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May. 27th, 2020 01:41 pm
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In the unlikely event that anyone should want to contact me on an unrelated post, you can leave a comment here.
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This article in a Swiss newspaper today is so ruthlessly clear-sighted in its assessment of just how screwed we are that I just had to translate it for the non-German speakers. Hold on to your hats:

A Swiss newspaper... the Swiss are not exactly in luuurve with the EU.

THE LAUGHING STOCK OF EUROPE
[Translation by Paula Kirby]

If it weren't so serious, the situation in Great Britain would almost be comical. The country is being governed by a talking robot, nicknamed the Maybot, that somehow managed to visit the burned-out tower block in the west of London without speaking to a single survivor or voluntary helper. Negotiations for the country’s exit from the EU are due to begin on Monday, but no one has even a hint of a plan. The government is dependent on a small party that provides a cozy home for climate change deniers and creationists. Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary. What in the world has happened to this country?

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For anyone in London, we're doing our degree show this weekend, in Brick Lane.

Info here.

If you want to see what we've been up to, and play on virtual reality games and experiences made by my students, drop by!

I'll be on duty all day here tomorrow (Friday 16th June) and all day Sunday 18th June if you want to catch me too. (I'm also working there this afternoon+evening and Saturday evening, but dem's private views.)
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So it's official. Die Führerin has officially declared that the Conservatives will enter into a coalition with the DUP.

As David Lammy* put it on facebook...

"Tories warned us about a "coalition of chaos" propped up by "terrorist sympathisers". They just didn't tell us it would be them leading it!!"

Here are a selection of DUP soundbites, if you ever wondered if that particular brand of bigoted religious idiot was unique to the US... well welcome to the new best buddies of the UK government.

Nutters

Remember when the worst we had to fear was of UKIP gaining seats? Ah, happy days! The fucking DUP make UKIP look like moderates.

There will almost certainly be another General Election within 2 years. Some people are even thinking there'll be one by this November.


* One of our very few decent and principled MP's. Re-elected today with 82% of the vote in his constituency, and well deserved!
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In honour of Peter the Great's visit to Versailles in 1717.

Versailles

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This band played in the interval of Eurovision, caused quite a stir on Facebook. Funky vid too!

ONUKA is a Ukrainian electro-folk band. It was created in 2013 by Ukrainian musicians Eugene Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko. Other group members are Daryna Sert (keyboardist and backing vocalist), Mariya Sorokina (percussionist) and Yevhen Yovenko (banduryst). The band's instrumentation includes electronic drums, trombones, French horns and the Ukrainian folk instruments bandura and sopilka.
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Still working on a conference presentation, been reading through papers, and one thing that comes up is the Wong-Baker Faces Scale.

faces scale

This is used (for example) with small children who cannot easily articulate their pain verbally. I've found a more elaborate human version which I may use for my presentation (below cut) but I've also stumbled across a couple of charts which dog and cat owners may find useful. Most children will let you know if they hurt, but with a dog or cat it might not be so obvious. So I'm putting them up here in case they might be of use.

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This is something I meant to post up after my dad died. I never did in the end - well, there was a lot going on. But the incident pops into my head fairly frequently, and angers me even now, a year and a half on. I think it will always anger me. And this sort of thing happens quite a lot, so I get reminded of it regularly enough. A chum posted the article below on facebook. As I said there, if anyone ever whines at you that you're being oversensitive for complaining about "a nice man just wanting to cheer you up by asking you to smile" or other such bullshit, feel free to tell them my story. I hope it encourages such people to mind their own business in future.

Smile Dear

THE POLITICS OF SMILING AS A WOMAN.

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Ok British voting peeps, a couple of links for you.

Current Predictions stand at the Conservatives Racist Fascists winning with a majority of 112. Link here.

Now if the Tories win, it'll give them a mandate for a hard Brexit, and if you genuinely want that, then you're probably too thick to understand a spreadsheet anyway. (Or you don't live in the UK and are mad keen for its people to suffer.)

Tactical voting to get the Tories out.

Find your constituency, and how it votes here.

Get out and vote at the council elections on the 5th May! Ideally Lib Dem, (SNP?) and you can still vote at council elections even if you are not a British national. Send a message! A Lib-Lab coalition could be ideal, and Labour need to wake the fuck up and stop supporting the Far Right and every stupid and damaging thing they are doing.

Fucking vote already, don't hope someone else sorts it out for you. Unless you're voting Tory, in which case, fucking do your research. Are you really so bloody loaded that losing your pension, the NHS and possibly your job is worth it for the myth of bendy bananas?

Don't let these fuckers damage our country any more than they have already.
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Embarrassingly, I can't remember who first showed me this, but since my interest is in VR and particularly, medical applications of VR, this is great. I kept meaning to post it to save the link

And it is creepy as fuck.

Great!

Apr. 6th, 2017 02:20 pm
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More bills, a threatening letter from the water board snarling that it'll take me to court because I was at work 7 days ago when their water man came.
Apparently, the houses on our street are badly connected, causing pollution. I'm going to be charged for a problem created before I was born. Nice.
Anyway... threatening letter! Legal notice! Magistrates court! YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO ARRANGE FOR OUR WATER MAN TO RANSACK THROUGH YOUR PROPERTY! FINES!

Yeah. I rang the water surveyor on the day of his visit and booked an appointment then. A week ago. He's arriving tomorrow.

Thanks. I could do without this shit.

A plea.

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:58 am
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Inspired by a heart-felt post on a chums LJ. Here's something I was going to post on Facebook later, but I thought I'd do it now before I have to get back to work. UK-centric, but an interesting approach that DOES look like it could be effective.



Crowdfunder is here.


Do we really want the UK ruined and dragged into being a fascist satellite to Trump's America because people are believing fake news? Well, many of you reading this are already campaigning and fighting against this poison.

"Hate crime, racism and xenophobia are on the rise. And so is hostile media coverage towards some of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Editors have a strong incentive to run these harmful stories: it sells papers - and that means they can earn more from advertising."

And if you think this is of no interest to you, if you think this doesn't touch you, that you're not one of these vulnerable groups? You could be one day, hate crime has risen against the disabled, and we all fall into only 3 categories: the disabled, the not-yet-disabled and the dead.

"One of the most striking features of the annual figures is a 44% rise in hate crimes directed at people with disabilities, the numbers have doubled in four years." (From the BBC.)

If you cannot afford to pledge, if you are too ill to march, there are other things you can do, small things.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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The Government's white Paper on Brexit has just been released. Did you know that UK law entitles you to a minimum of 14 weeks holiday compared to the paltry 4 week minimum of the EU?

Gosh! Did you know?

Take the next 2 and a half months off everyone!

From the Brexit white paper
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If you are a British National, consider this Petition.

Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

Donald Trump's well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.


More info here.

British politicians call for Donald Trump’s State Visit to be cancelled

I particularly like this bit...

Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative Chair of Health Select Committee, also released a statement, saying that if the visit does go ahead, the President shouldn’t be allowed to address both Houses of Parliament from Westminster Hall

“On his forthcoming State visit, I don’t think Trump should be invited to address both Houses of Parliament from Westminster Hall. Westminster Hall has great significance & should be reserved for leaders who have made an outstanding positive difference in the world. That doesn’t include Mr Trump.

“Those who wish to fawn over him should be free to do so in the Royal Gallery as normal. Not Westminster Hall thanks. Not really a story was it? Trump really is a sickening piece of work. That’s the story.”


Even if the petition has no effect, it will hit the Orange Fascist's pride. And to be honest, I've been watching the signature count since signing. It's scrolling up like a stopwatch. Never seen the like!

!!!

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