The Wrong Trousers

counterfeit cabbages

“Trousers, you say? What on earth for?”

It has been brought to my attention that I haven’t been arsed to slag off the UK’s most egregious counterfeiter of cabbages since he was implausibly hoisted into high office by a small clique of dimwits who’s only possible excuse is that they got high in their offices and then voted for him “on a lark”.

Let’s put that right.

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September 23, 2019. Counterfeit cabbages, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Trump isn’t only wrecking America

Angry rant follows…

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August 31, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

A proper blog post, of sorts

I’ve finished revamping the links on the right of the page into a set of recommendation articles by topic. I just need to blog something to push the list articles down the page content a bit.

As I was sorting the links into categories I found myself looking at Vi Hart’s channel for the first time in a while. (They don’t make many videos, but when they do…!) I was reminded of this truly wonderful project which they made with Henry Segerman, in which music, maths and visual art are combined in a genuinely satisfying way.

Additional material:

So it is nice to know that YouTube isn’t entirely consumed by people screaming about politics…

August 25, 2019. Administrivia, Art, Media, Music, Sensible. Leave a comment.

YouTube Recommendations

I know I have been slagging off YouTube lately for its failure to protect people from bullying by its very worst denizens. Despite this, YouTube is a platform with an importance that transcends the utterly shitty way in which the platform is operated. YouTube is where you have to go to get the good videos from the good people.*

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July 13, 2019. Administrivia, Links, Media, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

What Is The Plan For The US Border?

I really hope that I am wrong about this, but I think I know what the plan is on the US southern border. When I look at what is happening, I don’t see a lack of funding. I don’t see isolated incidents. I don’t see negligence or incompetence. I see something far, far worse.

Content Warning: I’m putting this all below the fold as it is fucking grim.

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June 29, 2019. Law, Money, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

War with Iran: What you need to know

This is so simple that even Trump should be able to work this one out.

  • Iran can’t win. America is the richest nation on earth with military technology decades ahead of Iran.
  • America can’t win. Iran is bigger and has a higher GDP than Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam combined. It has a huge and coherent military and, unlike Iraq, it would put up a real fight if invaded.
  • The entire middle east could kick off. Nobody would win.
  • Millions could die for absolutely nothing.

Any questions?

June 20, 2019. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

People Like Me

Um… Are you sure about that?

Hold on. Let me check my grammar…

No. I’m sorry. What I actually meant the title to convey was “People demographically similar to myself”. Should I change it?

Can you be bothered?

Not really.

OK. So, what is this all about, then?

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June 8, 2019. Daniel, Media, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 2 comments.

Woo Yeah!

What is this strange, unfamiliar feeling? I feel that I remember it from the distant past. Oh yes! It the unexpected joy of waking up to election results that are, so far, not completely shit.

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May 3, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Is Huawei Safe?

The Huawei story is infuriating to me because there is no way to tell whether their equipment really is compromised. As far as I know, nobody has actually found any suspicious devices or malicious code hidden in their products. It is just that they seem like they might be corruptible. Trouble is, so do a lot of other companies.

The real issue is to work out how we can trust anything when technology is insanely complicated and we are just stupid, ignorant apes with an inflated sense of our own abilities?

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April 27, 2019. IT, Politics, Security, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Smartphone Review

Much to the amusement of many of my colleagues, it is 2019 and I have just got my first ever smartphone at the age of 48 and a bit. I want to talk about this.

Don’t worry. I’m not here to review a smartphone. I am here to review the concept of smartphones from the point of view of somebody who has not drifted along gradually accepting them as normal.

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April 21, 2019. Daniel, IT, Sensible, Social Media. 3 comments.

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