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The Panrepticon

I’ve been away for a while. Away from web design, from artwork, from writing – from the world at large, really. I needed something to get me back into the swing of things, I had a Raspberry Pi and a desire to spy on my pets.  So obviously I decided to set up a quick remotely-accessible webcam server. What started as a quick Raspberry Pi project soon turned into a full-stack coding adventure involving Javascript, HTML5, CSS3, router configuration, apache tweaks, PHP, cron jobs, and probably some other things I can’t remember right now. But at the end of it all I have a website which lets me peek in on my little scaly babies when I’m not at home. I feel pretty proud of this little learning experience, so here it is!

Screenshot of the Panrepticon Website
Screenshot of the Panrepticon Website

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"Physicists don't go terrorizing other physicists because they have competing theories. They have an objective tool to settle their disputes--the scientific method. Religion also has a tool to deal with competing ideas--violence." Aelous @GodWorksOut

Charlie, Ahmed and Guns

I am hearing so many people arguing on one side or the other of the “religion is bad” argument at the moment, whether directed towards solely Islam, or towards religion in general, after the Charlie Hebdo murders by fundamentalists. Specifically, I saw an enormous argument blow up over the image above. So I thought it best that I plant my flag.

It is my belief that the major reason why atheists and sceptics such as myself and others who consider religious people to tend more towards violence as a solution to disagreement is due to the inherently irrational nature of religious belief itself. The sceptic is unlikely to kill in the name of their beliefs regarding higher beings, or the lack thereof; because the sceptic generally understands them as merely ideas, rather than key elements of their self-identity.

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Greater Clawed Radger Necklace

Greater Clawed Radger Necklace

The Greater Clawed Radger has sharp, savage claws – enormous in comparison to it’s tiny body, which is about the size of a fully-grown rat.

Fortunately, it only uses its claws for playing noughts and crosses in the dirt.

Oscar

Oscar

This is Oscar. He takes his new job of protecting Miss Bebb very seriously. He hides deadly poisons in his hat, which he applies to his hat pin to fend off monsters and villains.

And he does it all with style. Being a highly trained defender of beautiful maids is no excuse for dressing shabbily.

Dear Straight Pride UK – go fuck yourselves

Update 18.08 GMT – My web hosting company, the splendid Site5, agreed that the DMCA notice was not valid. No action will be taken. I consider that a small victory for sense in the world. I have told Straight Pride UK to cease their communication with me by email, and if they wish to challenge me in a public forum I have provided them with all my social media accounts. If they have the guts to behave like adults, then I will be happy to engage them.

Anyone interested in seeing the entire email string between myself and Straight Pride UK? Publication of it in the purposes of reporting the news is fair use, under both UK and international law.

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