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Some things I jotted down wrt semantic web and markdown. A random collection of first associations, not sure what to call a post like that, so named it Jottings.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/07/jotti

easily made from the non-edible parts of plants, the plastic is tough, heat-resistant, and a good barrier to gases like oxygen, and degrades back to harmless sugars

PET-like plastic from waste biomass - EPFL
#plasticscrisis #ecotech

actu.epfl.ch/news/new-pet-like

Dall-E mini suggests Holland's future will be like the now and the past, windmills and tulips. We're safe from whatever the future brings, as longs as we keep our clogs dry, it seems.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/dall-

Some first musings and associations about Robin Sloan's Spring '83 proposal, and about what others have said about it the past few days.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/sprin

I was mildly shocked that my own first instinctive answer to "easiest way to make a small site" is "write my own html in Notepad". That answer is almost 30 years old, it's how I made my very first web page. And handwriting html is still my first answer! It can't still be the answer, can it?

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/after

Public Spaces legt uit hoe ze hun conferentie met self-hosted open source tools organiseerden. Kudos aan @BjornW voor het geven van het juiste zetje. Ik hoor je nudges ook bij OpenNL, Björn, en je hebt gelijk.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/publi

If you happen to be in / near Brussels July 8th, 14:30-16:00 this session on the European Health Dataspace plans, discussing likely challenges w.r.t. agreement and differences across MS looks of interest. brusselsprivacyhub.com/2022/06

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/21805

Europeans will be able to measure the success of companies not just in financial terms but also on sustainability.

We welcome the political agreement between @EUCouncil@twitter.com and @Europarl_EN@twitter.com to require large companies and listed SMEs reporting on sustainability.

#EUGreenDeal

Beautiful new Copernicus data service: ground motion monitoring. You can see the bounce back after the ice age in Scandinavia, the subsidence of houses in Groningen due to gas extraction. And my own home subsided 6mm since 2016.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/new-e

We’re happy to announce our next steps in raising the bar for longevity: #Fairphone Easy! 💥 The sustainable smartphone for a monthly fee. Free repairs, maintenance and a 48 hour swap service. Available in the Netherlands for now…but watch this space! 😉 bit.ly/3HsNnIk

As I use K-9 on my Fairphone, and Thunderbird on my Mac, the news of them joining is of interest. I can see the match, but also Mozilla hasn't been great in maintaining its reputation. A consolidation at a moment where if anything we probably need much wider diversification.

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/k-9-m

an intruiging tell wrt Google's approach to ethics, in this Google statement. "He is a software engineer, not an ethicist". In other words, the engineer should not worry about ethics, they've got ethicists on the payroll for that. Worrying about ethics is not the engineer's job. That perception means you yourself can stop thinking about ethics, it’s been allocated, and you can just ta

zylstra.org/blog/2022/06/googl

Imagine if YouTube was shut down.

It would be a literal tragedy for the human race. Billions of hours worth of creativity would disappear in an instant.

"That would never happen!" some believe.

But it already has.

Remember Google+? All of it's gone forever.

Or remember all that media stored on MySpace? It's vanished.

We must stop depending on Big Tech to archive our data. Their mandate is to profit off our data, not preserve it.

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Today, the new European Union’s NGI0 Entrust fund –with a total budget of 9.6M€- opens its first call towards the communities of open sources and commoners for improving trust in the internet.

nlnet.nl/entrust/

Congratulation to the team led by NLnet @NGIZero

We have a deal on the common charger! 🇪🇺

This means more savings for EU consumers and less waste for the planet:

🔌 mobile phones, tablets, cameras… will all use USB type C
🔌 harmonised fast-charging technology
🔌 unbundling of sale of chargers

#SingleMarket #DigitalEU

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