On the surface of it there's a lot to like about Labour's policy of free broadband to all: the value of that level of information access is massive, especially for the less well-off.
But there's also something I find pretty unsettling about the idea of a government-owned-and-run internet. Not least given my experience of Labour Home Secretaries, but also in the hands of other parties.
I guess I'll have to dig into the details to see what exactly they're proposing.
Just about completely de-googled my phone, thanks to a combination of:
I'm no expert on these things, but happy to give people pointers if anyone's interested.
* LineageOS For MicroG (https://lineage.microg.org) looks great & provides this in a single install, but isn't maintained for my particular phone.
As a developer, I've concluded that there are 3 main types of system that you can work with:
1. Systems that you want to understand so that you can work with them better.
2. Systems that you seek to understand so that you can overcome them like an opponent.
3. Systems that the mere act of attempting to understand already constitutes a defeat.
Not naming any names because I don't want to shit on anyone else's work, and I know how personal these kinds of preferences are.
@alx Tacoma, Virginia, and What Remains of Edith Finch are all good first-person narrative adventures.
Jazzpunk is kinda that, but all jokes.
Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre are all by the same studio, all different forms of action games, with consistently great stories and interesting gameplay all around.
Guacamelee 1 & 2 are great Luchador-inspired Metroidvanias
All these were made by small studios.
After well over a year of compulsive playing, my SO finally unlocked & completed everything in The Binding Of Isaac & its expansions. (The last achievement told her to "Just stop!").
So now I might actually get a go on our PS4. Anything recent that people would recommend?
The last game I loved was Heaven's Vault, a gorgeous, thoughtful SF exploration/adventure game with branching narratives. I tend to prefer smaller games to AAA, but something with more to it than pure exploration.
Really missed out on the opportunity to attach a #flourespondence tag to that post.
The best thing May did during her time as PM was throw away her -- and what would have been Johnson's -- majority.
I fear (and hope I'm wrong) that Labour under Corbyn will struggle to do as well against Johnson in an election as they managed against May.
It feels like another hung parliament might be the best we can realistically hope for. Especially if we ended up with Labour in coalition/cooperation with parties who are more supportive of Remain.
This is turning out to be a vintage year for seeing music live. This weekend just gone (thanks to Simple Things festival) I got to see a new piece by William Basinski, with live laser visuals on an IMAX screen; the ever-marvellous Holly Herndon (pictured); and Aïsha Devi, whose performance was way beyond what I was expecting.
On Thursday Sunn O))) are in town, who I also don't expect to disappoint.
UK, Universal Credit, Job Centre, Organising, Mutual Aid
Just accompanied my friend to their job centre interview. We were worried they might get sanctioned for something.
You are legally entitled to have someone accompany you to any job centre meeting.
I went in my #ACORN T-shirt with a notepad and a stack of printed out evidence and the relevant sections of the Universal Credit Act 2013.
I introduced myself as representative from ACORN anti-poverty union and said we were supporting my friend with their case.
Apparently the tone of the job "coach" was completely different. No more patronising bullshit or threats. Seems everything is fine for the time being and the job centre aren't going to try to fuck with us.
If they try anything, we are ready and they know that now.
DON'T LET YOUR FRIENDS STRUGGLE ALONE! Our power lies in organisation. Our power lies in solidarity.
Please boost for UK folks
Of all the places I pass on my commute, I have to say that this is my favourite. #Bristol
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