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Give the Rooms Names #1294

DoESsean opened this issue Oct 24, 2019 · 2 comments


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@DoESsean DoESsean commented Oct 24, 2019

So that we can finally get all the signage up, we need to nail down what we are calling all the rooms.

Dinky and Room 29 are boxed off, but that leaves the laser and CNC rooms still waiting for titles (possibly the nook too, if we're bothered).

Answers on a postcard please.


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@chris-does chris-does commented Oct 25, 2019

@DoESsean Since I started visiting DoES, I have always wondered about the origin of the names for both Dinky and Room 29. Given the great general atmosphere of DoES, I presume there must be a story behind their selection.

Room 29 continues to evade me - I’d be interested to hear how that was arrived at.

Before I proceed, I should say, I appreciate that this naming system may seem a little niche at first. However, I would add, I have (through pure darn luck I’m sure!) worked in many buildings, in many places around the world. During my travels, I have encountered rooms named after: trees, mountain ranges, “famous” people relevant to the organisation’s activities, people who have made notable achievements whilst part of the organisation, other buildings, geographic regions, objects, shapes etc. etc.
The one thing they all had in common was that the people who used them did so with complete indifference to the differentiation between e.g. “oak” and “pine”, that exists in the domain of knowledge from which they actually originate
And so, I think that preamble gives me sufficient scope to share the following:

From the instant I saw the name Dinky, I immediately assumed it was named after the famous ghost from Pac-Man.
I freely admit this may say more about me than it does about the true rationale behind the selection of the name.

With that said, once the initial thought had popped in my head, I couldn’t help but imagine all the other areas of DoES being named after famous Pac-Man ghosts:

  • Inky (Blue/Cyan), a good match in my opinion for the area with the sublimination, label and other printers. Perhaps more “ink”/“dye”/“printing” related tools and resources could be homed here too (space permitting).
  • Clyde (Orange), as the first letter is “C”, I thought this might be a good fit for the room with the CNC Mill and Router.
  • Blinky (Red), I think a lot of people (maybe not Makers per se! :-) first picture a “red, blinking light” if they hear the word “laser”, and so I wondered about this for the room with the laser cutters.
  • Sue (Purple), I am the first to admit my hideously limited knowledge of textiles, fabrics and related disciplines. However, I believe that sewing is a pretty important aspect, and I have at least seen some sewing machines in DoES. Again, this is another “the first letter is shared with something related to the room/area” based suggestion, so “S” for sewing is my justification here.
  • Glitchy (Constantly changing colour), I feel this has a natural affinity with the electronics bench. Not just because of the term “glitch” being part of electronics and computing parlance, but also because of the physical appearance of changing colours.
  • Dinky (Grey), already assigned to Dinky I know - but I’m trying to work the layout of DoES in my head as I write this, so as to try not to miss anything. Also, gives me a chance to mention the colour (only for those who don’t already know of course! ;-).
  • Pinky (Pink), yet another “first letter is related to” rationale, but here goes: the room next to Dinky seems to be project specific, so I thought the dedicated “P”roject room was a reasonable match up.
  • Miru (Green), what better fit for the nook - where people come together, hold conversations and build partnerships - than one of the very few ghosts who actually help (and become good friends with) Pac-Man :-).

As many of you may know, there are a lot more ghosts . . . The suggestions above are just an initial set to get the conversation started.

One thing to note - a big factor in selecting these particular ghosts is that they are all different colours which I thought could be used to help identify not just the areas themselves, but also the “home” for supplies, tools and equipment etc. e.g. the measuring rule from “Blinky” (the room with the laser cutters) has a “red” identifying mark. That way if someone comes across it somewhere other than the “red” area they can help it on its way back home, keeping DoES tidy and making sure the next person who wants to use the tool finds it where it ought to be.
Furthermore, during future audit/inventory activities etc. a “zoning” system like this can help more readily identify and document additional/missing/erroneous items.
Lastly, for a newcomer to DoES (or anyone) who may not know off the top of their head where a particular item, tool, consumable etc. is located a zoning system can help here too (though I’m looking at some BLE & RFID scenarios which may offer a more comprehensive solution to this particular aspect).

I would really like to receive feedback on the above - and, of course, discuss your favourite Pac-Man ghost(s) with you! ;-)

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