25 Dec 2009

21 Dec 2009

Season's Bleatings

An acquaintance, Sam Brewster is doing me a poster at some point. Here's a festive sample of his:

12 Dec 2009

Holy Fuck!

Jawbox are back!

9 Dec 2009

8 Dec 2009

Rudolf Rocker

"Even in those countries where such things as freedom of the press, right of assembly, right of combination, and the like have long existed, governments are constantly trying to restrict those rights or to reinterpret them by juridical hair-splitting. Political rights do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace . Where this is not the case, there is no help in any parliamentary Opposition or any Platonic appeals to the constitution."

Work Experience

"My daily duties include shelf space management or 'shelf flexing'. This involves shelf profiling and merchandising, generating space for additional lines of stock. I also identify and remove deleted lines and product recalls. My job requires me to regularly apply security tags to items and I also process shelf end labels on a daily basis"

Its good to see that a certain Walmart-owned employer inspire such confidence in their staff.

3 Dec 2009

Little Women

I was asked today whether I had ever read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and before answering yes, I wasn't sure whether the circumstances of my reading the book actually counted.

When I was in about year 6 I think, I rarely wanted to go to school, and the most obvious way of achieving absence was to feign or overemphasise illness. As my Grandmother (now sadly passed) lived across the road from me, whenever I was 'ill' my parents would send me over there where she would look after me.

On this particular occasion, I remember getting comfortable on the settee in front of the fire, hoping for a day of not doing much, and more importantly, not being at school. After around an hour and a half, my Grandma was obviously not keen on me not learning and so went to fetch something for me to do. I was hoping for just some pens and things to draw with but she returned with Little Women, along with a comment about how if I wasn't going to be at school then at least I could be learning something.

She then handed it to me for me to read out loud to her, and over the course of the the day I read out the entire book, only stopping for a sandwich and a cup of tea around lunch, and then a finger of a supermarket own-brand Kit-Kat clone around quarter to 4. I was also put under pressure to finish the book in time for 15 To 1 being on TV.

Despite me remembering this experience, I don't really remember much of the storyline of the book and consequently when questioned today, I wasn't sure what answer to give in terms of whether I had actually read it or not. It is however a possible reason why I seldom take a sick day from work.

1 Dec 2009

I Received This At Work Today So Now I'm Stealing It

"I received an email from you earlier, entitled The Use of Unfair Means in the Assessment Process. While, in general, it seems sensible, there is one sentence which is seriously wrong. I quote: Because the use of unfair means is such a serious offence (it amounts to the theft of ideas) ... This is legally illiterate. Theft is dishonestly appropriating things with the intent to permanently deprive. Copying other peoples' ideas does not deprive them of those ideas, not even temporarily. To be clear, I'm not arguing in favour of unfair means, just that it is silly to describe it as theft of ideas (just as it would be silly to describe it as grievous bodily harm of ideas). It's not theft, it's legally entirely unrelated to theft, and one gains nothing useful by thinking of it as theft. It should not be hard to write a legally accurate account, which does not contain this incorrect statement, but which is nevertheless appropriately forbidding."