Archive for April, 2009

Design Synthesis Exercise Oral Presentation Training

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

As my solid reader base will have noticed I’ve been too busy to post lately. This is due to simple work-load dynamics.
A little while ago I had exams. Keep you busy, keep you inside. Not much of note happened to me.
I am currently kept busy with the final project of my Bachelor. This keeps me in school (and actually engaged in useful stuff) for much of my time. Outside of that I’ve been busy enough. Work, friends, Raphaëlle and many many other things have been keeping me from writing here.

Now that I am writing here I will actually . . . . not

This is the First Oral Presentation training video which comes with the project. I thought I’d share with you, some of you who haven’t seen me or heard my voice in a long time, what I look like now.
Don’t worry too much about the actual presentation. It’s not something we’d actually do regarding the actual project. Just something we whipped up in the 1.5 hours before the presentation.

Quote of the Day:

Never, ever, ever imagine the audience in their underwear. Whoever managed to add that to “conventional wisdom” must’ve died laughing.

– Wally

May the (Police) Force be with you

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Eight police officers serving with Scotland’s largest force listed their official religion as Jedi in voluntary diversity forms, it has emerged.

Strathclyde Police said the officers and two of its civilian staff claimed to follow the faith, which features in the Star Wars movies.

The details were obtained in a Freedom of Information request by Jane’s Police Review.

Strathclyde was the only force in the UK to admit it had Jedi officers.

In the Star Wars films, Jedi Knights such as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda use the Force to battle the evil Darth Vader, who has strayed to the dark side.

Jane’s Police Review editor Chris Herbert, who requested the information, said: “The Force appears to be strong in Strathclyde Police with their Jedi police officers and staff.

“Far from living a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, some members of the noble Jedi order have now chosen Glasgow and its surrounding streets as their home.”

Provided voluntarily

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police confirmed: “At the time of the request, 10 (eight police officers and two police staff) had recorded their religion as Jedi.”

She added that the force monitored “six strands of diversity” – age, disability, gender, race religion and belief, and sexual orientation.

The force said the information was provided voluntarily and securely stored.

About 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi in the 2001 Census for England and Wales. In Scotland the figure was a reported 14,000.

The Office for National Statistics did not recognise it as a separate category, and incorporated followers of Jedi with atheists.

Last year, brothers Barney and Daniel Jones founded the UK Church of the Jedi – which offered sermons on the Force, light sabre training, and meditation techniques.

Strathclyde Police employs 8,200 police officers and 2,800 civilian staff.

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Quote of the Day:

Who is more Foolish, the fool? Or the fool who follows him?

– Obi-Wan Kenobi