Google streetview has recently published their UK version so there has been lots of moaning and groaning here about ‘invasions of privacy’ – I find it bizarre that people can happily accept being watched every day by the mountains of CCTV cameras in the UK yet they don’t want photographs of streets on the internet ‘that anyone could see’. When someone says ‘a burglar could look at my house on streetview’ remind these people that a burglar can also walk down their street and look at their house.
I had a look online and found that my home town is on streetview! I couldn’t believe it! In fact, heaps of rural Queensland and Australia is on streetview. And you can even see the highway that you drive along to get to my parents’ farm and you can see the dirt road that goes off the highway and right up to the gate into the farm!
If you’d like to understand just what exactly those CERN physicists are planning with the Large Hadron Collider but are having trouble making sense of it, this wonderful 5 minute Large Hadron Rap by Alpinekat will explain it to you with a funky beat. Long live geek rap!
I came across this in the comments of a post on Bad Astronomy about a great segment on the Daily Show about the LHC and the nutjob who is claiming it could cause a black hole (the man actually claims there is a 50/50 chance of a black hole forming because it will either happen or it won’t).
I have had a really awesome fun weekend.
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On Saturday afternoon Paul and I went to the Mythologies exhibition at Haunch of Venison (that I had been to during the week). Paul liked lots of the stuff there too. I liked the rude silhouettes by Tim Noble and Sue Webster. There were skeletons of Tweety and Sylvester in full flight by Hyungkoo Lee (which we’re sure we’ve seen before). Carlos Amorales had some cool films – one had floating black objects of varying shapes and sizes and it wasn’t until I recognised mainland Australia and then Alaska that I figured out what was going on. I realised that there are a lot of countries/islands that I don’t know or recognise! Every now and then, the black shapes would all come together and become a map of the world. When all the countries and islands are separated it is hard to tell them apart (but I did recognise Italy, the US, Greenland, mainland Australia, Spain and Iceland). The exhibition space was pretty cool too. I think I read that the private gallery (Haunch of Venison) have leased the space from the Royal Academy for three years.
After that we headed East to Liminal: A Question of Position at Iniva in Shoreditch which was small but had some cool interactive new media art. As we were close by we went and checked out the White Cube Hoxton Square and saw Ashley Bickerton: Recent Wurg which was ok. By this point we couldn’t be bothered going up to the Victoria Miro Gallery to check out the dancing in the gallery (even though it wasn’t that far up the road).
On our way to Iniva we got a bus that didn’t quite go where I was expecting but it did take us right next to Bunhill Fields Cemetery which I was very excited about. William Blake, Daniel Defoe and other nonconformists are buried there!
I really want to go to Abney Park Cemetery again and take photos – it is really big and overgrown and is packed with graves.
Saturday night we had dinner with Matt and Neena at Hummous Brothers in Soho. It was really yummy and we hadn’t seen them in ages (since last year some time).
It only snowed twice in London last winter but this winter is has snowed maybe 5 or 6 times. It snowed on and off today (Sunday, 1st Feb) and tonight I took some photos out of the windows of the snow on the ground. It’s not very deep but it’s pretty thick for London. Actually I just looked out the window and the snow on the balcony furniture is probably twice as thick as it is in these photos. And it’s still snowing! Cool. I’m really glad we have double glazed windows.
On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.
Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!
Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.
On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.
The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)
I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.
-Our ceiling collapsed thanks to inaction of our useless estate agent (don’t use Carlton Residential!)
-My photos were featured in the Schmaps online guides.
-The Australian government apologised to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations and for past inhumane treatment. Now if they would just stop the intervention (or at least re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act so it actually applies to what they’re doing in the intervention) things could maybe improve.
-I got a spouse visa giving me leave to remain and work in the UK for two more years.
-I really got into podcasts (thanks to the ipod Paul gave me for Christmas.
-We moved into a really nice flat that is really close to amenities and train station, etc.
-We went to an Enchanted Woodland and we continued to explore and get-to-know London.
-I bought a very cool Atlantis Space Jacket.
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