@distel @wu_lee I think I'm at a point where learning a few more basic skills of drawing things "as they are" is probably useful. Although I'm much more inclined to start breaking free from that as soon as I get a chance. Maybe alternating sketches between accurate-ish and childlike would work.

Trying out some new drawing/painting styles. I guess this one is "like a 5 year old would do".

@distel well I'm on my way now... I guess if I keep doing one or more a day I might be able to one day do justice to the actual scene in front of me.

Makes me appreciate your sketches even more!

@distel super! Thanks for the tips. I have a waterproof black pen with me so will try playing around with that 😀

I was inspired seeing your lovely watercolour sketches on your cycle trip @distel - someone bought me a little watercolour set and I had a go!

I think last painting I did was probably 25 years ago in school :/

Any tips/advice/resources? ... I have some way to go ...

@douginamug very nice project. Kind of daunting how to get enough money to get any significant proportion of housing into this model.

Also seems to still depend on ever increasing house price rises (as loans are paid back via rents which stay related to market rate).

Maybe it's a nice pooling of existing wealth but makes me wonder what it takes to get transfer of wealth from the undeserving rich.

A critical look at community land trusts and how the community control can be eroded in favour of investors. Important lesson on be aware who you are accountable to.


The Inventaire & OpenData week begins in just under 3 weeks! There is still space for a few more people...

Books, free software and #opendata are friends 📖 💻 🔓 Inventaire.io is the platform which brings them together.

This event will be for working on the platform, introducing opendata and reading/discussing books 😉

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Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

video that shares stories from some of the front-line struggles being waged by women around the world – from Indigenous communities fighting against the colonial dispossession of their lands, to the challenges faced by migrants forced from their homes by economic inequality, climate change, and war.

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@copygirl I'd say a separate factory/builder class. Which could be defined by an interface if you need that.

As usual in java, there is a proliferation of classes! I don't think this is so bad if you are able to accept that basic premise.

Attention lovers of books 📚 developers of software 💻 and enthusiasts of #opendata! 🔓

You are invited to the first Inventaire & OpenData Week from the 18th to the 25th of July at Kanthaus (Germany) 🎉

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People like Bill Gates are effectively like Kings/Queens of ye olde times - there's not much we can do to get rid of them (and the old way of raising an army and forcing them out isn't very viable either).

Was just reflecting after reading about Bill Gates capitalist ideas of addressing climate change gatesnotes.com/Energy/My-plan-

JS talks I'm becoming less and less interested in over time:

- hey here's this amazing new browser API, it can make your sites 2 milliseconds faster

More interesting:

- why are we doing this
- what does it all mean
- what are the economics behind all this stuff that devrel folks are way too uncomfortable to bring up

capitalist economic theory: no one gives anything away without asking for something in return, and anything offered for free will be exploited by selfish people trying to profit from it

the anarchist free store in my town: please, come take more of our free stuff, we have too much. we're running out of space from all of these donations and don't know what to do

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