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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.

“I wonder if windows will nag m…”

I wonder if windows will nag me like that every three days forever now?

Suppose it'll be unavoidable by Windows 11.


I should see how the Unity/VR/Stream stuff on Linux is getting on. It was almost working other than the awful sickening frame-rates last time I tried.

“Oh God. It's happening again. …”

Oh God. It's happening again. What on earth is this now?

What "device" do they mean the keyboard that isn't working or the one that is? Or do they mean the computer itself?

That all sounds either awful or I already do it. Why is there no cancel button. I don't want any of that.

“Went to a #gig! It was great! …”

Went to a ! It was great! First in ages.

She Drew The Gun are rocking and political and right on.

“I'm happy to be vaccinated, an…”

I'm happy to be vaccinated, and don't really even mind having to prove it to get into some places but god-damn requiring me to install some god awful app to do it is stressing me out.

“Is it even actually a podcast …”

Is it even actually a podcast anyway if it doesn't even have an RSS feed any more?

[ ] Podcasts must have RSS
[ ] Without RSS isn't even a podcast

“Here he is, a bit more compose…”

Here he is, a bit more composed and able to shill his album about the moon. It's ironic, because he was 100 miles closer to the moon than I was for ten minutes there.



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.

jwz: How much more terrifying could the murderbots be? Waymo.

"We're all going to fucking die, is what I'm getting at"

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

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.

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 […]

Assange Is Still in Jail - Craig Murray

Craig Murray on journalists in jail and failed western democracy

The ACCESS ACT Takes a Step Towards a More Interoperable Future

Seems like pretty big news for Mastodon and Activity Pub. Long way until this potentially-good bill is law though.

Please Don't Give Up On Having Kids Because Of Climate Change - Astral Codex Ten

Scott Alexander debunking using climate chaos as an excuse to not have kids.Never was my reason for not having kids, but if you really want some but are refusing coz of the climate, worth a read.More optimistic about the effects of runaway change than I've generally been. Food production in a changed climate is the thing I worry might bring down civilization. If warming destroys a third of all our food production, would that create the wars to end civilization? Doesn't address that.

This is the Brutal Reality of Brexit | by umair haque | Oct, 2021 | Eudaimonia and Co

The Brexiters Were Wrong. The “Alarmists” Were Right. Brexit is Already a Catastrophe, and its Effects Are Only Just Beginning

Your Money and Your Life - by Edward Snowden - Continuing Ed — with Edward Snowden

Ed Snowdon on central bank digital currencies:"A CBDC is something closer to being a perversion of cryptocurrency, or at least of the founding principles and protocols of cryptocurrency—a cryptofascist
currency, an evil twin entered into the ledgers on Opposite Day,
expressly designed to deny its users the basic ownership of their money
and to install the State at the mediating center of every transaction. "

The Strange Convulsion in Scottish Politics - Craig Murray

That is the difference between the SNP and Alba. Do you really want Independence, or is it just a genteel discussion point?

A tentacle themed attire for the gig

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