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‘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.

A mesmerising view taken from NASA’s as it flies closer than any other spacecraft in two decades to Jupiter and its largest moon Ganymede.

I learn today that Mount Etna is the World's Only Decipoint.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said ‘let each man choose: Will he remain a witting servant of the lies….or has the time come for him to stand straight as an honest man, worthy of the respect of his children and contemporaries?’.

The inimitable Capel Lofft’s resignation letter from the Labour Party.

The Sanskrit word Ragamala, ‘garland of ragas’, are Indian musical modes (ragas), which evoke moods or emotions. Ragamala paintings are the visual expression and this one depicts the musical mode Gujari Ragini, with a lady awaiting her absent lover.

‘The future of computers will be divided into neighborhoods and nursing homes. In the traditional neighborhoods, residents truly own their property, can repair and improve it themselves (or hire a professional), aren’t constantly under surveillance, and they and their guests can come and go as they please. These residents will control their own security and be able to lock their doors with their own keys.’

"A team of amazing volunteers has created a huge open-source library of over 600 free-to-use icons for healthcare projects. Amazing effort to create a public good for the world." 😍 💊 💉

Project coordinated by Daniel Burka, who is asking the community to spread the word.


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