Interesting, and appropriate, that hurricanes are rated using a CAT scale. 🐈

My thoughts, read rant, about the modern PhD process. While the journey may have fallen short of my expectations, I am joyous about the destination.

robert.winter.ink/at-a-journey

The Principality of and Welsh Marches in the 14th Century.

The word march, in this context, means a border region or frontier.

‘Great work tends to grow out of ideas that others have overlooked, and no idea is so overlooked as one that’s unthinkable.’ — Paul Graham

Little did I know how consistently Firefox would be my window to the World Wide Web, nor how its security, and in time privacy focus, would shape my understanding of what it means to be online.

robert.winter.ink/twenty-years

@dajb Showing your age there. Is that Pluto I spy in the line up of planets?

Saddened to read this message from the publisher of Hilary Mantel. The world has lost a truly great author:

'We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald. This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work.'

On 21 September 1937, 'The Hobbit' was published.

Often considered a children’s book, was firm in his determination to evince the notion that fantasy is for children.

robert.winter.ink/on-fairy-sto

“Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises... It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.” — Anne Lamott

@danarel @freddy Would StormFront have the same reputation if, in equal measure, there were for example Pro-BLM articles? Surely that would move the needle from it being a Neo-Nazi publication to... well, something else?

In that sense, do extremist publications only become so precisely because no alternative view is, or is willing to be, published in them?

@danarel @freddy That is a fair point and something of a hole in my argument as there is, and arguably must be, a limit or line.

However, to some extent the 'hole' in my argument you have outlined is perhaps something of a case in point for why we should be willing to be published in even extreme journals of record. After all, what is it that makes somethings an 'X' publication.

@danarel @freddy A fair point about moral compass, and one with which I agree.

But does the increasing vacuum in which people live, due to a dearth of opposing views, not directly emanate from no one wanting to have their work published in ‘the other sides’ outlets because ‘carthago delenda est’?

@danarel @freddy Not that I am supporting or condemning Quillette or any publication or author for that matter. But surely every article should live or die by the veracity of the argument, rather than because of the publication or author’s alleged reputation?

Surely a truth is a truth whether spoken by a saint or a sinner?

@dajb Given the hours I have spent trying to get 'turn key' solutions stood up there is one thing of which I am VERY clear. They are not turn key and better setup solutions are needed.

@kev I see you have pagination back on the home page. I thought no pagination was better for SEO?

kevq.uk/the-pagination-predica

“What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.”

~ Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985)

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