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Neil Ashton @nmashton@social.coop

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Introducing myself a little to the set:

I work as a web developer for a (not currently cooperative) consultancy in Durham, North Carolina that specializes in .

My education was in linguistics. I'm interested in building digital tools for under-resourced languages (currently esp. ).

I try to be a faithful Quaker, to , and to be a good parent to my two kids—one way or another, my being here is related to all of those goals.

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Uruguayan housing cooperativism: five decades building urban communities.

by Katia Valenzuela
Jointly published by SubVersiones (Mexico) and the Resumen (Chile)

resumen.cl/articulos/cooperati

"FUCVAM is one of the most emblematic social movements of Latin America and an international leader in .
With almost 50 years under their belt, federates 363 , providing housing to 18,000 uruguayan families."

Leah Velleman’s great analysis of why doing finite state natural language grammar engineering with existing tools can be rough: velleman.org/posts/fstssuck.ht

I was pleased to learn there about Pynini, a Python library for specifying FSTs (which just by virtue of being a Python library solves many of the problems): opengrm.org/twiki/bin/view/GRM

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A question to all #linguistics enthusiasts in the fediverse.

The picture shows one of artist Abdullah Al Saadi's Diaries, exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale of Art. He was born and lives in the UAE.

My question is: What language is it written in? Most of his diaries are in Arabic, but this does not look like it. It's written from right to left, so it's not Ethiopic or Tifinagh either. Any clues?

#AskMastodon

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Just pushed a new feature to the Index of Ancient Greek Lexica (dcthree.github.io/ancient-gree) enabling you to quickly pivot your search to any closest-matching-headword search result: t.co/Ma5HztSOMh

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Does anyone have any resources on the dangers of #OpenData / #OpenMapping in terms of threats/risks to human rights. Specifically #indigenous peoples, land rights, data extractivsm? Asking for someone else.

Worker often aspire to be more than good places to work, in particular trying to be integral and nurturing parts of the communities they're embedded in.

How much conscious effort have made to redefine tech's relationship to communities? Durham, NC, has a serious gentrification problem, and the growing tech industry is a major contributor. What projects and partnerships could tech coops pursue to substantively change this?

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Look forward to reading the by with the "mission to make radically open, innovative, purpose driven organisations the new normal".

pledgeme.co.nz/projects/5665-b

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I want a good reference grammar and/or lesson book. Anyone have recommendations?

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And, uh, I gather I signed up here in the winding-down stage of some kind of governance dispute (the substance of which I haven't looked into) … any beehive-prodding I may have just committed was unintentional.

Newbie question time. So I gather Mastodon is just the most popular platform "based on open web protocols like ActivityPub and OStatus" (per its readme). Are there other platforms that plug into the same network such that I could interact with their users on here and not know the difference?

I ask because some server trouble yesterday got me wondering whether a rewrite in, say, Elixir might could make the platform more robust and scalable.

I'm hoping Bryan Conlon will be joining us here on social.coop, as you'll have lots to talk about. Bryan is a union organizer in North Carolina with an interest in cooperatives. He has developed a compelling strategy for building a material basis for sustainable working-class struggle rooted in the union cooperative model, called the "commonwealth network":

thesouthlawn.org/2017/10/25/th

thesouthlawn.org/2017/10/28/th

social.coop folks with an interest in agriculture might enjoy Robert Biel's open access book "Sustainable Food Systems":

ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-boo

It's a primer on a radical approach to the problem of food insecurity. Its call to "unleash the associative and co-operative traditions of the working class" is one of the many interesting strands it brings together.

An interview with the author about it: climateandcapitalism.com/2018/

Now for the awkward “read any good books lately?” phase of entering a new social medium, wherein I link out to stuff I’ve been reading in hopes of either finding conversations to join or sparking them off.

Likely topics in 2018 include: with Indigenous languages; agroecology and urban agriculture; Southern radical strategy; programming languages; Quakerism; and of course worker cooperatives in tech and elsewhere.

Introducing myself a little to the set:

I work as a web developer for a (not currently cooperative) consultancy in Durham, North Carolina that specializes in .

My education was in linguistics. I'm interested in building digital tools for under-resourced languages (currently esp. ).

I try to be a faithful Quaker, to , and to be a good parent to my two kids—one way or another, my being here is related to all of those goals.

It seems like a nice coincidence that on the same day I decided to give social.coop a shot, my favorite online left publication Viewpoint published a piece on my favorite solidarity economy project, (or on the book "Jackson Rising", anyway): viewpointmag.com/2018/06/05/a-

Hi, ! This looks like such an interesting platform and community that it has made me decide to tentatively break my pretty lengthy social media hiatus (which I intended to be permanent). I look forward to getting to know y'all.