I haven’t done a linkblog for a while, mostly because I’ve not been spending as much time online as usual, but I thought I’d do a quick roundup today.
Bruce Schneier tells you how to remain secure(ish) given the revelations (which should have surprised absolutely nobody) about the NSA. Personally I live my online life fairly publicly, and don’t need security from surveillance. But that’s an informed choice I’ve made (and one I may well change in the future). If you’re not informed, *GET* informed — Schneier’s writing is a good place to start. (This is also why Free Software is important. If you’re running Free Software, your computer is doing what you tell it to. If you’re running non-free software, it’s doing whatever the coders tell it to, and you have to hope that that’s what you want.)
Hayden Childs on why he doesn’t like Beeswing by Richard Thompson. (Incidentally, if you haven’t bought Hayden’s absolutely *wonderful* book on Shoot Out The Lights, you need to. It’s the best book in the 33 1/3 series by a long, long way.)
One for Rachel, who’s often expressed a wish that I write about David Bowie — Pushing Ahead Of The Dame, a blog I’d been hearing good things about for years from Phil Sandifer, Tom Ewing and others, but only bothered to check out yesterday. It’s doing the same kind of song-by-song analysis for Bowie that I’ve done for the Beach Boys, Kinks and Monkees, going from his very first demos to the present day. Well worth a read.