Running Mastodon Myself, an Experiment Pt3

Today I had a bit of time to try running Mastodon on Raspberry Pi again. Last week I got stuck as some of the mentioned dependencies in the Mastodon installation guide could not be installed. As the step where I got stuck deals with a different Linux version, I tried simply skipping to the next […]

10 Impossibilities of Measuring Open Data Impact

For the UNDP in Serbia, I made an overview of existing studies into the impact of open data. I’ve done something similar for the Flemish government a few years ago, so I had a good list of studies to start from, which I updated with more recent publications. The UNDP also asked me to suggest […]

Echoes of Snow Crash

A pizza delivery car with a big clock running down from 29:00 minutes to 0, like a Deliverator. On the streets of Novi Sad. Very Snow Crash.

In Novi Sad, Serbia, this week for the plenary of the Association of European Regions. I’ll be speaking about using open government data as a policy instrument for regional governments. Mostly based on our work with various Dutch provinces.

Running Mastodon Myself, an Experiment Pt2

In the past few days I tried a second experiment to run my own Mastodon instance. Both to actually get a result, but also to learn how easy or hard it is to do. The first round I tried running something on a hosted domain. This second round I tried to get something running on […]

Brexit: a cry from the Irish border

Peter points to a terrific video. Reminds me of how Hossein Derakshan talked about journalism as literature, as poetry even in this case, at State of the Net. Written by Clare Dwyer Hogg and performed by Stephen Rea, it is a beautiful way to bring across the importance of the Irish border issue in the […]

Removed Microblog Category

For a few months I used an additional category ‘microblog’ to share small status updates on this blog, next to having ‘front page’ blog posts and ‘Day to day’ timeline like postings. Those microblog postings were als shared to The separation felt a little contrived, as I mention in a comment discussing it. So […]

National apple picking day. Very limited harvest. The tree was full of apples early and we had some during the summer, but drought and birds/wasps took almost everything

I actually built a little toy service (that I will also eventually open source) which converts any RSS feed to an ActivityPub actor that you can subscribe to in Mastodon (or any other AP-compatible client).

Play with it if you like! It is SUPER rough and most feeds end up horribly rendered in Mastodon but it's still kinda cool to see it work:

**Noorse politie vindt spullen van vermiste Arjen Kamphuis**

"De Noorse politie heeft spullen gevonden van de vermiste Nederlander Arjen Kamphuis. Volgens de Noorse omroep NRK ontving de politie een melding van een visser, die voor de kust bij de berg Kvænflåget - tussen de plaatsen Fauske en Rognan in het noorden van het land - voorwerpen zag drijven.
De politie wil niet ingaan op wat er precies is gev…"

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