Saturday and Sunday – was in Stirling. Stayed over on the branch organiser’s sofa. Had a pile of work to do, so headed there early, and brought my laptop to start work on a branch movie poster campaign, and to knit together a reasonably complex short film about the RMT’s struggle to keep the guards on trains. Continue reading “Recent SSP video pieces”
I’m a bit cheesed off that I have to travel nearly two and a half hours every day to work. I have to take two buses there and back, 30+ minute journeys each, and waiting time in connection. I try to make the best of it, by carrying a book or two, but I do miss my morning and afternoon bicycle rides to work. They were short enough to not get in the way, and long enough to build fitness, energy and power. Continue reading “Biking to work”
There’s an acute shortage of socialists who aren’t fighting with one another. During the past four years of activism two things have become clear.
- I’ve had no end of people being shut out and ostracised from politics because they’re ill-educated or say the wrong things without meaning to offend.
- There’s no shortage of folk that are blinded by pious bullshit in the Scottish Left.
Righto. Since getting a nice DSLR last year, I’ve been quite busy. Learning an absolute ton of useful information from YouTube on getting passable results.
- Filmmaker IQ
- The Basic Filmmaker
- Philip Bloom
- David Kong’s video series
- RocketJump Film School
It’s not been an easy choice. The Leave and Remain campaigns have been absolutely bereft of anything positive to say about the future of the nation either way.
I’m for Remain. But just barely – I do not endorse the EU as it is manifested. It’s nowhere near democratic enough. more weight could be placed on the power of directly-elected representatives in the parliament than the indirectly-elected ones in the Commission, for example. Continue reading “The European Question”
I’ve been busy since getting a Canon EOS 700D. It’s been an interesting experience, in learning how all of this works: The holy quadrangle of exposure: ISO aperture shutter speed lighting Compressing space with high-power zooms and long-exposure times. Composition … Continue reading Photography
Tax is back on the agenda at Holyrood. This is a good thing. I’ve never understood why taxation is looked upon as a great evil which must be avoided at all costs. Taxes are the only way that a society can … Continue reading Taxation
Had a braw time at the Edinburgh People’s Festival event – intended to welcome the great contribution that migrants and refugees make to Scottish society. It was a terrific night. A roaring fire, friendship, guests, dancing, music, poetry, song. And … Continue reading Edinburgh People’s Festival – Burns on the Beach
Right. I’ve developed a functioning web tool to make canvassing and organisation a bit easier – and would welcome any and all help to improve it.
I’ve created a stack of fake data – so anyone can jump in and improve its functionality, without exposing any of the real people’s names and addresses in the SSP or RISE’s database. Continue reading “COMRADE – a brief explanation”
I’ve been working on a software project. It’s a system to ease preparation of canvass lists, store the data therein, and use the voting and information data later on. At the RISE conference yesterday, I did a short talk on it, … Continue reading COMRADE