Upstream, makers of great podcasts on alternative economies, need some new gear to make the podcast. Help them out if you can spare something: https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/upstream-needs-new-equipment-urgently
The pro-capitalism argument of ‘look at these things that it has achieved’ is based on the assumption that these things couldn’t have been achieved under any other system.
I used snap for the first time today, while setting up a demo nextcloud server. All dependencies in one bundle, it was incredibly simple. Has anyone else used it, is there a catch? (aside from the wasted disk space from not sharing dependencies) Pros/cons?
We did a radio show discussing the thoughts raised by our visit to The Glassroom and the idea of a data detox.
I’m quite tempted by fed.brid.gy (turning your indieweb site into a first class citizen of the fediverse, basically become your own instance), but I really like being part of the #socialcoop instance. I only really actively look at the local timeline (and passively I see a bunch of interesting stuff from elsewhere that gets boosted). Would be a shame to lose that.Also on:
Our team away afternoon at the start of November was a trip to The Glassroom, a ‘pop up tech store with a twist’. It was set up in a space in central London, by Mozilla and the Tactical Technology Collective, and upon entering it looks pretty similar to an Apple store. Cool white colours and ‘products’ on pedestals, even a Genius bar (though here named the Ingenius bar).
The topics of the exhibit were personal data, personal data security, and privacy. It’s purpose was to get us thinking about the kind of information that is stored about us online, who owns that data, and what they are doing with it.
We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.
— Eric Schmidt, when he was CEO of Google
Going to start doing the 8 Day Data Detox (https://datadetox.myshadow.org/detox), should be interesting to find out what data I’m inadvertently leaking online.
Can’t wait for PeerTube to become a thing. I get antsy everytime I watch something on YouTube.
When I’m being mechanically turked by ReCaptcha, who’s AI is benefitting? Is it in the public good or did a big corp buy them out?
Anyone use huginn?
“Huginn is a open source system for building agents that observe the world and act on your behalf.”Also on:
I actually really like the idea of digital personal assistants. Sometimes a timely digital reminder can stop my lizard brain from putting the kibosh on my frontal lobe. The problem, as with most things, is that they’ve been hijacked by commercial interests, who wish to harvest your attention, not support your intention.
Oh yeah, FDroid got a What’s New feature, and orgzly got an Agenda view. Libre software that I use getting new features, love it.
"Which smart speaker should I buy?" How about – none of them? Or at least phrase the article – "do I actually need a smart speaker"? Tech journalism is often horribly complicit in upgrade culture. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/01/amazon-echo-google-home-sonos-one-which-smart-speaker-buy
Browser plugin idea: something like those (admittedly annoying) anti-virus browser extensions that tell you if a search result is ‘safe’, but it tells you whether the organisation behind a particular result is safe for humanity or not.
Searching for radical books and seeing Amazon as the first result is a real nuisance.
When you had no plans for the evening, then you find out from a friend that there’s a book launch on the topic of cooperative alternatives beyond markets & states. Win!
Looking into tech strategy stuff. Coming across frameworks like TOGAF, ArchiMate. Hoping there’s a bit of a simpler starting point, something like Community Canvas but for tech.
travis ci is fantastic, but the workflow for building up the build script is a real pain – commit, wait for build to execute, hit an error, repeat.
I enjoyed the No Gods, No Masters documentary for giving a bit of a historical lay of the land of anarchism. However, it’s very battle-heavy and full of conflict. (Maybe it has to be?) Regardless, I would like to see a companion piece with more discussion on the history and evolution of the ideas, not just the struggle. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5t1cr7
IANAL but I’m not sure how I feel about CrowdJustice (https://www.crowdjustice.com/). Definitely laudable that it can help provide access to justice for those that otherwise might not get it. On the other hand, if access to justice is so dependent on money the whole system seems entirely borked in the first place.
One thing I’m really enjoying about Mastodon is the plurality of languages. I don’t know if it’s random or by design, or simply a product of my network, but I see toots in various languages, and I find this very healthy.
I like the co-operative principles, and particularly #7 (“Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities”) – but I think it should give a nod to remote communities and the planet as a whole. Is it implied perhaps? I suppose you could interpret “community” as you want.
The seven co-operative principles:
- Open and voluntary membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Co-operation among co-operatives
- Concern for community
Playing for Team Human today is Post Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg. Richard is the co-author of Our Renewable Future and most recently, the manifesto, There’s No App For That.
Nice interview with Richard Heinberg by Douglas Rushkoff. He questions what role technology should play in the solution to the current existential crises facing humanity, and advocates for community resilience – building local, grassroots connections as a way to respond to these challenges.
Monday I went on an Insider walking tour. I really like walking tours in unfamiliar cities. If you get a good guide it’s a great way to see some of the major attractions, in a short span of time, and to get some deeper insights into the city and its history in the the process. This was great, the guide Brian was really fantastic – funny and knowledgeable.
We got some of the history of Berlin right back from where it started up until the present day. It was interesting to learn some basics of of Berlin and German pre-history – such that Berlin wasn’t the capital of Germany until relatively recently (and in fact Germany as a country didn’t exist for a long time – it was the kingdom of Prussia for centuries.) Hopefully I haven’t mangled the region’s history too much there.
The post WWII era holds the most historical intrigue for me, literally East meeting West and colliding in a barrier between the two. The demarkation of the path of the Berlin Wall is fascinating and boggling. It’s one of the starkest physical representations of humanity’s split into competing politcal ideologies, at least in Europe. It’s hard to imagine a city carved into two like that, in this case with a graphically-titled ‘death strip’ in between. It’s like for me if suddenly overnight a wall went up through London, and friends north of the river are suddenly in a different state and a different regime and I need to cross a border to see them.
I spent a few days in Berlin at the start of November to bookend the IndieWebCamp conference. The opportunity to travel again to Berlin was in fact a big draw of the IWC. I’ve been a couple of times before, once 15 years ago as a backpacker, and another time about 2 and a half years ago. Each time I’ve really enjoyed Berlin – a modern city with many layers of history.
Made a bit of progress setting up a travis ci build for my website – https://github.com/ngm/doubleloop-specs/blob/master/.travis.yml. Not fully working yet, but a good start.
Dropping some links here for reference:
Just finished the second season of The Expanse. Not as good as the first series (which was really brilliant), but still enjoyable. The first series felt a bit more polished, and with a bit more focus on the geopolitics.