Hello

You can call me Pre.

This is my website. It has existed for the majority of the time the web has existed. It’s existed for more than 20 years now. That’s how old I am.

These days I’m mostly working on a flying saucer story set in VR, promoting my Wordcloud Tarot Deck, Playing music with the band, and of course the day-jobs.

Projects

Here is the things I’ve been making, mostly in order of how recently I worked on them, so the ones at the bottom are basically just archives.

Talk

You can find me on Facebook or Twitter but frankly why would you? Those places are terrible corporate curated sinkholes where freedom goes to die. I’m only there because you are there. They hide your friend’s posts from you, they hide your posts from your friends, they stick adverts in your faces, they spy on you. They offer to manipulate you for corporate and political interests in return for money.

They are horrible, and yet there exist open and free sunlit uplands with no adverts and no monitoring and no spying and simple chronological ordering giving you your own way to group or filter messages.

You should leave the corporate web and follow me on the open free fediverse.

I cross-post some of the things I post to the fediverse to the corporate social-networks, but a decreasing amount of it and only as a courtesy to those who haven’t had the power to leave yet. I know you’ll follow soon.

I’m hosting at boing.world and if we are friends, or have friends in common, then I’m happy to host you there too. Otherwise find a host that suits your interests and give me a follow from there. Maybe we’ll become friends.

You will see nothing on the Facebook/Twitter feeds that you won’t see on the Fediverse feed, and you will see more on the Fediverse feed than either of the billionaire-owned horrors.

Here’s my latest posts to the free fediverse:

“"I do solemnly swear (or affir…”

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion"

What would one be expected to do if one were elected with an explicit determination to have a constitutional convention and poll the people to invent a new system to replace the constitution of the united states of America with a better one with even more liberty for all and super-justice and uber-freedom?

Should one swear that oath?

“Scott Alexander is back postin…”

Scott Alexander is back posting again. Now on a Substack.

That means I have to finally decide how much money he deserves once I sober up I suppose!

I'm pressing subscribe regardless and so should you.

That old indo-european word "ṛta" ends up meaning a lot of things after it splits and split and splits and splits meaning eh?

From Scott:
"The top and bottom chess sets in this picture are exactly the same color [...] "a slightly different context can confuse our brains so completely that we mistake white for black and vice versa. I believe the same laws of thought apply in the frontal lobe as in the visual cortex. The same forces that transform gray chess sets to white or black, outside our conscious control or comprehension, influence how we think about policies, coalitions, and principles, making them appear self-evidently good or viciously evil. I think this is the century where we'll either learn to understand and deal with our cognitive biases, or else all kill each other."

Amazing. Welcome back Scott.

astralcodexten.substack.com/p/

“300m: left turn…”

300m: left turn
500m: left turn
800m: right turn onto bridge
1700m: Exit bridge straight over crossroads
2100m: Hit top roundabout
2300m: Exit top roundabout
2700m: Left turn
2800m: Left turn
2800m: Left turn
2900m: Right turn
3600m: Left turn
3700m: Right turn back onto bridge
4600m: Exit bridge,
4800m: Cross roundabout
5100m: Right turn
5200m: Left turn
5200m: Left turn
5300m: Straight on at lighthouse
6000m: Final Jump

“Fisherman with Brexit-regret: …”

Fisherman with Brexit-regret: "The reality is, it's now Jan 20, and we've yet to send a single consignment to Europe from Britain"

I think everyone I know who voted leave expected to stay in the common market, and only leave the EU.

I told them that would mean being rule-takers with no say in the rules, but I didn't think to say that Brexit would be overtaken by extremists who'd force us out of the market too, and leave the country isolated and unable to export.

youtube.com/watch?v=9aB8C4cbBn

“Writing a car-chase story for …”

Writing a car-chase story for V0.3 of Starship was probably a mistake you know.

Currently trying to plan how the chase around my island-city works and timing the various twists and turns of dialogue with the twists and turns of the chase.

The draft script just had things like "jump" and "crash" in them, but now they have to fit to the actual map with actual times.

And working in continuous VR I can't just jump-cut and pretend 2km of road didn't happen or anything. It's all gotta match, time and space events.

I'm barely started with a plan here and it's doing my head in.

“The only way I've found to mak…”

The only way I've found to make working in Windows tolerable is to usually have a shell open to my server where I can at least run a proper bash prompt.

Likes

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

Yes, You Can Stop Using WhatsApp—But Don’t Make This ‘Dangerous’ Mistake

For ESET’s Jake Moore, “Signal seems to be winning the race against Telegram,” based on the contacts...

‘A Ghastly Future’? Israeli Apartheid, Biden, Starmer, Assange And Mass Extinction – Media Lens

The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce… ‘The Israeli r...

Trump's Last Day! - YouTube

Johnathan Pie on Trumps depatrure

It’s time to break up Britain | openDemocracy

Long read on the break up of the UK

How North Sea Oil Shaped Britain’s Economy

The book rentier capitalism might be good. Excerpt here.

Opinion | Why Do So Many Americans Think the Election Was Stolen? - The New York Times

A lot of this rings true. Many friends don't even see the people thining the election results were f...

Stumbling and Mumbling: Maxxed out?

Laura Kuenssberg said... What interests me is how can any sentient being utter something so stupid?

Providing the answers that are needed

Tax and spending after covid

Excl: Hodge’s 200 ‘Labour’ complaints – 90% were NOT Labour members

Remember, overstating the number of complaints by 1000% is not exageration. The party insists there ...

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