Category Archives: rant

Serenity

(No, not that one.)   There’s this prayer. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s called the Serenity Prayer. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the … Continue reading

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“My gaff…”

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 … Continue reading

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A Citizen of the Internet – first thoughts

“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 … Continue reading

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Doctor Who and the cheapening of sacrifice

Trying to nail this down quickly after watching last episode of the first Matt Smith season of Doctor Who. Much as I loved the episode and season in many ways, there’s a huge painful flaw running through the show since … Continue reading

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Voting

“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 … Continue reading

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Guttershaman, "…of Jedi and jail"

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 … Continue reading

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Finding a Goddess – You're Doing It Wrong

Sometimes, especially at fuck-o’clock in the morning, I can be a little… evil. My-beloved-the artist forwarded me a link that she’d acquired from the Ravelry forum (which, despite being a site about knitting, has a little of everything). It’s a … Continue reading

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Mocking the king, not the subjects

I’ve made it clear before that though I think that mockery and satire are a good and necessary thing, but only when applied upwards – by the relatively powerless to the powerful. Mockery by the strong of the weak is … Continue reading

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Postmodernism in modern banking

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 … Continue reading

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Post-capitalism, and how to get it

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 … Continue reading

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