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Watched Oslo tonight on HBO; thought it was brilliant. I knew nothing of the role of Mona Juul & her husband, Terje Rød-Larson, behind the scenes of the Oslo Peace Accords. Ruth Wilson is powerfully restrained as Juul; the piece is sobering in the context of Rabin and Camp David.

Woke from a dream where my brother was teaching Terry Wogan how to scratch DJ to 'what a feeling', before a thin but enthusiastic dancefloor.. and my thought on waking was 'someone must be celebrating that by-election'. Turned to the news expecting the worst; but a great relief.

Hard to believe it was 25 years ago watching the same two teams, the summer of 'it's coming home', watching the agony of Southgate's missed penalty. What a journey. Somehow am happiest of all for him.

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straight up I am in love with water fountains. whenever I look at a public water fountain I go "this is literally a monument to a functioning civilization." when I look at a public water fountain I think about all of the technology, all of the water filtration and pipes and infrastructure that came together to provide Me drinkable water in a public space
some urban designer built Me a fountain to drink from because I might be thirsty. Literally the opposite of hostile architecture.

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We really like the work of our friends at One Project, a non-profit initiative working globally with communities to design, implement, and scale new forms of governance and economics that are equitable, ecological, and effective. 💛

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Having spent the last week remote working in a rural hut just south of Lillehammer I’ve been struck how much more at home I felt there than much of my time in Oslo since moving to Norway last year. I’ve experienced it other times in nature here too and realised only yesterday it’s because it’s universal; nature’s culture isn’t tied to a flag, language or set of customs — it follows loosely the same principles everywhere. Was quite a relief, finding home like that.

Council workers trying to debug a business model, Oslo.

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Sometimes all you have tondo is throw all the vegetables in the oven with some herbs and serve it with freshly baked bread. #theGalley

“We are specks of dust on a strand of Mother Earth’s hair. There is no need for us to ‘save’ the Earth; we simply need to let her discard what has become stale. We need to release our planet of our wanting and begging, our ignorance and confusion, and be weaned from her breast, even when it feels we won’t survive. When we stop exploiting Earth, she will return to sustainability on her own and share her bounty generously.”
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Sanctuary

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Immunization expert Christopher Morgan is optimistic that the great push for Covid-19 vaccines will produce other global health benefits. He talks to Amy Hall.

(Nothing in Norway arrives that quickly!)
First impression: it's hard & I'll have 2 phones for a bit. There's subtle annoyances like scroll is much jerkier. There's bigger challenges of having to find new apps for everything (bye MetaText, hello Tusky) & bigger frustrations like getting contacts across. Hours of trying and I got them all from the letter K onwards. I've made life harder using e. But it's not as hard as quitting cheese or swapping a flight for a 24 hour bus ride; tho similar vibe.

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I'd tried Fairphone before with model 1 and had struggled with the fact I needed a Google account for everything - so when I lost it a few months later on a drunk night out, I felt bad but a little relieved. To Apple I returned. And it is hard - I've used only Apple OSs since System 7 in 1992. But this time, there's a 'Google-free' Android OS - e (who have chosen the least Googable brandname!) - @e_mydata. So I bought my Fairphone 3+ from them & it arrived in under 48 hours.

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I recently left my iPhone on the washing machine whose final spin shattered the screen for good. As I cycled early around Oslo, finding all the phone repair stores shut, I thought of @pluralistic's recent thread - and Apple,s persuit of a Mac repair specialist, and by the time I was home I decided to try ( @Fairphone ) again. How could I justify not going thru a bit of pain to try to live my values?

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Open Book:

"As a society, we need an open source device for reading. Books are among the most important documents of our culture, yet the most popular and widespread devices we have for reading — the Kobo, the Nook, the Kindle and even the iPad — are closed devices, operating as small moving parts in a set of giant closed platforms whose owners’ interests are not always aligned with readers’.

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Read: Governing the Information Commons.

Nice article about building governance layers into platforms. Following Elinor Ostrom’s 8 principles for managing a commons. The part that resonated most for me on first reading is the need to understand the many patterns of governance that exist. From there we can move from the simple defaulting to private property based models.

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Repair and jobs.

“To say nothing of the impact on jobs: landfilling a kiloton of ewaste creates <1 job; recycling that waste creates 15 jobs, while repairing it creates 200 good, local jobs that can’t be offshored (you don’t send a phone overseas for repair).”

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Just putting it out there: if anyone ever wants help - debugging, problem-solving, tutoring, whatever - with the Linux CLI (bash/ksh93, GNU coreutils..., vi, emacs, sed, awk) and/or git, I'll help.

I won't make you feel bad for anything you don't already know. I promise. (Nobody ever should.)

I'll reiterate every once in a while. Boosts appreciated!

Just watched The Invisible (R)evolutions, a 2014 feature doc by Philippe Borrel. Captured well the thinking and spirit of a cross-section of commons cultue: food coops, the transition movement, permaculture, mutuals, community energy – and the remarkable story of India's Barefoot College ( training women solar engineers – (his latest film focuses on free software – @labatailleduLibre).

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Surprised by how little attention has been paid to the fact that EU carbon price is breaking record highs - after the 2008 crisis it was reduced to basically zero, after the Covid crisis, it has reached 55 euros per tonne.

To put into perspective how big this is - the target was to reach 23 euros by 2030.

This is massively good news!

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