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By Jonathan Deamer. Follow me on Twitter/Instagram or take a random shot.

Apr 15
“But the city took its toll. I gave up cycling to work. It was too scary sharing the road, on the way home, with distracted drivers going 50mph in the dark. I adopted the LA practice of cycling simply for pleasure - “going biking”. (In the same way as Angelenos don’t walk anywhere but love to “hike”.) After a couple of not-so-great experiences with bus journeys across the city, I caved in and rented a second car. It was faintly heartbreaking to recognise the city had foiled my best intentions. We became one of those families that drive round the corner to buy a pint of milk. Very occasionally, when I met my wife and kids out somewhere, we would drive home in an absurd one-family motorcade.” Louis Theroux: Moving to Los Angeles

Feb 13
Bad angle ‘cos of sun, but I couldn’t see this Tesla in the daylight without taking a photo. (I usually only see it at night. I think it belongs to someone at Qualcomm, next door.) (at Farnborough Railway Station (FNB))

Bad angle ‘cos of sun, but I couldn’t see this Tesla in the daylight without taking a photo. (I usually only see it at night. I think it belongs to someone at Qualcomm, next door.) (at Farnborough Railway Station (FNB))


Jan 20
I lose track of the number of successful companies that got started by winning their seed funding from a free commuters’ tabloid.

I lose track of the number of successful companies that got started by winning their seed funding from a free commuters’ tabloid.


Jan 19
“Technology should not be designed with inbuilt obsolescence. Software and hardware producers must work together to ensure that new developments do not render relatively new equipment obsolete.” Green Party - Science & Technology policy

Way to alienate newcomers to your political movement

Female on Pirate Party mailing list: "The woman just wanted some answers for her thesis [on hackers’ impact on politics]. Why is there [a GNU/Linux] argument over how she wrote her survey?"
Male on mailing list: "yes, Pirates Thinking ist hard, thats why most people judge." [sic]

A reasonable and sensible request so quickly descending into one of the oldest flame wars around (with a little help from Richard Stallman) shows how easy it could be for the Pirate Party to miss the point.

(I don’t know if gender was an issue here, but worth noting after recent kerfuffles.)


Jan 9
Mickey Mouse reduced to 12 spots by Damian Hirst.

Mickey Mouse reduced to 12 spots by Damian Hirst.


Jan 6

Dec 28
“Before Right to Buy, the government spent a pound on building homes for every pound it spent on rent subsidies. Now, for every pound it spends on housing benefit, it puts five pence towards building.” London Review of Books (via iamdanw)

Nov 30
“Time has various levels of quality. If I’m walking to the subway station and I’ve forgotten my notebook, then it’s pretty hard for me to write more than a couple paragraphs. And it’s tough to focus when you keep getting interrupted. There’s also a mental component: sometimes I feel happy and motivated and ready to work on something, but other times I feel so sad and tired I can only watch TV.” HOWTO: Be more productive (Aaron Swartz’s Raw Thought)

Oct 21
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