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I realised recently that the different publications, video and research from my 'wood wide web' project were a little scattered all over the internet, so I've created an archive page where to link everything together, to find everything a littler more easily:

shanefinan.org/visual_art_page

(reposted because of a typo on the link!)

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I'm a visual working who builds digital media installations. I'm a supporter of and or (digital and physical).

I am working on projects about 'networks' (woodland, digital, human) and planning to use a platform for a project in the UK later this year.

Look forward to meeting or anyone interested in a world built on community!

I'll post some recent here to get started.

These days I spend a lot of time in the company of sheep.

The longer I spend with them, the more I start to see how active our relationship is. I am never just sensing the animal. The animal is sensing me too. We exchange this.

This is a drawing I made of a ewe that I befriended on a research trip recently. I don't know what she is experiencing as I observe her.

Philosopher Vinciane Despret observes humans who observe animals.

'What Would Animals Say If We Asked The Right Questions' is an extraordinary research book. It is split into 26 sections written with humour and tenderness about topics including the folly of laboratory studies in animal behaviour and the undercurrent of moralistic 'otherness' that many of us harbour when thinking about the non-human.

pdf.zlibcdn.com/dtoken/90948fd

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The Next Cloud Residency is an online folder residency hosted in our cloud.
Sneak into the folder in every moment of the month to see what the artists are sharing!

The invited collective for the month of January is Clusterduck!

cloud.servus.at/s/rybks58esNkj
#nextcloudresidency

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There are two kinds of tech-savvy users.

The "corporate" kind, that says things like "I'm a full stack developer with emphasis in machine intelligence for big data analytics" and "I have an app for that".

And the "hacker" kind, that says things like "computers were a mistake" and "sorry, I don't use smartphones. Can you send me an e-mail instead?".

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So now I'm faced with this crossroads. I have to decide if it is worth compromising on the values that have thusfar kept me from embracing Adobe software (it's worse than just being proprietary, it's also at this point only available by subscription. You can rent it, you can't own it.) in order to embrace other values that I see as important (DIY media: ajroach42.com/diy-media/)

And I think, for me, the answer is that it isn't.

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RT @annie_goh@twitter.com

Spring Term 2021 Programme for the @CRiSAP2@twitter.com @lccsoundarts@twitter.com Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Lecture *online* series is once again looking 💯💯💯💜💙💚

Full programme info (inc link for guest registration) here:
bit.ly/37xT8B7

🐦🔗: twitter.com/annie_goh/status/1

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This year, after four years, we will leave this cottage for a new home. We are planning to establish an experimental space built around art and food where this same openness of hospitality will always exist but which we can keep as our livelihood too. How we will balance that is something we are still figuring out.

I will miss this home. I make note of this now as a reminder to myself, and a short note to you (anyone reading). 2021 will hold transition.

Bliain nua shona dhiabh.

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I traded this online hospitality for making an inviting home for an extended network of friends. My partner and I now rent a cottage - a sanctuary in the countryside in east Ireland where people are always welcome (pandemic unfortunately is an exception as I am trying to shield my neighbors and friends/family from possible infection).

I am happy to offer my home to any waif or wanderer for short stays and will never charge money for this. I will accept stories but this is not an obligation.

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Between 2007 and 2012 I hosted dozens of travellers in my home in north-west Ireland, and travelled for free through other countries. I adored trading storytelling and the chance to offer hospitality. Many of those fleeting friends made a big impression and are still recounted in my anecdotes today.

The platform that helped enable this exchange (Couchsurfing) is now commercially owned and an ugly imitation of its former self. Although it seems small, losing this was a big loss in my life.

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I'm in the process of learning some seemingly basic stuff about web design (front and back end) and I have so many questions?

Is there anyone here who wouldn't mind me asking them a lot of questions? Would prefer it to be a phone/skype/jitsi call if possible.

Lately I've been having trouble getting my yeast to activate when I make bread.

This is traditionally a sign that I have offended the good folk and need to seek their forgiveness. I don't know what I've done, or how to make it up to them. Any advice?

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“But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”
— Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed raptitude.com/2010/07/your-lif

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Propolis is seeing renewed scientific interest in light of the current pandemic.

Here's a recent open access publication which offers a comprehensive summary of the antiviral properties of propolis, possible interactions with SARS-CoV-2 and the limitations of our existing knowledge:

Propolis and its potential against SARS-CoV-2 infection mechanisms and COVID-19 disease

sciencedirect.com/science/arti

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Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.

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@n8 Totally 100% Agree. Which is why I'm currently setting up my own FreedomBox. If you're passionate and/or capable enough to contribute I would encourage you to do the same and contribute to the development of the platform and its wiki/manual. You can get involved here : discuss.freedombox.org/

#decentralization #freedombox

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