Think of this next time you buy South Korean salt

Two-thirds of South Korea’s sea salt is produced at more than 850 salt farms on dozens of islands in Sinan County, including Sinui island, where half the 2,200 residents work in the industry. Workers spend grueling days managing a complex network of waterways, hoses and storage areas.

Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged. Kim’s case prompted a nationwide government probe of thousands of farms and disabled facilities that found more than 100 workers who’d received no, or scant, pay.


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Model View Culture

I have earlier known about Patreon, Flattr, and similar sites, but not explored the content available on them enough. Today, I also found ‘Model View Culture’

We pay contributors, and we are 100% reader supported – we don’t have any angel or venture capital investment, and we don’t take money from corporations. This allows us to maintain an independent editorial perspective and publish things that you won’t see in any other tech press.


I really like being able to directly support artists whose work I like. I mentioned Justin Hall in my last entry here, and Model View Culture is another concept that I would like to support.

These kinds of micro-transaction sites are creating all kinds of interesting opportunities. Here is the Patreon intro video:

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Justin Hall at Patreon

For over 20 years I’ve been sharing my life on the web, flinging electronic intimacies to challenge myself and reach people. I started on the public internet in 1994 with Justin’s Links from the Underground, my guided tour of the weird, wild and wonderful on the world wide web. Over time I wrote out an autobiography; now over 4000 pages – some call it oversharing, I like to think of it as a work in progress. In 2004, the New York Times said I may be the “founding father of personal bloggers” – I post that quote that here to associate myself with other recognizable brands, which should make you more likely to pledge if my reading of Robert Cialdini is correct.

I learned how to do it from other people, and I’m proud of having helped good folks to express themselves online. So Patreons get access to all my data – support me and you can see how I run my TV business.


Yes, I will support Justin, and so should you!

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Crowdfunding, SaaS

Fred Wilson wrote this about 2014:

4/ the capital markets have moved to the internet. we call it crowdfunding but what is really going on is raising money is a great application of a global platform that connects billions of people in real time. i don’t know the total amount of capital that was raised on the internet across all sectors (equity, debt, creative projects, charity, helping a person in need, real estate, energy, etc, etc) in 2014 but i am sure it is in the tens of billions.

This trend will grow in this new year, and I am excited to see how money will flow easier across borders and continents. Good ideas will have an easier time to get funding, but they still need to be able to use the opportunities/tools out there. In order to participate in the Kickstarter economy you need to know to not only find the website, but also use it somewhat effectively, otherwise your project will simply drown among the thousands of others.

Fred also wrote about 2015 in a separate post, where he says this about SaaS:

9/ the enterprise/saas sector will shine in 2015 with dozens of emerging important new companies taking advantage of the cloud and mobile to redefine what work and workflow looks like in the enterprise.

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Wreck & Salvage

Some of my favourite content to watch of all is the work of the folks behind W&S.

Here is from their about page text, which is a review from the Total Recut Blog

Given that this trio of editors has chosen to give themselves the name “Wreck & Salvage,” it’s not surprising to find their body of work repeatedly raising the question of how we get value out of all the video footage that floods our lives. The sources W&S draw from are as varied as the internet: corporate news and commercials, internet memes, ephemeral daytime television, propaganda, archive footage, and plenty of amateur video, be it from youtube kids or soldiers serving in Iraq… W&S edits all this footage to look for ways to make it useful, either politically, socially, artistically, or all of the above.

Here is the latest W&S video, from October 2013. I hope these brilliant folks will continue creating videos!

W&$ Vine compilation Oct 2014 from wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

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Rupert Howe wrote this to put into place his new year’s resolution:


not just the video, but the writing and the audio.

There are many of us who has arrived at this new year, wanting to be more creative. And something I realised yesterday night was that in order to become inspired, I also need to search for inspiration in words from others, and interact with that. It could be a Facebook post, or a tumblr-log, or a video shot in 1996 that was put online.

Scavengers, wreck and salvage, look at whatever gives us something, and create the future, one step at the time.


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Buy Misshapen Fruit!

Jamie Oliver, who has led the campaign for improved school meals, is turning his attention to a campaign encouraging shoppers to buy “crooked” carrots, knobbly pears and wonky potatoes, in an effort to reduce food waste.

Misshapen but perfectly edible fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste will be sold by Asda at discounted prices in a national trial starting at the end of January.

The retailer – the UK’s second largest supermarket – said long-standing consumer resistance was about price and quality, but its research showed that 65% of its customers were now open to the idea of buying oddly shaped fresh produce, while 75% would definitely buy “wonky” if it was cheaper.

(source / via fb)

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Using Big Data vs enabling companies to use Big Data

As consultant Peter Goldmacher declared back in 2013, the biggest winners in Big Data are the “business people that have identified opportunities to use data to create new opportunities or disrupt legacy business models.” As we enter 2015, expect to see data double the number of billion-dollar startups even as public companies learn to grow through data, as well.

(source / via)

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Jan 15 and the Russian authorities

As Russian telecommunications regulators and law enforcement continue to play whack-a-mole online, in an attempt to block any mention of the January 15 protest in support of Alexey Navalny, it appears Facebook and Twitter have decided not to block any more pro-Navalny pages.

A TV Rain report, citing multiple sources, says Facebook has decided not to block any further protest content or pages, after the initial January 15 event page was blocked for Russian users. Twitter, TV Rain sources say, has also decided it will continue sending notifications to users whose content has been flagged by Roscomnadzor, but will not sanction the users in any way. Both platforms understand that such behavior could lead to Facebook and Twitter being fully blocked in Russia, TV Rain reports.

(source / via)

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The first day of the year is almost done. It has been a good day. Tomorrow it is back to work, for one day, before the weekend kicks in.

Observations so far:

* I need to work on something that lets me write longer articles, stuff that I can feel is a Product, and not just me posting something here for my future self.
* The website is loading very slow now; I blame the Dreamhost servers in the US being slaggy. Well, I pay quite low monthly fee for it, so I guess you get what you pay for. I am considering upgrading to an AWS-run blog instead, but then again, I am not sure if that is worth it. I will have to dig into this a bit more. I guess it also is a question of how I want my tools to work with/for me here.
* In some way, I treat this blog as a twitter account. Short, quick updates. This is not going to be a few posts per week, lengthy, long-form, Altho I may use later on as part of my distribution platform for the longer stuff here.
* I need to look at my online tools again. Tools for: Finding news, engaging with news, or content, on a light level (a ‘favourite’ on Twitter is a good example), or more closely.
* I want to get my old blogging content from etc up and running again. I guess that means I need to look into those old wordpress databases.

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