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Academic Gaming

February 21st, 2017 (07:12 am)
impressed
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current location: Where reality meets simulation
current mood: impressed

I know there are several people here who are quite into gaming in various forms, so it's probably worth passing on a fascinating website I just came across (and save myself a link to it at the same time).

PaxSims is run by Rex Brynen, professor of political science at McGill University. His focus is "the development and effective use of games and simulation-based learning concerning issues of conflict, peacebuilding, and development in fragile and conflict-affected states" So you get lots of stuff trying to simulate the intersection of politics, military affairs and humanitarian crises. There's at least one complete game available under the Aftershock link, but it's the reviews I've been finding fascinating, as there are more games in the sector than I'd imagined, ranging from the serious military simulations with added politics (Persian Incursion - Israel tries to take out the Iranian nuclear programme, incidentally the link that brought me here), to slightly more balanced mixes with BCT Command Kandahar, to much more political/resource management focussed with Afghan Provincial Reconstruction. Even better, the reviews are mostly based on having played them, in some cases with his students, and analysing what worked and what didn't, rather than simply having skimmed through the rules.

There's also reviews of books on wargame and game design, which I'm pretty certain [personal profile] yhlee  will find interesting, and a ton of links to related sites Mostly on Dreamwidth nowadays. You can reply on the DW post at http://davidgillon.dreamwidth.org/110718.html using OpenID. LJ commenting is on, but may not be checked regularly.

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Work and Health

February 17th, 2017 (11:43 pm)
blah

current location: Curled up asleep atop the barricades of dissent
current mood: blah
current song: The Internationale (Lullaby remix)

Beyond my part in the Spartacus Network response to the Work and Health Green Paper, I wanted to do a personal response as I take a slightly different view of the Disability Employment Gap that Work and Health is supposed to challenge and think it's much more to do with employer/recruiter disability discrimination and tacit government acceptance of the same/reluctance to display employers in a bad light.

I'd set today aside to do that, as submissions have to be in before 11:45PM (and dyspraxic, so bad with deadlines and planning), so of course today was the day I crashed and burned and slept all day because of cumulative fatigue.

The consultation had 46 questions, I managed to answer about 30 of them between waking up and remembering and 11:30PM rolling around which was when I pressed submit (just in time, it wasn't exactly quick to respond).

Which means I couldn't thoroughly respond to Work and Health because it was too much work for my health....

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
 


 

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Sleeeep - and that damned parcel

February 17th, 2017 (07:59 pm)
relaxed

current location: Shrugging off the clouds off dreamland
current mood: relaxed

The multiply-transatlantic parcel finally arrived this morning, the alarums and excursions around it claiming to be delivered last week were due to it being held up with a customs fee - VAT to pay - which I finally got a card telling me needed paying on Tuesday.  I wouldn't have minded the VAT too much if the Royal Mail's handling fee hadn't practically doubled it.

I may have been slighty more wound up about it than I realised as I'd no sooner glanced through the contents and confirmed everything was there* than my body decided I was going to sleep. Now. By my reckoning I'd already had 6 to 7 hours, and my body decided to double that.**

So it's 8PM and I just had breakfast....

I haven't been sleeping particularly well since early January when I came down with that blasted cold, I seem to have been on more of a 30 hour, or 36 hour, cycle than a 24, which keeps you functional, but in a state of permanently too knackered to do anything constructive, not to mention awake at awkward times of the day and it looks like it may finally have caught up with me. Hopefully I can get back to something resembling normalcy now.

* Except for the stuff that went permanently out of stock in the near year it took the main item to finally be published,

** Complete with two*** dreams about starting a PhD back at Lancaster and having a pleasant conversation with the fiercest of my old lecturers. There are also vague memories of being signed up as an officer for World War Three (and Case Nightmare Green from the Laundry Files), but that's down to the reading I've been doing. All of them surprisingly domestic, rather than kinetic.

*** Or one dream, interrupted, as I woke up in the middle of it, checked the time and picked up the narrative again when I fell back to sleep.


 

 


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Smokescreen

February 16th, 2017 (04:45 am)
current mood: Exasperated

The new Spartacus report, Smokescreen, into the government's Green Paper on Work and Health, is out. I'm listed as a co-author as it incorporates my 'Ticked Off' dissection of Disability Confident, but didn't actually do any work on the main report - which is a monumental, spectacular effort by Caroline Richardson and Stef Benstead.

TLDR: The government want us to see disabled people as the problem in disabled people being unable to work, rather than challenge employers as the actual cause of the Disability Employment Gap.

Executive summary of Work and Health: The beatings will continue until disability employment improves. *Headdesk*
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That Damn Package....

February 11th, 2017 (03:04 am)
current location: undelivered
current mood: Fuming
current song: Stand and Deliver, Adam Ant

Just checked the status again. Since our last episode:

 

Date & Time
 
Status of Item
Location

February 10, 2017 , 10:52 am

Delivered

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Your item was delivered in UNITED KINGDOM at 10:52 am on February 10, 2017.

February 9, 2017 , 7:14 pm

Processed Through Facility

UNITED KINGDOM

February 9, 2017 , 12:52 pm

Processed Through Facility

UNITED KINGDOM

February 7, 2017 , 6:24 am

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

I was in the house all day yesterday. I actually took delivery of a parcel for a neighbour just after 11AM. But I certainly didn't take delivery of a parcel just before 11AM, or at any other time.

Seriously unimpressed and will be letting USPS know that.

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HuffPost on the cost of repealing Obamacare for people with EDS

February 7th, 2017 (08:14 pm)
angry

current location: Privileged by the NHS
current mood: angry

Pretty good article on what Obamacare did for US bendies, and what taking it away might mean. The cost for those with vEDS doesn't bear thinking about.

And what goes for EDS applies to every other chronic illness that previously caused people to miss out on insurance cover.

Because god forbid an insurance company might not make a profit on every single patient.

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Tales of the Peregrinating Package - London, again

February 7th, 2017 (03:50 pm)
current location: Awaiting Wigner's Friend
current mood: Boggled
current song: I'm so dizzy my head is spinning...

Date & Time
 
Status of Item
Location

February 7, 2017 , 6:24 am

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

Your item departed a transfer airport in HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM on February 7, 2017 at 6:24 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

February 6, 2017 , 5:11 pm

Departed

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

February 5, 2017 , 3:23 pm

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

February 5, 2017 , 10:22 am

Departed

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES

February 1, 2017 , 10:58 pm

Departed

PARIS, FRANCE

January 31, 2017 , 4:17 pm

Departed

WINDSOR LOCKS, UNITED STATES


So do I stay in on the chance it's going to arrive today, or assume it's crossing the Atlantic, again.

And can I claim its frequent flier miles?

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WTF USPS?

February 7th, 2017 (12:36 am)
current location: Around the world in 80 postal deliveries
current mood: Boggled

I'm expecting a parcel from the States, which I've been tracking using the USPS website. All I can say is I understand now why transatlantic shipping is so costly.....

February 6, 2017 , 5:11 pm

 

Departed

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

 

Your item departed a transfer airport in INTERNATIONAL, MIAMI, UNITED STATES on February 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

February 5, 2017 , 3:23 pm

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

February 5, 2017 , 10:22 am

Departed

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES

February 1, 2017 , 10:58 pm

Departed

PARIS, FRANCE

January 31, 2017 , 4:17 pm

Departed

WINDSOR LOCKS, UNITED STATES

January 31, 2017 , 4:16 pm

Departed

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 31, 2017 , 3:11 am

Arrived

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 9:49 pm

Departed

WEST PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 9:49 pm

Departed

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 8:25 pm

Departed

WEST PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 5:10 pm

Arrived

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 4:31 pm

Processed Through Facility

ISC MIAMI FL (USPS) 

January 30, 2017 , 6:22 am

Arrived at USPS Facility

MIAMI, FL 33112 

January 30, 2017 , 6:22 am

Arrived at Facility

ISC MIAMI FL (USPS) 

January 27, 2017 , 9:50 pm

Arrived at USPS Facility

BIRMINGHAM, AL 35222 

January 27, 2017 , 8:35 pm

Accepted at USPS Origin Facility

BIRMINGHAM, AL 35210 



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This headache is a headache...

February 3rd, 2017 (08:21 pm)
blah
Tags:

current location: Poking the lab rat
current mood: blah

I've had a headache every day for the last fortnight, it's not constant, but every afternoon or evening, there it is again. It's not migraine level, but intense enough to be wearing.

My initial thought was it was part of my cold, which seemed to be staging a last stand in my sinuses, but I'm not really getting a lot of other cold symptoms anymore, so I've started thinking that may not necessarily be the case.

An obvious possibility is my new glasses - I switched to varifocals just under a month ago, or a combination of new glasses plus posture - the varifocals are inevitably going to change my ergonomics when I'm reading in a reclined position, particularly precise head/neck posture. The third option would be something otherwise c-spine-ish. I'm not aware of having done anything to my neck, but I've a history of neck issues suddenly popping up without warning, and sleeping with a collar on the other night seemed to help a little, but not enough to be entirely sure.

So I'm going to have to spend a few days experimenting with different combinations of things to see if they make a difference, starting with going back to my old glasses for a day or two.

Bah, this is a headache....
 

 


 

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Quizzical Notes

January 30th, 2017 (12:01 am)
amused

current location: quiz custodiet ipses quaestiones
current mood: Unreasonably Smug

I did a quiz night with friends on Saturday (which we won, he says smugly) and there was one moment of humour that's worth repeating.

Questionmaster: "What is the largest species of lizard?"

Instant voice from the back: "Trump!"

The table across from us was particularly raucous - they turned up with takeaways and a bottle of gin - and only got louder as the night went on and the level of gin went down. That prompted one of my friends who knew them to note that mass would be interesting in the morning - apparently the two being noisiest were the cathedral's Director of Music and the organist.

There were a couple of answers I was dubious enough about to check up when I got home, and it turns out I was wrong to say John Wayne played the lead in Genghis Khan, it was Omar Sharif. But I wasn't wrong by much, he played Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. And I guessed right that they'd go with Copernicus as the first person to propose the heliocentric hypothesis, but I was right to think it was Aristarchus of Samos, who only beat him by 18 centuries (admittedly I couldn't remember the 'of Samos'). One of my friends was particularly upset that she couldn't remember the name of the Welsh Assembly's First Minister, because 'I'll get teased about it at work' - it wouldn't be an issue for most of us, but she works in the Constitutional Affairs team at the Cabinet Office. Whoops....

It's about a year since I last did a quiz, we used to do them much more regularly. The only drawback to this one was that there were really too many people in too small a space, which made conversation difficult to impossible, but still an enjoyable night.

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