If you're lurking in #rotterdam on thursday (2020-07-30) and into learning about #solarpunk #p2p #dweb #dat #hypercore then we're streaming https://events.dat.foundation/2020/ for a few hours at #varia! See https://varia.zone/en/dat-conf.html for more

Great alternatives to Google Maps that use #OpenStreetMap data:

- Qwant Maps: website, has directions. Highlights the fact that data is from #OSM, providing links to view and edit the data.
- F4map: website, 3D views of cities.
- MAPS.ME: mobile apps with a neat vector renderer. Minimalist. Works offline. More obviously profit-oriented.
- OsmAnd: mobile apps with lots of features. Offline too. (Too?) many customisations and options available.

Come read with us online, this thursday evening, 23/07, 16:00 - 18:00 CEST. 📚

Varia is hosting two collective reading and conversation sessions. One will be online and one will be in our physical space, as a series of events to discuss matters of abolitionist technology & community-driven systems of accountability, while generating anonymous, consensual debris for stone throw, a temporary online work to share our resources and reflections. We sought texts that are talking about what we want to learn with and about, now.

For our first session we will read from Ruha Benjamin's Race After Technology, choosing chapter 5 Retooling Solidarity, Reimagining Justice to read together. In this chapter, Benjamin examines how practitioners, scholars, activists, artists, and students are working to resist and challenge the New Jim Code (a term Benjamin uses to connect discriminatory technology with past segregationist laws in the Southern states). This chapter also offers suggestions on how to contribute to an approach to technology that moves beyond accessing new products, to advocating for justice-oriented design practices.

These workshops are made with @jules @ccl. 👌

Find out more here - varia.zone/en/rr-stone-throw-1

Tonight at WORM, Rotterdam!
20:30 CEST :nes_fire:

RE#SISTER invites you to tumble into WORM to have your ears flushed! Honouring once again the late great Daphne Oram who made the soundtrack for a commercial by English Electric in the 1960s, promoting the Tumblewash machine.

Here is the event on WORM' s website:

Very very interesting long read about the possible future of ActivityPub, the underlying protocol of Mastodon and Queer Haus.

Many of the concerns mentioned here in this proposal is why we chose to limit the connections that Queer Haus has to the rest of the fediverse. To build our own curated slice of the fediverse.

This proposal aims to solve this descent into fediverse nation states by making the network itself aware of consent.

Fascinating stuff! Thanks @rra for the link!


Tune in!! 27 June, 21:00 🎧

-->RE#SISTER: Corporeal Whispers - <--

The sonic body that RE#SISTER's ca. 10 individuals have assembled, is constituted by its integral parts. They were made by following a predetermined sequence. Each one of us received the ten last seconds of the part preceeding ours. On the basis of that, we were inspired to compose the next part in the sequence. Eventually, we have edited these parts into a body, a . Whispering together, we present you our (...)

Buster is a browser extension that solves goog's reCAPTCHA's audio challenges using speech recognition. It is a tiny thing but it spares you both the humiliation and the cognitive energy involved in training the algorithms of your future oppression.

I've had it for years and it works really well, give it a go.


😍 Excellent work by Artemis Gryllaki and Rita Graca featured at :


Voice of Conduct is a collection of vocal exercises that explore the frustrations, emotions and tensions behind Codes of Conduct.

Don’t miss NL_CL2 FLESH this weekend! (24th May at 8pm NL time, online)

I will participate with the performance 'Radio-active Monstrosities'.

This edition is curated by iii resident @joanachicau, hosted by iii member Marije Baalman, exploring the embodiment of live coding.

only a few hours left before the opening of #amro20 very much looking forward to it! see you there!



Still looking for voice contributions!
For the upcoming NL_CL #2 concert: FLESH, I am asking for contributions of small voice recordings ~ to contribute please visit the website radioactive.w-i-t-m.net and record a little bit of yourself using the web interface!

The interface will be part of the performance 'Radio-active Monstrosities' : instrumentinventors.org/event/ with the possibility of a future online composition.


Linux Presentation Day (LPD) is een gratis evenement waar iedereen kennis kan maken met het vrije (en gratis) besturings­systeem GNU/Linux.🖥️ 🖱️ ⌨️

zaterdag 16 mei van 10 tot 16 uur

📻 We Hope This Email Finds You Well is being streamed at p-node today 📻

4pm CEST

@p_p @anglk @estragon @RyBn

Small update! We start at 20:30!

Tonight in the LURK Echo Chamber , I will prepare your cognitive state of mind with relaxing feels so as to maximize the creation of new neural pathways under the guidance of @cmos4040


20:30-21:15 CEST: many relaxing feels

21:15-??? CEST: Italo hits live from burning hot wax therapy

XMPP: echo@muc.lurk.org
webchat + webplayer: echochamber.lurk.org
OGG/Vorbis stream: echo.lurk.org:999/echochamber

, the messenger now supports Audio/Video calls. so we've written a new article on the homebrewserver.club on how to set up server-side support:



This web-audio interface addresses ways of listening to certain female-sounding voices that are perceived as inappropriate - because of the quality of their sound, their gender, the medium's distortions but also stereotypes and collective memories that they often awake. These are verbal expressions that have been associated with forms of 'monstrosity' since ancient times. You are welcome to contribute with your voices; to record yourselves, expressing your thoughts and choose a type of distortion to participate in forming new imaginaries around a technologically-mediated collective voice, which through its monstrosity can reveal other forms of speech.

The interface will be part of my performance 'Radio-active Monstrosities' under NL_CL #2: Flesh: instrumentinventors.org/event/.


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