Oh God Not This Again

In a nutshell: judging RSS itself because RSS readers are not mainstream is to miss everything that RSS does. And judging RSS readers for not being mainstream is to judge them against expectations set by some hype artists more than a decade ago — but not by me or anybody else actually doing the work.

Private by Default

I want Feedbin to be the opposite of Big Social. I think people should have the right not to be tracked on the Internet and Feedbin can help facilitate that.

A hag stone is a stone with a natural hole through it.

Pickled herring and cabbage salad from The Sportsman

The Sportsman
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4BP

The Secrets of the Wave Pilots

For thousands of years, sailors in the Marshall Islands have navigated vast distances of open ocean without instruments. Can science explain their method before it’s lost forever?

Fennel and brown shrimp salad from Sparrow

Sparrow
2 Rennell Street, London SE13 7HD

Why does it take so long to mend an escalator?

There are 409 escalators on the London Underground. At present about 95 per cent of them are operational at any one time. Statistics come with a whiff of smoke and a flash of mirrors. Numbers are a distraction when the grind of a necessary escalator is silenced. They do, however, tell you that one dead escalator in twenty is more of a nuisance than you would have guessed, and they put what is demanded of public-service escalators into focus.