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 

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.

High densities of visible fibre optic wire as part of the street level network of . While many of the connections have now been buried underground, the cable junctions are still visible in some neighbourhoods.

Did you know it's possible to pin multiple tags in the Mastodon interface? Handy way to follow from a distance..

This saturday 24/05/19 is another Presentation Day event in in from 10:00 to 16:00

You can drop by if you are curious about free software, linux or if you need installing a new operating system on your laptop.

More info: reuf.nl/lpd/home.html

Communication is in
Dutch but most of the volunteers also speak
English.

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 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 situation in , our rights as tenants and how we can support each other to work towards solutions for more safe, secure and affordable housing.

More info:
bondprecairewoonvormen.nl/2019

varia.zone/en/bpw-consultation

CFP Hack the Earth, Calafou 

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