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Putting recent drawings online

I realised that I haven’t been putting recent drawings on here. This one was done with Kuretake ink pen, Rotring art pen, sumi-e ink on Bristol Board. It’s the view from my office overlooking the hotel opposite.

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How can you play under such terrible conditions?

Wow, what a great location for a gig.

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Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future

Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future

Solarpunk: Against a Shitty Future
— Read on cafebedouin.org/2018/03/15/solarpunk-against-a-shitty-future/

I’m up for that!

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Exclusive: The Silicon Valley quest to preserve Stephen Hawking’s voice – San Francisco Chronicle

Exclusive: The Silicon Valley quest to preserve Stephen Hawking’s voice – San Francisco Chronicle
— Read on www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/The-Silicon-Valley-quest-to-preserve-Stephen-12759775.php

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Whilst being ill yesterday and hiding under a…

Whilst being ill yesterday and hiding under a duvet I did a sketch in the sketchbook of all the items on my mantlepiece.

Used a Prisma Micron 03 pen, my Lamy Safari fountain pen loaded with Kuretake sumi-e ink, watercolour and a Seawhite sketch book. This book accepts watercolour better than the Moleskine books, which I pretty much consider to be inferior now.

Soon will be trying out the Canson 180 lay flat sketchbook. Watch this space!

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You cant save the world with acerbic tweets…

You cant save the world with acerbic tweets. Or ironic tweets. Or scarcastic tweets. Or any tweet. Or blog posts. But using words you can change minds and in doing so possibly change the future.

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Piling up chairs

You can’t get to the moon by piling up chairs. Or by climbing a succession of higher trees.

You won’t achieve your goal by just doing the same things you e always done just by working faster, or more efficiently. Those things might be good, but they aren’t the way to achieve big things.

Big things require different methods, different thinking, and investments in time and energy. They require a radical novelty, changing your thinking.

Edsger Dijkstra: “When King Ferdinand visited the conservative university of Cervera, the Rector proudly reassured the monarch with the words; “Far be from us, Sire, the dangerous novelty of thinking.” Spain’s problems in the century that followed justify my characterization of the shortcoming as “serious”. So much for education’s adoption of the paradigm of gradual change.”

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A CEOs guide to Emacs

https://blog.fugue.co/2015-11-11-guide-to-emacs.html

There have always been certain industries and professions where people have used specialist tools, particularly tools that they can customise and even rebuild when the standard isn’t enough. Specialist tools require practice and skill to use, they need some commitment from the user. Emacs demands it. But Emacs with Org Mode is such a powerful tool that your investment in time will pay back. Yes it’s an old piece of software that seems oddly out of place with “apps” but your “apps” can’t do what this does, not ever.

Emacs isn’t for everyone, sadly, because people don’t have the “time” to learn how to use professional tools. I’ve been using Emacs for over 10 years and I can honestly say that using it gives you back the power that other software slowly leeches away from you: the power over your computing device.

Emacs uses Elisp, a version of lisp, and every part of it is programmable. I don’t use Emacs in that way, I customise it using the settings and by using packages that extend the functionality. Org mode is one of the packages. Org mode alone makes learning Emacs worth the struggle.

Charlie Stross and Neal Stephenson are both writers who have used it and swear by it. I use it for note taking, as a knowledge base, and also as a personal organiser. I store the back end files (which are just text) in either Dropbox or OneDrive and sync across a myriad of devices. And I can edit JavaScript etc and interact with git repositories for source code.

Would I ever advocate it for my customers to use? No, of course not. It’s part of my personal toolkit. A professional decorator wouldn’t go around telling people about their professional sable paint brushes or spray equipment. And chefs and caterers have similar professional tools that people at home would never need or safely own. Why would they tell people their trade secrets? I would only confuse people if I spoke about this. And I also use other tools such as OneNote for many similar tasks, which ties in more obviously with the Office 365 stack that I work with the most. That’s the front of house. Back in the kitchen however…..

…..I would go further and say that this software doesn’t need me to tell you to use it. And it doesn’t need to be easy to use. And you won’t get sexy using it, or rich, or gain other things. In fact if you try to use it you will more than likely hate it and me for telling you about it. But computers are like an instrument where the music is ideas, and emacs is like a violin, and if you take the time to learn to play it, you can make great things.

Also read Convivial Tools by Ivan Illich.

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Blowing a gale out there

It’s proper windy outside, with the wind sounding like it does in the movies. I’m worried about the things blowing past. This is also the second night in a row of no sleep too for me, I’m going to be so tired tomorrow. This bling about getting up and doing some work.

Happy winds day.

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DARPA Takes Chip Route to ‘Unhackable’ Computers | EE Times

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $3.6 million to the University of Michigan to develop an unhackable computer microarchitecture.

Source: DARPA Takes Chip Route to ‘Unhackable’ Computers | EE Times