Giving this a go, after a while away - nice to see some familiar faces here again!
I turned 38 this weekend, and after looking at different video tools, I figured out a way to hack zoom into using it like time-limited video inbox for video greetings, as an experiment in using video, and the scope for expression it offers over text:
Chris Adams’s blog – 29 Mar 20
I’ve recently been experimenting with using remote conferencing tools to make it easier to use video for richer, more intimate messages, and below is a post I’ve shared in a few private…
It worked out pretty well - I had designed this specifically to make it possible for a group of people to send a message at the same as a recorded video, but what came through were mainly individual video greeting, which were still nonetheless welcome. It sucks that the only service I could use for this was zoom, even after paying to try out a bunch of competitors - lets hope we see a more diverse ecosystem evolve over the coming months.
Also, given we’re all talking COVID-19, I shipped a related project I started working on last week, with a long standing client, Spendnetwork.
It uses the last ten years of collated open spending data to make it easier to for budget holders to find suppliers of critical products and services in the context of COVID-19:
I’m hoping it’ll be useful, as in local government, when people leave their post in an organisation, lots of knowledge about supplier relationships leaves too, which slows an effective response.
The goal we’re going for is to mitigate against this, by piecing together information from lots of organisations that aren’t in competition from each other, and whose aggregate activity can reveal patterns in their own expenditure, resulting in better use of limited funds.
with some of this out of the way, I’m expecting to get back to some community building work on http://climateAction.tech and the Green Web Foundation, but that’s for another update.
Stay safe, fellow ryders