Get a blog
This is the first stage of the open bloging network, currently you have to have a blog on the OMN sever but programing willing soon any blog with an RSS feed can be part of the network.
Don't be a spectator, be part of the conversation. If you post to your blog on your public page, it is automatically syndicated out to twitter, facebook, and any sites that embed our news aggregator. Just add the relevant tag when you publish (such as frontpage, grassroots, globalviews, friendlyfire, plugandplay, headmix).
Its interesting how parasitic traditional media is, an idea or a news story will come out in a sub-culture (contemporary media) weeks or years before it becomes a “story” in traditional media. This time lag – together with the general lack of connection in traditional media to where story’s come from/break is noticeably dysfunctional in our new connected world.
This parasitical behaver will continue in-till we solve these issues in contemporary media:
* financial support for the production of grassroots per-per media – something like flattr is an example of an attempt to solve this problem.
* Ethical norms of linking and aggregation in per-per production need to solidify and be coded into contemporary media projects. An example of this would be the OMN project.
* a general discrediting of traditional media as a reliable source of information – shifting peoples behaver of linking away by providing better working contemporary media projects. An example of this would be the http://visionon.tv project.
The current connections between contemporary and traditional media are largly broken, do we try and fix it or not is the relevant question? Do we actually need these old gate keeping institutions and if we do, are they flexible and lean anufe to survive anyway? I think diversity of strategy’s are probably helpful here.
Insulation is importent for comfort and to stop rot/rust issues with condensation on boats.
The will have an added effect of absorbing/dampening engine noise - as I have herd that the lifeboats can be very noisy. Its going to be expensive - around £500 http://www.foamseal.co.uk/diy-spray-foam/index.php?cPath=3800006 but can leave this till the end of the summer.
Am thinking about getting one of these to covert into a live-in open media centre. They vary from 7-9m in length and have seating (like sardines) for 30-60 people.
Proposed mission would be to:
* remove most of the seats to open the space up
* paint it so it wasnt bright orange (need a good weeks dry weather to
* put in some very basic live in space, bed, table etc.
* fit some basic solar panels, batterys etc.
* steam punk it up a bit.
This would be done wombling style if anyone wont's to help.
They are fresh off oil rigs so should be in working condition with all survival gear in them. Am going up to Scotland to have a look (and maybe buy) end of the week.
Then put it on the river lee/canal to do the rest of the fitting out over the summer.
Draft cost of liveaboard in the UK
BSS costs (4 years) £150
insurance (1 year) £120
Gold licence, all rivers and canals (1y) £643 (less for only rivers or canals)
Red diesel Propulsion is about 0.75ppl
Licence initially would be continues cruising - Optional cost Mooring £1000-5000 (1y)
Here is the law on continues cruising – you can stay for two weeks in many spots http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/633.pdf
Here is the width of canals - Red and blue are good for the lifeboat size wise - Gray likely not http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/mwp.php?wpage=Inland-Waterways-of-England.htm
Working on the boat
A presentation of the idea of the Open Media Network and where it currently is
The OMN is owned by nobody and run by nobody. It is merely a set of "stupidly simple" open standards, open databases and working practices.
We are building some hubs to flesh the network out.
How can you get involved? What is there at the moment? Let's highlight some of the applications you can currently use:
http://link.openworlds.info is an open database of links to radical projects. These can be added as an embed on websites to create the interlinking that is so important to the open internet’s health. This will be federated.
http://news.openworlds.info is a newsflash service to widen our networks outside facebook. It is building into an open data and open access federated network. You can grab an embed for your site sidebar.
http://visionon.tv Auto updating quality controlled video embeds with playlists (eg http://globalviews.visionon.tv/embed), drawing from a huge database of radical video. This is a working federated network.
http://blog.openworlds.info This is the first stage of an open blogging network.
http://fund.openworlds.info Open funding network – is a place for media activists to get small amounts of cash for their projects and equipment.
All of these applications actively need development work.
Please have a look at these links for more information and background on the network.
Here's an entertaining piece of polemic on the problem we face.
Here is an outline of possible OMN solutions
Why ethical aggregation and conversation?
It's all based on an ongoing understanding of the political history of the internet
A bit of humour