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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.

“A great PBS Spacetime today, d…”

A great PBS Spacetime today, describing the history of our galaxy in particular and showing some of the remains of the little globular clusters that made it up.


“A good long post from Scott Al…”

A good long post from Scott Alexander about the Hearing Voices Movement, who think hallucinated voices can be cool and useful and quirky and shouldn't always be medicated away.

Sensible as always.

As an aside: I dunno how you tell the difference between hearing hallucinated voices vs your inner monologue doing impressions.

Apparently some people don''t have an inner monologue either.


“Enough of that. Here's the mos…”

Enough of that. Here's the most photorealistic skeletor and he-man I could make it do. Now I'm off to bed.

“Hey beautiful, this could be y…”

Hey beautiful, this could be you and me!

“Some self-portraits done by de…”

Some self-portraits done by describing myself into dall-e's prompt.

It's a way better artist than I am.

“There's something suss about t…”

There's something suss about the Seth Green story where he can't do his NFT show because someone stole his NFT.

It's not the possession of token's keys which gives him the right to use the image in the show. If he has that right at all then he still has it even if someone tricked the keys out of him.

Happy Toast did him a nice replacement though anyway.

"Its better because its got your hair and a glow in the dark tshirt, plus I can mail the full res one & avoid the blockchain environmental death stuff"


“Sounds like team lesser-evil d…”

Sounds like team lesser-evil did well at the and team greater-evil will have to take a back-seat for a while.

Well done Australia!

Hope the disappointment doesn't kick in too fast.


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 Power of Lies - Craig Murray

all the comments, they repeat again and again that Wikileaks published
unredacted documents, including names of US agents, which put lives at
risk. The entire basis of most of the comments is simply untrue – and
none of the readers seems to have any information to contradict them.

How Was the Modern Milky Way Born? - YouTube

PBS Spacetime on the evolution of our own Milky Way galaxy. How is Gally formed?

In Partial, Grudging Defense Of The Hearing Voices Movement

Scott Alexander on Hearing Voices Movement, who think hallucinated voices can be cool and useful and quirky and shouldn't always be medicated away."Are hallucinations real? Probably not, but neither is God, and study
after study has shown you will be happier if you go to church. I expect
people who go to Hearing Voices Movement meetings are happier too."

Yes, the Online Safety Bill is the most Conservative law yet. Here’s why. – Hi, I’m Heather Burns

What is going on in the UK, under modern British Conservatism,
which holds that the only way to “keep children safe” is through state
control, surveillance, and the criminalisation of everyday civic
discourse, while children’s basic needs remain deliberately compromised
as a political strategy?

Why El Salvador Made Bitcoin Legal Tender with President Nayib Bukele — What Bitcoin Did

Interview with El Salvadorian president on what he hopes to achieve for his country with Bitcoin as legal tender


A web-app for generating profile images from descriptions using neural nets.

No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons » John Carpenter’s “Planaria”: or, The New Individualism

planarians are not the organism here. Neoblasts—in their competing
tribes— are the organisms, the individuals. The worm is merely the niche
they happen to be fighting over. The worm is not an individual but an environment,
highly complex, constructed by neoblasts out of their own
“reproductively incompetent progeny”. Maybe it’s just me (I am also,
after all, reproductively incompetent), but I find this a profoundly
exciting thought.

Mindscape 168 | Anil Seth on Emergence, Information, and Consciousness - YouTube

Sean interviews Anil Seth on mathematical ways to measure emergence, using consciousness of neurons and flocks of birds as examples.

Squid Game and the steel industry

Thom Clarke with some important points on the difference of the outcomes when choosing between investment and austerity.

Assange Is Still in Jail - Craig Murray

Craig Murray on journalists in jail and failed western democracy

Luftwaffle: Fantasy Nostalgia Betrays the Past, and the Present – Byline Times

Otto English explores the trend among Brexiters to summon myths about World War Two It’s a day of the week, so right-wingers are busy invoking World War Two again. In a country where virtually no-one goes to church any more, ‘The War’ has become a de-facto religion for many a Brexit-minded Conservative. And several have […]

A tentacle themed attire for the gig

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