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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 - Perception. Finely crafted House music for the cocktail hour. DJ Python – Dulce Compañia. "Deep Reggaeton". Hypnotic dance [...]



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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A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the Parable of the Paperclip Maximizer — just what happens

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:05:00 GMT

Ok. This is genius. Got a couple of hours?

"Paperclip Maximiser"

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Yonatan Zunger originally shared this post:
A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the Parable of the Paperclip Maximizer — just what happens when an AI has clear goals and no sense of balance about achieving them. But this parable has just been utterly perfected by Frank Lantz of the NYU Game Center, who has built a game all about it. It's a browser game, it's free to play, it can be played end-to-end in about a day, and it is unreasonably satisfying and fun. And addictive.

It is, in fact, a Cow Clicker about Paperclip Maximizing.

At first, I was making paperclips – first bending them by hand, then buying machines, managing market prices, buying wire when the market is favorable. An hour and a half in, I was mostly focused on getting better at game theory tournaments so that I could improve the AI I was using to cure cancer, solve climate change, and bring about world peace on the one hand (and so build public trust in my paperclip company) and manipulate financial markets on the other hand (so that I would have enough money to bribe officials into trusting me with the HypnoDrones).

Suffice it to say that the game gets even more interesting from there.

Something I really love about it is how many different games it really is: every time you get good at something, not only do new mechanics show up, but radically new mechanics show up, so that it feels like you just played a dozen games in rapid succession. And the ending (at least, the ending I got to) is smooth, perfect, and deeply satisfying.

This is a true gem among seemingly simple games.

One warning: It does not work well on mobile; you'll want a computer for this.

http://www.decisionproblem.com/paperclips

(Those of you wanting to read about paperclip maximization, or why someone would write a game about this, can start here: https://hackernoon.com/the-parable-of-the-paperclip-maximizer-3ed4cccc669a)



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Whoosh! Another tool for exploring Music Genre space. It's based on Spotify's Genre tags

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:39:00 GMT

Whoosh! Another tool for exploring Music Genre space. It's based on Spotify's Genre tags.
http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html

Click on things to hear samples of typical artists, or dig down into lists to get Spotify playlists.
http://everynoise.com/everynoise1d.cgi?root=deep%20house&scope=all

LoFi house seems to be buried in the Deep House section.

A companion to this exploration tool.
http://www.musicroamer.com/#/search?similar_artist_limit=6&artist=mall%20grab

As far as I can tell Spotify's genre tags are curated by Spotify or one of their suppliers. And not generated by their users like last.fm So your idea of what's in uk funky or such like may not agree with their's. I've just had a quick look at Google Music again. And their Genre tagging is all over the place as well.
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Both Mastodon.social and Mastodon.cloud seem to be borked

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:02:00 GMT



Admin@Mastodon.cloud said he was moving servers and updating to 1.6.1 so maybe it all went horribly wrong. Admin@Mastodon.social is the main mastodon developer which suggests the problem might be the new 1.6.1 release.

This makes me sad. Even though the Mastodon community doesn't really feel like it's really taken off just yet. We've become used to systems that just work so having two of the major instances just go off line is not good.
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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:19:00 GMT