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07 September 2012 @ 11:42
I love that the European Court of Human Rights makes webcasts of hearings available in both English and French. That's good public relations policy. I do, however, wish that they would get interpreters who matched the gender of the speaker. Watching a grand old male judge speak in a very clearly young female voice is... confusing.

Also, what's up with publishing some of the cases in only French? It's incredibly inconvenient for a non-French speaker, and makes it much less probable that I will rely on the case in any way.

Also, also: To the Danish Ombudsman: It would not hurt you to give the correct spelling of a case title. Or the correct date. Or, at the very least, an application number. Simply stating "The Furcas Case, September 30 2010" is incredibly sloppy work, and makes it virtually impossible to locate the case since the proper name is Farcas v. Romania (app. no. 32596/04, September 14 2010). But hey, at least you got the year right? The amount of googling I had to do to locate the actual case was embarassing (for you, not me). Especially for an institution who publicly claims to put out zero-fault documents. *eye-roll*

Also x 3: I am at *Hulk-smash* levels of needing coffee. How do you brain???
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06 September 2012 @ 14:08
What is the plural of fetus? Feti? Fetii? Fetuses? Or is fetus actually plural in itself?

(God, that word starts looking weird when repeated so often.)
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16 August 2012 @ 16:14
Mr. Assange: I don't believe you. I think you're just trying to escape a rightful conviction.

In much better news, I have the first draft of next week's talk ready. W00t!

And Husbands Season 2 has started! As someone who backed the Kickstarter campaign, I'm happy to see it looking good and being funny so far.
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15 August 2012 @ 17:18
Remember those excel sheets from the last post? I have now managed to turn them into three pages of facts and solid argumentation. Argumentation which I actually feel comfortable presenting next week.

After several months of writer's block, I call that a pretty sweet win. Go me! *pats own back*

Of course, I still need to do a lot with the presentation, but the backbone is there, and that's enough to make me happy. (At least right now.)
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10 August 2012 @ 09:34
Half a year ago, I bought a Kindle. I bought it mostly because it was a cool gadget that I had wanted to get my hands on for a while, but also because I'm getting older and my eyes are protesting reading stuff on the computer monitor all day. I thought the Kindle would be a good alternative, but it turned out that academic journal articles are actually kind of hell to convert to a format readable by Kindle. Kindle will read a pdf file, but the screen is too small for it to be a pleasant experience, since it can't reflow the text (which I don't understand. Seriously. I have a free app that can reflow pdf files on my smartphone! How hard can it be???). There are various ways of converting pdf files, one of which is Amazon actually doing it for you (which is by far one of the best ways I've found). None of them are, however, ideal, since the footnotes kind of goes out the window. Amazon, get on it! This should not be so hard. Hrmpf.

ANYWAY. Turns out that I'm not reading as many academic articles on my precious Kindle as I thought I would be. It is, however, a godsend when travelling since it weighs so little, holds battery power really well, and holds so many files. When I was in Venice recently, I had spent half a day converting and uploading the entire curriculum beforehand, which meant I didn't have to drag half a forest's worth in paper with me. That was nice (both for my back, and for the environment).

And then there's this: Push to Kindle

I am not even kidding when I say that this changed the way I use my Kindle. What it does is, it converts any webpage into a Kindle file (or a pdf or epub if that's your preference), with just a single push on a button. If you have a Kindle with internet connectivity then you can just have the file sent to your account, and your Kindle will download it automatically the next time it's online (if not then you can just download the file and transfer it yourself). It's free, and reliable, and so, so easy to use. Whenever I see an interesting blog entry, or a newspaper article, or a fic, or a case, or whatever, but I don't have the time to read it here and now, I just push it to my Kindle, and then I can read it at my leisure. It's amazing.

(There are a few sites it doesn't handle well, but there's a pastepad which lets you paste the text you want into a box and create a file from that.)

[This post brought to you by a serious case of procrastination before tackling those 90 cases I uploaded to my Kindle yesterday using this app. Ahem.)
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09 August 2012 @ 17:26
Oh god. I've spent a little over a week working out a list of case-law that's actually, you know, relevant to what I want to do. Blrrrgh. Lists upon lists of cases that I now have presorted into three categories: Relevant (90 cases), Possibly Relevant (62 cases), Not Relevant (293 cases). In other words, I have read 445 cases. Superficially, but still...

Which means that, starting tomorrow, I get to start actually analyzing those 90 so-called Relevant cases. Lucky me! Though I think I can actually present a pretty interesting argument, just by correlating my search terms. The numbers are pretty interesting. (I mean, why does "human rights" only show up in two of the 16 cases directly concerning discrimination? When the right not to be discriminated against is an explicit part of several human rights conventions, all applicable in Denmark? That's just weird. But hey, it aligns beautifully with the main hypothesis of my thesis, so I really shouldn't be complaining.)

Yeah. Sorry. I'm a geek. A geek with 90 cases on her Kindle, and a major case of I'm-going-home-NOW-itis. Maybe I'll spend the weekend reading them, that should be fun (not).

(Though secretly, I'm kind of really happy with doing all this boring grunt work, which is what it is, because it means I'm actually getting something done instead of staring into a blank screen for hours on end. I call that progress.)
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03 August 2012 @ 11:09
Things I have watched this week:
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy aka MOST CONFUSING MOVIE EVER! I had to look up the summary on wikipedia to figure out what was going on. I feel like the massive praise heaped on the movie when it came out was the most blatant case of Emperor's New Clothes that I've ever seen. The acting and cinematography was good, though.
  • BBC's Hollow Crown was ... uneven. We didn't make it all the way through Richard II (turns out that wanting to punch the title character in the face every time he appears is not conducive to a happy watching experience). Henry IV part I was AMAZING! Omg Hiddles, how do you acting??? Your Loki did not prepare me for those levels of awesome. Henry IV part II, on the other hand, was boring. Not enough Hal! (Hal, it turns out, is the only character I truly cared for in that play.) We still have Henry V to watch, but we'll see if we actually make it all the way through that one.
  • White Collar. Because it's awesome.
  • Oh, and the Klaine Box Scene, aka the Holy Grail of Glee fandom. Released by Ryan Murphy himself, making it a little harder for fandom to hate him unequivocally. (Not to worry, though, I'm sure fandom will find a way to explain this gesture away soon. The levels of hate usually thrown in his direction is gigantic - and I say this as someone who saw the Rusty v. Moffat wars go down in Who-dom.)
  • And the new Doctor Who S7 trailer! Aka the Trailer of Massive Flailing. Aaaaaaah!
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24 July 2012 @ 14:31
Clearly, the way out of a writer's block goes through Harry Potter quotes.

Equally clearly, what good is a thesis if it's not introduced by a Harry Potter quote?

Feeling like: sillytotally serious
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A really entertaining article on why Danish children's television freaking rocks: Farting Puppets.

Also, today should be the day where I get actual, proper internet at home, along with a working laptop. This should, hopefully, translate into me being more of a presence instead of just lurking. Fingers crossed!
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22 March 2012 @ 13:34
Um, hi. I'm still around! And slowly starting to feel like I might actually be resurfacing for real, yay!

So, anyway, have some fluff, c/o Rachel Maddow:

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01 March 2012 @ 11:53
1st Year Review (the one that decided whether I was on the right track, or if I needed to rethink the whole PhD-thing) happened yesterday, and went really well. That was the last big review before I hand in the whole thing in (hopefully) two years. Needless to say, I'm a happy bunny right now. Also really tired, but that may have something to do with the large amount of beer I had yesterday in celebration...
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24 February 2012 @ 15:10
Oh great. This week has been taken up by a massive cold, and I have nothing but fast approaching deadlines coming my way. These next few weeks are gonna be swell, I can tell. /sarcasm

In more entertaining news, of the "you're a disgustingly entitled specimen" variant, some dickhead wrote an entire guide on how Danish women are ugly, opinionated and - most importantly - don't put out. Which is, actually, quite refreshing, considering we're usually thrown in with the "Dumb Blonde Scandinavian" stereotype. Also, I can't help but being a little bit proud of the fact that Danish girls are apparently alphas, who respond negatively to cocky assholes. Hell yeah!

Meanwhile, the media is filled with stories on how women are 'allowed' to propose today (is that an international tradition?), and then not again for four years. And while it's all very 'wink-wink' my facebook feed is still filled with people taking it seriously. Random sample: "Wonder if I should take the opportunity today, but nah... my inner princess won't let me". My innner feminist is raging. If you want to propose then propose! Sheesh.

(Let's revel in the appropriateness of this particular mood icon in connection with this post. Oh, Donna.)
Feeling like: grumpygrumpy
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16 February 2012 @ 21:18
I'm thinking. Or, well, trying to. Thinking is hard! Why did I think it would be a good idea to make my living from thinking? Oh, right, it's what I'm good at. Doesn't mean it's not hard!

(I've been trying to write these four pages since 8 am this morning. It's now 9.18 pm. I'm giving it ten more minutes, and then I'm going home.)
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13 February 2012 @ 08:55
It was a weekend for violence. So I put on Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2 and rejoiced in watching Uma Thurman master some serious cartoon violence. You go, Uma! Just what I needed. (Preferred vol. 1 to vol. 2, though. Mostly because of the 88 gang or whatever they were called, and that oldies song being mangled to almost unrecognisability by a Japanese girl band.)

Why the need for violence? Oh, just the same old crap. I have my evaluation coming up in a little over two weeks, and I don't feel like I know what I'm doing. Which, unhelpfully, translates into being completely blocked and unable to read or put together coherent thoughts. And so the cycle worsens and becomes a spiral of negativity. Urgh.

Also, my neighbours are moving to a different part of the country, probably on the 24th. :/
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I love my supervisor. Well, to be honest, I mostly love the way he thinks, and the way he explains his thoughts.

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That's the symbolic representation of my analysis, btw. I need a hammer, to hit the problem as represented by the nail, but I don't know which shape it has yet.

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Originally posted by kikibug13 at Post
Originally posted by [profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

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23 January 2012 @ 11:00
I am having a day of profound unrest and disconnect from the world. It is based on nothing that I can actually do anything about, rather a lot of uneasiness about having to hand in a paper for evaluation at the end of this month (that's just a fact of life, and apparently profound anxiety is a permanent state of being for PhD students), as well as the general shenanigans of Hollywood trying to shut down the internet (and - by all looks - actually succeeding in a rather frightening way) and therefore is not worth dwelling upon. Instead, I'm going to do a list of things that make me happy:

- My supervisor, who delivers genuinely constructive criticism, without ever making me doubt myself
- The sun is shining today
- My favourite PhD colleague is here today
- I'm on schedule for meeting my deadline at the end of the week
- Got a really nice email back from a Dutch professor I wrote to last week
- I bought an app that catalogues my entire dvd collection very easily - all I needed to do was scan the barcodes, and correct the occasional typo. (The librarian in me was so so happy.)

Right. Time to go back to work, or that point about being on schedule will be false soon...

ETA: My favourite comment from my supervisor ever (on my excusing some drawings for being rather crude and elementary): I think they work this way - maybe they're even sort of relaxed, cool and hipster-clever?
Feeling like: crappycrappy
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17 January 2012 @ 16:05
Hah! Take that, evil Judgment of Doom, you are no match for me!

(aka: Finished with the analysis from yesterday, at least for now.)

Also, reason no. 179 why having a smartphone is not just for fun: I can draw a figure on my whiteboard, take a picture, send it to my work mail and then copy it straight into word. Five minutes max from start to finish. Meanwhile, drawing figures in Word is just a pain - it would have taken me at least an hour to create that figure digitally (and it still would have looked like crap. At least now it has the advantage of being a) legible, b) accurate, and c) fast).

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"It cannot be validly objected in that regard that Community law has an influence on the law applicable in Aruba. That influence may flow from the provisions of Community law which are rendered applicable to the OCTs within the framework of the association."

Good sirs, please make up your mind. You cannot in one sentence say that there is no influence, and then in the next explain where the influence comes from.


Time to put on my Sweeney Todd soundtrack, I think. (The Broadway revival one.) I need some righteous anger to deal with this bull.

ETA: Gotcha. The conclusions come before the arguments, so therefore I just need to read the whole thing backwards. Clear as mud, this thing is.
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16 January 2012 @ 10:36
Oh, oof, I seem to have entered the phase of writing where I become positively anti-social irl. Urrgh. I just get annoyed with everybody around me and their need to be focused on their own problems, or politics, or whatever when my writing is SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING, FOR REALS!

Ahem. I think I'll just go live in a cave until it passes (and it will, eventually). Thankfully I have both the last episode of Sherlock and a new episode of Once Upon A Time to watch tonight (do not spoiler me, pls!), and then on Wednesday I'll have Glee (I love that show embarrassingly un-ironically), and in between I've taken to re-watching LOTR, so I have plenty of stuff to entertain me in my solitude.

Also, a reflection: I might have loved the RDJ Sherlock sequel a whole lot more if I hadn't a) just watched the frankly far superior Cumberbatch/Freeman-Hounds of Baskerville prior to going to the cinema, and b) hadn't spent a lot of my time at the cinema being annoyed at other people for basically existing in the same space as me. Jude Law was very pretty, though. But what, exactly, was the point of hiring Noomi Rapace and then burden her with such a generic role??? Lisbeth Salander would cut you, Mr. Richie, for not doing better.

But speaking of Lisbeth Salander, I saw David Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo before Christmas and, ahem, I might actually like Mara's Salander more than the Swedish one. Sacrilege, I know, but she was closer to my own mental image of Salander than Rapace was. So, even though I HATE the fact that Hollywood feels the need to re-interpret every non-American trend, I actually preferred Fincher's version, so sue me.

Right. Time to try to figure out what on earth the judges at the Court of Justice of the European Union was smoking when they wrote this judgment...