[hackerspaces] efficient bench usage - what is the proper term for the "clean slide" option?

Lee von Kraus leevonk at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 22:36:22 CEST 2012

the term I would use to describe what you're talking about would be
"multipurpose", as in a multipurpose room, or a multipurpose desk, etc.

Maybe the phrase you were thinking of is "clean slate", but in english
clean slate usually refers to starting something with no pre-existing
conditions, so it would sound weird if you use it in the context you're
referring to.

On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM, Frantisek Apfelbeck <algoldor at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Hi to all,
> Question.
> What is the name of concept when you try to have some place as ready as
> possible for as many activities as possible with minimal amount of changes
> which would have to be done in between these activities? An example: a
> bench in hackerspace has to serve to a group which wants to work with
> electronics and solder, at other time to program, later on do sewing etc.
> The best option would be probably to have the bench completely clean with
> additional label "be excellent asshole and clean your shit after yourself,
> thank you!" but I do not know how to call it in "English". "Clean slide?"
> Another example is to use a futon to sleep in the room making your bed
> every day in the evening, cleaning in the morning and using the room for
> other purposes during the day.
> The reason why I'm asking is that I've got a position of a
> coordinator/advisor in a brewing laboratory so I'm making a list of
> proposals for improvements. Having a clean benches all the time with
> detergent and cleaning sponge by the sink is one of the important topics on
> the list and it is a general practice in most of the good labs but I'm
> missing the "terminus technicus." I do believe that this "clean slide
> option" is the most time efficient one in environments where many different
> activities are carried out - like hackerspaces.
> I could try to put more effort in finding the proper term but I have found
> the hard way that it is better to ask for words/terms like these the native
> speakers/specialist.
> Many thanks for any suggestions or links discussing these topics/styles of
> organization.
> Sincerely,
> Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck
> biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker
> http://www.frantisekapfelbeck.org
> "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Ghandi
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