The Delirium Brief: the magical deep state is here to save you

Posted on Mon 24 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

Delirium Brief

The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
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It’s hard not to love Charles Stross’ Laundry Files series as a concept. A clandestine government agency of computational demonologists defend the world from horrors beyond space and time, all while trying to keep up with their expense reports. Magic is just applied …


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N.K. Jemisin on the secret of oppression

Posted on Sun 23 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, quotes • 1 min read

Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who …


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My faithful companion: mutt

Posted on Fri 21 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, email, personal • 2 min read

About a month ago, on a whim, I started an experiment where I stopped checking my personal email on my phone, or via the web. Instead, I moved all my personal email activity over to Mutt. Yes, I’m now one of those nerds. The ones that use unnecessarily complex …


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Star.Ships: Your ancestors were smarter than you think

Posted on Thu 20 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 3 min read

Star.Ships

Star.Ships by Gordon White
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Gordon White’s exercise in using data analysis to speculatively reconstruct ancient belief systems is a mind-bending journey through our most ancient history. In this book, he tracks our species’ first departure from what we now call Africa, and the beginnings of both the Laurasian …


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Manguso on anxiety

Posted on Fri 14 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with anxiety, mental health, quotes • 1 min read

Worry is impatience for the next horror.

Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments

Manguso’s 300 Arguments is a wonderful and quick read. This passage keeps floating to the top of my mind, and refuses to leave.


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Warren Ellis on myth as a carrier wave

Posted on Wed 12 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with myth, quotes • 1 min read

I ended a talk in Manchester a couple of years ago with this:

Magic is our language and our story, and we can’t ride the ghost train into a future of haunted machines without them.

I can add something new to that thought. Myth is the carrier wave of …


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Review of The Night Ocean

Posted on Thu 22 June 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

The Night Ocean

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge
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This is a book where my opinion of it has changed the longer I’ve been away from it. It’s a strange book, and honestly its structure was nearly its undoing for me.

The majority of the book is conducted in a …


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River of Teeth, or why the hippo is my new spirit animal

Posted on Fri 02 June 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

River of Teeth

River of Teeth

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws …


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Mandatory HTTPS for everyone

Posted on Thu 25 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with encryption, meta, networking, privacy, security • 2 min read

These days, encryption is more important than ever. You don’t need to look any farther than the national news for reasons why. Even small sites that don’t provide user accounts should consider it. I was reminded of this recently when I came across a post by Jeff Atwood …


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Now supporting JSON feeds and scheduled posts

Posted on Wed 24 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, pelican • 1 min read

I’m happy to report that this site now produces a valid JSON feed for your consumption. If you are using one of the few feedreaders that support them, that is.

JSON Feed logo

JSON Feeds: Slurp ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!

JSON feeds are a relatively new concept in syndication, but …


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