Lamo's Way or How I Learned to Stop Hating and Love the System

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A correlation of data and practices into a cheap way of living without alienating oneself from society, friends, and family. Inspired by Adrian Lamo.




  • Mapping public resources:
    • Open wifi
    • Food
      • Free
      • Cheap
        • Price per item
    • Public restrooms
    • Available electric power
    • Campgrounds and rescue missions
  • Correlating all the data mentioned above with time of availability
  • Providing finished data set and maps to the public for use in times of need.
    • Doubles as an excellent resource for those wishing to lead a nomadic lifestyle.
    • Could easily be expanded to cover multiple cities around the country.


  • Make it in the form of a website where a user can input a time frame(start date+time-->end date+time) and it will pop out a map showing possible routes organized chronologically.
    • Perhaps even have a minimal stop time the user can set per location so as to avoid people being suspicious of lingering vagrants.
  • Data should also be available to the user on a per type basis.
    • For instance, those looking for only free WiFi or those only looking for cheap food.


  • Found this The Bath Room Diaries, I also made a post on my blog about wanting to rate public restrooms. Might be something nice to integrate into this. --JimShoe 04:14, 16 February 2008 (UTC)
  • DabbleDB looks like it might be just the thing to get this project off the ground and start getting content. --strages 21:38, 8 May 2008 (CDT)
  • It's been proposed to a couple of people in group to live a mobile life for one month.
    • Participant use the site, when it's up and running, to input data.
    • Participant will make one blog post a day.
    • Participant will use Twitter throughout the day.
  • Began working out a way to map this stuff out using Open Street Map as suggested by David. Going to start adding notes here. --strages (talk) 22:06, 19 April 2014 (CDT)


information types

  • Keys
    • Amenity
      • drinking_water
      • atm
      • bench
      • clock
      • shelter
      • toilets
      • shower
      • telephone
      • vending machine
      • water_point
    • Emergency
      • defibrillator
      • fire_extinguisher
      • fire_hose
      • phone
    • Leisure
      • hackerspace
    • Man_made
      • surveillance
    • Natural
      • spring
    • Shop
      • second_hand
    • Property
      • disused
    • Internet_access
      • wlan
      • wired
      • terminal
    • opening_hours
    • toilets:wheelchair
    • tourism
      • campsite
  • New entries
    • power outlet
    • information kiosk
    • rescue mission/homeless shelter
    • dead drops
    • homeless encampments?


  • user accounts
  • two modes
    • editting
    • using
  • utilize online data without an offline mode for now.
  • gps positioning with specific location (name or address) optional
  • workflow
    • new entry button -> radio button of nearby locations (optional) -> key check boxes -> details (radio button, text field, checkbox)
  • generic vote key for each resource.
    • can hold a negative value
    • example: toilets with the negative vote value should probably be avoided.
  • only returns explicit results (ANDs not ORs)