Rant rant rant

Posted by | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-03-2012

I should stop reading the news.bbc.co.uk because there’s always something on there to piss me off.

Tonight there are two stories the first _really_ gets to me:
“Schools should be fined for illiteracy, says riot panel”
“Fine schools for poor literacy” – what a master stroke, put all the emphasis on the school failing them. Obviously it’s the schools, that’s where you learn EVERYTHING in life. Parents aren’t involved at all, or society, or the child themselves.
Teachers seem to be facing a barrage of bullshit lately and especially from our own government about how it’s the schools that are failing kids. No emphasis is made about the child, or their home situation, or the background and environment they live in – nope, it’s all the schools fault. This in the same week as reports that suggest that schools should act as surrogate families to give children the support some of them don’t receive at home.

It pisses me off. Almost – almost – every teacher I’ve known as a kid growing up was working damned hard, often seemingly against government and local education authorities, to do their best for me. I say that as someone who went through special needs, truanting, being bullied extensively and finally left with 6 GCSEs compared to the average 9, and only 3 of those C or above. It took a lot of help to get me that far.

Since I’ve grown up I’ve met many more teachers, friends have become teachers,is a primary school teacher and I constantly see them all working long hours and taking their work not just home with them but letting it dominate their lives in many ways that those of us in regular careers just don’t face most of the time.

How about fining the parents for poor literacy? The teachers will have battled their way through years of large classes with seriously disruptive students, little to no support, the parents are sometimes violent and abusive, the pressure is unending, OFSTED will turn up at random and if you don’t demonstrate actual progression within a 20minute monitoring session you FAIL the inspection, and all the government seems to do is blame the teachers for everything.

What next? Were the riots actually the schools fault? Should there be an anti-rioting class? Or were the teachers not caring enough? Or too soft? Or not educated enough? Or too elitist due to their education?

Bahh, fucking idiots.

The other thing that annoyed me was this one about Google and British MPs being “unconvinced” about the reasons for not pro-actively filtering content:
“Google under fire in UK MPs report into privacy”
Which is what you get when the technically savvy face off against the technologically illiterate… it’s probably the schools fault somehow.

Casual Hobbyist

Posted by | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-03-2012

Today I implemented part two of font rendering from font’s exported using BMFont, a handy tool for creating texture pages of fonts. Surprisingly painless! I’ll probably share the code at some point with a simple OpenGL app. Most of the code comes a post on GameDev.net by Promit but rendering blocks of coding and handling formatting is taking more thought. It will in no way be “good” code :)

Also of note; I got one of those home energy monitors, deliberately getting one with the ability to pull XML formatted data of it :) currently highest to get the highest score… I mean the lowest! Lowest, must remember that!

Currently my entire house is using 166 watts… now I just need something to compare that too.