Gal Sponsorship for Melbourne’s Global Game Jam Closes Today! [#geekgirl]
“As the Principal Supporter of the Melbourne Global Game Jam, Screen Australia has kindly sponsored places for women wanting to participate at Melbourne’s Global Game Jam 24-26 January, 2014.
All women wanting to jam and aged 18+ are invited to apply for GGJ Assist by Monday 13 January. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by Wednesday 15 January.
If you have already booked and receive a GGJ Assist place, your $60 registration will be refunded to you. GGJ Assist covers the $60 registration fee only, any additional costs will be borne by you. The registration fee assists with the costs catering, equipment and staffing for the entire GGJ weekend.”
“PyLady” Grants Available for PyCon 2014 [#geekgirl]
[From Sebastian Porst] “Over the last couple of days, I have worked with PyLadies and the Python Software Foundation to make a special grant available to give a PyLady from a developing country a fully paid trip to PyCon 2014 in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about this, see if you qualify, and what the application deadline is, please see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FL1yeWHzKclKQpALodeaqkbtTnwDd3BEEp4LnoXJ70s/edit#“.
The New Who vs Oldskool Timey-Wimey Whovians [#geekgirl] [#DrWho]
—–[“The Time of The Doctor” SPOILERS (Sweetie) Alert]—–
On the 25th December 2013, Doctor Who received 12 new lives. In the episode “The Time of The Doctor”, the current series showrunner, producer and lead writer Steven Moffat imbued the once-labelled as 11th [and now redubbed the 12th, or even 13th] Doctor a new regeneration cycle. In this episode filled with heavy-duty retconned plot threads, we see the New [old] Who emerge.
From a traditional Whovian perspective, there’s been substantial trouble with Moffat’s version of a character who, like his regenerations, has undergone substantial re-jigging as part of the entire franchise reboot, many of which have been largely controversial. When Moffat plucked the Doctor Who writing mantle from Russell T Davis, there was substantial concern that his [then] largely episodic inflected story style wouldn’t be able to adequately extend beyond flashy emotion-inducing viewer bait, complete with thrill laden plot segments and incomplete long arc shifts where foregrounding, consistent character development and plots worthy of the previous writers were/are [mostly] abandoned.
In this pivotal episode, Moffat attempts to disassemble and reassemble elements of the Who Canon in an effort to extend the longevity of the franchise beyond the Doctor’s accepted and restricted Regeneration cycle. The episode contains all the benchmarks we’ve come to expect from Moffat: companions posited as disposable tools or eye-candy mannequins, story gaps you could drive a TARDIS through and plot-hole-construction-gloss thrown about almost randomly by the shiny bucketful. The result creates a type of standard willing Suspension of Disbelief that only just lightly grips the edges of believability. Emotional key points fall cheaply and wantonly [like the death of his handy Cyberman-head-pal “Handles”, or the Doctor's promise to Clara that he'll never abandon her again]. The rushed passage-of-time markers rub the viewer in any manner of annoying ways, and flimsy self-referential exposition becomes paramount when the contrived CGI effects fail to impress.
And yet, given all of the failings of this crucial episode, the emotional reefing that Moffat does best still manages to evoke a type of stretched wonder-thrall. Moffat discards [and has now for many, many episodes] conventions that traditional Dr Who fans hold dear: Joseph Campbellesque hero variables and crucial sci-fi story elements are bypassed in order to cater for more incrementally-oriented audience members used to absorbing their story snippets through 2 minute YouTube blipverts or Tumblr-emulating focals. Moffat knits together these contemporary absorption points via a method that, instead of catering for narratives comprising sequential beginning, middle and ends, seeks to harness the power of discrete narrative units. These units merge techniques drawn from graphic novel variable truncation to story-board framing, resulting in staggered story-time acceleration and retconned plot explosions designed for nonlinear attention spans.
Moffat may not be the great grand hope for old-timey-whiney Whovians [ahem] who yearn for believable extensions to Who chronology beyond an established and pre-mapped regenerative timeline. But through the New Who incarnation, Moffat instead offers us an extension of a well-worn and much-loved character, one that at least utilises the very methods that a contemporary audience regularly deploys to maintain narratives beyond standard story knitting.
8BitBoy: A Flash based Amiga Modplayer [#geekgirls] [#geekboyz]
“Karsten Obarski invented 1987 – twenty years ago – the MOD format for his Ultimate Tracker running on Amiga computers. Since then, countless songs are created, especially for the demoscene.
MODs have special attributes. All samples are stored in 8bits and the number of voices is limited to four. To have something similarly to chords, the three notes of it are repeated very fast. This makes MODs sound so freaky.
Finally 8BitBoy brings those songs back online.”
Stand Up For Unity Human Rights Day [#geekgirl]
Bits of Life [#geekgirl]
The New York Subway Signs Experiment [#geekgirl]
Streaming Tweets Through A Megaphone | Social City Detector [#geekgirl]
“By transforming local tweets into audio output, the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) is developing a platform that merges physical and digital spaces…”
Helping Bees: Plant Borage, Lavender, Dahilas and Marjoram [#ecology] [#geekgirl]
[I can supply lavender and borage seeds free of charge to geekgirl readers in the next month or so. The seeds are all organic, with no pesticides or herbicides used. Let us know if you want any.]
Worldwide Protests Against GMO-Food [#geekgirl]
[Via RT] “Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states…The demonstrators have been calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and “other harmful agro-chemicals,” according to March Against Monsanto’s official webpage. Protesters wielded large banners denouncing GMO products, and donned fancy dress: In Washington DC a group dressed as bees to highlight the impact of insecticides on bee populations.”