Category Articles

Articles are my medium form output. They are researched, but don't go to the same level of depth nor are as closely argued as my essays. But they are more considered than my jottings.

They Are Teachable

One of History's lessons is that once a group is deemed unteachable they will be placed in the category of an ever present threat to the preferred social order.
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Hugo: Or, There and Back Again

Time again at a premium, I mused on my latest quest for minimalism. In doing so I realised that I was creating as many problems as I was solving.
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Response — Sitting with Ambiguity

Sit with ambiguity, but be aware of when a seemingly circular conversation is enhancing a definitional understanding and when it is just a group of individuals unable to comprehend ambiguity hoping that a drawn out conversation will nail down the problem.
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Zettelkasten Method

From time to time, I contemplate how I publish. Mostly because I like 'the elegance of a refined workflow'.
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Teflon Leadership

Those who rise to the top jobs, do so not because they are better leaders or have fewer blots on their copybook — it is because they are better able to shrug off criticism and weather the blistering attacks that are directed at all holders of public office.
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Moxie and the Server

To determine if the statement is 'true', we don't need to poll everyone — only to understand the category of the statement.
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The Linux Paradigm

In science, a paradigm is a model or pattern — a typical instance or exemplar. But in rhetoric, my chosen field, it is an example or guide as to how one should behave.
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Polywork, A New Professional Network

I have often thought that an individual is far more than their job title or pay scale. Which means that even in a professional networking context, your portfolio of experience should also include your experiences.
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My Copy of The Times

When we cut each other off from access to knowledge, we may preserve our copyright, but we run the risk of endangering our copy's posterity.
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Life is Long, Access is Short

If not accidentally lost, your data can vanish in other ways: the community project shutters, a company goes under, or the subset of services you use are axed.
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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.
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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.
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Hail, Lobster!

The moment when left leaning popular culture overreached itself and instead of fascist shaming a once obscure academic into silence, brought back into popular use what had long been taboo and empowered the very thing they thought they were destroying.
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Tool Time

Consider that a UI should assume the user doesn’t have a high level of software experience, nor is willing to learn how to use the command line to undertake some level of personalisation.
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Contribution Manifesto

Second last day for the 100daystooffload.com challenge and I continue to contemplate ‘what’s next.’ Which is both technical and philosophical.…

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Copying Old Masters

For the better part of 400 years, the production of art in France was largely controlled by artistic academies. With…

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Virus From Below

The history of the world, for a long time, was the history of great people. Mostly great men. It focused…

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I Saw The World End

I went up to the hillside and took a panorama view of the city and found the whole city on fire. - Kiyoshi Tanimoto,
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Serialisation

Whether pre-prepared or thought out during serialisation, it provides for a short or medium content format which addresses a long form topic.
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The Ability To Ignore

Since the earliest days of our evolution on the savanna, our visual and aural senses have been attuned to ignore content.
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Late Abroad Again

As the contagion bit hard, Pepys chronicled the flight from the city, mostly of doctors, lawyers and merchants. Then as now, only those with the financial means to do so can seek refuge in seclusion.
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Art as Background

Turner was something of a privacy advocate. In the 1841 census he rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as being present at any property
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Self-Gaze

It is possible to find a subjectivity and objectivity of the written word and know I am on the right track, even if my work is temporarily out of fashion.
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Wedding Feast

In the tradition of my family, and the civilised everywhere, I will be planning the meal starting with dessert, working through the main to the entree.
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Finding Confidence

While the fool is wise who opens not his mouth, the quiescence of the thoughtful is a loss for society. This is particularly the case when it comes to social media and blogging.
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Armada

The history of the Spanish Armada is a call to take care on our journey home. Although we may feel mauled by the day, we can salvage most of what we have.
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Finding Time

Find a trigger which helps you to get in the frame for writing, leverage the power of habit and set your inner candidate to the task.
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The Case for Listenership

In some senses this is very apt, as on social media we are too often prisoners in a system providing emotional support to other prisoners.
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Beware Generalisation

A writer can fall into the trap of imagining because 67% of respondents to a survey support X, there is genuinely wide spread support for the proposition..
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Supporting Evidence

My weekends are usually spent cloistered away in my study, working on one project or another. My fiancée laments I…

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Nibbled By System

I am a simple man who fears being nibbled by system. I like things I can see and touch. In…

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Easy To Use

I learn today that Jules-Albert de Dion took the chequed flag in the world’s first motor race, the Paris–Rouen in…

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Emotional Contagion

Emotional Contagion is the phenomenon of feeling what it appears someone else is experiencing. Art abounds with examples of this,…

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The Giant’s Causeway

James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, lived in an age in which titles were grand and letters and diaries were…

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Site With Less Byte

This has started me on my own quest for a lighter footprint in my publishing platform. To that end, there is much tinkering to do.
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The Shape Of Things That Are

Though conclusions drawn from data may be offensive, we should be slow to take offence at data. Even if it contradicts our deeply held beliefs.
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Shape of Things to Come

A striking feature of Wells' book is the way in which he prefigured 'cancel culture' in the thinking of his fictional social scientist.
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Fête Nationale

I could not let July 14 pass without a nod to that most French of occasions: Bastille Day. A celebration…

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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.
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Gothic Reprieve

Musing on how the building I passed was the very antithesis of the Gothic, I found myself recalling some of the majestic architecture of the past.
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Spot the Gorilla

For me, this can become frankly as depressing as, to quote Blackadder: getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there's a gas bill tied to it.
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Skepticism and Wonder

In the vast ignorance of a society absent of sceptical enquiry, evil festers and spreads, like the coming of night, and all foul things come forth.
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Doomsday Clock

The concept of a clock was chosen because it implies that unless we stop the seconds from ticking down, the hands will inevitably reach midnight.
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To Federate, But How?

It also raises questions about cross posting to other platforms, such as Medium, which are the natural hunting ground of avid readers.
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Losing Readers?

While I am not a popularity junkie, it is more gratifying to know one is writing for a large than a small audience as I write to try and assist others.
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Cartographic Escapism

Hogwarts was not only the best but, if you didn't read the text carefully and skipped whole sections of Goblet of Fire, the only wizarding school.
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A Land of Chilly Riverways

To a man weened on 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' descriptions of his adoptive land, it comes as a shock to find it so chilly a dull earache begins.
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Ode to a Yoghurt Pot

Bellowing preconceived ideas with ever increasing volume is seldom a path to organisational success and Vedic happiness.
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Lacklustre

Today… what can I say about today… it was nothing out of the ordinary, very lacklustre indeed. Neither terrifying nor…

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How I Publish — Version 3.0

Avid readers, and those who accidentally stumbled in searching for something else, will have seen deliberations on whether or not to switch platforms.
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Time Capsule I

The novelist saw more clearly the differences between fact and fiction. That notions of a 'better world' tomorrow is a fallacy of the doctrine of progress.
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Down the Rabbit Hole

Not a nice, cosy little hole, you understand. Rather a long and seemingly unending one. After you've fallen down it, you never know where you will come out.
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Leading From The Front

Plato wrote of cardinal virtues and their importance in the character of a good city. It is tempting to pickup this theme in regards to leadership.
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Red Tape Is Fun

As a child, the sense of being tested vexed me much. This persisted into early adulthood, as I steadfastly continued to avoided administration.
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The Base Camp of Everest

I have to stand on the shoulders of giants or, more specifically, tinker with the work of others to accomplish the end result desired.
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Circular Conversations

I seem to recall a time when life was filled with good conversation. The kind of talks in which minutes melted into hours.
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Labours of Love

As the saying goes, 'God is in the detail' and only by finessing the little things does the overall project take on a majestic form.
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Point Of No Return

Ever a man to love a bit of tinkering, the blogging process has also proved to be as much a technical as a mental exercise.
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The Struggle is Topic

There is no dearth of ideas, but each was pondered and rejected in turn as the research involved exceeds the allotted time for this daily challenge.
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The Void

I love to give back to those who give so much to me, but sometimes this sucks all my powers of concentration. This is the height of mental indigestion.
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The Over Consumption of Doubt

For the ancients, doubting was the end of a lifelong quest for truth. For moderns, it has become the beginning rather than end of speculation.
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Peasants’ Revolt

Much the same could be said for the current protests. Eventually the people will leave the streets and things will largely go back to how they were.
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Letterheady

One superb example of the genre is the business letterhead of Nikola Tesla - after whom the car company is named. Stunning share by Letterheady.
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The Power of the Snub

Declines in sexual activity seem to owe more to 'the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the global recession of 2008' than fear of contracting Aids.
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Competing Thoughts

Today was a day in which, if you’ll forgive this writer a reification, my thoughts have been battling in my…

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Damnatio Memoriae

Memory is more than the activity of an individual. It is an object, in so much as a statue or inscription reminds passers by of a person or event.
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Media Archipelago

Pushing back on unorthodox views has given rise to 'wrongspeak,' 'the things we believe to be true but cannot say,' creating a Media Archipelago.
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The Better Part of Valour

Obama made sure to bring together the past with the present. Memory stalking the impatiently advancing future. Into the party…

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Cold Calling Students

While the line between a Socratic acceptance of the limits of our knowledge and genuine ignorance is blurred, academia's financial rapacity knows no bounds.
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Modern Pocket Boroughs

Yet for all the antics, there was a certain honesty about such naked corruption. Votes were sold and it was clear who was buying them.
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Into the Jaws of Death

One of the most memorable photographs of D-Day was taken by Chief Photographer's Mate Robert F. Sargent and aptly titled 'Into the Jaws of Death.'
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Updating My Plank

As a man who loves his technology, one thing I enjoy reading about is how others use theirs. There is…

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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.
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Letters of Note

Today I pay homage to one brilliantly penned piece by WSC, from an age when they both inked and blotted.
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Mental Indigestion

Much as I wallowed in the majestic minimalism of how I publish, I now find myself revelling in a new minimalism of how I read.
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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.
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Distributism

To replace a People's Republic network with a Democratic Club network isn't necessarily an improvement because it only prefences one centralised solution over another.
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The New Commons

As our forebears strove for the aspiration to vote, the mortgaging of our data for access to services requires us to strive for the aspiration to privacy.
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Grey Eminence

Sadly, for our attempts to hold power to account, the 'what' is lost to the political 'how,' with which side wins becoming the benchmark for 'account.'
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Contemplating Content

Though a visual man, I have grown tired of the flickering images of social media where unlimited filters and effects cannot cover the dearth of thought.
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So I Could See Further

In the main, scholars, developers and researchers cite those who have gone before, without whose work their own product would be much reduced.
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A Day of Rest

If I seek a day in which I am not on duty, and politicians are merely flesh and blood, should they too not be allowed a moments reprieve?
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Airbrushing Memory

With digital services often serving as our memory, to remove content from personal drives is to airbrush our memory.
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Please keep scrolling

Perhaps this is the heart of my distaste for much social media: it is designed to halt my thinking and focus my attention, not impell me to think on.
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Dead Certainties

The key is to avoid reading events falsely, which inevitably leads to politics shaping what we think is true.
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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.
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Language Defect: Privacy

The issue is not can they keep my data safe from an unauthorised third party, but can they keep my data safe from their algorithms.
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Marshal Your Argument

Like a genre in publishing, a work forms part of an existing discourse and this creates certain ground rules for how words will be read and ideas conveyed.
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How I Write – Technology

At first, my thinking rebels against the act of concentration. A day spent being pulled in a myriad of directions does not for a focused mind make.
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How I Publish — Version 2.0

My quest for a publishing platform which was both elegant, unencumbered by endless plug-ins and left me alone with my text, brought me to write.as.
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The Cloud of Unknowing

The question today, for whom do you write? Perhaps to improve your scribblings; perhaps to attract a general audience; or perhaps it is for posterity?
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Gakyō Rōjin

A compelling aspect is the way in which Hokusai's work burgeoned as he aged. An unconscious reaction to feeling we are yet to realise our potential.
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Endurance Through Renewal

I came across a stone bench that appeared to be very old. Carved into an ancient looking wall, dappled in moss, thick creepers wound across its surface.
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The Pied Piper of Zoom

In a sense, our online privacy is much like a child, vulnerable to the world and easily spirited away by a platform which offers ease of connection.
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The Perfect Moment

Though it is not clear if this is the poet or the urn speaking, what is clear is that the passage seeks to transcend visual value.
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‘Oh, the humanity!’

The past, which comes flooding in, transports us to a moment which is both frozen in time and animated by our thinking. 'Oh, the humanity!'
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Catharsis

At times, writing alone is not action enough to free my thinking from its melancholy trends. In such times I turn to that most lyric of the muses, Euterpe.
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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.
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One Hundred Days…

My writing efforts are usually months in gestation. Thus I am out of the habit of a daily journal. #100DaysToOffload should fix that.
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