Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Social media bad via /r/PhonesAreBad

Monday, 31 August 2020

Friday, 21 August 2020

Monday, 27 July 2020

Is this thing on?

Hello reader.

Lately this blog has become more of a repositary for links to articles I have found interesting but nothing much more than that. But hey, lets not dwell on that. Yes the heady days of wall of text blog posts have long gone, and regular updates have become occasional but today is a new era. An era of looking forward rather than backward. 

Who knows, perhaps something new is coming....something that has stirred at the back of my mind but just needs something to prise it out of its socket.......

Until then, you can find me over on Wordpress ( and Pillowfort ( or if you're some sort of Russian spy you can find me and some friends still on Livejournal (but you knew this anyway).

Thursday, 23 July 2020

What would you like to see in restructured town centres?

So while we've been heading down this path for years now, COVID has/ is currently/ will continue to be, a real hammer blow to the barely hanging on high-street. Complaints are common, there's little filling up empty units other than charity shops and bookies, parking is dreadful, and its becoming clear that we need to re-think how we structure our town centres away from being focused primarily around consumption.So with that in mind, what would you like to see from town centres? I'd like to see a lot more support towards live music. I remember when I was younger and there were gigs all over the place, but it all just seems so dried up now. Our local youth centre held a battle of the bands every other year but that place has been closed for 'refurbishment' for years now with absolutely nothing happening to it. The cynic in me says they're waiting for it to deteriorate so it can be sold off to a developer.Seeing investments in youth centres would also be a really great thing though. Seeing some of the WeWork units in the news when they were falling apart really made me think of how great it would be to just have these kinds of communal spaces where people could get involved in each others projects.Just a few of my thoughts, but i'd love to hear what everyone else thinks. via /r/AskUK

Monday, 20 July 2020

Friday, 12 June 2020

Facebook Is Too Big to Fix, Says Media Professor via /r/AntiFacebook

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020

If "Antifa" is actually declared to be a terrorist organization. What it means.

I'm not one for text posts, but this is important.I've seen a lot of memes and a lot of really spicey tweets about Trump saying he plans to declare Antifa as a terrorist organization. I want to make it clear what this means.I am an academic who teaches and studies the rise and fall of Fascism. I am literally anti-fascist by trade.I'm more terrified now than at any point in my adult life. Here's why.On February 27th 1933 the main Chamber of the Reichstag was destroyed in a fire. Hitler almost immediately took this as an opportunity.This is a God-given signal! If this fire, as I believe, turns out to be the handiwork of Communists, then there is nothing that shall stop us now from crushing out this murderous pest with an iron fist.It became illegal to be associated with the Communist party. It started with party members, then supporters, then in March they made it illegal to speak in opposition to the party at all. By the end of summer over 100,000 people were imprisoned. None of these people had anything to do with the fire and, in fact, more than half of them weren't even Communists. Just people who didn't fall in line.This is how it starts. Declaring the loose concept of being against Fascism to be terrorism is like what Hitler, did but skips several of the steps. We all know how it ends. We aren't even starting in February. We are starting in March.This man can't be allowed to stay in office. If he does. If this movement loses momentum. The people of the United States aren't the only ones who lose. Everyone loses. The world loses.I don't believe in definitives. As a student of history I find that speaking definitively is often the sign of someone who doesn't know what they are talking about. But there's no question here. This is the most dangerous action this man has taken and if he succeeds, Fascism wins. Every life lost fighting it has been for nothing.Don't let Fascism win. Don't let him win.Get out there. Get angry. Don't back down. For all our sakes. Please, don't back down.Edit: Just to be clear, while I do think our best hope to slow the descent into Fascism would be to vote Biden in. No matter how much that man disgusts me. I also believe this election has already been stolen.Nixon resigned under protests, Mubarak was ousted in Egypt after the Arab Spring.There's more than one way to skin a cat. Vote, but be ready when the election is an inevitable sham. You have a right to protest. Use it.Edit 2: I'm being accused of encouraging violence. So I want to make it clear, I'm not. Both morally and practically violence will not help. From a historical standpoint violence begets violence. If he's ousted, it's better he's still living and answers for his crimes.In Germany the Nazi leadership faced trial and had to answer for their crimes. In Italy their Fascist leadership were strung up on a gas station.Germany has healed completely and is now a proud example of how a nation overcomes an evil past, Italy literally has a Mussolini in their government advocating for the same policies as their grandfather. Violence may bring catharsis, but it doesn't bring positive change. It never has.I would never advocate for violent insurrection. I am advocating voting and for loud and ceaseless non-violent revolt to oust the current powers. via /r/AntifascistsofReddit

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

No war but the class war via /r/MarchAgainstNazis

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Essential Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

I see a lot of questions and misinformation posted on this group. To help you guys improve your social media presence, here's some essential tips...Create great content. Make sure that it's valuable to your current and potential followers. Make sure to post a variety of engaging content. Posting the same content over and over is not effective. Trending topics that relate to your business is always a good thing. The goal is to create some type of emotion to your audience weather it's funny, sad, controversial etc... Always encourage discussions and ask yourself, "if I saw this post, would I share this?" You should always post content that sparks some type of discussion. Make sure that all content is branded. The last thing you want is for your post to go viral but no one knows who created it. Also make sure to use #hashtags to improve your reach.Create authority. This can be done by posting social proof, testimonials, achievements etc... You should always post content that's related to your brand and prove that you are an expert in your field.Make sure that your website and social media pages are cohesive and branded well. Logo's, fonts, and colors should be the same throughout your website and social media accounts. This will create legitimacy to your brand and business.Stay consistent! Consistency is the key to building social media. Inconsistent posts will lower your reach and create unfollows. What's the point of following an inactive page? Also, make sure to engage with your followers. Respond to their comments, let them know that you are relatable. Create a calendar to help you strategize your content.Paid ads and "like" campaigns. Before you spend $1, make sure you've done steps 1-4 effectively. Ads can lead potential followers to your page, but your content will make them stay. A lot of small businesses throw money down the drain with paid campaigns that do not convert. Dont be that business!If you create ads, make sure the copy writing is on point. An ad that says, 'learn more about my services,' is boring. You must be creative and make potential followers interested in learning more about your business!I hope this helps you guys improve your social media presence! Hey I’m we via /r/socialmedia

Friday, 8 May 2020

Antoine Baril - One Man Yes via /r/progrockmusic

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Thursday, 2 April 2020

People who have lost jobs in pubs, shops and bars, would you be willing to work on the farms to help the ‘Feed the Nation’ campaign?

On Good Morning Britain they did an interview with a farmer sayings tons of fruit and veg will go to waste because there is no one to pick it. Someone sent in a message saying they would easily sign up to do it and thinks all the locals should chip in to help. I really think that’s easier said than done. via /r/AskUK

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Well dang via /r/oddlyterrifying

Friday, 21 February 2020

Ready or Randonaut: The Purple Love Pilot via /r/randonauts

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Tips for a enjoyable prolonged stay at Colonia

I’ve fallen in Love with the Colonia region. I’m now on my second stay out here and I intend to make it my home for at least a couple of months. I want to provide some info for fellow Commanders who think about moving out here. With a little bit of preparation back in the bubble, you won’t be missing out (much) when you’re coming out here.PreparationWhat ship should I take for the trip? Well, this is up to your personal taste. Basically any ship will do, as star density is always dense enough when you’re heading out to Colonia, so jumprange matters only in regards of how many jumps you can take getting out here. I recommend a dedicated explorer, so you can do some exploring on the way out. Also remember that you can use some modules from your Exploring/Voyaging Vessel in a ship you’re going to buy out there for some local mission running/bounty hunting/passenger shuttling.I also recommend engineering your Exploration Vessel, and while you’re doing your rounds with the Engineers, think about pinning some blueprints - you can remote engineer stuff at the stations in Colonia!Edit: make sure to rep up with the engineer/the blueprint to G5 when you‘re at the engineer, because remote-engineering DOES NOT rise the rep/grade with the engineer!Do gather some Materials beforehand, I recommend , the engineers section to plan what you’d need out there in Colonia.I can give a detailed list of what blueprints I pinned for my stay in Colonia if the need shall be.Edit 2: A list of my pinned blueprints is now at the end of this post.Also think about what ships you might want to buy in Colonia once you’re here. The Python would be the most versatile and useful powerhorse (and she can use the 5A FSD of an Asp Explorer, so you could easily enhance her jumprange when/if you park your Asp in the Region). The FDL would make a good Combat-oriented vessel, and can use the Thrusters of the Asp (I made the trip with G5 DD 5A Thrusters in my Asp and swapped the 5A for some 5D that I DD-engineered on site here in Colonia). And of course, the Beluga is a good buy in Colonia. You can shuttle VIP-Tourists from systems around Colonia to Jaques Station at Colonia, and you can make up to 60 million Cr./hr doing so.So, when you more or less know what Ships you might want to buy in Colonia, buy some modules back here in the bubble to have them shipped out later on. Module availabilty has become better now in Colonia Region, but still no A-rated bigger modules out here.Use and to see what modules and ships are available in Colonia and what modules you should buy back in the bubble. If you have the time and the means, you could already engineer the modules back in the bubble, because here you can add experimental effects, which are missing when you do remote engineering. Check for engineering, and what materials you might need, either for back in the bubble or for Colonia. (There are materials traders out there, btw, 1 trader for each category (data, raw and manufatured). It takes about 62 hours to ship stuff/ships out here, and it costs 1.3 times the value of the module/ship.The Voyage out thereYou can either speed your way by using neutron boosting (it’s mandatory to have an AFMU on board if you go neutron boostin) or you can take the scenic route.I recommend taking your time and do some proper exploration on your way out. There are truly some stunning views on your way to Colonia. When you’re about halfway there, at the outskirts of the galactic central „bar“, and fly about 1000 Ly above the plane, you will see many, many giant stars. I recommend planning 1000 Ly stretches of your voyage, and use the realistic galaxy map to look out for special stars. When you found a waypoint, I recommend setting your star filter for OBAFG stars, plus proto-stars, Carbon stars and Non-Sequence stars. This hightens your chance to find habitable/terraformable planets, and to find some special stars. I recommend using ED Discovery for the voyage and learning the ropes of Exploration.You are in Colonia region. What to do now?First, go sell your exploration data. I strongly recommend distributing your data at the various systems and stations. Remember, Exploration data worth about 7 Million Cr. will get you to Allied-Status with the leading faction of the station where you sell the data. This will give you a boost for when you’ll start mission running and shuttling passengers. By the way, set your galaxy map to „economy“ and check every box except „none“ and then it shows you the habited systems around you.Now, what can you do out here? Basically the same shit you’ve been doing back in the bubble, minus the thargoids and minus the big 3 (Fed, Imp and Alliance). You can trade, you can bounty hunt, you can mine, you can shuttle passengers and you can just explore the beautiful area. Seriously, the scenery out here is just beautiful. And when you take some short-range exploration trips, there can be first-discoveries only a few jumps out oft he habitated colonia space!You should now buy a ship you want to use out here. Bring your modules that you’ve bought back in the bubble. If you’re tight on money, the Python would be your best bet to buy out here, because she can really do almost everything reasonably well. Outfit her for VIP-Passengers and start shuttling people from the stations around Colonia to Jaques and back again. Use a Beluga to do the same but make more money per Trip.Buy a Vulture or a FDL… (you can use modules from the ship that brought you out there… Or use A-graded modules that you bought in advance… or have somehow in Storage).Then do some remote engineering.Do something you didn’t do back in the bubble. Go mining (everything is pristine out here!!!) Start interdicting people and give them gold after the interdiction. Be a pirate. Be a vigilante. Be free. And just enjoy what you’re doing.And if you don’t feel like running missions anymore, and if you’re tired of doing stuff and earning credits… Hop in your explorer (or any other ship!) and go out there, looking for interesting views and stuff. There is beauty around here without having to travel very far. And there are so, so many systems out here, it’s almost obscene.And if the way back to the bubble might seem intimidating… Always remember: The way back home is only one Suicidewinder away. (Buy a sidey, jump into a star and chose the freewinder to get back home instantly.)So, yeah, come to Colonia and enjoy your stay. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.Edit 2:Here is a list of the pinned blueprints I use for my remote-engineering in Colonia:FSD: Grade 5 extended range (Elvira Martuk)Engines: G5 dirrrrrrrrty drives (Ishmael Palin)Powerplant: G1 low emissions (Felicity Farseer) and G4 overcharged (Marco Qwent)Power Distro: G5 charge enhanced (The Dweller)Armour: G5 thermal resist (Selene Jean)Hull reinformcements: G1 heavy Duty (Liz Ryder)Shield: G5 thermal resist (Lei Cheung)Shield booster: G5 resistance augmented (Didi Vatermann)Beam Lazors: G5 Efficient (Broo Tarquin)Multi Cannons: G5 overcharged (Todd "The Blaster" McQuinn)Frag Cannons: G5 rapid fire (Zacariah Nemo)FSD interdictor: G3 enhanced angle-thingy (Colonel Bris Decker)Sensors: G5 lightweight (Juri Ishmaak)Life support: G3 lightweight (Bill Turner)Detailed Surface Scanner: G5 fast scan (Hera Tani)Heat Sink: G5 lightweight (Ram Tah)Collector Limpet Controller: G5 lightweight (The Sarge)Frame Shift Wake scanner: G5 long range (Tiana Fortune)I haven't unlocked Lori Jameson via /r/EliteDangerous

Friday, 24 January 2020

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Fish Tacos via /r/GifRecipes

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020