“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 […]


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 […]


Doctor Who and the cheapening of sacrifice

June 26, 2010

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 Russell T Davies brought it back, and sadly it seems Stephen Moffatt has inherited it. […]



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 […]


Finding a Goddess – You're Doing It Wrong

June 24, 2009

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 single webpage which basically consists of an extended lonely-hearts/Craigslist contact-style ad. The title is: Finding […]


Mocking the king, not the subjects

April 4, 2009

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 merely cruelty. Fred Clark gets this, completely. In this weeks installment of his deconstruction of […]


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 […]