Upwards, Onwards, Always

July 31st, 2013 by

A general update:

There’s been a lot afoot here in KC. I don’t remember exactly where we were when
I last updated, but I’ll just go from where I think it makes sense. About a week
ago, we had all the phase one infrastructure built and powered on. Started to
notice a problem with the rocket+dish rig that goes from posada to the link. At
first we thought it was related to thermals — tried removing some RF shielding
that we thought might have been the issues, but periodic power cycling
continued. Last Friday, Rashonda, James, Tyrone, Clint and myself reran all
non-uv rated ethernet cables at Posada with Carrier Grade cable. Power cycling
went away. :-) Probably wasn’t getting the voltage that it needed over a
degraded 120m run.

Last Thursday, had the first of what I hope will be many, many KC Freenet
governance meetings. In attendance were 2 people each from Reconciliation
Services, MMF, FNF, and Connecting for Good. I thought the meeting went
swimmingly, and the coalition really seems to be coming together, starting to
lean on each other, etc… Can’t wait to see what the next meetings bring.

Following the gov meeting, I talked with Michael and Rick about moving on an
engineering study for the school district. They had been contemplating using
some of the funds to bring in expert help, and I suggested Pau and Roger from
guifi.net. Michael and Rick approved, and I had a 30-minute chat with Pau and
Roger this morning. If all goes according to plan, they will be here in a few
weeks time. :-) :-) :-)

Personally, I found new lodging, renting a room in a friend of a friend’s house.
I like the neighborhood, and the price is right, and I’m glad to have something
figured out, so that I can stop worrying about it :-) It really is nice to have
a room of one’s own (though I can already see how a home of one’s own would be a
world apart).

On Sunday, I had an excellent call with Jefferson Hack, who is the Director of
the Dazed Group, and alternative media conglomerate out of London. Jefferson saw
the interview that ran in Dazed and Confused’s May Issue (it’s their flagship
magazine), and wanted to speak. He offered to aide the cause in any way that I
can, and judging by who he is and what he brings to the table, that’s no small
offer. It will take some time to flesh out how we can best work together, but I
have confidence that he will be a major asset to the movement.

Not %100 sure yet, but travel funding for the International Summit is looking
pretty good. They said they’re going to start notifying folks in the next couple
of weeks, so I’ll know soon.

Anita is planning a press conference for the 27th to unveil the Vine Street
Network, and I’m thinking that we’re going to be in a really good place by then.

Lots of hurdles cleared. Now that the storage array is back to full capacity,
I’m feeling much better about where we’re at. Need to rebuild mail (oldest item
in my todo). Other than that, I think it’s high time that I spend a few days
calling supporters, asking if they will help us meet our overhead. Lots of
monthly contributors have trailed off over the last six months, and we haven’t
done nearly a good enough job bugging them to stay current. Our monthly cashflow
is seriously negative at this point, so I think this is a high priority.
Donations are finally working, integrated with civi. Go time on the drive.

I’m sure there are things that I’m missing (that’s why I should update more
frequently). Need to get up to speed with Anita on Low Power FM stuff. Need to
start thinking about Lincoln Prep build. Will probably transition to routed
network when Pau and Roger are here.

As I said,
onwards, upwards, always,


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