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Here’s the stuff I’ve made that I’m most proud of.


Here’s my latest posts to the free fediverse, some rambling, some ranting, mostly just commenting on stuff I’ve read lately. Some of it gets syndicated to Twitter but mostly not. The best of it reaches my monthly digest email.

“In a stunning demonstration of…”

In a stunning demonstration of exactly why is necessary, my have decided to start censoring my payments!

I'll be closing the account, obviously. Probably to re-open the dormant Revulot app.

I don't need my bank to tell me what to do with my money.


“Yep that's how it goes.”

Yep that's how it goes.

CW “"This Is Us" [S2 e14 spoilers …” (sensitive)
"This Is Us" [S2 e14 spoilers follow...] 🙈🙈🙈
“Well this just looks brilliant…”

Well this just looks brilliant. A full on , running a OS, in the form of a portable games machine with built in screen and controller that'll play games.

I don't really even play non-VR games any more, or barely even leave the house let alone need a portable games machine, and yet I'm filled with desire for it.


“I think Richard Heart is about…”

I think Richard Heart is about to reveal just how much of the stuff on Etherium is really centralized garbage that might as well have been a SQL database.

He's gonna fork all the tokens into a new proof-of-stake chain, and my guess is almost none of those tokens will actually do the thing they're supposed to do unless they are supported by their parent company's services.

Which presumably they mostly won't be, at least to start with.

Anyway, seems interesting. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.


“I left the flat! Went to see t…”

I left the flat! Went to see this interactive theatre Doctor Who show thing.

It was great.

Guided between rooms and sliding across time and space to see these live-acted skits between the doctor's monsters. Video stuff from all the doc's faces and voices. Even the dead ones somehow.

Feels like an individual could only possibly see about a third of it. Always missing things in the other rooms.

The Doctor told me not to talk about it but that'd be an awful media strategy for a show so I guess she just meant no spoilers.

“The war with the robots actual…”

The war with the robots actually started in about 1998.

That's when the spam started to get out of control and any unattended login-forms would be filled with spam.

I've been fighting the robots ever since. They get more sophisticated, and we counter with Bayesian trained spam/ham, filters.They start filling in forms, we add "not a robot" tests.

The robots aren't smart enough to program themselves yet, but somehow they are recruiting an army of turncoat humans who betray their species by helping those robots to try dictionary-attacks on login forms or find ways to bypass spam-filters.

How would you face your family if that's what you spent your time doing?

- What did you do in the robot wars of the 21st century grandad?

- Oh, I helped the robots evade the human defences and find ways to fill their email-lists with spam.

Oh well.

/me adds "delete stupid robot registrations" to his todo list on his Nextcloud email-list manager app.


A list of the last few things I’ve enjoyed reading/watching or sometimes bookmarked to read later. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed here or follow the little robot on the fediverse that toots them out as I bookmark them.

She Drew the Gun - Class War (Official Music Video) - YouTube

She Drew The Gun have a new recording - Class War. It's really great.

Jeff Bezos - Space Oddity - YouTube

Jeff Bezos sings Bowie... Ground control to giant dong.

Edward Snowden calls for spyware trade ban amid Pegasus revelations | Edward Snowden | The Guardian

Pegasus is phone-tapping software, sold by private companies. Snowdon says:For traditional police operations to plant bugs
or wiretap a suspect’s phone, law enforcement would need to “break into
somebody’s house, or go to their car, or go to their office, and we’d
like to think they’ll probably get a warrant”.But
commercial spyware made it cost-efficient for targeted surveillance
against vastly more people. “If they can do the same thing from a
distance, with little cost and no risk, they begin to do it all the
time, against everyone who’s even marginally of interest,”

Pluralistic: 15 Jul 2021 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

Facebook gas lighting everybody. Cory is great.

Mindscape 155 | Stephen Wolfram on Computation, Hypergraphs, and Fundamental Physics - YouTube

Stephen Wolfram on the Mindscape podcast. They talk about his model for a physics deeper than quantum physics, where photons and electrons and the rest are made out of pieces of spaces in a hypergraph.Points if you listen far enough to learn about the "infinity groupoid"

Steam Deck: First Hands-On With Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC - YouTube

Well this just looks like the most amazing portable gaming machine I've ever laid my eyes on a video about.

Damien Hirst - The Currency - YouTube

If Damien Hirst offered you a choice between an actual painting an a NFT of a painting which would you pick?I'll be having neither.


An augmented-reality future, presented in first-person video. It's really visually busy. Reminds me of Rainbow's End which built a novel around a world like that.

How the BBC let climate deniers walk all over it | George Monbiot | The Guardian

George Monbiot in the Guardian:If the oil companies
are to be held to account, so should the media that amplified their
voices. It scarcely needs to be said that the billionaire press took the
lead in attacking climate science. After all, the owners have long
perceived an attack on one corporation or plutocrat as an attack on all.
But far more dangerous were the public sector broadcasters – which tend
to be taken more seriously, as they are widely seen as independent and


Russel Brand on Julian Assange's treatment by the courts and the media. Note all the video-clips are from RT and Al Jazera etc because UK media just don't touch it.

One of the most obvious clues that our media is all in fact state propaganda, that it all knows to ignore the story when they should.

Lena @ Things Of Interest

Hilarious and scary sci-fi in the form of an article on emulated brains leaked back through a time-tunnel from the future.

The Weird, Creepy Media Blackout On Recent Assange Revelations

We are being lied to. Constantly, and in more ways than we realize. By omission, by distortion, by half-truths and by outright deception. Our minds are being actively messed with by powerful people with limitless resources to ensure their continued domination of the planet at any cost

A tentacle themed attire for the gig

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