The Internet Is Terrible Because Of Everyone

  1. Everything you hate about The Internet is actually everything you hate about people.
  2. The worst thing is knowing what everyone thinks about anything.

The Internet is poisoning you every day with its constant gush of idiot opinion from the vast waste-ridden tide of people who need to be reminded to shut their mouths while breathing. It is terrible and only getting worse, and the various forms of social media are only amplifying the process and hastening us toward our inevitable end.

(And I wanted to be more positive in 2015.)

Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris

“Sharpening the contradictions” is the strategy of sociopaths and totalitarians, aimed at unmooring people from their ordinary insouciance and preying on them, mobilizing their energies and wealth for the perverted purposes of a self-styled great leader.

The only effective response to this manipulative strategy (as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani tried to tell the Iraqi Shiites a decade ago) is to resist the impulse to blame an entire group for the actions of a few and to refuse to carry out identity-politics reprisals.

For those who require unrelated people to take responsibility for those who claim to be their co-religionists (not a demand ever made of Christians), the al-Azhar Seminary, seat of Sunni Muslim learning and fatwas, condemned the attack, as did the Arab League that comprises 22 Muslim-majority states.

Juan Cole (ᔥ@ScottyTM)

So much Instagram.

A whole bunch of pictures over Christmas and New Year.




On the 1st of January 2015, the VAT place of supply rules will change. This will have huge consequences to all businesses that sell digital products to other countries within the EC.

Extremely useful page. The whole EU VAT/VATMOSS thing is crazy.

Fuck Phone Calls

I wholeheartedly agree with every single word of this article. (As I said before.)

Two week’stagrams


By definition, in a competition, you are doing the same thing as other people. An enormous amount of effort is poured into leveling that playing field to absolutely ensure that everyone is doing the same thing. My issue with competitive spectator sports isn’t that it’s pointless (it’s play; play is, by definition, pointless). It’s that it normalizes the idea that this ‘doing the same thing, only better’, should be valorized.

Deb Chachra

The last week of ‘stagram.


ROLIS descent image

Well, that was interesting. Is interesting.

Instagram photos of the last two weeks


Very helpful, indeed.

Fuck the Aeropress

Seriously, fuck the Aeropress.

So, as a nerd who likes to drink coffee it was inevitable that at some point I had to buy an AeroPress. Because I have heard it makes really great coffee.1

Half a year later, I’m pretty much done with it. Even if I buy small batches of really good beans, measure them diligently, grind them myself, make sure the water has just the right temperature, use the silly upside-down method – the coffee ends up tasting just… meh.

And after I managed to break a cup today by apparently using too much force pressing the aero through the coffee, I decided to unpack my ten-year old Senseo machine and have a nice, fast, simple to make and actually good cup of coffee.

  1. You know, like having a great camera turns you into a great photographer, Moleskines turn you into a great writer and using Textmate makes you Merlin Mann

Me on Better Know A Jackal

If you want to hear me being very tired, very nervous and tres awkward on a podcast, this is your moment.

If you rather want to hear Mike interviewing interesting people, why not listen to one with a Dominican friar or an online dating coach?