[hackerspaces] Super Awesome Sylvia needs your support!

Ryan Rix ry at n.rix.si
Thu Sep 6 23:28:27 CEST 2012

I just read this thread for the first time (I check hs-discuss every morning 
or so, after all) and find your rant to be a little off-putting, Matt. I'm 
sure I'm not the only one here who's too busy making a hackerspace happen to 
have a constant finger on this mailing list.


On Wed 5 September 2012 22:05:09 Matt Joyce wrote:
> For the record, I sent this out to two lists today.  It's been about
> 12 hours.   Both lists have hundreds to thousands of technology
> professionals on it.  So far, 4 of you folks have actually donated
> anything.
> I mean it's totally a case of charity and you aren't obligated to
> donate money.  Certainly there are better things to invest your coin
> in.  I recommend the International Red Cross.  But for the amount of
> crap that's been posted to this list over the past two years about
> this community not being open to 'women in technology' I find it
> absolutely staggering that there isn't a massive amount of people
> throwing even a little money into an effort to help a girl out that
> has been exemplary in her participation in our extended community.  A
> young woman who really has done more than most if not all of you to
> reach out to the next generation and offer a welcoming helping hand
> into this community.  A hand that is not biased in any way.
> 9 days left.  Only about 100 USD was donated today by about 4 people.
> verify here : http://www.indiegogo.com/SuperAwesomeNY2012?c=pledges
> You probably will give more to homeless people this year who want
> nothing more than to get strung out on H than you will to this kid.
> More to the point she's actually willing to give you something for
> your money aside from a youtube show she works very hard on and posts
> basically for free.
> I've always had the utmost respect for the people on this list.  Even
> when I've disagreed with folks.  But that's because I've always
> thought that the people on this list backed up their goals, and their
> beliefs with real leadership.  With actions that show people why
> things can be better.  Here you have a chance to help another member
> of this community make a change that many of you have been very vocal
> about.  Why aren't you putting your money where your mouthes are?
> I looked at the donation list today expecting to see some noticeable
> good being done by this community.  Instead I found a handful of good
> people, and a whole lot of unwelcoming silence.  It's pretty damned
> depressing.
> -Matt
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM, Matt Joyce <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:
> > For those of you not familiar with super awesome sylvia...
> > 
> > check out :  http://sylviashow.com/
> > 
> > This kid is pretty much one of the more awesome contributors to Maker
> > related stuff.  She was at Maker Faire in bay area this past year, and
> > she's an all around awesome maker.  She's recently setup an indiegogo
> > support page to help fund her visiting maker faire in NYC and a few
> > other events.
> > 
> > Here campaign ends in 10 days and she's only at like 1500 of 5000 goal in
> > USD.
> > 
> > I figured I'd forward to the list.  I've already donated.  I hope you
> > folks will as well.
> > 
> > Also, forward info on to other lists.  Let your hackerspace know.  Let
> > your local burner community know.  Call your mother, she worries.
> > 
> > Anyways.  Check out the indiegogo campaign here:
> > 
> > http://www.indiegogo.com/SuperAwesomeNY2012?c=home
> > 
> > If we can't take care of people in our community what's the freaking
> > point of hackerspaces at all.
> > 
> > -Matt
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Ryan Rix

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