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Blocking contactless payment – or, make your bank card a tinfoil hat

Contactless payment cards, touch-for-access ID cards, and prepay travelcards all use the same technology – RFID. This is great in principle, but it means that you can’t keep more than one of them together without either confusing the readers, or accidentally using the wrong one. I wanted to be able to touch my wallet on the London Underground Oyster pads,...

Lighting next week

Next week, I’m lighting “Dinner”, by Moira Buffini, at the Network Theatre underneath Waterloo Station in London. That’s Tuesday 16th October to Friday 19th October – doors open at 19:00 for 19:30, and tickets are £11 from Ticketsource. Click here to download the flyer in PDF. The lighting won’t be anything particularly fancy, but then this really isn’t the play...

A (short & incomplete) pragmatics of feminism

Problem: the world is largely run by muppets. Observation: the world is largely run by privileged straight cis men (SCM). [Disclaimer: this also includes race, class, disability, &c. issues. Intersectionality applies, so ticking one box doesn’t give you a free pass on the rest.] Observation: there are many fewer SCM than there are of Everyone Else. Assumption: the ratio of...

Truth and Beauty – The Future We Deserve, Part 3

Or, Heuristics for History. You know the drill; italics are my own editorial comments or summaries. Everything else is Vinay Gupta’s, and he wishes me to say that he likes being contradicted and argued with. From the last couple of talks in this series: we understand the system and its limitations. Now, what can we do? The formation of a...