I mentioned yesterday that I hand-edit the JSON feed from my personal site. I noticed this morning that JSONLint, the validator I’ve been using, has stopped accepting HTML entities beginning with escaped ampersands (e.g. \×) in the HTML content. No more nonbreaking spaces.

Another off-cut from my thesis: “Prelate of the grove”: A note on ambition and preferment in Marvell’s “Upon Appleton House” ✏️

Andrew Marvell was no admirer of bishops. Examples of his antipathy can be found throughout his writings …

Panic over. I Googled the MacBook Air keyboard problem and it turns out all I needed to do was hold down Cmd-Opt-p-r while booting up. I don’t know what that does but the keyboard is working again. I’m typing this on it.

I edit the JSON feed from my personal site by hand. Realizing that I can’t use the MacBook Air, and having to rely on the iPad Air instead, I felt a moment’s panic. I needn’t have worried: the iPad doesn’t make it easy to switch between straight and curly quotes, but otherwise 😎

By me: Writing “plain” text. These days, I at least start off most of my writing as unformatted text, the kind I refuse to describe as “plain”. So, maybe I should dust off an AlphaSmart Neo that I haven’t used for 9 years. But what about Unicode support? ✏️

The keyboard on my 2 month old refurbished 2019 MacBook Air, seems to have stopped working. The computer wouldn’t respond, so I rebooted it and now I can’t enter my password, because no keyboard. I wish I’d paired my Bluetooth keyboard with the Air when I had the chance 💻 ☹️

I’ve just finished reading Kate Atkinson’s Transcription. The end is very satisfying: at once clarifying and confusing, which is appropriate to the theme. It includes a very Smiley-like character named Godfrey Toby 📖

Here’s a very new short story by Niamh Campbell, whose “Love Many” won this year’s Sunday Times Audible award: In An Encounter, a journalist interviewing a poet experiences the anxiety of influence ✏️

I’m halfway through Kate Atkinson’s Transcription and enjoying it. With another writer, I’d worry about where this plot is going but Atkinson has a sure touch. And, I recovered my copy of When Will There Be Good News? at the weekend, so I’ll be rereading that soon 📖

After 15 years on Gmail, I’ve switched to Zoho mail (with my own domain name on top). Just now, I noticed that the fan on the MacBook Air was going like the clappers. So I closed the Zoho mail web page and it stopped. This doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in my choice.

A new post by me: Tech’s unfulfilled promises. Tech held out the promise of helping to free humanity from drudgery, boredom and hard physical work. Obviously, that promise hasn’t been kept. So, what now?

Somewhat ironically, I wrote the previous micropost in a coffee shop because I don’t have a home just yet and I badly needed a coffee. It’s very nice coffee, so I’ll come back. The shop is called Théoucafé, which I immediately thought of as a pun on “t’es où, café?”

Emily Temple asks Is this the end of writing in cafés? I like the idea of writing in cafés, but in practice I tend to drink coffee in cafés and write at home and, since the cafés have been closed, I’ve had to admit that I much prefer the coffee 🍮 I make at home … so, who knows?

I spent the years between 1988 and 2011 outside Ireland, apart from the occasional visit, but until Friday evening it had been 5 years since I had left the country. I even allowed my passport to lapse for four of those years. It’s so nice to be “abroad” again.

Two months ago, following the release of the 2020 MacBook Air with magic keyboard, I got a refurb 2019 one, partly out of curiosity about the butterfly keyboard. Till today, I’ve been using it on my knees and honestly it’s not ideal for that. But on a desk, I love it.

I’ve been trying to attract some friends and family members away from WhatsApp, so I can avoid making even the tiniest contribution to Facebook’s continued existence. Now that Microsoft Teams is available to individual users on phones and iPads, I hope it might be the answer.

I haven’t posted anything for nearly a week. I had been planning to move from Ireland to France back in March, but that had to be delayed for obvious reasons. Suddenly, last weekend, it was back on, so I spent the week trying to arrange the move. I’m now in a hotel in Pau 😎

The Register reports that “no logging” VPN providers have been storing plain text logs (including passwords) on publicly accessible servers. I’m shocked. Shocked.

Ha! As soon as I posted this, I went back to Tot on the Mac and, sure enough, it’s now showing today’s edits from the iPad. So I know what to do the next time my documents get out of sync.

I had been hoping that using Tot on both iPad and MacBook Air would solve the problems I’ve been having syncing text documents between the two using iCloud. No such luck. I finished editing on iPad 20 minutes ago, MacBook Air still has yesterday’s version.

Here’s a marvellous piece in The Guardian Saturday Review by Chris Power, author of the collection Mothers, about reading short stories. It’s full of links: a set of bookmarks as well as an essay ✏️

Suppose the Twitter Bitcoin scam was a kind of decoy to make the world think that the scammers were narrowly focused on crypto and/or too stupid to understand the value of e.g. access to the DMs of the powerful, and that the aim was to distract attention from a huge data theft.

Max Schrems wins another round against Facebook, the European Commission and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

If anything, our results show that Branwell is the least likely member of the Brontë family to have contributed to Wuthering Heights.

A study by two digital humanities researchers at University College Cork uses computational attribution methods on Emily Brontë’s classic 📚

Unlike Nazism, Marxism wants of course to save victims, but it thinks that the process that makes victims is fundamentally economic.

says René Girard. I don’t agree that the roots of exploitation are spiritual, but the idea that Marx overemphasized the economic is useful 📖