Oppression, equality and respect

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 …

Getting the SSP’s conference film done

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 DSLRGuide Philip Bloom David Kong’s video series RocketJump Film School

The European Question

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 …

Photography

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 theory, areas of interest and guiding the eye. How this fits together to get what you want is the perennial struggle …

Taxation

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 meaningfully function. It is the price we pay to live in a society worth a damn: with street lights, police, pest …

Edinburgh People’s Festival – Burns on the Beach

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 free haggis, soup, trifle, stovies, mulled wine, juice, and a dram. And unusually perfect weather for it! [rev_slider burns_beach]   …

COMRADE – a brief explanation

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.

COMRADE

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, and how it can be used. The slides are here. I’ll also be writing some training materials – so we can …

Referendum Night

I don’t think I’ve managed to get over that night. I’ve really tried to, by diving into political work – and trying to develop the tools and the means of organising, and fighting future elections.