Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Political

"Government" Mural by Elihu Vedder. Located in the Library of Congress

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… Continue reading Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Political

Tool Time

Hercules' fight with the Nemean lion, by Peter Paul Rubens

I like to tinker. Perhaps it is a suppressed longing to be a UI developer, perhaps it is because my father wouldn’t let me play with Lego as a child (n.b.: this is only a rhetorical device. My father not only let me play with Lego but spent hours helping me to build and learn).… Continue reading Tool Time

Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental

AIRS 2011 annual mean carbon dioxide concentration in the free troposphere

It is with no small degree of interest that I have been watching Doug Belshaw’s latest side project unfold, extinction.fyi. I have long been concerned with the negative human impact on our environment and while I am some way off from thinking the world is on fire, it is clear that business as usual is going… Continue reading Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental

A Mastodon To Call My Own

Mastodon allows you to run your own server which means you have “absolute control over your own voice on the web, not subject to anyone else’s rules or whims. Your server is your property, with your rules.”

How I Publish – Back to the Future

Printer working an early Gutenberg letterpress from the 15th century. (1877 engraving)

A few months back I gave a short sketch of how I publish online. But today is back to the future as I return to WordPress.

Art as Background

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1839, oil on canvas. National Gallery

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

Nibbled By System

Year 2000 Bug: the sign indicates January 1900 instead of January 2000

I am a simple man who fears being nibbled by system. I like things I can see and touch. In the technological realm, I like things I can see and organise. This is perhaps why I am happier with knobs, levers and buttons than I am with touchscreens and complex scripts I can’t understand. To… Continue reading Nibbled By System

Easy To Use

Count Albert de Dion driving De Dion, Bouton & Trépardoux steam tractor at 1894 Paris-Rouen race.

I learn today that Jules-Albert de Dion took the chequed flag in the world’s first motor race, the Paris–Rouen in 1894. Sadly for Jules-Albert, he was not declared the winner as his steam-powered car was against the rules (that a car should be ‘easy to use’). This was because his vehicle required a stoker to… Continue reading Easy To Use