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Hi! I’m Joe, and I’m here because I share the values of exploration, inspiration, and mutual respect that Merveilles works to foster—the best kind of peer pressure.

Recent interests:

* making it easier to mold tech to fit the needs of a local community

* building things that work better in unreliable infrastructure (and reusing things we already made)

* growing healthier human communities to sustainably maintain the tech & data we care about

* "tools for thought"

* sunshine

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@rek @neauoire I figured you two must have seen the stars more than most, so I was happy to see you talking about them in the July 16 section of “Busy Doing Nothing”

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The other night, I was lucky enough to witness a full-ish sky of stars (from a Mediterranean ferry). It was so breathtaking that I felt a deep sadness about the way widespread light pollution has deprived most of us of this sight

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Just got Outside Influence, a new e-zine made by Hardware Things, the best newsletter about hardware tech on the African continent: hardwarethings.org/zine

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l am really liking the look of comradery.co/

I created a Patreon account a while ago but I had a bad feeling about it and never took it anywhere.

A co-op alternative sounds right on point for what we need.

@vidak you in particular might like this, if you haven't already seen it.

I spent a day helping to maintain a 3000-year-old hillside chalk monument with a group from Long Now London. Crushing chalk into the ground with a hammer was so satisfying that I kept forgetting to enjoy the view, and I had some great conversations with the interesting people that the task attracted (including @mdales)

Here's a writeup with photos from the previous excursion: medium.com/the-long-now-founda

Nomadland (2020)

Overflowing with human empathy and natural beauty

You start by noticing the leaf shape, then the leaf configuration, and eventually the patterns of other nearby plants. It’s a new experience for me, but one that I recognize from descriptions of skilled foragers

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Spent the morning in focused plant-noticing in a country yard, thinning out a particularly invasive weed

There's interesting related work in Smallworld ( github.com/rkuenzi-epfl/smallw ), which is mesh networking on Raspberry Pis by Romain Küenzi, with some additional work ( gitlab.epfl.ch/niot/smallworld ) by Paulette Vazquez and Guilhem Niot to support Dat Protocol on that type of system

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This led me to Pando ( github.com/elavoie/pando-compu ), a system for volunteer swarm data processing by distributing work to desktop/mobile browsers. I haven't looked too closely yet, but "more like this" please!

This seems to have started as academic work by Erick Lavoie, and they have several related publications on their site: ericklavoie.com/

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Today's rabbit hole: peermaps and p2p volunteer computation

peermaps ( peermaps.org/ ) is an effort to build a decentralized mapping system based on OSM. Not a lot of recent github activity, but there are some updates via their IPFS grant ( github.com/ipfs/devgrants/issu ) and also some discussion on the OSM forum ( forum.openstreetmap.org/viewto )

My work in maps/transit has made me interested in how to decentralize all the data processing/updating that's needed for this kind of application...

I'm happy to see that Framework seems to have made a solidly repairable/upgradable laptop: ifixit.com/News/51614/framewor

Of course, it's even more efficient to find a laptop that was already built (Thinkpads!). But having a slim-ish x86 laptop that's closer in spirit to the MNT Reform can't hurt in showing people what's possible when you pay more attention to the future life of a device

I’ve worked in tech for too long, though I’m currently taking a break. I’m just finishing a short stint at the Recurse Center before figuring out what feels worth building in the current state of the world.

In the meantime, trying to make the most of the brief and intermittent London summer

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Hi! I’m Joe, and I’m here because I share the values of exploration, inspiration, and mutual respect that Merveilles works to foster—the best kind of peer pressure.

Recent interests:

* making it easier to mold tech to fit the needs of a local community

* building things that work better in unreliable infrastructure (and reusing things we already made)

* growing healthier human communities to sustainably maintain the tech & data we care about

* "tools for thought"

* sunshine

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