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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 ...

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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.
https://phys.org/news/2018-02-fungi-nutrients-world.html
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What is the last question?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:25:00 GMT

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https://www.edge.org/the-last-question-1

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

https://tickets.farrfestival.co.uk/rep/jbond-farr-2018

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.

http://www.farrfestival.co.uk/
(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.
http://www.simondale.net/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/grand-designs-27000-eco-home-in-wales-burns-to-the-ground

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. http://whitenoisemusic.co.uk/best-2017-outside-club/ And for the gratuitously obscure or maybe just obscurely gratuitous http://thequietus.com/articles/23660-albums-of-the-year-2017 I like that Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. is simultaneously best album and most over-rated album. http://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/summary/2017/ https://datatransmission.co/blog/top-100-tracks-2017/ https://djmag.com/content/top-50-tracks-2017 https://djmag.com/content/top-50-albums-2017 https://djmag.com/tag/Best+of+2017 http://dis11.herokuapp.com/in_depth/4151506-drowned-in-sounds-favourite-albums-of-2017 http://www.dummymag.com/news/the-10-best-albums-of-2017 http://www.dummymag.com/news/the-10-best-tracks-of-2017 http://www.factmag.com/2017/12/15/best-tracks-2017/ http://www.factmag.com/2017/12/16/best-record-labels-2017/ http://www.factmag.com/2017/12/14/best-club-tracks-2017/ http://www.factmag.com/2017/12/12/best-house-techno-tracks-2017/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/gorilla-vs-bears-albums-of-2017/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/gorilla-vs-bears-songs-of-2017/ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/04/the-top-100-tracks-of-2017 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/05/the-best-albums-of-2017 https://hypem.com/zeitgeist/2017 http://includemeout2.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/2017-albums-of-year.html http://mixmag.net/feature/the-top-20-djs-of-2017 http://mixmag.net/feature/the-top-100-tracks-of-2017 http://www.phonicarecords.com/year/best-of-2017-albums/74 http://www.phonicarecords.com/year/best-of-2017-singles/79/75 https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-20-best-electronic-albums-of-2017/ https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/pitchfork-readers-poll-results-2017/ http://thequietus.com/articles/23660-albums-of-the-year-2017 http://thequietus.com/articles/23718-noel-s-straight-hedge-punk-hardcore-best-albums-of-the-year-2017-pinkgrip-mozart-mutual-jerk http://thequietus.com/articles/23720-best-r-b-2017-syd-kelela-sza-miguel http://thequietus.com/articles/23721-best-jazz-2017-top-ten-jaimie-branch-pat-thomas-alice-coltrane-nicole-mitchell http://thequietus.com/articles/23729-foul-house-best-of-2017-new-weird-britain-elodie-vom-ansome-duds http://thequietus.com/articles/23742-columnfortably-numb-psych-albums-of-the-year-2017-pigs-pigs-pigs-pigs-pigs-pigs-pigs-circle-flowers-must-die-alvarius-b http://thequietus.com/articles/23750-hyperspecific-end-of-year-2017 http://thequietus.com/articles/23768-tracks-of-the-year-songs-2017 https://www.redbull.com/au-en/best-albums-of-2017-so-far https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3090 electronic music https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3133 Tracks https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3134 Albums https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnZOad80R4nrHmUwTRveZX27vIKtZWSp- RA Best House https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/20-best-edm-and-electronic-albums-of-2017-w513661 http://www.self-titledmag.com/2017/12/28/top-10-most-underrated-2017-albums/ http://www.self-titledmag.com/2017/12/29/top-100-records-of-2017/ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60Iw6NrJ5P7n_z-sZtuNGoEIJcN9fk1B&disable_polymer=true Slav House https://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2017-favorite-labels?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tmt https://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2017-favorite-50-songs https://thevinylfactory.com/features/best-albums-2017/ http://whitenoisemusic.co.uk/best-2017-house-techno/ http://whitenoisemusic.co.uk/best-2017-experimental-club/ http://whitenoisemusic.co.uk/best-2017-balearic-ambient/ http://whitenoisemusic.co.uk/best-2017-outside-club/ https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/tracks/listen-to-the-wire-top-50-releases-of-2017 https://www.xlr8r.com/features/2017/12/xlr8rs-best-of-2017-releases/ And finally my two picks of the year. Grant [...]



An art. I likes it

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:09:00 GMT



https://youtu.be/as1bQ6Xl_fg

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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.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried
(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. https://voidstar.com/node.php?id=2161

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 labourmembership@labour.org.uk and fill in the contact form with an explanation. https://action.labour.org.uk/page/s/membership-contact-form

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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In the last couple of years, the Poly-Named-One posted a comment on the Charles Stross Blog (http://

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:17:00 GMT

In the last couple of years, the Poly-Named-One posted a comment on the Charles Stross Blog (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/) explaining it's categorising levels of Meta from M1-M5. I've been completely unable to find this again. Google and the Blog's search engine are failing to track it down, or my search-Fu is hopeless. Anyone remember this and can help me find it?

Is there a place to have the kind of meta-discussions about the blog that would rightly be blocked by the moderators within a specific blog-comments thread? I was kind of expecting a sub-Reddit but can't see one.

And the reason for looking is James Bridle has recently posted a long and important essay about algorithmically generated kid's videos on Youtube. Here. https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2
This demands a Wild Hunt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Hunt) because they're stealing our kids. But it's symptomatic and just one example of a much bigger problem. And it felt right up the PolyNamedOne's street. There are layers and layers of Meta here.

And incidentally, there's a discussion to be had about appropriate places in 2018 for posting personal long form text. People rightly hate Medium. And self hosted blogs-RSS are a bit out of favour these days. Blogspot-Wordpress style insta-blogs always run the risk of censorship or simply going out of business. The Social Media platforms have similar censorship issues and are generally hopeless for long form text. I've even seen https://txt.fyi/ suggested. It may work, but it feels like a toy.
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Today is the 800th anniversary of The Charter Of The Forest

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:03:00 GMT



https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/celebrating-800th-anniversary-charter-forest/

Quoting:

The Charter of the Forest is among the first ecological charters in history and among the first to assert the rights of the common man and woman.

As it coincided with the first feminist advance, in a modified Article 7 of the Magna Carta, which could have been in the Forest Charter, it could also be called a first feminist charter.

The Charter has the distinction of being the most durable piece of legislation in British history, having only been superseded in 1971, with the Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act, by when most of its principles had been embedded in other legislation, including the Commons Act of 1876, which ruled that enclosure should be allowed only if there were public benefit, and by the establishment of the Forestry Commission in 1919.
(image)  Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest »
This year is the 800th anniversary of a founding document of the British constitution, and of other constitutions as well. Issued in the name of a ten-year-old King Henry III alongside the modified Charter of Liberties that had been sealed by King John and the barons at Runnymede on June 15, 2015 th...

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