Happy Post

Jul. 24th, 2010 11:15 pm
Burn Party: ritual burning of meat, soy and university paperwork. We went to the river, dragging a bbq and firewood and lots of food & some booze with us, and ate yummy things and then made a lovely little fire and I burned a stack of uni paperwork, just copies of things and notes and general accumulation of I-better-save-that-they-might-want-it-later. Pages curled beautifully and we read words as they disappeared.

It was lovely and peaceful and fun and burning all those things felt very freeing. There's other happiness contributing factors too, (among others, [livejournal.com profile] sessifet25 is here) and I just sat there and felt utterly happy. And I thought I should post about that.


Jul. 7th, 2010 02:39 pm
Just heard that the essays were approved. This is good. This means I'm now officially Done and will get a bit of paper and they don't want to see me again.

I think I might have to work up to feeling happy or excited or even relieved about it.


Jul. 5th, 2010 04:41 pm
Handed in, all of it.

Now to sit in semi-relaxed state, until I hear if it's okay or not. I don't think it'll be a problem, as she'd have to be downright vindictive to let things hang now, but hey, that's what I thought last time as well, so... I don't know.

Tonight I go dinghy sailing! And probably tomorrow as well. And Thursday. There's even wind!
OK, for my dissertation presentation I would like to apply the model I developed to one or more new cases. Only I haven't exactly been in touch with the world these past months, so finding cases is tricky.

Open source activism is:
- Self activating. Nobody calls people to action, or at least nobody with a reasonable expectation of being followed. People mobilise more or less spontaneously.
- Self organising. There is no pre-existing organisational structure. Organisation is initiative-led and decentralised. Individuals take up the issue and do something to further it according to their own judgement.
- Crosses the boundary between online and offline. The movement should have offline effects. Ideally in the physical sense (feet on the street) but significant effect on a situation beyond the online sphere is also acceptable.

These three factors are sliding scales, not absolutes. The 'purest' form of open source activism I've found, and my main case, is Anonymous vs Scientology. I've also used the unofficial volunteer campaigning efforts during the Obama presidential campaign. My third case is the UK campaign in December to get Rage Against the Machine on number 1 in the Christmas charts.

I am sure there must be new movements by now - particularly surrounding the Catholic church and the oilspill, but I'm just not aware of them. If you are, please tell me in comments, ideally with what links and info you have (or good places to start looking). It doesn't have to be international or even national as long as there's sufficient (english language) information about it. If you're not sure if what you're thinking of applies, do tell! I might be able to use it anyway.


Jun. 5th, 2010 05:23 pm
Printed dissertation (5 copies!) and essays. 50 euro. Ouch!

But, you know, that means it's done. I just have to go hand it all in on monday. And then do the oral exam in a couple of weeks. And then.. then it's done. Huh.

Feeling kind of weird and non-feeley at the moment. I plan to take a few days to go 'huh?' and then start looking for a reintegration bureau to help me find work.


Jun. 4th, 2010 05:07 pm
Tiiiired. Want to fall over, but have shopping to do and about 200 words on the last essay. Then all I need to do before monday is format both essays, add covers & details etc, and print my dissertation. But I just kind of snoozed off on the couch. Hmm. Maybe a walk to the shop as break...


Mar. 1st, 2010 07:55 pm
A bunch of very wonderful people in Florida made the perfect photo for my disseration cover. (will need to send them something nice!)

I just mocked up the cover. It all looks so REAL all of a sudden! I think wednesday I will have the latest version of this current chapter and then I'll go print it all so I can put it on the table and refer to it while I work on the last two chapters. And occasionally look at it and go '*glee!* I made that!'
Had trouble getting up, didn't get as much done as I should have, raging screaming back pain - urgh.
My dissertation sort of borders on some of this stuff and I've realised that I find the whole digital ethnography field incredibly fascinating. Were I ever planning to study futher (not likely) this would probably be the direction.

(mainly the second part)

(Yes, I know it's nearly an hour long. If you have the time it's worth it)

I support this cause (of course) but I am also reposting it because it is such a brilliant, thought provoking campaign. Whoever designed this - wow. Great work.
The original video, which I expect just about everybody to have seen by now. A couple decided to have a fun entrance to their wedding.

The viral ad:

My first assumption was that a very clever divorce attorney office had commissioned this, but it's actually a marketing/multimedia company showing off their viral skillz. Kinda neat :-)


Jul. 8th, 2008 02:15 pm
Apparently my uni has changed its enrollment procedures, and I must now sign up for all courses I will do this year. I have until July 12.
This alone (big decision! short time frame! what if I do it wrong!) is enough to spazz out my brain. Add to that the new kind of complicated procedure and the to me somewhat hard to comprehend email, and we have a giant brainfail in the making.

I made index cards so I'd have a clear image of the subjects I need to a) chase marks down for or b) still do. Because I've been out of it for half a year I really don't remember much of the things I left unfinished... The cards are now stuck to my door, and hopefully I can rip down three of them tomorrow because I've chased down the marks.
I did some subjects partially last years to cut down the workload (usually I did the group assignments but not the individual) so I hope that I can just do the other parts this year, because I could do them from home. Sadly the teacher has changed so that might not work.

Why yes, I'm always this stressed out for the beginning of the uni year. Can you tell?


Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:12 pm
Spanish isn't on the schedule for this block, so I mailed the teacher. Turns out it's only given in block 3 and 4 this year, which is hugely inconvenient for me. I'd hoped to have the subject behind me by then. After a bit of back and forth about possible solutions I suggested that I drop by to see her, chat a bit in Spanish, and see how we go from here.

"Sure, I'm in my office tomorrow between 1 and 3"

...MEEP! I think I better go and do some revision..



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