“My gaff…”

June 3, 2012

This has been kicking around in my head for a while… The more I think about it, the more the corporate/government interference with the internet offends me on a very specific level. Here’s why: It’s not their home – it’s Ours. It’s like they’re walking uninvited into someone else’s house, moving all the furniture, throwing […]


The Right Man/Violent Male

April 18, 2012

I was googling for links describing the Right Man syndrome (for, of all things, a post to the AV Club’s review comments on this week episode of The Good Wife), and I found 2 things – there’s still not a vast amount of stuff on this vital model of extreme male behaviour, and something I […]


A Citizen of the Internet – first thoughts

December 9, 2010

“A constitutional amendment was offered to create a new fourth branch of government for American citizens whose ‘primary residences were virtual networks’.” – Bruce Sterling, Distraction “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you […]



May 6, 2010

“Politics is the art of reconciling aspirations.” Bruce Sterling, Distraction Election day begins. And, for the first time in the 28 years I have been eligible to do so, I am going to vote. I always vowed that I would never ever do so, unless a candidate or party came along that were supporting at […]


Guttershaman, "…of Jedi and jail"

May 2, 2010

So, like I was saying earlier – this Jedi walks into a Job Centre… Because it’s a British Job Centre and we’re the proud world leaders in intrusive CCTV surveillence, the staff ask our hero to lower his hood. (Of course he’s in hood and robe – Jedi, remember?) He politely refuses, on the grounds […]


Sara Robinson's "The Truth about Consequences"

April 23, 2009

A truly outstanding and stirring piece by Sara Robinson, taking both sides of American politics to task over the CIA torture and other actions of the Bush regime that Obama has said he wants to move on past – starting with noting the difference between conservative and liberal concepts of authority, freedom and justice: Understanding […]


Postmodernism in modern banking

March 5, 2009

Hmm… is this becoming a series of posts on ‘posts’? (Not a bad idea… lends me to fond recollections of Julian Cope and I backstage at one of his gigs, both utterly stoned as could be and him looking me deep in the eye and describing my wives and I as “the most post-christian family […]


Post-capitalism, and how to get it

March 5, 2009

Kim Stanley Robinson, one of SFs greatest ever world-builders and a passionate Green futurist, has a plan… and he calls it, becoming a post-capitalist society. Here’s a taste: Am I saying that capitalism is going to have to change or else we will have an environmental catastrophe? Yes, I am. It should not be shocking […]


Slumbering Albion – Philip Pullman, liberty and censorship

February 28, 2009

Philip Pullman has written a splendid and passionate rant, called “Malevolent Voices that Despise Our Freedoms”, about the way Britain is sliding into a state of passivity against governmental control. “To mark the Convention on Modern Liberty, the children’s author has written this article for the Times Online”, the header reads. But not long after […]


HaHaHa… a little irony for UK's snooping Home Secretary

February 22, 2009

There’s something about getting a political gig that, er, alters the moral flexibility of the recipient. The position of Home Secretary to Her Majesty’s Government seems to have an especially swift half-life for becoming a totalitarian dickhead. Frankly, the (never) Right (also never) Honourable Jackie Smith hit the ground running. Massives of extra expensive and […]