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Uninteresting post about volume

August 29th, 2014 (09:51 pm)

So, at Cats Protection we use a disinfectant called Anistel®. It has to be diluted by a ratio of of 1:100 (for the sake of pedantry, 1 part Anistel to 100 parts water). We have a 50 litre mark on our largest sink, so you had 50 litres of water and 0.5 litres (that is, 500ml) of Anistel. Simple enough so far, right?

The other day I learned that the 50l mark wasn't calculated using mathematics which is what I'd assumed, but by filling up a 10l bucket five times and marking where it got to (on the chain of the plug). In fairness, as long as you wait for the water to settle and mark it off right (both in the bucket and in the sink) it should be very accurate.

Though today I finally got round to measuring it. It was pretty interesting, I got a tape measure out and did a quick measure for ballpark figures. And the good news is, we're definitely in the right ballpark. I got

length: 123cm
width: 47cm
height (the marker on the chain): 10cm

The bottom's quite flat. We know this from trying to get the water out of the sink after we've used it. It doesn't drain very naturally and you often have to scrape the last bit out with your hand. On the other hand... it's a sink, it isn't intended to be dry! It's more a case of for rinsing with clean water to get the previous lot of water out. But no, I haven't actually got a spirit-level out to check how flat the bottom is and which way it leans. That would perhaps be a bit excessive. But from the pattern of the water, the water doesn't run in any direction, the plughole is raised by a few millimetres and you get a few millimetres of water at the bottom all over when you're finished.

So, let's crunch the numbers. A litre is 1000cm³. 123*47*10/1000 = 57.81

My measurements were pretty rough. I spent a lot of time on the height which is by far the most important. The others could be a centimetre out but not really more than that. If you take a centimetre off the width and the length, you get 56.12. The corners are curved which makes accurate measurements trickier. I used a cloth tape measure as well, which is not ideal, though luckily I can reach far enough to do the 123cm measure without needing someone else. If the tape measure is slightly crumpled in any way, it increases the measurement.

Is this worrying at all? Well I'd say no. using the 57.81 figure, 0.5:57.81 is a ration of 1:115.62 which isn't that far off. http://www.tristel.com/products/animal-health/surface-disinfection/anistel-high-level-surface-disinfectant/ says "two simple dilutions" but doesn't list them explicitly. On the microbiological tab it says "The Anistel High Level Surface Disinfectant range has been widely tested by to be Virucidal, Tuberculocidal, Fungicidal, and Bactericidal at all its recommended dilutions, including general cleaning regimes at 1:200 and has also been tested for high risk environments and associated organisms including Parvo, Calici, Kennel Cough at 1:100 in both clean and dirty conditions." "all its recommended dilutions" is pretty confusing because on the previous pages says it has two, but then says "all" and not "both". But it seems that the recommended dilutions are 1:200 and 1:100 (at which it can be clinically proven to kill a couple more diseases). So 1:115 would be between these two. It doesn't say what the tolerance for the dilutions is. I mean, what about 1:99? Obviously fine. How about 1:80? Or 1:70. Doesn't say.

Martin

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Professional juggler

August 26th, 2014 (12:11 pm)

I wanted to go into a bit what it means to be a professional juggler. First of all, I'm not a professional juggler but I know some people that are. I think they'd all class themselves as professional performers not professional jugglers.

That's because that's what your job is, to perform. To entertain, it's the entertainment industry. That's why the best jugglers aren't necessarily the best performers. Anthony Gatto (usually regarded as the best technical juggler of all time) wrote "Nobody cares about good jugglers in the performance world" and in a later post "They care about entertainers". Quite.

Ivan Pecel is one of his YouTube videos (I will post the URL if I find it) says that show business is two words, it's the show and it's the business, and some of those that are the best jugglers aren't the most successful because they're not as good at the business side, i.e. maximizing pay, maximizing expenses, getting the most gigs.

If you ever watch the WJF Championships, the World Juggling Federation Championships, don't be surprised when the best performing jugglers in the world don't turn up! Why? Because their work is performing and if they want to enter the WJFC they have to take time off from it. It would be like Roger Federer taking time off from tennis to play Wimbledon. But he doesn't of course, because playing tennis competitively is his job. But for a professional juggler, his/her job is performing, not juggling competitively!

Here's a good vlog from Ivan Pecel on being a professional juggler. Edit: at 7:41 contains the reference to 'show' and 'business'.

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re: There's nothing selfish about suicide

August 13th, 2014 (06:52 pm)

Huffington Post: There's nothing selfish about suicide

A friend posted this, and she's very upset about it. So while in other circumstances I'd rather address my answer to her directly, I think it would cause avoidable pain, and I don't like causing pain to anyone, let alone my friends.

"Until you've stared down that level of depression, until you've lost your soul to a sea of emptiness and darkness... you don't get to make those judgments."

So I'll make those judgments then, shall I?

If you've read any of my blog before you can probably predict what I'm going to say first: it depends what you mean by selfish. I mean, when I eat breakfast, that's selfish. I'm not eating breakfast for anyone but myself. Ditto when I go to the toilet.

But yes I realize that isn't what people mean. They mean acting in one's own best interests even though, in their opinion, it will likely be detrimental to other people.

There are a couple of things to say. Number one, they might feel so useless they think that they're doing their friends and family a favour by taking their own life. So that's inherently not selfish.

Some don't have any family or friends so in the case it's not selfish either. Nobody to hurt.

Some may lack the mental capacity to make an informed decision. I'm sure it does happen but I can't imagine it being very common.

For everyone else, yes it's a selfish act. I mean just obviously, in a way that I don't think is necessary to explain. But you know what, it's ok to be selfish sometimes. It's the individual's decision to make. They have the right to make a selfish decision about their own future.

Martin

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Professional circus performer

July 22nd, 2014 (09:44 pm)

This is something I've been meaning to post for weeks now.

Someone called Tim came in to Leeds Children's Circus and lead two sessions. Afterwards we picked his brain on how to run workshops (and related topics).

What he said was quite revealing as to why I couldn't be a professional circus performer.

My inability to get a job has lead me, since this year or maybe last year, to think about being self-employed. But as what? Well, how about a juggler (or a circus performer)?

Well there are a few problems.

The first is that I'm not a good performer, in fact I'm poor. So clearly that has ramifications. A professional circus performer is not necessarily a 'good' circus performer I'll admit, professional just means you manage to make a living out of it. But still I get very nervous. It's not really a lack of confidence so much as getting very irrationally nervous. I'm not a natural performer and I don't think it's necessarily something I could learn. I literally wouldn't know how to even learn it.

I'm also not very business-minded. It's not in my nature to bargain or haggle or look for guarantees. So basically I'd struggle with the performing side and the business side. So in other words, the whole thing.

Another one is money, the travel and the hotels (or lodgings of some kind). If you wanted to teach workshops you need a lot of equipment which costs money and tends to get broken and/or lost. I have a friend who's looking into this and he;'s got £40,000 or something in the bank. He can afford to run at a loss and live comfortably for a few years. I have about £23 in the bank. Oh and I can't drive so how would I transport the gear? I don't know if I could learn to drive either, as someone who suffers from panic attacks.

So the main problem would be not being good enough at the performing-side, not being good enough at the business-side and the high likelihood of running at a loss which I can't afford. So literally every part of it I would fail at.

Martin

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Brazil 1 - 7 Germany

July 9th, 2014 (10:49 am)

Well, anyone who's vaguely interested in football has already heard about it! I thought the commentators missed a few important and pretty obvious points.

A tap-in from a corner is unheard-of. To be unchallenged, I mean he's about 7 yards from goal and about 3 yards from the nearest Brazil defender. It's true that some of the Germany passing was very good, but it was too easy for them.

Germany actually did seem to switch off in the second half. Brazil themselves had two tap-ins right at the start and missed them both. Oscar hit the first one straight at the goalkeeper from about 7 yards out, then another player. Brazil themselves could've scored 4 or 5.

Germany actually didn't defend that well, they were just put under absolutely no pressure for the entire first half, and in the second half, Brazil got behind them five times at least but only scored once.

Germany I think also could've scored more. Apart from Ozil's rather obvious miss, there was another occasion with two players through on goal, the first player missed it and Julio cesar managed to get to the ball before the German player. But of course had the first player not left it... he wouldn't've had the chance.

Martin

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My future

July 7th, 2014 (07:14 pm)

So... let's see how far I get in this one session.

So the big news, which I don't know if I've mentioned at all, is that at the start of August I will be interviewed to work as a volunteer with the Citizen's Advice Bureau. Well, I assume I will make the interview stage.

It's part of the plan I came up with at WorkPlace Leeds to get a career instead of a job. Basically, applying for 'unskilled' work hasn't worked well for me. Perhaps because that's where there's the most competition. Either way, successful or not, I'm going to make some changes because I'm getting so bored at home! So plan B quite importantly is to find another voluntary job. I have two local charity shops in mind, both about 15 minutes' walk from here, because I think one of the problems I was having at the RSPCA was not being able to afford the bus fare and also it being quite far to walk, 25 minutes.

Also I've decided in either case to leave Leeds Children's Circus again. I have a couple of reasons. Some of them I can't really put into words. Certainly the amount of travel is a factor because I get panic attacks and I get more anxious the further I get from home. I question my value there. How much teaching of circus skills am I actually doing? Is anyone learning from the teaching? A little bit yes (in answer to both of those) but is a little bit enough? I say no, and it's my decision after all. My time, my money and my decision.

So there it is really. Again, the same thing, no hard feelings but I don't think I'll be back a third time.

Martin

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Wimbledon men's final 2014

July 7th, 2014 (05:02 pm)

I have quite a few things I want to post about, but after looking after my two nephews for 48 hours I'm unusually tired and I'm not sure how much looking at a screen I can take. And the tennis final is pretty fresh in my mind whereas other stuff I want to post about is more personal, so I'm not likely to forget it.

I predicted a Novak Djokovic win before the tournament, but I also said that Roger Federer didn't have a realistic chance to win the tournament. So I was right on the first account, and wrong on the second one. It was a great final, I was really pulling for Djokovic to win though I don't know why. He could've won in straight sets of course, having missed two set points in the first set and one in the third set. If anything, I felt like in the first set he was the best player, but it was more even in the other four sets.

Federer was very close. It looked in the fifth set that he might break serve and then serve it out. I said I didn't think he'd add to his 17 grand slam titles (and that also Nadal would eventually surpass this) but certainly it looks as if he has the firepower to win another one.

I think Federer can win another one... I don't think it's absolutely inevitable that he will win another one.

Martin

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I Love Redheads

July 5th, 2014 (08:17 pm)

http://on.fb.me/TKnKZC

This is about the announcement "I Love Redheads page is 18+ like our family friendly page ILR Girls to keep up with us and not see photos you don't want to".

It does seem bizarrely natural to want to 'protect' children from images of half-naked men and women. But when you start to think about what harm those images would actually do... you end up with nothing. I'm talking specifically about images like the one in the link above where you can't see any genitals or nipples. Though if there were genitals and/or nipples... what harm would you actually expect that to do?

What I'm not talking about is hardcore pornography where there is evidence that it can damage people's ability to interact with other people later in life, including sexually.

The I Love Redhead's feed isn't all that risqué. It ranges from images of women in jeans and T-shirt to women in lingerie. And if you actually look at the ILR Girls page, it's about the same! Ironically enough just a few minute ago they posted a pic of a woman in a black boob-tube with black lace at the front to show cleavage. What distinction are they actually making here? It pursue them about it but I don't think there's any capital to be made in trying to 'win the argument' with them. Looking at the wording, they've had a few complaints and they're trying to deal with them instead of saying 'if you don't like it, don't follow us!'

Martin

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WorkPlace Leeds

July 1st, 2014 (09:32 pm)

I don't think I ever finished my story about WorkPlace Leeds. Per what I said, I decided to leave the service. I can only say that it didn't work for me, I didn't feel like the system is flawed or faulty, just that it didn't work for me.

I felt that though we'd accomplished a few things while I was there, it wasn't enough to have met up say 12 times and accomplished 3 things. It just didn't work. And in fairness I feel more confused now, not less confused, so in the long term you've gotta to say the gains made weren't lasting and I really gained nothing of substance in my time there. Not yet anyway, the Citizen's Advice Bureau not having replied to the application I submitted, that's the one thing outstanding that I don't know about yet.

Martin

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Nothing in particular to add

June 28th, 2014 (10:23 pm)

Gah I just feel terrible. I've been meaning to post something for about a week but have been putting it off until a time where I feel a bit better. I mean the weather's gotten worse and a hell of a lot of my friends are away at the moment.

More than anything I just feel really tired all the time. That's not the rarest thing. I do need to see my doctor though I felt that Wednesday's appointment with an assessor (who was a qualified occupational therapist) was helpful.

First of all I'm probably not bipolar though I still think I should see a psychiatrist about it, because she (the assessor) is not a doctor. Also she says that bipolar is a matter of opinion, it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' thing. It's not something where you can do a blood test and look at it and look at whatever.

Looking at this rather credible-looking ESA calculator I scored quite low. I don't know quite what to do. I think definitely apply, and if I get turned down, so what, I haven't lost anything.

Mum's plan for me — well I stop myself there because it's also essentially the same as my plan for myself — is for me to get on benefits, move out and continue working as a volunteer.

The difference between that and what I want is I'd like to be working. But realistically I have no way of making that happen. Mum also points out that if she weren't around, what would I do to survive? Hmm, good point.

So what I'm saying is, if you modify my plan where I'm not able to work, you end up literally exactly with what mum's plan is. It's a sad thought, the thought of me not working. I won't lie and say I don't want to work, because I do. However I also don't want to starve to death, I don't want to live at home forever, and at some point I need to make some choices.

At least I have a life plan now, albeit one I don't think I can actually achieve. There is a plan B also! Gotta think what else I can do that's good. Helping lots and lots of cats!

Martin

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