I think this is the first time I've seen a demo that I actually firmly believe in and will probably go along to. Not to mention that with the planned cuts, the likelihood of my finding a job in 2.5 years time will be considerably diminished.
Slightly off topic, technocracy and the accompanying implications is fairly old fashioned, and yet is something I must have instinctively believed in since reading Brave New World when I was 11. It may be classed as a novel about a dystopian future, but it makes a lot of sense in terms of world happiness via utilitarianism (I'm not counting the eugenics focus here). It's also the way the world seems to be moving (adding an obsession with longevity). There are a lot of arguments for happiness being put into a more positive relief by unpleasant and unhappy events, but how many people would really experience the bad side of life by choice if it was avoidable? *end off topic rant
I was chatting to AJ about music from school, and remembering NFG, Fenix*TX, Jimmy, etc. Wow, nostalgia. So I downloaded NFG from bit torrent and have been listening to some of the songs that sound tracked the summer following A-levels, and maybe the first bit of uni.
I guess before Alex, I wasn't worried about being 'cool' or a 'muso' - I knew the music I liked, was comfortable with my randomly changing hair colour, baggy jeans and goth-emo-punk-pop style. Sure, Stev was too pretty for me (and I was probably too intellectual and paranoid for him), and university was proving to be a headfuck from the beginning, but I wasn't particularly insecure. Until that night going to watch Eeeblee at the Cellar on our first date, and realising that not knowing (or caring about) Radiohead was as big a faux pas as comparing Queen to North and South (yes, I know) had been when I was 13. It was another world.
But before that other world there was the golden mixed-up summer. Parties at K's house, or Edd's or mine. Sitting on hilltops smoking weed with Stev. Sunshine and MTV2 and hose fights at Erin's. It was the best summer I had ever had, with a decided soundtrack (pop-punk, plus whatever was on MTV2 or Kerrang playlists, played over and over again). Distillation of the best the Valley had to offer, never to be experienced in the same way again.
So now, post-muso phase, I can listen to it all again, no irony required, and just enjoy the memories.
I'm currently running a study for my MSc research project and am recruiting control participants. The details are below, but it basically involves about two hours of language tests, speech tests, being filmed wearing some stickers, and some neuro assessments. If you are, or know anyone between 40 and 60 who might like to take part out of the goodness of their heart, please let me know or pass this on.
I'll happily drive to people's homes to do the testing, and can do it any day of the week, anytime of day (within reason!)
Details below. Thanks for reading!
Below is the information letter regarding the study. We would be asking you to take part as a control participant.
For this study, control participants need to be aged between 40 and 60, and be native English speakers.
We are unable to offer any monetary payment due to a lack of funding and our ethics approval.
If you would like to take part then please contact me by email or phone (07890 390517) and we can arrange a date and time for me to come and see you.
Speech and language in Huntington's disease
We are carrying out a study which examines speech and language production in people with and without Huntington's disease (HD). We aim to identify the nature of changes in the control of speech and of language processing that occur in HD. We would be very grateful for your help with this research.
Your participation will take approximately 1.5 hours (either at our laboratory in Reading or at your home), and rest breaks can be taken as needed. During this time, you will be given a computer-based task which will require you to provide appropriate verbal responses according to the instructions given. You will also be asked to produce different types of speech, for example, to read aloud sentences or a simple passage of text, or to converse on a given topic. You will be audio and video-recorded on during these tasks.
Your data will be kept confidential and securely stored. It will have only a code attached to each participant, and therefore it will not be possible for any data set to be linked to any individual. If you would like to receive feedback on the results of the study, we are happy to provide this when the study has been completed.