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How to Find a Good Mold Remediation Company

How to Find a Good Mold Remediation Company

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Originally posted on https://idrycolumbus.com/how-to-find-a-good-mold-remediation-company/


Mold is a serious problem. In 2016, it was estimated that 3.7 billion dollars were spent on allergic rhinitis caused by mold. Many studies have come to the conclusion that mold not only causes allergic rhinitis but also asthma and a host of other respiratory illnesses.

If you have a mold problem in your home, you will need to get some help. This means that you will need to employ a mold remediation company.

However, if you have never used a mold removal company, you may be wondering how you can choose a good company. Here are some tips that will help you to choose the best mold removal company for your needs.

Ensure Certification

When you are thinking about employing a mold removal company you should ensure that they are certified. Due to the attention of the media, consumers are extremely sensitive to mold growth and often panic at the first sight of it.

Unscrupulous persons who prey on people’s fears have cropped up offering mold services. Before you accept a consultation or pay anyone, ensure that they are certified to remove mold.

Go with Experience

Experience in the field is also something that is important. You want to hire a company that has seen, tested and treated all types of mold growth.

This knowledge and experience mean that you are more likely to get the job done right the first time. The last thing you want is for your time or your money to be wasted.

Availability and Speed

Mold grows fast and when allowed to spread it becomes more difficult to remove, which means it gets more expensive to treat. A fast response time saves your property, health, time and money.

If you find mold on your property you need a company that will respond quickly because they have an emergency mold removal service. When a company has emergency mold removal service, you are more likely to get service in 24 hours. At the very least service will be available within 48 hours.

Equipment, Techniques, and Communication

In addition to using the latest techniques and equipment to remove mold any company you use should communicate with you effectively. You need to know the progress being made at all times so that you can have peace of mind.

Choose a company that not only has the best removal techniques and equipment but also great communication skills.

Final Thoughts on Finding the Best Mold Remediation Company

Finding a good mold remediation company is a must when dealing with mold removal. Mold growth can get out of hand quickly and you need a company that can act fast and uses the right techniques.

You also need a company that seeks to give you the best service at the right price. Your mold removal company should also communicate with you effectively so that you are not left wondering about the progress of the job.

If you would like more information about removing mold please contact us. We are ready to offer you our expert advice.

On the Importance of Mining Your Own Data…

On the Importance of Mining Your Own Data…

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Originally posted on https://www.moonbuzz.io/on-the-importance-of-mining-your-own-data/


We are constantly amazed at the number of e-commerce business owners who a) have Google Analytics installed for their website and b) very infrequently use that data to make meaningful changes to the online representation of their business.

If that’s you (and statistically speaking, it probably is), we aren’t trying to shame you. We get it. You’ve got your day-to-day operations to run, and looking through incomprehensible graphs about user data probably ranks very low on your list of “things-that-need-to-happen-right-now”.

The problem is, there will never be a good time to look at user data. Or to make sure you’re set up for success across all of your marketing channels.

Which is why we’ve created this checklist of suggestions for you. Take it or leave it, these are the steps we’ve found to be the most beneficial for ourselves, and our clients.

We’ll be the first to admit that they aren’t easy wins – they require time and patience.

But the faster you get in the habit of using these methods to analyze your own data, the faster your understanding of that data will tell you why some people buy from you and others don’t.

Suggestion #1: Install Google Tag Manager

Let’s jump into the deep end! This is the hardest thing for most non-techy people to wrap their heads around. Google Tag Manager is the absolute FIRST thing we install on client sites. Why? Literally everything else you use to track data through your site can be bundled through this one container.

It’s easy to get bogged down by techno-jargon when dealing with GTM, so here’s the short version of what-in-the-bleep this thing is and why you’d use it: Google Tag Manager allows you to establish triggers across all of your sites and online platforms.

Okay, okay…but what does that mean?

When person A pushes button B (or does whatever you’re defining that event to be), a tag pops up, flagging the action to that person. You can now actively use that data for things like re-marketing within Google and FaceBook ad campaigns, as well as comprehensive data analysis which can fuel some pretty nifty landing page optimization over time…

Phew! That was a long-winded answer. Are you still with us? It’s exhausting to read – but it’s also EXACTLY what’s going to bump up your long range data game.

What’s next? Maybe a video from Google to show you how bad they are at explaining their products…

In case you’re more of an audio-visual person, we’ve embedded Google Tag Manager’s own explanation video – complete with a horrible green screen effect and unpolished Google explanations.


Originally posted on YouTube by Google Analytics


Suggestion #2: Bundle All Tracking Tags Within Google Tag Manager

What does this mean?

Everything you use to track data on your site(s) should be getting managed through Google Tag Manager. Most immediately, this means you should be pushing your Google Analytics tracking ID through GTM.

And while you’re at it – install the FB Pixel for your FaceBook ad campaigns through your GTM account.

Just remember to delete these tags from your site if you’ve already got them in there, as you’ll be doubling up on the tracking code otherwise.

Suggestion #3: Create A HotJar Account

HotJar has become an invaluable tool for website redesigns within our agency. Simply put, it allows you to visualize user behavior through heatmaps and user recordings, showing you EXACTLY what people are doing on your site.

This is highly recommended as it will allow you to see in-the-flesh what the metrics within your GA account are telling you with raw data.

And who doesn’t want to peek in on user behavior?

Okay…maybe you feel like this is some big brother surveillance stuff (or if you didn’t, you’re thinking it now – lol).

But if this feels wrong to you, maybe you should re-evaluate why you’re tracking user data to begin with. It should be to provide the best online customer experience possible. Not to sell people garbage they don’t need – but to meet customer demand with your supply chain.

Which is not something you accomplish in a vacuum.

Sign up for a free account and let us know what you think! If you’ve never used a tool like this, prepare to be amazed :).

Suggestion #4: Actively Review Your Data…And Make Adjustments

Surprisingly (to us, anyways), this last step is the one most infrequently committed to.

This is where we as business owners and administrators become our own worst nightmares.

We have a certain opinion about the website we’ve helped build – maybe we think it’s great, or maybe we think it’s bad, but in either case we likely have a preconceived notion of what makes it great or bad.

This is where acting on your own data will save your day, week, month, and year. You need to pay attention to what people are excited about on your site, as well as who’sexcited about it.

So enable demographics within Google Analytics, digest your heatmaps, and pay attention to trends.

But most importantly – MAKE CHANGES WHERE NECESSARY.

Act! Cease the carp! (is that the right phrase?)

The data you’re accumulating isn’t there for your amusement – it’s there to facilitate meaningful design and information calibration on your site.

Is no one visiting a page on your site you were relying on to be your biggest lead generator? Then make that page more visible!

Is your bounce rate too high? Give people a reason to stay on your page!

Did you expect people to be going through the checkout process faster once they’ve added products to their cart? Go in and get rid of obstacles within your checkout experience.

We aren’t suggesting that by following these four suggestions you’ll suddenly run flush with money – because this is the sort of hard work that takes dedication and time to see dividends from.

It’s not easy – so don’t expect it to be.

Though we will say with absolute conviction that it is a series of habits leading to successful decision making for your online platforms. You won’t get rich quick. But you just might rid yourself of weak points and nourish your successes over the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

No leather: Apple card is the most delicate credit card in the world – view

a few days Ago, Apple Card is launched in the United States. The credit card comes in a Version made of titanium, it is more secure than any other credit card and just “beautiful”, says Apple. But obviously it is not quite as stable as plastic cards, the iPhone maker has launched a separate website that is completely dedicated to the care and Cleaning of the Apple Card.

And there reading Amazing. So materials like denim or leather can discolor the credit card permanently. Especially the Latter is very unfavorable, because many people carry their credit cards in a wallet made of leather. And also the iPhone cases with slots for credit cards are of course almost always made of leather.

titanium is scratched other cards – but it’s still not invulnerable

Apple also warns that the Apple Card with other credit cards comes in contact with. It could be the scratches to give – but probably due to the plastic cards. Thus, the titanium will not be the destroyer in the wallet, it should be transported separately in a bag, a tray or a pouch made of soft Material.

Although the map of the Apple is harder than the other, it is possible to transport in a pocket with keys, coins or other hard objects. Of course, there are also limitations, as with all cards with magnetic strips. So you should keep the Apple Card magnets, for example, of bag closures remote.

After all, there is for Apple-Card users, two good News: The physical card all you need to do there, where you can pay wirelessly with the virtual card on the iPhone or the Apple Watch. And you need a replacement card, one will be delivered it for free.

The Swiss Fears and hopes for the digitization of view

the vast majority of The Swiss don’t want to abandon the digital achievements. With regard to the digital future, is to split the population. In Numbers: 35 percent are afraid of it, 36 percent are happy. Men are digital innovations compared to the significantly more open-minded than women.

a representative study of the research Institute Sotomo shows in the order of Ringier. In the run-up to the digital day of 3. September 2019 were asked 4400 people about their hopes and Fears for the digital change.

fear of loss of job

Approximately half believes that by digitizing more and more Jobs disappear as incurred. In addition, it is feared that the remaining Jobs are becoming more demanding. A majority expected that to be a part of your work will be accepted within ten years from the Computer. Fear the Swiss more before the loss of privacy through the digital data acquisition.

The survey shows vividly how the digitization is already in the normal everyday life arrived. 88 percent use a navigation system, the good old road map has had its day. Just 13 percent do their payments at the post office counter, the Rest relies on E-Banking. 81 percentage of fill in the tax return in digital form.

Since 2017, the Digitaltag is held annually under the auspices of the initiative for digital Switzerland. The aim of the national day of action on 3. To September 2019: the digitization of tangible and to encourage dialogue around the topic. The main partners are APG, Google, Ringier (BLICK-editor), SBB, SRG SSR and Swisscom.

travelers who are looking for your train in the course book, are clearly in the minority. Only nine percent leaves through the traditional SBB Tome. Each third party is glad to Google Maps, because he has no more questions in person following the path.

the doctor digital

communicate with A large majority of the Swiss is of the view that we are in terms of new technologies at the beginning. In ten years, you should talk about with the refrigerator, digital choose and match the doctor with a Boo-Boo digital right to ask advice.

what is striking is the scepticism towards innovations in the field of road transport, however, is. Only 30 percent believe that self-establish at the end of cars by 2030 on Swiss roads. Only seven percent believe in flying taxis.

After the circus-From: Beat Breu with Sex-rumors faced – look

Beat Breu (61) comes to rest. His dream of owning a Circus Beat Breu burst last Monday after just 13 days of play (LOOK told). Rather than with the German circus landlords Adolf Burger (53) balmy peacefully at a table, harden the fronts, more and more.

will Fought with dirty bandages. According to Burger claims to VIEW: “Beat Breu celebrated with artists in the Manege Sex orgies. And every Rock and watched.” He, too, was increased by the daughters of according to Burger downstream. When asked about this, bursts of Velo-legend of the collar: “Now you put us with Sex-rumors under pressure. This is a mess. I’ve heard that he told the around. Of course nothing of that is true in. I am totally clean.”

wife Heidi: “wants to make me jealous,”

wife Heidi (66) adds: “Adolf told also, that Beat would be part of the brothel Longhorn City. This is utter nonsense, he has to do so for 17 years, nothing more.” Behind the Sex-accusations she sees, “that he wants to spot Beats your Name, because the circus didn’t work, and he sees in us the guilty. With rumors about other women he wants to make me jealous. The do not succeed him”.

Still, it is also a question of money. Both still have open invoices at the opposite side. “I’m going to be so far with the settlement, then we will see whether we have him or is he still guilty of something,” said Heidi Breu.

Many continue to believe in the Breus, motivate

in addition to the harsh Wind, the couple experienced breezes and mild. “It touches us, how many people write to us a good “head high”, to believe in us, and us with their presence want to support, as soon as we have the tent of a new circus,” says Breu Beat.

Even on the support of his former employer’s Circus Royal that he could count. For a year he and Heidi led the Bistro. They went to irreconcilable differences with the management. Breu says: “Yesterday evening we received a phone call, we could always put our camper and to discuss ideas. This makes me very happy.”

FDP calls for comprehensive economic reforms – a view

In the trade dispute between China and the United States is no peace in sight, the lame global economy, the national Bank had to intervene several times in recent weeks in the foreign exchange market to weaken the Swiss franc economically difficult times to come on the world.

This should also get the Switzerland to feel. In the export-dependent machine industry is already rumored to be on the introduction of short-time work.

FDP-Boss warns of gloomy clouds

also, the FDP is doing. “The economic situation in the world, in Europe, in Switzerland, darkening – and quickly,” said party President Petra Gössi (43) on the Thursday before the media. She warns that this development would also meet the Switzerland – “the only question is, when and how”.

For the FDP, it is clear that the policy must now act to the national economy in preparation for the impending storms. With new free trade agreements. These are not just “nice-to-have, but an obligation”, so Gössi.

against the Background that the bilateral path with the EU threatens to be stony, if the framework agreement will not be signed so soon. If the access to the EU market is more and more difficult to Dodge the economy to other markets.

Parmelin to forward.

Thus, the FDP-Head increases the pressure on the Swiss people’s party Minister of economy, Guy Parmelin (59), of the – is different than his liberal predecessor, Johann Schneider-Ammann (67) – as a farmer friendly and agriculture has traditionally been the biggest stumbling block for free trade agreements

In the foreground stands that the agreement with the Mercosur countries is completed quickly (see Box). And also Malaysia and India, are still waiting.

Mercosur stands for Mercado Común del Sur, English the “Common market of the South”. It is a single market in the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Other countries, such as Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia are associated.

Switzerland wants to negotiate a free trade agreement with the Mercosur countries. So the Swiss economy would gain access to a market of 260 million people and about 72 percent of the area of South America. Here is a gigantic market for the whole of Switzerland is so.

The EU is already more

Until now, Switzerland only exports Goods and services worth four billion Swiss francs in the South of America. The duties under the economic umbrella organisation Economiesuisse to the high Import. An average of seven per cent, has to pay the duty, who wants to sell his Goods in the Mercosur region. But it can also be significantly more – up to 35 percent. Such duties would be reduced with a free trade agreement step of the way.

The EU has concluded with the Mercosur countries in June, a free trade agreement. This means that Swiss companies are at a disadvantage compared to the EU-competition solid.

Switzerland, on the finish straight?

The Federal government is confident that an agreement is imminent. Unclear questions of intellectual property and agriculture. Because by doing so, the Swiss machine industry, and service providers can conquer South America, the Mercosur countries, in turn, that their agricultural products duty free into Switzerland.

And that scares the Swiss farmers. Because Brazil and Argentina are Agricultural giants. In particular, in the case of beef production, it is not able to absorb the local farmers, with the South Americans. The farmer Association is also cautious, as he is to the agreement. (sf)

And then? More and more districts demand that Parmelin engaging in negotiations with the United States, the second-largest trading partner of Switzerland. The time was right, writes about the liberal think tank Avenir Suisse. So the personal contacts in the US Administration were so narrow as rarely – Federal President Ueli Maurer (68), for example, met in may, the US President Donald Trump (73) (VIEW reported).

On Friday, wants to introduce Avenir Suisse, a study to demonstrate the enormous effect of a free trade agreement. The speech is of more than a dozen billion Swiss francs in the balance of trade, and tens of thousands of new jobs.

unit rate for VAT

But free trade is not the only requirement of the free-minded. The FDP also calls for less regulation, the promotion of Start-ups, a unit rate for the VAT, and the easier recruitment of labour from third countries.

Remembering the First DWeb Camp, July 2019

By Frances Sawyer

Kanyon Sayers-Roods welcomes participants to camp.

With a sharp yip and a deep ‘Ohhh’ cried into the Pacific evening sky, Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods welcomed hackers, activists, artists, policymakers, and engineers from around the globe to the California Coast, traditional land of the Ohlone & Amah Mutsun peoples, to share in a week of learning, building, and dreaming a better web. 

Held on a farm near Pescadero, California, the first ever DWeb Camp brought together more than 375 campers from six continents to workshop, relax, build, and strengthen the community working on the decentralized web. The camp followed in the footsteps of the 2016 Locking the Web Open Summit at the Internet Archive and the 2018 Decentralized Web Summit held at the S.F. Mint, but with a new spin: what would happen if we brought this deep conversation about technology to a sublime, wind-whipped farm on the coast and over the course of a week, built a temporary, remote, networked community of ideas and ambition in nature? 

It was a week of radical creation! A little bit Burning Man, a little bit Chaos Communication Camp, DWeb Camp proved raucous, thoughtful, experimental and energizing for all involved. 

Here are a few highlights from the week: 

The Mushroom Farm 

Volunteers build the tents, creating a small village in only a few days.

After scouting a half dozen sites, Wendy Hanamura, leader of the DWeb organizing team had a feeling: The Mushroom Farm, could become the perfect place  for this gathering. It didn’t matter that the farm didn’t quite yet have strong Internet connectivity. Or that the bathrooms weren’t scaled to 300 people’s needs. The philosophy and ethos of the farm and its stewards were absolutely aligned with those articulated by decentralized organizers — it was time for our communities to grow together to help foster deep connections within ourselves, our communities and the planet.

A few miles south of Pescadero, in sight of the waves on Gazos Beach, The Mushroom Farm was once home to one of Campbell Soup’s industrial mushroom farms — producing 70,000 pounds of mushrooms per week. More than a decade ago, it was sold in a distressed asset sale and, in the intervening years, its 700+ acres have been nurtured back to life to create a gathering place for disruptive thinking on renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, technology, and wellness. 

Nadeem Kassam, owner and visionary behind The Mushroom Farm, joins the volunteer crew for a delicious picnic dinner made from local produce.

Home to native, perennial grasslands, an experimental vegetable and hemp farm, old warehouses filled with redwood beams, and more, as a site, it channels a strain of futurism that has long been cultivated on the western edge of the U.S. For DWeb Camp participants, it proved the ideal setting to encourage long-form thinking, open dialogue, and reflection on the evolution and design of technology. 

The Big Build: By Community, For Community 

Katie Barrett, Wendy Hannamura, Ben Hanna, and Joanna Antigone Nastos (camp names: Mama Badger, DreamWeaver, Twizz, and Miss. Frizzle) smiling at the beginning of a new camp day.

Four days before most participants arrived, a crew of 50+ volunteers descended upon The Mushroom Farm to muck the bathrooms, set up three sprawling tent sites, paint signs, prep food, build the camp’s shared spaces, and put the final touches on the site before the crowds arrived. 

These volunteers provided the final push after months of preparations by The Mushroom Farm, DWeb organizers, experts from Custom Camps and the Internet Archive.

Together, they created an ethos of openness and respect, articulated in the DWeb Camp Pillars

These pillars were affirmed in those first days as participants from across the globe —old friends and those who had never met— forged deep connections in the process of building the camp. From posting friendly warning signs about local ticks and poison oak crafted by Companion-Platform designers Calvin Rocchio and Lexi Visco to working with the chefs (including several Esalon kitchen alums) to enlarge the outdoor kitchen, volunteers went to work to establish a sense of community that would last throughout the week. Each night, the volunteer crew gathered for a hearty meal of local produce and cheeses, getting excited to welcome the hundreds of newcomers later in the week. 

Installing the Mesh 

Against this stunning natural backdrop, what’s the first thing the builders of the next web did? They built a mesh network, of course! 

Jenny Ryan of People’s Open Network helps make buttons to identify camp volunteers.

Several weeks before the crowds arrived, Network Coordinator, Benedict Lau of Toronto Mesh and an army of volunteers, many from People’s Open Network, scampered across the Mushroom Farm from the Mesh Hall to the campsites with zip ties, cables, routers, and wireless radios to build a working mesh network throughout the camp footprint. With 6 nodes across camp, this network allowed for full peer-to-peer connectivity for camp participants. 

This early team of volunteers laid the groundwork of six nodes for the system and throughout the week, construction continued as more users were added with each arriving device. As participants arrived, they were given an introduction to the network, joined with the open credentials, then given the tools to teach others about its operation by our team of Network Stewards. On the final day of workshops, the team led the installation of the 7th node, completing the “Mesh Playground.” Soon, all were up and running full speed ahead, linking phones and laptops across the camp to Raspberry Pis in the Mesh Hall, running decentralized apps such as a Matrix Homeserver, and opening a Secure Scuttlebutt Pub on the local network — a decentralized web come to life! 

Soon, supporting the mesh and teaching people about their own experiences in building community networks were leaders from around the globe: Nico Pace and cynthia el khoury, coordinators from Association for Progressive Communications helped gather community network leaders from around the world. Soledad Luca de Tena, a director at South Africa’s first community network, had flown in from Cape Town. TB Dinesh, a mesh specialist, came from Bangalore. Hiure Queiroz, Marcela Guerra and their baby Amina travelled together from Brazil. All week, Luandro Vieira smiled as he typed away and troubleshooted the network expansion, leveraging his experience in building a community network in Moinho, Quilombola village Brazil. At their side were co-creators from People’s Open in Oakland, Toronto Mesh, Guifi.net, the Internet Archive, and more. They highlighted the LibreRouter, an important open hardware being launched to address long-standing hardware problems for rural connectivity. 

Opening the Gates 

Map of DWeb Camp

With the campsite and mesh ready to go, the gates of the Mushroom Farm opened Thursday afternoon and the first eager participants arrived. They had signed up without quite knowing what to expect, but as head Weaver, Kelsey Breseman noted, “anything you can be excited about without knowing what to expect is cool.” 

As they entered, participants were assigned a campsite and immediately welcomed into imaginative world created by the organizers. There was the Mesh Hall, the whirring, technical heart of the first ever DWeb Camp. Cables flying (neatly), drones disemboweled on tables, Oculus headsets, white boards covered with concept designs and welcome signs for mini-workshops on just about any decentralized topic imaginable. 

Trav Fryer made a photo booth connected to Scuttlebutt so that participants could take selfies to share with their friends via the decentralized social media site.

A bit further into the campus hub, and the blockchain courtyard contained a photo-booth where participants could take a selfie with a Secure Scuttlebutt-networked camera, paint a sign about their project, or sit in the shade beneath verdant natural awnings. A few steps further, and the Universal Access Hall, where comfy low mattresses lined the walls and participants sipped tea while joining one of hundreds of small group conversations. 

Hidden in different pockets throughout this space, experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation talked policy, Secure Scuttlebutt creators imagined a new form of decentralized social media, and representatives from Consensys, Holo, Orchid, Web 3, Coil, Gun, Dat, Web Torrent, Jolocom, Protocol Labs, and Solid held court on infrastructure design, new protocols and data structures. There were spaces to talk about archiving where the Internet Archive showcased its model of a miniaturized version of its collection and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative demoed their latest thinking on data infrastructure and political risk. 

Outside the hall, the sprawling outdoor picnic area crests the bluff alongside a hang out area with a make your own name-tag button station, an outdoor kitchen, and picnic areas with countless ongoing conversations, all framed by a bonfire pit and the Dome of Decentralization. In this space, participants settled into the whimsy, the creativity, the ethos of the land. Then, for the next three days, leapt into thinking, experimenting, and creating against the backdrop of the relentless pounding of Pacific waves. 

Many big conversations too place in the shade of the Dome of Decentralization in the camp’s outdoor living room.

Experiments Galore! 

Jasper shows off how to fly a drone.

In such a setting, experimentation reigned!

Participants brought ideas, projects in prototype, and ready to break demos, excited to have their solutions picked apart by their brainy peers. A thirteen-year-old boy, Jasper, chaperoned by his dad, worked with older coders to create a 3D map of the farm using customized software and patterned drone flights. Tables in the Mesh Room held rotating conversations about projects across the network stack: Kyle Drakeshowcased his recreation of Geocities, complete with MIDI sound files playing happily in the background. Just across the room, Bryan Newbold invited participants to print or take away some 10 million journal articles. Throughout the week, the ten DWeb Camp Global Fellows were easy to find, leading discussions on building community networks and P2P apps and sharing their experiences as local leaders of decentralization. Every once in awhile, these conversations were interrupted by a new murder as a campus-wide game of ASSASSINS played out. 

Bryan Newbold hosted a data swap where he shared more than 10 million academic articles in his collection.

The energy of the hacker space permeated the whole of the conversation and constantly reminded participants that the theories discussed, values articulated, and ideas for a better web were not simply abstract wish lists, but services that can and should be built. 

Old Guard & the New 

For the young creators in attendance, there was inspiration and caution offered by a host of the early pioneers of the Web. Sir Tim Berners Lee was in attendance, offering the history of the World Wide Web. Mary Lou Jepsen, who held senior product roles at Google and Facebook, hosted a conversation on privacy and the emerging central role of big data in the biomedical field. Brewster Kahle hosted a data swap, diving into conversations about the Internet Archive, archiving, and the evolution around the decentralized web conversation. 

Mary Lou Jepsen leads a conversation on practical telepathy and the importance of privacy in a world where more and more personal data is collected and put to use.

The last evening, an impromptu gathering of the “Old Guard” as they self-branded took place long into the night. What was it like when the web was just starting? What worked and what didn’t? They told and retold the origin stories of the field, leaving younger participants with the tingling feeling that history was not so removed, but pulsing, present and a part of us.

Wayback Wheel & A New Ethos for the Web 

Participants gather for an informal discussion on climate change beneath the Wayback Wheel awning.

The southern end of the campsite was framed by a very sacred space, the Wayback Wheel. This piece, a beautiful canopied structure framing an open fire built by Joshua Tree, originated at Standing Rock and then traveled to Burning Man. Only before DWeb Camp did it find its home on the Mushroom Farm. Oriented toward the cardinal directions, this piece was programmed throughout the week by the artistic-technological educator Andi Wong and proved a centering sculptural home for conversations around the values of decentralized technology and building a world with respect for the elements and earth. 

At the Wheel, the camp worked to center indigenous voices — beginning with Kanyon’s opening welcome and threaded throughout with indigenous and tribal representation from across the globe present. There Andi also hosted hands-on activities for the children in attendance, whose ages ranged from a few months old to teens, helping them make art and create their own world within the camp. It also corralled conversations with Earth Species Project founders, Brit Selvitelle and Asa Raskin on whether and how we could use neural nets and machine learning to understand animal communication. Over cocktails one night, about 20 attendees gathering to discuss the rapidly changing climate — and the role technologists have in contributing toward solutions. 

By design and thanks to the supportive setting, this conversation about values permeated throughout the week. In a dynamic, well-attended talk in the Hyper Lounge, Asa Raskin and Tristan Harris from the Center for Humane Technology gave a talk about how lightspeed advances in technology (and particularly ad-based business models) have overwhelmed our natural evolutionary defenses. Later, they listened intently to a group of Web 3.0 builders and brainstormed solutions to making more human-centered technologies. These global ethicists came to learn  how decentralization could play a role in that better future.  

Asa Raskin and Tristan Harris give a talk on ethics.

The importance of these big conversations were wonderfully framed by Mai Ishikawa Sutton in her blog post, “Transforming Ourselves to Transform Our Networks” at the beginning of camp. And perhaps the greatest gift of DWeb Camp to its participants was that it created a relaxed, thoughtful space that could build the trust needed to have these hard conversations. 

Onward: Homeward Bound with a Call To Action  

The Kids of DWeb Camp hosted their very own parade to kick off the closing ceremony. Throughout the week, their creativity connected them to each other and the land as they made art, met new friends, and learned about where food comes from from the farmers.

Whether dancing away by firelit to SF Airship Acoustic, sharing stories over a cup of hot cacao, or laughing riotously during the talent show, participants at DWeb Camp fostered the relationships that will only strengthen this movement toward a better web. The space offered by the Mushroom Farm and cultivated by the DWeb Camp creators and all its partners proved natural home to the kind of slow conversation that creates lasting friendships. It was a place that returned those of us engaged in decentralization to our first principles and democractic ideals, clarified by sunshine and sharpened by the cold and salty Pacific. 

Now, participants have scattered across the world — they have become, again, decentralized — but the community built above the crashing waves of Gazos Beach is living on, imagining, designing, and building a better shared future through technology and community. 

The DWeb Camp Crew!
Summertime in the Internet Archive Stacks

Summertime in the Internet Archive Stacks

Around the Internet Archive headquarters (and most of the United States), it’s summertime, meaning high temperatures, a lot of kids out of school, and a sense of taking it easy and being up for some relaxing and fun walks through the Internet Archive’s collection of material. Here’s a light, hopefully interesting set of materials at you might want to make part of your hot days and nights.

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie: The Summertime Mixtapes

Jazz and Boogie have been putting out free mixtapes every year for almost a decade with the idea of being played out on a radio durring summer. Called simply the “Summertime Mixtapes”, they’re a lovely platter of good tunes for a good time.

Wellesley Recreation Summer Concert

Five videos shot during the Wellesley Recreation Summer Concert in 2018 are a perfect blend of good fun and community spirit. Stretching into the hours are all sorts of bands, announcements and performances.

Eaton’s Spring and Summer Catalogue 1917

It’s too late to order (over 100 years too late) but the Eaton’s Catalogue for 1917 had all manner of summer fashions for sale and you can look over some lovely scanned images from that time on our in-browser reader. At the very least, you should check out some of the excellent choices in hats for beachwear.

Cooking With Gelatin

For cooking with gelatin it’s hard to beat this 1907 cookbook for the variety of jellies and gelatins you can make, called the “Cox’s Manual of Gelatine Cookery”, but unfortunately there’s no photographs or illustrations, and it’s all about the unique sights and colors of gelatin culinary delight, so illustration from Cox’s is getting pushed aside for this Jello ad:

And Now… from You

That’s what I’ve found in a short stroll through the Archive’s millions of items… maybe you’ve stumbled on some great movies, hot music, and fantastic books that bring you back through summers past or which will be just as great in the present day. Feel free to leave comments with your finds!

  • Jason Scott, Free Range Archivist