- Come Craft With Mark Montano in Los Angeles October 27, 2011 julieincharge
- Etsy’s Guide to Facebook October 27, 2011 lorwich
- “The Making of Arduino” October 27, 2011Sean Michael Ragan
- A Smartphone Dock for your Arm? Why Not? October 27, 2011 Jeremy Cook
- Cable Green, director of learning at Creative Commons, on the obviousness of open policies October 27, 2011 suehle
Vinay Gupta Tools To Not Die With: An Interview with Vinay Gupta, creator of the Hexayurt from BoingBoing. An important excerpt to take away:
Let me break that down: you take the sustainable harvest of the earth, and you take the share of that we’re allocating to humans, and then you divide by nine billion. So much carbon, so much steel, so much bamboo. It’s not quite that simple: some places are cold, other places rain a lot, but the basic framework is that we have to share the inputs the world generates nine billion ways. Right now we’re sharing them so badly that a billion of us are regularly hungry to the point where they get hunger diseases. Really that’s not OK. I know we all have our struggles, but this is not OK. So we have to fix this: design a good lifestyle which uses that amount of resources, and then adopt it.
Are you a Statist?
What’s a statist?
A statist is a person who has been conditioned to believe that an organization elected (or not) can best protect you from the problems of the world.
In the book “Distraction” by Bruce Sterling, characters discuss the event of a flash mob that appeared at a bank branch armed with tools that systematically destroyed the facility in minutes. This book was pretty much science-fiction when it was written, today, maybe perhaps there’s more truth to its environment:
It’s November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The government is broke, the cities are privately owned, and the military is shaking down citizens in the streets. Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A political spin doctor, Oscar has always made things look good. Now he wants to make a difference.
Is this happening already in America? You bethca! Violent flash mobs have made their appearances in Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn this year with mobs of teenagers from poor neighborhoods busing themselves in and running loose upon the city downtown. 150 bored teenagers can do a lot of damage. Imagine what 1000 or even 10,000 people could do if they felt the need. This is why its important that the State not abuse its power with non-violent people. One Pulizer-scale photo like this:
can take your audience from their gentle and peaceful Kumbaya and tranced-drumming pace and radicalize a significant number to start a war with you.
Mobilizing Your Flashmob Imagine you want to mobilize a whole lot of people from a public channel within a city. You have a goal, and you want it to happen at a time and place. So you start tweeting locations like:
- Washington Circle Park.
- Stanton Park.
- East Potomac Park.
- Brentwood Park.
- … and so on.
“If a new political party comes from this one of the existing ones will almost-certainly splinter and die.
The salient question: Which one will it be?” — Karl Denniger about Occupy Wall Street
Collective Terms & Conditions for Banks & Corporations — a work in progress defining a contract between users of banks and corporate services covering transparency, due-process, privacy, and opressive regimes.