Dancing Queen

How to lose your stuff

I haven't seen that video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing her ass off, and nor will I, but kudos to Wired for using it as a peg on which to hang a good story about copyright, mash-ups, fair use and the like.

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Vicarious joy

I cannot remember when I started following Bonnie Ohara's Instagram feed or what originally led me there, but I was thrilled for her when she announced that she had been asked to write a book. I was even more thrilled a little while ago to discover that the book -- Bread Baking for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Baking Kneaded Breads, No-Knead Breads, and Enriched Breads -- had become a runaway success.

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These two posts by John Naughton really need to be taken together.

First, Sovereignty – Brexit style:

Sovereignty, n. The untrammelled right to do self-harm.

And then, six days later, Self-harm in a chart:

bar chart of job losses predicted in UK

But John doesn't seem to draw the conclusion I do, which is that if the prediction of job losses comes about, a lot of people in the least affected areas might actually think justice had been done to the elitist wankers.

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A pox on spammers

I've been living in cloud cuckoo land for way too long. I thought that my stream of microposts was somehow of no importance to spammers (or anyone else, for that matter) because there were generally very few comments when I looked. However, it seems that old posts were being targetted with a vengean...

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Just give poor people money

They know what to do with it

The Economist published an article a couple of weeks ago1 about how cash is replacing other forms of humanitarian aid, even in war zones. While suitably cautious, it also welcomed, as one might expect, giving people the freedom to make their own choices about what they needed and encouraging ent...

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