I just came across a neat little Finnish SF short film, set in an alternate dieselpunk continuation of the Winter War.
It’s been quite a while since I updated here. But as usual I got my yearly auto-domain renewal email and it reminded me that I have a website. So here’s what’s up with me.
And here we are - I’ve made the switch over to Jekyll as the way that I’ll be updating my personal site. It’s a total dream to work with.
I’m switching my website over to a static site generator called Jekyll. After a year or so of having all my old posts gathering dust over on Tumblr, I got curious about static site generators again.
We’re down to the wire now. By the time I publish this, there will be less than 30 hours until the referendum. I await the result now with a sense of impending relief. The rhetoric has really ramped up over the last couple of weeks after an apparent reversal of the polls last week, which sent the Westminster parties into a last minute scurrying panic (or doughty Defence of the Union, depending on your perspective).
I work with, and spend a great deal of time on, the internet. As such, I’m a classic ‘slacktivist’.
Today marks forty days and nights until the independence referendum in Scotland.
How do you plan to communicate with people 10,000 years from now? It’s a real problem for people building long-term nuclear storage facilities, as this fascinating episode of the 99% Invisible podcast discusses.
One of my favourite SF authors, Charlie Stross, has very successfully articulated a key challenge we face, not just in the UK, but as a species - in a world of automation and continuous shifting and optimisation to lower cost locations, where is the bottom, and what do we do with the millions (and possibly billions in relatively short order) of people for whom there are no jobs?
Posting my last blog post on the Yes campaign was interesting. I found that that it offered me the chance to overcome two things that I had been struggling with.
It’s Reason Day, the date that the National Collective campaign has nominated as a good day to explain some reasons why voting for independence is a great choice.
Another fantastic Boulet webcomic, about how everything of great wonder becomes mundane.
This is a heartbreaking but inspiring episode of Crossing Continents - it follows teams of volunteers in Russia who are trying to find the remains of the over 4 million Red Army soldiers who are still officially listed as Missing in Action.
After listening to the excellent Ancient World Podcast, I picked up one of the books mentioned by the host, Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland, largely on the strength of recommendation.
I’m rather enjoying Chuck Wendig’s NaNoWriMo Dialogues, a series of posts where he talks to an imaginary NaNoWriMo-ite about the challenges of trying to get 50,000 words written in 30 days. Here’s posts One, Two, Three, Four and Five so far.
I’ve been following the amazing French cartoonist Boulet for a while. He’s been doing some amazing work, but this recent piece really struck a chord with me.
This past Sunday, I went hillwalking for the first time in, really, about six years.
So in the whirl of getting ready for our big move to Scotland and the excitement of finding a new flat (omg, it’s huge), we somehow didn’t notice until the other day that we really only have one weekend left in London.