💎 #OpenRefine (a nice OSS tool) is hiring for 2 positions:
1) One Junior Developer to implement Wikimedia Commons reconciliation and batch functionalities; 6 months remote paid contract.
More details: https://bit.ly/3hKQrTt
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Radio Implicancies 15.8
Live *VIDEO* stream @ 1600 CET
Featuring an all libre toolchain -- no zoom, not twitch, nor youtube...The only clouds will those in the sky...
Tomorrow and Tuesday, the Computing within LIMITS workshop takes place.
I'm presenting a paper based on a discussion on Mastodon, started by @calcifer about terms related to sustainability and computing. I'm starting with a discussion of 3 historical terms from the 70s, rooted in anarchism, anti-technocratic critique and human-scale technologies, after which I dive into LIMITS related and grass roots terms, ideas and their associated practices.
Lurk instance is well represented, @rra is there, in paper session #3, with a discussion on degrowth and ICT, focusing on Low Tech Magazine's design choices and most importantly, why it sometimes goes offline:
14 - 15 June, from 16.00 - 20.30 CEST
On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.
In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.
The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.
However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..
Why did I paint this, what's going on in Burma?
For over 100 days, Burma has been burning. Over 800 have been killed and thousands displaced. After decades of military rule, Burma had a semblance of a democracy for about six years before this January, when another military coup began. I have extremely worried for my mother who has spent years despite travel warnings to work in the same orphanages and rural communities that she grew up with. This painting is for her. It is for my first language. For my favorite food to eat. Putting up this symbol means we will not be able to return to our home country and would warrant our arrest if we tried. My family members have been arrested in the past. Please pray for my people. The international community has always ignored Burma and the humanitarian crimes of the military but we truly need your help more than ever now if our people are to be free.
I posted some notes on the Willem de Kooning Academy removal of a students' banner expressing solidarity with Palestine resistance. https://networkcultures.org/entreprecariat/notes-on-the-wdkas-pro-palestine-resistance-banner-removal/
Tonight at 18:00 CET is the time for a new episode of The User Condition series! Artist and reluctant engineer @praxeology will converse with designer without qualities Silvio Lorusso about – ominous soundtrack — N E T S T A L G I A.
MySpace eulogies, pure HTML pride, RetroPie consoles, Geocities reboots, Winamp-inspired portable MP3 players, "brutalist" web design, resurrected dead media, Stranger Things-like series, philologically correct CRT TV pixel art renditions, LEGO bricks ASMR.
Undoubtedly, we live in a time of nostalgia of the adventurous web of yore, the good ol' computing, the endless gaming days. But what exactly was so precious about it? What is that we long for? Are we just stuck, incapable to see the good in the new? Or is this longing for the past a way to re-inject some lost values into the near future?
Drawing from the work of Svetlana Boym and Mark Fisher, Howell and Lorusso will unpack the current netstalgic waves, trying to distinguish their restorative element from the reflective one. They will attempt to unearth the futures buried in the past, the futures that never were and yet here they are, haunting us like a distant MIDI lullaby.
Date: Monday, 17th of May 2021
Time: 18:00h - 19:00h CET
Location: Online (https://stream.vvvvvvaria.org/)
More info: http://varia.zone/en/usercond02.html
Digital Solidarity Networks started as a shared listing of tools, practices and readings for digital solidarity, conviviality and togetherness. In May and June 2021 we are organising 3 public moments for collective relearning.
For the first event, happening on Thursday 20 May, 15:00 -18:00 CEST, we will be joined by Dušan Barok, who will speak about Artist-Run Digital Networks and Community Work.
Together, we will be asking:
* How can we reconfigure digital networks across timelines and communities?
Read more about the event and the Digital Solidarity Networks series here: https://vvvvvvaria.org/en/dsn-1.html
I'm still trying to get people to sign the petition https://www.change.org/p/president-hillman-the-mills-college-music-department-and-center-for-contemporary-music-must-be-protected
The Alumni Association asked me to write the letter, but I asked Charles Amirkhanian of Other Minds to write it instead. He got a lot of help from composer Maggi Payne (who you can hear on radio 3 tonight at 10) and then sent it to me.
I gave it to my spouse, who is a professional writer and editor, who did some work on it. Then an experienced campaigner had a go at it, then a member of music faculty, then the coalition had to vote on whether it would come from them. This may be the most complicated project I've managed. Anyway, please sign it.
5-7pm UK time
"Online Panel: Experimental publishing and alternative networked cultures
Convened by Ruth Blacksell and Lozana Rossenova with contributions from Karen Di Franco, Aymeric Mansoux, Marcell Mars, Tomislav Medak.
The emergence of experimental post-digital publishing over the past decade has opened up new modes and methods of design practice that have allowed for extended relationships between social and media environments. This panel discussion draws on historical as well as contemporary references to examine such approaches through a range of perspectives, spanning the fields of art, graphic design, digital media and software development. The projects and practices discussed in the presentations and subsequent Q&A will consider the shift away from fixed to more fluid forms of publication and acts of publishing that are contingent upon networked, interactive and hybrid (digital/analog) contexts."
Arnaud, Chun, Dustin, @l03s and myself got interviewed about our #NES game/project What Remains in the VGS forum, as part of scrobins' A Homebrew Draws Near! blog series. Was super fun to write this together :D
Two days ago I was also invited by David Young of Royal Holloway University London to talk about the project. It was a very good chat (thanks to the input from Olga Goriunova, Alfie Bown, David and his students of course) on the relationship between video #games and #politics.
"Sonic Game Space aims to shed light on experimental use of play and interaction, and the new ways of playing. Through experimental game mods, they encourage interactive installations & custom made games."
Also with works by Marieke Verbiesen, Martijn Verhallen, Jordan Bartee, Theo Triantafyllidis & David Murray!
If you're around, drop by and check it out! (free event)
For those interested in NES and archiving (I know, exotic combo), there is this interview/quiz me and @320x200 wrote a few years back, that we have received a question about: in which category do people who took the quiz usually fall?
We don't know (it's not a datamining operation), but we are curious If you did take the quiz and still remember, we'd love to hear! If you are an archivist and NES aficionado and can't wait to take the quiz, we'd also love to know your score 😍
Saturday 27 March at 15:00 GMT I will join the Now Play This team and Nicholas O'Brien of Essay Games to play two games (Villains and Heroes and The Last Survey) and discuss games that explicitly explore bad actors in terms of the climate crisis.
This year the festival explores the relationship between play, games and the climate crisis. It's on 25 - 28 March, 100% online and freely accessible. There's a game jam 😀
The Last Survey https://essaygames.itch.io/the-last-survey
Villains and Heroes
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