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09 July 2015 @ 04:33 pm

(That's not to say this journal is totally f-locked, or ever will be, just that there are fewer public entries these days.)

But if you comment, I'll be happy to add you. :)

14 February 2014 @ 01:31 pm
Look!  I'm posting! (Please don't all pass out at once, I don't have any first aid training...)

I've been re-reading the series recently, so the characters have been on my mind.  This is a spin-off from a throwaway line at the beginning of the fic I've been writing for shimotsuki since 2012 (which will be finished, I promise - I like it too much to abandon it and I think I've done the hardest bits anyway).

Title: Arrivals
Rating: G
Genre: Gen
Pairing: Whit/Berry
Summary: “It feels like the first day I saw the river, but twice over.”

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Also posted here on AO3.

23 April 2012 @ 06:31 pm
Programme: The Public Philosopher
Station: BBC Radio 4
Broadcast: Tues 3rd, 10th & 17th April 2012, 9.00am
Available Until: Forever!
Website: The Public Philosopher, Podcast

Not just a programme this time, but a whole series of three programmes!

Last year I caught several philosophy television programmes by Harvard professor Michael Sandel and subsequently sought out his 2009 Reith lectures, all of which I really enjoyed, so when I heard this programme advertised I was pretty excited.  Here he takes three different questions ('Should universities give preference to applicants from poor backgrounds?' 'Should a banker be paid more than a nurse?' and 'Should we bribe people to be healthy?') that crop up a lot in current public debate and provoke strong opinions, and with an audience discusses them in a philosophical manner.

The programmes easily lived up to my expectations.  Though the short length of the programmes (30 min) meant that discussion was perhaps unable to go very deeply into these issues, I thought they really benefited from the kind of structured thought that the philosophical approach lent them.  Like Sandel says at some point, these problems are so frequently discussed that often we forget to look at the ideas and assumptions behind the various arguments.  As a result this was an incredibly interesting and thought provoking series.

If you listen to nothing else, listen to this.
15 April 2012 @ 06:52 pm
Programme: Archive on 4 - Hobsbawm: A Life in History
Station: BBC Radio 4
Broadcast: Saturday 14th April 2012, 8.00pm
Available Until: Saturday 21st April
Website: Archive on 4 14/4/12

I heard this last night while washing up and cooking dinner (yes, in that order) and it's a fine example of one of the big reasons I love Radio 4 - its knack of having you riveted by things you had no idea you were interested in.  I've never heard of Eric Hobsbawn, and having heard a few adverts for the programme throughout the day I had no particular desire to listen to it.  But it happened to be on while I was doing stuff in the kitchen and within a few minutes I was fascinated.

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Programme: Woman's Hour
Station: BBC Radio 4
Broadcast: Mon 9th April 2012, 10.00am
Available Until: Monday 16th 2012
Website: Woman's Hour 9/4/12

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Well done if you read all that!  I don't think my future entries will be this long - the subject rather ran away with me.

Feel free to comment with anything that this post sparks off in your mind - you don't have to have heard the programme.  Oh, and I should probably say - BBC radio (unlike the TV) can be listened to even if you aren't in the UK. :)
13 April 2012 @ 01:26 pm
Greetings all, long time no post. It seems that even though I still check my f-list daily, I've rather fallen out of the habit of LJing, and it also seems that I'm not alone since my f-list has been getting steadily quieter.

Ever the person with the fantastic ideas, jdbracknell has come up with a solution:

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

My theme for the challenge will be '100 things what Katy read and heard', to be split into '50 children's books that may or may not be awesome' and '50 interesting radio programmes'.

Anyone else up for it?
23 January 2012 @ 08:07 pm
I have the internet again!  Will post more when I'm less knackered and it's not a Monday night.

In the meantime, what have I missed in the last month?
07 December 2011 @ 05:22 pm
A proper post will follow later this evening, but first I wanted to do a bit of advertising for a challenge I'm taking part in atm:

Click to join!

I dare say the majority of my f-list already know about this, but for those of you who don't, pulped_fictions is a comm for original fic and art, and Winterval is an event which takes place from Dec 1st to Feb 29th. Over those three months there's a range of individual challenges both big and small from which you can pick and choose those that you fancy, and though it's a team event, there's no pressure and you can do as much or as little as you like.

Last year was loads of fun, as well as being really flexible, so come and join in!
11 June 2011 @ 07:31 pm
At a large village fete today I saw a sign that read 'LIVE MUSIC | BEER TENT | FROTTAGE'.  Apparently it was the name of the band...
06 May 2011 @ 03:01 pm

For a while now I've been considering changing my web browser from Internet Explorer to Firefox, but can't quite make up my mind to make the switch.  Can anyone tell me about the particular advantages of Firefox?  And will I be able to import my favourites easily?

On a related subject, I've been having trouble with the internet lately, but I can't work out the reasons why or how to improve the situation. 

The issue is that Twitter in particular is working very very slowly.  Like, I click a link or scroll and 30 seconds later it responds.  I sometimes have similar problems with facebook, but less frequently, and facebook has never worked brilliantly for me. I don't think it's my net connection being slow, because other sites seem to work very well, including image/gif heavy LJ sites and streaming on BBC iPlayer and other places.  I'd kind of assumed it was Twitter itself, except that it worked brilliantly when I was on a uni computer the other day (and to make the matter even more confusing, I'm pretty sure the net connection at home and on campus is the same, since it's all on the university network).

These problems are a very recent development (as in, the last two weeks or so), which is adding to my confusion because nothing has really changed.  I have a lot of tabs open at once, but the number has been consistent for a year and closing them doesn't seem to help.  Memory use hasn't increased dramatically, and I still have lots left.  And I used Twitter with relative ease about a month ago...

Switching betweeen tabs and windows is very slow, tabs often disappear from the IE icon on my (Windows 7) Start bar, and the program often stops responding altogether and has to be restarted.  These last two have always happened occasionally, but were usually an indication that it was time to  let the computer Shut Down rather than just Hibernate.  Re-booting seems to have no effect in this case.

These things, combined with the high number of 'page loaded with errors' icons I seem to be getting makes me wonder whether it's a browser issue.  Is that feasible?  If so, would Firefox be better?

I honestly haven't a clue though, so an help would be great.