July 30th, 2003



Meh. It's actually Friday 8th to Wednesday 13th August I'll be away in Cirencester.

Hence it's not this coming Monday but the Monday after that I shan't be here for RP, Tim... sorry for the conf00zion.
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The plans they are a-changin'

Not that I had anything as such definitely settled for Friday, or even the weekend, but since apparently there's been a cancellation or something like that it's off to hospital again at very short notice for me.

Jus took the call, and it was almost certainly only a receptionist verifying that I could come, so I'm not sure what Richard will be doing to me this Friday afternoon, but it's going to be treatment rather than hello-old-chap-how-are-you.

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Very dodgy medical ethics, methinks.

Caveat: I'd strongly advise anyone who's ever had even one minor psychotic episode, whether from wonky brain, drugs or whatever, to be exceedingly cautious about following links to the report and in particular to the simulation of the simulation. You may find it triggery.

I refer you off to siegeengine's post-with-links about this, which is here, but in short someone's developed a ten minute schizophrenia immersive VR experience, and, so far as I can tell, is letting people try it without any obvious pre- or post-experience counselling.

I don't think I'm wrong in believing this, if it is so, to be exceedingly dodgy. Am I? The aim of improving education and awareness is entirely laudable, of course, and I have not the least problem with that - it's this apparently cavalier dishing-out of what could be, I think, damaging to people that makes me very edgy.

What do you lot think?
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The canonicity of uniform.

People seem to be variously wibbling and incandescing about the possibility that the students in the next HP film will be seen not wearing uniform.

When I was at boarding school we had uniform, except for the Sixth and Upper Sixth, but we weren't expected to wear it except during the day. In the evenings, on half days and weekends we wore Muggleordinary clothing.

I can see a case for the Wizard-born's version of 'ordinary clothing' being robes (but I'd be prepared to argue perhaps only the most hidebound of Slytherins would want to wear robes all the time), but surely the Muggle-born would have spent their first eleven years wearing jeans, trainers and hoodies, just like the rest of us, and even though at Hogwarts still feel most comfortable in them?

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