August 1st, 2017 IRC Meeting

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Freedom Rally


Pirate Picnic

Scheduled for August 19th, near Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Schedule:

  • noon-1pm: food and training;
  • 1pm-2:30pm: map cameras;
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm: come back and debrief.

Planning Pad

To Do:

  • blog post
  • email
  • Facebook event
  • Email act-ma
  • Post to other event listings
  • call members
  • make poster
  • put up posters
  • write how-tos

S.1241 - Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017

Approved our opposition to S.1241. Need statement (Joe)

FOSS Tutorials

Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:

  • how to do basic labels in GIMP,
  • work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
  • similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group

Need a write up so we can put the word out (Malt)


Planning for 2018 Elections

Other To Dos

  • Review regular IRC meeting day. Poll sent to email list - Sent (jokeefe)
  • email Loomio invite to supporters (jokeefe)
  • set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds)
  • post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak)
  • finish setup of myBB (jokeefe)
  • install mattermost as slack alternative (jokeefe)

Mayfirst is looking at setting up a Discourse instance we could use.

Upcoming Events

  • 8/19, noon-3:30pm, Pirate Picnic/Surveillance Camera Mapping Outing, Boston Common, Boston
  • Sept., South Boston public library cryptoparty

See: 2017 calendar


  • jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
  • Malt: Samuel Capradae, Worcester


  • davidd
  • igel
  • razz
  • Fatbag
  • hvxgr
  • papegaai


Got started late and ended a bit early.

Pirate/Surveillance Camera Mapping Picnic on the 19th is moving forward. Planning pad: Please update with how you can help.

Malt will look at the 30th for a similar event in Worcester.

Worcester Pride Parade in the 9th. $20 fee to march. Malt will see what interest there is among pirates in Worcester.

Talked about the FOSS training for local farmers. Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.


[9:23pm] jokeefe: agenda:,_2017_IRC_Meeting
[9:23pm] papegaai: Title: August 1st, 2017 IRC Meeting - Mass Pirate Wiki (at
[9:24pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:26pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:26pm] Malt: Samuel Capradae, Worcester
[9:28pm] jokeefe: Holding off on the Freedom Rally discussion. We can continue it more on email where others can give their opinion
[9:28pm] jokeefe: Projects
[9:28pm] jokeefe: Pirate Picnic
[9:28pm] jokeefe: Looks like we are moving forward on it
[9:29pm] jokeefe: We should do calls this week and next
[9:29pm] Malt: I've got time on Friday
[9:29pm] jokeefe: thanks
[9:30pm] jokeefe: Makes sense to start with organizers and volunteers
[9:30pm] jokeefe: What would you think about doing a similar event in Worcester in September?
[9:30pm] razz left the chat room. (Quit: razz)
[9:30pm] Malt: There's definitely interest
[9:31pm] Malt: Worcester's subculture is really oddly un-intersectional, despite there being all of 30 of us
[9:31pm] Malt: I think getting one of the major makerspaces behind it is key, also college students.
[9:32pm] jokeefe: We should pick a date
[9:32pm] Malt: let me double check when worcester pride is, i'd hate to double book that
[9:32pm] jokeefe: agree
[9:33pm] Malt: We should avoid Sept 9th, which is the big day
[9:33pm] jokeefe: Is there a fee for marching in it?
[9:34pm] Malt: That's a great question, let me ask
[9:35pm] Malt: I believe there's a $150 fee
[9:35pm] Malt:
[9:35pm] Malt: my mistake, that's for the full 4 day festival
[9:35pm] Malt: to march in the parade is 20$
[9:37pm] jokeefe: Are you already marching in it, or should we look at perhaps having pirates march in it?
[9:37pm] Malt: I wasn't currently planning on it but being a Beloved Member of the Community I doubt i'd be rejected
[9:38pm] Malt: Having the pirates would be a great introduction
[9:38pm] Malt: let the city know we exist, have a face-to-face with other interested potential members in the city
[9:40pm] jokeefe: Would be a good excuse to call Worcester area people and see who would be willing to march. If we get enough interest, then worthwhile to try
[9:41pm] jokeefe: Freedom Rally is the weekend after that
[9:41pm] jokeefe: What about a camera mapping picnic on the 30th?
[9:42pm] jokeefe: gives a break between whatever happens with Freedom Rally
[9:43pm] Malt: I'll start sounding out who might be interested
[9:44pm] jokeefe: sounds good
[9:44pm] Malt: telling folks about my involvement has generally evoked a reaction of "are they still a thing?" and "do you really make them call you malt"
[9:45pm] jokeefe:
[9:47pm] jokeefe: did you ever get a chance to put together the write up of the FOSS Tutorials idea, so we can share it and see who is interested in helping?
[9:50pm] Malt left the chat room. (Ping timeout: 252 seconds)
[9:51pm] Malt joined the chat room.
[9:52pm] Malt: sorry, not yet, but I will. I was waiting for them to get back to me with more specific requests, but GIMP labels and an intro to OO/libreoffice's Sheets should be a good starter
[9:52pm] jokeefe: ok
[9:52pm] jokeefe: when you say labels, do you mean like mail merge or were you thinking of something else?
[9:53pm] Malt: like, product labels
[9:53pm] jokeefe: oh ok
[9:53pm] Malt: Grampy Joe's Deadly Salsa & the like
[9:54pm] jokeefe: so graph design & product management with open source tools?
[9:55pm] Malt: as much of that as could fit into an hour and a half long meeting, yeah
[9:55pm] Malt: a series of*
[9:56pm] jokeefe: would appreciate it if you wrote up a one paragraph description and we will get it out
[9:56pm] jokeefe: when you know more, we can do another write up
[9:56pm] jokeefe: does that work?
[9:57pm] Malt: Can do!
[9:57pm] jokeefe: thanks!
[9:58pm] jokeefe: That is all I have to report. you?
[9:58pm] Malt: Yeah, I'm good
[9:58pm] jokeefe: shall we call it a night?
[9:58pm] Malt: And end early? Let's make history.
[9:58pm] jokeefe: lol
[9:58pm] Malt: Good work everyone!
[9:58pm] jokeefe: have a wonderful evening
[9:59pm] Malt: you too!