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Enjoyed this Atlantic article by Kaitlyn Tiffany that teases apart from the movement. And great to see Mai Sutton, Compost and Danny O'Brien get some space!

// @TheAtlantic @kait_tiffany @maira @COMPOSTmag @mala @GETDWeb

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/10/internet-archive-decentralized-web-web3-brews...

 

Dirt Blading!

Dirt Blading!

I'm back from dirt blading at @wastelandhq  Thanks to @mullingitover for capturing this special moment!

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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

https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkSeP1xe0yOj3GvcxtXjj2c2Vtb1XeS72

 

An thoughtful @longnow session happening now...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUViuFITTI

 

Love this thoughtful article on roofshots vs moonshots:

https://subconscious.substack.com/p/evolution-adjacent-possible

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cory-doctorow-and-rebecca-giblin-discuss-chokepoint-capitalism-tickets-...

I think this guarantees I'll be thoroughly ded by the time I make it to @wastelandhq :-D

 

@lindner Then it's off to Bar Sinister to meet up with Neotroplis/Wasteland folks! The next morning? Atwater Farmer's Market. Then off to San Diego for everyone's favorite night out Blue Monday https://www.instagram.com/bluemonday_sd

 

@lindner get out to see Mirrored Fatality's intense show at Queerspace tonight at the Zebulon!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CiOCZsFP_Qu

 

My journey to @wastelandhq begins!

Transiting LA/San Diego and parts in between. HMU!

 

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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.

https://1500wordmtu.com/2022/decentralized-web-camp-2022

 

Decentralized Web Camp 2022

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!

The People

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.

Sessions and More

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.

Library

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.

Interplanetary Timekeeping

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.

Bad Apple

Lisa Rein from the Aaron Schwartz project showed how you can build a system to process internal police public records to keep communities safer.

Proof Mode

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!

 

Farewells

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..

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2022/09/11/jack-dorseys-former-boss-is-building-a-de...

 

What if Scooby Doo and Rocky Horror had a baby?

https://archive.org/details/kiss-attack-of-the-phantoms-1978

 

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Thank you @cannibal for capturing this special @defcon moment! ❤️❤️

https://www.flickr.com/photos/r6_cannibal/52291015994/in/album-72177720301365318

 

Fearless Flyer!

Fearless Flyer!

This newfangled edition of the Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer is siiiick.

 

@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!

https://gofund.me/010065c9

 

Wait, *that* Forest Green? from the movie Groove? Finally connecting those dots. And yes, it bangs!

https://soundcloud.com/forestgreen/forest-green-does-it-bang-crab-strictly-dance-radio-summer-2020-c...

@djforestgreen

 

Expirable NFTs ,circa 2006.

I remember that dead roses were a popular, gothy choice :-D

https://news.livejournal.com/90961.html

 

 

R is for Rave!

How was I not aware of the Toytown Techno genre before?

https://youtu.be/J7uVVImPhdY

 

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This expression of pure joy in motion was just what I needed to hear and feel this morning!

Thank you @domwhiting and your crew!

https://youtu.be/i7D_t1fW0VU

 

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.

https://webarchive.loc.gov/legacy/20010920002922/http://www.fuckedcompany.com/

 

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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.

https://webarchive.loc.gov/legacy/20010920002922/http://www.fuckedcompany.com/

 

Ben Werdmüller's The startup slump may be a blessing in disguise

Ben Werdmüller's The startup slump may be a blessing in disguise

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Project Glass: Live Demo At Google I/O

Project Glass: Live Demo At Google I/O

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I will forever associated The High Road by Broken Bells with sitting around the fire pits at Birba in Palm Springs. They had that whole album on repeat 10 years ago. It was a first trip away after some hard times and that song really resonated.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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@lejatorn it's really been reduced to a photo/video camera and bluetooth headset, but it still takes amazing shots. The high angle and wide FOV was perfect!

 

 

@jy Preordered!!! If you post it to a phlog there's a high chance I'll buy it just for that!

 

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Thanks for writing this Ben.

I totally agree that "product but open" rarely meets user needs. Especially when the need is a cohesive global community. That said these products do fulfill some users needs so I am happy to see their use, experimentation and focus.

And if one wants social to be decentralized and open I think a better approach would be to make decentralized technology so easy it's the simple default choice. Right now it isn't. Then, when the next social product would emerges it will have those principles baked in.

 

@jasvir lol, yeah, it's certainly better for asking for "wrong answers only"

I'm loving all the answers! Perplexed Posse is a good literal one, but I was thinking along the lines of "Murder of Crows".. An Escalation perhaps...

 

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What do you call a group of confused deputies? Asking for a friend.

 

Traveled to the dystopia cyberpunk future where I jacked in my Google Glass and was able to stay in the moment and in character. So many magical moments.

https://1500wordmtu.com/2022/may-i-collect-your-visual-bits

 

May I collect your Visual Bits?

I dusted off my Google Glass for Neotropolis. It was magical. But this was an environment where photo consent is the norm, and being augmented is, well, expected.

I'm yearning for an updated Glass with a Pixel camera sensor and portrait photo/video. But even without that I was able to stay in the moment and get some shots I would not have at all.

Neon lighted dancer surrounded by spectators

Portrait of Paul Lindner wearing a Google Glass in front of a desert stage that says Core