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Old text, but still relevant: Protests and the Passive Voice

August 28, 2012

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Ah, news coverage on g20 protests. There’s no better way to realise how biased ordinary news coverage is until its about something you’re personally involved in. All these stories which seem quite reasonable and fair, until you know something about what they’re talking about and then you see it as right-wing hysteria, the tremulous voices […]

The hijacking of Sex

July 26, 2012

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I recently finished reading “the happy hooker” by Xaviera Hollander. While it would be a stretch to say that it was a good book, it was definitely interesting and got me thinking about sexuality. It occurred to me in particular that public ideas on sex are heavily skewed towards the views of a few small […]

Your Mind and Drugs

June 11, 2012

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[edit: maybe not as clear as I intended, but when I say “drugs” that includes alcohol] Following from my experience in Christiania, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on drug use, given its prevalence in what for the sake of brevity I will call “hippie” circles. I am something of a worshiper of […]

Christiania

June 6, 2012

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These are some of my impressions of Christiania, the Freetown in Copenhagen. First, what Is Christiania? Christiania is a “freetown” – in 1971 squatters took over an abandoned military site in Copenhagen and proclaimed it a free self-governing utopian society. Since then many things have happened – the full history is better related elsewhere – […]

Predictions for the PS4

December 31, 2011

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I am a gamer, among other things. Not an avid gamer – no time for that sort of thing – but I often prefer to play a game than watch a movie. I own a PS3, because I got sick of eternally upgrading PCs and stuffing them with ice packs to get them to run […]

Scaffolding a personality

September 4, 2011

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I’ve always been a big hater of shopping – my vision of hell somewhat resembles an aberocrappy and flinch store.  I find scenes of big city high streets packed with chain stores and seas of shoppers to be nightmarish, endless consumption and burning up of resources to meet artificial needs, morbid greed, and bloated desires. […]

Facebook’s Biggest Un-Secret: Your apps are watching you!

May 13, 2011

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So – it turns out Facebook is hiring PR firms to highlight Google’s privacy violations “for the common good” – and not at all to draw attention away from its own practices (Pot, meet kettle, as they say.) So now seems a good time to flag an issue that’s been nagging me since I started […]