And in an attempt to turn mundane necessities into something interesting:

1. What cloud backup services would any of you recommend for 500GB of photos?

2. How would large backups work in a setup?

Good morning and world. What are you listening to today?

Sadly we have some decent progress on measuring energy costs (and, ironically, the openness of blockchains helps with that, imho) - but no progress at all on discussing, measuring or valuing the social benefits of technology.

Really enjoying sending small-scale emails with tiny thoughts in - to my Disposable Evidence newsletter ( and to my blog (

Micro messages are the closest I can get to digital postcards. What's the best way to receive them though?

dusting off a book
the sound of a wood pigeon
taking flight

"April has been notably dry, with only around half the normal amount of rainfall in England and Wales."

Thanks, that's really encouraging. Slowly realising that freelancing can actually involve proposing ideas, rather than just waiting for others to have them. Always been taught to get skills, and then find who wants to hire the skills but the creative aspect explains a lot of the frustration I've felt the last few years.

uh oh, one problem with posting my mastodon link on twitter is my two different identities start to collide

Definite signs of a mid-life crisis when you're really excited about buying screen cleaner, box protectors, and social media sites.

I drape the bladderwrack around my head like a wig, ready to be tapped on the ear with driftwood. You lift the conch high in the air, summoning the voice of God. Blinded, distracted, we see each other for the first time, and neither of us approves.

Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear. - Judy Blume

Beginner: I'm such an idiot
Intermediate: I'm great at this!
Advanced: wow I still have a lot to learn
Master: I can tell you in extreme detail the ways in which I'm an idiot

Huh there's a new Wii U game out? Tempted to pick up Pad Of Time just out of shock.

Consistently OK all day and then - bam - laid out flat at 6.30pm the last few days. Weird square-wave energy thing going on.

PS. I know I'm writing this from a position of privilege too, and one that I'm still trying to understand and learn about. I have my own, mixed perspectives and want to carry on understanding others'. Writing up where I'm at feels like a starting point for this. Publishing is a scary but necessary step.

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This week I've been thinking about how little the tech sector has changed in 20+ years. "Crunch", male-dominated, short-term gain. Are we doing enough to get out of the monoculture cycle?

3 thoughts here:

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