Back From Hiatus

Hello everyone!

Just a quick note to say I’m back now, and normal scheduling will return this week. It’s been a weird couple of weeks in the UK, hasn’t it?

On Friday I sent out the following to my newsletterees, which pretty much sums up where my head’s been at. If you’re not getting the weekly newsletter, you’re missing out! You can sign up here.

Because god knows we need some good news this week.

Bloody hell. I wasn’t expecting that referendum result, and apparently neither were the people in charge, and now this tweet is the thing that best sums up our political situation:


However, it’s not all bad news.

I worked on this and now it’s a thing, and it’ll make it easier to stop horrible people.

And we’re also working on a mathematical solution that will make it easier to analyse awful crimes more quickly, so we can take more of them to court. And an algorithmic solution (similar to fuzzy hashing images, if you’re forensically-minded) that would work on linguistic analysis, to make us able to analyse chats between people talking about abusing children.

The concert last Friday went well, and was just what I needed after the insanity of the referendum. It ended with us all drinking wine and singing around the piano, and then the pianist playing piano upside-down. Thank you to those of you who came along 🙂

I spent the weekend with my ultra-religious mother, who reminded me that the referendum doesn’t matter, because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one” (Satan) and god’s going to come and kill everyone who isn’t in her religion soon anyway, so we might as well be purely apathetic about the entire thing.

Then I went to a conference for two days where we discussed some of the worst things people do to each other, including real-life examples. Which was a pretty fucking depressing way to continue the week. But worthwhile, because the point is to change things for the better in whatever way we can.

Because the world isn’t all bad and I refuse to believe that good can’t win.

Whilst walking around Preston I found this sign, which I thought was relevant:


The blog took a brief hiatus this week because I was frankly too stunned by everything that was happening to bother writing about it all. However, I have been tweeting more prolifically than usual in its stead.

Twitter made me smile quite a lot this week, actually.

This tweet, for instance, about people who complain about the grammatical incorrectness of singular “they”:




The BlackMetalCats Twitter account started to feel somehow relevant to life. If you don’t follow them, do. They’re brilliant.


The closest thing I wrote to a blog post last week:

A Twitter thread detailing the hell my flat has been in for the past year and a half, and my joy at it finally being finished.

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