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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.

Mon, 27 May 2024 22:07:21 +0000

re: Doctor Who - 73 Yards


Liked the first half better, when it's spooky pub tattle instead of the flash-forward life span, which lacked depth. Maybe that kinda thing works better in the novel they've apparently done,

Mon, 27 May 2024 22:05:37 +0000

Doctor Who - 73 Yards


Doctor starts the episode stepping on a mine again. He's always causing trouble. Ruby stepped on a butterfly in Ep1 too. Will every episode start with stepping on a butterfly/mine

No idea how Ruby traveled back in time at the end of her life. Just spooky magic I guess. More spooky this season. It's okay, you literally can't have hard-sci fi about a time-traveler because time-travel is impossible, so it's fine to have witches and werewolves and yeti and loch monsters.

It was like a Doctor Who version of RTD's previous "Years and years" eh? That was pretty great too.

Kate Lethbridge-Stuart running away even from second hand contact with the distant lady was the scariest part. You can't win if she's running like that.

Amy Pond's aging makeup when she had to live a whole life abandoned by the doctor was done better than Ruby Sundae who just looked 20 in different wigs till she was 80.

The 2060s don't look as futuristic as they might do they? Still just using black-slates for a tricorder then.

Sun, 26 May 2024 20:38:40 +0000

re: #ukpol #nationalService


Literally no one under the age of 21 could deliberately vote for Rishi's national service for 18 to 21 year olds plan, surely?

Lets see, do I really want every 3rd weekend ruined while I'm trying to do my degree or work a gig job to make ends meet?

If they really want the plan to work they should have said 16 to 18 year olds coz they can't vote anyway.

Or raise the voting age to 21!

Their whole campaign is going to be alienating one scapegoat after another until everyone other than the sputtering gammon and the billionaires enraging them swear off voting Conservative forever.

Sun, 26 May 2024 20:30:35 +0000

Ask your local candidates if they have a fediverse account so you know which ones to block.

Sun, 26 May 2024 20:26:00 +0000

#ukpol #nationalService


Dear candidates

I have become concerned that many members of a modern generation are becoming radicalized.

There are forces trying to divide our society in this increasingly uncertain world. Many of them have not had the opportunity to experience things outside their own blinded culturally impoverished tiny small minded horizons.

They need an opportunity that many of them have never had the chance at before.

Would you consider a policy to send this generation into national service?

It could just be one weekend a month, they could both give the nation a valuable service in return for their continued citizenship, and have experiences that would broaden their horizons and offer life changing opportunities to learn real world skills, and contribute to their community and our country.

Think of the renewed sense of national pride these people would feel knowing they belong to a country that can forcibly take time from their limited lives, and that they owe that country for it allowing them to live.

Naysayers may neigh that enforced service is a time-share enslavement of a whole generation but I say that these people are in danger of being radicalized and only putting them into enforced servitude for their country can possibly stop them hating it so much they destroy it's institutions in their incoherent rage.

So candidates, what do you say: Will you support a compulsory national service for all Baby Boomers, doing a few hours a week working at a gay-bar, or helping out at a gender dysphoria clinic, just something to broaden their narrow cynical view and prevent them being radicalized by extremists like the Conservative party spreading hate propaganda.

I'm not saying anyone would go to jail for refusing of course, they could just be transported to a safe third country. Or one that we define as safe at least.

Who will support an inquiry into the possibility of such a plan, at least just to get some headlines before the inquiry finds it's infeasible, unethical, appalling and legally indefensible.

Wed, 22 May 2024 20:51:51 +0000

re: ukpol election


It's quite the image to start an election with really isn't it. Hard to imagine anything more perfect.

Failing in the rain, wet and over.

Bye Bye

Wed, 22 May 2024 20:42:26 +0000

re: Doctor Who - Boom


So that bit where they were looking at the alien sky wasn't like a green-screen shot the way you'd think, they're just standing in front of a building-sized LED screen that's projecting an image from a motion-tracked virtual camera.

Nice. I'd like one of those please.

youtube.com/watch?v=60JFsriqY-

Wed, 22 May 2024 18:25:14 +0000

ukpol voting advice


Most of you should probably just stay at home and not bother voting at all. You don't understand the issues and you haven't really been paying attention and anyway you live in a safe seat where your vote makes no difference at all.

If you feel like none of the candidates are really speaking for you, it's because they take you for granted and are happy that they live in a corrupt fraudulent voting system that excludes you from power. They honestly don't care if you participate.

The country demonstrating complete apathy at the whole situation and giving as little mandate as possible might well be the best message to send.

For the one quarter or so of you who do live in an actual marginal constituency, vote anyone who could possibly win that isn't the Big Two. A hung parliament is the best hope and you get that by voting for the underdogs where they can make a difference.

Everyone outside England should vote for anyone offering to leave Westminster entirely of course. The house is corrupt beyond repair.

In Richmond, vote Binface to take out the trash.

Wed, 22 May 2024 17:36:47 +0000

ukpol


Starmer says a vote for Labour is a vote for stability.

It's weird really, with the incumbent promising to fix things and be the change candidate while the challenger is promising that everything will be just the same and it's safe and nothing scary will happen.

Wed, 22 May 2024 17:18:44 +0000

Been meaning to do this every Wednesday for at least all of 2024 and now I'm finally free.

Wed, 22 May 2024 16:22:04 +0000

Poor guy is soaked. Can't they afford election umbrellas? That's Austerity I guess.

Wed, 22 May 2024 16:03:40 +0000

God, the Conservatives are terrible at keeping secrets eh?

Listen everyone, when Sunak comes out and announces an election at least try to pretend to look surprised.

The poor party has been planning this lovely surprise for us all day and it'll be such a disappointment for them if everyone looks like they already knew.

Wed, 22 May 2024 09:01:24 +0000

One weird thing about calling a product "Recall" is what happens when it's faulty or turns out to be ill thought out and needs to be recalled?

Will there be a Recall recall?

Sadly I still have to use Windows for a few things but I continue to turn off all widgets, all AI, all Edge, configure it to show file extensions, configure it to change browser to Firefox, install Git Bash, and now I guess also disable Recall. Uninstall all the vendor spyware etc.

Trouble with Windows is all the configuration you have to do instead of just running your computer. It's like you have to be an expert who enjoys running Windows as a hobby instead of just getting on with work.

Mon, 20 May 2024 16:12:32 +0000

Too Much Money.

If I had two million dollars or so I'd likely retire and never have to work again. But if I had twenty million dollars I'd do something stupid like try to start an animation studio and end up working harder and longer than ever only to fail and run it into the ground and end up broke.

So I'm careful never to enter lotteries with too big a prize.

Sun, 19 May 2024 11:21:23 +0000

Doctor Who - Boom


I liked the baddie being The Algorithm that pits the people against themselves for capitalism and war and profit.

Defeating it by the power of paternity is a bit twee. Don't often concentrate on The Doctor being a father/grandfather and have him relate to people (or uploaded AI people) "As a father".

It was indeed the power to run away taken from The Doctor forced to stand on one leg for a while and still all episode.

The writers are still not really managing to contextualize how new Ruby's relationship with the Doctor is. It's been six months and she knows him well enough to stay what he's always like but this is her first alien sky?

Fri, 17 May 2024 11:23:59 +0000

has finally switched to it's new domain name, shortening the "twitter" in it's URLs to just x.

So I can't do the line about it still being called Twitter coz it says Twitter in the SSL certificate any more.

It is still called Twitter though. What else could the X be short for other than "Twitter"?

Fri, 17 May 2024 11:22:54 +0000

Looking forward to seeing what Steven Moffat has written for Doctor Who tomorrow. RT Davies and Moffat are both pretty great.

He's "Taken away the one thing the Doctor always relies upon" he reckons. So I guess he can't just screwdriver the mine to turn it off then.

youtube.com/watch?v=L7ov9qDFLi

Fri, 17 May 2024 02:20:00 +0000

Don't click on any link with "Google" or "Facebook" in the domain, it links to a terrible surveillance capitalist who will build a profile on you to try and help the capital manipulate you.

Be Safe: Never click on Google.

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:06:17 +0000

Weird, I pointed the Google Translate Camera at it and it looks like this.

Thu, 16 May 2024 10:17:32 +0000

How it started... How it's going....

We seem to have gone from "Defend Migrant Rights" to "More Migration Cops".

We have gone from "Economic Justice" and tax-raises to "Economic Stability" (which presumably means "no change")

We have gone from "Radical devolution of power" and "Social Justice" to "Crack down on anti-social behaviour"

Common Ownership, Union Rights, and Promotion of Peace dropped entirely.

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Bookmarks

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.

The Physics of Portals (Made With Love) - YouTube

Sabine describing the physics of portal. Which is to say made-up physics that isn't real. I have some water-pistols like her props, but nothing like that skin-suit.  👀

Pluralistic: Even if you think AI search could be good, it won’t be good (15 May 2024) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

Copy on AI 'search': "When you trust someone to summarize the truth for you, you become terribly vulnerable to their self-serving lies. In an ideal world, these intermediaries would be "fiduciaries," with a solemn (and legally binding) duty to put your interests ahead of their own...But Google is clear that its first duty is to its shareholders: not to publishers, not to searchers, not to "partners" or employees.....That's why, even if you're willing to believe that Google could make a great AI-based search, we can nevertheless be certain that they won't."

Israel’s Willing Executioners - The Chris Hedges Report

Chris Hedge's lament as Rafah is ordered to be evacuated: "Run, the Israelis demand, run for your lives. Run from Rafah the way you ran from Gaza City, the way you ran from Jabalia, the way you ran from Deir al-Balah, the way you ran from Beit Hanoun, the way you ran from Bani Suheila, the way you ran from Khan Yunis. Run or we will kill you. We will drop 2,000-pound bunker buster bombs on your tent encampments. We will spray you with bullets from our machine-gun-equipped drones. We will pound you with artillery and tank shells. We will shoot you down with snipers. We will decimate your tents, your refugee camps, your cities and towns, your homes, your schools, your hospitals and your water purification plants. We will rain death from the sky."

Lyn Alden: How Money & Banking Work (& why they're broken today) - YouTube

The 30 minute animated and illustrated abridged version of Lyn Alden's "Broken Money". I'm reading the book so slowly I'm barely half way through chapter two. Five minutes in here. Good summary of what's up with the money, though the suggested solution remains very unproven.

Why are your wages falling so fast? - YouTube

Gary does have a way of stating the problem simply, explaining how inequality has been breaking the country for decades as the rich capture all the wealth and the consequences of that.

Villains assemble: Tories forced to reveal links with election dark ops firms - Good Law Project

"To top it all off, the Tories have shared information about me with a rogues’ gallery of rightwing media companies, including the Sun, the Express, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Guido Fawkes. We’ve long suspected close links between the Tories and their client journalists in the gutter press: this appears to confirm it. As the Tories gather an election unit to smear, misinform and muckrake, Good Law Project will be working to stop political parties illegally gathering data and targeting voters, particularly in key marginal seats, with bespoke misinformation."

How do you accidentally run for President of Iceland? | by Anna Andersen | Apr, 2024 | UX Collective

Interesting story of how lots of people accidentally ran for president of Iceland due to bad user interface.

How NATO & Russia are Preparing to Fight Total War - YouTube

How might things go if Ukraine falls? Not well. The world could be heading for another global war.

Daniel Dennett (1942-2024) - Daily Nous

Daniel Dennett, professor emeritus of philosophy at Tufts University, well-known for his work in philosophy of mind and a wide range of other philosophical areas, has died.  🙁

They're Looting The Internet

Ed tells us where the internet is at: "Yet the state of the internet is now far simpler: the cost of using free platforms is a constant war with the incentives and intentions of the platforms themselves. We negotiate with Instagram or Facebook to see content from the people we chose to follow, because these platforms are no longer built to show us things that we want to see. We no longer "search" Google, but barter with a seedy search box to try and coax out a result that isn't either a search engine-optimized half-answer or an attempt to trick us into clicking an ad. Twitter, in its prime, succeeded by connecting real people to real things at a time when the internet actively manufactures our experience and interactions with others. "

Iran plotting unprovoked attack on country that bombed its embassy

Normal Island News: "A spokesperson for Blackrock said: “Worldwide economic collapse would present us with lots of unique and interesting business opportunities”. Anyone who doesn’t want Blackrock to have unique and interesting business opportunities is clearly an extremist."

Attention in transformers, visually explained | Chapter 6, Deep Learning - YouTube

More from 3 blue one brown about the GPT3 style systems. In this chapter, what is an attention-block and how is it constructed from matrix multiplication.

The Ultimate Bitcoin Use Cases with Alex Gladstein - YouTube

Human Right Federation worker explains how Bitcoin is doing things all over the world that the Dollar and other compute activities just can't do.

xkcd: Machine

XKCD's "cartoon" is a web-toy in which a fantastical credible machine delivers ping pong balls from source to sink. Help build it!

Sholto Douglas & Trenton Bricken - How to Build & Understand GPT-7's Mind - YouTube

Long podcast with some researchers working to understand the AI models.

But what is a GPT? Visual intro to Transformers | Deep learning, chapter 5 - YouTube

3Blue1Brown teaches us about Generative Pre-Trained Transformers.

‘It’ll be bedlam’: how Trump is creating conditions for a post-election eruption | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Guardian on Trump's potential violence and fascist language. "“Regardless of whether Donald Trump wins or loses, there’s going to be violence,” said Michael Fanone, a retired police officer who was seriously injured by pro-Trump rioters at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. “If Donald Trump loses, he’s not going to concede and he’s going to inspire people to commit acts of violence, just like he did in the weeks and months leading up to January 6, 2021."

Israel Assault On Rafah Means "Annihilation": w/. Unicef's James Elder, Live From Gaza - YouTube

Unicef worker in Rafar in Gaza describes the plight of the people there to Owen Jones.

We were lied into the Gaza genocide. Al Jazeera has shown us how

Our media can't be trusted on anything, least of all a war: " Its continuing refusal to report on the mounting evidence of Israel’s perpetration of crimes against its own civilians and soldiers on 7 October suggests it has been intentionally whitewashing Israel’s slaughter in Gaza."

What If Gravity is NOT A Fundamental Force? | Entropic Gravity - YouTube

The fundamental laws of nature are derivable from theorems in combinatorial maths. Maybe gravity is just holographic entropy?

A tentacle themed attire for the gig