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Interesting take on the perceived situational flow between liberal, libertarian and conservative.

I do love an infographic. Check out this for a step-by-step guide to the latest Dragon Spacecraft launch.

Today I had a darker musing, about Power and Control: Tech Billionaires in Politics

Don't worry about the populist, worry about what comes after them. And what is coming seems clear: Billionaires of the 2.0 revolution.

“The postmodern university has not defeated reason, but replaced it with a new kind of faith – a faith without authority and without transcendence, a faith all the more tenacious in that it does not recognise itself as such.”

- Roger Scruton, What Ever Happened to Reason?

“As far as the corporate context in the European Union is concerned, various instant messengers, especially ones developed for personal use, hardly, if at all, meet the relevant legal requirements for data protection or for the protection of trade secrets.“

"I think if you ask who did best through the last year, the answer would be — who used the crisis as an opportunity to build up tech infrastructure to improve the of their governance and emergency response."

- Niall Ferguson at the Santa Fe Institute’s Symposium

"The bureaucratic control mechanisms of the 20th Century turn out to be a disaster multiplier...the US of today is a bewildering pyramidal structures that I suspect would appall the Founding Fathers if they could see it."

- Niall Ferguson at the Santa Fe Institute’s Symposium

"The idea that manmade and natural disasters are the same is brilliantly presented in this cartoon in the North Carolina Health Bulletin in 1919...if it's death tolls you're interested in, there's a lot to be said for this point."

- Niall Ferguson at the Santa Fe Institute’s Symposium

"Most of what we call is the close study of tail events that *really* are interesting because of the scale of mortality, the spectacular nature of the failure, the nature that disasters are not evenly distributed."

- Niall Ferguson at the Santa Fe Institute’s Symposium

Here I am, second from the left, taking part in the 1605 Gun Powder Plot. Remember, remember the 5th of November.

English counties in 1086, as described by the Domesday Book.

in 1925, Sidney Riley, first “super spy” of the 20th century is executed by the OGPU.

“The world press made Reilly into a household name within five years of his execution by Soviet agents in 1925, lauding him as a peerless spy and recounting his many espionage adventures… Ian Fleming used him as a model for James Bond in his novels (set in the early Cold War). Reilly is considered to be "the dominating figure in the mythology of modern British espionage".”

in 1992, traces of 5000-year-old beer are discovered in the Zagros mountains of Iran.

Seven and a half years later, in December 2019, I presented on Truth, Lies, and Digital Fluency.

It's kind of the other bookend to that TEDx talk:

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I just re-watched my 2012 TEDx Talk while waiting for the fire to burn out and go to bed. It's been a few years since I last saw it.

Three things strike me:

1. There's a lot of comments on the video by students obviously watching it as part of their course (thankfully they seem to like it)

2. The world has changed a *lot* since then!

3. Given that I talk about the power of memes for propaganda I really should have seen what was coming next...

As in the past years, on my blogging anniversary (the 19th this year), I reflect a bit on my blogging and connected practices.

#IndieWeb #obsidian #wordpress

in 1922, Tutankhamun's (c. 1341 – c. 1323 BC) tomb is rediscovered.

"Tutankhamun restored the Ancient Egyptian religion after its dissolution by his father, enriched and endowed the priestly orders of two important cults and began restoring old monuments damaged during the previous Amarna period"

Photo by Roland Unger - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

🇬🇧 adventurer, soldier, and author, Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, or "Lawrence of Arabia" riding a camel, 1916.

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