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Huge long post about #brexit .
As my friends and colleagues spend the day in horrified reaction all over Facebook and Twitter, I’m left with a lot of thoughts. I have a…
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Literally next to this post on my stream are 3 culture war bait posts. The last time I saw someone mention the poor in any way was over 2 years ago.

I'm not conspiracy-minded; I'm a firm believer in Moloch, the idea that human systems inevitably optimise in ways that do not suit human ends. But Moloch is not invincible and we can do better than this. So much better.
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Yup, I figured that was the only way I'd ever understand American football.
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The new Aberystwyth Bandstand. Really impressed with the job they've done.
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Heh. You can't really see it from this shot, but there's actually a beach shower on the outside of the near wall.
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Difficult couple of days. Chasing contracting work and dealing with WAAAAY too much walking around for my current health level.

Still, I quite like how well my brain is keeping up under the onslaught. I think I greatly prefer "body buggered, brain fine" to "body buggered, can't actually think".
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Minor update.
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Another extended and somewhat overly complex dream. Getting it down here at the request of my beloved. Will set up a break for those who are justifiably sick of reading about other people's dreams.


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Still here? Right.

In the dream, I was living in a block of flats somewhere in a sort of expanded version of Aberystwyth, more "small city" than the grotesquely overgrown village it actually is. There was a bunch of relatively irrelevant stuff, then eventually a friend and I found a neighbour dead in his flat.

This being the kind of block of flats where you occasionally wind up at parties thrown by other inhabitants, I sorta knew the guy. He was from Nigeria, and had come to Aberystwyth to study UK law before returning to his home country to practice since Nigeria, like many Commonwealth nations, has a legal system based on British common law.
At first we were in total shock and confusion over all this, but as we were standing around in his flat waiting for the police to arrive, we found a bundle of letters partly hidden. And that's when the dream went from kind of depressing and painful to amazingly inspiring, if in a bleak way.

Turned out the guy had been part of some kind of network of people across dozens of countries that have the death penalty. This network comprised of people who worked in legal or associated trades, the prison system and the medical community, and all of them were communicating for one specific reason; they were sharing ideas and concepts about how to actively impede executions.

Some of the letters were from a Texan nurse who worked in the relevant section of the prison system and kept having "unavoidable technical accidents". Others were part of the legal system, mainly state prosecutors and similar, and were actively trying to construct their cases in such a way as to avoid capital sentences. All of them were aware of the conseqences of their participation in the system, and all of them had made the decision to bear it in order to save what few lives they could. And their responses to our neighbour made his position pretty clear. Put simply, this guy was a hero in the making; studying at a UK university would allow him to gain a decisive advantage in getting ahead in his country's legal system. Long-term, he was determined to become a judge and exert direct judicial authority to this end.

We were talking over how astonishing this was, and whether we should go to the press or keep it secret for the sake of the "network", and trying to work out why he would have killed himself... And that was when his boyfriend arrived at the flat :(
We quickly pieced the rest of it together. They'd started seeing each other very recently, a few days before, after a long friendship had somewhat unexpectedly"turned hot". Perhaps carelessly, this had happened in a fairly public place and there was likely some evidence of it. To the (British) boyfriend this was a bit troublesome since he wasn't previously out, but he was willing to deal with it.

But to our neighbour, this represented the end of everything he'd worked for. He couldn't complete his studies and return, as he'd be a walking liability to his cause, and likely get used by the homophobic forces in his home country as a stalking horse via blackmail (since if they had any evidence at all he could be sentenced to death himself). He couldn't return without his degree as he'd be failing his family. If he returned at all, he'd be abandoning this new relationship (and he'd never consider taking his new boyfriend into that situation). And if he didn't return at all, he'd be abandoning everything he was working towards and believed in.

So he took the only way out he could see.

The police arrived around the same time as Cessie turned the lamp on and woke me up, and we still hadn't decided whether to show the police the letters, or go to the media, or whatever.

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Incredibly intense dream, and remarkably long given how little sleep I got last night, which was about 5 hours all told. My dreams tend to be accompanied by music I've been listening to lately (blame movies) so most of the "finding the letters" section was scored according to Disturbed's "The Light", which is amazingly appropriate. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LypjOTTH6E )

I find the idea of a network of people dedicated to preventing or delaying executions both incredibly inspiring and really believable. The suicide bit was less joyous and I wish my subconscious didn't have such an apparent love for bittersweet emotional cues.

(Oh, and if you're wondering why I haven't mentioned the guy's name anywhere here, it never came up, despite reading multiple letters addressed to him. Blame dream logic.)
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I have no idea about interpretation of dreams, but always a firm believer in using any power for good. It can be political, intelligence, influence of any kind etc, and that people can always surprise you. Sad about the suicide though, but a good reason to campaign for equality when we can (and use those powers for good again). An interesting and believable tale. Ever thought about writing a novel? 
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I'm uncomfortably aware that I'm not going to be able to play XCOM 2 for a long while - not only do I not have the cash or the time, I also don't have a machine that could even get close to handling it. So I've been watching some preview Lets Play videos to sate my craving.

One thing that leaped out at me is the Character Pool. You can create a set of characters using the Character Generator that the game will introduce during your campaigns. They most often show up as recruits, but they also appear as targets, people to be kidnapped or rescued, and so on.

This made me think of the "interactive movie" concept that's been vaguely in people's minds for several decades now, going back to the CD-based games in the early 90s. While they've never really worked very well, it occurs to me that we're now at a point in technology where we could (and do) have entire pieces of storytelling into which you could place characters of your own design. You can decide to just add your brother or boss into a narrative.

That has really quite strange and interesting consequences for storytelling as a concept. 
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Give it some time and it will spread to movies as well.  I can't wait to have Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Milla Jovovich and a young Julia Roberts as the leads in every movie I watch.
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Video of my work-in-progress, the unashamedly weird Gestalt.
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On a Disturbed kick the last couple of days. Here's a bonus track that really should have made it onto the last album.

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Lyrics after the cut, because this one deserves it more than most Disturbed .

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The monster shattered the day
In a place where innocents play
I was mourning as the headlines shouted his name
They didn't waste any time
I was disgusted when the madman's image appeared at the top of the screen
Some were barely alive,
Too many didn't survive
Still they kept repeating headlines shouting the name
Do they not realize
The future demons with the hope of becoming the one at the top of the screen?

They've thrown morality away
With such depravity, I must say
You made sure the world will remember the name
But didn't the thought even enter your mind
You'd give a new legion of monsters a reason to take your life

The pictures drove me insane
Can't get them out of my brain
You made certain they were right at the top of the page
You disrespected the dead
When the only name was of the one who committed the murder at the top of the page
The madman watching with glee
As the herd of innocents flee
They saw it all unfold right on the face of the screen
Perhaps they could be the one
Who'd become famous for the acts of terror reflected on the face of the screen?

You've thrown morality away
With such depravity, I must say
You made sure the world will remember the name
But didn't the thought even enter your mind
You'd give a new legion of monsters a reason to take your life
And I call you a pimp, as you whore the insane
The damage you caused, you cannot rectify
You've inspired new legions of monsters determined to take more life

Take a look around
Listen to the sound
Feel it on the ground
Fear has come in a wave
Just another gathering of helpless innocents forced into the grave
Listen to me now
Are you with me now
Can you tell me how these vultures still glorify them
Lets defy them

Take a look around
Listen to the sound
Feel it on the ground
Fear has come in a wave
Just another gathering of helpless innocents forced into the grave
Listen to me now
Are you with me now
Can you tell me how these vultures still glorify them
Lets defy them

You made sure the world will remember the name
But didn't the thought even enter your mind
You'd give a new legion of monsters a reason to take your life
And I call you a pimp, as you whore the insane
The damage you caused you cannot rectify
You've inspired new legions of monsters determined to take more life

The monster shattered the day
The monster shattered the day
You're giving a legion of monsters a reason
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Someone on the comment thread mentioned that this wasn't the first time Draiman had spoken about this - he's been very consistently enraged by this for a while. Quite rightly too.
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I should probably stop sharing every single blog post on here, but it comes up automatically ;P
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Gestalt update.
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I'm Will Robinson, embedded software monkey, occasional game developer, devoted father and International Man Of Mystery. I live in a land far, far away... unless you happen to live in Wales, in which case I'm probably next door.
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    Embedded Software Developer, 2012 - 2013
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