Increases in the Voluntary Reduction of Theatre Production Edginess is a key takeout from the Survey. 45% of respondents were familiar with the BMOA Guide to Undertaking Voluntary Reduction of Theatre Production Edginess fact sheet, and had applied its principles, including assessment of audience breadth and prejudice; awareness of educational level variability and experience in engaging with the arts; and the principle: You Can’t Please Everyone, But You Should Try. Reports of audience members being offended, confused, insulted or having barriers engaging with subject matter and feeling included in the performance have decreased. 80% of respondents said they intend to work further to Reduce Edginess. Some respondents stated they felt the best way for them to achieve the targeted reduction of edginess was to cease producing theatre work entirely. BMOA will make individual appointments with these artists and production companies to facilitate this.
Another colleague of mine, Bob Ostertag, lectures at UC Davis. For one of his projects, he set his students the task of writing a paper on any subject but with the proviso that every single sentence must be plagiarised from the web. Not a single original thought or line must enter the discourse—quite difficult to do actually (all the while making grammatical sense of a developing argument and delivering full citations). We here in Australia, of course, have some excellent recent examples of plagiarism by ruling academics, but Bob is pointing to a new kind of Youtopia, where everything is available but the room for the individual to improvise his way around restricted—blinkered by the flashing lights of sexy algorithms and over-abundant information. This is an odd distortion of rhetoric —the digital commons becomes some sort of totalitarian code of smiling conduct or at least code of common thought—an orthodoxy without which the citizen can’t function within the social system, the set of compliant choices all revolving around one technology and representing a lack of any choice except by total disengagement.
Science nerd pro-tip. I don’t know what the whole TexLive distribution does, but I certainly don’t need gigabytes of crap on my hard drive to typeset a few equations.
I use the BasicTeX distribution instead. 86MB download instead of 2300MB, and my tiny SSD hard drive is not crammed with useless dreck any longer.
"But wait! BasicTeX doesn’t include [thingy I use]" you might well say, if you are my academic advisor.
No worries my friend, BasicTeX includes a package manager, called “tlmgr” which allows you to opt-in to bonus features as you need them. To make my setup go I had to install a couple of extra bits:
tlmgr update --self open ~/.bash_history mate ~/.bash_history tlmgr update --all tlmgr install bbm tlmgr install bbm-macros tlmgr install dvipng tlmgr install amsmath tlmgr install mathtools
That pushed it up to 277MB- still a saving of precisely lots%.
…the primary, take-away point is this: When economists attempt to weigh the costs and benefits of climate change to determine the “efficient” scale and speed of humanity’s response, the analyses largely ignore the implications of low-probability catastrophes. The costs of truly catastrophic warming (i.e. leading to rapid sea-level rise, mass extinctions, collapse of agriculture, disruption of ocean currents and carbon sinks…you get the idea) are so high that even when they are relatively unlikely, their inclusion in the analysis is enough to swamp any standard cost-benefit considerations. It doesn’t take an economist to understand that in the face of such risks we should be willing to bear just about any cost to avoid even the small chance of planetary catastrophe. Indeed, this is the conclusion that Weitzman’s calculations come to.
i want to write a poem, a protest song and an experimental short film about the sacrifice of joy and wonder on the altar of consumer capitalism. all of these works will be titled “nandos stole the mango”
I can assist by constructing the actual altar if you’d like
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date...”