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ME: I would like to print one boarding pass on a single sheet of paper.

EVERY INKJET PRINTER IN THE WORLD: Sure! But first, I need to make whirring noises for at least ten minutes.

Studies Show Almost Everyone Prefers Reading on Paper, Not Screens.

Well, I'm happy to be an outlier then. I love carrying around a pile of books that weighs no more than my Kindle. Besides, the same digital file used to print a book can be used to create an eBook with almost nothing added to the costs of production.

So, in the end, who cares? Let people read what they want, where they want, and stop interrupting their reading with silly questions like this.

A legendary sci-fi movie is getting a new print and a new release. This is not a new hope, this is a Space Odyssey.

"What's that one song with the epic sax pa..."

"Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty."

"Wait, I didn't even finish..."

"Epic sax song, it's Baker Street. Everyone finally learned what Careless Whisper sounds like. No one can remember Baker Street. That's what you're looking for."

*plays the intro from Spotify*

"Son of a bitch! You're right!"

"I know. I'm a goddamn professional, pal."

New blog post about something that happened to me this morning.

It's Not About You, It's About Your Ads.

(Pictured: A rare look at the inside of an ad network's data centre.)

Good freaking GAWD I need a USB 3 device to back up these VMs.

@platypus @scottythered 👋

A good chunk of Mastodon is very deliberately working on having a different culture than Twitter, so while certain functions are similar, I found it very helpful to just take it as its own thing. That let the culture + features differences sink in. Acclimation takes time.

New blog post, new pages, and new music! (Well, the music isn't new, but I think it'll be new to you.)

A listener emailed me a while back asking for a catalogue of music used on the show, and maybe a catalogue of some of my own music as well.

Okay then:

You'll take the high road
And I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye!

A few weeks ago a listener emailed me asking if I had a catalogue of the music I'd used on the podcast and whether I had more of my own music available somewhere for downloading or general listening.

I don't, and I didn't, but I think I'll work on that... right now

DRM is stupid, antagonistic towards the paying customer, it never makes things easier....

And it exists to be broken.


Last night: Our ballet's annual triple bill of contemporary choreography.

Now: Beyonce's show at Coachella.

Watch the arts. Support the arts. Participate in the arts. Whether in spite of or because of the world we live in.

Khajiit has wares if you have coin

Art Bell died yesterday. On Friday the 13th. If you ever caught him in the late night hours where you might have been slightly drunk and scanning AM frequencies and stumbled across a Fortean radio show; then you know that the man would’ve enjoyed this fact immensely.

Goodbye, Art. Thanks for keeping it weird.

And in today’s tech news, another journalist reinvents public library digital collections from first principles.


Arizona. A state where you’ll see a guy wandering his yard at night with a black light and you’ll immediately understand why.

We had a freeloader move in with her family. She’s not even offered to pay rent.

Over the years, I may have purchased an Apple product or two.