Here’s my goodbye essay to ‘official’ borough engagement. I’ve given up.goodbye-engagement
Quick talk for September 2022
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
Old tracks from before the flood.
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)
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)
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?)
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)
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
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?)
As something very similar to this has appeared on Twitter recently, I’ve reposted this from 2011/2 when QMUL (mistakenly!) decided it didn’t want it.
Apparently the Metropolitan ‘police’ has ‘decided’ that this is ‘terrorism’. Run out of sarcasm single quotes now.
Here’s a little commentary on the current state of this. I didn’t go to the first workshop, since it was Teams, no need to use that, Zoom is perfectly adequate.
Haven’t seen any minutes either. I believe the concept is probably useful but not if pre-neutered in the usual way.
Here’s some partial commentary. I haven’t covered the 100 page document, since I have a number of other things to do. I also didn’t attend a ‘workshop’, the organisers decided to use Teams, there are many alternatives, some open source, even.
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 PDF of the Algorithmic Anarchist 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.