whoops, just discovered I left my "most expensive thing I ever bought" touring bike outside on the street for 12 hours (overnight and most of the morning) 🚲

I'd had a long day and came back late from rescuing food, and was too focused on unpacking the trailer and bags...

thanks people for not stealing it πŸ‘ saved me from having a heart attack πŸ’”

I'm starting an indefinitely long bike trip soon, and have been pondering about whether, and how, to share stuff online as we (me and my gf, and any other joiners) go.

Travel blogs bore me. I don't want to just show the nice bits and make people feel shit about life. I'm not that practised at writing online.

Last trip I posted short videos to this account, but that's not very accessible to non-mastodon people. I'm thinking to setup wordpress with activitypub plugin.

Any ideas or thoughts?

Oh and garlic in the dip/spread! How could I forget... What a treat it is to live on a planet with garlic. We take it for granted I think.

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Quite pleased with my tired self for making some food. The neighbour came by yesterday to say another neighbour is in hospital and we can collect pears in his garden, there are more than they can use. I made pear puree I'll eat with museli or yogurt.

And then some bean dip/spread from "cheapest beans in the nice unpackaged shop" (soya, 4€/kg I think) with herbs from the garden (rosemary, thyme, and oregano), olive oil and salt. Yummy!

I bought 6 new books today for my (secondhand) kindle, and managed to avoid amazon entirely!

plutobooks and verso books are nice and DRM free already. but I also got some from hive.co.uk which supports local bookshops apparently... but it uses adobe digital editions DRM and getting the DRM off those was very painful.

lots of fiddling with wine basically.

Hello! Looking for hardware for measuring indoor air quality πŸ’¨ 🏠 πŸ’¨ One of our housemates has allergies we're trying to track down... Hardware must detect:
- particulate matter (e.g. PM 2.5 & 10)
- volatile organic compounds (specifically wood volatiles like turpentine)

Should be as open as possible and 'affordable'. Temp. & humidity nice bonus, but not necessary. Does not need to be turn-key/can be for nerds πŸ€“

Excited to have our submission to the "Sharing & Cooperativism: Designing For Economies" workshop at NordiCHI 2020 accepted!

Not sure how it works really, but we're interested to engage with HCI (Human Computer Interaction) researchers about the intersection of grassroots resource saving initiatives, open source software, and democratic governance.

I'm not in academia but keen to try and support the bridge between theory and practise.


/by social.coop/@nicksellen

social.coop tech co-ordinator rotation 

social.coop tech call 

Some gleaning success! I'm hoping to do a lot more as I cycle past the fields post-harvest. So much food. Hundreds of cabbages and cauliflowers left wasting in the fields I passed in a couple of hours or cycling.

That cabbage is unbelievably huge!

@fribbledom I am generally for public ownership, in which β€œpublic” doesn't mean β€œrun by the government” but instead is generally democratic - by and for the people. I don't consider governments to be operating in the interests of the people in most cases, and that voting for the correct candidate is not a solution.

Public ownership of software, public access to knowledge, public ownership of land and housing. Public ownership of the things we need to live: food, electricity, water, health care.

From this basic disposition a lot of other things logically follow, such as disliking hierarchies and large centralised organisations.

I still crave gift economies. I don't understand leftists creating new money systems claiming they will be fix capitalism.

Trade based on social relations, collective desires, solidarity, and love.

β€œWe now have the building blocks to establish Pret as a multi-channel, digitally led business. And YourPret Barista is the first big launch we’re able to deliver through our new technology platform.”

What!? I thought it's just the place to get a miserable overpriced sandwich and a coffee when I have no other choice.

My idea: close the whole thing down, but keep paying the staff for the next year, or however long the money lasts.

social.coop tech call tonight 

... one concept I like from the talk is focusing on "needs based thinking", so peoples need for food, friendship, transport, etc... (as opposed to money).

Perhaps makes it more concrete what is going on and why it might be interesting to someone...

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I think I haven't quite mastered the art of how to phrase a question in an understandable way...

My question in the last session (about commons) kind of got lost, but I ponder about it a lot...

How to communicate about the commons? (in order to grow more).

The theoretical/conceptual basis for it is engaging for some people, but probably not most.

(I want to personally shift from theorizing --> actually "commoning", but I suspect asking people to "common with me" will not go well...)

well, I tried!

I put my mastodon profile in the twitter profile box... denied...

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Bought my ticket for the stir to action festival, the whole process is feeling a bit like what I hoped was to become the "old" economy... commercial closed source platform (hopin), sending data to google for the captcha, fields for my twitter and linked in accounts, and a niggling feeling that capital/profit/growth mindsets might be nibbling their way in... πŸ’°

Still, interested to join some sessions 😎

(all times in UK timezone)

1st Sept
- The Insurgent Power of the Commons - Silke Helfrich 12PM - 1PM

2nd Sept
- It Starts with Art: A Creative Workshop on Community-Led Housing - Kamiel Verschuren with Tim Crabtree 2PM - 3.30PM

3rd Sept
- Family Farm Succession and Community Ownership Charlotte Hollins 11AM - 12PM
- Elinor Ostrom & the Community Paradigm - Dr Simon Kaye 12PM - 1PM
- Land Ownership & Racial Justice - Josina Calliste & Mark Walton 3PM - 4PM

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