Examining the Future

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It’s not often that news of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales reaches my redoubt in England, but today I learn that the Commissioner is proposing scrappage of GCSEs. Which doesn’t seem quite what I thought was anticipated when the role was set up.

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“Because it’s our job.”

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Apparently the latest controversial morsel on the FFVII remake is:

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Ruffled Feathers

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Apparently I stand to be blacklisted. I wrote a piece for Quillette once, before it became famous, that was actually a qualified defence of the concept of cultural appropriation.

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Left Luggage

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I found a Usenet post from 2004 about a bug in Thief: Deadly Shadows. A player, trying to open a chest, instead got engulfed by it and ended up inside.

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‘For those adepts who have a vision for restitutions...’

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The Sarr-Savoy report to Emmanuel Macron on heritage restitution has an English translation, and I have read it. It’s very... French. That is, it reflects the stereotype of the continental intellectual whose writing can never merely be about a subject when it can bear witness to it, and whose language teems with temporalities and specificities and …

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Field Notes from the Fediverse

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If your eye got caught by the waves of Mastodon-is-like-Twitter-but-much-nicer articles, you may find these notes marginally useful. I’m going to assume you’ve got as far as knowing Mastodon is not the whole network, but a microblogging platform integrated into the wider and older ‘Fediverse’. If that’s confusing already, see here for a primer (and maybe …

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OvARtaken, Part 2

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Every time I write on AR I find stuff I want to catch up with before the text has even made it through editorial.

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Sounds Funny

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What it’s like to hear voices: Sammee has been hearing voices for most of her life... Have you ever heard voices?

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Oxford Philosophx

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Reports are circulating (seemingly sourced from a paywalled Telegraph article) about the Oxford Philosophy Dept.’s attempts to bolster female confidence by manipulating reading lists, e.g. converting ‘G.E.M. Anscombe’ into ‘Elizabeth Anscombe’. Having once had a (female) tutee who thought Martha Nussbaum was a ‘he’, I’m not sure whether it’s optimism or pessimism Oxford has in excess.

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The Sizzle of Space

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I interviewed Tony Milligan (K.C.L.) about the ethics of space exploration for Pod Academy. It was his work on cultural value in space I built on/responded to in my piece for Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance, and as things turned out we were co-contributors to that volume, so it was particularly interesting to have …

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2020 Foresight

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Out of 2077-inspired curiosity I picked up the Cyberpunk 2020 Bundle of Holding, which is why I find myself reading a sourcebook from 1994 called the Rough Guide to the U.K. Its ‘brief recent history’ begins thus: The United Kingdom has been going through some turbulent times recently.

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Right Or Not?

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Everyone’s a post-election haruspex, and the pundits have it that Corbyn drew the ‘youth vote’.

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HTTPd Problems

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A new upgrade to the Hiawatha Web server from the PPA appears to be completely broken. Lighttpd is being used as a fallback to keep the site up while I investigate and decide what to do. If anything non-functional appears (most likely when attempting HTTPS connections), incomplete configuration of the new server daemon is the likely …

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Philosophotypo

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strangely shaped pieces of meta

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Sistemic Violence

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Yes. Well. I’m glad the most I generally have to deal with is whether one may write ‘indigenous’ without capitalisation.

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