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 Omega Tau 315 – Modeling Socio-Technical Systems

Today I listened to this (english) podcast episode from 2019-06-14. The guest in this episode is Igor Nikolic and together they talk about how humans, systems, models and simulations. It’s a good opportunity to get an explanation of the basics and some relation to e.g. the power grid and climate change caused by humans.
The further material linked in the episode’s shownotes is also extensive, if you’d like to have a deeper dive into the topic.

 John Gall

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.

Bleeptrack’s CCCamp19 logo generator

generated manu.computer logo

The truly magnificent Bleeptrack just published a CCCamp19 logo generator to help with creating last-minute logos for your crew or village. It’s available at cccamp19.bleeptrack.de

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I just listened to this Blackbulb podcast episode where the guest was Dr. Scott, who actually is a doctor, but also a street artist in Portland. They shared a lot of their wisdom on creativity and being an artist, but also on mental health and being a human being.

It’s only 40 minutes and I recommend this to anyone who’s struggling with creativity and/or mental health, or to anyone who just likes to feed their brain a bit.

 Chaos Communication Camp 2019

I will attend the Chaos Communication Camp this year, as I still hear stories from my peers about the perfect camp I missed 2015.

 Including notes in this weblog

I’m totally stealing Jamie’s idea on how to include bookmarks, favourites and date announcements in between posts.

The idea of collecting and publishing recommendable websites, articles and talks is not new to me, but on my older websites I kept them separately without any additional information.
Now they will appear in between my super infrequent posts. They will also appear in the RSS feed and have their own page that can be permalinked.

Gemini PDA: A keymat update

Last year I wrote about the Gemini PDA, which I received by taking part in a crowdfunding campaign. By that time I was super disappointed with the keyboard which has been advertised as a “mechanical full keyboard” (feel free to check the technical specifications on the Indiegogo campaign site), but in fact was a rubber dome one that was pretty underwhelming to type on.
From that realisation on, after some initial experiments with the Debian technical preview, my Gemini caught dust on the shelf.

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F(x)tec announces the Pro1 slider phone

I’ve always had a thing for smartphones with a physical keyboard. The first phones I really used were the Sony Xperia mini pro, which was surprisingly good to type on, and a Motorola Milestone 2 (aka Droid 2 global). I also own a Nokia N900 and a Motorola Milestone 4, since I know at least some Linux mainline work is done for those. Plus I have some unfinished business with my Gemini PDA.

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Running the “MediaTek SP Flash Tool” on Arch Linux

I’ve taken my Gemini PDA from the shelf lately, since I got updates on the keyboard that I deemed to terrible to use. The keyboard update will get a separate post once it’s finished.

I would like to use the Gemini as kind of a “mobile terminal” running Linux without a graphical interface. That’s a thing I would have to build on my own though, so I’m trying to get all the required parts figured out and running.

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The Nerds’ Underground Art Scene

The demoscene is something I stumbled upon not too long ago. While I’m not a real contributer myself, I enjoy the company of the open and welcoming sceners, plus their parties are really fun. If you should ever suffer from a serious lack of inspiration and motivation to do something creative, I highly recommend visiting a demoparty and starting conversations with the other attendees.

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