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- The country is coming together but Westminster is not.
Another example of the bubble that politicians live in or just typical spin?
I wondered about this as soon as Cameron resigned. Seemed like a good strategic time to call a general election with Corbyn in charge of a segmented Labour party in disarray and openly rebelling.
I can't see any viable opposition to the Conservatives even if there's some unholy alliance between Labour, the LibDems and the SNP.
I saw a lot of people express their grief and sense of loss when Bowie and Prince died.
Since they didn't appeal to me I never listened beyond what I heard at parties, on the radio or ...wherever.
On Friday I read that Mika Vainio died - apparently an accident in France.
I finally know how those people felt. I'm absolutely GUTTED. He was only 53. For fuck's sake.
So this weekend I put together a playlist of all his musical projects that I have in my collection and I've been slowly going through it. At about 40 hours long it's going to take a while. Thank god he was so prolific with his side projects and collaborations. Maybe not quite at the level of Bryn Jones or Richard James but he's left a really substantial legacy for those of us that enjoy his music.
Here's a small random sampling of some of his work.
It's pretty unusual to find them. This was almost certainly leaked. What possible benefit could the studios have for releasing them? Some artists may want to collaborate but probably not someone as big as Queen.
There's a SongStems subreddit and if your search skills are up to it you can probably find more sources.
- one of the graduate CS students after I was pestering him about compilers
Maybe you already know but Stanford has a great Compilers course where you develop parts of a compiler for a Java-like language. When I took it there were options to use either Python or C++ in the implementation.
It's a good introductory course covering both practical and theoretical topics.
Beware - their estimate of 6-10 hours of work (if you choose to do the programming exercises) is quite low.
Not to worry - just another 3 years 11 months left!
Or maybe 7!!
This week's music is brought to you by the letters Hate and Vitriol.
Finally took the time to track down the self financed Kinshi by Theatre of Hate. It's simultaneously mind-blowing and totally appropriate that they're still touring...
1. Black Irony
6. Kit Kat Club
8. Mr Mendacity
Can't listen to that without their earlier work too. I'm not sure who remasters an album - Westworld - and instead turns it into a best of ... album but it's the best recording I could find on youtube.
I spent a couple of years in Sydney - the mardi gras is such an amazing event. I'm still very fond of Sydney. I was there 90-92 and didn't notice or hear about any unusual attacks on the gay community there but I did live in King's Cross which was definitely more tolerant than many other places.
With all the recent vitriol and hateful speech and actions, it's worthwhile to take a step back and see that as a society I think we are (generally) making some progress. Not to pat our collective backs but articles like these can make us fell there is no progress or justice.
As disgusting as the article portrays some of the people in Sydney and the police force - and implicitly Australia as a whole - it's good to hear they are revisiting those cases because it does demonstrate some progress.
No no no. it really, _really_ shouldn't be possible (or necessary) to say that the change from chasing people off cliffs because of their preferences to a situation one where it's abhorrent and no longer tolerated now, is actually progress. Like seriously WTF that we even have to consider that. Still that was how it was. There's still a long way to go, but I take heart that in a relatively short time frame the perspective in society has shifted and it gives me hope for the future that there will be more progress (and hopefully faster yet) in tolerating whatever differences there are, whether it's sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or any of the other myriad of things that make us human.