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The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Furry bag of shit
Last night, when I tried to get into bed, I was lucky enough to notice that one of our darling fur bags had shit on the duvet. 

I was then stuck in a quandary... do I wake Misty (who had been sleeping for an hour or so) and change the bed, or do I make temporary reparations and sleep with it.

I can only assume the cat shat while misty was asleep... and we have a pretty good idea which one it is... so he'll be lucky if he survives the night after Misty finds out.  It did mean I was putting washing on this morning as I was getting ready for work.

Sam was no where to be found this morning.  This makes giving her a tablet that little bit more difficult than it would otherwise have been.  the damn cats will be the death of me.

In other non cat related news:

I read an interesting article on the train this morning [link] about AT&T snooping every thing that passes through their network (part of America's internet backbone) on behalf of the NSA and other people in black.  It blows my mind they thought that would stay a secret!

I also read on the cover of every chav around me reading the Sun that Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are settling out of court for about £30m... or "Mills and Macca" as the Sun puts it.  I'm not sure why I need to know this, but now that I do it raises some interesting (to me)questions...

What exactly did Heather do for £30m?  Why does marrying someone with a lot of cash automatically entitle you to a large wad when the marriage goes south?  Did she marry him for the money? Why did the Mirror (just as bad as the Sun) need to put a naked picture of her in the article?

On the subject of Chav newspapers I am reminded of an article in the Guardian (not that I think the Guardian is chavy - although they sometimes spell like one!) about snobbery (you see the link now?)

Asked what defines Britishness, Lucy Mangan suggest with tongue firmly in cheek that we should all be snobs!  The amusing thing about this article is so much of it is true.  If I see someone reading the Sun on the train, I look for other signs of chavness and usually find them.  If the same person was reading the Independent I wouldn't look.  I recommend reading the article for the humour value if nothing else.

Current Location: EC2Y 9AQ
Current Mood: tired knackered
Current Music: John Lennon - God

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paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 18th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love them all to bits... most of the time - but last night I could have killed them.
sassylidge From: sassylidge Date: May 18th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm friends with someone who used to work for GCHQ and I wouldn't consider your data sacred and safe, if I were you. :) Actually, from what this person has told me, the british government doesn't have to be as accountable for information gathering as the US government does.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 19th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I have no doubt what so ever that all my internet traffic is intercepted one way or another... but for a big TelCo company to have a "secret room" and think that won't get out is a little short sighted.

I have some troubling questions going around my mind as to the balance between police state and personal freedom... and am reminded of Juvenal's quote in Satire VI "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" ("Who watches the Watchmen") which was used to great effect by Terry Prachett in one of the Guards books.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't really go into it (if I tell you, I have to kill you!), but the brit TelCo companies aren't clean when it comes to that kind of stuff.

Don't get me wrong, I'm really angry about this and feel that the watchers need to be watched. We can't just say "okay, government do monitor whatever you like because you always have the people's best interests at heart." because that's a bunch of bs. In the american system, the whole idea is one of checks and balances - no arm of the government is more powerful than another, but lately the executive branch seems to think they can just ignore the congressional and judicial branch in the name of safety. It's a crock.

I guess my point was that this isn't a uniquely american problem. :)
sassylidge From: sassylidge Date: May 19th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
crap, that last comment was me, of course!
laaalaaa From: laaalaaa Date: May 20th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
On the divorce note, I am not happily divorced, but still waiting on the judge to make the decision on how much I will have to give my **** of an ex-husband. Despite him signing a waiver that he wanted NOTHING from me, mainly because he was in the belief that he would get half my debt and it would outweigh my worth, the judge has taken it upon himself to contact him and offer him advice to tell him what he CAN get from me. The last I heard the ex had til the 9th of May to decide if he wanted to try to get something from me and so far I have heard nothing. I am hoping he moved house and didn't get the letter, or he's dead.

He didn't put one penny into this house, in fact he cost me money, I paid all the bills, I bought all his clothes (he came with a rucksack and moved out with 5 black sacks of clothes, together with other stolen items that he did not have permission to take, including several of my mobile phones, my PS2 and my television). He left me in debt. He kept promising to get a job, he never even applied for any. He got one job by fluke and it just about covered what he ate, why, should I pay him part of my worth (the worth being my house) which I had before we even met and he didnt put a penny into!

Marriage should be hard to do and divorce should be quick and simple. When you go to the church or registry office or wherever to book your wedding day, they should give you a leaflet... no a novel, on the pitfalls of marriage. Had I of been warned, i'd never have done it.

As for big brother, I think its fair that people that drive more, pay more, mainly because I use my car once a week to keep the battery alive :D but I think they should find another way to do it. We all know computers are only as good as the programmer/user, how the hell do you prove you were not on such and such road and such and such time if the satellite says you were. I suffer from paranoia enough, without it being confirmed!

Anyway, enough of me waffling, I wish I could write this much in my own journal, its feeling a little neglected :D
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 22nd, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my naivety I can't believe he'll get anything... but I know from previous experience the law is ass at times.

The worst of it is - you'll need to employ a lawer at your own expense if you want half a hope of defeating him... so it will still cost you money.

Perhaps you should write that book... you never know - it might help you pay for your divorce! :)
laaalaaa From: laaalaaa Date: May 22nd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get legal aid, because I am being paid a pittance :D So won't cost me a penny, bit still very annoying.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 24th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
That's not so bad then... who knew earning bugger all would ever be a positive? :)
laaalaaa From: laaalaaa Date: May 24th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Aye, when I started the divorce I had to pay, but then my solicitor took so long and I got made redundant and went on legal aid and my new wage is a lot less than I had before, so I have retained the legal aid.

On one hand I miss my old wage, but on the other I am loving the fact that he thinks I am paying for my solicitor and im not :D He could easily get legal aid and hasn't, because he doesnt know about it, which is the best thing in the world :D
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 24th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You really know how to pick em dear ! :x
laaalaaa From: laaalaaa Date: May 24th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've certainly learnt the hard way! Ive got a good one now though :)
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