"been following your journey and life on Pino, inspired me to buy a narrow boat of my own to create an indpependant pirate studio on it"

This is their boat:



I lent £150 to the New Leaf Food #Coop when it began in early 2012. Not loads, but a significant sum for me then and now.

It was a workers coop, where all employees equally own the business. Their aim was to supply local and/or ecological foods with as little packaging as possible: they were ahead of the curve back then

Today, ~9 years later, the coop is doing fine and paid me back the £150!

Worth visiting if in #Edinburgh


“Don’t think of movement work as protest, think of it as imagination. What is the world you want to see?” - Alfredo Lopez, May First Movement Technology

Solidarity with the people of #Portland standing up to the combined forces of far-Right goons running defense for the regime, Donald Trump calling for blood, and Ted Wheeler and his police spilling it on their behalf.

mapthepaths.org.uk/ is a project to add all the rights of way and permissive paths in England and Wales to OpenStreetMap, fully tagged.

It contains council data of paths that can be cross-referenced with current OSM data. Parts that are missing are then added to OSM by volunteers.

It's important to add these routes to the database! If you can contribute time drawing lines, it would be appreciated. I'm happy to help advise or get you started if you're new, and there's also the wider OSM community who are always happy to assist.

#OSM #OpenStreetMap #Map #Maps #Mapping #Cartography #Walking #Walks

#TIL about malleable systems, which is about making software that's easier for end users to fully control, without sacrificing user-friendlyness:

@strypey That's a well-coined term for something I was also thinking about. The "easy mode" with sensible defaults and the "power-user mode" for people who want to re-use the core functions in their own ways. For me, the small, compose-able *nix style apps have checked this box but the GUI world hasn't particularly embraced this. I don't think a GUI is, necessarily, antithetical to the idea but it's not common practice.

What Silicon Valley builds has been controlled mainly by capitalists looking for profitable ventures, and "a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us" was the profitable thing to build. The funders of Silicon Valley were never serious about the ideal of the net as a global public square. For them it was just marketing spin, stolen from the hackers who were serious about that ideal, and still are.

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@iangilman Long running news topics get fairly good treatment on the Wikipedia Current Events portal

Zoom acquired Keybase today.

Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.

Beware the Keybase formula:

1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded

@eldang Based on a recent look through the offerings, there isn't a good open source one. My personal experience has been good on a Kindle with books managed on my desktop machine in Calibre. My usual flow: buy a book, download the DRM-free version of it, store it in Calibre, then send to Kindle via email (gateway provided by Amazon). Also: borrowing books from the Washington Anytime Library is super easy with Kindle, just four clicks.

Imma make this clear: I'm not building software for developers.

I'm working to building tools for people.

You shouldn't have to know to maintain and secure a server to have your own independent identity online. You shouldn't need to know what libsodium or similar library to be secure online.

That's my objective.

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

PeerTube is crowdfunding for version 3.0:

"At a time when no one knows what the future will bring, it didn't seem decent for us to do a crowdfunding campaign threatening to not do our best on PeerTube if we didn't raise the necessary funds ... We still hope that by sharing this roadmap as widely as possible, some of you will support us in our approach with a donation that will allow us to fund this work."

If you can afford to contribute, please consider it.


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