Quark was right

“Let me tell you something about humans, nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and as violent as the most blood-thirsty Klingon.”

Quark, Star Trek: Deep-Space Nine

The decline will be live tweeted

“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

Jack Kerouac

The U.S. is going through its quadrennial hypoventilatory tantrum, known as presidential election year. Currently it’s in the form of the Democratic party’s ritual gauntlet of pain to choose its nominee. What’s interesting about seeing America’s political process from abroad is the attention it demands and that so many American’s think they deserve. Idiotic slights between candidates dominate headlines abroad that should be covering more pressing matters closer to home. America has sold the idea that its decisions are more important, and a lot of the world seems to have gone along for the ride.

The world is burning. Regardless of who’s in the White House next January, that won’t drastically change. Care less about these shit shows and more about one another.

— note to self

Iowa Caucus app was not the problem

What was the problem?

People who think they needed a bespoke app when current mature technology exists that could do what they wanted. Because they hired an agency and the agency isn’t going to tell them otherwise.

People who didn’t know how to procure, test or do quality assurance, stress testing or security reviews of software. Because they assumed that the agency would just be on top of all that.

People who didn’t think about usability of software or incorporate time to train users how to run it. Because they think technology is magic. It’s not. It’s duplicitous, treacherous and narrow minded. Technology does whatever you’ve built it to do, not what you thought you built it to do. You need usability testing, testing and testing for it to start approximating what you’d hope it would do.

People were the problem. People operating under this idea that technology is some sort of magic, and you don’t need to have anyone on your team who understands it because you’ll just outsource all of that. People are always the problem. Challenge assumptions. Ask if you need to take this trip. What would happen if you didn’t? What is the problem you’re trying to fix? Who said it’ was a problem to begin with? Are they right? Using technology starts with questions. If you’re not interested in that, then stay away from proposing solutions with it.

The app wasn’t the problem. It was the output of the problem.

Blogging with bots

Check out the Brutalist aesthetic(!)

Just pushed online dystopia.report, which is aimed at achieving a couple of things: I wanted to mess about a little with the Hugo flat site builder and Github pages, and also create a sort of spoof sci-fi project which is actually neither very much sci or fi, but just some creative output on the the trash fire humanity is backing itself into. Lastly, I wanted to see how much I could lazy write posts with the help of different generators, bots, machine learning or AI things, which itself creates a kind of dark timeline effect.

As much as possible, I’ll commission the bots do the heavy lifting on it and describe the fermenting doom as they see it, and maybe just do a bit of prodding and editing around the edges, or add present day artefacts that should be stuffed into a time capsule for future civilisations to at least understand we were self aware of our looming decline.

Some notes and clippings on the present decline

Just dumping a few salient points here on the resurgent populism hard push for a disastrous economic and social experiment in the UK known as “Brexit”. I managed to be in Europe when the last Exit from the EU was planned, on 29th of March. Now that it’s been moved to Halloween, I’ve again managed to find reason to be in an EU country on the day. If/when the UK does actually find itself out in the cold, I just want to be in the EU on the day.

Brexit is a coup.