Friday, August 25, 2023

Journeys from November 2022 to August 2023

 In mid-November in 2022, I visited the Internet Identity Workshop ( It is an unconference that occurs every six months. According to the book of proceedings, I presented my hardware project and discussed how applied category theory might help verifiable credentials.

Demo Table #8:
Update on Blinky Project (Explorations with I.o.T): Brent Shambaugh
URL: Description: Explorations with an ESP32 with a Cryptographic Co-Processor for Providing a Signer for the Ceramic Network and Possible Future Directions

Further Exploration of DID and VC Data Architecture with Category Theory
Session Convener: Brent Shambaugh
Notes-taker(s): Brent Shambaugh
Tags / links to resources / technology discussed, related to this session:

--> this seems relevant, and is buried deep in the link tree:
Formal Modelling and Application of Graph Transformations in the Resource Description Framework - Benjamin Braatz latest access: - > ... -> --> Dokument_29.pdf - [section 1.4 Organisation of the Thesis (pp 9 - 10)]

Bay Shore Freeway to San Jose in Mountain View, CA

Side view of Bay Shore Freeway near Computer History Museum

Front view of Computer History Museum showing 2nd floor where the unconference was held

Some of the Software and hardware used for the Blinky Project. Ultimately the demo did not work. Reflections suggest that it worked on a local home network and not the Computer History Museum's network due to confusion about 2.4GhZ and 5GhZ wifi access points and perhaps that only port 80 and 43 was open. Websockets were running at home on port 3000, and this needs to be shifted over  to port 80 to be on the same port as the HTTP server.

Circle of people meeting for an unconference session
Circle, perhaps closing, at the Internet Identity Workshop

Justin Richer, long time IIW veteran

Pedestrian street in Mountain View, CA

Bar near the Computer History Museum

Caltrain leaving from Mountain View and headed toward San Jose, CA

Greyhound bus leaving to depart to Oklahoma City from San Jose

San Jose Diridon Transit Center that has the Greyhound ticket counter

Hilton Hotel room I stayed in because the Greyhound site would no longer acknowledge my ticket purchase, but the front desk at the Hilton would acknowledge my presence. I gambled with low phone power and lost when choosing talk to the bus driver instead of Greyhound's help hotline. With hindsight, since I called home before booking the Hilton explaining that I was afraid of the cold night and for my safety, I did have the phone power for both actions with Greyhound. Due to this and following experiences, I now own a backup battery charger. Also, I now prefer to fly due to less expensive tickets, zero cost cancellation fees, and generally better customer service. Yay to Southwest (although I'll sometimes mix it up). To Greyhound's credit though, I did get an updated ticket the next day with no penalty and for the same price as paid in July, 5 months before.

This might be Santa Barbara, CA

Perhaps this is a cactus at an Arizona rest stop in the higher desert a little while after leaving Phoenix, AZ?

In late February of 2023, I went to EthDenver. I really wasn't feeling like going after feeling financial strain, but Derrek the Community Steward gave me the encouragement to come. I do confess that I do spend money on : (1) travelling a lot looking for opportunity because I get a feeling of not fitting in and feel I am missing out, (2) buying a fair amount of electronics on AliExpress (and sometimes from HAM Radio people) trying to educate myself after wanting but not obtaining an electronics education earlier and within a comfortable budget. I probably should work more but I tend to be more productive and keep it together mentally when I pursue projects that I want to see in the world, rather than work with those who may not share my long term goals, interests, or beliefs.
Anyway, I ended up applying for the EthDenver Scholarship and the Antalpha Hackerhouse and was ultimately being accepted for both. I chose the Hackerhouse and it was generally a great experience except for being so far from the EthDenver venues that it would be hundreds of dollars in transportation fees if a car was not available. The quality of the people selected at the house was excellent as were the speakers. I got to meet Kostas Kryptos who worked on Meta's (formerly Facebook) Libra project as the lead cryptographer. I was lucky to have brought David Wong's book on Real World Cryptography because it brought joy to him ( There also were several other luminaries in the Zero Knowledge Space at the Hackerhouse. I was blessed with great rewards after showing interest in Zero Knowledge and taking the chance at applying.

View of the Rocky Mountains from the back yard of the Hackerhouse.

Rich, Lance, and Fedor presenting the Hunter Z Hunter project
Jason talking to Rich and Fedor on a late night shortly before project submission.Jason probably was helping with bugs or theory of the codebase with EZKL around this time. At the time the onnx file wouldn't compress down to a size such that it could easily be places on chain as a zkp verifier. With Dante's ingenuity and remote computing powerhouse it got on chain.

Lance, Rich, and Fedor putting in the time shortly before project submission

Danilo giving a thumbs up during a late night working on the Hunter Z Hunter project

View of the hackerhouse from the rear. This was probably close to the time when I had a mental breakdown and received the unexpected comfort of one the house organizers. They told me, if I recall, that I just have to accept things and move forward and sometimes that means that things don't work out. They loved all my links about decentralized identity and my hardware work and were impressed that I completed a Masters in Chemical Engineering. I hadn't been that productive during my stay at the hackerhouse. I messed up on the first night of the hackathon. I stayed out too late trying to mend a relationship with someone who I had worked with previously at EthDenver and by chance ran into in the registration line and who helped me through it and made the mistake of going to a party on the way back that some from the hackerhouse, but not the core people who formed the team I missed out on, were at. The person I was trying to mend a relationship with chose to abandon me by the next morning because I mentioned in a text that morning that that I had talked about our project idea, even in the vaguest of forms I thought because I knew they were sensitive, to another hacker in the space and they were afraid of having their ideas stolen and were not open to working with others besides me. The next morning was too late as the team had materialized with one person arriving late at night just as I was finishing entertaining them. Ultimately this led me to project to others that I had already found a team and miss out on working as an official team member with the four member team that formed the first night. This of course did not hit home for me till the following morning. Like the game of musical chairs, I ended being the odd guy out and worked and struggled as a one member team. I also had some belief in my mind that some in the hackerhouse would rather work with some people smarter or more talented or something else, but it turned out they would have had me on their team and we sustained a healthy relationship. I could have traveled into the EthDenver hackerbase, but I chose instead to be beside Jason and EZKL. I tried running a model on ezkl and hastily trying to learn machine learning. Late in the game I gained a team member when another showed up, and some attempt was made. It turns out the model I was trying wouldn't have worked at the time? The later fix. Ahh, hackathons. My coffee insomnia that struck during the first week, and following brain haze withdrawal didn't help my focus. But wow. People at the hackerhouse were smart, skilled, and dedicated. I'm blessed.

Also, I think this is important. Maybe it is true in life that there are no coincidences.

A little later I worked on another hackathon trying to make up for the last. At the time I could not quite muster Account Abstraction, but I later discovered a very good video: Solidity Deep Dives #6 - EIP4337 Account Abstraction : Colin Nielsen

The last day of EthDenver I received a second Bufficorn for helping out. Curiously, this is also how I received the first. I am not counting on progression beyond a pair-of-bufficorn. It is a blessing and not expectation.

In April 2023, I went to Causal Islands in Toronto. If it wasn't for the unexpected generosity of a friend, I probably would have decided it wasn't worth the risk to go. While there I got to meet the highly accomplished Brooklyn Zelenka whom I had interacted with months earlier on Twitter with the arrangement of Boris Mann. (comment: It turns out I had previously been at a techlahoma event, was it a mixer called OKCTech++?, where I ran into Lawrence Kincheloe ,a guy I first met at OhmSpace hackerspace in the later months of 2011, who asked a pertinent question about the Blinky Project, "What happens if you lose network connectivity?". This question unexpectedly led me to learn about UCANs which are object based access control tokens that require no network connectivity ( Too much untamed complexity, and I suppose delirum, has delayed me from trying UCANs with Blinky, but I can say now that the data payload may be too cumbersome for my hardware.) I like Fission's ( work (IPVM et al.), friendly just be yourself discord community, and high quality Distributed Systems reading group (and I did feel that going to their conference was a way for me to further connect. I did get to meet ( who impressed me with their willingness to spend time and just talk. Their thoughtfulness and talent in the IPLD/RDF world is amazing. IMO, They are the go to person to discuss the overlap between content addressed and the more traditional RDF (and perhaps location addressed semantic web) world.

Links I found for IPFS/IPLD/RDF:
ResNetLab: Elective Course Module - InterPlanetary Linked Data (IPLD) - Protocol Labs,
GPN19 - Foundations for Decentralization: Data with IPLD -,
IPLD - Merkle DAGs: Structuring Data for the Distributed Web,
Efficient P2P Databases with IPLD Prolly Trees - Mauve Signweaver - IPFS,
What is IPLD Anyway? - Mauve Signweaver - IPFS,
Introductions to IPLD,
IPLD Pathing- IPFS,
RDF/IPLD in IPFS Discord:
IPIP-293: Add /ipld Gateway Specs #293:
What is the best way to link IPLD/IPFS to RDF URI references? #22 :

Canadian National Tower in Toronto on the long walk to my hostel ( from the bus station. It turned out that walking brought me in after 10, actually around 10:30pm which imbued a $15.00 (cad) late fee (IIRC). I feel it was worth it. I even spent a $5.00 (cad) Canadian bill with maybe 35 cents change at a Rexall I discovered along the way for four medium-large bags of flavored potato chips (IIRC).

Paradise Theatre, maybe 20 minutes before the Causal Islands Conference began.

Mauve Signweaver giving their talk on Holistic Local-First Software. They are known for developing a P2P web browser (i.e loads data from P2P protocols) called Agregore (

Brooklyn Zelenka closing up her talk titled Seamless Services for an Open World.

View of a Squirrel from the window of the second hostel I stayed at in Toronto. They are surprisingly big with black fur. The ones where I am based have reddish brown fur and seemingly smaller. I also gave away my second Softmax beer around the time of the squirrel spotting. I'm sad that I did. I should have found a way to take it in my luggage and/or drink it. It was not only an excellent beer, but waiting around for the guy I gave it away to may have caused me to miss my flight. You see I walked to the airport and things like wrong turns and crosswalks and dead telephones and limited connectivity slow and complicate things a bit. I needed that time as I arrived 10 minutes after the flight left and I must have waited at the hostel for an extra 40 minutes to an hour?

James Walker with Fission presenting on what could have been the .

Quinn Winton, Brooklyn Zelenka, James Walker and I at the Causal Islands Afterparty. Oh btw, all three people I am with work for FISSION. Quinn is an applied researcher at FISSION and her talk at the conference was: Querying Decentralized Data in Rhizomatic Systems . Mauve mentioned this talk as relevant in personal discussion.

The next trip began on the 31st of May and lasted until August 22nd. It was lengthend by the desire to grow and learn and perhaps lack of motivation to return to Oklahoma. There were three main chapters in the trip. The few days before the workshop, the workshop, and over a month after the workshop. The workshop's name was Let Me Think ( and it was geared at imagining and establishing new academic institutions.

The first chapter of my journey led me to spend a few nights in Denver.

This is a picture I took as I was leaving the co-working space utilized by the cryptorado community. It was the day after I had attended another meeting with the cryptorado community at a craft brewery. I was attracted to the community as a possible place to locate due to my positive experiences with the EthDenver community in 2022 and 2023. There definitely seemed to be a strong community where terms like verifiable credentials were accepted as common parlance. I felt positive about meeting this community. I liked that I could hop on the Cryptorado discord and receive feedback from people like NukeManDan as well as get welcomed online for the solidity deep dive sessions ( through Cryptorado meetups.  John Paller, who wasn't there, and co-founded EthDenver had encouraged me online to practice meditation in order to achieve more success in life and deal with anxiety.

After leaving the co-working space, I joined someone I met at the space at an art exhibition in the RiNO neighrborhood. I did a brief live stream: .

Side view of the Open Vault exhibit. This was a common view as I watched a guy who was a physicist who worked on space stuff in deep discussion with one of the exhibit's creators.
This is a capture of cellular device metadata captured as a Raspberry Pi presents as a wireless access point (IIRC).
These are stuffed mock munitions using some textiles available in the United States, perhaps North Carolina.
This is a poster at the entrance to the exhibit describing the scenario and who created it. I also did a video tour of the space: .
NukeManDan was kind enough to go on a hike to Red Rocks like he had done for the usual Cryptorado hikes.
Here is a view of the rocks I saw during the hike.
Red Rocks also included an ampitheatre that was pretty huge.

In the second chapter of my journey, I flew into LaGaurdia Airport where I was picked up by one of the workshop organizers, James Matthews. This was on the evening June 3rd, which put me just days from the offical workshop start time of June 5th. James was gracious to host me and two other workshop participants for a night. They next day we headed off to the workshop in Oneonta, NY which took several hours.

I decided to take a selfie with people who were either an attendee or organizer.

In the first few days after the mail delivery situation was resolved (this wound up in limbo at the post office) I recieved and set up a Orange Pi Zero. My intention was to use it to host software projects for the workshop while my laptop (which has a very noisy fan) was shut down. If I recall correctly I may have been able to install the zome for but there was no version of HoloChain that was going to run on my architecture . HoloChain may have required a Orange Pi 4 or 5 at about 4 to 6 times the expense.

We did take a few breaks from the workshop. Here is a photo that I took of some of the friends I made at the workshop on a mission to check out CityFox Regenerate at the Brooklyn Mirage.

The stage effects were amazing. Not only were there towers that shot fire but there were rows of lights that could be seemingly any color and a wrap around led wall that may have been over 100 feet long and 30 feet high.
The people I came with were just warming up. This continued for another 4 to 5 hours.
The photos I took do not give the experience justice. I certainly could not capture the light to medium rain that fell on the venue during what seemed to be the perfect time.

This was a much later time and from the balcony during the twelve hour progressive house extravaganza.
This could have been shortly before my favorite D.J. came on. You will meet later a particular Pakastani guy from the workshop couldn't get enough of her music during dinner preparation.

There she is, D.J. Miss Monique, the whole reason for wanting to go. I was exhausted at this point not having a minute of sleep but it was worth it. Even better, I felt like I was supporting her after hours of watching her on YouTube but being too scared to buy some swag.

Here is another visualization of D.J. Miss Monique. It's just a mashup of black and white video of her live.
This is a photo of the pond on the workshop property. The water appears very still and it may have been very high due to the large amount of rain received.
This is the creek that ran through the property that also received the overflow from the pond. At this point the water was as high as was seen.

There were countless varieties of mushrooms on the 93 (97?) acre property.
This was the beginning of the illustration of the value flows ontology that I chalked on the driveway.
The particular file I based my work off of was:
and more contextual description is here:

The three colors: red, yellow, and white are for observational layer classes, planning layer classes, and knowledge layer classes respectively.
Somehow these classes should be for recipes, planning, and production as in but it wasn't clear at this point.

The main thing accomplished was to create a visually impressive markup of events ,processes, agents, etc from the ontology.

A closer view may be obtained by clicking on the photo.

Do you notice any similiarites with the REA paper? Valueflows is said to have been influenced by this and Bob Haugen had knowledge of REA when he reached out to Tiberius Brastaviceanu with Sensorica. (as far as I remember)

REA paper:

The purple color may be due to distortion writing to the mini SD card.

There was considerable interest in Value Flows at the workshop. The use case going into the first call I believe was to model the food supply chain for the workshop, starting at the farm.

Jay, pictured on the right, did a great job as facilitator and summarizer of what the purpose of the meeting was
Kim at the top right also did a great job stepping in and calming the chaos as well as give her own summary and bring in decentralized identity and blockchain

A video of the first call is here:

Oh, and yes I cannot forget Andrius who showed up very briefly with his phone as we were setting up. He is known for his great theatrics and he frequently mentions math: .

I cannot help but mention Bob and Lynn in the bottom two frames, for the second call, who were integral getting the value flows ontology off the ground. They lent their wisdom, and it was great to have Lynn on the call who has been deep in the weeds with the value flows ontology.

Here is some video of the second call where we still are trying to understand valueflows: .

Alas here I am with my Pakistani friend. Not pictured is the times we stayed up late talking and eating food, nor the rainy night of my induction.

During a workshop session hosted by another workshop participant I came up with traits of a positive innovation culture after reflection and research.
I also came up with traits of a negative innovation culture..

I produced a concept map showing connections with projects at the let me think workshop. Clicking on any image will allow zooming in.

This was during the final days of the workshop when we were enjoying a last laugh
This project is based on Arduino with Sound Sensor and LED (Tutorial) - K&R project . It is essentially the same thing, except 2 laser diodes were used in place of a single LED.
As we were packing up, these are two pavilions that were still standing.

A bit beyond my tent was as well.

In the mist and clouds is a utility shed partially under renovation.

There must have been a lot of mist due to the rain.

This is the porch we sometimes sat on. At lot of philophosizing occured here. We also read parts of the Creative Act by Rick Rubin on this deck.

This was the usual view of the lake from the deck.

For a change in pace, we got garlic greens and shrimp!

Propane makes this stove go.

This may have been another night with a different kind of food. We had rice with Indian spices quite a bit.

This is the mixer board at one of a few parties. We celebrated for birthdays or just to end the week.
Sam was an excellent D.J. He kept the tunes coming.

The Pakastani guy had one of the women paint his nails. Also, I've concluded that one of the benefits of getting older and still feeling like a misfit is that at some point I either fall apart or stop caring. In this case, I joined in like a honeybadger that didn't care.

The property had a large area of woods. To get away from it all, I pulled Sam into the woods and we read a book about how to read.

Near the bottom of the photo is all of the classes that I pulled together from the ontology, grouped by part 1, 2, and 3 from the Value Flows Story about Apple Pie.I also pulled in corresponding properties between the classes.

On the top is part 1: Making Pies (which I interpret as the production step)

In the middle is part2: planning.

These are some combined Protege screenshots used for the on the wall construction.

To the right is part 3: the recipe.

This is also part 3.
Part 3 is continuing.

Here are the slides that helped me construct step 3.

My guess is I did match each part to ontology terms and in order to use the ontology in production I need to work backwards, starting at step 3 and ending at step 1.

Jay appreciated value flows because he felt it was less restrictive than money when applied to real world interactions. He also shared papers, such as "Money like Mycellium" that he was inspired by.
Moreover, here are some slides shared with me about how to "cultivate the infinite win":

In the third chapter of the journey, we caught up with the community that was still on the east coast after the workshop.

Eventually we found ourselves on the Brooklyn Bridge..

with a wonderful view of the city...
and the statue of liberty.

Sam decided to give busking a shot.
Video is here:
In the fourth chapter of the journey, we wound up in Montreal. We visited the Sensorica Lab to see a real world implementation of  value flows. We viewed this as a way to build upon the workshop. Most of the time was spent helping the lab get set up at a new location, but there was some time for discussion, projects, and leisure time.

Sam at an African Music Festival, one of the many free entertainment events in Montreal.

Watching the stage and hearing music of many talented performers.

Some wires come out of an Ardunio UNO to power LEDs and a shift register.

I followed and put two leds (sans 1) in parallel for each output instead of one.

Tibi talks to Sam in a maker/hacker lab like location.

Peer production was the theme of the discussion. Sensorica's NRP was mentioned, which makes it unique amongst similar spaces.

Video of some of the discussion: (pt 1), (pt 2)

Here are some links from tabs that I had open near the time of our discussion:

Tibi also let us know about a place where people have met in Montreal for years every Sunday with drums. It is called the Tam Tam.

Video of the Tam Tam: .

In the fifth chapter of our journey, we headed to Nova Scotia before heading down south and eventually west as well.

Setting up at a campground in Nova Scotia.

Sam pounds the tent pegs in place.
View of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as the sun set.

Sam enjoying the beach at Five Islands Provincial Park on the Bay of Fundy.
Here lies a tree that somehow lost its leaves on the beach.
Brent holds his staff.
Is the staff Sam's?
Sam controls the territory.

View of the Bay of Fundy from the beach.

On the way back, we admired a friend's boat under repair and dreamed about sailing the seas.
Sam gets up during a Jam Session.
Sam tunes his electric bass.

Sam pipes out some vibrations while the electronic beats go on.

Video of the Jam Session: .

This is a view of a cliff along the freeway.

A friend bought me a Llamacorn hoodie!
On the way through Pennsylvania, we saw Amish riding a horse and buggy.
Did the Amish live on farms like this? Where did they come from?

We drove farther as the sun set.
Through the mountains we went.
Under the mountains we went.
The sun soon would be no more for awhile.
We entered Cincinatti at night.
We were sustained by sandwiches mostly. They were mostly filled with peanut butter, but occasionally we got a change.
We finally made it to the gateway of the west after suffering from heat exhaustion.
The sky was oddly filled with haze or fog. It had been so hot earlier that we had to stop at an Denny's to cool off and get hydrated.
My feet got a tan because I had been wearing sandals and avoiding socks.

In the future, I am considering revisiting the Sensorica community and hREA and seeing what I can do to improve the software. I'd like to introduce those from the FISSION community to the project to see if they may be able to enhance the activity. I may also seek out the Internet Identity Workshop community again and seek discussion about peer production and how identity would play a part. (Not to mention, I'm a co-chair with and IIW might be ideal to move interoperability efforts forward. It could help if I was a commercial builder and traveled to all of the identity events). Maybe it could be special kinds of verifiable credentials that help with connecting trusted parties for peer production. Since these verifiable credentials might be irregular, like mapping techniques mentioned in Benjamin Braatz paper might help. I also would like to finish the Blinky Project and apply it as a Sensorica project as Tibi suggested. Lastly, I cannot forget the laser and shift register projects with Arduino. These might lead to some pretty epic visualizations that could be synchronized to music, or rather driven by the sound itself!

If you'd like to help, feel free to reach out or donate. I think for IIW alone, I need to pull in between $400 to $800. If Sam came, this could be more. A couch to crash on would be worth at least $200. Alternatively, or in addition, I could try busking. I already translated a tune to sheet music from audio that I came up with using AnthemScore: