Throwing money at problems

Jan. 24th, 2017 09:22 pm
liv: Cartoon of a smiling woman with a long plait, teaching about p53 (teacher)
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Thank you all so much for all the supportive comments on my post with squee about the awesome bar mitzvah. I feel really loved!

In another instance of my students being brilliant, I ran a session recently to introduce the first year medics to the concept of public health. We ended with an exercise which I found rather fun, so I thought I'd offer it to you to play:

A philanthropist is offering a grant of £250,000 to someone who can propose a way to improve the situation in a deprived housing estate. Population ~10K, annual healthcare spend roughly £100 million. The philanthropist wants to see improvements on a 30 year timescale, and wants the actual inhabitants to be involved in the project in a community building sort of way. What would you do?

what the students thought of - you might want to have a go without reading this )

State of the hedjog

Jan. 24th, 2017 08:24 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

The funeral is tomorrow: there are travel warnings out on SouthEastern Rail following a derailment earlier today. As far as I can see, the bit we'll be traveling on is not actually affected, but it would be nice if SERail could list the unaffected portions of their service.

Things are gradually getting done, even if one wishes that financial institutions could get together some unified policy upon what they want and whether you achieve your aim by physically going into a branch, having a telephone conversation, or emailing them scans of relevant docs. Or even better, have something analogous to Tell Us Once, for government departments.

Still tired, and a bit muzzy. Sleep patterns a bit disturbed.

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The ACLU has started a Constitution Defense Fund, with all donations currently being matched up to $30,000:

Donate to the Constitution Defense Fund

This is their 7-point plan outlining how they intend to fight Trump.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has matching for monthly gifts for the first 100 days of Trump's presidency, up to $100,000:

LDF monthly gifts

The Center for Reproductive Rights currently has 100% matching from an anonymous donor.

Also, the National Network of Abortion Funds has (by popular demand) created an option to become an individual member/supporter --this gets you an excellent t-shirt and updates/action alerts from NNAF and your local funds:

NNAF individual membership

Holy shit you guys

Jan. 24th, 2017 09:25 am
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As [tumblr.com profile] pervocracy pointed out, it looks from the data as if:

One in every hundred Americans marched.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xa0iLqYKz8x9Yc_rfhtmSOJQ2EGgeUVjvV4A8LsIaxY/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

(Okay, if you take the very lowest estimates on everything, slightly under one in a hundred. If you take the highest, it's nearer one-and-a-half.)

The New York Times has splendid photos of the marches from all continents (Antartica included) -- highly recommended:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html

And now all of us who are currently lying in comatose broken heaps need to recover. But after that, we need to take the surge of energy and solidarity and put it into the next thing to do, and the next, and the next.

Daily Happiness

Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:47 pm
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1. I spent a lot of today with a cuddly kitten sleeping on me. Because of this I got no scanlation stuff done at all, but it wasn't a bad trade-off.

2. Tonight Molly came up on my desk for pettings for the first time since we brought Jasper home. And she did it while I was sitting here holding Jasper! So I was holding him in one arm and petting her with the other and everybody was happy.

3. Molly was curled up so cutely on the sofa this evening.

Bar mitzvah

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:50 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Soon after I came to Stoke, there was a boy of 8 or 9 who got really really enthusiastic about Judaism. He dragged his not terribly religious father to shul regularly, and wanted to join his friend, two years older, for Hebrew lessons. So I taught the two of them together, and the older of the two celebrated his bar mitzvah in due course. They've always had a really great friendship and partnership, in spite of what might have been an awkward age gap, and I was really pleased that the bar mitzvah boy was entirely keen to carry on with Hebrew lessons once he'd finished the bar mitzvah.

Younger lad wanted to have a bar mitzvah in his turn. And there were lots of reasons why this might not have worked out but he was so keen, and had really obviously thought through all the ramifications, so we agreed that we should start preparing a Torah portion. So for about a year we've being alternating one-on-one bar mitzvah tuition with joint lessons for the two lads, focusing more on general language skills.

contains religion and tangential mentions of the Holocaust )

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Jan. 23rd, 2017 05:53 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] toujours_nigel!

O, dearie me

Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:00 pm
oursin: Photograph of Stella Gibbons, overwritten IM IN UR WOODSHED SEEING SOMETHIN NASTY (woodshed)
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Interview with Howard Barker in today's Guardian G2 -

Which had me screaming at the interviewer 'Have you ever seen a play by Terence Rattigan? Have you even googled the plot of The Deep Blue Sea, which opens on a failed suicide by gas-fire?' Calling them 'elegant dramas of the English upper classes' is so much Point Thahr Misst, Mark Lawson. 'Suppressed howls of pain' is more on the mark.

But really, Howard Barker, really?

Many in the theatre world have publicly criticised the casting of white British actors in all four roles in Barker’s play In the Depths of Dead Love, which is set in ancient China, where an exiled poet presides over a bottomless well that is used for suicides.*
....
[W]hen I mention the controversy, Barker’s reaction would make a Zen Buddhist seem ruffled: “Yes, I’ve heard about that.” Had he anticipated the hostility? “No. The ‘Chinese’ nature of the play is within the setting, which is entirely artificial, and the naming of the characters. It’s entirely European in its sensibilities. I’ve only very rarely ever set a play in my own culture – there’s always a distancing effect. You have to understand metaphors. The theatre isn’t a place for literalness.”

So they are just Symbolickal Others, Not Us?

In which case, how is this not in the least dissimilar to The Mikado? If you are going to have an artificial setting, why not go the whole way?

I can see that there was a rhetorical point being made with Enlightenment philosophers writing about European society as if by someone from a non-European culture. But this?

*Which sounds just like the kind of ghastly modernist experimental drama that people in interwar novels are humorous about: in fact does it not remind us, my dearios, of the awful art movie at the club showing of which Flora met Earl P Neck in Cold Comfort Farm? - My Inner Philistine, I Show U It.

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I have vented on previous occasions about the tfl (Transport for London) 'Plan Your Journey' on their website, which always does its best to advise a route that will give the traveler experience of several modes of transport, or at least, 2/3 different Tube lines/bus routes, if at all possible incorporating some healthy walking exercise.

We have no idea whether this is malice, performance art, or dictated by some psycho-geographical theory; but so often I find that the obvious, simple, most expeditious means of getting from Point A to Point B does not figure.

Case in point this morning when I was due to be at A Bank for executorial processes: a bank for which the most obvious and simple means of getting there is a bus straight down the main road at the end of the street.

Ha. Ha.

Of course, it did not help that tfl have not updated their bus routes for Live Update to reflect the fact that the buses in question are no longer on diversion and back to the usual route (this is actually less convenient for me, as the diversion took them only 2 short blocks from the front door).

Correction: they did indicate that the routes in question were not stopping any more on the diversion route.

However, they don't actually show times of arrival at the stops they are now stopping at.

If they can manage to show this information a) on the indicators at the stops and b) via my Bus Countdown app, Y O Y not on website?

UK people: super-short notice but

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:07 am
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Inclusion London and DPAC are holding a briefing event on the UN report on the treatment of disabled people for MPs and members of the Lords tomorrow:

https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/campaigns-and-policy/act-now/grave-systematic-violations-invite-mp-un-briefing-event/

Therefore, you may wish to e-mail/phone your MP to ask if they'll be attending/encourage them to attend.

Daily Happiness

Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:34 am
torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
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1. So much rain. O_o This is really, really good for the drought, but omg so much rain. I spent a huge chunk of this afternoon and evening trying to mop up leakage at work. I called around a couple places and sandbags were sold out, but Home Depot did still have sand and empty bags, so I went over there and got a ton of sand and a ton of bags and made up a bunch of sandbags. It made me really glad that despite the generally bad condition of this house, we don't have any leaks at home.

2. I needed some cash for something and I didn't have any cash, and then I had to go to Home Depot and buy $70 worth of sandbag supplies, for which I then reimbursed myself from petty cash, so now I have plenty of cash! That worked out well.

3. Look at this sweetiepie!

A woman's place is in the Resistance

Jan. 23rd, 2017 01:50 am
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Crowd estimates for the Women's March on Washington are running to half a million people in DC alone.

Add in the rest of the companion marches in the US -- from those with handfuls of people to those (including Boston's) that joined DC in the six figures -- and we're talking 3 million, total. That's one percent of the population of the country.

Swing Left: a guide to the most-contested House districts in 2018. Check your area for campaigns to support.

And take a fresh look at how your state stands on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. A bunch of new legislatures are working on it since the last time I checked! As of January 2017, bills are pending in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Old news, still worth sharing: Six record-breaking, history-making women who did get elected in November. All minorities, all Democrats, and the ones who are natural-born citizens might have the White House in their future. Keep your eyes on them.

Final note, some good news from outside the country: Finland is doing a trial of Universal Basic Income. We'll see how it goes.

Culinary

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:36 pm
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Friday supper: sardegnera with chorizo

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 50:50 white spelt and einkorn flour.

Today's lunch: plaice fillets brushed with egg and milk mixture and dipped into panko crumbs seasoned with salt, ground black pepper, and smoked paprika, panfried in butter; with fine green beans roasted in olive oil and splashed with raspberry vinegar, and steamed samphire tossed in butter.

Bread: the Blake/Collister German 3-Cereal Loaf - strong white and rye flour, medium oatmeal, linseeds. Tasty.

This is some kind of trope, isn't it?

Jan. 22nd, 2017 03:26 pm
oursin: Frankie Howerd, probably in Up Pompeii, overwritten Don't Mock (Don't Mock)
[personal profile] oursin

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any article in the general media about sf will show a deplorable lack of knowledge of the field and its history:

People, the final frontier: how sci-fi is taking on the human condition.

And are we not particularly taken, my dearios, with the ascription of this development - which some of us were noting lo, many decades ago - to a bloke-type writer? Because I guess that's what makes it Real SF, rather than gurlee SF-Lite?

Sigh.

Joanna Russ, thou shouldst be living at this hour.

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Jan. 22nd, 2017 03:11 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] amara1783 and [personal profile] ruthi!

Daily Happiness

Jan. 22nd, 2017 12:13 am
torachan: maru the cat giving the side eye (maru side eye)
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1. As much as I've been enjoying the rain, it was nice to have a break from it today.

2. I hired a new person at work today, someone to help with some of the office stuff that isn't getting done, and maybe do some other random stuff around the store. Hopefully she works out!

3. I got another chapter of manga finished up this evening. I have Monday off and no big plans, so I'm hoping to get the last of this month's chapters done then.

4. This afternoon Carla texted me a picture...Molly and Jasper curled up on the sofa together! They weren't quite touching, but were happily curled up right next to each other. What sweeties!

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