members constituted a quorum
  • We decided to wait until more members arrived before we closed candidacy for directors
  • Finances
    • Net worth is on the up-and-up (currently at about $2617.44 above expenses)
    • Last year 2770
    • There was a downward spike last year from a large Hydro bill. Michael has been reading the meter weekly since then.
    • Hydro fees are a bit of a guess, we would need to retrieve our login information to find out how much we're charged per kilowatt hour.
    • We're using about 300 kWh/week without the air conditioner
    • Uncollected dues is at its lowest since 2017
    • Some questions were asked
      • Might there be a seasonal trend of membership turn-around? At this point we don't know, but Michael will run some numbers some day
      • Are there any common reasons members suspend their membership? Nost who cancelled recently cancelled for the sake of their own time or finances
  • Looking back at 2018
    • Got Prusa 3D Printer
    • Got a new door and got the push-bar installed
    • Started participating in First Friday
    • Went to Ai-Kon
    • Got a new vertical Banner
    • Hosted Manitoba Pinball League
    • Gained enough members to cover expense
    • Thor threw several movie nights
  • Discussion of what SkullSpace is came up, a community of technically minded people that are available to help each other out on their projects.
  • 360 tour of the space suggested
  • Suggestion of an advertising campaign. Idea to run more events for post-secondary students.
  • The fob management system's power supply had 'technical' "issues" about a month ago. A newer system was constructed, and will be installed soon.
  • AR Sandbox table has become just a table, Keith will be contacted to figure out what to do with it.
  • Events
    • Ai-Kon's one-day Winterfest was interesting. We got some interest in our space. One of the 3D pens glitched out
    • First Friday is coming up this Friday, March 1st
      • More members at the space would be helpful
    • Petting Zoo upcoming; date needs to be finalized
  • Candidacy for board was re-visited
    • Only five members announced candidacy, so no vote was needed.
    • Directors for 2019:
      • Michael
      • Chris
      • Brad M
      • Thor
      • Ben M

January 29, 2019 - 18:17 @ 200-374 Donald

  • Finances are going up at a steady rate.
  • Proposal to have routine Dungeons and Dragons at the space, if interested contact Cameron.
  • Comedy workshop still happening every other Wednesday.
  • This friday is First Friday
  • Next month is the annual general meeting
    • Anyone interested in becoming a Skullspace board member please make a post to discuss.
  • Several members have noticed 555 days of up time is very noisy