Archive for ‘August, 2013’


Thanks to the dark patterns and opaque data governance policies of major web companies, some of whom make it actually impossible to have your data deleted from their systems, and others for whom deletion is a transient concept, there’s a need for a company by company playbook on how to engineer the deletion of your account and data from their servers.

Visit just delete me to find out how to delete your account and data, and let’s hope that as cloud services and privacy continues to mature, so to do our regulations and rights to have control over the data we provide, knowingly or otherwise.

Of course, this doesn’t help us where they’ve shared our data with third parties.

I forgot my phone

This is so common I wonder how few years will be needed before you can look at this video and wonder why they filmed normal social interactions for two minutes.


From the private collection of Sølve Sundsbø.

I just love this image. I first spotted it on an Underground poster, and it was potent enough that I bought the album. It’s from the cover of the Friendly Fires album ‘Pala’, and is originally from the private photographic collection of Norwegian fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

The album name has an interesting inspiration. It comes from Aldous Huxley’s final novel ‘Island’, which tells the story of a journalist shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala – a utopia. Unfortunately the inspiration behind the use of the parrot photo is described a little more prosaically.

And then Ed said, “there are parrots on this island. Why don’t we put a parrot on the front cover? A massive fucking parrot.” — Jack.