Me and Indie Web Camp Baltimore

Group photos — Aaron Parecki

This weekend I attended Indie Web Camp in Baltimore. It’s a fun gathering of people who believe we should own our online identities — pictures, thoughts, short and long posts (and even check-ins in some cases). Post to your own domain, then syndicate to social networks, but remain in control. Core principles of the movement are listed on indieweb.org.

A breif personal indie web history. I’ve been blogging and building websites and CMSes for as long as I can remember. When I was 12 living between Kursk, Russia and Imatra, Finland, I published an online zine called “Superfun”. I had some strong web design and writing skills:

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Uppy or Building a File Uploader That Won’t Bark at the Mailman — my talk at Manhattan.js

youtu.be/HTx8JH7j1G4

My talk about Uppy, the file uploader I’ve been working on. It’s got sleek UI, fetches files from local disk, as well as remote Google Drives and Instagrams, or you can snap selfies with a camera, preview and edit metadata, and upload files to the final destination, optionally processing/encoding on the way.

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Eurotrip, The Movie: Part II

My movie about the two-month journey across Europe continues.

Part 2: Berlin with friends, Transloadit team meetup, train to Zürich, boat ride and swimming in the lake, lookout tower, glazer and camping in the mountains, Moscow and some Saint-Petersburg.

https://youtu.be/otF-BA5ZZ4Q

Subtitles available in English, don’t forget to turn them on. Thank you!

Part I
Part II

Eurotrip, The Movie: Part I

My movie about a two-month summer journey across Europe and Russia by hitchhiking, trains and cars.

Part I: Paris, couchsurfing, French cheese talk, hitchhiking to Luxmbourg, exciting road stories, some more couchsurfing, hitchhiking to Berlin.

https://youtu.be/7CfdUFgLQog

Subtitles available in English. Part II coming soon.

Part I
Part II

Koti Home Automation And Mr. Rudolf, The Door Bell Bot

Ever since my friends Anna and Sergey gave me an Arduino Starter Kit as a birthday present, I’ve been experimenting with hardware: programming microcontrollers and connecting sensors to build a small home automation system. Prior to that I was a software-only person, with neither experience nor interest in hardware.

I thought I’d try that Arduino kit maybe once, since I had it anyway, and then just shove it in a closet somewhere. Then I connected a thermistor to the controller and saw my home temperature displayed in the console in Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin! Seeing programs come to life, making things happen in real world and reacting to it got me excited for real. Turns out, those boring topics from school physics and math lessons have actual practical application. And I can be part of it, and come up with my own projects.

So here’s what I’ve been up to.

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Berlin

I moved to Berlin for a month of August to explore hidden beaches and a swimming pool on a river, tepee village, bike lanes, Back to the Future from a gentrification point of view, abandoned airport and a farm on a parking lot.

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Uses This interview

Photo by Afisha Magazine

Happy Tuesday, friends! Here’s Artur Paikin, founder of Baguette, designer and robot maker:

https://usesthis.com/interviews/artur.paikin/

Talks at Brooklyn.js and Queens.js

Gave a fun 10-minute talk yesterday at Brooklyn.js about how I’ve fixed a broken intercom in my building by making a chat bot.

Video: youtu.be/CvorlYi4L_c
Slides: bit.ly/mrrudolf


A few months prior I gave my first tech talk ever at Queens.js, always wanted to do that. It was about my home automation experiments. Couldn’t imagine a friendlier community.

Slides: speakerdeck.com/arturi/koti-home-automation-robot
Video: youtu.be/Z-NpPj6aKJE