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Will Twitter and please just motherfucking die already. I mean seriously, fuck that

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:02:00 GMT

Will Twitter and please just motherfucking die already. I mean seriously, fuck that shit.

How the hell did long form text and discussion come to this?

This shaking fist brought to you via,
A most excellent rant about the need for a CS code of ethics. With teeth.
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One of the curious things about writing stuff is the way it sometimes decides that you aren't entirely

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:51:00 GMT

This needs sharing.

Alan Cox originally shared this post:
One of the curious things about writing stuff is the way it sometimes decides that you aren't entirely in charge. Characters add themselves without invite or what was intended to be one thing turns in other ways.

I was trying to write something about the rising disillusionment with the state and the 1%, but the words decided they wanted to be a good deal nastier

The sit and do their plotting
And they don't give a damn
You are part of the problem
If you aren't part of the plan
They really don't like it
If you stick it the man
But they've got ways to make
You vanish when they can

It's a dark country
And we're sharpening the blades
To test on politicians
Billionaires and aides
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

As the rulers climb the mountain
They think they're atlas shrugged
But money aint invention
And they won't do too good
When we knock down their empire
And take back all we should
When we tear up the system
Well it's time they understood

It's a dark country
And revolution stalks
Starting with the ballot box
And fighting in the courts
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

You can push the people so far
You can lie to them like dogs
But there comes a day they'll
stick a spanner in the cogs
When the machine grinds to a halt
And the dollars cease to print
Remember those you treat like shit
Were the ones to load the ink

It's a dark country
And the knives are coming out
If we can't beat you through the system
We'll beat you from without
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

So as you take away the healthcare
As the schools fall down and bust
As you swap wages for zero hours
As the libraries fall to dust
When the army don't give a damn
When the police have had enough
Everyone you stamped on is ready
To take you down with us

It's a dark country
Don't think that you can hide
One day we're going to get you
And you won't enjoy the ride
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

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Always scary to see yourself on TV. Our local Save Green Belt campaign got chosen with an hour's notice

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 19:47:00 GMT

Always scary to see yourself on TV. Our local Save Green Belt campaign got chosen with an hour's notice to represent the problems with Sajid Javid and his proposals due to be announced tomorrow.

Here's the 90 seconds we got on Channel 4 news tonight.

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Space is big

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:29:00 GMT

Space is unbelievably hostile to meat sacks.

Space is at the other end of a deep gravity well.

It looks like we had one shot at using a cheap source of energy to make the leap off planet.

And failed.

Well done mankind. You had one job ...


Maybe, there will never be another period of laying down fossil fuel on earth now that fungi that can digest Lignin have appeared. Which means no future life on earth will have the benefit of easy access to very large quantities of energy to bootstrap a technological civilisation.
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What is the last question?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:25:00 GMT

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Another spectacularly meaningless collection from a large number of "Thought Leaders". ;)

Here's mine.

"What's the minimum viable population and civilisation that can support a chip foundry".
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Farr Festival

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:07:00 GMT

Farr Festival

This is going to be a hard sell this year as there's no discount for rep tickets. But, If you or your friends buy through this link and give me an email address I can reward them with £9 via paypal. But to be honest, the 5 for 4 deal is a better offer.

What can I say, last year (and the year before!) was fun with great sets from Chaos in the CBD, Omar-S, Ramzi, Huerco S, Mr G, Willow, Avalon Emerson, Sad City and others.
(image)  Farr Festival 2018 »
For the next edition of Farr Festival we have a weighty selection of record labels and institutions to bring the heat to Bygrave Woods. But first, here’s a taste of the initial acts joining us at Farr Festival 2018. Taking centre stage we welcome Innervisions co-founder Dixon, Mahogani Music legend Moodymann, Running Back label founder Gerd Janson, Glasgow’s iconic DJ duo Optimo and LuckyMe family member Eclair Fifi. Now over to our stage hosts...

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Rather sad little story. The guy who built one of the original hobbit houses in Wales has had the MKII

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:54:00 GMT

version burn to the ground.

The original was a big inspiration for me. That still stands.

Needless to say, planning permission is an ongoing battle for them. I have very mixed feelings about this, because our wood is in an area where planning permission for new houses is pretty strictly controlled. And this is right, because there's so much pressure for new building round here that given half a chance, all that green belt and SSSI woodland would be converted into housing estates. Though it's really apparent that if you have the right friends and plenty of money, any old barn can become a hamlet of half a dozen converted and extended farm buildings. Before you know it, you've got a village or another gated community. Going ahead and building anyway, and then spending the next 20 years appealing retrospective planning requests is a viable option provided you spend little money and are prepared to just walk away. That doesn't mean that's necessarily the right, moral thing to do.

Electrical fire? Building codes are there for a reason. Even if you're off grid.

I mustn't be too negative though. The buildings that these people have built are beautiful and properly amazing.

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2017 - Music of the year - The Best List of "Best of" Lists

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:47:00 GMT

It's that time again. As ever, if you can't absorb all of them try this one for club music. And for the gratuitously obscure or maybe just obscurely gratuitous I like that Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. is simultaneously best album and most over-rated album. electronic music Tracks Albums RA Best House Slav House https:/[...]

An art. I likes it

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:09:00 GMT

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We kept on trying stuff. Because that's what humans do

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:44:00 GMT

We kept on trying stuff. Because that's what humans do.

Here's an incomplete list of things we tried. For example:-

#23: Believe you are making a difference.

Some of these should be passed to The Long Now group.
(image)  An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried »
Working back from human extinction.

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Ah, the joys of trying to earn pocket money from Google AdSense on a personal blog

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:42:00 GMT

Way back in 2005, I wrote a little piece about my search for Turkish rolling tobacco[1]. Today, Adsense noticed that it links to somebody who sells tobacco. Which of course is a heinous sin and violates their programme policies! We can't be selling advertising on a web page that links to a tobacco salesman. So I get a warning and rap over the knuckles. I've now deleted the blog entry which should keep them quiet.

I ran into this once before over alcohol where I'd posted one of my "Friday Night Cocktail" recipes with a link to a specific brand website on G+. Another heinous sin because I'd neglected to specify my posts as being for over 18s and we can't be linking to a website that might sell or promote alcohol.

On the plus side, I re-found another wonderful blog entry in the same vein and from the same time.

At least this time I didn't get the "You did something really bad and we might block and delete your account, but we won't tell you what it was" routine.

[1] 6 years now since I gave up. I don't miss the smoking but I do still occasionally miss the process of smoking.
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The Labour party membership renewal team are phoning me about once a week at the moment. I'm having

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:18:00 GMT

The Labour party membership renewal team are phoning me about once a week at the moment. I'm having to explain why I won't be renewing every time so they've asked me to email and fill in the contact form with an explanation.

This is what I sent:-

While I broadly support the Labour Party and it's principles, I will not be renewing my membership until the Labour Party formally commits to stopping Brexit and cancelling Article 50.
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