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Friday, May 21st, 2010 12:17 am
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miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Someone asked me on Twitter how to go about getting a song in the Liberator Song Book to have it sung at Glee, and traditionally the process has gone:
  • Glee hosts are drunk and need a wee, or not drunk enough and need to go to the bar

  • Someone has offered earlier in the evening to do a song they have written; they are found and told to go up on stage so the hosts can go to the loo/bar

  • If the song goes down well, months later when we are having a meeting in the pub to decide what should be dropped from the existing song book, and what new things to put in, one of us will say "hey, do you remember that song Wendy did? That was good. We should email her and see if she wrote down the lyrics and what the tune was"

  • Wendy may or may not reply in time for the print deadline for the new songbook

However, in recent years some people have been taking advantage of new technology and submitting songs before performing them by email or Facebook or Twitter. This strange new phenomenon is taking some getting used to, but we do still generally expect the writer of a song to at least join in the inaugural performance. For a song to be accepted by the new method, we generally look to the following criteria:
  1. It must be something we can get sheet music for - it's very rare that people want to sing a capella and even if they do it's hard for the audience to sing along to, and the whole point of Glee is that people can join in. Our pianist needs sheet music (unless it's a tune that's already in the songbook - we have several to Marching Through Georgia, for example).

  2. It must be something at least one of us can sing - you may or may not have noticed that when we do the anthems I always leave the stage for Danny Boy - Sarah can do the high notes and I can't. Bridges, Sarah, and Gareth all have songs they do and do not like to do for vocal reasons. We will normally try a song out and make sure it works for at least one, but preferably all, of us before we consider putting it in the book, because we're going to have to do it potentially for years.

  3. It must be a tune people will know - So a classic folk song, or 50s-90s pop hits are probably ok. Sadly, for me, obscure Alice Cooper tracks do not make good Glee songs. Although I still reckon I could do a Welcome to My Brexit Nightmare.

  4. The words you have written must work with the tune - the easiest way to do this is to have a copy of the original lyrics to the song you are relyricing and match it syllable for syllable. If you are very clever you can sometimes stretch or elide a syllable to cover a different set of notes to the original, but the more you do that the more likely it is to not work when we try it out.

  5. Preferably it should make us laugh - or if not laugh, at least have some kind of feels; Sarah Brown (Cambridge) is the mistress of dark pointed wit and poignancy, for example.

  6. Pick a topic Lib Dems love and you can't go far wrong - so obviously lampooning politicians in our and other parties is great (Guide Me Oh Thou Great Theresa, Arlene, It's a Sin), but also don't forget trains (Privatised Choo Choo). And Europe (Ode to Brexit). And legislative shenanigans (12 Days of Coalition). Or daft Lib Dem policies (Part Time Submarine). And if all else fails you can always just go sweary (Lib Lab Lie).

Hopefully that is of some help to aspiring Glee song writers. The traditional method will still work if you want to perform a song and see how it goes down before submitting it - your Glee hosts are thirsty people and there are bound to be moments you can take advantage of - but I'd be lying if I told you that the new method hasn't been more successful for the last couple of songbooks. You could, of course, try a hybrid method.

And of course the pub meeting still happens, it's just that these days we usually turn up to it with a sheaf of songs people have sent us and try them out on each other and advocate for the ones we like. The pub meeting for Songbook 30 will happen at some point over the summer...

Conference Feedback

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 10:01 am
miss_s_b: (Mood: Liberal)
Those of you who attended Lib Dem Conference in York over the weekend should have had a feedback survey link emailed to you; if you haven't, let me know and I'll make sure that it is sorted for you.

If there is anything that you feel particularly exercised about that you want me to highlight at the FCC washup meeting next month, please put it in a comment below. So far I have had:
  • The feedback survey is dire, and parts of it make no sense. If I say I didn't use the Conference app, why are the detailed questions about the app still mandatory? (a bit meta, this one)

  • Exhibitors are still not being asked for their feedback (which seems daft given that they are one of the ways conference makes money)

  • Some concerns about signage (or lack thereof) in the Hilton making training events difficult to find: for instance one room should have had "please use other door" on the locked door; people may have missed out on training by trying the locked door and not knowing about the other one.
Anything else?

Spring Conference

Monday, March 18th, 2019 09:12 am
miss_s_b: (Politics: Goth Lib Dems)
I survived. Chaired a Q&A and a debate, co-hosted Glee, ran a training session which seemed to go over well, and voted in a couple of debates. The Supporters' Scheme has gone pretty much as I expected although not quite as I might have hoped: conference basically voted in favour of setting up a glorified email list and not giving supporters many of the huge swathe of rights the leadership wanted to give them. FPC has the option to let them sit on policy working groups if it wants to (they already had the option to put anybody they wanted on policy working groups anyway...) and supporters can access the members' only area of the federal party website. But they can't vote for leader. Thank Cthulhu.

I was aide for the Leader's Q&A, so I got to see how Geoff plans that with Vince (and even have a tiny bit of input), which was fascinating. And (according to one of the stewards later) I did a very good job of looking interested while the actual Q&A was happening. Go me!

Not The Leader's Speech is getting so popular now that I think we may have overwhelmed the chosen pub: happily they had lots of staff on anyway because it was a Sunday and they do Sunday lunches, but I think we're getting to the point where we might have to specifically book a place, rather than just warning them in advance "you're going to get a lot of Lib Dems in at x time". Especially given Autumn is in Bournemouth, where there are only really two options for a pub to go to (unlike York where there's millions).

Self care was sub-optimal, though. Got a barely adequate five hours' sleep Friday night, plus about an hour nap during the day, then an even worse four hours' Saturday night with a half hour nap when Not The Leaders' Speech was over, and then a good nine hours last night. I now feel a bit more human and less argh-jittery-adrenalin after the nine hours, but I really ought to do better than that. I suspect sleep would have been even worse without a good napping partner, though, so thanks to Beloved for that. Diet, meanwhile, was horrific: 90% booze and sausages. I am craving salad.

Spring conference is always a bit more full-on than autumn because we have to cram everything into such a short space, but I think I need to remember that a bit better when planning.

And now to pack up, check out of hotel, and go home to my doggies. I have missed them SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much.
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
So those who are interested will have already seen Zoe's report on which amendments were taken and weren't and I am happy to answer questions about individual ones if people really want me to, but I think there are two things that need to be covered that are merely skirted in Zoe's article:
  1. The Supporter's Scheme, and how the votes on it are going to work

    So, you will see from Zoe's article that we rejected a whole load of separate vote requests. This is not because we are not going to be taking lots of votes. We are going to be taking LOADS of votes. There is a reason Geoff is chairing that debate himself, and that's because he is very very good at running complex vote patterns. If you're invested in what happens with this, you really really need to study pp12-14 of Conference extra, which details exactly how the voting will be run, however, in precis, there will be seven votes as follows:
    1. Yes if you want registered supporters to be on Policy Working groups, No if you don't (simple majority)
    2. Yes if you want to exclude members of other political parties from the Supporters' Scheme, no if you want members of other parties to be able to be registered supporters of ours (simple majority)
    3. Yes for overall support for the supporter's scheme (2/3rds majority)
    4. (Only if 3 passes) Yes if supporters should be able to vote for Leader (2/3rds majority)
    5. Yes for non-MPs being able to be leader (2/3rds majority)
    6. Yes to scrap the 12-month rule for Approved PPCs (2/3rds majority)
    7. Will depend entirely on the results of previous votes.

    I'm expecting most of those to be counted, TBQH. I'll be very surprised if not. But regardless, if you plan to vote in the Supporter's Scheme debate, study conference extra so you know exactly what you are voting for and listen carefully to the debate chair. You do not want to do a Chris Grayling and end up in the wrong lobby.

    In terms of how I plan to vote? I think this is ridiculous cargo cultism, won't solve any of the problems the leadership think it will, and will create a whole bunch of new ones on the basis of expecting staff who have just had half their colleagues made redundant and are already doing far more work than can reasonably expected to suddenly run a two tier membership scheme with no extra resources. It's madness. I shall be voting no, yes, no, hell no, no, no but I don't much care, and almost certainly no.

  2. The Europe Motion

    You'll find this on p9 of Conference Extra, and if you want to amend it (which I am sure, having read it, some of you will) you have until noon on Friday to submit amendments. Hopefully by that point we will know at least a bit of what is going on and it won't all just be chaos... hahahahahahaha only kidding, of course it will be chaos, but you can submit amendments anyway.
Any questions?
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
I'm a heavy user of email filters; almost everything that is emailed to me gets sorted and categorised before I even see it. Here is a picture of my Gmail sidebar as it currently stands:

All the labels except Starred, Sent, URGENT and Politics are set to only show up on the list if there is something new in the label. This means the sidebar doesn't become too unwieldy - I have almost 30 labels. Politics and Sent are ones I dip into often enough that I always want them to be there; Starred are ones where I need to take some form of action, so I star them so they are easily and readily accessible. URGENT is used in the same way Arthur Dent uses his manila folder marked URGENT, and so is just there as a joke, really.

But really, I only have three categories of email:
  1. Email I want to see straight away - this gets put into the relevant label (say, Work, or Family and Friends) and stays in the inbox; this email will send me a push notification on my phone. The number of email addresses in this hallowed category is very very small indeed, because being in this category basically guarantees my instant attention.

  2. Email I need to deal with when I can - this gets put into the relevant category but skips the inbox so I do not get a push notification and it doesn't add to my huge piles of stress and panic. I can then, when I have the brain bandwidth to deal with a particular type of email, go and look in, say, Politics and see what there is in there that I need to deal with. I'd say about 40% of emails sent to me are in this category.

  3. Go to Crap, go directly to Crap, do not pass inbox, do not collect 200 spoons - this is stuff which, while it's technically possible I might want to read it, is unlikely to be useful or interesting or have any point to it. It gets labelled "crap", and it gets put into Crap, and it never touches my inbox and it therefore doesn't stress me out. Almost all marketing email goes in here, which probably accounts for another 40-50% of what I get sent, and increasing amounts of other stuff is on this list too. I check it once or twice a day, usually on my phone, because it's very satisfying swiping to delete while declaring "crap, crap, crap..."
Once you have this system set up, it is but the work of a moment to, when you get email from a new address, add a filter for that address. And it is easy enough to edit a filter so that, for example, if you split up with someone you don't have to have them in Household any more, or whatever labels you decide work for you (Household is not one of mine, as it happens, but an example of one other people might want).

Sadly, while this system is great, it doesn't stop collossal bellends from emailing you at all, just sorts them into more manageable groups of bellendery.
miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
It would really help in structuring debates if you could submit speakers' cards as early as possible. To this end, you can now submit cards electronically here.

Thanks all!
miss_s_b: DreamSheep dreams of the Angel of the North (Blogging: DreamSheep: Angel of the North)
Questions via [community profile] thefridayfive here

1. Are we losing the art of listening?

I don't know what you mean, I'm listening to music right now [/sarcastic answer]
I think this all depends in who "we" is. I certainly seem to spend a large amount of time talking over things with other people. This, I believe, is known in human terms as "friendship". I sometimes get confused as to why people feel I am the right person to come to with emotional stuff, because I tend to be quite robust in my advice... but maybe people like robust? Anyway, people do come to me to talk about things, and that's 1, flattering and 2, comforting, because it means I know that I will always have someone to turn to when I need it.

In terms of humanity in general, I think there is a general and growing unwillingness on the part of women* to do men's* emotional labour without reciprocation or complaint, but I think that's a good thing. Firstly because it means that men* are starting to develop their emotional literacy and help each other instead of all relying on a single significant other for emotional heavy lifting (where women often have a much broader emotional support network), and secondly because women* could do with a bit less work. The irony of posting this on International women's day is not lost on me.

* not all women, not all men, and even within those groups to varying degrees, but it works as a generalisation. I am very lucky that the men in my life are mostly pretty good at being reciprocal about this stuff.

2. Have you ever interacted with the police?

There's a friendly rozzer I usually wave at when I see her around town. And when we got burgled that time obvs there was a degree of interaction. Other interactions... Look, I'm queer, I've got oddly coloured hair and piercings and tattoos, and I've been on quite a lot of protests. I also attend political conferences twice a year looking like I do. What do you think? I'm not going to be any more specific than that about this stuff because frankly it's my business and not the internet-reading public's, but... I feel I am perfectly justified in my dislike of the police force in general, and their institutional illiberalism and prejudices, but I try very hard not to hold that against individual officers.

3. Do you like being alone?

For a given definition of alone. I always have my phone, which contains my friends and loved ones 24/7. But yes, sometimes I need to not be in physical proximity with other humans. This is usually how I gauge if I have fallen in love; I can be comfortable with someone I love near me when I can't bear the thought of being near humans and want to run away and hide. There's a much smaller number of people I can do that with than there are people I have had sexytiems with: the current list is four people.

Usually being alone means actual distance and barriers between me and other humans: walls/doors/etc. The one exception to that is being in a pub. I'm always comfortable in a pub. I think this is possibly because from being tiny my parents often took me to the pub with them, and then I spent so many years working in them. It's a comforting environment. So I can happily "be alone" in a very crowded pub.

4. Who would you share your passwords with?

There are a couple of people who I share some passwords with - the whole family knows the family Netflix password, for example, and there's a few of us with the password to the LGBT+LDs twitter account. And I suspect there's a fair few people know my wi-fi password. Pretty much everything else is in a password manager because I have hundreds of online accounts, and I don't even know what most of my passwords are because they are randomly generated. The master password for the password manager is securely locked up in my head; the only ones I actually know are google account, spotify, and firefox sync.

5. What are you grateful for today?

Friends, Family (biological and found) and Lovers.
The train that is going to take me to a joyous meeting in a few hours' time. Speaking of which, I ought to finish packing...
miss_s_b: Abby Scuto says Awesome (Feminist Heroes: Abby Scuto Awesome)
I have done all the Work tasks I needed to do.
I have prepped for all the things I need to prep for over the weekend.
I have got a recalcitrant printer working.
I have done a bunch of stuff to help out other people.

OK, so, it's half past seven at night and I'm still in th office and haven't eaten since breakfast, but, you know, I've Acheived Things!

... might order pizza for tea.
miss_s_b: (Love: Addams)
... for various reasons beyond your control, and there's a bunch of stuff that you can't really properly solve even if/when you can soothe it a bit, and it's all a bit stressful...

Spending some time on Skype with someone who soothes your brain and makes you laugh and values you for yourself rather than what you can do for them?

That's worth more than all the tea in China.

I am very lucky to have people like that in my life.



Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 10:39 pm
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Mod hat)
Spent today feeling really crappy after some dodgy food yesterday luchtime (I think it was lunch, anyway) kept me up most of the night expelling said dodgy food from various orifices. Which kind of took the edge off of having spent the day in good company yesterday and then seen a play in the evening which... Yeah, I couldn't say I enjoyed it, exactly, because it wasn't the kind of play you enjoy, but it was thought-provoking and emotional and the ending was devastating. All My Sons by Arthur Miller, for those more cultured than me - all I knew about Arthur Miller prior to this was that he and Marilyn Monroe were married for a while and... it all went a bit wrong.

Anyway, being physically incapacitated today meant that my brain went freewheeling, so I got on with some beta-proof-edity stuff I'd been promising someone I'd do for a while.

So now obviously I am paranoid that I have Gone Too Far and will upset the person I was doing the beta-proof-edity stuff for. YAY brain! Oh yeah, not yay, the other thing.

Did a fic

Monday, February 25th, 2019 12:48 pm
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (cybersex))
This was written for [community profile] who_contest's challenge "Element", and is an X-post of my entry there.

Title: Refusing to Listen to Radio 4 is Self Care
Rating: PG, probably?
Genre: Headcanon
Word Count: 381 (limit 500)
Pairings or Characters: Sixth Doctor, Dr Evelyn Smythe, The TARDIS, implied TARDIS/Other TT Capsule
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Summary: The Doctor is investigating why the TARDIS refuses to connect to Radio 4 and makes a surprising discovery.

small fic under the cut )
miss_s_b: Eleanor from The Good Place looking unimpressed, captioned "that's Bullshirt" (Mood: Bullshit)
The internet's big talking point this weekend is that in so many ways the world is built around men, because somebody has written a book about it, and apparently this is news to a lot of people. Presumably people who haven't heard the discourse around pockets the last few years1.

A lot of the discussion is about the heights of things2 because this is an easily observable thing that we can all see and notice without much effort. Certainly when I worked in pubs, as a 5'1/4" person, the fact that the bar, the work surfaces in the kitchen, the grill height, the glass shelves, etc, were all designed for someone about seven and three quarter inches taller than me was not lost on me. This is why I have so many pairs of New Rock boots with massive heels and serious platforms.

But the thing that really got me is the medical stuff.

I'd known for a while about painkillers, because a trans friend told me. She was stunned by how much less efficacious painkillers were once her body and endocrine system reflected her womanhood, so she did some research on it. It's a known thing. Painkillers are only tested on men, because women might get pregnant and the hormonal changes might mess up the results. If you've ever wondered why it says in pretty much every pill's information leaflet "consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding" it's because they purposefully don't test them on pregnant people - or women at all just in case they might be pregnant and mess up the results. Note that this is not an interesting thing to study, the differences being pregnant might make, but an annoyance to be avoided. Because pregnant people never need pain relief...

I'd known for a while about heart attacks, and how women's symptoms differ markedly from men's, and women are therefore much more likely to not know they are having a heart attack and die3.

The one that brought me up cold today, though, was this from Marie on twitter:

Yeah. You read that right. Period pain is not a public health priority. But boners are.

Now, I am very fond of boners. They have provided me with a great deal of pleasure throughout my life, and I hope that they will continue to do so, and I am glad that viagra is available for those people with penises who have difficulty with them. But I have had a diagnosis of severe dysmenorrhoea for 31 years now, since I was ten years old. Severe dysmenorrhea is colloquially referred to as "period pain", but that's a bit like those British soldiers in the Korean war who were getting massacred and told the Americans they were having a spot of bother and then wondered why the Americans didn't come to rescue them.

Twice in the first year the pain was so serve my mum thought I had appendicitis and my appendix was exploding and I was going to die. I have had thirty-one years of, for one - or two or sometimes more - days every month, being so debilitated by pain that I can't move, can't bear bright light, can't eat because the pain is so severe I will just puke the food straight back up again, can't do anything but hide under the duvet with a hot water bottle and a sick bowl. I did a bit of rough maths this morning - say 1.5 days a month for 31 years - and came up with a figure of 558. Five hundred and fifty eight days of my life I have lost to completely avoidable agony, because people with uteruses being in completely avoidable agony is not a public health priority.

But what got me even more than that was doing a bit of reading around and discovering that this has been known for some time. This article is from 2016. But I hadn't heard about it before this round of book promotion, because it's not news, is it?
People with uteruses suffer completely avoidable pain? So what. Let's talk some more about the minutiae of Westminster Bubble politics.
Even the article the screencap above comes from is in the "lifestyle" section of the newspaper. Because it's not really news, that everyone needs to know about4, it's just a lifestyle issue that women have, completely avoidable agony, like which shoes to wear or which clothes to...

* reads back over first couple of paragraphs *

... oh.

Oh NOW I'm angry.

Because that's it, isn't it?

The mental health crisis in men is front page news, and deservedly so.
Boys underachieving in schools is front page news, and deservedly so.

But women's pain, women's suffering, the fact that the entire fucking system from clothes to medicine to cars to the shelves in the arsebadgering supermarket are all designed around men and women are an afterthought if we are even thought of at all? That's a lifestyle issue. Because you know who decides what is newsworthy, don't you?


Captain Kirk doing his rage dance

1 It's also well known that women's clothes - even clothes specifically designed for working in - are generally made from less durable, less comfortable fabrics, because women are meant to be decorative not practical.

2 Shelves in supermarkets are designed around someone 5'8", which is entirely coincidentally average male height, despite women doing more grocery shopping than men, for example.

3 Big love here to my friend who recently had a heart attack and thankfully did not die - you take it easy, girl, or I shall come over and do stern mama bear face at you.

4 If you're wondering why I'm not linking to that when I'm linking to everything else, it's because the book is by a massive transphobe, and the article has some transphobic dog whistles about gender neutral toilets in it. As someone - I think [personal profile] haggis - said on twitter yesterday, imagine how much more of a force for good CCP would be if she fought for all women and not just cis ones...

Did a nart

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 02:10 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Oh dear)
well, more of a sketch really, because I'm not patient or talented enough to do a nart properly. Still, [community profile] drawesome's current challenge is one that sparked a synapse, so:

Title: Jeremy Clarkson Test Rides the BGD 2000
Artist: miss_s_b
Rating: G
Fandom: Top Gear/The Grand Tour
Characters/Pairings: Jeremy Clarkson, a bloody great dragon
Content Notes: media: random lump of card I found lying about, Yard-o-led Viceroy Victorian fountain pen, Diamine saddle brown ink, Caran D'ache water brush, water.

image under cut )

If I had the artistic talent I might have gone with [personal profile] magister's suggestion of Saruman patiently trying to explain to a DWP employee that his universal credit has been cocked up, and that his address is no longer Isengard...
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
I was in bed with Beloved yesterday, both of us on laptops, he doing Important Actual Writer Stuff and me selecting fic challenges for next month and looking at Tweetdeck. He glanced over at my Tweetdeck and commented:

Him: You follow a lot of dogs.
Me: It leavens the stress of politics twitter if every third tweet is a doggy tweet.
Him: You could make a doggy list, then when it gets really stressful you could look at a feed that's entirely dogs?
Me, sotto voce: Why the hell didn't I think of that?

Anyway, as a result of that conversation I hereby present:

Jennie's list of wholesome doggy twitter accounts.

It is quite sighthound-heavy right now because that's kind of my jam, but do feel free to suggest additions to it :)
miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Fangirling: Columbo)
- Linkspammer still broken, sorry about that.
- I kind of feel like I want to blog more than I have for ages, but I'm not really clear what about. It's like an itch. This is an attempt at scratching it. It's not really working. Maybe I ought to do another Liberalism 101 post.
- I've got to go to exercise class in a bit and I'm so wiped out after emotional roller coaster yesterday* and adrenaline rush of dentist terror** this morning that I really don't want to. I know it'll do me good though.
- Daughter is playing lots of Tetris99 since it came out and the music is properly embedding in my head.

* my brain decided that yesterday was a great time to press a whole bunch of self destruct buttons. Happily some of them didn't work.
** I really really hate going to the dentist. My actual dentist is lovely, but that doesn't, sadly, stop the soul-wrenching terror.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Kill me)
The Independent Group's statement of values is mostly a pile of centrist mush that very few people could disagree with, apart from the very first bit under "we believe", where they dog-whistle racists with stuff about how the first duty of government - the first duty, mark you - is to do whatever it takes to secure our borders against all those nasty immigrants. I would have thought the first duty of government is to look after its citizens, or maybe uphold the rule of law. There's also the wishy-washy (at best) commitment to international co-operation, including no mention whatsoever of remaining in the EU, which given how the group was formed seems... odd.

Whatever they are, they really, really aren't liberals.

I guess they're filling a gap in the market, which is fine, fair play to them. Sadly, the gap in the market they are filling is centre-left authoritarian, and the reason that is a gap that exists, and my party isn't already filling it, is because authoritarianism is the antithesis of Liberalism; no matter how much noise Our Glorious Leader makes about us being centrists and a movement for moderates, the first thing we are is Liberal. Or so I thought.

It was with dismay, then, this morning that I saw not only all our MPs, and the press office, and a bunch of leaders of council groups, falling over themselves to praise this new grouping, but also a lot of people whose opinions I had hitherto valued and trusted. Huge swathes of my party sucking up to these people like they're the best thing since sliced bread.

They're so brave and principled, they said.

A bunch of people not forming a political party but hiding behind a company so they don't have to reveal their funding are brave and principled.
A bunch of people who let that company be in the sole name of an MP who voted against same sex marriage and who is associated with gay cure "charities" are brave and principled.

Is it any wonder that people call us spineless?
Is it any wonder that people think we don't actually have any principles?
Is it any wonder people think we'll do anything for power when here we are giving these seven people a tongue-bath the likes of which the world has never seen?

We didn't even wait five minutes. We were straight in the with "ooooo you're so wonderful and brave and principled".

Well, sorry folks, but I think this emperor is stark bollock naked, and I'm genuinely disgusted at you all for not only refusing to say so, but for admiring the finery of his clothes.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Lee)
I have actually completed a meme! For the last 20 days I have been posting a contextless, commentless picture from a movie once per day on twitter. The constraints were that the films had to mean something to you, and that you could only post a pic, no comment.

But you all knew I wouldn't be able to resist verbiage in the end, didn't you? So here is the list of films, the pictures I chose, and why I chose them.

1, 12 Angry Men (1957)

A still from the movie 12 angry men

This is actually a live broadcast television play-for-today type thing that was turned into a stage play, and then a film, rather than a film per se, and there's a bunch of versions of it that are worth seeing, but this is the canonical one for me. So tightly directed, so beautifully acted, especially by Jack Klugman (yes, Quincey). And because it's a teleplay adaptation you get that constraint in the number of sets and locations that just increases the claustrophobia.

I love the lighting, too. There's something about 50s black and white films, and the way they lit them... At the time colour was seen as garish and for fantastic movies; black and white was for realism and grit. So there are some beautiful noirish touches in the lighting on this which amplify the mood.

there's another 19 under here, so I'm going to cut to save your scrolling fingers, oh my f-list )

To be honest, I could have gone on for a lot longer than 20 days. Although those films all definitely mean something to me, it's not a list of my favourite films by any stretch. Only one musical? Whither Singin' In the Rain'? No Gremlins II: the New Batch? No Wrath of Khan? No Rocky Horror? No Flash Gordon? No Galaxy Quest? No Alan Rickman or Sheila Keith or Karl Urban? No Kubrick? No Rope or Rear Window or Psycho or Rebecca - no Hitchcock at all? etc. etc. But I expect you're probably glad I stopped when I did.
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cut for the squeamish )

But here is a benefit of polyamory: [personal profile] matgb offered to get me a glass of milk in between doing other stuff. After a bit I realise he has forgotten. [personal profile] magister comes up to say goodnight and I am pathetic at him till he goes to get me a glass of milk. Then we say goodnight and he goes to bed. Ten minutes later Mat comes upstairs with a glass of milk "OMG I'm sorry I totally forgot!"

I might be in huge amounts of pain, but I am a happy little milk addict.
miss_s_b: (Music: Nick Cave/PJ Harvey)
Poll #21228 Playlists
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 19

What sort of playlists do you compile?

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7 (41.2%)

11 (64.7%)

3 (17.6%)

11 (64.7%)

8 (47.1%)

8 (47.1%)

What's your favourite genre of music?

Who is your favourite artist/composer?

When is your favourite era for music?

What moods do you have playlists for?

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8 (61.5%)

8 (61.5%)

5 (38.5%)

2 (15.4%)

1 (7.7%)

3 (23.1%)

8 (61.5%)

It's completely normal to have Judas Priest on your horny playlist, right?

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Of course!
12 (100.0%)

miss_s_b: (Music: Progtastic Rock Wankman)
I've been reminded to post this by seeing it recced on twitter today. And yeah, I know, I've put this in linkspam a couple of times, and you probably think I am just wanging on about it because it's by my friend. And sure, there's probably an element of that. But if you are a music geek? Even you're even vaguely interested in music? You really need to listen to this podcast.

Andrew has SUCH an ear for detail, and brings in so many things that are not standard analysis, but are so interesting. And he's got a comfortingly Scouse-ish accent.

Honestly, trust me, go listen to it:

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How old are you?
Chronologically, I'm 41. In sense of humour terms, about 12. In world-weary cynicism about 9000. In my love life right now... Somebody's making me feel about 17. Which is great.

Click for more noseying into my personal life )
miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
Zoe's post on motion selection is now live, so I'm going to follow up my initial post with my thoughts on some (not all) of the actual motions. If I haven't put any comments down on a motion it's just because I would have been pretty happy to see it go on the agenda but did not have any particular passions roused by it. Other committee member's passions are different from mine, and that's as it should be. These are my views, not the views of the committee, and any issues you have with them are with me.
  • Access to Justice for All** is one that did rouse my passions, and I am very glad it made it onto the agenda. I don't think it counts as MHAP because I can see Liberal Reform types arguing against it - as, indeed, a couple of them did at FCC - so I think the debate will be interesting, and I hope this will ultimately pass.

  • Broadcasting Standards for Video Websites came from my own local party, and... would also have caused an interesting debate, if in not quite the same way. But it was probably fair that it fell. I think it would have been difficult to implement, had it passed, which is not necessarily a reason to shy away from a motion (see UBI, below), but...

  • Boycott the world cup was just far too late. Should have come four or five years ago, whenever it was the venue selection happened.

  • Sign the UN Treaty on Nukes. * sigh * Where to start on this one? This is a motion we have seen several times before in various iterations. The submitters of it have been given lots of advice as to how to make it acceptable. They have not taken any of that advice. I'm a passionate unilateralist when it comes to nuclear weapons, and I despair that this motion is the one that keeps getting put before us. It's cloaking its unilateralism behind a smokescreen of multilateralism because it thinks it's clever and it really, really isn't. Please can somebody write something on nuclear non-proliferation I'd be happy to put before conference for next time? Please? We might lose (we probably will - conference splits four ways on nukes) but at least we'd lose honestly.

  • Leaving London: Moving Parliament. While there were some issues with the drafting of this, I loved the sentiment. Sadly, FCC, which meets in London, tends to have a London-heavy membership. Props to the one member of London region who piped up about them having to move parliament anyway because of the refurb, so why not debate this. You're a good egg.

  • Demanding Better Transport for the English Regions. This split almost entirely on London/not-London lines as well***, with predictable results. I'm actually a little annoyed by that. The place we are holding conference is served by the two worst performing rail companies in the country, and it would have been nice to at least acknowledge that on the agenda. Still, Democracy.

  • Towards income security for all. I am very sorry that this motion did not make it onto the agenda, and I voted for it to do so. We were told that UBI will be considered by FPC in their fairer share consultation****, but my suspicion is that they will consider it in the same way they considered it last time - how can we get rid of this troublesome suggestion?***** - rather than actually considering it.
    I do think that at some point we need to get beyond the mentality of having a fully costed programme for government in the pretence that we are going to win a majority at the next election, because that is always used to stop us from considering big questions of principle, and I think that this is a big question of principle that at least merits "should this be an aim to work towards" consideration, rather than being shot down for not being capable of being immediately implemented.

  • Alleviating Poverty in Britain and Restoring British Values. This was an odd fish. It didn't call for anything to be changed in party policy, only for the party to campaign more vigorously on existing policy. Which... lobby FCEC******, don't put it in a conference motion.

  • Completing One Member One Vote. This was called out of order for some drafting issues, but I really liked the sentiment of it, and what it was trying to do - basically that only directly elected members of federal committees would get voting rights, so all the various reps from other committees and HQ appointees would only be able to sit on committees in an advise and observe capacity rather than (as in some cases they do at the moment) forming a majority of the voting members of a committee. I'd like to see a redrafted version of this come back to us.
And now I have lit the blue touchpaper, I am going to retire to a safe distance. I hear New Zealand is nice this time of year...

* legit the bit of this that took longest was deciding the title. The Nightmare Returns? This Time It's Personal? Obvs couldn't be Tokyo Drift because that's for a far later sequel than part 2...
** what I have been thinking of as The Metallica Motion because of this. If anyone wants access to it, I have it on vinyl, but Spotify is a thing too.
*** Even the LR types split regionally on this one
**** there will be a consultation on this at York, to be followed by a paper in the autumn
***** Members of FPC and policy unit may disagree with that characterisation
****** Federal Campaigns and Elections Committee, who steer campaign priorities. You might discover, upon doing a quick google, that this committee is not massively public-facing, and does not have an easy method of contact. A mischievous person might suggest that a question to the federal board report might be in order about that.
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
I'm sure Zoe's post on LDV will be up soon detailing what got selected and what didn't, once all the submitters of motions have been informed. When that goes up I'll have a couple of comments about which motions I liked and didn't like. But right now I'm here to give you the scuttlebutt about the rest of the meeting.

Firstly, conference office was not immune to the recent upheavals in staffing that HQ has suffered, and we are going to be saying goodbye to a much-loved and very long-standing member of staff. Conference office staff do a huge amount of work, and I don't think the party in general necessarily appreciates that, because much of it is invisible work. With conference people only notice when things don't run smoothly, rather than when they do. I hope the restructure doesn't have too much of a negative effect on York conference: that said, I'm sure you lot will all let me know if it does.

A decision has been taken as to where the 2020 conferences will be, but I can't tell you what it is yet (sorry). After York this spring some work will be undertaken to look at a bunch of alternate venues to the ones we have used in the last few years, some of them suggested by members, and we are going to find a way of communicating to members why certain venues do and do not make the list (and why). Inevitably all venues elicit both positive and negative comments in some measure, and doubtless there will be a lot of robust comment on this whatever happens.

We discussed also encouraging members not only to put forward motions, but to put forward motions on particular topics: it was felt that sometimes it would be timely to have a motion on a particular topic, and that might also encourage submissions in general. Prompts work for fanfic, so they should work for conference motions too. I can't promise you that it'll actually come in the form of a prompts grid, but who knows?

The other notable thing that happened was that I found myself in unexpected agreement with Simon McGrath 3 times. It's really disappointing when the right wing bogeyman turns out to actually be a reasonable and affable human being... ;)
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