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Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Checked in at Vine Street Tap. Daydrinking — with Jessica map

Checked in at Vine Street Tap. Daydrinking — with Jessica

People sitting around in the dappled sunshine on the green grass in a park with the distinctive Indian-inspired architecture of the Brighton Pavilion in the background, all under a clear blue sky.

Brighton in the sun.

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Checked in at Loam. Coffee and a sandwich — with Jessica

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Session 🎶☘️🎻 — with Jessica

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

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Walking through the countryside to the seaside.

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Checked in at Ovingdean Gap Cafe. Stopping for an ice lolly, a nice cup tea and a sit down — with Jessica

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Checked in at Baker Street Coffee. Flat whites — with Jessica map

Checked in at Baker Street Coffee. Flat whites — with Jessica

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Duelling banjos! — with Jessica

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

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Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Sunday afternoon session ☘️🎶🎻 — with Jessica

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

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Got a good haul of vintage sci-fi classics: Christopher Priest, Brian Aldiss, and Leigh Brackett.

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

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Went to church to see @LowTheBand.

❤️🎶

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session ☘️🎶🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session ☘️🎶🎻 — with Jessica

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

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Checked in at Barbican Centre. Barbicania

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Session ☘️🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Session ☘️🎶 — with Jessica

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Hanging out in the sun with not-my-cat. ☀️🐈

Hanging out in the sun with not-my-cat. ☀️🐈

Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Checked in at Stanmer Woods. Walking in the woods — with Jessica map

Checked in at Stanmer Woods. Walking in the woods — with Jessica

Friday, April 15th, 2022

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Checked in at Kito Kito. Poke bowl — with Jessica

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session — with Jessica

69420

This is going to make me sound like an old man in his rocking chair on the front porch, but let me tell you about the early days of Twitter…

The first time I mentioned Twitter on here was back in November 2006:

I’ve been playing around with Twitter, a neat little service from the people who brought you Odeo. You send it little text updates via SMS, the website, or Jabber.

A few weeks later, I wrote about some of its emergent properties:

Overall, Twitter is full of trivial little messages that sometimes merge into a coherent conversation before disintegrating again. I like it. Instant messaging is too intrusive. Email takes too much effort. Twittering feels just right for the little things: where I am, what I’m doing, what I’m thinking.

That’s right; back then we didn’t have the verb “tweeting” yet.

In those early days, some of the now-ubiquitous interactions had yet to emerge. Chris hadn’t yet proposed hashtags. And if you wanted to address a message to a specific person—or reply to a tweet of theirs—the @ symbol hadn’t been repurposed for that. There were still few enough people on Twitter that you could just address someone by name and they’d probably see your message.

That’s what I was doing when I posted:

It takes years off you, Simon.

I’m assuming Simon Willison got a haircut or something.

In any case, it’s an innocuous and fairly pointless tweet. And yet, in the intervening years, that tweet has received many replies. Weirdly, most of the replies consisted of one word:

nice

Very puzzling.

Then a little while back, I realised what was happening. This is the URL for my tweet:

twitter.com/adactio/status/69420

69420.

69.

420.

Pesky kids with their stoner sexual-innuendo numerology!

Sunday, April 10th, 2022

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Walking to Lewes.