Plutonic Rainbows

New Books

Currently reading ‘The Second Sleep’ by Robert Harris with Ted Chiang’s ‘Exhalation’ due to follow that. Finally, there is a new Stephen King novel, ‘The Institute’ which also looks interesting.

Guardian Server Update

Finally Guardian VPN Firewall has added a UK server to its functionality - it was essentially useless before - blocking all streaming services. If you reset your configuration and are in the UK, you should now see london-ipsec-3 as your host server.

808 State Return

It’s thirty years since they broke out with their album ‘90’ in 1989. The album contained the stunning ‘Pacific State’ which became an instant classic. They finally return on October 11th with ‘Transmission Suite’, their first new album in almost twenty years.

You can watch a video for one of the tracks, ‘Tokyo Tokyo’ here.

Guardian Firewall for iOS

Guardian Firewall, a brand new VPN that claims to be the best iOS firewall on the market. It’s proved useful so far but who would ship a product that has a broken subscription sign-up panel? Hope they get that fixed asap.

Update: The subscription issue has been fixed but two problems are now quite pressing. Firstly, the settings tab is empty which is not good at all. Secondly, Guardian is setting my host server to somewhere in the US so this is playing havoc with streaming services that I use - Amazon Prime, Netflix, Apple TV etc.

Instagram Sharing

Looks like Instagram have removed the option to share with the iOS share sheet and consequently the ability to run shortcuts from within their app. It’s still seemingly available if you try with Safari. Now when you try to share, you are presented with a list of the people you follow and nothing more.

This has now been fixed. The share sheet option has now been moved to a different place in the menu.

Current Listening & Reading

At the moment, I am listening to Cyclob’s Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, the excellent In, Demons, In! By Jim O’Rourke & CM von Hausswolff.

I’m also enjoying some (fairly) old Vaporwave from Midnight Television and Palm Grove Galleria. All good albums that I totally recommend.

I’m still reading the new Thomas Harris novel, Cari Mora. I’m currently waiting for a signed US edition as well as a rare UK slipcase edition from Goldsboro books that was limited to 150 copies. This was out of stock quickly but I see Goldsboro have managed to find some more copies and are now offering them at twice what was originally asked.

Theresa May Resigns

From her departing speech:

“Compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.”