Monthly Archives: February 2006

reporting a court case

When I came back it seemed the builders were here and put up an anti-pigeon net on the balcony. What a surprise.
Last week, some activists from Leeds were in Edinburgh, conducting interviews for a book about Autonomy. This book is initiated by the Trapese collective and is said to be published by Pluto Books later this year.

Community Councils

Yesterday I was rung up and asked if I am interested in a position as a “community counsillor”. Which brings me a bit in a odd conflict. I haven’t yet followed the discussion about the whole new restructuring and development of decision-making in local communities. Also not sure if it is an (un)accountable, unelected position, if it is a representative position of power, which we anarchists would reject, as we don’t want to claim to represent anybody other than ourselves. Also I might not be British enough. Also not sure if it is worth doing it, if it is just a consulting post.
I do think it is a voluntary position, too.

Fluffy the hamster has now built himself a summer residence out of hay and hamster bedding. He has rejected his little wooden hamster villa and after falling asleep in his wheel, decided he would build himself his own favorite extension, which looks a bit like a hamster garage now. Me and my boyfriend had big but funny discussions this week if it is unethical to deprive the hamster of his wheel during the day.

On Thursday, it seemed like everybody had a bit of a tough day at uni, although some of the conflicts I did not really understand. There is a bit of trouble with the magazine looming, as it is very much organised from the top down to the bottom and time pressures. Unlike alternative media, where you first have the content and then everything else is organised around how to publish it, in this more professional organisation now, the advertising and therefore the target audience dominates all the content – the length of articles, the point of view, the issues and layout. This drives me slightly crazy, as I am not used to it.
However, it is good to get to know how it works.
This week I also found out I passed my law exam – just about. It was coinciding with the Dalkeith Park eviction, which I would have much more prefered to make a video or report about and spend more time there supporting the protesters.
There is a discussion going on if the marking and teaching of law would have been unfair and it probably was to some extend. The question now is, if complaining would actually help either the students who failed and/or the students next year. Micah thinks it is better to keep out of it, as it would not affect me anymore, and as he rightly points out, it would be unsatisfactory to persue an initiative, when most collegues look down on grassroot and students’ struggles anyway.
This week I also have seen the first vacancy ever for podcasting. Never considered it a possible career path before.

I also try to preserve the newspaper articles about the G8 by laminating them. Unfortunatley most newspaper pages are much too big to squeeze them into DinA4.


Confession of an economic hitman - book by John Perkins

Listened to Democracy Now! and it included a brilliant interview with John Perkins, the author of the book “Confession of an Economic Hitman”.
The On the Media podcast is brilliant as ever, this week it focussed on the government trying to substitute access of the press to governmental events by supplying them with press release and their own approved photographs.

Another important topic is the “Trusted Computing” initiative, which will see at worst chips implanted in every computer, making not only pirate programmes but most likely even free software and GNU/Linux programmes impossible, or harder to work with or basically economically boycotted. Apparantly it is advertised under the pretense that it will stop computer viruses affecting the computer system at all. Here is the statement of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And a brilliant animation movie is out, too.

Picture Gallery

We are trying to produce a magazine for postgraduates at uni, and today my lovely Micah and me have set up a picture gallery for me to show my photography on the web.

Unfortunately it is not as good as I would like it to be, firstly as money to use for new funky photography equipment is limited, and so because of the delay I still can not take snapshots or picture expressions unless somebody holds the same expression for more than 10 seconds. Secondly because my experiences are still limited, maybe I should try to get into some of the professional courses at Telford.
Anyways, we seem to have a slight problem with supplying good quality photography for our writing, so hopefully one or some of the pics would make it nevertheless, despite the strong competition from other professional photographers.

Will post the URL when it is finished, as there is still so much work to be done.
And we got the application form in, in the end with a quarter of an hour to go at the end, and I had this horrible headache and started to get grumpy and adding all these repetitions and spelling mistakes, and had this idea that i should have actually done a slight consultation about the application and how to phrase everything best, but did not occur to me.

And although I am feeling better, and got today the parcel with “The last days of Salvador Allende” documentary film, I am still not feeling too well and should go to bed soon. I even lost 2,5 kilos just by loosing the appetite whilst being ill.
Not that this is an advisable diet, but seems to work better than many others.

Am ill today

I am ill today with headache, cold, period and so on.

Anyways the Guardian has deleted my job application today, one day before the deadline, with already most of the forms filled in, only some questions about reviewing the newspapers and website remained.
When my auntie worked at another less known newspaper, she already then said that only the offspring of the editors really has a change to get the internships and workexperience, and that chances are bad and relationships all.
Here in Britain some usefull Cambridge-Oxford connection would be helpfull, too. Please mail me if you can provide some!
The Guardian left me already hangin with my first application for workexperience, when they suddenly closed the offer, and all my filled in forms collapsed. At least, the content could just be rescued, but already spent several hours again filling in the forms and I am really not feeling too well, snorting away with a dripping nose.
The Guardian now functions over the internet only, so there are no contact details, nobody to complain to, nobody responsible and apparantly nobody intrested, which makes me even more furious.

I probably also miss out on the Social Action Research project and the interviews, and it seems highly unlikely I make it to the screening and video distribution workshop for activists in Manchester this weekend.

Am also most likely not able to go to court tomorrow to observe a particular interesting NVDA action G8 court case.
Hopefully I can make at least the other appointments tomorrow.
Podcasting is off till I am actually able to speak, not squeek, and less snorty.

Leith FM has received from Ofcom today the announcement they will get a community radio license. Which makes me happy and angry at the same time, because of their fear of any left-wing content with which we had a bit of a fall out about a year ago or so. Though I hope that the last broadcast worked well with the charming, approachable, patient and friendly Lindsey in charge and with Tom teaching “how to make radio features out of interviews” and “audio editing”.
However, Ofcom also gave a license to the Army Radio: Garrison Radio in Edinburgh, so I would wonder if right-wing bias is more acceptable and if there is a discrimination against left-wing stuff. But in the end it probably does not matter that much anyway anymore, now that the internet and podcasting rulez.
However, one of my dreams would still be to have something like Radio Z here. But then we don’t have something like Pilton Video in Nuremberg. What a pity. It basically just depends what has locally grown out of the grassroots movement and what opportunities were given at the time, it seems.

I wish I could build up more, but then, already our hacklab is heading into deep financial troubles.