March 18th, 2012

Workers Amateur Wireless Association

So, I am sure I have mentioned the wacky Dutch Radio and TV system, where various mass-membership organisations get a percentage of the time on the radio and TV stations before. This in turn comes from 'pillarisation' (slightly overblown I suspect Wikipedia article here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarisation ). Aside... I see an organisation called PowNed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowNed) [geek reference deliberate and name made up 'Public broadcaster (for the) well-thinking Netherlands and the like' as backtronym and presumably satire of the other organisations' names] has been added.
I do think this pillarisation stuff should be looked into, I think that maybe we need a bit more of it in this country - first thing of course should be that the Nationwide Building Society and the Coop ought to be advertising in the Morning Star. And, of course, people 'on the left' ought to be reading the Morning Star, banking with the Nationwide and shopping at the Coop. Ah, you say, they are a different sort of 'left' from each other, and they are all a tiny bit shit (well, I have no complaints about the Nationwide and the Coop is OK up to a point, and the Morning Star isn't THAT bad and hasn't faithfully followed the Moscow line for years but other people will say it). But, just as one reason we don't have an indigenous car manufacturer unlike France is that people would rather buy better cars rather than ones from our fine state car manufacturer, this is the reason the Daily Mail and co are in the position to get away with it, and the BBC continues to be so craven.
Perhaps. Discuss.

The lost art of embedding scripting languages

So, there are various bits of my dubious knowledge concerning the embedding of Ruby as a scripting language into a desktop Windows application that I might like to write down for the benefit of the world at large, should I ever get round to it. But where? Clearly I could set up a website with a suitable URL, but how does one do that these days? This LJ account seems somehow inappropriate, I suppose I could set up a weasel_on_windows (or some such thing one), but no-one really looks at LJ for lumps of code. A blog on Blogspot or similar? People seem to do that to some extent - indeed one of the few bits of useful information I found was a series of blog posts, but I have some rather more complex information, but then don't you have the problems with comment spam? Or what?
Also of course, as we all know, writing things about 'how to do X' inevitably invites the 'you don't want to do that, you want to do this, with Lua, on Linux' etc. response, which will piss me off when it happens. [And in particular, my fine, 'callbacks from the Ruby 1.9 VM which allow you to interrupt script execution from the same thread from your 14 year old MFC application' trick will inevitably garner the 'you shouldn't be using MFC, on Windows, in a single thread, yada yada' response, you know how these things go...

He's a dedicated follower of facists

Why do so many things seem to come back to the fascist British upper classes?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Climbers_of_Cambridge

"The second edition contains a reordered selection of photographs and a missing diagram explaining the escape from the roof of the Marks and Spencer."

"Symington stood for Harborough in 1950 as an independent Mosleyite candidate, receiving 273 votes. In 1958 he published the book Return to Responsibility: A New Concept of the Case for Fascism in the Post-War World."

A heavy dose of WTF.

Ah, the lamp-posts of Britain. Your time will come.