September 14th, 2015 IRC Meeting
Decide where to donate anonymous $80 contribution to:
- Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless - 91.0% on services, Transparency Score of 78.00 of 100.00
- Horizons for Homeless Children - 75.6% on services, Transparency Score of 100.00 of 100.00
- PirateCon 2015 Videos
Falkvinge Pirate Strategy video- posted to Youtube (jokeefe)
- Evan Greer talk (Bluestreak)
- MAAPL form (srevilak, jokeefe, noe, ...)
- Newsletter (Kendra, paper_waves, ?)
- Design & Feedback
- Distribution Planning (besides emailing a pdf)
- Gather list of people to mail it to (?)
- Gather a list of places to distribute it (?)
- Decide on the print run (?)
- Video Gaming Tax Break - Hearing 9/22 - 9/15 advisory, 9/22 positions
- GMO - Hearing 9/22 - Participate in the main press conference
- Updated media list (fish/noe)
- Sep. - Freedom Rally - Release dates - 9/18 & 9/25 or 9/26 morning
- Oct. - Free Software & Innovation
- Nov. - 2016 Elections
- Dec. - ?
- Blog posts
Email lists Ask for opinions on legislation (jokeefe)
- Local/regional contacts (jokeefe) - Regional page up. Working on local pages.
- TPP update (jokeefe)
- CISA update (jokeefe)
- Tech - see for priorities
- Bitcoin + Credit card gateway in CiviCRM (srevilak, js0000, Kendra)
- Improve UI navigation of wiki & expose more wiki bits on blog (Noe, jokeefe)
- Allow distributed organizing on CiviCRM (and pointers to get started) (Kendra, srevilak, Chris, jokeefe)
- js0000 and jokeefe will work on building a tool to manage twitter:
design(jokeefe) - posted at Twitter API design
- coding (js0000 & jokeefe)
- Forum (or needed now that lists are publicized?)
- Policies update (jokeefe)
- Check on the state of them
- Write up doc on using git & commenting on & voting on changes.
- Sep. 22, 1pm, Public Hearing on Massachusetts GMO labeling bill (H.3242), Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House
- Sep. 26th & 27th, Freedom Rally - Sign up form - Planning - have asked for volunteers in email as well
- Sep. 30, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, Parts & Crafts
- Oct. 3, 7-11pm, FSF 30th Anniversary Celebration, CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, Boston
- Oct. 13 (probably), Cory Doctorow Event - Working with other groups
- Oct. 28, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, Parts & Crafts
- Nov. event?
- Nov. 25, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, Parts & Crafts
- Dec. event?
- Dec. 30, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, Parts & Crafts
Every Thu., Digital Fourth meeting, 11:20am-1:30pm, Voltage Cafe, Third Street, Cambridge
- jokeefe (James O'Keefe, Somerville)
- bestpiggy (olivia píñeyro, Boston)
- srevilak (Steve Revilak, Arlington)
- benC (Ben Cook - Boston)
We decide to make our $80 charity donation to Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.
Jamie edited and posted video of Falkvinge's Piratecon 2015 talk.
Next meeting, after reviewing the bills and other research, we will revisit what our position on the video game tax break will be.
20:51 [Users #masspirates] 20:51 [ davidd] [ jokeefe] [ Pharyngeal] [ srevilak] [ zby] 20:53 < jokeefe> ahoy 21:00 < srevilak> good evening 21:00 < bestpiggy> hey all! 21:01 < benC> evening crew 21:02 < jokeefe> good evening 21:02 < jokeefe> agenda - https://masspirates.org/wiki/September_14th,_2015_IRC_Meeting 21:02 < jokeefe> ids - James O’Keefe, Somerville 21:02 < benC> Ben Cook - Boston 21:02 < jokeefe> Agenda look ok? 21:03 < srevilak> agenda seems fine 21:03 < bestpiggy> olivia píñeyro, Boston 21:03 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington 21:04 < jokeefe> Decisions - Decide where to donate anonymous $80 contribution to 21:05 < benC> I like that Mass Coalition for the Homeless doesn't get any government grants 21:05 < bestpiggy> I think Mass Coalition should get it 21:05 < jokeefe> srevilak? 21:05 < srevilak> I'm okay with Mass Coalition 21:06 < jokeefe> As am I. 21:06 < jokeefe> Lets go with that then. 21:06 < jokeefe> Moving on to Task Status 21:06 < srevilak> ok. Will send check to Mass Coalition, tomorrow or wed. 21:06 < jokeefe> thank you 21:06 < jokeefe> PirateCon 2015 Videos 21:07 < jokeefe> Made some progress. Would likely make more if I had more disk space ;-) 21:07 < benC> I have plenty of disk space, but I don't have much experience doing this kind of video editing 21:07 < srevilak> I have a few more audio segments to do. Will try to get back 1--2/week 21:08 < benC> Do we have really basic instructions on what we're looking for? 21:08 < jokeefe> thanks, srevilak 21:08 < jokeefe> benC - I have little experience, but I can put titles on. 21:08 < jokeefe> What os are you running? 21:09 < benC> I've got Debian and Windows 7 available 21:09 < jokeefe> I found that the Falkvinge video had a lot of noise, so I had to correct that. 21:09 < jokeefe> I think blender works on Linux, but I haven’t tried it. 21:09 < benC> it definitely does 21:10 < jokeefe> Video for adding titles to videos with blender - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw-Hjc496ng 21:10 < jokeefe> How to add text in Blender's Video Editor - www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj80Z-LG27M 21:10 < srevilak> jokeefe: is the edited version of falkvinge on MEGA. Would like to put it on archive.org 21:11 < jokeefe> Yes it is 21:11 < jokeefe> Will send you the link and post it on the page 21:12 < jokeefe> Also Blender Reference Manual - Sound Editing https://www.blender.org/manual/editors/sequencer/audio.html 21:12 < srevilak> jokeefe: thx 21:12 < jokeefe> Video is at https://mega.nz/#!ropElQyA!lwgf1NBVSaFqT4E7B2Ye83aK3xnEvgMDpzrE-BSJ1-M 21:13 < jokeefe> it is in mp4 format 21:13 < jokeefe> Open Source is ogg, right? 21:13 < benC> Yes, Ogg Vorbis or WebM would be free/open formats 21:14 < jokeefe> Will see about converting 21:15 < benC> Archive.org does a good job of automatically converting videos to multiple formats 21:15 < srevilak> I was going to mention that: archive.org does format conversion 21:15 < jokeefe> oh good 21:15 < jokeefe> It is 5.16GB, btw 21:16 < srevilak> merp, archive.org wants me to install a download client 21:16 < jokeefe> ahoy Kendra & Bluestreak 21:16 < srevilak> archive.org also seeds torrents 21:16 < Kendra> hi all 21:16 < Bluestreak> sup 21:17 < jokeefe> Well, if you take on editing a video, just email it out that you are so we don’t have duplication of effort 21:17 < jokeefe> https://masspirates.org/wiki/September_14th,_2015_IRC_Meeting 21:17 < jokeefe> Wrapping up videos 21:17 < jokeefe> from pirate con 21:17 < jokeefe> MAAPL form - srevilak - report? 21:18 < srevilak> have 6 pages of fields uploaded, and laid out into online questionairre 21:18 < srevilak> online version is 26 pages long 21:19 < srevilak> have done 11 pages worth of fieldname -> proper questions 21:19 < jokeefe> are all the fields entered? 21:19 < srevilak> doing a bit each night, should be done in a few days 21:19 < srevilak> jokeefe: there are two more pages of fields. Joe Boyer will be sending me field specs 21:20 < jokeefe> I can add a few if you want to send me a bunch. 21:20 < srevilak> I'll send instructions offline 21:21 < jokeefe> thanks, sounds like it is moving forward. is there any other help that is needed? 21:21 < jokeefe> ahoy js0000 21:21 < jokeefe> agenda - https://masspirates.org/wiki/September_14th,_2015_IRC_Meeting 21:21 < js0000> hi 21:22 < srevilak> any help replacing field names with questions would help. But it's a one-person-at-a-time endeavor 21:22 < jokeefe> is there a write up on how to do that? 21:22 < srevilak> pmurad also envisioned extensive embedded help, but there's enough there for him to get started 21:22 < srevilak> jokeefe: no write up, but I can put one together 21:24 < jokeefe> up to you, if you think it would help. I know that my time is limited, unfortunately. 21:25 < jokeefe> moving to Newsletter 21:25 < jokeefe> Sorry, I haven’t been able to help much, Kendra. Will have time later in the week and the weekend. 21:26 < jokeefe> any luck with the update to 1.4.5? 21:27 < noe> ahoy! 21:27 < jokeefe> ahoy noe 21:27 < Kendra> Hi, I had to reinstall Scribus and need to adjust some fonts. Do we have a fianl deadline or maybe for the Freedom Rally something printed? 21:28 < jokeefe> I think it is too long to give out at Freedom Rally 21:28 < Kendra> I might add up. 21:28 < Kendra> printing costs 21:29 < jokeefe> Probably distribute as pdf 21:29 < Kendra> My debian distro wont allow me to upgrad, or I could not figure out how to do it, but I can change it all to more common fonts. 21:29 < Kendra> PDF distor is a good idea 21:29 < jokeefe> What is the highest version you can install? 21:29 < noe> Hmm . . . is it possible to condense and make links to online pdf? Basically, headlines with little explanations and "for more see https://etcetcetc.org" 21:30 < jokeefe> yes 21:30 < Kendra> Ok we can think about something like that to link to the front page 21:31 < Kendra> Anyone have any thing else to submit or add? 21:31 < jokeefe> Possibly 21:32 < noe> What I've seen on there looks good! If you want copyediting help, feel free to hit me up. 21:32 < jokeefe> That would be great. 21:32 < Kendra> Thanks Noe 21:32 < noe> I'm not great at layout, but I can do words. 21:32 < jokeefe> We have it up at an ownCloud instance. 21:32 < Bluestreak> link? 21:33 < jokeefe> download - https://owncloud.org/install/ 21:34 < jokeefe> Suggest we move this to the list 21:35 < Bluestreak> k 21:35 < jokeefe> Bills - We have two hearings on 9/22 21:36 < jokeefe> Looks like the GMO is covered and we can join the statement on that one from multiple groups 21:36 < jokeefe> The Video Gaming Tax Break I haven’t heard anyone talk about it 21:37 < jokeefe> Thoughts on it 21:37 < jokeefe> ? 21:37 < Kendra> Do you get a tax break for playing or purchasing video games? 21:37 < jokeefe> no comments yet on the bills 21:37 < jokeefe> making 21:37 < noe> LOL 21:38 < Kendra> Or making them here in Massachusetts? 21:38 < Kendra> Like teh film industry tax breaks 21:38 < jokeefe> yes, making in MA 21:38 < jokeefe> yes 21:38 < jokeefe> not like everyone in MA gets them for free, unfortunately 21:38 < noe> I think there was noise about this years ago. 21:39 < jokeefe> maybe, might be a moot issue, don’t know 21:39 < Kendra> Didn't some baseball player just waste a bunch of money in Conncticut doing something liek this? 21:39 < Bluestreak> RI but yeah 21:39 < Bluestreak> Kurt shilling 21:39 < Bluestreak> Hollywood already gets breaks. 21:40 < Bluestreak> They sell it to us as a jobs builder. 21:40 < Kendra> I think the film tax breaks are not a good financial deal and the states almost always lose money on the film making incentives, Michigan paidout more than they brought in 21:40 < noe> I know that smaller studios who do work for larger studios here would probably get a benefit, like Harmonix 21:40 < Bluestreak> I don’t want to give Sony tax breaks 21:40 < Kendra> Might be worth researching the outcomes 21:40 < Bluestreak> they have enough money 21:40 < jokeefe> RI lost $75 million backing 38 Studios with a loan 21:41 < Bluestreak> Bam. See? 21:41 < benC> industry tax breaks just shift jobs from one state to another 21:41 < Bluestreak> Sick of being played like this. 21:41 < jokeefe> Each MA job costs $108,000 21:41 < Kendra> They don't hire localy people as promised either, it's seems like an elaborate scam 21:42 < jokeefe> Chris R said he would write a statement for us since he is a game developer 21:42 < jokeefe> other opinions? 21:43 < noe> I don't think we have enough development going on locally to support it. are we trying to lure other companies in? 21:44 < jokeefe> that seems to be the idea, or encourage startups to come here 21:44 < Bluestreak> I would support it for smaller developers, female developers, PoC develpers 21:44 < Bluestreak> The big boys don’t need help. 21:46 < Kendra> We need more info. It seems like a unstable industry. 21:46 < jokeefe> Personally I don’t like tax breaks. If the government wants to subsidize something, then it should be paid for explicitly 21:47 < jokeefe> What info do you want, Kendra? 21:47 < srevilak> jokeefe: I agree (re: tax breaks) 21:47 < Kendra> I am curious if these tax breaks have resulted in any measurable benefit to the people who pay for them. 21:48 < Kendra> So far 21:48 < jokeefe> The cost per job for the hollywood tax break is $108,000 21:49 < jokeefe> I very much doubt that someone working on the average job made that much in salary and benefits 21:49 < srevilak> jokeefe: grips, best boys, etc make much less than that 21:49 < jokeefe> It is a net loss and a subsidy to Hollywood 21:49 < jokeefe> tis true 21:50 < Kendra> That was the next question, even the person sweeping the set and emptying the garbage, and what about union employees such as SAG and AFTRA, etc, are thier wages under cut? 21:50 < jokeefe> Don’t have that info 21:50 < jokeefe> Baker had a study done 21:50 < jokeefe> can find it 21:51 < Kendra> That was all I was wondering 21:51 < jokeefe> If there is some doubt we can do some research and revisit next meeting 21:51 < noe> i think that's a good idea 21:52 < Kendra> It's interesting to watch the tax break incentives for lotteries, casinos and now this stuff emerge 21:52 < jokeefe> ok, so defered 21:52 < noe> the more you spend, the more you save? 21:52 < jokeefe> Media - noe any update on the media list? 21:53 < jokeefe> We planned to send a PR out either by 9/22 or before Freedom rally 21:54 < noe> Fish had to stop due to their own scheduling issues. 21:54 < noe> Should I ask them for where they were at before they stopped and get it done? 21:55 < noe> I think its the easiest thing at this point. I will try to get their work off of them this week. 21:55 < jokeefe> thanks 21:55 < jokeefe> please do 21:55 < noe> all right! 21:57 < jokeefe> Anyone have an update on the remaining task? 21:57 < jokeefe> tasks 21:57 < Bluestreak> Quick question: 21:58 < jokeefe> yes? 21:58 < Bluestreak> Joe G would like to read the video game bill… link? 21:58 < Kendra> Sadly no other update, long week 21:58 < jokeefe> both bills are at https://masspirates.org/blog/2015/09/12/state-house-bills-whats-your-opinion/ 21:59 < Bluestreak> ty 21:59 < jokeefe> under the ones to oppose 21:59 < noe> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H2487 21:59 < jokeefe> anything else anyone wants to bring up? 22:00 < noe> That's the video game bill link. 22:00 < noe> happy to be back from travelling! 22:00 < jokeefe> also H.2606 22:00 < noe> excited to see people again soon. :) 22:00 < noe> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H2606 22:02 < noe> move to adjourn since we're at time. 22:02 < noe> ? 22:02 < srevilak> motion to adjourn 22:03 < Kendra> 2nd 22:03 < noe> all in favor? 22:03 < srevilak> aye 22:03 < benC> aye 22:03 < noe> aye