He twitches while he sleeps. He looks up from a dream and I tell him it’s ok, he can go back to sleep and he lays his head back down. These little moments… so priceless; they remind you how special life is.

Have you heard about Silicon Valley’s unpaid research and development department? It’s called the EU.


Who should you thank for Facebook’s Libra?

• “One of the UK’s leading privacy researchers”
• University College London
• The DECODE project

And, if you’re an EU citizen who pays their taxes,

• You.

Surprised? Don’t be.

Aral Balkan, closing issues with commits from the future since 2020.

Guess who’s going to be using system fonts for this site after tallying up the bandwidth budget for his current design that uses 6 weights of Inter and 2 of Fira Code.

I simply cannot justify decoration that’s 10x the size of the content.

Wow, some very interesting screen tearing on my Dell XPS 13 running latest Pop!_OS/GNOME (on X). First time I’m seeing this.

Ghostwriter is a lovely little distraction-free writing tool for Linux.


(Available on GNOME Software and the Pop!_OS store and probably elsewhere also.)

Yeah, well Aral’s my name as a human being and my petroleum company namesake can go take a flying fuck because trademark law does not apply. First time I’m seeing this notice. The Internet is for people not corporations. Maybe it’s time we remembered that and starting implementing laws to ensure it before we lose it altogether.

What’s worse? I Want My Name showed it to me as taken when it wasn’t. WTF, folks? Going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s a bug.

Up at early o’clock for Cologne for Think About! Conference.

May I just say a big thank you to the folks at Think about! Conference in Cologne for their attention to detail at every step of the process. Very much looking forward to presenting there this week with @laura

The Internet belongs to us all and yet our names are owned/controlled by commercial entities. Isn’t it time to put an end to this ridiculous rent seeking for what are essentially rows in a database? @OpenNIC has a free/open alternative. We should mandate all browsers support it.

Bhavani Esapathi (twitter.com/@bhaesa) is my friend and a dear, wonderful person who has been battling autoimmune disease for as long as I’ve known her and doing so while helping others. Now the Tories want to hand her a death sentence and deport her. We cannot let this happen.

Read about her ordeal:


Sign/support this petition and help save her life:


Tell your friends, call your elected representatives, make some noise.

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