Boris Mann

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Sept 27th, 2020

  • September 27, 2020

Both Stream and Garden

@ton asked:

What could a site look like if it was neither a blog or wiki, but had both those types of content (both stream and garden, so to speak)? Any good examples you know of?

Well, that’s basically what I’m exploring here!

I think notes == wiki and journal == blog, although journals are much more of a mix. For both, using backlinks / wiki-likes rather than exclusively linking or commenting out is a difference. Even bringing in an article or a link to a tool as something more note-like leads to behaviours that are very different than writing a blog, I’m finding. I’m still thinking if I might turn journals into posts rather than the note type they currently are.

Basically, so I can make up for the fact that it’s hard to link to “blocks” without a full Roam ResearchRoam Research
“A note-taking tool for networked thought. As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.”
-like system in place that isn’t just Markdown files.

Simply Jekyll

From the comments on Ton’s post, @bopuc pointed out Simply JekyllSimply Jekyll
Highly customized [[Jekyll]] template that supports both posts and custom notes, with everything able to be linked together with [[backlinks]] and other features.
Found via @bopuc on Ton’s post.

By Raghuveer S, [[@raghuveerdotnet on Github::]].
Preview / example, available on Github
Tutorial [[How to setup Simply Jekyll]], which is basically clone the repo, connect to [[Netl...
. It looks great and I’m going to spend a bit of time seeing if I can integrate it into this site, or switch to using that theme entirely.

This is what’s nice when your data – Markdown files and a little bit of config – are easily portable between systems.

Institute for Local Self Reliance sent to me by @benzcooper. Looks like an interesting albeit US-centric organization. From their about page:

Our Energy Democracy Initiative empowers households and communities to produce their own local, clean, and renewable energy and oppose the excessive power of monopoly utilities.

The Community Broadband Network Initiative promotes locally rooted, democratically accountable broadband networks that provide fast, affordable and reliable Internet access to all Americans.

Our Independent Business Initiative champions locally owned businesses, leads efforts to fight the unchecked power of corporate giants like Walmart and Amazon, and seeks to reverse the government policies that work against these small, independent businesses.

Our Waste to Wealth Program focuses on moving toward a zero-waste economy, exposing corporate control of the waste sector, and supporting local community efforts to shut down garbage incinerators.

Our Composting for Community Initiative works in diverse communities to create jobs, protect the climate, and reduce waste by advancing local, neighborhood-level composting programs.

Rather than creating an organization, I’m much more interested in doing projects that fit into themes like this. SMB PeersSMB Peers
aka Small Business Peer Roundtable.
I have a “yes” from one business, and just need to ask another if they want to participate. I have a couple of people in mind to be peers. Still thinking about whether to connect this into [[Venture Scouts]] or not. Feels like it would be a fit.
fits into this, as does Vancouver CLT and Vancouver Local Makers DirectoryVancouver Local Makers Directory
There isn’t a directory of local artists and other makers in [[Vancouver]].
Ideally, this would have a number of goals:

list local makers
increase sales to those makers
connect local supply chains

What goods are made in Vancouver?
This is sort of the main question, perhaps connected to “Can I buy X in Vancouver?”.
Shopify Site, Monthly Specials
An idea is to build a Shopify site that lists makers.
Users can browse makers and go directly to their site. Can also subscribe to a mailing list wi...