As part of the EU's embrace of Mastodon, @Curia has become the first court to join, and the EU itself the first international governmental organization. Who wants to predict which country or international body will have a governmental, legal or judicial body to join next? 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇩🇪🇫🇷🇦🇺🇨🇦?

Very much looking forward to economics professors being interviewed on the news explaining how the next 2008-style financial crash started when someone decided memecoins and apes were good collateral for a mortgage.

Doctors learning the hard way that promoting dodgy crypto projects that should set off any moderately intelligent person's scam alert—while potentially profitable—is actually incompatible in very important ways with being a trusted professional.

In my intro post, I hinted that I'd provide a variety of things including sets. I may fail at other promises and commitments, but I will at least do that.

So here's a superb set from the liquid end of the genre (which is rather more accessible for the non-jungleheads)—Makoto.

One more attempt to season the pot here: a question. looks cool (as does ) but also look like massive investments of time and effort. I'm on Mac and use Homebrew. Is there a good guide on how to get started that other people have used?

It is remarkable how much more enjoyable programming is when you are making fun things for yourself rather than doing it for work.

Yesterday, prototyped a small web app in Flask. The freedom to be able to say "I want it to do this" and then just make it do that is beautiful.

Today, just as a fun way to practice , I took one of the Python libraries that I'm using and had a crack at working out how I'd port some of the functionality into Rust. (Fairly easy, turns out.)

time. Hello, I'm Tom. I'm a London-based software developer by trade (Python, Ruby, SQL, bit of Lisp etc. and starting to do a bit of Rust—it's obligatory for LGBT people apparently) and a Wikipedia admin {{citation needed}}.

A tasting menu of posting archetypes:

1. here's a neat python script to make emacs talk to your toaster

2. you think [government/big corporation/etc.] is wrong, this dull PDF shows exactly how wrong

3. here's a 17-hour drum and bass set I liked plz enjoy

The tale of a very boring (possible) web app vulnerability, involving Sainsburys and Nectar, with a bit of facepalming about well-known high street brands deciding to make responsible security disclosure time-consuming.

(I really wish companies would make reporting possible vulns—especially really boring ones—less painful.)

I'm an elisp noob so this probably sucks in some way, but here's a teeny hack to use filenotify to invalidate the projectile cache. I wish this was built into projectile.

Given celebrities are frequently exhorting us to "talk about" mental health, employers are providing meditation apps, and there are ever more products claiming to increase mindfulness... maybe next we'll fix actual mental health care.

Happy birthday, Wikipedia.

Perfect? Far from it. But it is a decent attempt at making a website that doesn't suck and tries to make the world a teeny bit better though, and that's worth celebrating given how much of the internet sucks and makes the world worse.

The British government is umming and aahing about how exactly to ban conversion therapy, and trying to pretend there are lots of edge cases.

Canada managed it. Surely the Parliamentary draughtsman could apply their minds to it too.

Progress on the Turing Test: AI can now do a half-decent impersonation of an SEO copywriter churning out shitty blog posts nobody except the Googlebot will ever read. What a dubious achievement for humanity.

I played around with iTerm2. It isn’t just good—it is SO much better than the macOS Terminal that there are basically no reasons not to switch immediately.

Yay, my Twitter got locked for being too sarcastic.

Meanwhile, actual COVID deniers post misleading dangerous shit without any problem.

It is almost as if algorithmic moderation is a really terrible idea.

I wrote a blog post about how the government and police are blurring the line between law and public health guidance, and how that's quite bad for the rule of law.

I wrote a thing about how smart contracts people aren’t smart and don’t know much about law or rules-based-thinking, or the kind of human reasoning you can’t express in code, and why they need to go read H.L.A. Hart.

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