The Open Book Project

"The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them. It should be global, supporting readers of books in all the languages of the world. Most of all, it should be open, so that anyone can take this design as a starting point and use it to build a better book."

#circuitpython #ereader #opensourcehardware #arduino #DIY

Don't fear the rain! Come tonight at varia (Rotterdam) to get 'Networks of One's Own: three takes on taking care' publication and the 13th issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine.

[pics by Dennis De Bel]

#EvaWeinmayr, piracy project, interesting collection of colophons.
"An antilope in the savanna is considered to be a wild animal. An antilope in the zoo in Europe is considered as a document, analyzed as a specimen. Primary document (caged antilope) produces all series of secondary documents - From Qu'est-ce que la documentation, essay by #SuzanneBriet"
"In order to continue thinking about collective authorship, perhaps we need more contracts/coc instead of permissive licenses. Boxing as an exercise of mutuality."
[With lot of stuff in between]

#FreeCulture and #CreativeCommons as a regression.
"This criticism is not nostalgia.
There is a regression that needs to be fixed. From a means (a tool to discuss an idea for society) it became an end. Critique on free culture is complicated, quickly misunderstood. There has been a lot of radical experimentation with intellectual property (60s/70s). Nowadays, it's more likely that you're introduced to intellectual property experiments through creative commons and remixing culture. What is the act of sharing? A highly priviledged position? As free licenses are a higher level of copyright... Would an injection in the existing copyright law perhaps open up many more possibilities? While recreating boundaries, it is possible to exclude others again."

lazy image loading without extra javascript libraries? There's an API for that! Intersection Observer API...

École d'été Relearn 2019. Troisième épisode de la courbe en boomerang à La Générale les 7 et 8 septembre prochain. Encore 2, 3 jours pour vous inscrire !

Halt and Catch Fire!

The Open Call for contributions for the Eclectic Tech Carnival 2019, from 8 to 13 October in Athens, Greece, is now online in English (Greek version coming soon).

We are only waiting to be amazed by your ideas, so please get in touch:

Event: Superficial Intelligence 

Gender Shades

The Gender Shades project evaluates the accuracy of AI powered gender classification products.

This evaluation focuses on gender classification as a motivating example to show the need for increased transparency in the performance of any AI products and services that focused on human subjects. Bias in this context is defined as having practical differences in gender classification error rates between (...)

Add to the series:
convert camera.jpg -auto-orient output.jpg
(Use the EXIF rotation data to rotate the image for real)

commit to memory: convert transparent.png -background white -flatten output.jpg

Time to get things rolling! On Saturday, the 31st of August Floppy Totaal will visit WORM in Rotterdam for an event entirely devoted to floppy disk music. We call it 'Floppy Totaal: Magnetic Flux'. Adam Frankiewicz, Sascha Müller and Remute are part of a two part program that consists of workshops, talks and performances. For more information and tickets check: &

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