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"no to age banding on children's books" campaign [11 Jun 2008|11:57am]
Of interest especially to people who love reading, people who as a child loved reading, people who have children, etc:

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Internet Explorer 7 web design problem [29 Apr 2008|05:10pm]
Long time no post here... have got some stuff cooking for my other blog though.

In connection with that, I have a request for help from the web-design enthusiasts/experts among us (if any are reading).

The problem I'm having is that in IE7, some of the links on my other-blog pages don't work. (Thanks to Annie for pointing this out!)

It's everything in the "content" div, basically the right hand side of the page. Header, footer and sidebar are OK. (Pretty sure that IEs 5, 5.5 and 6 deal with the page OK, though wouldn't swear to that at this precise second.)

Further examination shows that it's not actually the links themselves that are malfunctioning. If you tab to them, and use "Enter" to activate them, they work.

What it seems to be is that the cursor seems to think that the right hand half of the page is empty. Within that right-hand area, it never displays the text-cursor, only the arrow which it would normally be showing over empty space. So if you just go straight to the right hand side, you can't select text for copy & paste either, although you can if you start at the top, hold the button and drag down. That highlights first the header, then content, then sidebar, then footer, which is the order it appears in the HTML. (It's a "float" in the CSS which puts the sidebar apparently ahead of the content on the visible page.)

My HTML and CSS validates OK. Googling does reveal various vaguely-similar-sounding problems with IE7, but I haven't seen this one described. I can't help wondering if it's IE7's fault via one of those classic Microsoft failures to comply with standards - maybe hasLayout, which I only heard of today and haven't grasped at all.

I would be very grateful if someone can tell me "It's probably THIS! and the fix is THIS!"

Other clues also welcome :-)

Thanks for any help!
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a plug for my other blog, which now has some content [28 Jan 2008|12:08am]
I did mention already my "new" blog - not so new any more now - but at the time there wasn't much on it. It's since acquired three posts which aren't "blog meta" - two about aspects of time management type stuff, and one on sexual politics. So you can get more of a flavour of where it's going now (though I'm not making any promises that it'll stick to that territory :-) )

Also someone has kindly set up an LJ syndication thingummy, http://syndicated.livejournal.com/uncharted_world/
(oddly, not "worlds" - according to 36 the name was probably truncated due to LJ's character limit). So you can subscribe via LJ if you want. Thanks to whoever organised that, and to 36 for letting me know.

See some of you "there" maybe :-)
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grump [30 Oct 2007|05:23pm]
I don't want to do any of the things I supposedly "ought" to be doing. And I don't know what I do want to do.

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amused [12 Oct 2007|10:30pm]
laughed out loud at:
(work safe)
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new blog / old blog [01 Oct 2007|10:58pm]
New blog.

I will keep this one as well, at least for now. The new one will be more of a writing-for-the-world-in-general type thing and this will be more a way of keeping in touch with people I know in 3d, and with bi/poly social stuff. (Which is what it's mostly been lately anyway.)

I might go more friends-only here at some point, not sure yet.
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petition: national archives not to rely on Microsoft products [01 Sep 2007|07:58pm]

a worthy cause I thought...
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government consultation on consultations [08 Aug 2007|01:08pm]
Now the government are doing a consultation on how they do consultations!

Press release:
Main page:

I think I might put in something on this and say some pointy words about how blatantly biased that "consultation" (a.k.a. propaganda exercise) was on the possession of "extreme" porn.

Deadline is 28 September.
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government consultation on hitting children [04 Aug 2007|09:28pm]
If you live in the UK and you think smacking children is a bad idea, you might want to respond to this consultation:


Deadline 10 August (next Friday).

You can do an online response and you don't necessarily have to fill in all the questions, so it needn't necessarily take long.

More info/background at:

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BiCon update [19 Jul 2007|10:53pm]
I'm not going to BiCon after all. Long story - not sure how I'll feel about it all in 6 months' time.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my "who's going to BiCon" post a few weeks ago, and hope everyone who's going has a good one.
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Recycling lithium-ion batteries [05 Jul 2007|11:19am]
On behalf of a friend...

"... have you ever found somewhere to send these batteries (eg from a laptop) for recycling. The net advice I can find, is contact your local authority (no facilities here, or in most places I don't think) or send back to the manufacturer (which might work as pressure if everybody did it, but I suspect us sending a single battery back will probably lead to it being dumped in the bin... which defeats the object)."

Clues/comments, anyone?
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BiCon 2007 [21 Jun 2007|11:39pm]
Thinking a lot about BiCon. I'm thinking I'll probably go, but not sure yet. It's kind of odd to be questioning myself when in so many other years it was something I didn't really have to think much about - I'd just book :-)

Haven't got time (or at least not now) to post all my many thoughts about it, but just wondering who else reading this is going...? or thinking of it and not sure yet?
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Transtastic Men Calendar launch event [28 May 2007|10:44pm]
"The exhibition event to launch the Transtastic Men Calendar is on Saturday 2nd June at the Workstation in Sheffield. It is open from 2pm until 10pm, with good access.

"There will be nibbles and a bar from 4pm and we have arranged for 3 speakers, which will begin at 5pm. These include Dan - one of the models, Christine Burns - Press for Change, and Rennie Brown - South Yorks Police LGBT Liaison Officer."

Venue is the Workstation - very near Sheffield railway station.

Event is open to all trans-friendly people. As I understand it, admission is free, and you can buy a calendar for a tenner if you want to.

More details from Lee at T-boys, tboysuk@yahoo.co.uk. And a bit more background here (although note that the times quoted on that rather old post have evidently been superseded).

I'm thinking of going up to Sheffield on the day and going to this for an hour or two in the afternoon, probably around 4pm/5pm. Anyone else around in Sheffield this weekend? If so might see you there...
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Ubuntu is go! [17 May 2007|11:48pm]
Just had the new computer running Ubuntu off the Live CD, after getting a tipoff on the Tekheads forum from someone else who'd had the same problem with identical mobo & CPU. Hurrah!

The solution...Collapse )
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computer problem details [13 May 2007|01:01pm]
Thanks oilrig, topbit, cryx & lovingboth for the computer suggestions. Here's a more comprehensive review of the whole scenario...Collapse )
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computer not entirely working... [12 May 2007|09:49pm]
Well I quite enjoyed building the computer, inasmuch as it is built (some inessential bits not added yet). And it's not dead and you can get into the BIOS setup and it can see its drives. But it won't boot from either an Ubuntu Live CD or a Linux Rescue CD or a Windows 98 boot floppy. Booo. (At the point where you'd expect those to be happening, the CD player does spin up but doesn't light up its "working" light, for what that's worth, and the floppy doesn't make vvv vvv noises either.) Tried different CD player, same thing.

More experiments tomorrow I expect. Any bright ideas v welcome.
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new computer [12 May 2007|09:32am]
I've now got all the bits of my new computer here, and today I plan to start building it!


The Antec case (P150) is v shiny :-)
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bi health politics [11 Apr 2007|01:39pm]
Been pondering the politics of so-called "bisexual health", and looking at relevant research (such as it is, which isn't a lot when you come to specifically bi stuff).

1. a) It seems to me the short summary of current bi health, in terms of measurable outcomes, is "Very similar to lesbians and gay men in equivalent cultural/circumstantial situations, with a few differences in degree".

(E.g. referring to populations rather than individuals, the Mind report shows that LGB people have worse mental health results than straight people, and bi people's results are broadly similar to L/G people with some better scores and some worse. What I'm suggesting is that, for example, we're unlikely to find an area where behaviourally bisexual people as a group are healthier in some way than straight people, while gay people are less healthy.)

b) And the short summary of bi health needs is "Everything that (some) lesbians, gay men + straight people need, but without the biphobia and monosexism, please".

c) What do you think of this hypothesis, peeps?

2. How many behaviourally bisexual people might we estimate there are in the UK and based upon what evidence? esp. yer actual scientifically valid & preferably peer-reviewed & published type stuff. (And not simply reliant on Kinsey, who didn't start with a representative sample even of US people.)

Thanks in advance for comments on all of this, which would be most useful just at the moment.
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Linux [25 Mar 2007|05:34pm]
Thanks to a couple of nudges in the right direction by lovingboth, I'm now seriously looking at having Linux as my main OS on the new PC. Hurrah!

::exuberant metaphorical happy dances::

I am now part way up what feels like a fairly enormous, though exhilarating, Linux-centred learning curve.

I will shortly have a choice to make of which flavour, and I would welcome clues and opinions!

Factors I have in mind...Collapse )

Comments welcome, on any of those factors or any other crucial ones which I in my newbie stage have completely missed.

Thanks in advance again, o wise readers!

Eeeeeee! (::excitement::)
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software question [16 Mar 2007|04:02pm]
Cheaper-than-usual XP Home.

What do you think, o wise friends-list people? Is there likely to be a catch?
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