Aug 272014
 
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It’s been a weird summer.  Horrible things happening in the world out there; the grist of mainstream and – now – social media too.  Just because you love cat gifs doesn’t mean you don’t see execution gifs …

Beautiful things happening within our family, as vacation time works its magic and makes us speak to each other so wondrously.

But then outwith our nuclear family, other things happening.  Childhood has a long reach; what hurt us as kids … well … it continues to work its invisible sadnesses.

Weave them almost, in painfully mysterious ways.

I’m glad it’s all over, mind; glad my wife and children will shortly have a better base to operate from.

That’s all most of us need; even yearn for.  Somewhere, anywhere, in which to be proud of oneself; to be proud of oneself and one’s forebears.


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What do we mean when we say we are “pro-job creators”?

This tweet led me to this Labour Party YouTube video: http://youtu.be/2CyHZh10nro Before I continue, let it be clear from the start that whilst I’m still currently a Labour Party member, its behaviour during the recent #DRIP process has meant I will be deciding in September whether to continue to pay my dues.  I am as [...]

Robin Williams

I just posted this on Facebook.  It explains how I feel today.  No word describes it better than sad. Feeling rather sad today.  Don’t think the news about Robin Williams helped.  Shouldn’t affect me so much I know; never met him; only knew him thru’ cinema.  One person in peacetime, not hundreds in wartime.  But [...]

Change, its magnetism and practically all our media

A story from the Guardian/Observer website today got me thinking.  It’s headlined: Rising Ukip star on Roma in the UK, vaccines and racist gardeners and it’s introduced: Rotherham is a Ukip target in next year’s general election. Jane Collins tells how she hopes to unseat Labour by being ‘different’ Notice the adjectives “rising” and “different”.  [...]

Beyond the Internet and the worldwide web

Some thoughts I just brainstormed via Twitter: #Globalisation promised progress from the well-off to the poor. TBH, it increasingly delivers pockets of poverty to the formerly well-off. #Globalisation’s making us poorer: s’times literally, as water loses its status as human right; s’times, just a simple poverty of spirit. The more our leaders (we too) get [...]

A monarchy of customers

I posted earlier today an email which reached me as the nominal Amazon author I am (I’ve never received any payment as such, but this blog is still up there on their site as a product).  I was quite positive about the thrust of the argument this presented.  An apparently virtually identical letter was posted [...]

Are e-books the revolution paperbacks once were?

Just received this email from Amazon on the subject of e-books.  In itself, it’s a novel and a half, but makes for fascinating reading: Dear KDP Author, Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when [...]

Big Government, being humanitarian and the US as the “world’s policeman”

Dan Hodges suggests the following: There’s only one thing worse then the US being the world’s policeman. And that’s the US not being the world’s policeman. I’d take issue with the use of the monolithic singular (no state, however useful, is ever that monolithic – nor should be in a modern liberal democracy) and the [...]

Ownership, being human and defining our concept of freedom

I finished the Asimov story, “The Bicentennial Man”, recently.  If you haven’t read it, do try and find time to do so.  As with most of Asimov’s shorter works, the narrative creeps up on you quite slowly – though the read itself is never boring.  In a sense, they’re like Ibsen plays: so much happening [...]

Remember Google Reader? Oh, but there’s this “right to be forgotten” …

I read that the first Wikipedia page has been lost to Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rulings – and like #DRIP (more here, here and here) after it, I’m afraid that very little has been thought through at the moment of its conceptualisation. Many have written well and hard about how incompatible this “right” has [...]

“God + ogle” – and why Facebook really uses https

There have been stories this morning on how over a billion unique user name/password combinations for over 400,000 websites have been stolen by cybercriminals.  Everyone’s being rather cagey – to date – about the issue as far as I can see: no lists of the websites (a lot of info to process, admittedly), though perhaps [...]

Israel vs Gaza – and the racism of Western democracy

This was the tweet which I finally put together this evening, after a long time of not knowing how to put my finger on what I felt.  A tweet which finally clarified things for me: on a whole host of conflicted feelings about colonial pasts, victimhood, racism and cultural confusion: At heart, we’re racist. We [...]

Violent freedoms: 30,000 deaths a year – the #NewWorldStrip?

I’ve been struggling (as I imagine all of us not trained in the history in question have been struggling) to understand the dynamics of the current conflict in Gaza.  It’s not just from my failure to comprehend how people can be party to so much cruelty, but also from the point of view of how [...]

Prejudging and – then – prejudice

We live in horrible online public spaces – even as our private lives may contain in equal and respectful parts the beauty, sadness, love and fear, natural and appropriate to the curiosity that is this planetary existence of ours. So whilst I’m having a wonderful time at home with family and friends, with good food [...]

From fonts and the fronts of battle to royal apartheids

I love Us vs Th3m.  Consistently focussed on what’s web-interesting; occasionally rude in the nicest possible way; of late, perfectly innovative as anything on the Internet needs to be to have the right to demand our attention. This piece, for example, on sinister-font usage is fabulous.  (And if you want a better gander at Portmeirion [...]