Mobile Projects

A very busy day. Early start, meeting with Simon and discussing the VR lab activities and the CityCOP project. Then meeting with Hakon, then mobile projects presentations. 15 groups. Some exciting projects, and some less exciting ones. A spectrum.

<need to fill that space – give me some time>

Then going for Lidia end-of-the-year celebrations. Ruffle. Food. Meeting with some of the polish parents in the school. Then home. Preparing game design exam. Working well past midnight. Too many tasks.


Sunday

Sunday. First true Sunday in a long time. It means I can relax a bit, catch up with some of the long-postponed tasks, and learn something new.
Got up early, annoyed with the computer problems. Cleaned-up the home computer, troubleshooted the HDD. Tried to update the development tools, but constant GPU panics made it impossible to even update the Android Studio. Finally, discovered that NVidia has a new updated driver, that might work. After installing it, things seems to work OK. Done the backups, upgraded both, Android Studio and Unity, and started with a simple coding tasks in Unity to refresh the skills. Done some work with the ConnectMe app, too. But progress is slow.

Girls and mom prepared the Christmas cards for family and friends. Then in the late afternoon we have played the Settlers of Catan game. Again, first time in a while. Fun. A bit of arguing here and there. Everyone fighting for the resources and the land.

The snow is a bit wet, as the temperature is around zero. Cleaning the space in front of the garage was not bad, but the space around the house is heavily frozen, with solid banks and irregular surfaces. Hard to shovel the snow. Winter is slowly creeping in. The world around looks quite nice and white.

Back pain still considerable, but, I can do most of the tasks, including minor snow shoveling and sweeping, so, things are progressing in good direction.


Movie night at Carl’s

Together with Ula, we have put up the Christmas lights on the house today. It turned out to be a non-trivial task. First, planning of where they should go is not obvious. Then, the actual installation process, given the sheer cover of ice everywhere, is challenging. At the end, I have opted for installing it on a height that does not require any extra devices such as ladders, almost exclusively out of safety reasons.

Kids were on a trip to Lillehammer, so it was a bit of surprise for them. It worked nice at the end, and everyone likes the current setup. Next year, in summer, we might setup a bit more lights on the edges of the house, but this type of work is definitely not for the winter time.

In the evening we went for a movie night at Carl. It was a nice, relaxing evening. We have watched Hotel Transylvania and the Oz cartoon, forgot the title. It was pretty good, and the kids liked it.

My home computer keeps rebooting, and my work laptop is running out of space every time I’m trying to run Android Studio. Pretty bad – couldn’t write a single line of code today.

 


Reflections

It was Emilia’s 11th birthday today. We went to a Badeland (pool leisure centre) to celebrate with her and some of her friends. It was nice and enjoyable to spend time with the family.

Earlier, I was flying from Bucharest back home. I feel annoyed by the turned on LED reading lights on all the empty seats. I feel the itch to go around, and turn them all off. So there is some order in the world. And some savings. But, I got caught myself thinking about it, and how ridiculous that thinking is.

I really would like to have a blogging platform that allows anonymous blogging, but with a fixed identity attached to the anonymity. So, pseudonymous blogging, I guess. A brand, an identity, but anonymous.


Bucharest, Day 2.

Notes

Preventing hate Against Roma: Plural policing for communities
Dr Zoe James, Plymouth University, UK
Community Policy, expert. Also, See Margret Greenfields
Consensual Policing

INHS – International Network for Hate Studies
– crimes committed against a person on the basis of a prejudice held against their identity
the identity can be based on race, or nationality, or sex, or religious beliefs, etc
– why people offend in the first place and treat the crime in the context of offending
Hate speech, powerful elites, media, far-right, ripple effect on communities (fear of crime)
OSCE Hate Crime Report (2015)
Discrimination: deprivation, poor accommodation, ill health, state agency complicity (police abuse, brutality, cruelty, etc)
refs James (2014), FRA (2016)
Coercive Policing
– authoritarian, coercive, repressive, militaristic, controlling communities
Consensual Policing
– senior police, community police, diversity officers, liberal, consensus-based, encouraging the reporting, respectful, peace-keeping forces
Community policing embraced as principle throughout Europe (Brogden and Nijhar, 2005)
Procedural justice enhances police legitimacy (Sargeant et al, 2016)
Social policing (Walker 2016)

Restorative policing
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Money traces, accounting, tax evasion

Follow the money, the impact of illicit financial flows, home and abroad
Razvan Hoinaru (part of the project)
Quen Mary, University College

– IFF — illicit financial flows
– The Stolojan-Kaba report
– Accounting – tricks of the trade
The world is the vulnerable place, why, liabilities tend to exceed the assets. IFFs are mainly African issues, and the money mostly ends up in Switzerland and in the UK.

Africa has 29 billionaires (France has 30), Africa standard of life has risen, from 1$/day to 1.25$/day.
certain practices in the City of London and Delaware, US, took 20 trillion dollars from the world’s economy.
Economic perspective vs Policy perspective
accounting is a device to keep capitalist honest, but, there is a mismatch between the instrument and the policy

www.taxjustice.net
business-humanrights.org
EU anti-money laundering directive
African acknowledged the problem
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Alia Kobylianska, PhD, Assoc. Prof.
Odessa, Ukraine
victimisation of internally displaced persons, a case of Ukraine, economic aspects

mostly about the displaced people, 64.000 internally displaced in Poland
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PTSD in Serbia
Leposava Kron, Belgrade, Criminology and Socialogical research
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Radu Petre

Cost of homicide 1.7m GPB in 2010, in 2012 3.533m GBP
Burglary 820GBP

cost of crime per capita: under 100US$ in Romania, and over $400 in London

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Zizi Goschin
Spatial econometrics, location of crime, hot spots, tool: Geoda

 

Personal notes

Breakfast. Sessions. Interesting case study for police wearing the body-worn cameras, and the effects it has on their performance, and on the complaints police receives from stop-and-search suspects. And interesting talk from Radu about the costs of crime. My talk. A bit rushed, due to time constraints. Then meeting with the economic crime unit and then with the NGO. Interesting discussions. Sessions end. Walking to town with 4 other people, two from the UK, one Italian and one from Romania. Nice dinner, chatting. Caru ca Bere restaurant. Lots of tourists, but nice atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Walking home. Emails, blog, sleep. Alarm clock set at 3. Tough.

 


Bucharest, Day 1.

The night at the hotel was OK, however, I have not slept well. Waking up, rushing to eat, rushing to catch the taxi and longish line through the security. Airport. The flight is delayed, and we actually fly out with 40min delay. The driver is waiting. Half an hour, the conference hotel, lunch, and sessions. My session is moved to Thursday. Good, have more time to finish the slides. Dinner at the hotel. Chatting with Radu. Nice people. Lots of sociologists, criminologists, social scientists, economists. And one lawyer. Good discussions, mostly around Roma population, but also other minorities. Evening, preparing the talk.


Munich

Travel. The entire day. First, bus to Gardermoen. Then, the first flight to Munich. Delayed by over 2 hours. I stayed at the airport, working mostly. The flight boarding, further delays. Then the actual flight. The weather seemed fine, with blue skies, and a thick layer of flat clouds below us. As it turns out, that flat layer of clouds was actually a fog, hugging the earth, so once we went into it, it was almost immediately ground. Landed at 15:00, and my connecting flight was leaving at 15:15. I got 10 Euros to eat and got rescheduled for 22:25 flight. At 21:30, I got a message that I have a new seat, because there will be a different plane, and then, subsequently, the flight was cancelled altogether. Queues. Dinner voucher. Taxi voucher. And hotel voucher. And, that was my day. Spent in the airports. Working on the victimisation paper, dark web, and the future of blockchains in for the organised crime.

Contacted Julian, but he is in Darmstad on the Microsoft workshop today. Bad timing, otherwise we could have a beer perhaps. Next time.


No painkillers

Today morning, just before I took the pain medication, I could feel how my rib cage feels without the meds. I was quite shocked, how painful it felt, compared to Saturday, the day after the incident, when I was without painkillers the entire day, in pain. So: Saturday (no pain killers), pain, Sunday, with painkillers, manageable, and Monday, no pain killers again, and agony of pain in the morning. I decided to not take midday and evening dose of painkillers on today. I will just endure. Enduring makes me used to the pain, and I do not experience ups-and-downs of pain due to the effects of the medication. I am free from the influence of the meds. It feels worse, in some sense, but then again, the pain regulates my behaviour. Makes me more careful. Also, I think I have less of those sudden muscle spasms that were caused by a small painful twitch. After the initial small strike of pain, the entire muscle goes into a spasm that makes the pain even worse, which makes the muscles to contract even more.  I guess it was caused by the brain and the muscles not getting the feedback properly. So, good buy painkillers.

 


Elverum

Today was the final Norwegian gymnastics cup, in Elverum. Gjovik’s under 11, was represented by Lidia. And, over 11 was represented by Emilia and Emilie. Emilie is 14, and she is already in group 1. She did pretty well, scoring high and securing second place overall, which, given that all other clubs had in excess of 10 girls in their teams, is pretty awesome. Lidia and Emilia did well, although the reduced training hours do show in their performances. It went well, even though some minor imperfections made their scores lower that it could have been, they both were pretty pleased with their performances. Emilia shortened some of the routines, because she has not practised enough. It was the first cup this season for the girls, but the last in the series. We will see next year.

Gymnastics is an interesting sport, in which the confidence and self-awareness are as important as the skills themselves. If you select elements in your routine that you cannot fulfil, you will score suboptimally. But, if you pick too easy elements then you will score below your abilities. Judging what should be tried, is the key. You should select elements that are at your very limit. And this is hard. Running a marathon is similar – if you overestimate your capabilities, and run too fast early, you finish with a worse time compared to running slower. But, if you run too conservatively from the start, you will not achieve your true potential. You have to run just with the speed that aligns with your limit.