Shinjuku Corridor

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This has been lying around for a long time unprocessed (taken 13/09/2009!). The scan was dirty, but in the end ten minutes of processing was all it took.

The reflections in the highly polished floor are what caught my eye… really should go back there and see what’s at the other end!

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Key Expiration / Rotation

It’s probably a good idea to check if you PGP key has expired. The easiest way to do this is in the tools that you use to manage your keys.

Another is to go to somewhere like pgp.mit.edu, and search for your mail address. Doing this lately have been an exercise in frustration as the servers always seem to be offline, slow, or out of sync.

My most recent key was old and short, so i’ve generated a new one, and expired the old one. As linking to the key servers seems to be hit-and-miss, here it is:

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This (0x1273F11F) replaces my previous key (0x7D69EE91), and you should now get warnings when using the old one… assuming that you can update keys from the key servers at some point in the future.

On macOS i’ve been using GPG Tools, and had considered giving them money to continue to use it. However, having watched a 35c3 talk titled, “Attacking end-to-end email encryption” which covers all the ways that PGP is broken in mail clients (“except mutt!”) i’m more convinced than ever that secure mail with PGP is essentially a disaster waiting to happen.

Signal, despite its lack of UI / UE polish, remains a much better option if you can get the other party to agree to use it. If you have to send and receive PGP mail of any import, do as the experts suggest and compose it outside of a mail client. And, for the love of gub, don’t do it anywhere near a browser!

 

MacBook Pro 2018 “Review”

My work has provided me with a 2018 MacBook Pro. This is my reaction to living with it for a couple of days. For perspective, i’ve been using Apple machines, pretty much exclusively, for 20 years. Much of that time they were glorified terminals to solaris or linux systems, but more recently (the last decade..) as my primary development environment.

The Good

  • the screen is amazing.
  • the speakers are a huge improvement over the already pretty good speakers in the 2014 model

The Bad / Ugly

  • no magsafe charging… who thought that was a good idea? For years it has been possible pick up a laptop and safely knock the charge cable off the machine with your thumb, but now it’s a cable to pull, and an easy way to drag a machine off a desk. At least usb-c is physically better than thunderbolt 1/2 connector… which is actually negative as it’s now more of a hassle to disconnect the thing!
  • in order to plug in almost anything you need a stupid dongle. Can’t even charge an iPhone without buying a new cable! I get that everything is wireless now, but i don’t want a wireless keyboard that will inevitably need to be charged, have a battery that gets worse over time. It only has a battery because it’s wireless and that’s dumb. Who are these crazy people who are desperate for free movement of keyboards and trackpads? Idiots.
  • on the subject of keyboards – this one sucks. Just looking at it you can tell it’s bad – the keys have no travel, are comically large, and stupidly flat. To make things worse they make a stupid amount of noise when struck. Is that supposed to trick me into thinking they have some kind of sturdy mechanism? It’s not working. Feels like a toy.
  • still on the subject of keyboards, the fn keys are missing. Not there. The replacement for this is a strip of plastic that provides no physcical feedback, and blinks distractingly as if it has some useful purpose. Part of the collateral damage here is that the Escape key is missing. What a fucking joke.

It seems unlikely that i’ll be using this machine as a true laptop for any extended period of time. In order to use it at all i’m connecting a keyboard (wired, obviously), a trackpad (which has batteries that will fail when it is least convenient), and will probably hook it up to a monitor at some point.

Due to the vagaries of corporate IT and Security weenies it’s hard to say if the proceeding four years have yielded any performance improvement. It certainly doesn’t feel any faster, even if it does now handle builds with spinning up fans. However, that could be the slew corporate spyware installed. Hard to say.

In my opinion it’s a hateful thing. A disaster of form over function. A miscarriage of design to hit the wrong targets. I don’t care if it’s n millimeters thinner, don’t care if it’s a couple of grams lighter – the primary interface (the keyboard) is an abomination. Couldn’t give a fuck about a new physical interface in search of a reason to exist – the Touch Bar is utterly pointless and distracting.

Would not recommend this machine, as a pure laptop, to my worse enemy.

East of Eden

No idea why, but this was playing in my head this morning. When looking at the lyric sites they all seemed wrong. Something wrong on the Internet? Well, we can’t have that!

i was told of a place in a distant land
where tortured souls often cry together in anguish
and the scenes at the show
run rather cruel and violent nature

scenes of pain and cruelty where there to be seen
the arena, the town, the place was set for all to watch and see

i was told of a place in a distant land
where the oppressor ruled with an iron hand
and a nation of sad and complacency
left cold and emotionless by history

scenes of pain and cruelty are there to be seen
all the while i should have known it was you killing me

somewhere east of eden the designs will never change
effected through all this fear the world stops at the end of the hall
we watch the lifeforce fade away
the eventual price we shall have to pay

if it belonged to youth then how come the children have none?

From my 4AD CAD 404 CD UK 1986 release. Probably purchased later, as i think originally owned this on vinyl.

Spielberg…

It’s another one of those ‘Confused Gandalf’ memes that i don’t know how to write:

Spielberg praised the couple for being there for him and wife Kate Capshaw on every step of the Shoah Foundation journey. “When there is need, they are there. Tom and Rita, a dynamic duo that in our world of superheroes, just know this — their superpower is to be human which brings to mind a quote from the poet Iain Thomas.

Here’s the quote: “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

Inside Shoah Foundation’s Ambassadors for Humanity Gala With Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks

It’s really quite amazing how “the little blog that could” has grown up to be quoted by the likes of Steven Spielberg.

As usually, mostly i’m terrified of being found out.

Street Art

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These are all over Sternschanze / Feldstrasse right now. They remind me of a Picasso style paste up that that i saw around Rote Flora a couple of summers ago. That was an isolated one off piece – at least i don’t recall seeing others, but it really stuck with me. Along with other examples like the above, there was also the following:

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referencing beg4cred, which in turn leads to a South London artist, Samuel Mead (see instagram, bigcartel). My assumption is they are the same hand… maybe i’m wrong?

The style makes me think of the Austin Osman Spare’s automatic drawings, but more minimal. The fine lines in the one above flow perfectly, must be wonderful to feel them come out onto paper!