Had a great time at the Algorave at the Museum of Brands in Ladbroke Grove tonight.

I saw Digital Selves (with visuals from Rumblesan), Vou (+Rumblesan) and Miri Kat (with visuals from hellocatfood).  They all smashed it.

Digital Selves
Miri Kat / hellocatfood

The Museum of Brands also had a display of old radios.  Check out this beauty:

Solid State, aw yeah.  We had a radio that looked like this when I was growing up (although I think it must have been newer than this one.)

Wow, Jennie Lee and Nye Bevan – now that’s a relationship with a pretty epic dynasty. (Drivers behind the Open University and the National Health Service respectively).

A current Labour policy is for the creation of a National Education Service, seeing education as a lifelong right rather than a commodity you pay for. Issues with ‘national’ / ‘state’ anything aside, putting an emphasis on socialised education again is great.


IndieWeb is more and more starting to feel like a genuine social network for me.  It’s happening slowly, but I’m building up a list of people that I follow in my reader, and I get the odd interaction back here and there.  And it’s not all just inside chat about IndieWeb plumbing.  Good stuff!

(Not saying it wasn’t already a social network for other people – this is just my own experience.  If I’d been blogging to my own site for 20 years, or joined micro.blog, I’m sure I’d be there already!)



Fixing stuff in the park today with Hackney Fixers.

Maybe 50 or more people came over the course of 3 hours and we try to fix their broken devices with them.  Always a lovely community event.

A mini yak-shave to be able to sensibly eval scheme in spacemacs.  For `C-x C-e` to eval the last sexp sensibly, you need to be after the last paren.  By default in evil mode, navigation to the end of the line ends you up *on* the last paren, not after it.


(setq evil-move-cursor-back nil)

will navigate you to after the last paren.

See: github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/issues/646


Two different sides of the same organisation…

On the one hand:

“How AI is helping make the world greener” <– article sponsored by Microsoft

How AI is helping make the world greener

Microsoft is supporting organisations using innovative technologies to solve the world’s biggest challenges, empowering them to create a more sustainable planet through AI

On the other:

“How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech Are Automating the Climate Crisis”


Microsoft Azure has sold machine vision software to Shell, and is powering its all-out “machine learning push.” It has helped BP build an AI tool to help determine how much oil in a given reserve is recoverable. And Microsoft’s data services are helping XTO, a subsidiary of Exxon, “to gain new insights into well operations and future drilling possibilities.”


Thinking about privacy, and what we choose to reveal and not reveal on online, following the session in Utrecht.  It made me remember ‘gevulot’ from the book The Quantum Thief.

Gevulot is a form of privacy practised in the Oubliette. It involved complex cryptography and the exchange of public and private keys, to ensure that individuals only shared that information or sensory data that they wished to. Gevulot was disabled in agoras.

Gevulot comes from Hebrew meaning “boundary”.


I like the idea of thinking about IndieWeb from an environmental sustainability perspective. There was a session at IWC Berlin about green hosting. We could additionally think about ways in which we can support older hardware for longer, better than the big silos. Low resource requirements, long-term browser support, etc. Not saying that all sites should do so, but with IndieWeb an individual will have the option to.
Whew – on the train back to London now after the overnight ferry.

The ferry was a fun experience, but I think I’d probably go with Eurostar next time. Aside from it just being good fun, my rationale with the ferry was that going overnight I’d get more time each day and save on accommodation, but in reality you spend so much time getting to/from the ferry terminal, and you get woken up so early on the ferry anyway you could just as easily get a really early train and it’d work out roughly the same.

Day 2 of IWC Utrecht was hack day. Some great stuff – an indieweb search engine, an OPML to Microsub importer, a look at Yarns, lots of geo data stuff, actual blog post writing and book reading tracking.

I installed Matthias’ WordPress ActivityPub plugin and initial tests suggest that it works great – to the extent that I think I’m going to set it up on my main site when I get chance.

I’ll write some full blog posts about Utrecht and my hack day project when I get some downtime.