August 3rd, 2015 IRC Meeting

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Event Planning

  1. Aug 9th 2pm. Black lives matter demonstration, Harvard Square.
  2. Aug 26, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, Parts & Crafts
  3. Other August Event? - Cryptoparty in Worcester or Hackathon (either for Surveillance mapping or MAAPL)
  4. Sep. 19 & 20, Freedom Rally - Sign up form - have asked for volunteers in email as well, need blog post by July/Aug
  5. Sep. 22, 1pm, Public Hearing on Massachusetts GMO labeling bill (H.3242), Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House
  6. Oct. 13 (probably), Cory Doctorow Event - Working with other groups
  7. Nov. event?
  8. Dec. event?

Restarting in September: Every Thu., Digital Fourth meeting, 11:20am-1:30pm, Voltage Cafe, Third Street, Cambridge


  • jokeefe: James O'Keefe, Somerville
  • srevilak, Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA
  • noe, Noelani Kamelamela, Somerville
  • kendra, Kendra Moyer, East Boston
  • Bluestreak, Lucia Fiero


  • Pharyngeal
  • zby
  • davidd


Discussed picnic. Nice event. About 20 people came.

Plan to start publishing a quarterly newsletter this fall. For now, goal is to have articles written by September 1st, with the goal of publishing near the end of September. Perhaps half-page zine style.


[9:02pm] jokeefe: Agenda -,_2015_IRC_Meeting
[9:02pm] jokeefe: ids - James O'Keefe, Somerville
[9:03pm] noe: Noelani Kamelamela, Somerville
[9:03pm] srevilak: Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA
[9:04pm] jokeefe: I think we are reaching the point of peak top level domain registries - you can now get .FORSALE, .SALE, and .MARKET domains
[9:04pm] Bluestreak: Lucia Fiero
[9:04pm] srevilak: And .horse too.
[9:04pm] Bluestreak: LOL
[9:05pm] jokeefe: is .putʲɪn next?
[9:05pm] Bluestreak: Still laughing
[9:05pm] jokeefe: oh my
[9:05pm] jokeefe: Reviews
[9:06pm] jokeefe: Pirate Picnic - I counted 20 people.  Good turn out.
[9:06pm] jokeefe: We didn’t grill, but everyone had fun and kept the seagulls at bay.
[9:07pm] Bluestreak: Grilling is overrated
[9:07pm] jokeefe: There was a  Community Church of Boston event not far away
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Yes it is
[9:07pm] Bluestreak: Oh that’s how you saw Joan?
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Still had to lug the charcoal in case
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Yes, on the boat.
[9:08pm] noe: It was nice to meet Megan, thanks for letting her know, Lucia.
[9:08pm] Bluestreak: Go Joan!
[9:08pm] Bluestreak: I knew she would like you Noe
[9:08pm] jokeefe: We discussed media strategy and may have someone (who I won’t name for privacy issues), who might be willing to help with marketing
[9:08pm] Bluestreak: She is very interested in the MPP
[9:09pm] Bluestreak: She will prolly help at FR
[9:11pm] jokeefe: srevilak posted his notes to the list.
[9:12pm] jokeefe: noe, anything you want to add?
[9:12pm] Bluestreak: Thanks srevilak, Jason and I appreciated your notes
[9:13pm] Kendra joined the chat room.
[9:13pm] noe: I couldn't tell if the people near us (not Joe, but the people near the tree) were with us or not?  I think they were hanging out together and happened to come.
[9:14pm] Kendra: Anyone notice the body camera on the one guy with the Democracy NOw t-shirt?
[9:14pm] jokeefe: ahoy Kendra
[9:14pm] srevilak: noe: they were with Zak.  Ben and I talked to them for a while.
[9:15pm] Kendra: Kendra Moyer, East Boston
[9:15pm] srevilak: Kendra: missed that
[9:15pm] Kendra: I noticed it on the dock and thought he would ask someone for an interview or something
[9:16pm] jokeefe: My understanding was the folks at the other table were not with us or Zak
[9:16pm] noe: Also, also.  I like that Georges Island is a little off the beaten path.  Highly recommend it for the picnic next year!
[9:16pm] noe: Kendra:  interesting.
[9:16pm] jokeefe: thanks, Kendra.
[9:16pm] srevilak: jokeefe: agreed.  Folks at other end of the table were there when we arrived
[9:17pm] Bluestreak: So
[9:17pm] Bluestreak: Blue?
[9:17pm] Bluestreak: Did she make it?
[9:17pm] srevilak: Bluestreak: no
[9:17pm] Bluestreak: huh
[9:18pm] jokeefe: Any other observations on the picnic.  Did the media tasks make sense?
[9:19pm] Kendra: I think a quarterly newsletter trifold is a good idea and agreed to help spearhead something like that for the fall quarter
[9:19pm] Kendra: We can look back and forward at the same time
[9:20pm] srevilak: I've added the new signups to civi
[9:20pm] jokeefe: thanks!
[9:20pm] jokeefe: So, fall news letter - when?
[9:21pm] srevilak: How about October?
[9:21pm] Bluestreak: To promote Cory
[9:21pm] Bluestreak: or to follow up?
[9:21pm] srevilak: Or Perhaps Nov. would be more appropriate.  2016 election kickoff
[9:21pm] Kendra: Fall offically starts the last week of Septembe, so that sounds about right
[9:21pm] Kendra: Maybe a little before that event
[9:22pm] jokeefe: If we want it for the Doctorow event, then it needs to be ready by Oct 1st.
[9:22pm] Kendra: Either way, I will start putting a template together in InDesign
[9:22pm] jokeefe: at least no later
[9:23pm] jokeefe: cool
[9:23pm] Bluestreak: Thanks
[9:24pm] jokeefe: So if Oct 1st availability, then articles in a month before - 1 September?
[9:24pm] jokeefe: No reason we cannot have an article about running for office in it
[9:25pm] jokeefe: or aim for a November date for availability?
[9:25pm] noe: Kendra:  you are awesome.  
[9:26pm] Kendra: We might need to do a Pirate Pad with suggestions for submissions.  I get some good ideas from Alex Matthews and Gred Housh's Linked in Posts for example
[9:26pm] srevilak: Sep writing, Oct availability sounds good
[9:26pm] Bluestreak:
[9:27pm] Kendra: There was a protest at Cambridge City Hall today (taxi drivers vs Uber)  I observed and some others coming up, we could also report on stuff like that
[9:27pm] jokeefe: Hadn’t seen that one
[9:27pm] jokeefe: Sounds good. Who can put up a post calling for submissions?
[9:28pm] Bluestreak: What is the
[9:28pm] Kendra: I have time tomorrow during the day if I draft something quickly tonight.  I need to get my log in credential updated for posting on the website
[9:28pm] Bluestreak: Pirate stance on the “sharing economy”?
[9:29pm] Bluestreak: If you write it Kendra, I can post it
[9:29pm] jokeefe: renting or gig economy seem more apt
[9:29pm] srevilak: A 1 sheet/two page publication isn't much.  Might want to come up with list of topics, and then figure out who writes them
[9:30pm] jokeefe: thanks to your both.  figure out a word count for them
[9:30pm] jokeefe: please figure out a word count for them
[9:30pm] srevilak: Personally, I vote for 1 sheet four-page zine, rather than trifold.  Trifold looks more like a brochure
[9:31pm] jokeefe: so 11 x 17, folded in half at the 8 1/2 mark?
[9:32pm] srevilak: No, 8.5 * 11, folded in half.  Zine style
[9:32pm] Bluestreak: 4 pages is plenty to start
[9:33pm] noe: I think we have a lot to say.    I think we can do 4 pages, probably a quarter of one of those pages would be boilerplate/contact info
[9:33pm] jokeefe: works for me
[9:33pm] noe: (title-date-typical filler)
[9:33pm] srevilak: noe: plus the boilerplate plea for contributions
[9:35pm] noe: srevilak:  yes!  we will definitely need more for the next couple.  are we assuming quarterly-ness?  January would be next issue?  submission in December?
[9:35pm] jokeefe: Yes
[9:35pm] jokeefe: Each should have a call for submissions and the next submission date
[9:35pm] jokeefe: newsletter@masspirates?
[9:36pm] Kendra: So we could look at a mid August submission deadline for a mid September publication, so some such schedule
[9:37pm] jokeefe: so two weeks to write articles this go round?  seems tight
[9:37pm] Kendra: There are protest to cover, elections stuff, bank shenanigans, legislation, police being all crazy, more surveillance, a lot of stuff, more than will fit once we get rolling.
[9:38pm] Kendra: If we do something on the freedom rally, cory doctorow, our general platform, etc and pull from things already posted on the site we might be able to do it.
[9:38pm] srevilak: Very exciting!
[9:38pm] Bluestreak: I have been too tired to write
[9:39pm] Kendra: but i suggest the mid month dates so that something is ready at the start of the month regardless. 
[9:39pm] srevilak: Bluestreak: I hope you're focusing on getting better!
[9:39pm] Bluestreak: I am
[9:39pm] noe: Bluestreak:  we have new people that we should be trying to get to write, too, so it should be okay.
[9:39pm] Bluestreak: Well, get to it!
[9:39pm] noe: Bluestreak:  it won't be as awesome as your writing, but its good to train newbies.
[9:40pm] Kendra: i miss writing and have been too busy and tired, but look forward doing something, there is a Black Lives Matter protest coming up on 8/8 I think
[9:40pm] jokeefe: no time like the present
[9:40pm] Bluestreak: If you can’t log on, email me, and I will post it for you.
[9:40pm] jokeefe: where is the event?  got a link?
[9:40pm] Kendra: Also, I meant to say Scribus (free software publishing) not In Design
[9:40pm] srevilak: Kendra: I was wondering about the in-design bit 
[9:41pm] jokeefe: ok, if you are comfortable with at mid August submissions date and mid September publication date, I am fine with that.
[9:41pm] jokeefe: Moving on
[9:41pm] jokeefe: TPP on the rocks?
[9:42pm] jokeefe: Apparently the talks didn’t go well
[9:42pm] Kendra: Street medics sent me this: It's an event in honor and celebration of Michael Brown. It will be starting at 2pm on August 9th Harvard Sq in Cambridge and ending in a cookout of some sort.
[9:42pm] jokeefe: the article I linked to contained the details.  they haven’t set a date for the next discussion
[9:42pm] noe: I sort of enjoy all of the grandstanding that's going on.  <--TPP
[9:43pm] jokeefe: happy to publicize it and encourage people to attend it, Kendra.  thanks
[9:43pm] noe: Kendra:  cookout!  sounds neat. 
[9:43pm] Kendra: I think the raising hell about TPP finally caught on
[9:43pm] Bluestreak: Can
[9:43pm] Bluestreak: derp nvm
[9:43pm] • srevilak is still nervous about TPP, as long as TPA remains in effect
[9:43pm] Bluestreak: wrong window
[9:44pm] jokeefe: This - List of trade traitors in House and Senate is helpful
[9:44pm] Bluestreak: E Warren has been speaking out
[9:44pm] Bluestreak: B Sanders
[9:44pm] Kendra: TPP: It's like toppling over a vending machine, you have to rock it back a forth a few times, and all of its offspring
[9:44pm] Bluestreak: Ppl like to listen to the names
[9:44pm] jokeefe: Few in New England
[9:45pm] jokeefe: Agreed, srevilak.  Even if TPP fails, there is still TTIP & TiSA
[9:45pm] jokeefe: Few trade traitors in New England
[9:45pm] jokeefe: that is
[9:46pm] Bluestreak: Trade traitors!
[9:47pm] Kendra: I see a headline
[9:47pm] jokeefe: CISA - Heard not a vote yet, but in a few weeks possibly -
[9:48pm] jokeefe:
[9:49pm] jokeefe: Also -
[9:50pm] jokeefe: Working on a blog post for it.  More of Mass. legislators are on the fence
[9:51pm] jokeefe: I updated the Freedom Rally post in a minor way (  who is posting it?
[9:52pm] Bluestreak: You can!
[9:53pm] Bluestreak:
[9:53pm] jokeefe: Thanks.  Trying to decentralize.
[9:53pm] Bluestreak: lol
[9:53pm] Bluestreak: I’ll give it a stab
[9:53pm] Bluestreak: tomorrow
[9:53pm] jokeefe: Thank you.
[9:54pm] jokeefe: Other August Event?
[9:54pm] Kendra: My birthday, 45 on August 28
[9:55pm] Kendra: Feeling old
[9:55pm] jokeefe: congratulations!
[9:55pm] Bluestreak: Please
[9:55pm] Bluestreak: 49
[9:55pm] jokeefe: srevilak, do we need another MAAPL hackathon?
[9:55pm] Kendra: thanks, better right?
[9:55pm] Bluestreak: lol
[9:56pm] srevilak: jokeefe: may not
[9:56pm] jokeefe: is fine.
[9:56pm] srevilak: From discussions on MAAPL list, we're going to try to salvage work from last hackaton
[9:56pm] srevilak: with a little API hacking from yours truly
[9:56pm] jokeefe: ok
[9:57pm] jokeefe: busy man
[9:57pm] Bluestreak: Calling
[9:57pm] Bluestreak: Call people
[9:57pm] Bluestreak: Gimme a script
[9:57pm] Kendra: I think it is good to stay engaged with their efforts.  I was going to also approach some of the real black Lives Matter people about a smallish crypto-party, I am cool with one of the insiders there
[9:57pm] Kendra: They need it
[9:57pm] jokeefe: thank you
[9:57pm] jokeefe: happy to bring it to them
[9:57pm] jokeefe: thinking August?
[9:58pm] Bluestreak: There is the BLM on the 9th
[9:58pm] jokeefe: or September?
[9:58pm] Bluestreak: we could endorse/support
[9:58pm] Bluestreak: the cookout thingy
[9:58pm] Kendra: i have the number of one of the leaders and Adia was teaching at SETC in conjunction with us, so she will vouch for us, but it is a matter of scheduling and I still do not have a phone, though that should change this week
[10:00pm] jokeefe: endorsing is good, but appearing is better
[10:00pm] Kendra: I will be at that one.
[10:00pm] Bluestreak: I have surgery on the 10th
[10:00pm] Bluestreak: minor
[10:00pm] Bluestreak: gonna rest on the 9th
[10:00pm] jokeefe: I have a family event unfortunately.
[10:00pm] jokeefe: anyone else?
[10:01pm] jokeefe: don’t think your surgery is minor, Bluestreak
[10:01pm] noe: I will see what my schedule is like, but I think I can make it for the beginning part on the 9th.
[10:01pm] Bluestreak: It is though
[10:01pm] srevilak: Should be able to make it on 9th
[10:01pm] Bluestreak: Send good juju
[10:01pm] jokeefe: thank Kendra & noe
[10:01pm] Bluestreak: Yes! Thanks
[10:02pm] Bluestreak: Michael Brown on Al Jazeera right now
[10:02pm] jokeefe: Kendra please send what details you have so we can get the word out about it at least.
[10:02pm] Bluestreak: social media it
[10:02pm] jokeefe: we are at time
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: move to adjourn
[10:03pm] jokeefe: but I don’t want to stop the discussion if there is more to say
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: lol
[10:03pm] noe: second
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: Im beat
[10:03pm] jokeefe: no doubt
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: but go on w/o me
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: !
[10:03pm] srevilak: 2nd move to adjourn
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: Nighty night!
[10:03pm] jokeefe: all in favor?
[10:03pm] Bluestreak: aye
[10:03pm] Kendra: aye
[10:03pm] Bluestreak left the chat room.
[10:03pm] jokeefe: aye
[10:03pm] srevilak: aye
[10:04pm] srevilak: will post notes
[10:04pm] Kendra: nite
[10:04pm] Kendra left the chat room. (Quit: Web client closed)
[10:04pm] jokeefe: thank you
[10:04pm] noe: nite, thankssrevilak
[10:04pm] noe left the chat room. (Quit: Web client closed)