Category: Blog

  • Threads

    I joined Mastodon during one of the waves of user migrations after Elon Musk took over Twitter, and I have to say, I like it there. So I didn’t really know what to make of Threads when people started talking about it.


  • A More Complete Picture on New Tech and Society

    I’ve had a few interesting conversations in the last couple of weeks that have ended up at the same conclusion: we can talk tech until the cows come home, but the really interesting debates—the debates that are too often absent, especially from the Silicon Valley perspective—are not from the sciences.


  • Media literacy

    https://points.datasociety.net/you-think-you-want-media-literacy-do-you-7cad6af18ec2 I’ve had this link in my reading list for a while, but it is quite timeless. I think we have a sense of the media landscape having found its footing after the upheaval of the internet’s arrival, but really, I think the last 20 years have only been the beginning of our reckoning of…


  • Building a Block Theme

    I’ve been [badly] writing WordPress themes for this blog since sometime around 2006 or 2007. With new block themes supported, I’ve tried an experiment to recreate my classic theme for full-site editing.


  • Everyday AI

    I got the idea to try these weekly posts after realising how many links I was saving while browsing the Web. It isn’t my goal with this little project to provide a comprehensive exploration of an area, more of a stroll through the bits that interest me just now. So with my excuses out of…


  • Hypertext

    I’m trying something new here. Rather than write a screed about how we should all get on bicycles and take up blogging again, I’m going to share some links to things I found interesting on the Web this week. It might become a (kind of) weekly thing and probably will go out on Thursdays. So,…


  • Digital Public Parks

    Until a few days ago, it is safe to say that I spent too much time on Twitter. I’ve had my account there for long enough that I’ve seen the platform evolve from the SMS-based, fail whale infested, early days, right up to today’s algorithmic hellscape.


  • The End of a Long Chapter

    The Queen died yesterday. Even though I have felt an increasing republican sentiment over the last few years, her death feels like the end of a very long chapter for Britain. Elizabeth became Queen of a Britain that most politicians for the last decade have held up as the ideal. The Platonic Britain was draped…


  • Ghosts in the Machine

    Humans can see faces in anything, so it’s not much of a surprise that we can be fooled into seeing sentience in a chat-bot.


  • Local Democracy

    How do you find the balance between fully engaging with and empowering the people who have to live with political decisions, without yielding to the views of the people who shout the loudest and have the time and resources to show up to public consultations?