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Fabulous observation by the dean of counterculture comedians.

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If you like #scifi and music that seem to take over your neck muscles and eyelids (you know what I'm talking about if you really let yourself get sucked in) check out Melodysheep. Currently listening to continuum.


Had a chat with about @writefreely, privacy, and removing roadblocks from our tools to help you write more.

Unpacking a new MacBook from work and I have to say I am impressed by the thought that went into the package. Very easy to open, no knife needed, pull tabs etc.

If only it was so easy to open their machines

I mostly (read pretty much exclusively) use Swiss based services in my private life. The reason is that 'hosted in Switzerland' has a certain value in the data sovereignty space.

So it would be the height of irony, should the Swiss Government decide on a non-Swiss, or at the least a non-Swiss based data center, solution for its data.

Time for me to start answering some of the hard hitting questions in life. Up today…to which ‘-stan’ are you the closest?

At no point in this extract did I know what the next word would be…

‘I think it’s just common courtesy to wear a mask when other people are around.’

Cartoon by Matt Percival

Liftoff! 🚀

No matter how quotidian a rocket launch may become, it will always remain a sight of wonder to me.

The Multipurpose Laboratory Module "Nauka" is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur in .

🇬🇧 Spy software #Pegasus: In the age of the digital revolution, commercial manufacturers bear a responsibility and should be liable for damages if security bugs are their fault.

Read more about my written question to the Commission:

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A key product of ubiquitous surveillance is people who are comfortable with it

Utterly staggering work by @cyowari. A freelance illustrator specializing in vector-based maps.

This is a map of Europe in World War 1 - Mid October 1914.

I’m normally not one for sales pitches, but his work is so outstanding it would be remiss not to give a shout-out. If you're interested in his work - send a mail at:

If you want to get map copies in high-res:

Prints available here:

Winter Ink PeerTube will allow for the documenting and preservation of videos to which I can link in my ongoing speculations about life and art. Links, and the content they reference, which are permanent and will always work. A necessity to promote the adoption of individually-owned and controlled sovereign spaces which enable an open and healthy web.

Here goes for my #introduction

@privacytools is shuting down their Mastodon instance (for now), so I'm moving to #fosstodon!

I'm an amateur, freelance writer predominantly covering privacy. I'm also a team member at PrivacyTools, amongst other things.

This account might not last that long on this instance, but I'm happy to be here.

‘It's hard to break into the global top ten of insufferably arrogant political acts. You need to do something really memorable — something to match Imelda Marcos's shoe collection, assembled while her husband presided over an increasingly impoverished country. Or the Soviet regime’s creation of special reserved 'ZiL lanes' in Moscow to speed government high-ups through the rush hour traffic.

But Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak may well have just managed it.’

‘On 20 June 1948 the Americans allowed Ludwig Erhard to cut this Gordian knot with the most extraordinary move in modern economic history. Personal savers with 1,000 Reichsmarks woke up with only 65 Deutschmarks. The government was virtually freed of all debt. But the Porsches, Krupps and Quandts, who had built up vast but useless Reichsmark profit balances… were allowed simply to cross out the word ‘Reichsmarks’ in their accounts and replace it with ‘Deutschmarks’.

‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.’ - Mark Twain

‘On This Day 1903 Lt Cdr Byrdes-Eye shows Lt Pugg-Washe, Lt Davey-Jones, Lt C. Wead and Lt Salty-McSalty that the Submarine they purchased from Amazon Prime is not as big as they had hoped.’

Original satire by RAF Luton.

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