Soylent Groan

I am not an economist. Nonetheless I would like to start with an economic point so basic that it should be completely uncontroversial irrespective of your economic philosophy:

The idiots who are saying that we should sacrifice people to save the economy are economic illiterates because they fail to grasp that the economy is made out of people.

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March 31, 2020. Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Thoughts on Unity and Forgiveness

As we approach the fateful hour when all British people lose our rights as EU Citizens, and we skulk off to face our bleak future alone, I feel the need to type something. If nothing else it stops me from punching the wall. And I do have some thoughts. They might even make some sense…

Unity and forgiveness are often portrayed as universally good things. The reality is a bit more complicated.

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January 31, 2020. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 3 comments.

War with Iran: What you need to know pt2

Six months ago I set out some very obvious basic facts that any six year old with access to Wikipedia could have worked out:

(Yeah, I know. Real genius level stuff.)

To this I would like to add one more thing:

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January 3, 2020. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Happy? New? Year?

It’s that time of year again, when I apologise to everybody that I was supposed to send holiday cards to for being too disorganised and depressed to do so. In my defence, this has been a fucking depressing trip round the sun and, while I do genuinely wish everybody a happy new year, I think we all know that it won’t be.

What year is it next year, anyway?

The same year as it always is. 2016.

So, as we face our fifth consecutive 2016, I don’t really think that happiness is the correct thing to wish you all. Sure, if you can find any happiness then grab it with both hands but I doubt that most of us will see much happiness until November at the very earliest, and even then I don’t think it is wise to get our hopes up too much. Instead I will wish you all fortitude.

Survive Brexit. Survive the end of the UK. Survive Boris. Survive Trump. Survive all this and help eachother to survive it.

Or, to put it another way:

“Seest thou yon dreary Plain, forlorn and wilde,
The seat of desolation, voyd of light,
Save what the glimmering of these livid flames
Casts pale and dreadful? Thither let us tend
From off the tossing of these fiery waves,
There rest, if any rest can harbour there,
And reassembling our afflicted Powers,
Consult how we may henceforth most offend
Our Enemy, our own loss how repair,
How overcome this dire Calamity,
What reinforcement we may gain from Hope,
If not what resolution from despare.”

Hold on. Did you just quote Satan?

Well, its actually Milton, but, you know… It seems appropriate to these benighted times…

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December 22, 2019. Daniel, Sensible. 1 comment.

UK Election Winners and Losers

So, let us see how this “landslide” slid…

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December 13, 2019. #Brexit, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Last chance?

We go into a defining week for the United Kingdom in a terrible state[1]. On Thursday we face an election which could lead to economic ruin and the end of the UK. None of the parties look good and it is very easy to give in to apathy and despair. It is important to remember that not all the parties are the same. Even in this sick joke of an election, our votes do matter, if we care enough to make them matter.

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December 8, 2019. #Brexit, Money, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

My Escape From Instagram Extortion

So, I signed up to Instagram to follow people. I gave them my real name, my real email address and no phone number. They seemed perfectly happy with this. I followed a few people (and one furby). I didn’t post anything. It seemed innocuous. Then it started trying to blackmail me with an utterly unacceptable demand to extort my phone number out of me.

(Content warning: Lots of angry swearing below the fold. Proceed at your own discretion.)

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November 20, 2019. Daniel, IT, Security, Sensible, Social Media. 1 comment.

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.

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