Milkshake politics Show more
Throwing milkshakes: whilst not my personal political style, fundamentally it's a nonviolent form of protest that sits solidly in the UK's decent tradition of getting back at senior figures through mockery, and the people on the right who are trying to liken it to the literal murder of a centre-left politician are frankly utterly grotesque.
GMO opposition, animal exploitation Show more
lately, I've been watching some videos on youtube by a sceptic/scientist (myles power) about GMOs and he makes some good points about how generalized some people's opposition to GMOs is.
I learned in school that insulin is made by GMOs. before one could make it by using genetically modified bacteria, it was harvested from dead animals.
also there's cheese with vegetarian rennet (calf stomach enzymes) that's made using GMOs.
To shove some public academia out there: the meeting I'm at for the next two days is on #prosopography, aka how to store and analyse miscellaneous data about past people! Prosopography is usually a term used for ancient & medieval up to early modern work, where there's relatively few really well documented people. These meetings will be about looking at connecting up different databases and how we put them together :)
I'm in London! And the people whose workshop I'm doing booked me a hotel which is nice (literally this is the first time I've ever checked into a proper hotel). I now need to go pretend to be a better academic than I feel like I am...
Also apparently this hotel offers you a free meal on your first night there which I have to miss out on to go to a not-free work dinner, so as a grad student I hereby exercise my right to gripe about the lack of free food.
What if we put Knuckles' head on top of a dwarf's body! Show more
It'd look something... like this!
UKPol, something actually good: Show more
On the plus side, I saw today that there's a Lib Dem + Green coalition running York now which is great :) And the Conservatives have been pretty much obliterated there.
UKPol: Show more
These are shitty realities that parties on the left, especially operating in heavily right-leaning areas, deal with regularly. All of them do. As I said we had a Green + LD + Labour + UKIP governing bloc in Norfolk. Right now Labour are working with UKIP in Basildon.
I would like it if we could obliterate UKIP & the Brexit Party, full stop. And the Tories. And I think it's worth being *very* cautious about dealing with them. But hypocritical shit-flinging over it just pisses me off.
UKPol: Show more
There are cases when grimly it's your least worst option. There are times when there's a party of the left that is incapable of governing in an area, and there are certainly times when it's a case of working with one party you don't like to avoid a coalition of all the parties you don't like.
My county's only centre-left administration in the last 2 decades was reliant on hard-right councillors voting to prop it up. Not fun - but would a hard-right + Conservative council have been better?
UKPol: Show more
The Labour party are such bloody hypocrites and it is a very, very tiring thing to have to deal with.
Their consistent attitude is that working with unpleasant right wing parties is OK but only when they do it. I really don't like it when my party ends up in local govt coalitions that involve parties of the right. But I'm not going to be lectured on it by Labour (or indeed the Greens) who both happily do the same but think it's OK for them to do so.
I would just upload the CIVS software onto webspace I already have, but I'm fairly sure I'd need an actual virtual server for it not just cloud hosting, and I don't have access to that. So I'm looking for people who'd be interested in helping either with tech or with organising/fundraising to keep such a project going in the medium term. I'm happy to commit some funds and can probably do the setup OK, but I can't bankroll the whole thing or shoulder all the maintenance work.
OK, this is a "boosts needed" post, please boost this if you see it. At least one organisation I'm involved in has a major problem in that it runs online and needs to be able to ballot members, and just about all the easy services for doing so aren't GDPR compliant.
Would anyone be interested in clubbing together to try and run a Euro-side, compliant server of CIVS or a similar e-voting system that could be used by community groups, activist orgs, and so on?
Historian of the medieval Caucasus, Digital Humanist, Radical Liberal, Founder of exilian.co.uk (@ExilianOfficial), game dev, storyteller. Possibly Pangolinish.
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.