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Robert Winter Portrait

This site is loosely divided into philosophyhistorypolitics, and technology. In many ways these themes are highly interconnected with any categorisation being akin to Wittgenstein’s notion of:

taking up some books which seemed to belong together, and putting them on different shelves; nothing more being final about their positions than that they no longer lie side by side

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Articles

  • A Peer’s Tube
    Winter Ink PeerTube will allow for the documenting and preservation of videos to which I can link in my ongoing speculations about life and art. Links, and the content they reference, which are permanent and will always work. A necessity to promote the adoption of individually-owned and controlled sovereign spaces which enable an open and healthy web.
  • The New Cathedral Door
    Does it truly safeguard that which is dangerous and true while restricting that which is dangerous and false, and does it arrive at this determination through a process of deliberation; or, does it merely replace one arbitrary determination for another about that which is dangerous.

Essays

  • Intellectual Warehouse
    In a recent article, The Memex Method, Cory Doctorow unpacked the notion of making a public database of your commonplace book. The idea is based on Vannevar Bush’s 1945 ‘As We May Think,’ in which Dr. Bush posited the idea of a memory expander: Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort…
  • Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Political
    Continuing from my recent essay, Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental, I thought I should give some space to the political dimenion of Bitcoins dirty little secrets. Since the white paper was first published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, the central premise (pun intended) of Bitcoin has been that: A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash…

Popular Posts

  • Five Stages of Autonomy
    At this stage, employees, whether remote or in an office, enjoy true autonomy. The Nirvana Mullenweg and Co. are in search of for their businesses.
  • A Change Management Primer
    Kknowing this only shifts the problem from ‘how’ to ‘when’. In other words, at what speed should the change management take place?
  • Confessions of a Platform Junkie
    Having perused and discarded a number of options (Medium, Tumblr, Squarespace and Jekyll), I am now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
  • The Case of the Dangling Toad
    Combining powdered toad with the excretions and serum made into lozenges and worn about the affected area, drove away the contagion and drew out the poison.
  • Parliamentary Privilege
    Sidestepping Trump’s wounded pose and Twitter’s egregious claim of the moral high ground and an interesting question about politics and speech emerges.
  • Dead Certainties
    The key is to avoid reading events falsely, which inevitably leads to politics shaping what we think is true.
  • Code is Speech?
    A point to remember when next your private moments are leveraged to improve a marketing algorithm. The unintended consequence of code is speech.
  • So this is how privacy dies…
    To be a part of a society which doesn’t take these choices means the most meaningful solution is to look at ambient as well as personal privacy.
  • May the Third be with you
    It is fitting these memorial days are side by side because a central theme in the Star Wars saga was the freedom of peoples to live according to their need.