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Mastodon Tips for Writers

I’ve had my eye on Mastodon for a while. When I was last revamping my website, there was a time when I was considering running a Mastodon server as a place to host my own “microblog”. I love microblogs but I’m always wary of putting all my content on someone

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When you’re the product, but it turns out you’re worthless

First Twitter, now Alexa. We are seeing an important shift in the “users = profit” dogma that could have huge ramifications in the tech startup space. Alexa began the smart speaker race. Alexa units have are one of the best selling products on Amazon. The name “Alexa” has become synonymous

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Would you pay to tweet?

I’m amazed this video isn’t being shared more widely… Under the new rules that Twitter might roll out, paying users of Twitter will “outrank” non-paying users when it comes to visibility. The original purpose of the blue tick, which was to verify people with public identities were who they said

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Legoland

We’ve been going to Legoland for years, but we’ve never been for the Bricktacular before. Bricktacular is Legoland’s November firework display. It’s pretty impressive, not least because you can get special glasses at Legoland that transform every spark into the sky into a Lego brick. It’s an incredible sight!

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Windsor Castle

First time visiting Windsor Castle this year. You’re not allowed to take photographs inside the castle itself; practically this is probably just because it would cause huge delays as every inch of the interior is crammed with incredible historical artifacts but I’d like to believe it’s actually because there’s an

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close up photography of smartphone icons

Social Media: It’s about control…

I saved this image when I first saw it back in October. Since then, Elon Musk has bought Twitter, and in the days and weeks that have followed the acquisition, there has been a crash in advertising revenue, mass layoffs, and an exodus of users. Amongst those losing their jobs

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Get my Gothic on at Tyntesfield

Ah, the annual pilgrimage to Tyntesfield for Halloween. Who doesn’t love a gothic mansion? This place is incredibly atmospheric, has amazing grounds, and the constant rotation of the huge collection of personal possession left behind by the Gibbs family means that there are often new things to discover.

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What’s wrong with the Metaverse?

Nokia’s chief strategy and technology officer Nishant Batra is confident that the era of the smartphone is coming to an end and the future lies in the metaverse. He stated: Our belief is that this device [the smartphone] will be overtaken by a metaverse experience in the second half of the

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Just a little trip to Stonehenge

We had a fantastic trip down to Stonehenge a few weeks back. It’s been years since I last went to visit and the entire visitor’s centre has been moved and the underground tunnel I remember going through last time has completely vanished. Now you take a bus; somewhat less Narnia-like

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The Dark by Stuart Tipples

Back when The Dark was being released, I collected commissions of the character from some of my favourite artists. Top of the list with my fellow Monkey with a Machinegun, Stuart Tipples. His rendition of the character is classically moody, dark, and has a hawkish characteristic not unlike my favourite

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