We have a number of very exciting submissions but some colleagues would like a bit more time due to summer and busy start to autumn term.
If we were a large existing conference, this may not be possible but this is about building a DICATS community and also our first venture so we can squeeze the timeline a little further.
To get hive sites operational in terms of technology any further extensions will not be possible after 5th.
Various small video projects on the go at the moment including a non-work one where we have English subtitles from a Russian video. With the help of a friend, we’ve completed the translation and now deciding which options to go for. We haven’t found a Russian only speech to text that would do this quickly, to be honest we haven’t really looked and this is not a major issue for now as all videos under 5 mins and not continuous speech.
Subtitle horse is an option now we have the translation, also you can write directly into youtube if uploaded there. With a translated video, there are placement considerations for subtitles and renamed captions and whether they should be in lower thirds or not, with a potentially a lot of visual clutter especially if using a mobile device. I would use both of these especially with subtitle horse where you can use video from different URLs such as Vimeo videos etc. A lot to still play with.
Thoughts with everyone in their grief to find strength and peace over the next few days X
On the to read but not yet list is Natasha’s Dance by Orlando Figes, a present from a beautiful friend whose daughter lived in Moscow and St Petersburg during 1980s I think.
Orkando quotes a cycle from a poem Cinque about Anna Akhmatova’s meeting with Isaiah Berlin who was secretary of British Embassy in Moscow and how she felt as a Russian talking to an English person:
Sounds die away in the ether,
And darkness overtakes the dusk.
In a world become mute for all time,
There are only two voices: yours and mine.
And to the almost bell-like sound
Of the wind from invisible Lake Ladoga,
That late night dialogue turned into
The delicate shimmer of interlaced rainbows1
Here’s to interlaced rainbows – of all English who visit Moscow and talk with Russians!
1.Figes O (2002), p454, From the complete works of Anna Akhmatova, Natasha’s Dance, published by Penguin Books
Went with a friend today
Really powerful contributions from ambassdors for Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua – reflecting on the legacy of Hugo Chavez. Also amazing heartfelt contributions from the great Ken Livingstone and George Galloway.
Ken Livingstone hosted Chavez in 2006 in London. What struck Ken most was how as a president he was an ordinary guy committed to helping and empowering ordinary people. He achieved that but you never hear this in mainstream media.
The multiple ideological pronged assault on Latin America by its Northern neighbour through military coups, assassinations, sanctions, propaganda, now NATO (Colombia) and attempts to force trade agreements.
Speeches by the distinguished female ambassadors referred to the great solidarity between Latin American countries – establishing their own regional relationships, cooperation and peace.
A letter from Fidel Castro to Hugo Chavez was read out (the event was being recorded) and Fidel Castro reflected on their genuine friendship, shared goals and relationships in spite of very different life backgrounds.
Social programs with their own regional unity and cooperation have achieved in Venezuela during Chavez leadership:
Ken Livingstone “All you can do is plough on and don’t let lies and smears get to you”
Without the right movement, the right ideas, this could not succeed. Those who hated Chavez did so because he empowered those without power. He renewed faith, hope and dignity.
Our event today is being wrapped up by @georgegalloway speaking powerfully , reflecting on Allende and how the history of Latin America demonstrates that the left and progressives cause is the advance of democracy and empowerment- in the teeth of bitter opposition #Chavez20 pic.twitter.com/fYA1vkNcKn
— VSC (@VenSolidarity) October 13, 2018
Hugo Chavez in London:
Just putting out feelers at the moment. I originally planned to set up an induction for students this year but this was not possible. So I am probably setting up a blog area for students or staff, with comments to promote helpful practices, share and resolve issues and other questions. Usage of Apple products continue to increase and it may be helpful for a short time to pool knowledge which can then be distributed in more timely and efficient ways. I don’t have one but will get occasionally access to a small Macbook over the next few weeks. I will be co-running another digital artefacts workshop soon and with more digital art tools starting to appear, it’s useful to explore in a creative setting.
She played a recital at Rossotrudnichestvo in Kensington tonight. Hugely talented and multiple award winner.
In September on Olkhon Island I listened to an amazing recital by suxh a brilliant pianist that his fingers seemed to fly from one end of the keyboard to another.
Tonight’s performance was equally brilliant. I imagine she will go very far.
One of my friends who is also a better martial artist than me – has worked with refugees in Calais and in a Mediterranean lifeboat project. She has been so horrified by what she experienced that she started asking questions about many issues.
She has started to research controversial areas that some others may not have time to look at.
Her first article is about NGOs and Colombia / Venezuela: https://wp.me/padgtN-e
Will be flying through reading list of articles bookmarked over next week as I start Environmental Science course.
Kung Fu tea talks about this esp white nationalists and MMA
I’ve come across both in every club I’ve trained in. Master Worsfold said that most people come to martial arts are the ones not kicking people’s heads in on the street or paying people to do it for them.
However a lot of people join who have military or fighting experience. Some (adults and children) are more aggressive than they realise and they will either use their skills they learn – to amplify that aggression or they will try to adapt.
Same as having a military experience may stop you behaving a certain way in a certain situation or it may not.
It seems more possible within MMA as they are non traditional clubs and personally, learning a traditional art involves learning a different way of discipline and respect.
Up to each individual.
A friend whose family and friends are caught up in the horrifying situation in Yemen have provided a link to a trusted foundation where you can donate.
More people are having to leave their homes and try to live somewhere else, even if they work there is no salary provided.
Please help if you can
We had a great online meeting this week and it looks like we will have a Russia hive site for 2 of the 24 hours. Unfortunately we coincide with Mens Day on 23rd Feb 2019 which is something to bear in mind for future planning of events – national days and festivals in whatever country.
Venues are being investigated and each hive site faces a number of technology hurdles to overcome.
We created the Russian version of the call for proposals initially using Yandex then a friend did grammar corrections and general proofreading.
I will also be using Yandex for subtitling any video presentations then getting more formal help although our organiser in Moscow is also investigating at their end.
Don’t know yet if will convert video as mp4 to audio then speech to text of mp3 or just subtitle and caption directly viewing the video, probably the latter due to expense of speech to text tools, will check out Russian tools too for future ones.
Even if venue wasn’t possible there are a number of presenters who could present even if it’s not via the core stream, we will figure a way. All of us except the Drexel media magicians are in new technology territory.
So if you are in education and planning events, please don’t assume that it can’t be done. If you’re funded (unlike us) it will be even easier!
DICATs proposals deadline now middle of October https://dicats.org