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Tame Layman and I are both giving talks at Eastercon. Tame Layman will be talking about 'Robot Dinosaurs from Outer Space: the science behind animating ancient life' at 5.30pm on Friday and I will be talking on `How do I know my Robot is Safe?' at 1.45pm on Saturday.

I know [personal profile] inamac and [livejournal.com profile] lil_shepherd will be there but I'm not sure who else might be. We'd be more than happy for people to come along and say hello though!
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In the name of clearing out my "to post" backlog I thought I'd do a quick post about a talk we attended at Eastercon on the Illustrated Police News (its relevance to Eastercon is somewhat beyond me, but that is often the case with Eastercon talks, panels and activities). It was given by Linda Stratmann and based on her book Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities: the Illustrated Police News 1864-1938 an illustrated history of the notorious newspaper, (British Library, March 2011). We are vaguely considering purchasing this as Christmas presents for misc relatives.

Linda gave an interesting overview of the nature of the publication, its interests and peculiarities and various recurring themes and motifs but the real stars were the illustrations themselves. I'm particularly fond of the captions! Anyway below the cut are some culled from Google's image search.

The Illustrated Police News )

Sadly I couldn't find the truly splendid one of a female cuban revolutionary in the middle of a jailbreak, busting elegantly out of her corsets, legs braced apart, firing a gun with one hand and waving a flag with the other...
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Good: Eastercon
Bad: Getting behind on multiple fronts
Ugly: Arriving home to find the breaker had tripped in the kitchen and the fridge and freezer had warmed up to room temperature

The Fortunate: Freezer recently defrosted, no meat in fridge.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/40449.html.
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Good: Eastercon
Bad: Getting behind on multiple fronts
Ugly: Arriving home to find the breaker had tripped in the kitchen and the fridge and freezer had warmed up to room temperature

The Fortunate: Freezer recently defrosted, no meat in fridge.
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B. and I just signed up... now to work out how to book the hotel!!

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/20406.html.
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B. and I just signed up... now to work out how to book the hotel!!
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I forgot to mention in my previous Eastercon post the Bartitsu ("The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes") lecture that we went to. This, it must be said, started slow (and the speaker did a good impression of someone who had been drafted in to talk on the topic at the last minute and was making the best he could from a frantic Google and the discovery of bartitsu.org). However it was interesting to see that Victorian Orientalism also extended to the adoption and adaptation of Eastern Martial Arts nearly a hundred years before the craze resurfaced in the West (experts will now tell me there was a continuous Karate/Judo/Jujitsu/etc tradition in the UK from then onwards). Bartitsu, as a word is a conflation of the surname of Edward William Barton-Wright (who cobbled it together from every Martial Art tradition he could get his hands on, in so far as I could tell) and Jujitsu which was one of its major components.

Most of the talk was an interesting, if not terribly exciting, tour around the Victorian criminal scene, the European components of Bartitsu (specifically Queensbury and pre-Queensbury fist fighting rules) and a discussion of exactly which Jujitsu hold Holmes might have used on Moriarty. Then the topic of women's self defense came up.

The speaker admitted to some qualms about the whole area of self-defense for women, based around the observation that you need a lot of skill to compensate for deficiencies in weight and strength. But he had had a revelation when he looked at Bartitsu:

namely the use of the umbrella )

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/2550.html.
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I forgot to mention in my previous Eastercon post the Bartitsu ("The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes") lecture that we went to. This, it must be said, started slow (and the speaker did a good impression of someone who had been drafted in to talk on the topic at the last minute and was making the best he could from a frantic Google and the discovery of bartitsu.org). However it was interesting to see that Victorian Orientalism also extended to the adoption and adaptation of Eastern Martial Arts nearly a hundred years before the craze resurfaced in the West (experts will now tell me there was a continuous Karate/Judo/Jujitsu/etc tradition in the UK from then onwards). Bartitsu, as a word is a conflation of the surname of Edward William Barton-Wright (who cobbled it together from every Martial Art tradition he could get his hands on, in so far as I could tell) and Jujitsu which was one of its major components.

Most of the talk was an interesting, if not terribly exciting, tour around the Victorian criminal scene, the European components of Bartitsu (specifically Queensbury and pre-Queensbury fist fighting rules) and a discussion of exactly which Jujitsu hold Holmes might have used on Moriarty. Then the topic of women's self defense came up.

The speaker admitted to some qualms about the whole area of self-defense for women, based around the observation that you need a lot of skill to compensate for deficiencies in weight and strength. But he had had a revelation when he looked at Bartitsu:

namely the use of the umbrella )

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