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.


I wrote a little blog post pointing to essential reading on the
MIT MediaLab following recent scandals. It is a fascinating, and rather terrifying, vision of techno-utopianism, and an academic venture almost wholly undermined by its corporate partnerships.


Should I syndicate my tweets here? Or to a separate bot account that I retoot? I'd like to use Mastodon but I'm still not following enough people.

I wrote a thing about Facebook’s Instant Articles and why they are Bad, and why visible URLs are required for trust and provenance.


@hadleybeeman Ben Goldacre's work on Open Prescribing seems to be a fairly good template—lead by clinicians, using open data, open source tooling, experimental, but producing scientifically published results that can lead to useful information that informs clinical practice for GPs.

Started learning a new programming language this week: Elixir. I like it. There will be open source code I've written soon.

@judy2k groupby is useful. But I'm a weird functional programming hippie who thinks Scala is okay.

I wrote a thing about museums and engagement metrics. It is as positive and optimistic as you've come to expect from me.


@Edent Yup, but that means a MySQL installation, and possible PHP vulns. Can't get more secure and less breakable than static files.

@edsu Netlify is basically GitHubPages++.

As for my reading: a whole lot of paperwork and not a lot of classic novels, alas. All for good ends though.

I very reluctantly relaunched my personal site. Not because I particularly want to, but because I didn't want it to be totally dead.

I can't promise to write lots, because I'm a bit busy reading.


@Edent @aral (and yes, when everything from scientific papers to legal judgments to academic books are published by what are essentially “closed source” publishers, we have to make deals with the devil to get summaries out to the public.)

@Edent @aral Google Books may be embroiled in lawsuits, but it is a whole big reason Wikipedia is any good: it has become an important way for us to verify and cite articles.

I tend to avoid Google products as much as possible because their business model is creepy as hell, but GBooks is extremely important to ensuring WP is verifiable and reasonable quality.

@si I'm trying hard not to, but sometimes relent in return for money.

systemd messed up my day.

That’s not a knock on systemd, just things now don’t work.

I'm Tom. I live in London. I'm a recovering software developer. I'm an admin on Wikipedia (and I write a few bits on there about philosophy and law and weird TV programmes).

I used to be a pretty avid supporter of stuff like IndieWeb, but I'm now rather cynical about the internet and social media and generally think we ought to turn it off for everyone's mental health.

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