I’m producing a number to try to illustrate what I believe.

Justice Minister Rory Stewart

This is the kind of thinking that gets you a job, and a significantly influential one, in this country. Never felt more pride in my life.

We Must Build for the Future

I think pushback against Instagram is coming, as more people who have already left Facebook also remember that Instagram has the same leadership, and the platform is far enough off track that even the founders have left. It’s a good time to be posting photos to your own blog instead of Instagram.

Manton Reece, Breaking up Facebook is up to us

One of the things that always keeps me away from going back to the “easy” option of just using social media is the reminder that the same people who like to brag about “indpendent thought” and “independent speech” also use Facebook heavily for promotion and the like. A platform that so readily allows this illogical behaviour to thrive, and cause so much destruction, is never a platform any actual independently motivated person ought to invest in let alone trust.

I look forward to the continued growth of a diverse, independent ecosystem of small and flexible platforms to replace mainstream social media. Now more than ever we need the people making these platforms to understand that people do use these big platforms for real, practical reasons and the only way to move power away from such deeply flawed platforms is to provide usable alternatives.

We are only at the beginning of these efforts but speed is of the essence; the mainstream platforms hold sway over enough of the right people to damage the lives of millions of people, and those of us privileged enough to be born into the ill-gotten wealth of the tech-heavy Western world must lead the charge for higher standards across the board.

Pro tip for the Micro.blog timeline; if you want use the One True Shrug Emoji, insert extra slashes, like so:


Sharing things on Twitter is so much more fun when it is for the purpose of convincing people to use it less. ;)

While I’m complaining about stuff: 1. I don’t like Medium.com, 2. I hate autoplay 3. I’m not signing up for your damn newsletter because you just covered up the entire screen and everything I came to your site for, you muppet, 4. I don’t want to chat either.

Brad Enslen


For The Weekend: Eight

A few things for you:

Enjoy your weekend!

“Gun control” is a funny phrase. It’s the kind of thing I’d say with reference to cattle, not human beings.

I feel good about getting the first issue of the new series from the @til Updates blog out today: The Macro Report. This is the first of a few new things for the project; I’ll post an update covering everything in the next couple of weeks.

Seeing a lot of “the iPad Pro is being held back by iOS” and it’s hardly surprising. The success of the iPhone likely made the iPad Pro even possible in the first place, but also holds it in place since Apple has yet to show the ability to release an iPad-focused update to iOS.

I wonder if it’s possible to remove Pocket from Firefox and modify the context menu. 🤔 This is the only problem I have compared with Chrome.

Between the Hacker News post and the brand new feature for connecting your Micro.blog account with Mastodon it’s fair to say even through my limited view there has been a lot of excitement on Micro.blog!

For newcomers, hi! 👋🏻 I have a personal Introduction here.