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Dear Livejournal,

Please help me enumerate the multifarious ways that this article is made of wrong. My brain has shut down in horror.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009 11:25 am
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I've been watching the live BBC video stream here for a little while. It is driving me slightly batty how so much of the coverage is from the point of view of government, police and business-people and takes very little account of the diversity of protestors and what they are actually there for. A lot of it is "anarchists", "police are worried", "these people are very experienced", "the police don't want them to do this", "no signs of any violence yet", "I'm sure many of these protestors are peaceful" and so on and so forth, and essentially presenting the protests as involving mainly scary, secretive, eeeevil anarchists using uncontrolled new technology instead of being the kind of thing that lots of people I know, normal, fairly middle-class people, are in sympathy with and some of whom are out there. Of course there are crazy people (I've just seen a sign saying "7-7 MI5 DID IT") but there are sensible and legitimate reasons to protest too and they are not being covered.

If I wasn't doing my last school volunteer day today I'd probably be out there. I'm really unimpressed with the way the BBC seems to be whipping up a climate of fear around these protests and representing the protestors as scary and other.

Monday, 30 March 2009 04:29 pm
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I need to talk to helpful people about one of my essay questions, as it is very ambiguously worded and I am failing to pin it down into an appropriate form. Anyone want to volunteer for an IM chat on the topic? The question, incidentally, is "'Many people do fancy that, in dealing with women, we are dealing with very explosive materials' (Helen Taylor). Why would this statement be made in the mid-nineteenth century?" I can find at least three interpretations, and the most obvious one isn't easily answered in relation to literature and journalism.

Firefox/Flash problem

Saturday, 21 March 2009 12:28 pm
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I'm having trouble with Firefox 3.0.7 (which I think has recently updated itself) and Flash 10; just since yesterday Flash items have stopped working well with mouse-over. I play a lot of Flash games, and many of them have, for example, text that pops up when you mouse over an item - this just doesn't work now unless I double-click. Another game which usually has a round cursor doesn't work at all (cursor vanishes and is replaced by normal arrow, which then has no game effect) unless I hold down the mouse button.

What is going wrong here? Where do I start to find out how to fix it? It's very frustrating - several games are unplayable.

Edit:Reinstalling Flash seems to have fixed it. Lucy 1 - Revision Fairy 0.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 04:32 pm
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I am working on an assessed essay for my "Roots of Gothic" module. There's a choice of only four questions. I'm choosing between two, one on guilt, and one which is worded as follows:

Using evidence from TWO texts on the module, suggest a range of characteristics that might be appropriate to a ‘Gothic’ setting.

How can I address this question while avoiding making it a simple list of things (ruined castle - check, atmospheric weather conditions - check, secret passages - check...)? How can I make it an argument, ideally with something approaching a proper thesis-antithesis-synthesis structure? And would you include items like "distressed heroine", "illicit sexual desires" and "evil monk" in "Gothic setting", or just landscape/weather/buildings?

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 02:53 pm
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I'm about to go to Bluewater on Christmas Eve, although I've actually bought all my important presents. How crazy am I? Wish me luck.
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I want to make a draught excluder for my front door. I could just make a sausage thing, but it would get in the way when the door was opened. I need something I can actually attach to the door itself. Anyone got any ideas how I could do this?

Prospero's Tempest

Wednesday, 1 October 2008 06:13 pm
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I'm in a play. It's really quite good. It's happening on Thursday 9th October (yes, a week tomorrow), at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury from 7.30pm. It's called Prospero's Tempest and if you like Shakespeare, sign language, experimental theatre, physical theatre, [livejournal.com profile] randomchris's music, or me in a nightdress, you should come along.

This is the only performance scheduled at present - if it goes well it will tour over Easter. It's pretty unique, and very much worth watching. Tickets are inexpensive - £6 full price, £5 concession. There is a Facebook event shared on my profile if you want to look at the info there. Please join us, it'll be great. If you're planning to come, please tell me - it would make me very happy :)

Friday, 26 September 2008 02:31 pm
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I am clearing my life up. I have one large box of books, one very large box of clothes, and one large box of miscellaneous stuff which I am getting RID OF. They are for the most part in perfectly good condition, and it's infuriating to me that I cannot sell the things as I am in desperate need of the money, but I haven't the time or the know-how to realise it. It's terribly, terribly annoying. Also, Cancer Research UK, the place I'd like to donate them, can't pick them up and I can't get them there and I'm starting to think I'm going to have to put the lot on Freecycle, which would seem like something of a waste. GAAAAAAAAAH.
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Come on, thesps, help me out!

First, I need ideas for a) energetic warm-ups, b) getting-into-character warm-ups, and c) voice warm-ups. The first two must be suitable for hearing-impaired performers, so nothing which involves someone talking while players are not looking at them will work (e.g. games where you run around and someone calls a command are not possible).

Second, I need advice on theatre music/performing rights. The play on which I am working needs some music. The PRS website has a whole thing about telling them stuff 30 days before the performance so they can clear rights, but this then seems to refer only to interpolated music (which is when the performers actually produce the music on stage). We just want to use recorded music. Will the venue have a licence which covers this already, or am I dim and we need to talk to the PRS anyway? (My director may know this stuff already, please don't judge her by my incompetence - I just haven't had time to talk this bit through with her.)

A further, related question, which geeks may be able to help me with - if a piece of music is Creative-Commons-licensed, can it be played from a recording for a theatre performance? (Of course the commercial vs. non-commercial thing is relevant, and I would tbh just contact the composer/performer and check what they thought of our enterprise.) Does a reproduction like that come under general CC usage? I know this is stupid but I want to check.

Sunday, 7 September 2008 11:43 pm
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Okay, thanks for the responses to the last entry about minimum necessary belongings - useful ideas and food for thought there! Now a more practical question - if you were going to pack up several rooms' worth of stuff into boxes, and you didn't have a car or a lot of money, where would you get the boxes? I can bus myself to a self-storage place that sells boxes, but I think they are rather expensive. I've tried the 'ask at local convenience store' thing, and it worked but also resulted in the chap at the shop getting Too Interested in me. *sigh*

Sunday, 7 September 2008 10:40 am
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If you were going to reduce your belongings to the absolute minimum, with extra stuff being stored for you, what would you put on the list of stuff to keep? Consider the problem as analogous to going into student halls, and focus on *winter* stuff. All thoughts very welcome. I have a list but I'm trying to work out if I've left anything off it.

Sunday, 24 August 2008 08:36 pm
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I appear to have left my mp3 player in a black cab from Stockport station. If anyone has any bright ideas about how the hell I might contact any relevant person and retrieve it, I'd be most grateful. I'm having a really shitty week with technology (not only did I have to get my laptop power supply replaced, but I doused my phone in apple squash yesterday and had to buy a new one this afternoon) so I could really do without having to buy a new music player. I like it and would find it hard to manage without it. I feel so stupid.

Thursday, 21 August 2008 12:25 pm
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I still have net access! So, a quick geek question - I'm using iceweasel on Debian Etch, and I thought I had Flash working but I apparently don't. I am trying to install nspluginwrapper, but I can't work out what the heck to put in my sources.list file to make that happen. Tips welcome. I'm about to head out for work-related stuff, so I'll be back later. I need to spend this evening getting deeply involved with my sewing machine and a bucket of dye...

Monday, 18 August 2008 01:36 pm
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The charger for my macbook is giving up. My dad insists it's probably a loose connection, I think it might be overheating, but either way, I have about ten minutes of power left in the battery, and my Linux desktop won't get online at the moment so I may be without internets for some while. I am miserable at the moment and this is not going to help, not to mention slowing down my house-hunt and job-hunt. I'm pissed off. I am going to have to get some sort of replacement, probably at the Apple Store in Manchester this coming weekend (if I can manage to get there at all); it ought to be in warranty as it was bought in December 2007 but I don't think I registered it and so I don't know what to do about it. Thoughts welcome. I'll have to go to the uni library to read them, obviously.

ETA: thanks for replies, much appreciated, will investigate, 7% battery so heading offline.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 04:25 pm
taimatsu: (musical)
Tell me, O Livejournal, how you find out about live performances by music artists you like. How do you make sure not to miss things?

Great music for kids?

Thursday, 29 May 2008 09:13 pm
taimatsu: (musical)
I am in the process of putting together a mix CD for my nine-year-old pseudo-step-sister. She currently loves High School Musical and so I'd like to find a variety of other cheerful, bouncy, age-appropriate music for her to see if she likes it. I'm going to include the lyrics (because I always used to hate not being sure what was being sung). But I want to avoid songs which have explicit lyrics, obviously, and less obviously, I want to steer clear of lyrics which are *all* about love/relationships. I'm actually including a few songs in other languages - there's 'Dragostea Din Tei' better known as the Numa Numa song (which, ok, is about a relationship!), and a Hisakawa Aya song called 'Onigiri'; in English, I've got 'MmmBop' by Hanson, plus a really fun remix of it, and a fantastic little pop ditty called 'Carry Me Away' by Amy Studt, and various others - but I want your ideas. I want to include really classic, not to mention cheesy, pop and rock numbers where possible - I'm currently debating whether the lyrics to 'Rock Me Amadeus' are across that fine line or not...

Thoughts?

LJ Advisory

Friday, 23 May 2008 12:05 am
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The LJ Advisory Board election process has begun. Non-Cyrillic-language users can vote here (candidate list) before 9pm PDT of Thursday 29 May, which in British Summer Time is 5am Friday 30th. I am voting for imc, daniidebrabant and deathboy, in that order. You should vote too! Most of the candidates look pretty reasonable. The poll, as with all LJ polls, shows the percentages for each candidate at any given moment, so you can watch the election live over the next week. Pretty exciting. Currently [livejournal.com profile] jameth is in th lead, and I'd kind of prefer he didn't get in, so get voting, my friends!

Monday, 19 May 2008 11:35 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] diffrentcolours sent me this link to the Independent 'executive summary' of the Independent Asylum Commissions report. I haven't got to the bottom yet but I am currently flabbergasted and horrified by one particular piece of information, part of a list enumerating shortcomings and failings of the asylum service:

That health care is not provided to detainees by the National Health Service.

Asylum seekers who are detained during the process of seeking asylum, in a detention centre in this country, which they cannot leave except occasionally on (rare) bail, who have generally committed no crime, who have made the journey to this country for pressing and often traumatic reasons, who may have been tortured or injured before or during their journey here, who may be ill, who cannot work in this country and may have almost no money - these people are not treated by the NHS? What? Rights and wrongs of their claims aside, what, in all humanity, are they supposed to *do*? They have close to no money, they have no opportunity to earn any, and they might very well be ill - how can they get care? WHAT? Are they just supposed to sweat it out behind the walls of Yarls Wood/Campsfield/wherever or what?

I shush now because I can't think of anything to say.

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