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Catchup - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
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Funny story of the week... someone in Woolworth's marketing team had an idea that Lolita is a good name for a 6 year old's bed... oh the hilarity.  I'm "amused" by some of the comments on the various reports of this news item.  The outrage is perhaps understandable, the laughing at Woollies is expected.  The "get a life" comments crack me up.  I especially like it when they add something akin to "too much time on their hands".  Irony anyone?

American news: Today will pretty much decide if the Democrats are going to put forward a woman or a black man for their presidential candidate.  Interesting times to be in US politics.  I hope the American people are up to it.

Personal news:  I can't sleep again.  This time I have no idea why - I am not consciously worried about anything - I am not drinking heavily, nor have I increased my caffeine intake (doing so would probably kill me).  I wondered if my brain needs some "veg" time before I go to bed so for the last couple days I've been reading and watching mindless TV instead of computer games... but that doesn't seem to be working either.

Computer game news:  I reached level 70 on WoW.  I have been getting a fair amount of PvP in so I can get some shiny new gear.  PvP in this case means the battlegrounds, where a random group of Alliance members meets an organised group of Horde members and looses badly.  This is not particularly good for (my) morale and the comments from obviously (mentally) teen aged players like "l2p n00b" are not helping.  I haven't played WoW since last Saturday morning (which was a short stint).  Those two last statements aren't really linked.

I had a week or so off a while back now.  I carried 13.5 days of holiday forward (10 "officially" and 3.5 in lieu) and had to take the majority of them before the end of January.  During that time I spent quite a bit playing on the computer... but I did manage a couple of social events.  Workmate Sean A left us, and so I came into town for his leaving bash.  We managed to drink a pub dry... it's been a while since I've been involved in something like that!

G and I visited a Dive shop.  I saw a couple of bits I like... including a "watch" dive computer which I will have to save for the next 5 years to get!  I purchased a snorkel and left it at that.  I will be purchasing a mask when I do my 4th Dive lesson. 

G and I also went to see the new AvP film... which was about as good as I expected it to be.  If you go in expecting story,  plot, or indeed reality you will be sorely disappointed.  If you go in free from these requirements you will not be!  A slow start but gets going eventually.

I popped into the opticians after the film so I can give the dive instructor a recent prescription to get my mask made... so I will be able to see!  G and I have also found a local dive club.  For a fixed annual charge they allow you to pop in and out of the club pretty much as you please... this laid back approach suits me fine! :)

Misty and I met up for drinks and a chat.  A very pleasant evening starting in a proper pub, and ending with Wagamamas.  It was almost like old times (old old times... before we actually met old times)... and I'd like to think with a bit of time we could go back to being good friends.  There are still obstacles to overcome - but we're not stupid... so who knows.

The tea man at work has not had Earl Grey for a week now... so we have voted with our wallets and bought our own tea and make it ourselves.  65p for a tea is scandalous really!  I'm hoping the switch to tea will help with the insomnia.

I have gotten into web TV. (ganked from idigital) which is a fabulous waste of time! 

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seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 5th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the southwest will be interesting for Obama. California, Arizona and New Mexico have giant Hispanic communities that don't necessarily get along with African Americans. We can talk about the southeast being racist, but the southeast also has very large African American populations that can show up to vote.
These are indeed interesting times.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 6th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Racism from (other) minorities always shocks me... I can't for the life of me understand that mentality, but then I can't really understand racism at all.

I was too young to have any serious views when the UK had it's first woman PM... I had plenty of views about her by the time she left office... none of which were based on her gender! I wonder how race would affect voting here, none of the main parties have ever had a leader other than WASP.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 7th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The good thing about race relations in the UK is that none that I know of has attempted to burn, shoot or lynch the other. Not saying there aren't problems, I've been there enough to know that it isn't true. But this country is a mess.

Had Barack Obama's father been born in Chicago or Detroit or Mobile instead of Kenya I don't think he would be electable. Obama doesn't have the guilt of slavery associated with him.
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: February 5th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking from the southeast's perspective, I've heard a lot of black people say they aren't voting for Obama because he's Muslim, so they're voting for Hillary. I know a lot of white people who are voting for Obama because they don't trust the Republicans and they don't want another Clinton in the office.

I'm putting on my sappy face now.

It's a great day in Birmingham, AL, because a lot of us are out voting when we normally don't bother because we're so sick of how things are and we're all wanting change.

It's America at its finest, and it goes to show we're not all completely brain-dead.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 6th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn - I forgot about the whole "Muslim background" thing - that's sure to affect the voting even if it is a bunch of tosh! There was a report in one of our papers about the importance of religion in voting in the states... which seems strange to the average Brit as religion and politics are kept relatively separate.

I'm disgusted at the levels of voter turnout here... we're lucky to get 40% of the electorate off their arses! To think there are countries in the world where people risk death to vote and they get bigger turn outs than we do. :(
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: February 6th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, even though we have the whole "Separation of Church and State" thing going for us, it doesn't really apply anymore. I think the only rights we have right now is the right to bear arms, and...oh, we can't hoard British soldiers...and there may be something else lurking around that we can do without the almighty Christ Brigade coming to get us and take us away.

The whole world is pissing me off at the moment.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 7th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Go to one muslim school when you're overseas and suddenly you're a muslim. Like that's a bad thing.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 7th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Only 60% of voters in Alabama went for Bush last time around. It's hardly 90% like they make out in the northeast.
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