sqbr: (up and down)
Thursday, November 26th, 2015 02:46 pm
For the Perth Gaming Festival this Saturday. I have a bunch of copanelists, so this is just points I want to hit, not a strict plan.

More people are playing and making games than ever before, and as the community has grown so too has the call for games that represent a wide range of human experience. This panel explores the importance of diversity in games, with discussion of ways developers can make more representative games, of how both players and game makers can be supportive of diverse voices, and will include examples of games featuring positive identity representations. Our panelists will speak from a wide range of perspectives, including disability, the LGBTIQ spectrum, and culturally diverse backgrounds.

My notes:
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sqbr: (up and down)
Saturday, December 27th, 2014 07:56 am
My battery has started running out AGAIN only a few months after getting it replaced last time. Anyone else had this problem? Is it plausibly just the price I pay for living on top of a really big hill? And if you live in Perth, where do you get yours replaced? I've been using Scooters Australia, which costs about $600 ie RATHER MORE than I'd like to be spending every few months /o\

Have been recharging whenever I'm not using it, trying not to let it run down too low when I'm out, and trying to keep the wheels inflated though we did forget about that for a while. And it's still run out faster than it did before I started doing any of those things.
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Friday, October 28th, 2011 09:11 am
Barred CHOGM protestor 'not a threat' The Queen is visiting, better lock up the environmentalists! On the plus side even commercial FM radio news was talking about it.

Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville 'genocide'

Housos: a tv show making fun of disabled people living in public housing. As a disabled person who grew up in public housing around a lot of disabled people my response was nostalgia coated in a heavy layer of "Fuck you"(*). Here's the first episode of Housos, I only got three minutes in, maybe it suddenly becomes SUPER AMAZING after that but somehow I doubt it.

(*)Given that my childhood involved a lot of people swearing and resentment towards middle class(**) wankers who thought they were better than us I guess it's appropriate.
(**)I tried to look up about the guy who made this, but once I hit "He won the Tropfest award…although he had submitted the film under the pseudonym Laura Feinstein in order to appeal to the sensitivities of the judges" I decided I'd hit my loathing limit for the day.
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 09:20 pm
Compulsory acquisition divides Broome

The Government's decision to compulsorily acquire the land near Broome for a $30 billion gas precinct has polarised the town.

Aboriginal and green groups say it is an outrageous decision and one that will galvanise opposition in the Kimberley, interstate and overseas.

The Broome Chamber of Commerce says it will be a boost for local business and ensure the town's long-term prosperity.

Higher appeal over transgender decision

Last year, the two, who were born female, won the right to be legally considered male even though they had not undergone surgery to remove their reproductive organs.

The state's Attorney General appealed against the decision, arguing it could mean a person could be legally male but still bear children.
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Thursday, October 29th, 2009 12:03 pm
I thought about posting this to [livejournal.com profile] gynaecon but I feel my ideas are still too brainstormy and vague at this stage, also there's just not many people on that comm! I'm definitely not meaning to talk about them behind their backs, what with all but three of them being on my friends list :D1. If I feel like I've poked at the idea enough to make a coherent point I'll post it.
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sqbr: pretty purple pi (I like pi!)
Monday, June 29th, 2009 10:27 pm
This is a report about [livejournal.com profile] femmeconne, a women's con held last.. September?

I started writing this after I got back, but it was a VERY stressful time for me, especially with regards my health, so I never finished it. And now I've forgotten what I was going to say. So the first part is the original draft, the second my 8-month-old vague recollections.

Original Draft
Since I was incredibly curious before I went, and other people also seem to be, a synopsis of my time there. Note that I got sick for the Sunday, and was a bit woozy on the Saturday, and in general YMMV.
A feminine convention )
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Friday, November 28th, 2008 07:58 pm
So I'm tossing up going to the swancon bbq. On the one hand, it's an awful lot of effort, on the other I would like to go(*). Cam is plausibly going to be too busy to give me a lift, and I don't want to organise a lift with anyone else in case I suddenly have to cancel. (The energy it takes to be there far outweighs the energy it takes to get there assuming I can find a low-walking public transport option)

Anyway, after much messing about with the Transperth website (and ringing their info line who had no idea what suburb Kings Park was in), looking at google maps it occurred to me that the best way to get there might be to catch a bus to the corner of winthrop ave/thomas rd and walk through the park.

Is this plausible? I don't think I've ever entered the park from that side so I have no clue and don't want to end up looking up at a cliff or fence or something (like I would if I took the transperth site's advice and caught the cat to Mounts Bay hospital. Clearly their algorithm does not consider vertical distance)

(*)I know they said to rsvp, but since I couldn't eat much last time, and now my diet's even MORE restrictive, I can't see me turning up being much of an inconvenience. I'll bring my own munchies and pay a donation like I did last time.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Friday, October 17th, 2008 11:02 am
First: it is [livejournal.com profile] gelignite and [livejournal.com profile] mandragor2003's birthdays in the next couple of days and I have gotten them absolutely nothing. Sorry guys, I've been struggling to just get my head around my current situation which has been very distracting, and my brain (which is not at it's best at present) has been remarkably unhelpful everytime I remember and try to decide what to get you. Do either of you want a steampunk clock thingy? :)

Second: To the vegetarians on my flist, specifically the ones who would consider coming to a hypothetical party for my own birthday, where are some restaurants in perth which do a moderately good buffet and offer acceptable vegetarian food? Note that, for me, "moderately good" implies it has meat, sorry :P(*) Last year (year before?) we went to the local pub which was fine for me but has one of the worst vegetarian spreads ever and you all looked rather sad, so I'm hoping a compromise is possible. I know how sad I am when people have parties at restaurants where there's nothing/little I can eat (ie most of them, thus buffet, where I can pick out what I want and nibble at a little bit of the bad stuff too)

EDIT2: Keep in mind I and Cam's multiple food issues. It's been so long since I could eat indian etc buffet it didn't occur to me people would suggest it. Unfortunately, pretty much all I can eat is chinese/japanese/korean/vietnamese (ie most asian food which doesn't contain coconut, chilli, lots of fat, or tofu)(**), italian/greek, and european style buffets since they serve slabs of plain meat and vegetables. And even there I have to pick out a lot of ingredients most places, which is why I like buffet.

(*)If nothing else, I have yet to encounter a vegetarian buffet which didn't make me feel REALLY ill afterwards. And, well, it's my birthday, and I like meat.
(**)I realise there's probably lots of other little countries whose food I can eat, but I'm just thinking of the ones who get dedicated restaurants here. Malaysian chinese is ok too, but not the sort of malaysian food with lots of coconut. Thai and indian are OUT.
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Saturday, July 12th, 2008 05:42 pm
So, several years ago one of Swancon's guests was the Doctor Who author Kate Orman. I didn't pay that much attention because you know, I don't like Dr Who *cough*, but she seemed pretty cool and I think we may have had a nice conversation at some point (it was a long time ago, and my brain leaks)

Now a year or so ago I joined the anti-racist community [livejournal.com profile] debunkingwhite. A little while ago I decided to start posting a bit about racism in australia since I couldn't find anywhere else better to do so(*), and another australian, [livejournal.com profile] seeingred, was very enthusiastic and posted some stuff as well. I've seen her here and there on the internet with her "redheads against racism" icon (which somewhat inspired one of mine), and we've had a few pleasant conversations, and she seems pretty cool.

A month or so ago I discovered the Dr Who macro community [livejournal.com profile] icanhastardis. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment from it, but have noticed a bit of friction over the rather strict spoiler policy, cheerfully but firmly enforced by the mod, who I decided was a bit odd but to be commended for running such a large and worthwhile community, and overall..pretty cool.

So (and I think you can see where this is going), today I killing time on the internet and came across a post(**) about this lj user who was involved in a bit of a kerfuffle in Dr Who fandom, and it mentioned some of the drama around the way she mods [livejournal.com profile] icanhastardis.

Her name? [livejournal.com profile] kateorman, aka [livejournal.com profile] seeingred.

How I managed to not recognise her name on all the mod posts (and in great shiny letters on her other lj) I do not know.

Anyway, I just had to share :) I am otherwise taking a day off thinking for I have a very busy day tomorrow, I intend to answer my piles of email some time after I gather the energy to wrap my brothers birthday present.

EDIT: checks out her userinfo and discovers she's been friended by nine of you guys, all of who are I'm sure laughing at me right now :P

(*)A well meaning gesture which has somewhat fallen to the wayside, because I am lazy and have a short attention span
(**)Which I won't link to, but I'm sure you can find if you really want. It's not very exciting, but I guess it is proof that no publicity os bad publicity :) I wouldn't have mentioned it at all but it was such a weird way to find out!
sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Sunday, December 30th, 2007 12:48 pm
So I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] penchaft about her writing, and started thinking about of the many people on my flist involved in local small press sff short story publishing (It seems to me that submitting to something like Borderlands would be a good next step, but I'm not sure she agrees).

Listing you all in my head I was struck by the fact that you're all older than me1, ie 30+. Which, ok, so it takes a little while to get into that sort of thing, but thinking back I'm sure Lily started Fables back in her early to mid 20s, and similarly with a lot of the people on Borderlands etc. Looking through the submitters to Borderlands and Ticonderoga the (admittedly few) names I recognise are all older than me apart from a few of the artists.
Further thoughts... )