Pub Wednesday night?
And does anyone have a couch going spare?ETA: couch not required, gotta hotel.
I have a day off so I am taking a brief, hopefully sanity-restoring trip to the motherland. The train fare cost a hair over £50, so you'll be buying the drinks. However I can guarantee
witty appreciative conversation.
Reliable sources tell me that the Hoose sucks now. Is the regular meeting still there, or would Dagda or the 9A be a better bet?
- Rising furniture design - Tech Insider
This is pretty incredible from a topological standpoint---I love the table and chair and the occasional table---but the bowl is bloody terrible. All the gravy would fall out.
(tags: design video coolstuff )
- PORTFOLIO — NICK TANKARD ILLUSTRATION
This is gorgeous. Such meticulous shading. Reminds me of Piranesi's work.
(tags: art coolstuff )
- Iain Macwhirter: Shame on the SNP for choosing to park its conscience (From Herald Scotland)
I am not remotely surprised by this, just disappointed. It happened to the Lib Dems and now it's happening, in slightly less car-crash fashion, to the SNP. It will happen any time a party becomes mainstream and/or gets a sniff at the corridors of power. Radicalism is about pushing the envelope: it seems we need to start pushing a little harder again.
(tags: news politics opinion activism northofwatford )
- Take a look at "SwiftKey Keyboard"
Okay seriously, why did I take so long to install this. The leaking curve took twenty minutes and yes, I knew all about that typo there, I left it in for comedic effect. LAUGH DAMN YOU. Typing on mobile is so much more comfortable now; it's uncanny.
(tags: android tech coolstuff livinginthefuture )
- Why Beethoven rules supreme over Mozart | Torygraph
"Beethoven is simply on a different plane, when it comes to grandeur and the sublime." And "[c]ompared to Mozart and Haydn, his music is quite simply noisier"---I have been saying this for years. You can go on as much as you like about diminished fifths, but ultimately it is just that simple. Beethoven rocks your socks right off.
(tags: music opinion )
- Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars | Mashable
(tags: livinginthefuture coolstuff tech news ecology )
- fuck, i need a tumblr for this shit • feministgamingmatters: feministgamingmatters: ...
"A text-replacer extension which corrects “pandering to [group]” to “being enjoyable for people who are not me.”" Yes.
(tags: blog sexism feminism intersectionality equality )
- Computational Hydrographic Printing (SIGGRAPH 2015) - YouTube
Damn but this is clever.
(tags: tech coolstuff video design )
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2016, 12:49 am
Happy Independence Day, Scotland!
Some of the more pedantic among you may observe, at this juncture, that Scotland has no Independence Day. Well, yes, say I, you are correct inna very narrow, technical sense, but as you know I've never been one to let tedious facts get in the way of a meticulously constructed argument.
That argument commences now.
Today, 24th March 2016, is the day that we would have become an independent country, had we not collectively bottled it eighteen months ago. My feelings on this matter have been made clear, but, more cogently for the current discussion: no true Scotsman that I know would let a weak reason like that get in the way of an excuse for a party.
It is an inconvenient fact that 2,001,926 people voted the wrong way in 2014, because they were either too feartie, or misinformed, or Tories. I see no reaon why that should get between me and my celebratory whisky.
Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation. Be the change you want to see in the world. Live positive. Think global and act local. Act as though you already have what you want.
Fly the saltire. Join me inna dram. Strip the willow down George Street. Whatever takes your fancy, really.
And if you don't happen to have any fireworks handy, I hear that molotov cocktails are the next best thing, if you know what I mean, hint, hint.
[This was going to be a comment in reply to someone else's blog, but it wandered a little....]
I found an ink cartridge yesterday. I don't use ink cartridges, because it's not the 1930s. It was in an unused pocket of the belt pouch I use when travelling. At some point, years ago, we must have swapped pouches.
An ink cartridge. Very nearly gave me a relapse.
I thought about it for fifteen seconds, did a little mindful breathing, and tossed it.
I was fortunate, maybe, that shortly after my breakup and meltdown I was compelled to move cities on short notice. It forced me to rationalize: to determine the minimum necessary amount of Stuff with which I can live in reasonable comfort. It forced me to discard Stuff that I might otherwise have insisted on retaining as a keepsake. I had to pack all my Stuff into a single 1950s Admiralty-pattern kitbag and, as a result, it forced me to learn self-reliance at a point in my life when that's exactly what I needed.
Give me a sandwich toaster, a device with mobile internet, a change of underwear, and Kilkerran sherry wood, and I shall move the Earth.
I'm also fortunate that I could leave the rest of the crap in the flat and trust my staff to throw it out for me. The company billed me for it afterwards and they way they went about it was kind of dickish, but it helped a lot to have someone else deal with that for me. I could focus on the moving on.
And then there are things like this ink cartridge. The ink cartridge is a metaphor. We must have swapped pouches years ago: we bought two identical ones in the outdoor supplies shop in Aviemore, 2012 or so. I've been carrying her ink cartridge around for ages without realizing it. Yesterday I was able to dispose of it. A little bit more moving on was achieved.
Things like this are going to keep happening, piece by piece, with no end in sight, but each one is a step in the right direction, although it often doesn't feel like it at the time.
At some point, when I'm back in Edinburgh, I'm going to have to deal with the storage container, 80% of which is still filled with her Stuff (and which I'm still paying for). Does anyone have a need for several boxes of ladies' size 12 underwear?
(Isn't there a womens' shelter in Edinburgh? Is this the sort of thing they might want?)
I added pajh's Rule for Life #40 to the list last week, while I was down in That London, drinking in the pub with some friends. It is this: Never let someone else define who you are.
An obvious corollary is not to let yourself be defined by their Stuff, either. In fact, never let Stuff define you.
Okay, so this morning's linkdump wasn't supposed to be a linkdump. Pinboard allows one to set "to read" items which aren't picked up by the autoblogger, and I was leaving some notes for myself.
Yes, I leave notes for myself in Latin. Why do you ask?
The reason I had forgotten to check the "to read" box probably has something to do with the fact that I was out drinking in Pimlico with two Polish colleagues. It is disturbing to note that I apparently have a higher alcohol tolerance than the Poles, but then I'm a professional whisky drinker, and I've had a lot of practice.
Anyway, I'm leaving the linkdump as it is. It has a kind of a drunken poetry to it.
Seriously though, I'm stone cold sober now and I still think that this is the end of civilization. We now have people younger than millennials complaining that the millennials have ruined everything. I'm still struggling with the Boomers' legacy.
- Staggered by a stag - the story behind THAT photo | Benvironment
This is why I love photography. Moments like this.
(tags: socialmedia photography photos art )
- 97% of top officials at 'northern powerhouse' department work in London | Graun
Hands up anyone who's surprised.
(tags: graun politics fuckwits bloodytories northofwatford )
- The $300 Million Button | UIE
This is not just about UX. This is about customer relationships and brand engagement. This is about companies being able to see past the end of their own nose. There are certain people I know who need this blogpost tattooed onto the inside of their eyelids.
(tags: tech internet )
- These are all the MPs who voted to force through the ESA disability benefit cut | Indy
Ian Duncan Smith murders people for money.
(tags: bloodytories fuckwits disability hardesthit dwp )
- Robbers tracked casino patron to his home by putting GPS on his car, police say - The Washington Post
I can't decide if this is straight out of William Gibson or straight out of Goldfinger.
(tags: news tech usa livinginthefuture WilliamGibson )
- What did people think about Donald Trump in 1999? - CNNPolitics.com
"Ludicrous". I miss the nineties.
(tags: omgSo90s politics fuckwits usa )
- Cannabis legalisation in UK 'would raise £1bn a year in taxes' | Indy
"[...]a rational policy must pragmatically manage the reality of use as it currently exists, rather than attempt to eradicate it using punitive enforcement".
(tags: drugs prohibition law politics news uk )
- Call Me Captain | Hamilton was not content to write...
M'esteemed predecessor invented sockpuppetry.
(tags: history internet socialmedia society anthropology )
- Call Me Captain | "Your generation would probably ‘livetweet’ the apocalypse..."
This is true, and wise, and beautiful, and it resonates strongly with me. If you're reading this far down, whomever and wherever you are, I love you. You are my tribe.
(tags: poetry socialmedia internet I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials #makeuthink writing history )
- In the Name of Humanity | Limn
Fascinating. "nothing in history has been able to destroy the idea of the universal library, open for all [...] For the better part of that history, the idea was simply impossible. Today it is simply illegal [...] the total archive is already here. Distributed among millions of hard drives, it already is a de facto common heritage. We are as gods, and might as well get good at it".
(tags: opendata archaeology information livinginthefuture books piracy history zeitgeisty I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials copyfight )
- York | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
(tags: IFTTT photos photography )
- Manifesto of the Committee to Abolish Outer Space – The New Inquiry
“It’ll have to go,” the men of Krikkit said as they headed back for home.
(tags: incrediblyobscurereference literature books scifi spaaace )
- At Harvey Mudd College, the Ratio of Women in Computer Science Increased from 10% to 40% in 5 Years — Backchannel — Medium
Fantastic article, with specific, detailed action points. More of this please. (The only way this could be nerdier is if it were Harcourt Fenton Mudd College.)
(tags: nerd tech feminism education )
- Bitter Contract Dispute Extends to Who Owns Yosemite Names - NYT
The name "Yosemite" is a registered trademark of Delaware North, Inc, a food service and hospitality company in Buffalo, NY. Can we stop this now please?
(tags: litigiousbastards copyfight fuckwits news usa )
- Invictus [William Ernest Henley] | Academy of American Poets
Oh, so that's where all of those phrases come from.
(tags: poetry writing )
- York Viking Festival 2016 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Once a year, York is invaded by a bunch of hairy pillagers from the North. "Actually, most Vikings were farmers and traders---" YES BUT THAT'S NOT PHOTOGENIC, YOU BUFFOON.
(tags: IFTTT photos photography )
- Basic income on the doorstep - Basic Income UK
Some great arguments here. Please take note of the last paragraph.
(tags: basicincome politics welfare activism petition )
- Life on Earth began in Scotland… with 440mn year old fungus, scientists discover — RT UK
Prototypical! Also clearly the inspiration for the runic algiz.
(tags: science scotland )