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Avant Pop?

(This is from 2000, or maybe 2001 – an old project from my degree course, relating to emerging hypertextual literature. The original is gone, I fished this out of the Wayback Machine, and I’m keeping a copy here. Links are all missing, presumed broken.)

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Simple Console Games for Small People

I’ve been playing games with Small since he was a little over three, and now that he’s four, and we’re all locked inside for the foreseeable future, I’m doing it for a few minutes almost every day. And so, as others might be doing the same, maybe for the first time, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned.

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How to archive, then delete, old Tweets

I joined Twitter in January 2009 for what might not have been the best of reasons – I was being miserable about it on BBC Radio, and thought I should at least make an effort to try the thing I was being professionally miserable about – and, somehow, have kept using it ever since. But, […]

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Make America Kittens Again v1.3.1

This is a minor update – available here for Chrome, and here on Github – which updates the block list for the convenience of UK users, changes the icon to make it easier to find, and also tidies up the code a bit.

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Vango Winslow 500 Tent Review

Yes, really, I’m reviewing a tent now. But when we wanted to buy one of these I couldn’t find a good review, so here goes: We wanted a tent for two adults and one 3-year-old. The Winslow 500 (official info here) is, technically, a 5 person tent – but it fits three of you very […]

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Tax Free Childcare – How the 3 month allowance reset works

This is a post to file under “things I couldn’t find online so decided I should share”: if you’re enrolled in the UK’s Tax Free Childcare programme then you have (at time of writing) a maximum claim allowance of £2,000 each year, limited to £500 every three months. What’s not at all clear is how […]

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Make America Kittens Again – v1.2

It’s been about four months since Make America Kittens Again went viral. In that time I’ve released a few minor updates to better target specific news websites, but this weekend sees the first major update in a while, and with it some significant changes. Custom Blocking I’ve received dozens of requests to add additional names […]

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Make America Kittens Again

It’s been a weird week. Back in February, someone* asked if I could do a Trump version of my UKIP blocking plugin. About five small code changes later, I had one in the Chrome store: By request: MAKE AMERICA KITTENS AGAIN: https://t.co/Gg7mg3KGKL pic.twitter.com/wf5swmbtzT — Tom Royal (@tomroyal) February 27, 2016 Since then it’s been ticking […]

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Lumos Helmet Review

I’ve been cycling to work in London, a few times each week and 16km each way, since 2012. For about half the year, that means riding through the dark, and so I’ve become the proud owner of a large number of LED bike lights. As well as lights front and back, I’ve taken to wearing […]

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