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@neil I noticed you haven't been writing much on your blog / in your garden lately. Taking a break or busy with life? Hope you're doing ok, so thought I'd ask.

I started using the Obsidian-to-Anki plugin to be able to use pieces of my notes as flashcards for spaced repetition.

How I hijacked the top-level domain of a sovereign state

He registered an expired domain used by the .cd ccTLD. Great report.

The only “ethical AI” for personal data is free and open AI that runs on your own devices where you own and control it. The only “ethical AI” for communal data is free and open AI owned and controlled by us all. AI/data owned and controlled by corporations is unethical to begin with.

I had no idea how important common medical symptoms appear on dark skin was till I heard about #MindtheGap

Brexit seems to be affecting the birds in our garden. We have a bird feeder for which we periodically order seeds in 10kg bags. We order them through the Dutch national wild birds protection association. In the fall I noticed that our order was being shipped from the UK, and I wondered if anything might change by the end of the year. It seems it has.

Currently seeds can't be ordered, first only for the big bags, now also for the

Started using the sliding panes plugin for Obsidian, to see if it reduces friction when working through a series of notes or train of thought.

The scenes from the US, and the actions of Trump as arsonists in chief, reminds me of my 2016 post about the arsonists walking among us.

I read Fall or Dodge in Hell in the past two weeks, reading the Dutch book Suikerbastaard in between.
Fall is about 900 pages, so it took a bit more time than average to read.

(spoilers below the image)

Neal Stephenson discussing The Fall, image by Christopher Michel, license CC-BY

The book consists of multiple distinct large parts on a timeline. Normal beginnings where a billion

The W3C published a document on Responsible Use of Spatial Data, to which my company contributed as co-author. Feedback is welcome!

My annual list of things I felt good about, the 2020 edition. I tend to forget the things I do in a year, and this overview is my reminder to self I actually did stuff I care about the last 12 months.


A question I have is whether the pandemic will mean a slow-down or pause in tech-innovation?
Innovation in part is based on serendipity, on the pseudo-random meeting and interaction of people, ideas, skills, capital etc. Now we've had a year of reduction of movement and social dynamics.

My favourite encrypted messenger Threema is now Open Source! It's been celebrated with 50% discount.

#Threema #Messenger #E2EE #Encryption #Privacy

There are well known North-American photographers who through city scenes, road trips and street documented eras, whose images capture what we think of as iconic. Do you know European photographers who did the same across , as opposed to just nationally?

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