Neutering The Community Assembly Budget Process

Last year, I published this using a slightly less adversarial title. However, we’re one year on, a) not the tiniest thing has changed b) I’ve also been on the other side participating in a project now, so I’ve added some commentary about my experience with that.

Currently the sole solution from the borough is to be defensive and double down on ‘comms’. I had hoped for better, mais ça s’annonce mal whatever that is, in French.

Here you go:  neutering-the-participative-budget-v3

Music Selection

Old tracks from before the flood.

Harmony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXvyyWBQjck Dancing Bear: Mamas and Papas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ecsAI3FhY Time of the Season (lyrics are somewhat creepy): Zombies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2hXBf1DakE She’s not There: Zombies

https://youtu.be/G2fnd2L3WlY Ancient Traveller: Mighty Baby (lots of Hendrix style white notes)

Psychedelia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANNqr-vcx0 White Rabbit: Jefferson Airplane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gatuDgxIrUw Egyptian Tomb: Mighty Baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oJWZnJImEU House without Windows: Mighty Baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwnyoH5DpNE Maybe the People will…: Love (the reference is to the Whisky A Gogo)

https://youtu.be/FUen3Y2OhQ8 Sunny Day Strut: Hot Tuna (spun this on the Oregon State Uni station in Corvallis in about 1986)

Funk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsrqKE1iqqo Low Rider: WAR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnH_zwVmiuE Picking Up the Pieces: Average White Band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ckIovZRwk Hihache: Lafayette Afro Rock Band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eR4aQrYozY Funkadelic : Cosmic Slop (Michael Hampton is under the hat, I think)

https://youtu.be/WLQeIbAfeAM Maggot Brain: Funkadelic with Eddie Hazell (not really funk but)

https://youtu.be/sEWrWm0ydnY Creepin’ : Bootsie + Kingfish (and Mrs Bootsie?)

Rock/Blues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkzdiR413FU Little Red Rooster: Stones (this is a Willie Dixon song though)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJyc9uAlzxs Prodigal Son : Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer (I think)

Hendrix

https://youtu.be/lObvUP6bpuQ Up From Skies: Hendrix (becomes more relevant each year)

https://youtu.be/KNXUuw4to-c Angel: Hendrix

https://youtu.be/iaE4s3m8UOQ Little Wing: Hendrix (don’t leave home without this)

https://youtu.be/zxv3LSa0mNo One Rainy Wish: Hendrix

Folk Revival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOB57UcYk8 Who Knows where the Time Goes: Fairport Convention (Sandy Denny Period)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auG8lldv_qE First Time I Ever Saw Your Face : Jansch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbGn7b1XQM Sunday Morning: Michael Chapman (one guitar DGDGBE tuning?)

 

Print Copy of The Algorithmic Anarchist

The first edition is now on Lulu  Algorithmic Anarchist: The Book . The ‘book’  has the original A-Z content, a couple of essays from 2009, Library 451 (how some UK libraries are being neutered by US origin algorithms) and my final essay submission on green municipalism at Birkbeck in 2019.

The original as a PDF is still freely available here and accompanies the printed book, since all the footnotes etc. are clickable.

I also still have some review copies if people want to DM me on Twitter with a physical address. The cover is an impression of the Ile St Martin on the edge of Gruissan.

n5n52n_4_print_cover

 

Newham Local Plan: Partial Commentary

I’m not all the way through this. Also there’s more commentary on the bits of Newham that I know well. All in all, developer led, architect led, full of buzzwords (curated, legibility, heritage, web, arc etc.) and not SMART

More in a while, especially when I’ve read the https://www.newham.gov.uk/planning-development-conservation/newham-local-plan-refresh  but, so far, unambitious, climate unfriendly and disappointing.

local-plan-partial-comments

The Algorithmic Anarchist

This is a work in progress, short paragraphs arranged alphabetically by title. Changed to A5 format for printing at Lulu in October 2021. This is now a final version that corresponds to the print version as of January 2022. I’m just proofing the print copy and then it will be more widely available,

Some other essays added at the end of the manuscript. If you want a review copy write to me on Twitter.

aa-draft1.pdf