Last week Dr Tom Hargreaves came to Manchester and delivered an interesting seminar (for the Sustainable Consumption Institute) on "Smart homes, energy use and every day life." The idea of "fun washing" (as akin to greenwashing etc) popped up. My understanding is that it a rhetorical/advertising ploy to get people past the anxiety of their... Continue Reading →
On Wednesday there's a "Methods Fair" at University of Manchester. If you can come, vote for meeeeeeeeeeeee!!! PS This is already out of date, in that I've got some fancier methods to play with than I knew about when I threw this poster together. The cartoons, to emphasise, are from the amazing Marc Roberts. PS... Continue Reading →
Professor Cynthia Enloe [wikipedia] is the author of ground-breaking works such as "Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics" and The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War. She is also Research Professor at Clark University. Yesterday she gave a clear and compelling lecture at the University of Manchester, followed by... Continue Reading →
The article below appeared in the latest issue of the essential-reading “Peace News.” (subscribe here.) Activist Fictions The absurdly handsome activist bit his lip. The Peace News crew were threatening mil-itary action if the final extended deadline for a 2000 word essay on “Activism and Fiction” was missed. The clock was most definitely two minutes... Continue Reading →
The game's the game. (I would add "truedat" but then my wife would be forced to buy a train ticket, travel for 3 and a half hours to raise the eyebrow of death/slap me/kill me (depending on whether there was functioning wifi in first class).
Cory Doctorow, author and activist, was in Manchester tonight at Waterstone’s on Deansgate. The highly enjoyable – even inspiring - event was organised by the digital campaigners at manchester.openrightsgroup.org The bulk of his talk centred on three rules (of the Internet. The first of many useful aphorisms was this – "everything we do today involves the... Continue Reading →
This is a video of a seminar at the University of Manchester in September 2014 and the Question and Answer session Lessons learnt- wonkycam - should probably invest in a table-top tripod make sure you spell the name of the person correctly!
Reading through notes taken in induction week, there's a wonderful bit of advice - the people who do well tend to be the ones who work hard (that's easy) and who set explicit weekly goals (not easy). Here's my first weekly goal. Ask me how it went... I am going to write 3500 words which... Continue Reading →