👋 hi, I’m basile

There is no overarching theme to this week’s notes. These two weeks (this past, about which you’re reading, and this coming, during which you’re reading this) are a bit of a lull:

The grant for the Toolkit is ending but has not quite ended yet ; we’re about to go away on holiday ; and I’m contemplating being back to my previous projects in a few weeks' time.

The end of the grant will be a sort of send off, a deluge of social media promotion of our projects. Which is nice, but… One, it will all be taking place in German ; two, I’m not clear yet how sizeable is the overlap between their audience and the niche I’ve been talking to for this project.

In short: this end of August is rather less momentous than I thought it’d be.


Three things to report on the Toolkit front:


Quite a lot of maintenance on Global Witness' AWS, deleting some old junk accounts, IAM roles, policies, EC2 boxes…

Boring but will hopefully make a big difference in terms of visibility and graspability of our tools.


One of the things I’m going to come back to is Deutsche Welle, the German broadcaster. Niko and I did a pairing session to walk me through the project that’s going to pay our bills – and which, according to plan, he’s started in ClojureScript.

I’m really grateful for this real-world opportunity to spend time learning something. Sounds like it’s going to be a biggie!