21 December 2017

Randomness

A few nights ago I had episode 4 of a series dream about a crazy acid casualty Texas record producer who insisted on calling everything “best coast” when it sounded just right. So around midnight I woke up wondering which other bands were on Jet Records besides ELO, and disappeared down a Wikipedia hole. Apparently Jet Records was the creation of Don Arden, known as the “Yiddish Godfather”, who was the violent father of Sharon Osbourne, and who once turned up with a squad of heavies at another record label manager’s office and threatened to throw him out of the window for daring to discuss a change of management with one of Arden’s bands. ... Read more

7 December 2017

Some thoughts on social networks

Last week I spent some time moving all my e-mail archives off of Google’s servers and onto my own. At the same time I went through and cleared out a bunch of old mail, scanned for duplicates, pulled out family photos into an album, and generally tidied. It was an interesting experience. I found myself seeing names of people I had no recollection of, but who had apparently been a major part of my life a couple of decades ago. ... Read more

10 November 2017

Controversial opinions

Everyone has beliefs which they think are simple and obvious. In 2017, I have become aware that some of mine are a lot more controversial than I imagined. Back in February I started assembling a list. Here’s what I have so far. Apparently controversial opinions in 2017: Everyone should have healthcare covering essential treatment. What counts as essential should be decided by panels of trained medical professionals. Everyone should vote. ... Read more

27 October 2017

Scoble and #MeToo

So, that #MeToo hashtag and the associated drama. I saw a call for men to write about it, but I didn’t really know what to say. Then Robert Scoble just came along and posted a memo regarding sexual harassment allegations against him, and boy were there some things I wanted to say after reading that… Though Scoble’s memo is the starting point, many of the comments could be addressed to countless other men in the tech industry. ... Read more

2 September 2017

Antifa

Over the last few months I’ve seen many articles breaking down which organizations make up the “alt-right”. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any articles attempting to break down who’s in antifa. Instead, antifa has often been treated by the US media as if it’s some sort of grassroots political movement like Occupy Wall Street, or a protest movement with a set of demands like Black Lives Matter. The far right have leveraged this misunderstanding, and attempted to portray antifa as communist, Marxist, genocidal, and anything else they think will stick. ... Read more

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