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The Baroque Cycle

Books

Apparently they’ve been out for a while, but I just saw The Baroque Cycle1 is out in unabridged audiobook format. Total runtime ~114 hours, very nerdy but lets face it if you’re reading my blog you have nothing better to do.

1 that’s a horrible url, I hope it works when you’re reading this

Content Only

Web Design

Jeremy Keith’s latest article is something that anyone reading this will realise I liked, especially the bit I’ve bolded in this quote.

Luke has famously advocated a mobile first approach to web development, which is a great way of focusing on what’s most important to deliver to the user. But don’t take it too literally. In some ways it would be equally viable to try out “print-stylesheet first” or any other “non-desktop environment first” strategy. The key point is that you’re thinking about the content first and foremost:

I think the only reasons not to have your print stylesheet be your main stylesheet (on a text heavy site) are finding stuff & adverts. For example here’s a recent article on The Walrus about Nucleon Plants1 and here’s the print version. For just reading the article the print version is better in every way, no pagination, no adverts2, no comments & no UI cruft. The only thing that sucks is finding other stuff on the site from that view

That’s why I’ve done the next thing/last thing/search box on this version of the site. Not perfect but a decent step & I expect most readers would be coming from RSS or Google, so probably don’t care about the rest of the site. But I should probably rip off the hand picked top articles from adactio.com.

1 “Miss work? But my life would be nothing without the nucleon plant.”
2 Walrus is a non-profit so it would be polite to look at their ads

And look what we’re stuck with

Moans

The wedding of Jordan’s Prince Ali in 2004 took place with a singular lack of fanfare, with an understated private ceremony and, in a move that some cash-strapped Britons might eye with envy, Prince Ali distributed the money that would have been spent on a big reception to hundreds of the country’s poorest families.

From this article on the worldwide coverage of my bonus day off watching the cricket (apparently something’s happening in London as well). Glad to know the media is insane everywhere not just here.

New Designs

Web Design

As you’ll see, outside of RSS, the site has a slight change. And I didn’t mention there’s a new dogtanian.net. And a nice work site that has a few cool bits of html/css

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Moans

Following on from my previous business idea here’s a really good one. A tricolour burqa with

Liberté
Égalité
Fraternité

written across the front.

This would be a huge seller across the channel, and no French policeman could arrest you dressed in it.

Nothing’s Wrong

TV

When a woman says nothing’s wrong, that means everything’s wrong. And when a woman says everything’s wrong, that means everything’s wrong. And when a woman says something’s not funny, you’d better not laugh your ass off.

Homer J. Simpson, 2004

For the tight fisted cynics

Internet, Moans

My Amazon shopping history is probably the least feminine1 around, accurately suggesting a single male household. Still that didn’t stop this bit of cynicism:

I did like that the best seller is £11.54, some lucky ladies are going to feel very loved on valentines day.

1 at least how feminine is generally considered, I get that some women do like SF, Cricket and can understand the offside rule

A new plan for domestic finances

Moans

My social and intellectual betters are convinced the only way forward for the country is to cut the deficit so I’ve decided to do the same for my home finances.

As we have debts of ~£1 trillion with a GDP of ~£1.5 trillion we obviously need cuts, thats 66% of our GDP in debt! So obviously we need to:

  • Stop building things at government expense, putting thousands out of work
  • Get rid of government non-jobs staffed by eco-feminazi-PC-health&safety-gone-mad bureaucrats, putting thousands out of work
  • Raise VAT and fuel duty making everything more expensive , putting thousands out of work

This lack of employment and increase in costs will increase the tax income and cut the debt. (Dave did economics at uni so this must make sense1).

My plan

My mortgage debt is ~300% of my GIP (Gross Individual Product) which compared to the economy is really dangerous. So I plan to eliminate the following from my budget and pay off the debt in 3 years.

  • Savings – having cash for emergencies is overrated
  • Phone & Broadband – after hitting ‘Send to Blog’ anyway
  • Cricket – how can I be entertained with that debt on my shoulders
  • Council tax – they’re sacking everyone so what am I paying for?
  • Home insurance – I don’t own it yet so why insure it?
  • Food – a luxury I can’t afford
  • Gas, water & electric – another luxury
  • Everything else

You might be thinking that’s stupid, without investing in the things like food, clothes, warmth and water that keep you alive you’ll die stop getting paid.

You probably also think that spending money on things, like infrastructure, schools and the NHS, cutting regressive taxes, increasing employment and making the rich pay their way when they’ve reaped all the benefits of society might be a good idea.

And you’d be right, unlike the Tory cunts running the country.

1 Fun fact, Gideon, who’s supposed to be running the economy, didn’t. He did modern history.