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September 23, 2014

What the doormouse said…

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Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit, Live from Woodstock 1969 [HD] (Lyrics).
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September 16, 2014

The Love Portal

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March 3, 2014

Just Say Know: A Cyberdelic History of the Future

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Wonderful 22-minute jaunt through the co-evolution of psychedelic counter-culture and personal computing.  I’ve studied this subject before but was still surprised by some new fun facts and connections revealed Boing Boing managing editor, David Pescovitz:

March 2, 2014

Life is rhythm,

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April 20, 2013

Open Tech Forever

An ambitious crowd-funding campaign from an open source hardware cooperative that wants to create and open source factory on their 40 acre parcel of land outside of Denver.
The facility will offer:

  • Open Hardware R&D
  • Open Hardware Documentation
  • Open Agriculture
  • Open Business Models
  • Public Workshops
  • Commercial Products

Read more about the campaign or make a donation on Indiegogo.


April 19, 2013

The Legal Landscape of the Sharing Economy

Most of the rules and regulations regarding business norms, liability, ownership, commerce, licencing and related matters, whether set up for ill- or well-intentioned purposes, have become meaningless or even detrimental in the new economies of networked sharing, reputation, open source design, co-operative communities, DIY industry and social entrepreneurship. Indeed, I’d go so far as to say these conflicts with the legal paradigms of the old economy are the main obstacle holding back a utter renaissance of community strength, creativity, problem-solving, beauty and abundance.

Enter the Berkeley-based Sustainable Economics Law Center (SELC) that uses legal practice and law expertise to help foster the sharing economy, collaborative and cooperative enterprises and other sustainable, community-oriented efforts.

In this presentation from last year, hear the co-directors of SELC, Janelle and Jenny, explain the social and legal implications of the networked sharing economy.

If you enjoyed this talk and are interested in the legal aspects of the sharing economy, check out this book published by one of SELC lawyers:

Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies

April 19, 2013

Cryptography, Tacit Knowledge and Representative Democracy @29c3

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Interesting talk about the direction networked info and com technologies might take democracy and government given at the 29th Chaos Communication Congress.  While acknowledging that our goal is to eventually outgrow the very idea of nation states, the presenters examine how network-style protocols, while cryptographically challenging, can facilitate more ideal governance structures.

April 19, 2013

Psilocybin MRIs and Dr. Carhart-Harris help elucidate the psychedelic state.

Very cool explanation of how the filter mechanism or ‘reducing-valve’ theory of consciousness and psychedelic states suggested by William James, Aldous Huxley and others was recently supported by brain MRIs of people experiencing psilocybin.

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