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Birthday Books Sep 21, 2019 I turned 47 this week, which is one of those years that isn’t really worth noting too strongly, but it’s nice to have a meal with close ones and Making your own Media Sep 16, 2019 An early descriptor for the social web was “small pieces, loosely joined”, coined by Dave Weinberger, where pieces meant pages on the web and the On Leaving Twitter Sep 15, 2019 In 2006 I signed up to a website called Twitter which had been mentioned by Kottke or Waxy or someone like that as being an interesting thing that Alexander Johnson and the Crushing Inevitability Of It All Jul 24, 2019 So we have a new Prime Minister, a man we’ve been expecting to be Prime Minister for what seems like forever. The shock of him becoming the Prime Through the Window Apr 16, 2019 I’m trying to write short pieces using principles of photography to talk about how the world works. Some will land better than others, but one has Three things that got Pete thinking Mar 25, 2019 We watched the Bohemian Rhapsody film last night, wanting something a bit light and fluffy after a long week, and wow, that’s a terrible piece of More Stuff Pete’s Been Thinking About Mar 14, 2019 I often have a Wikipedia page for some concept or idea open in a browser tab. It gets closed when I’m done with it, so the longer it’s there, the Stuff Pete’s Thinking About Mar 10, 2019 I realised it’s been months since I wrote anything for myself, and that might explain why I’m feeling a little constipated in the brain-department, Public Speaking and the Monoform Nov 27, 2018 Maggie Mae Fish’s analysis of the fascism in Fight Club contains multitudes and is well worth your time if you’re interesting in how what seemed Debating Fascism and Understanding Mogg Nov 10, 2018 Two articles that could be considered related that I wanted to write about at slightly longer length than the usual Sunday Reads. I remember in the Sunday Reads Nov 3, 2018 Greenhouses in Southern Spain by Jay Owens, my go-to for explaining cultural stuff that makes me feel old, and she does it in such a wonderful way. Bunny Butt Master Oct 25, 2018 So I continue to go to the Fat Fluffs rabbit sanctuary on a Wednesday morning when I can, which is about 3-4 times a month. Officially Fi and I take Sunday Reads Oct 21, 2018 Usually every fortnight, but this one’s a week late because, yes, new job but also my mum came to visit and, hey, priorities people. Rege’s style Mental Labour Scars Oct 20, 2018 During a presentation by Michael Lightborne I tonight I was struck by a couple of things he mentioned to illustrate a broader point he was making The Revolution will be Laminated Oct 20, 2018 The other day I was making signs at Loaf and Nancy asked if I wanted to laminate them. God, no, I said. Of course not. These are “proper” signs, and Sunday Reads Sep 29, 2018 I think there’s a thread to be found in this fortnight’s selection of medium-long-form articles and essays for you to engage with on a lazy Sunday. Sunday Reads Sep 16, 2018 Feels like a light bunch of reads this fortnight. Maybe because of the new job I haven’t been deep-diving so much, but maybe this is a good thing. Lindsay Ellis on YouTube, on Manufacturing Authenticity on YouTube Sep 12, 2018 I discovered Lindsay Ellis a few months ago as this person who does deep-dive video essays on nerdy subjects in a way that isn’t shite and have The danger of meaning Sep 3, 2018 I would comfortably say that I'm often searching for meaning in things. This feels like a good thing to do, to not accept face values but to prod Pretty Trauma Sep 3, 2018 With some trepidation I watched the first episode of season two of The Handmaids Tale the other night. The first season had been very good but I'd Next page