Human, Dustcake, Engineer
Doing my best to make the world a little better every day.
So many memories at 2 Saroni Court. The location, house, and neighbors were spectacular. But now I'm creating an amazing new life in Burbank, so I hope the next family enjoys this gem!
History doesn't repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme! Deb Schultz lays it out...
One of my 2023 Resolutions is to embrace change. I love how the Year in Search video captures the sentiment!
Sometimes love finds you in unexpected ways and places.
When I met Janine at Wasteland Weekend I knew we'd be friends forever. We quickly found that we have amazing connection, attraction and chemistry. Our love blossomed slowly, then quickly with an intensity that takes my breath away. The last couple months have felt like years!
I feel so lucky to have Janine as my devoted friend, partner, lover and companion. I'm excited for you all to see her kind spirit, stylish charm, deep mind and playful curiosity. I love her!
With her I am loved, valued and appreciated for me, just as I am and I am able to embrace and experience the present moment, embracing an amazing and exciting future!
Enjoyed this Atlantic article by Kaitlyn Tiffany that teases apart #web3 from the #dweb movement. And great to see Mai Sutton, Compost and Danny O'Brien get some space!
// @TheAtlantic @kait_tiffany @maira @COMPOSTmag @mala @GETDWeb
This totally feels like a Web 1.0 playlist!
Mars FM was a short lived LA radio station I just learned about. Those beats.. they are biiig
Love this thoughtful article on roofshots vs moonshots:
The trick is to make incremental possible and easy, but also allowing for new forms of "fitness" that don't suffer from the "faster horses" or "no wireless, less space than a nomad, lame" response.
@lindner Then a quick run back to Los Angeles for what looks to be an amazing Event with @doctorow
I think this guarantees I'll be thoroughly ded by the time I make it to @wastelandhq :-D
Here are some thoughts on Decentralized Web Camp 2022
It was a magical time, so many good connections. A fertile ground where seeds can grow.
Once upon a time in a Mendocino Redwood Forest a slice of humanity decided to camp together and find ways to make technology work better for people. I had the good fortune to thrive and soak in this environment.
I sponsored this (and past) conferences because I believe that a better future will emerge from global visionaries teamed up with builders. These are the seeds that will yield results months and years from now.
To my surpise, some seeds have sprouted! It was a few years ago when I drug Nathan Schneider to the Internet Archive. I saw a direct connection between cooperatives and decentralization. Today the concept of "exit to community" is real, and Nathan is talking policy with luminaries like Lawrence Lessig.
Another seedling is Resonate Cooperative. This plucky music streaming service has evolved since my first involvement in 2016 and now has some serious support from Cooperative Jackson alums. Rich and Brandon are great stewards, and they made connections that will prove valuable in the future!
Many past connections were renewed and strengthened over a meal or s'mores. Wendy, Brewster, Brian, Nick, Christina, Mai, Joahchim, Primavera, Liz, Danny, Jay, Emily, Tracey, Ross -- you are all incredible people. And here's to the many new connections, too many to mention. I connected with my Weaver group, the Mesh team, Amber, Jack, Christine, Lia, Koh, Jessy, and a bunch more. So many fantastic connections, in many beautiful liminal spaces including the 10ft fire pit, 24/7 Coffee, Hackers Movies, Dancing to DJ sets, button making, hikes among the trees and stargazing.
While not congregating there were all sorts of great ways to converge on the important topics of decentralization. I have most of what I attended on my schedule, but here's some highlights to give you a taste.
Hack. the. Planet
My portable projector, glo-totems and movie screen allowed me to introduce the classic movie Hackers to many.
Each attendee was asked to give two books and take two books from the library. This was brilliant. I took a photo of all the books and have an instant reading list for the next year and beyond.
A fascinating session about governing a timekeeping system on the moon and beyond presented by Jessy Kate Schingler.
Systems Mapping Governance
Christina Bowen, the master of visualizing complex systems and stock and flow diagrams made this into a rich dive into how systems interact on multiple days. I spent a lot of time in these sessions and am so glad I did!
A Governance Layer for the Internet / the Four Forces that Regulate the Internet
The first of this three-day set of sessions went deep with some great thinkers and participation of the entire group. It's hard to summarize this, it went to many places. But I believe that the focus on turning the abstract into reality was there.
Lawrence Lessig also presented the Four Forces which will be familiar to anyone that's read his books. It was a good way to see things direct from his perspective.
Solidarity in practice: The story of Digital Democracy and Mapeo
It was refreshing to see a fully realized decentralized, offline first application used to help the people of the Amazon realize their own rights and express use technology for their local needs. We need more Mapeos!
Peer Based Social Science in the Wild
Zarinah Agnew and Jessy Kate Schingler had us all survey ourselves about self-governance and allowed us to experience ethnographic research directly. I have my 'token' of completion allowing me to interact with the DAO. Understanding what people need and how they interact is key to finding systems that work for the most people.
Lisa Rein from the Aaron Schwartz project showed how you can build a system to process internal police public records to keep communities safer.
Jack Fox was on hand to present Proof Mode and described how this mechanism for turning photos into signed evidence was used by activists in the rainforest to provide irrefutable proof that they live in the areas slated for oil exploration. It was inspiring to see math and technology aimed at a specific, on the ground problem.
Policy, Governments and Tornado Cash
Koh, Danny O'Brien and some others took advantage of the free time to set up a super engaging conversation about how deentralization intersects with government policy. Many of us (myself included) had discussed much of the same at DEFCON 30 a few weeks prior. I was able to contribute a little bit to the discussion. The conversation flowed quickly and I think that some good ideas about using norms and industry coordination to address these issues may prove fruitful. I'm excited to see the followup from the connections made at this event that emerged from the soup!
Connecting with the Earth and Indigenous Practices
Connecting the decentralization movement with indigenous practices and rights was a joy to behold. I appreciated the speakers on the topics and the conversations with many of the Dweb fellows from around the world. Remembering that technology connects with the earth was a good reminder that we are stewards of the land and the technology ecosystems. For the water ceremony I brought Oakland condensed fog.
Art Art and more Art!
Typewriter Tarts had an installation in the library that was amazing! I hope I can help them get some of their work published. The Name-tag/Button making station was amazing, magazines were provided to cut and paste into your own individual creation. Sessions on how Art can intersect with Decentralized Services were plenty. I attended a good breakout with Barry Thew from Gray Area and Victoria Ivanova who guided us through thinking about how art and technology might evolve in the current environment and what needs to change. As usual the participants came up with a plethora of ideas. I hope to see some of this published soon!
And just like that it was over. Due to a conflicting schedule I had to skip the last day. I had breakfast, packed up my projector and said my goodbyes. I'm already planning for a Brazil version and for 2023, and hope to see the garden grow from the seeds planted here. It was a magical time and brought back memories of early Gopher conferences and other early formative Internet events. May the ripples spread out and become waves!
Decentralized Web Camp ripples are starting to be felt. And wow, some Jaiku nostalgia..
What if Scooby Doo and Rocky Horror had a baby?
Thank you @cannibal for capturing this special @defcon moment! ❤️❤️ #DEFCON30
@JimGalasyn wow. Gonna start a label named "undefined" and take royalty credit for the bad data they're likely sending to the rights exchanges :-D
Playa bound in a month and a half! Feeling amazing sense of gratitude for finding an amazing group of people to create adventuresome quests. If you contribute to our fundraiser I will supply you with rare artifacts from this journey!
Wait, *that* Forest Green? from the movie Groove? Finally connecting those dots. And yes, it bangs!
Expirable NFTs ,circa 2006.
I remember that dead roses were a popular, gothy choice :-D
@benwerd Enter the rabbit hole here, if you dare!
This expression of pure joy in motion was just what I needed to hear and feel this morning!
Thank you @domwhiting and your crew!
#til that parking tickets for Los Angeles City and County are disjoint but look EXACTLY THE SAME. Ha two tickets the same day. Accidentally contested the wrong citation. Ooops!
For those that want to review the post-9/11 tech downturn and not finding them on the Wayback machine here's where the FC Archives ended up.
Thanks for writing this Ben. Hopefully there will be a correction and not a bloodbath.
And let's remember that tech is not immune from seeing it's excesses burned off. Those with hubris should read the archives of Fucked Company to see what happened post dot-com crash, post 9/11. It's sobering reading.
We collectively can normalize being human in the tech space.
There was a time when I felt that I had to conform to a set of corporate norms for success. "Career limiting moves" were to be avoided at all costs. Hair was to be cut. Fake it till you make it reality distortions abounded.
Well, two burnouts later that seems messed up.
The current medicated generation has a better attitude and I've fully adopted it. Everyone is in therapy or going through a struggle of some kind. We can (at least among friends) be vulnerable.
I shared a lot about the cancer journey that my wife went through and the grief and loss associated with it. It was healthy and garnered respect and admiration. Some deep friendships that I cherish were built on that openness.
As entitled white dudes we can be more public in these things, and we should.
A very de Tocqueville analysis! Thanks for your outsider perspective on American society.
As noted even back then, the consequences of slavery would have long-lasting effects on this country. It still resonates in the generations as modern day jim crow, in the built-landscape through redlining, and still used as a tool to pit the working class against each other.
The enduring myth of the rugged individualist and endless frontier also lives to this day. Our movies condition us to expect superheros to save us, and our politics never demands collective sacrifice. Even simple mask mandates are seen as affronts to liberty.
I believe if you burrow a little deeper I think you'll find the community you seek. The further down the ladder the more interdependent people are on each other. The upper levels have the luxury of living an independent life, those less so, not so much.
In many ways we are two societies, one of Doordash deliverers and receivers. Those that control the system, and those that are controlled by it.