“All these potentially powerful attempts at building a new world using new tools being rendered safe by assimilation into the old.”

All too often, the old, hierarchical world has hollowed out social tools, and worn them like a skin.

An epitath for Livejournal

Ars Technica:

Such is the nature of the erosion of our once-beloved digital spaces: there’s none of the collapsed majesty of a physical space like an abandoned castle, ivy threading its way through the crumbling latticework. Instead, LiveJournal moves forward as an aging pile of code, one day potentially rendered obsolete by something newer and better and remembered by those who lost countless hours to rigging it up in the first place.

It’s where I started blogging over 17 years ago - but I haven’t thought about it in years. It’s now just a Russian zombie of its former self.

January 2018 in photos - looking back at a year ago.

The one thing that disappoints me about most “links” newsletters I follow is that they rarely give me links outside a very narrow circle of obvious sites. Do people really read that narrowly?

Why political posts on Facebook will always be polarising.

This is fascinating, both in its use of cartooning for storytelling and for the way insular communities can breed toxicity: How Pick-Up Artists Morphed Into the Alt-Right

A cold and frosty morning on my way to London.

Gorgeous day on Shoreham Beach. The sun is counteracting the cold nicely.

Suffolk coast, January 2001

MG Siegler:

”That is to say, I think this new iTunes announcement finally signals the end of iTunes as we know it.”

I bloody well hope so.

This interview with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is…


I wrote a very long thing about Facebook, WordPress, CMSes and local journalism. I cater to a very niche market…

It’s been a stressful week, but the view from my office window is incredibly calming today.

My hard working film scanner doing its thing.

A Plustek OpticFilm scanner

One of the reasons I enjoy scanning my old negatives is that when a photo of my parents emerges, it almost feels new to me. I see it with a new clarity, and, for a moment, I can forget that there will never be a genuine new photo of them again.

Sadly, this is probably accurate: Facebook Doesn’t Need to Fool You

Study: Dark-roast coffee protects human DNA from damage:

This led the scientists to believe that regular consumption of a dark-roast coffee has “a beneficial protective effect on human DNA integrity in both men and women.”


Sharing photos of yourself 10 years apart is a completely harmless social media meme. Right?

Uh, maybe.

I can also see a meaningful boat out of the window. There may be a meaningful oat on the floor, after my daughter dropped her porridge this morning.

So… the US president is serving people fast food burgers, the British political class are imploding, and men don’t like being told not to be unpleasant by a razor brand.

Could I pick a different alternative reality now? This one isn’t living up to expectations.

Strange old story about a social media fantasist making up an entire life of tech influencing from stolen images: Bonkers Post Making Up Stuff About Female Microsoft Developer Advocate Backfires Big Time

It’s just light streaming from glass…

Euan Semple:

So to go back to the funny little text boxes that so many of us nowadays spend our lives staring at and responding to, we would do well to remember what they are. They are light streaming from a bit of glass. Nothing more, nothing less. What they mean and how we feel about them is made up. It is up to us.

The only thing you really have any control over is you.

I like this: people have got their sense of pace of tech change wrong, simply because they misunderstand how long it took for them to notice the most recent wave of innovations that defined the 2000s.

Why most of 2018’s tech predictions were wrong

Fresh out of the film scanner: my late father and I in the mid-90s. Still miss him.