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Monday, August 10th, 2015
12:45 pm
Rivalry
"His best. Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries. This time, he discovered God, a Creator. Until now, his men and women had made themselves, shaped themselves out of their own clay; their victories and defeats were at the hands of each other, just to prove to themselves or one another how tough they could be. But this time, he wrote about pity: about something somewhere that made them all: the old man who had to catch the fish and then lose it, the fish that had to be caught and then lost, the sharks which had to rob the old man of his fish; made them all and loved them all and pitied them all. It’s all right. Praise God that whatever made and loves and pities Hemingway and me kept him from touching it any further."

William Faulkner reviewing 'The Old Man and The Sea' by Ernest Hemingway
Friday, May 17th, 2013
5:21 pm
"Resist much, obey little"
Walt Whitman.

So what is new? Well, finished work on 'The Streets Project' which has been nominated for 2 awards - awesome. May also transfer - also awesome. Was a pleasure and an honour to be on that one - it was really special.

Tomorrow I have a shift working on the followspot at 'Thriller Live' in the West End. Immensely more excited about this than scared which can only be a good thing right? Right? RIGHT?

Day job continues, after a fashion.

Not LARPed on a regular basis since I stopped being in charge of Fools and Heroes. I miss people though so when/if I get any free time I will hopefully come along and catch up with people. Not sure when I will get any free time!

It feels like lots of my life and personality have been chucked up into the air because of a decision I made recently. I am waiting to see where they fall, if they fall at all. It is partly liberating and partly terrifying and sometimes I feel so fragile and sad. I know, I know, no different from normal!

Still, my birthday is soon so that will be nice :)
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
1:26 pm
#Without a sound, I step outside...
...Look around, step out into the night.
Without a word, I close the door,
On the world I was in before#.
'Streetlights' by Finn Anderson from 'The Streets Project'

Too much has happened since November to write here.

Worked on a show called 'A Dream Play' for my course. It was great, learnt a lot.

Currently working on 'The Streets Project' and back at the Cockpit Theatre.

R.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
12:42 pm
Everything all at once
Moving soon so spending a lot of time packing. Work gets busier and busier. RENT draws closer and closer. Trying to manage time and space. Hopefully I will get through and can start ticking things off and be able to think about something new as I discussed in my last post.

Just so dang busy.

P
Monday, March 28th, 2011
2:07 pm
The Social Contract
"The notion of the social contract is that individuals unite into a society by a process of mutual consent, agreeing to abide by certain rules and to accept duties to protect one another from violence, fraud, or negligence."

One version of this is the opinion "that we gain civil rights in return for accepting the obligation to respect and defend the rights of others..."
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
1:25 pm
We used to wait...
2011 so far.

Went to France for a week to learn to Ski. Didn't injure myself, nor did S. Skiing is awesome and I hope to go again sometime.

Came back and went straight into rehearsals for 'The Other roof'. Three shows done this week and made some new friends/industry contacts who might have more Stage Management opportunities for me.

Work is very busy.

Trying harder to keep in contact with people than last year.

P.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
4:19 pm
"All in the golden afternoon...
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict to begin it
In gentler tone Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it!"
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
The dream-child moving through a land
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast --
And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of fancy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
;The rest next time' -- 'It is next time!'
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story take,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
Pluck'd in a far-off land."

Lewis Caroll from 'Alice in Wonderland'
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
5:08 pm
"I was awoke at 6 o'clock...
...by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen."

Queen Victoria, from her diary 20 June 1837. She was 18 years old.
5:06 pm
"iacta alea est"
"The die is cast"

Julius Caesar, crossing the Rubicon
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
5:15 pm
"Eighty percent of success...
...is showing up."

Woody Allen
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
10:42 pm
"Try not to become a man of success...
...but rather try to become a man of value. "

Albert Einstein
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
11:00 pm
"As a minister, I experienced the power of industrialists and bankers to get their way...
...by use of the crudest form of economic pressure, even blackmail, against a Labour Government. Compared to this, the pressure brought to bear in industrial disputes is minuscule. This power was revealed even more clearly in 1976 when the IMF secured cuts in our public expenditure. These lessons led me to the conclusion that the UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them. Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact.

If the British people were ever to ask themselves what power they truly enjoyed under our political system they would be amazed to discover how little it is, and some new Chartist agitation might be born and might quickly gather momentum."

Tony Benn 1988.
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
1:07 pm
"He is no God of love...
... no justice of a little city like
Dante's Florence, no anthropoid God
Making commandments: this is the God who does not
care and will never cease. Look at the seas there
Flashing against this rock in the darkness — look at the
tide-stream stars — and the fall of nations — and dawn
Wandering with wet white feet down the Carmel Valley
to meet the sea. These are real and we see their beauty."

Robinson Jeffers "The Great Explosion" in the posthumous publication The Beginning and the End (1973)
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
10:48 pm
Reasons to delete your Facespace account or at least customize it heavily
The first and major reason is that ALL your data is shared with any application you accept. Many of these are simply Marketing tools to access this data in order to sell you stuff. Getting more spam recently? We all signed up to this when we joined Facebook, take a look at the Terms and Conditions and THEN take a look at the 'extra permissions' each of those applications get. This might not seem so bad, after all these are simply fun game applications. However, if Facebook is so lax with what might be sensitive data, what reassures you that the people who run the application are? They have all your data, what is to stop them either selling that data or having it stolen by others? Those who steal are criminals yes, but you would be surprised how much of this kind of stealing goes on within the media (read 'Flat Earth News').

The second is that, in order for Facebook to sell your data to third parties (yes this is how they make their money and do not have to charge), they require it to be accurate and be up to date an can in fact delete your account should you not keep it up to date. This is rarely enforced but it still seems a draconian measure for something that was meant to be the hub of social networking sites.

I got the above from my own sources and:
http://www.rocket.ly/home/2010/4/26/top-ten-reasons-you-should-quit-facebook.html

Obviously I have selected the two reasons that mean the most to me as the other seem less convincing The writer does work for a competitor social networking site and therefore has the motive to heavily imply certain things. But this is not enough to make me leave Facebook, I quite like it here, but it is a warning to those who put too much information on their profiles. Please be careful.

So, this is the reason why I am highly unlikely to be adding any apps you send me. It is nothing personal, I just like the illusion that I have some kind of control over my data. I will be altering my profile to display a lot less information.

P.
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
5:25 pm
"Few men realise...
...that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings."

Joseph Conrad, 1896
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
2:57 pm
What will life be like in 2050?
SCI-FI-LONDON 9 - Home of Fantastic Film

For those of you not wondering what life will be like on a dragon egg in a void ;)
Monday, April 26th, 2010
11:01 pm
"This is a generation that is under pressure from the media it consumes..."
...to be brazenly materialistic, selfish, depoliticized and non-socially minded. To the extent one finds these values problematic for a democracy, we all should be concerned. The commercial media is the ideological lynchpin of the globalising market economy.

Consider the case of the Czech Republic. Only a decade ago (Ram: 1989) the young generation led the 'Velvet Revolution' against the Communist Regime under the slogan 'Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred'. Ten years later, even the Wall Street Journal acknowledged that the Czech Republic had turned into a demoralised morass, where 'an unnerving dash to the free market' had created a society awash with greed, selfishness, corruption and scams."

Robert McChesney 'It's the media stupid ' 2000.
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
12:15 pm
As it it national poetry month again...
A penny for the Old Guy

I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us - if at all - not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.


II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer -

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom


III

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death's other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.


IV

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death's twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.


V

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o'clock in the morning.
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The Hollow Men. T.S Eliot
12:14 pm
Thus, it is passed...
The Digital Economy Bill has been passed by the House of Commons and now races on to the third reading in the House of Lords:

Tech Crunch puts it like this:

"The law will of course have many “unintended consequences”, as Watson put it in his speech against the bill.

In trying to support the old music industry models and tackle illegal file-sharing, the #DEBill, as it’s known on Twitter, is poised to produce a new culture. That of legal letters from music industry bodies to ISPs, bewildered householders and, no doubt, an manner of Internet companies.

In the past the lawyers had to go after the infringers, with actual proof. Now, the holder of the Internet account (Mum, Dad, Grandparents and the small startup that can’t afford the legal fees) will be held to account for what happens over their connection.

Parents who have no idea their teenage children, neighbours, or even someone parked outside their house, has been slurping their WiFi and downloading the latest movies and music, will now be up in court.

During the debate there was a farcical moment when Stephen Timms, the Labour government’s Finance Minister said, with a throw away line, that people could simply password protect their WiFi. Of course, this shows a staggering lack of knowledge of how easy these are to break. More importantly the Bill does not even afford any guaranteed legal protection for people who try to put security measures in place.

A new way for lawyers to create another ambulance chasing industry? How’s that for unintended consequences.

So let’s just rack this up.

• Media regulator Ofcom, say our sources, doesn’t want to enforce this new law and has no idea how it will.

• Twitter is awash with people saying they are going encrypted and will now use a Tor or anonymity network to go online.

• The wave of civil disobedience started within minutes of the Bill being passed. e.g. See Whatdebill.org

• Legislation based on misconceptions about the cost of file-sharing, when file sharers are already 10 times more likely to pay for songs than those who don’t.

• Spotify, which is providing a free music alternative to file sharing, is actually owned by the record labels which wrote much of this this legislation. So on the one hand it bleets about piracy, while on the other forgets to mention it’s giving away music with ads. How many MPs know this?

• And even while the UK is one of the best places in Europe to start an Internet company, if one of your employees goes rogue you’ll be in the frame for it.

All this while more enlightened governments across the planet are starting to talk about Internet access as a human right. How does that sit with withdrawing it without any presumption of innocence?"

Full article here:
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/04/08/doublethink-the-digital-economy-bill-against-the-digital-economy/
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
5:19 pm
"The facts of climate change have become the site of a three cornered battle...
...in which truth, as ever has been an immediate casualty. In one corner are companies like Exxon who are fighting a head-to head war of attrition denying that global warming is occuring and/or that it is a man-made problem for which they have any responsibility. Against them are groups like Greenpeace, 'cranking up the anxiety' with highly emotive messages about the scale of the threat. The third corner is occupied by companies like BP who have broken away from Exxon and adopted a strategy of camoflage, radically redrawing their image to cloak their business in green credentials. For all three forces, the mass media has become a weapon of convenience, constantly available to fire off their messages for them. And in the background, rather like a civilian population in a warzone, the billions of people who rely on the mass media for their information have suffered the worst injuries of all under a bombardment of falsehood, distortion and propaganda."

'Flat Earth News' Nick Davies 2008
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