RSVPed Attending Micro Camp 2021

Micro Camp will feature:

  • short talks by community members on a range of topics of interest
  • live text chat during presentations
  • Q&A breakout conferences afterwards
  • Mutual interest meetups scheduled throughout
  • 101 live Q&A with Manton and Jean

Read more at Jean's announcement post

This looks like fun!

Humanity is the medium. Humanity is the message.

While contemplating orality and indigenous cultures and how they used their own memories, conversation, and dialectic as a means of communicating and storing their knowledge, I thought about Marshall McLuhann’s idea “the medium is the message.” In this framing, indigenous cultures certainly got things right: Humanity is the medium. Humanity is the message.

Life imitates art. We shape our tools and thereafter they shape us.
— John M. Culkin, “A Schoolman’s Guide to Marshall McLuhan” (The Saturday Review, March 1967)

Culkin’s framing also makes humanity its own self-contained tool (hopefully for the greater good). We shape our brains and thereafter our brains shape us. While we may use technology and tools, props, and crutches to help us do more or do faster, we shouldn’t loose sight of our humanity. It may be our greatest technology. Perhaps we need to remember to pull it out of our toolbox more often as it’s better evolved and often better fit for more jobs than the tools we’re apt to turn to.

Bookmarked Tending the Digital Commons by Alan JacobsAlan Jacobs (The Hedgehog Review | Spring 2018: The Human and the Digital)
The complexities of social media ought to prompt deep reflection on what we all owe to the future, and how we might discharge this debt.
This fantastic essay touches on so many things related to IndieWeb and A Domain of One’s Own. We often talk about the “why” of these movements, but Alan Jacobs provides some underlying ethics as well.

For those who don’t have a subscription, Alan has kindly and pleasantly provided a samizdat version on his site in .pdf format.

Watched "Gavin & Stacey" Episode #3.1 from HBO Max
Directed by Christine Gernon. With Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Wayne Cater, Alison Steadman. Whilst Stacey is thrilled to be living back home Gavin tries to come to terms with the culture shock of working with his new Welsh colleagues. Nessa, now living with Dave, throws a christening party for baby Neil, attended by the Shipmans and Smithy and Rudi and their narcoleptic mother Cath. Bryn's lusty singing at the church inspires Pam in her desire to be on 'Britain's Got Talent' but Smithy, having paid for the christening, is annoyed to learn that it is doubling as Nessa and Dave's engagement party. Gavin and Stacey, however, are inspired by the occasion to consider starting a family of their own.
Watched "Gavin & Stacey" Episode #3.2 from HBO Max
Directed by Christine Gernon. With Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Rob Brydon, Melanie Walters. Despite a savage dummy interview from Bryn Stacey gets a job as a waitress as Marco's cafe. Dave Coaches is not happy when Nessa and the young Shipmans take baby Neil to Essex but cuts his losses when Nessa's father offers a weekend watching porn. In Billericay Pam and Mick order a huge Indian takeaway for the family and a surprisingly quiet Dawn and Pete. Stacey wants Gavin to slip away from the party and make a baby with her but he gets drunk and passes out. Next morning Nessa and Smithy wake up in the same bed.