Weekend Reading

The Daredevil of the Auction World Christie’s, the auction house, celebrates its two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary this year, and over time the origins of certain company traditions have become obscure. Who knew art and auctions could be so damn exciting! The father of trending: Abdur Chowdhury It’s one of those internet phrases that have seeped into everyday usage. Newsreaders tell us a story is trending, editors tell their staff they want interviews to trend and activists want their causes to trend. One thing I will never ever be; trending. Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech This is the text version of remarks I gave on June 26, 2016, at a panel on the Moral Economy of Tech …

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If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick Contempt for politicians has been on the rise for years. But this EU referendum campaign has torn away at the veil that divides civility from mayhem For weeks, months and years “politician” has been a word more spat out than said. I don’t really want to dwell on ‘Brexit’, which has become an excuse for hatred in many forms. Be Careful What You Code For Most people who don’t code don’t appreciate how hard it is to do right. Plenty of developers are perfectly functional, but to watch a master weave code into silken beauty is utterly inspiring. I work with coders and appreciate some of this, …

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#Glasto2016

Mud. Lots and lots of mud. Thick, gloopy, sticky, and slippy all at once, my legs feel very toned after a few days of dealing with it, but hey, what’s a little mud amongst friends? Glastonbury, for me, is a strange place full of experiences weird and wonderful, of random conversations with friendly strangers, of magical moments of connection, all underpinned by a sense of togetherness, a sense of something good and positive. Given the events that transpired whilst we were away it was a welcome distraction. Glastonbury is also about performances. Music dominates, but everywhere you turn there is something to catch your eye. It’s a wonderful space, full of diversity and vibrancy. Alas the mud – the effort …

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Weekend Reading (late)

No Weekend Reading next week as I’ll be standing in a muddy field in Somerset, I hear there might be some bands there too. Looks like this didn’t post! Oh well, here it is now anyway Parents are worried the Amazon Echo is conditioning their kids to be rude Alexa will put up with just about anything. She has a remarkable tolerance for annoying behavior, and she certainly doesn’t care if you forget your please and thank yous. I dunno, kids these days, disrespectful little cu…tipies? 7 reasons you should date someone with tattoos Swiping through Tinder gives you a rough breakdown of some of the stereotypical suitors out there looking for love – you’ve got the urban fishing fans, the lads who think …

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Weekend Reading

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker Read this. Send it to your friends. If you are a man, read it twice. One night in January 2015, two Stanford University graduate students biking across campus spotted a freshman thrusting his body on top of an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster. The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History Chris White shakes his head and laughs when I show him the first photo. Couldn’t happen today, could it? DOD continues quest to make “Iron Man” exosuit for special ops At this week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) cracked the door open a bit …

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10 Reasons my blog isn’t popular

My version of ’10 Productivity Tips’ would be ‘pick a system and use it, stop wasting time picking a system, most people just need a list of things that need done that day’. I write about me. My thoughts, my life. Narcissism central round here. I don’t stick to one topic. When I’m not writing about me, I write about software I use, or movies, and by god I write about writing a lot of the time. Essentially this blog is a censored diary that I happen to publish on the internet. I don’t actually know WHY I keep doing this, and so I plod on just posting stuff to have stuff posted. I don’t post amazing examples of photography. …

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Weekend Reading

The Story Behind Monopoly Pieces While many board games use colorful little pegs as markers, Monopoly, the game with the unique power to unite and divide a family in the matter of an hour, has those odd tokens you’re no doubt familiar with. I always wanted to be the shoe, but I’m not sure why. A Liberated Woman: The Story of Margaret King In October 1786, 27-year-old feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft journeyed from London to her new temporary home: an imposing Palladian-style mansion in County Cork, Ireland. AMAZING women, why haven’t I heard of her before now? There’s a mathematical reason you’re less popular than your friends Do you ever get the feeling that the people you follow on social …

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Weekend Reading

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. I do so love these stories, the hidden truths, the human interest. I wonder if anyone has thought about making movies like this? (I fear I may be too late). Nick Brown Smelled Bull It was autumn of 2011. Sitting in a dimly lit London classroom, taking notes from a teacher’s slides, Nick Brown could not believe his eyes. A good example of challenging things and trusting your own instinct. Why Designers Love The Ampersand Cheerily nuzzled above the “7” key like a pear-shaped pill …

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Less to say

I’ve hit a strange point in my use of social media recently. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but I am definitely using it less. I don’t check Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram multiple times a day, and some days not at all, and as such I’m posting less and less too. In fact if anything I’m preferring Instagram these days. Why? Because there is too much and I don’t have the energy to sift through it to find the good stuff. Too many opinions, too many in-jokes, too many overlapping conversations I am not a part of, too much noise, too much hate, too much love, too much silliness, too much, too much, too …

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Weekend Reading

Until I was a man, I had no idea how good men had it at work Testosterone made my voice low. Really low. So low that I am almost impossible to hear in a loud bar or a cacophonous meeting, unless I speak at a ragged near-shout. But when I do talk, people don’t just listen: they lean in. Something I am aware of in the workplace, it really needs to change faster. Starbucks Orders and the Mass Customization of American Food Food customization is more than a craze in America—it’s a reflection of identity. It’s been said that there are 87,000 ways to order a drink at Starbucks. What’s wrong with my Grande Skinny Latte, Extra Hot, with Sugar-free …

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