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Spectacular copy writing here: “This is a new popular cosmos star projector lamp, it can help you put the universe back home, give you a piece of the sky changes colour, without need for hard to find the field, rotating its base, there will be different colourful space, find the constellation that you belong to it. It is not only give your child universal Astronomical Science and enhance the capacity of good assistants hands, but also give you the couple to create a romantic surprise.”

Ah, it’s that time of year again where I kid myself I’ll have a break from work and get some time to do all those things I’ve been meaning to do.

I’m unreasonably proud of my entry in this afternoon’s Smith Family Xmas

Also went to our local proper butcher and got 2kg of pork belly (for Boxing Day) and some Sussex Charmer cheddar (get some, it’s amazing). Must be Xmas.

Surprising charity shop find - a picture thingy with my favourite quote on it, from the great man himself... £1.

Smile bank have a new app, and the reviews are TERRIBLE. Seems they’re never going to get their act together. Time to make the move to Monzo as my primary, I think.

* Proportional Representation
* Elected upper house
* Elected Head of State
* Recall for MPs
* Move UK parliament out of London
* Land Value Tax
* Basic Universal Income
* Abolish Non-Dom status
* Evidence-based policymaking


Over lunch, two comments on how awesome my Xmas jumper is. Today is looking up.

Why do people answer Amazon product questions if they don’t know the answer? Do they imagjne that they were the only ones asked? It must be an awfully unclear UI if that the case.

Some ideas on possible ethical principles for the web, shared first with the fediverse:

There is one web
The web is for the betterment of society
The web must support fundamental human rights
The web must enable freedom of expression
The web is for all people
The web must enhance individual agency
People (end users) come first on the web
Accessibility is non-optional
Security & Privacy are non-optional
The web enables individual developers
The web is inspectable
The web must be sustainable

Thinking about the state of the web, 2018 from technical, societal and ethical perspectives. Achievements, setbacks, seemingly intractavle problems, surprisingly positive developments. What are your most notable web developments, positive and negative?

part of the reason I'm always on about open source and intellectual property rights is because I *want* people to build off my ideas/tools and use them as launching pads for their own original thoughts. so truly, I'm thrilled when people "copy" me. it means I've inspired someone! and that's all the impact I can hope for :)

Always feel like I’m not going fast enough, but have got some writing started: started collecting some useful data: and started some experimental noodling in python

"now more than ever, we also need ... stories that inspire hope."

Oh god yes, we need more utopias to dream of and work towards.

"Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule."
"Thanks! But..."
"This is just 'Ethics' and 'Human rights' and things like that."
"Correct, that's the first year curriculum."
"Do we have to learn all this?"
"Of course! What do you think this is, software engineering?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

There's now a $160 bounty on a thing I meant to do for an OSS project (not mine, but I was going to send a PR). So I guess that's my evenings allocated for the next few days.

I’m looking for a Front End Developer to join me in Worthing working on digital transformation in a large government organisation. Interested? Give me a shout. (Not recruiters though, we have enough of those)

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