varia.zone got nominated for the 'Best Venue' audience award of the 2020 .

So if you've enjoyed the things we've done at , either in-person or remotely please help us with your vote:
popunie.nl/awards2020/ (it is the yellow section midway down that says 'Beste Podium')

The 'Decentralization Off The Shelf' project by SimplySecure is hosting a free workshop for and of applications about useful design and interaction patterns for the specific UI & UX problems of and software. Perhaps interesting for devs?

decentpatterns.xyz/virtual-wor

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@wendy pointed out to me that on this photo you can even see the mycelium sticking out!

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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 WΓΌrpel & Bronner, which according to [1] was founded 1865 in Germany and since 1910 no longer appears in the records, so that dates them roughly.

1: holzwerken.de/museum/haendler/

Nice python utility I found the other day: github.com/stamen/the-ultimate

It is a generic tile scraper & stitcher. Use it by by passing the URL pattern of a tile server together with some coordinates and the rest follows automagically.

Attached are maps of , and the Renaissance star fortress town of .

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 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 , and language sites to the solar server as well.

Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020

Call for participants: Collective Conditions 

"Collective Conditions is a worksession which experiments with the generative potential of of , complaints procedures, bug reports and copyleft licenses. We understand these socio-technical as and and are curious about the role they can play in the (different) imagination of complex collectivities.

By ’complex ’ we mean, for example, non-normative human , or collectives where participants with radically different needs, backgrounds and 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, and , but also by ways of doing developed within Free Culture and Free, Libre and Open Source software. Collective Conditions focuses on a-polarizing methods, habits that can stretch and reorient frameworks, that represent new vocabulary, gestures and forms of expression[...]"

constantvzw.org/site/Call-for-

don't you just love it when you want to launch 'firefox' in dmenu and accidentally keep launching 'fire' by David Bucciarelli?

I still need to find out why this is packaged in distros like Debian, Manjaro, Ubuntu.

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