Discussing software, the web, politics, sexuality and the unending supply of human stupidity.

“We need an app!”

“What do you actually need?”

“Well, we need an app.”

“Yeah but what does that entail?”


“Yes, but what do the users need?”

“They need an app! You aren’t listening to me. We want an app.”

“Yeah but what functionality do the users need when they go into the thing you refer to as an ‘app’?”

“They need to have an experience of being able to read our latest news.”

“So, a webpage?”

“No, an app!”

“But it’s text.”


“Text, accessible over the Internet.”


“A web page then.”

“No, an app.”

“Why do you need an ‘app’?”


Nobody has yet given me any particularly compelling arguments beyond this point in conversations.

“You Won’t Believe How…”, say the headlines. I probably will. I’m fairly jaded.

A website I just visited had me wait with a progress bar for all the JavaScript and assets to load. JavaScript preloading may just be the “Flash intro” of the 2010s.

That tense moment when you agree to upgrade Apple’s Command Line Tools and wonder whether it is going to break everything you are working on.

Looks like the Southbank skaters have won their campaign to keep the skatepark open. This is a pretty encouraging example of a community fighting to keep space open for just having fun and enjoying yourself rather than Yet Another Fucking Starbucks.

Also, it is a small example of young people fighting for shit and winning. Which is a nice change from the depressing gerontocracy that is contemporary British democratic politics.

Just ran across this: Mark Zuckerberg reckons anyone who keeps distinct identities is lacking in “integrity”.

This, incidentally, might be why Facebook is so keen to require drag queens use their real names. (Because that kind of shit worked great when G+ did it.)

The demand that you live with “integrity” always is kind of a weird privileged thing. Last weekend, I was walking home late at night with another man, and someone drove by in a van and shouted the word “queer!” out of the window at us. I have a pretty thick skin and such things don’t phase me so much as just surprise and annoy me. Some fuckwit shouting at me isn’t going to stop me from holding hands with whoever the fuck I want.

But let’s say they were threatening physical violence. I certainly wouldn’t have the same attitude. I quite like not being dead. Under Zuckerberg’s views on identity, that shows a lack of integrity. I’m okay with losing some integrity if it is necessary to not end up in hospital or in a coffin.

Fortunately, being white, male and in a financially secure position, like Mark Zuckerberg, these are not decisions I have to contemplate very often. It’d be nice if people like Zuckerberg could consider the position of people less like himself.

U2 will go down in history as having pioneered the revolutionary album-as-malware genre.

I’ve managed to resist the urge to say much about the Scottish referendum, but I shall say this. If Scotland votes to leave the Union, it’ll truly suck for Cameron to go down in history as the Prime Minister who lost Scotland.