Found a rusty and bent pair of shears at the second hand shop.
After straightening them, I put the shears in vinegar to remove the worst rust. Then worked them with rotating steelwire brush on dremel to remove deep & fine rust, oiled them and finally sharpened them.
The stamp reads Würpel & Bronner, which according to  was founded 1865 in Germany and since 1910 no longer appears in the records, so that dates them roughly.
Nice #image python utility I found the other day: https://github.com/stamen/the-ultimate-tile-stitcher
It is a generic #map tile scraper & stitcher. Use it by by passing the URL pattern of a tile server together with some coordinates and the rest follows automagically.
The trickiest thing is finding out how big a map you can make at what zoom level, I keep running out of RAM when compositing.
A few weeks ago we published a follow-up article about the solar.lowtechmagazine.com project: "How sustainable is a solar powered website?"
The article is a very extensive research into the embedded energy costs of this setup and how to lower that. Additionally we have some statistics on visitors (865k unique), energy use (18.1 KWh) and uptime (98.2%) after more than a year of operation and what conclusions to draw from that.
There is quite some overcapacity in the system, so to increase our efficiency one approach would be to host multiple servers on that off-grid solar system. But that is scaling up. Instead the #lowtech solution we opted for is seeing how we can do the same with smaller batteries, smaller solar panel and hosting more sites on the same machine. To that end we've started migrating #french, #spanish and #dutch language sites to the solar server as well.
Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!
Good turnout at #rojava solidarity demo in malmo
Call for participants: Collective Conditions
"Collective Conditions is a worksession which experiments with the generative potential of #codes of #conduct, complaints procedures, bug reports and copyleft licenses. We understand these socio-technical #protocols as #artistic and #activist #media and are curious about the role they can play in the (different) imagination of complex collectivities.
By ’complex #collectivity’ we mean, for example, non-normative human #constellations, or collectives where participants with radically different needs, backgrounds and #agencies come together. ’Complex collectivity’ can be self-chosen, or be the result of structural forces such as laws, racism, technology, wars, austerity, queerphobia and ecological conditions.
The worksession is inspired by trans*feminist collective practices, anti-harassment and allyship-work, non-violent communication, score-making, #decolonial and #intersectional #activism, but also by ways of doing developed within Free Culture and Free, Libre and Open Source software. Collective Conditions focuses on a-polarizing methods, #affirmative habits that can stretch and reorient frameworks, that represent new vocabulary, gestures and forms of expression[...]"
You can drop by if you are curious about free software, linux or if you need #help installing a new operating system on your laptop.
More info: http://www.reuf.nl/lpd/home.html
Communication is in
Dutch but most of the volunteers also speak
A tenant consultation and introduction session at Varia by the Bond Precaire Woonvormen on the 6th of May between 15:00 and 20:00.
BPW is a #solidarity movement organised by volunteers who support each other based on the conviction that housing is a fundamental right that must be protected.
Please feel welcome to join us for a day of discussion, co-learning and reflection on the #housing situation in #Rotterdam, our rights as tenants and how we can support each other to work towards solutions for more safe, secure and affordable housing.
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CFP Hack the Earth, Calafou
"Hack the Earth 2019 > #Futurotopias - Communities to change everything
19/22 April in #Calafou, Vallbona d'Anoia
This HTE is an invitation to face a world that seems to go from bad to worse, where the options, imaginaries and futures that they propose to us oscillate more and more between cynicism and dystopia. We propose to build our collective desires and needs from the futurotopias we need. Futurotopias that allow the circulation of ideas, fabulations and dreams.
Speculative practices and imaginaries, #degrowth and #feminist practices, joyful actions and radical tenderness.
It's not just about projecting ourselves into the futures we want, but about rescuing what already happened in the past and putting the magnifying glass on everything that is developing in our present, it's about stopping the future of shit that suffocates us and putting in the center the communities that are already changing everything, spinning futures here and now. This HTE proposes to rediscover and re-invent our margins for manoeuvre, highlighting projects, networks and communities that are already changing everything around them.
Because the sum of our degrees of happiness is an indicator of our revolutionary potential. See you in Hack the Earth 2019 "
I do projects on/with/about computers, networks, infrastructures. he/him
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