Read Straws in the wind… which future of work are we heading for? - RSA (
Our latest report portrays four alternate futures of work. What clues do current trends give us for the future that awaits us?

I like speculative future scenario planning, as a way of outlining possible alternatives and encouraging agency towards which one we actual want. Peter Frase’s Four Futures is a great book on this, from a general socio-economic view. So I like the idea of doing this from a technological perspective. Cooperatives and mutuals appear in the “Exodus Economy” future, in response to an economic slowdown. (I wouldn’t want the assumption to be that this is the only way they will appear, but I guess that’s not the intention of the authors.)

It was a big ol’ march. The first protest I went to was the Stop the War march in 2003 and it was similarly large. That one, all the ones in between, and probably this one, have been pretty much completely ignored. I think it is true that only direct action brings meaningful change. But movement building is helpful. (Also.. my preference would be to revoke article 50.)

Listened After the Crisis: Socialist Economics for Corbynism
James Butler is joined by James Meadway, former advisor to John McDonnell, to discuss the economics of Corbynism: the roots and aftermath of the 2008 crash, the new policy horizons of the Labour left, and a socialist economics for the 21st century.

Good discussion about some ideas for a socialist economics for the 21st century.   Lots of stuff in there, including some positive mentions of decentralised manufacturing and energy, and cooperatives.

On a train, in a branch, adding tests to legacy code and refactoring. Aw yeah. Love it when a test goes green.

Forget this debate about whether it is overall more productive or not – for me personally, I just don’t enjoy coding if I’m not driving it with tests.

My online social experience is mostly through the indieweb. For following people and blogs, I use Aperture, a Microsub server, to subscribe to various social feeds. And then I read and interact with those feeds in various clients – e.g. Indigenous on Android, and Monocle on the web.

Although I don’t use Twitter anymore, lots of people I find interesting still do. So I want a way of following their posts from within my Indieweb readers.

I use to follow Twitter people in my indieweb reader. What it does is convert a Twitter feed into a feed in a format that I can subscribe to via Microsub.

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For future peoples possibly encountering this same error:

"stream_socket_client(): SSL operation failed with code 1. OpenSSL Error messages: error:14094410:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:sslv3 alert handshake failure stream_socket_client(): Failed to enable crypto stream_socket_client(): unable to connect to ssl:// (Unknown error)

I was getting this on a server that was running PHP 7.1.  Upgrading to 7.3 resolved it.

(I also enabled SSL on the site that the call was being made from – a test site so it didn’t previously have any SSL – but I don’t think that made any difference.)

I’m going through the ‘Build A Laravel App With TDD’ series on Laracasts. I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s fun to code along in little step-by-step videos like this. It’s somewhere between reading a tutorial, doing a kata, and pair programming. Picking up lots of little tips about the framework, and tweaking my tools setup to keep up with the video with as little pausing as possible.