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Star Wars is Over (in a good way) Dec 20, 2019 I have a not-serious rule that the only people whose opinions about Star Wars count are those under 16, ie children, and those between 45 and 55, ie Election notes Dec 13, 2019 Some thoughts which I may not stand by as times passes, and will add in the short term. The realignment of the parties to something resembling the How to read articles on websites that don’t want you to read their articles Nov 23, 2019 This is an article about bypassing pseudo-paywalls on websites that are on the open web but which stop you reading after a certain point. Before I Uranium Club Nov 19, 2019 New band I like klaxon. For all it’s sins and long-term concerns, the Spotify algorithm is weirdly effective. I suspect there’s something about the RIP Tom Spurgeon Nov 14, 2019 I haven’t been involved in the world of comics and comic books for a long time but through the 90s and into the early 2000s I was definitely part of Introducing Notes, my new microblog Nov 4, 2019 So I have a new blog. It’s a microblog, which is what the kids are calling tumbleblogs and status streams these days. It’s short form and designed Lindelof’s Watchmen, and the creative employment of corporate IP Oct 22, 2019 So I watched Watchmen, the new HBO series based on the comic published by their fellow Warners subsidiary DC, and it was good. Time will tell if Eisenhower and the Hippies Oct 8, 2019 Back in the late 1990s I became enamoured with the surf-punk band Man or Astro-Man who, if you’re not familiar with, I strongly recommend. They’re The Widelux, as used by Jeff Bridges Sep 29, 2019 Kottke featured some widescreen photos taken by Jeff Bridges on the set of various movies over the last few decades using a Widelux film camera and Media with Edges Sep 25, 2019 In the recent edition of his (highly recommended and excellent) Roden newsletter, Craig Mod talks at length about the contracts we enter into with Art-trip to Liverpool Sep 23, 2019 Fiona needed to go to Liverpool to claim her Irish citizenship as a descendent of the diaspora, via the application for a passport, something that Sunday Reads - spinning tops, Nazis, Icelandic art, microbiomes, Greta and the social rituals of maintenance. Sep 22, 2019 The return of my occasional listing of things I read on the internet and want to share with you because they made me think… A Short Film of Spinning 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, Next page