Boycott: Discord

Recently, I took part in a Discord server, hosted by a gamer I’d met online. Another user (by the name Samuksis) had posted some disturbing anti-Semitic content. I was disgusted by this and informed Discord. Discord did nothing and ignored my communications on the issue (via email and Twitter).

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Halloween Horror: His House

Halloween brought a collaborative effort to carve the traditional pumpkin and serve sweets to the local children dressed in costumes (that looked more endearing, than scary). I have never understood the trick or treat paradigm. Is it that they do a trick for a sweet? Or do they do a trick on you if you don’t give sweets? Well the kids don’t know either, like moths to a literal flame, they’re just after sweets I suppose.

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Boycott: Bayer (Monsanto)

I don’t even know where to begin with the extent of evil that this corporation has exerted on the environment and people. It is well-documented in online articles, books, televised documentaries. Tracking the companies that use Monsanto products is difficult e.g. Kelloggs.

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My Digital Life: Social Media

I had to create a 90 second video clip about social media for a module I’m studying, here it is: How I made the video. Using an open source application Freeplane, I did a brainstorm of ideas for the presentation. I concluded that I would need to deliver the presentation as audio-visual to include the many ideas, although the majority of initial points were eventually omitted due to time constraints on the video. I then completed a storyboard to help me put the seemingly disjointed ideas into a logical order. I planned each section and then viewed the media resources available to include one image per point raised. The media was useful but because I didn’t have time to listen to all the music available, I decided to select a commercially available piece to help create the atmosphere I desired. (Corner Stone Cues – Requiem for a Tower). Due to file size constraints, in order utilise the 60-90 seconds available to me; I decided the final presentation needed to be 640 x 480 resolution (with 1500 bps) and having PAL-compatible 25 frames per second. I found Google Picasa too restrictive for this purpose and it didn’t allow me to crop[…]

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