The DALL-E imaging algorithm is now available to everyone to play with. Do realise while the entity providing DALL-E is called OpenAI, it is no such thing.

An AI generated color photograph of a 1960s green Volkswagen camper van parked underneath a night sky with the milky way running from front to back, as a commercial airliner with two contrails flies past from left to right

Generated with DALL-E using the prompt “A color photograph of a 1960s green Volkswagen camper van parked underneath a night sky with the milky way running from front to back, as a commercial airliner with two contrails flies past from left to right.”, a single image selected from the first iteration of four.

Stable Diffusion, an open sourced model that can be run on your own hardware, produces this with the same prompt


Generated with Stable Diffusion using the prompt “A color photograph of a 1960s green Volkswagen camper van parked underneath a night sky with the milky way running from front to back, as a commercial airliner with two contrails flies past from left to right.”, a single image selected from the first iteration of four.

Back in 2014 the FabLab in Donetsk, Ukraine, was closed at gunpoint at the command of someone who was a user of the space until then, and my acquaintance K who ran the Donetsk FabLab had to flee. In the past months I have regularly wondered about Ukrainian makers and small production companies. I’m sure all have been struggling.

During the pandemic lockdowns I ordered online with independent book stores and artisans in several European cities, to contribute something to their continuity.

After the summer I started looking for Ukraine based makers to similarly order some useful things, but I found it hard to find such makers. Then a FT journalist posted a number of links to Ukrainian brands in a Twitter thread, which I looked at.

I’ve ordered a blanket with the printed street pattern of Kyiv, which is a nice open data touch, from woolkrafts. A glass artefact from Olga Turetska, and two copies of an English language book on innovation in Ukraine from Osnovy Publishing. In a conversation with one of the staff at the publishing house, I was pointed to a newly launched online platform where you can find Ukrainian products. It’s called Made with Bravery. The list of makers selling through the platform is slowly growing.

My packages are making their way to me, and one has reached Dutch customs. If you order something too, do allow for a longish shipping period. There are other logistical issues way more important in Ukraine at the moment than delivery of commercial packages.

In reply to What happens to my digital identity when I die? by Wouter Groeneveld

Ha, neat idea for a digital preservation strategy. Getting an ISBN number isn’t very expensive, 106 EUro for 1 or 28 Euro if you buy ten. With one, curation is key. With 10 it’s easy to do uncurated volumes in chronological order. Then do vanity press printing runs, to get the 2 copies of each to send to the Royal Library to save for posterity. Sounds like fun. If you’d do volumes, you don’t have to worry about timing, except for the final posts after the last volume. Maybe a last posthumous publication. If it is to be one book only, then choosing the right moment becomes important all of a sudden.

Which gets me back to this website. My intentions are to someday publish its contents in the form of a book, which can also be stored at the KBR

Wouter Groeneveld

There’s a new possible excuse for being late for an appointment: my e-scooter was geofenced and it was a further ensuing walk than expected.
When I went to school ‘the bridge was open‘ was a classic excuse for being late. The 21st century is providing a new one.

This weekend E and I attended a wedding in Bremen. The church service was some way outside of the city center (a 15 minute bike ride, 5km). Another friend of ours, who was definitely already in town, was running late. He finally came in when the service started. Turns out the e-scooter service he used was the cause. First because the scooter’s speed was capped very low. Second because an unexpected long walk remained after the e-scooter bumped into its geo-fenced range limit and shut down.

Here in the Netherlands e-scooters of the kick scooter type are not allowed in traffic, meaning if you use one you’re not insured for anything and the thing can be impounded, so they are absent from our city streets.
I checked and there seem to be 6 e-scooter services available in Bremen. With 6 service providers could a wider geo-fenced range become a competitive edge?

Bookmarked Livewired (by Robin Rendle)

Robin Rendle mentions how David Eagleman’s Livewired posits cortical takeover (if you don’t use your eyes, other body-mapped brainfunctions will takeover that region of your brain) as a reason for dreaming. To prevent a hostile take-over of your visual cortex. Reminds me of a previous article I read that posits dreaming as a way of keeping your brain from overfitting. That last one by Erik Hoel of Tufts University, enables falsifiable hypotheses w.r.t. sleep shortages etc. Does Eagleman’s theory do too? Will need to read the underlying article.

..we dream so that the parts of our brain that control our legs or ears or nose don’t “override” our eyes during the night. That’s wild!

Robin Rendle w.r.t. David Eagleman’s Livewired

Favorited een post van Erik Visser

Dromen over tech en pkm, het gebeurt iedere blogger op zijn tijd. In mijn geval bijvoorbeeld over pivots, en over feedback loops. Van deze van Erik Visser moest ik glimlachen, had mij net zo kunnen overkomen. [Update: Zoiets is me ook overkomen, las ik later, ik droomde ooit dat ik aan het bloggen was, bij wakker worden niet meer wist wat, en toen dacht, ik check de RSS feed wel even. 😀 ]

Was even vergeten dat de lijstjes die je in je dromen maakt niet automatisch opgeslagen worden.

Erik Visser