May 27th, 2020 IRC Meeting

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Goals for Q3 2020:

  • Organize meetups
  • Organize Fundraiser
  • Organize candidate trainings
  • Revise platform

Computer donations

Video Newsletter/Podcast

Leader: Joseph

  • Next pirate news recording scheduled for Sunday, 7pm unless changed

Regional Meetings/Events

All meetings on hold due to Covid-19.

Leader: jokeefe

  • Boston (jokeefe)
  • Worcester (Malt)
  • Lowell (Joe)
  • Boston Pride Festival (emailed them that we transferred our table to 2021)
    • table booked
    • setup signup sheet
    • Announce
    • Need to purchase insurance
    • Need volunteer sign up form
    • Tie to an activity, mapping the CCTV cameras in Boston or along the Pride parade route?


No clue where things are now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Right to Repair

  • out of committee
  • next email will urge supporters to call their state senator/rep. and urge them to support it
  • see if people willing to setup meeting with reps.

Facial Recognition and other bills still in committee.

Platform Discussion

Moved to 2020 Platform Discussion

Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)

Tabled Projects

National Party

Boston Sex Worker Petition

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

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Summer 2020, ?, Boston Meetup
  • Summer 2020, ?, Worcester Meetup
  • Summer 2020, ?, Springfield Meetup
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Culture House, Harvard Square
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNe Tech Meeting, Encuentro 5, Boston
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Democracy Center, Cambridge
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
  • 5/?, 2pm-4pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, on-line


  • jokeefe
  • srevilak
  • malt


  • davidd
  • ChanServ
  • hvxgr
  • Deffy
  • mikey
  • MikaelaSuomalainen


Computer donations. Have at least four so far.

Next pirate news recording: Sunday 7pm.

jokeefe participated in a cryptoparty over jitsi. Went well; good conversation.


21:04 <@jokeefe> Agenda:,_2020_IRC_Meeting
21:04 <@jokeefe> ids
21:04 < malt> sam capradae, worcester
21:04 <@jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville
21:04 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington
21:05 <@jokeefe> anything to add?
21:05 < malt> nyet
21:07 <@jokeefe> Put posts up on the Pirate News recording, RCV ballot
       measure and the PATRIOT Act renewal
21:07 < srevilak> thx!
21:07 <@jokeefe> EARN IT Act post gotes up tomorrow.
21:08 <@jokeefe> Computer donations
21:08 <@jokeefe> How old will we take?
21:09 < srevilak> I suspect single-core CPUs are tool
21:09 < srevilak> I suspect single-core CPUs are too old
21:09 < srevilak> how old ya' got?
21:09 <@jokeefe> not me. someone on twitter had an i286
21:10 < malt> lmao, museums are getting desperate huh?
21:10 < srevilak> that's for a computer history buff
21:10 <@jokeefe> Computer museum closed decades ago
21:10 < srevilak> run viscalc 1.0 on that
21:10 <@jokeefe> I still have my 8088
21:10 < malt> use it instead of the graphing calculators they just
21:10 < srevilak> At any rate, Joe picked up two from me, and two more
       on the way over to my place
21:10 <@jokeefe> I expect it will still boot up
21:11 <@jokeefe> oh great! so four in all?
21:11 < srevilak> yes, at least four
21:11 <@jokeefe> Dual-core CPUs is the minimum, then
21:12 < srevilak> Dual core would be ~ 12 years old
21:12 < malt> hey what no
21:12 < malt> they're
21:12 < malt> recent
21:12 < malt> oh god
21:12 < srevilak> Sorry 11
21:12 < malt> don't scare me like that
21:12 < srevilak> My 2009 thinkpad has a dual core celeron
21:13 <@jokeefe> I had said 10 years old. so close enough.
21:13 < srevilak> (or is it a 2008 thinkpad)
21:15 <@jokeefe> Video Newsletter/Podcast
21:15 <@jokeefe> Sunday 7pm still good?
21:15 < srevilak> Works for me
21:16 < malt> i think so, but my ability to predict the future is
       suffering somewhat
21:16 <@jokeefe> No worries. Hope you can make it
21:17 < malt> me too!
21:19 <@jokeefe> had a short cryptoparty today about
21:20 < srevilak> how'd that go?
21:20 <@jokeefe> ok. good conversations.
21:22 < srevilak> what kind of IRC client has a 276 second timeout?
21:22 < malt> seriously
21:23 < malt> the webchat interface
21:23 < srevilak> Three minutes, 36 seconds
21:23 < malt> i;ve been having a lot of fun using jitsi for ttrpg meetups
21:23 <@jokeefe> going well then?
21:25 < malt> yeah, we had one weekend where the lags were too
       significant, but aside from that no complaints
21:26 <@jokeefe> great
21:27 <@jokeefe> Suggestions for what to post about next week?
21:28 < srevilak>  On blog?  I still have a "tried to join facebook"
       saga that I've been meaning to post
21:28 <@jokeefe> that would be great
21:30 <@jokeefe> Working on a UBI post
21:31 < malt> how to setup google alerts for our names or email addresses
21:31 < malt> to check for potential doxxings
21:31 < malt> i did that today, my something awful articles have been
       attracting attention
21:32 <@jokeefe> Is there a lot of false positives?
21:32 < malt> none yet, it just went up
21:32 <@jokeefe> don’t forget to sign up for
21:32 < malt> oh i'm already there
21:33 <@jokeefe> perfect
21:33 < malt> just last week, someone tried hijacking a non-existant
       outlook account with something from one of those leaks
21:33 <@jokeefe> have you heard of any local doxxings?
21:34 < srevilak> no, you?
21:34 <@jokeefe> none yet
21:35 <@jokeefe> any how, that is all I have
21:36 < malt> there's been some folks from super happy fun america
       losing jobs
21:36 < malt> eyes on the right i think is boston based
21:36 < malt> turtleboy used to dox local lefties in the rave scene
21:37 < srevilak> Ah, Super Happy Fun America.  Sigh
21:38 < srevilak> If you're a nazi and you're fired it's your fault
21:38 < srevilak> If you're a nazi and you're fired it's your fault
21:38 < srevilak> You were spotted in the mob
21:38 < srevilak> Now you lost your fucking job
21:38 < srevilak> If you're a nazi and you're fired it's your fault
21:38 < malt> lmao
21:38 < malt> perfect
21:38 < srevilak> I love that one
21:38 < malt> i was trying to think of a fired/tired rhyme
21:38 <@jokeefe> lol
21:39 < srevilak> Sorry that your ass was fired
21:39 < malt> im not
21:39 < srevilak> have fun now that you're retired
21:39 < srevilak> If you're a nazi and you're fired it's your fault
21:41 < malt> a WN posted a flyer in worcester but i don't think there's
       been anything since then
21:42 < srevilak> I'm gonna fight the nazis every single day
21:42 < malt> hey, i don't have the resources to organize this rn,
       but i thought of an event we could work towards
21:42 <@jokeefe> aye
21:42 < srevilak> bust them in the gonads make them go away
21:42 < malt> a virtual lobby day, where we have musicians performing
       in a private stream
21:42 < malt> to encourage folks to call and write legislators about
21:42 <@jokeefe> sounds great
21:42 < malt> political comedians too maybe
21:43 < malt> well okay, that's all from me, this week has been a
       nightmare and i'm behind deadline
21:43 < malt> baby is excellent, family is well, hope y'all are having
       a similar go of it
21:44 <@jokeefe> let’s plan it next week
21:44 <@jokeefe> glad to hear that.
21:44 <@jokeefe> we are ok
21:44 <@jokeefe> shall we adjourn then?
21:44 < malt> i'm set if y'all are
21:45 < srevilak> One question for malt
21:45 < malt> yeeeee
21:45 < srevilak> Once the health emergency is over
21:45 < srevilak> was thinking about taking the train to Worcester
21:45 < srevilak> taking the bike
21:45 < srevilak> and riding around for the day
21:45 < malt> i live right by a gorgeous lake
21:45 < srevilak> How's bike riding in Worcester?
21:46 < malt> bostonish
21:46 < srevilak> cool, that's totally do-abe
21:46 < malt> there's trails and the like scattered through the city,
       those are fun
21:46 < srevilak> cool, that's totally do-able
21:46 < malt> but the drivers aren't the most respectful
21:46 < malt> and the dedicated infrastructure is eeehhhhhhh
21:46 < malt> lacking
21:46 < srevilak> Massholes, sigh
21:46 < malt> yeah :-/
21:47 < malt> i know plenty of bikers and the Earn A Bike organization
       is run by a dear friend
21:47 < malt> basically i'd say find some green areas you'd like to
       visit and plot a path between them
21:47 <@jokeefe> We need more raised bike lanes and bike paths
21:47 < malt> the east-west trail is fun though
21:48 < malt> i'd love to see some of those hill assist climb setups
       they've got in nordic countries
21:48 < malt> worcester is built on HILLS
21:48 < malt> and i am LAZY
21:48 < srevilak> Okay, bring bike with gears.  Check
21:49 <@jokeefe> looks like uber is destroying all of the electric bikes
       it owns
21:49 < malt> fuck them
21:49 < malt> not even going to resell them? JFC
21:49 < srevilak> Yeah, that's a waste
21:49 < malt> the electric bike/scooter scam is disgusting
21:50 < srevilak> Wonder if limebike did the same thing
21:50 <@jokeefe>
21:50 < malt> the best part are the worcester kids who figured out how
       to break the system and are now using those bright yellow bikes to do
       Hella Wheelies
21:50 < srevilak> :)
21:50 < malt> always give those kids a wave when i see em
21:50 < srevilak> motion to adjourn?
21:50 < malt> but yeah getting caught in the middle is, freaky
21:50 < malt> 2nd
21:50 <@jokeefe> aye
21:50 < srevilak> will post transcript