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Jan
9
Mon
Robocode Project 2 – Edinburgh
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robocode Project 2 - Edinburgh @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Build your own virtual robots with Robocode!

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks which will be developed in Java.

Location: Stockbridge Library – 11 Hamilton Pl EH3 5BA

Times: 6pm – 8pm

  • Session 5 – Mon 9th Jan 17
  • Session 6 – Mon 16th Jan 17
  • Session 7 – Mon 30th Jan 17
  • Session 8 – Mon 13th Feb 17

These sessions will be held at the Stockbridge Library from 6pm to 8pm.

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the basics of programming
  • A laptop.

You will need to bring your own laptop, and be happy for the robocode software package to be downloaded onto your machines.

For best results continue to work on your project at home. When you come back to the club you can work through any problems with the mentors.

More information on the robocode project’s page:

http://coderdojoscotland.com/robocode-project

Jan
11
Wed
Addiction Treatment and Outcomes: A Lecture with Professor Jonathan Chick @ Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Addiction Treatment and Outcomes: A Lecture with Professor Jonathan Chick @ Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom

Our view of addiction shapes the help we offer.

While Finnish addiction therapists tend to see drinking to excess as intentional, French specialists tend to emphasise the addictive power of alcohol. Professor Chick reflects on 40 years in alcohol research and treatment. Alcohol remains our drug of choice in Scotland. But for some, the freedom to choose lessens. How to bolster their resolve? Can a non-judgemental dialogue nudge their decision-making, or had the brain been altered as burgeoning neuropharmacological research claims?

Would-be helpers can feel overwhelmed by the emotional and social distress displayed but what are the causes and what are the effects of the addiction. Evidence is available that shows pathways out of these webs of distress but, to give one disappointing example, doctors’ antidepressants or tranquillisers are seldom the solution.
When patients’ and therapists’ views on causes and solutions differ, ‘denial’ is sometimes invoked. The Lecture will attempt to disentangle that notion, while showing that recovery from alcohol problems means attending to ‘the illness’ as well as the symptoms.

Professor Jonathan Chick joined Castle Craig Hospital in 2014 as the new medical director. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service.

Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the chief editor of Alcohol and Alcoholism, which is the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol. Professor Chick is an elected member of the scientific council of the Societe Francaise d’Alcoologie and is a member of the board of trustees of the General Services Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in the UK.

Doors open at 5.30pm / Lecture begins at 6pm followed by a Q&A

A reception will follow at 7pm

Jan
16
Mon
Robocode Project 2 – Edinburgh
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robocode Project 2 - Edinburgh @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Build your own virtual robots with Robocode!

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks which will be developed in Java.

Location: Stockbridge Library – 11 Hamilton Pl EH3 5BA

Times: 6pm – 8pm

  • Session 5 – Mon 9th Jan 17
  • Session 6 – Mon 16th Jan 17
  • Session 7 – Mon 30th Jan 17
  • Session 8 – Mon 13th Feb 17

These sessions will be held at the Stockbridge Library from 6pm to 8pm.

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the basics of programming
  • A laptop.

You will need to bring your own laptop, and be happy for the robocode software package to be downloaded onto your machines.

For best results continue to work on your project at home. When you come back to the club you can work through any problems with the mentors.

More information on the robocode project’s page:

http://coderdojoscotland.com/robocode-project

Jan
23
Mon
Robocode Project 2 – Edinburgh
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robocode Project 2 - Edinburgh @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Build your own virtual robots with Robocode!

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks which will be developed in Java.

Location: Stockbridge Library – 11 Hamilton Pl EH3 5BA

Times: 6pm – 8pm

  • Session 5 – Mon 9th Jan 17
  • Session 6 – Mon 16th Jan 17
  • Session 7 – Mon 30th Jan 17
  • Session 8 – Mon 13th Feb 17

These sessions will be held at the Stockbridge Library from 6pm to 8pm.

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the basics of programming
  • A laptop.

You will need to bring your own laptop, and be happy for the robocode software package to be downloaded onto your machines.

For best results continue to work on your project at home. When you come back to the club you can work through any problems with the mentors.

More information on the robocode project’s page:

http://coderdojoscotland.com/robocode-project

Jan
30
Mon
Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film on Fire: What does film-making have to do with social justice ? @ Mansfield Traquair Centre   | Scotland | United Kingdom

What does film-making have to do with social justice ?

More than you might think.

‘Film on Fire’ explores participatory film-making as an effective way to get people’s voices heard.

We’ll share our recipe with you. There are three magic ingredients:

  1. Human beings with stories to tell about their own experience
  2. Professional film-makers with story-telling skills to facilitate the creative process
  3. The power of social media to get short videos out to a massive public

At ‘Film on Fire’ you’ll see a range of short films made by people at the sharp end of social inequality, whose voices are often silenced: asylum-seekers, children, women living in poverty, recovering drug addicts, people with learning disabilities.

At media co-op, we believe that with the right support, anyone can learn the tools to create films that are beautiful and pack a punch.

You’ll meet some of the participants and hear how it feels to take the camera into your own hands, to speak out, and spark change.

* Women from Pilton in the Making it Home poetry and film project

* Particpants who shared their stories anonymously in Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance‘s animated film Opening Doors, online in seven community languages, exposing how people with learning disabilities, addiction or mental health issues are at higher risk of losing their children, and what can be done about it.

‘Film on Fire’: a FREE friendly and enjoyable 90-minute session of viewing, sharing, reflecting, learning, inspiration and surprises. Real-life examples of co-design and co-production in action.

Please join us. Burn away some outdated concepts about who gets to make the media. Ignite some on-screen emotion and off-screen change.

See you at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on Monday 30 January 2017 at 2pm to 3.30pm

Your hosts: media co-op not-for-profit social enterprise and workers co-operative, founded in 2004 to harness the power of communication for social change.

Our co-hosting partner is Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, a membership organisation dedicated to ensure that Independent Advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland. SIAA commissioned Opening Doors from media co-op as part of their Familes at Risk project

This event is part of the Scottish Government’s Fire Starter Festival, aimed at “exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes“. Let’s go start a fire!

PS There’s another ‘Film on Fire’ event in Glasgow on Thursday 26 January 2017, 4pm to 5.30pm

Robocode Project 2 – Edinburgh
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robocode Project 2 - Edinburgh @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Build your own virtual robots with Robocode!

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks which will be developed in Java.

Location: Stockbridge Library – 11 Hamilton Pl EH3 5BA

Times: 6pm – 8pm

  • Session 5 – Mon 9th Jan 17
  • Session 6 – Mon 16th Jan 17
  • Session 7 – Mon 30th Jan 17
  • Session 8 – Mon 13th Feb 17

These sessions will be held at the Stockbridge Library from 6pm to 8pm.

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the basics of programming
  • A laptop.

You will need to bring your own laptop, and be happy for the robocode software package to be downloaded onto your machines.

For best results continue to work on your project at home. When you come back to the club you can work through any problems with the mentors.

More information on the robocode project’s page:

http://coderdojoscotland.com/robocode-project

Feb
13
Mon
Robocode Project 2 – Edinburgh
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robocode Project 2 - Edinburgh @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Build your own virtual robots with Robocode!

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks which will be developed in Java.

Location: Stockbridge Library – 11 Hamilton Pl EH3 5BA

Times: 6pm – 8pm

  • Session 5 – Mon 9th Jan 17
  • Session 6 – Mon 16th Jan 17
  • Session 7 – Mon 30th Jan 17
  • Session 8 – Mon 13th Feb 17

These sessions will be held at the Stockbridge Library from 6pm to 8pm.

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the basics of programming
  • A laptop.

You will need to bring your own laptop, and be happy for the robocode software package to be downloaded onto your machines.

For best results continue to work on your project at home. When you come back to the club you can work through any problems with the mentors.

More information on the robocode project’s page:

http://coderdojoscotland.com/robocode-project

Mar
9
Thu
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building | Scotland | United Kingdom

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

Mar
21
Tue
Conscious Film Screening: Rebel With a Camera: Moolaadé @ Screening Room
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Conscious Film Screening: Rebel With a Camera: Moolaadé @ Screening Room   | Scotland | United Kingdom

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works, still relevant today, remain unknown to many. As part of the ‘Rebel with a camera’ series, Just Festival are partnering with the Africa in Motion Film Festival to screen his incredible work and give more people a chance to view key and groundbreaking pieces of world cinema. On the 21st March we will be showing, Sembene’s final film, Moolaadé (2004).

Moolaadé, is at once a passionately critical look at an African practice of female genital mutilation that is practiced in more than 38 countries and a tribute to everyday heroism of African women (and men) against the tremendous internal problems facing modern day, post-colonial Africa.

Running time (2hr 4 mins)

Mar
21
Wed
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for “Rent Arrears” @ Leith Library
Mar 21 @ 5:45 pm
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for "Rent Arrears" @ Leith Library

Meet 5.45pm this Wed 21 March at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
To go to Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery which starts at 6pm

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty can now give more details of this Wednesdays very important solidarity call-out.

Meet 5.45pm this coming Wednesday at Leith Library to support homeless lone parent D at Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery.  We will be insisting that the Council drop the court action against her.  Incredibly CEC are taking her to court to force her to pay 4,100 pounds in supposed rent arrears, all of which should be covered by Housing Benefit.

Because of these false “rent arrears” D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council.  The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits and no significant savings.   Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council are now persecuting her via lawyers and the courts.  This is an all too common example of the Council’s contempt for working class people, denying rights and acting oppressively.  Are we going to let them away with this?

Edinburgh Claimants/ Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty told D’s local councillors about this injustice on 13 February, and have been pursuing the issue since then.  We contacted the council leader’s office late last week.  Still they refuse to drop the court action.  When those in power will not listen to reason, we believe the most effective action is for people to join together and take action, as the North Edinburgh mums have shown in their inspiring actions over the last year.

We demand:

Cancel the court action against D, to recover supposed rent arrears
Pay full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to D for the whole period of her Link tenancy
Ensure D and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis

This action will definitely go ahead unless we get a written assurance from the Council that the court action against D is cancelled – watch out for email updates, which we aim to send by tuesday late afternoon/ early evening at latest.

ECAP sees actions like this as vital in giving solidarity to people at the sharp end of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and also essential as part of the process of building a movement to assert that a good home is a right for all

No to Austerity – People not Profit