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Covering life on the home front.

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You’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while, this is because this blog has been surpassed by a far greater and more superior one hosted on rented servers. From now on I will be writing at:

http://www.occupationalthoughts.com/

I will not delete this blog because I have much content invested in it. I will retain it for linking back to every now and then.
I was not able to import my old content to the new blog.
That is all.

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Written by Pierre

September 24, 2009 at 05:29

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Democracy works.

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Here’s the bit where I get all worked up about democracy because Sarah Brown replied to a tweeted suggestion that she not use the acronym WoW to describe the Wellbeing of Women charity. She’d already had the piss taken out of her by a Daily Mail journalist idiot who didn’t understand Twitter so ambiguous tweets which may or may not be referring to World of Warcraft should be dealt with carefully so as not to catch the attention of dim-witted journalists desk zombies.

This use of Twitter to facilitate dialogue between people in power and citizens is encouraging, and it gives me a big ego boost to get recognised by Mrs. Brown. This experience doesn’t however change my views on Twittter not having any true purpose.

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September 14, 2009 at 13:35

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blogging in my pants

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I just finished going over a sketch I drew of Peter conducting a skype interview, seeing as the interviewer cannot see the bottom half of your body I emphasised the fact that he could be in his pants but since the interviewer could only see the suit and tie he thinks Peter is one of those people who wears suits. On a side note Peter does not look well in suits, he looks like he’s trying to conceal a beer belly which doesn’t show up when he’s wearing anything else. It’s relevant to me because some days I get out of bed (or off the floor) and slink over to my desk and knock out a post in my underpants before geting dressed and having breakfast.

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I was hoping to use this sketch as an avatar for my new Media Studies Blog, I’ll see if it’s a good match.

I’d also like to highlight the wisdom of one commenter on Mailwatch, the front page Daily Mail article was:
“Sadists who maimed two innocent boys to be given lifelong anonymity
TORTURE BROTHERS WILL BE FREE AT 18”

Which prompted the response:
“Maybe if the Heil didn’t print hysterics like this the “torture brothers” wouldn’t need anonymity?”

Written by Pierre

September 10, 2009 at 16:53

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Politics is the control of resources.

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Seeing as I haven’t actually handed in my definition of politics and I still have time to write (despite the chaotic return to school) I’ll go back and explore an alternative view briefly mentioned in my first lesson: Politics is about power, the more resources you control, the more power you have, politics is about resources.

The term ‘resources’ covers a fairly general and vague territory: gold, land, water, food, electricity, oil, iron, wood… the list continues but I’ve already explained that it covers almost anything.

Politics is about how these resources are managed.

In other news I need a new blog specifically for Media Studies as the exam moderators probably don’t care about my reflections on life as a teenager, which is fair enough I suppose.

I received my debit card and will soon go buy server space and move this blog to it’s very own domain. You read that correctly: I am going to continue to support this blog.

The Flip Video Ultra HD pocket camcorder arrived in the post after about 2 weeks stuck in the throes of the postal service. I still however support the local industrial action within the Royal Mail lead by one of the comrades at the SWP. I used it to film a Counter-Strike match with friends at my house.

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September 9, 2009 at 16:01

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FLQ fundraising

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I’m posting the last one as I’m in a free period so I went home with a classmate. This is technically not allowed but… it’s not like I’m going to do anything at school anyway.

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It’s probably a bit shocking to think that one of their sources of income was stolen bank money. But it seems to make sense with the economic climate and attitude now against banks (and bankers) who are as Adair Turner says “Socially Useless”.
I’m going back to school for media studies now.

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September 7, 2009 at 11:54

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Green Party Fundraising

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Today’s comic was supposed to be outlining how much the little fundraising events are completely overwhelmed by larger scale ones. I might have missed the point a little but hey, at least you can admire my Gmod skillz:

greenfundraisingApologies for the late posing, I didn’t bother posting this morning (because I was busy with tomorrow’s comic) and I realised I had some German Grammar exercises to do this afternoon. Exercises which I still have to do.

School tomorrow!

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September 6, 2009 at 15:19

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Twitter marketing

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Here’s another Twitter-bashing post which coincides with my using Twitter a lot more than I did before. Of course I’m not using it as a micro-blogging service like what it’s meant for but that’s a story for another time.

My new reason to dislike Twitter is the rise of annoying Spam. Yesterday when complaining that the Xbox was broken I wrote the message “Xbox broken again”.
Because my Twitter posts are redirected to Facebook I got some questioning and sympathetic comments from Andriy and Nate. And then at 3:11 this morning it was announced that James Muddyman was following me. Out of interest I went over to see who he was, he had done an @reply to me with the message “xbox on the fritz? http://www.electronicwarran… can help you out.”

Again out of interest I followed his link, it took me to a commercial website which sold warranties for electronic goods. Then I noticed that his tweet had come from TwitterHawk, my interest has been severely piqued by this point and I take a gander around to see what it’s all about. On the press page I find 3 articles debating whether this site generates Spam or not.

What TwitterHawk does is search for keywords and generate @replies based on those keywords. I assume it found the words Xbox and Broken so it automatically posted a reply with a link to that website which sells warranties. So to boil it down even further: it sends unsolicited messages which mean to sell products targeted at you. Wikipedia defines spam as:
“The abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.”

Some users in the past have set up an account with one tweet containing a link and set about following as many people as they can. Oh some media executive prick can sit in his office smiling confidently about how he’s bringing marketing to Web 2.0; in reality he’s alienating his audience with invasive slimy disguised marketing which will ultimately drive people away from his products or even Twitter itself.

Following this advice, I’m going to post a tweet full of kewords and see how many automated @replies I attract. Wish me luck!

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September 6, 2009 at 10:10

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