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Climate displacement is happening now

Via Jill, I learned of a documentary that is currently seeking funding, following the people of Carteret Island in the Pacific who are being displaced by rising waters. There are other climate refugees, such as people fleeing the conflict in Darfur, due ultimately to the evaporation of Lake Chad and loss of arable lands. However, the issue of impending loss of low lying islands due to erosion from sea level rise has been raised by many island nations such as Tuvalu and the Maldives. The film illustrates the effect on the people of Carteret island of forced emigration to nearby Bougainville island as the first refugees solely due to climate change. The film is seeking funding online, which is in the form of pledges.

Corrected further warnings by FontForge

Commit by leighsmith :: r197 /trunk/Calliope/Fonts/ (Calliope.otf Calliope.sfd): (link) Corrected further warnings by FontForge

Removed self-intersecting paths, bumped version number, adjusted Ascender and...

Commit by leighsmith :: r196 /trunk/Calliope/Fonts/ (5 files): (link) Removed self-intersecting paths, bumped version number, adjusted Ascender and Descenders and added Roman baselines in order to resolve the excessive line gap. Added CFF OpenType font, removed old OTF.dfont and TTF versions

My letter to the PM: Please pay our climate debt at Copenhagen

Dear Prime Minister,

I urge you to recognise Australia's obligations to the world in it's negotiations at the Copenhagen COP-15 summit. Australia heavily burdens the world with it's continued reliance on coal and natural gas export industries. This is a short-sighted economy which is extremely exposed to changes in production, demand and political influence from multinational corporations. While successive Australian governments have provided enormous taxpayer subsidies to these carbon intensive industries, we have invested relatively tiny amounts of money in renewable energy industries. This is holding back Australian research and development in knowledge intensive renewable technologies.

Added math.h include for latest GNUstep which seems to have purged it from...

Commit by leighsmith :: r195 /trunk/Calliope/Application/winheaders.h: (link) Added math.h include for latest GNUstep which seems to have purged it from Foundation.h

MusicKit V5.6.2 now available

There is now a new release available of the MusicKit that will run on MacOS 10.4 through to 10.6 and GNUstep. Binaries for MacOS 10.6 Intel only are now also available. Versions of MacOS below 10.4 are no longer officially supported. Please refer to MusicKit_ChangeLog.txt for the official list of changes, but the highlights are:


  • MacOS 10.6 is now supported.

  • Vector hardware on MacOS X is supported for both PPC and Intel.

  • Apple AudioUnits are now built as standard in the SndKit.

Added accessors to StaffObj x & y ivars, corrected erroneous channelList reuse...

Commit by leighsmith :: r194 /trunk/Calliope/Application/ (29 files): (link) Added accessors to StaffObj x & y ivars, corrected erroneous channelList reuse for MKScore generation

Corrected Metro reading StaffObj clients. Factored MusicKit score and MIDI...

Commit by leighsmith :: r193 /trunk/Calliope/Application/ (35 files in 4 dirs): (link) Corrected Metro reading StaffObj clients. Factored MusicKit score and MIDI generation for file I/O. GVPerform will be replaced later. Moved saveEPS & saveTIFF to OpusDocument. Replaced VOICEID macro with -voiceWithDefault: method. Added extra copyWithZone methods to Staff, newFrom in Graphic and subclasses defaults to calling copyWithZone:. Added partName accessors. Font debugging turned back on while I try to nail this down. Inverts Verse fonts if negative when encoded.

My Letter to W.A. Newspapers: Expat climate disbelief

As an expat Aussie living in France and watching the climate debate in Canberra, it is with a sense of shame and disbelief to watch the Labour and Liberal parties obscure the real issues of climate change. Prime minister Rudd's concessions to the Liberal party climate deniers is simply enormous corporate welfare of $5.8 billion to be paid by taxpayers to keep the coal industry polluting. An emissions trading scheme is just permission to pollute by industries who's era is over. Europe has already demonstrated how ineffective an ETS is at reducing carbon, while leading to spiking electricity costs. Australia needs a flat carbon fee that is not able to be manipulated, to properly reflect the cost the country and our children will continue to pay into the future.

Added -copyWithZone to StaffObj, corrected problem reading non-UTF8 encoded...

Commit by leighsmith :: r192 /trunk/Calliope/Application/ (18 files): (link) Added -copyWithZone to StaffObj, corrected problem reading non-UTF8 encoded verse strings, Verse now retains its strings as NSStrings. All example .opus files now load.

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