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Lesson 4 - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Lesson 4
I thought I had my insomnia cracked on Tuesday - but ended up on the phone until the small hours.

I completed the fourth dive for my PADI referral last night.  It was mostly repeat drills from the previous lessons one after another.  I am increasingly comfortable losing my mask and regulator under the water.  My buoyancy control is improving and my overall comfort at being submerged is much better.  Even an underwater coughing fit (I swallowed a bit of spit the wrong way) didn't phase me much.  I'm really pleased with how far I've come in such a short space of time.

Tonight is promotion drinks.

I was promoted this year - so it's not a free drinks night for me as it normally would be - I'm one of the ones who has to put cash behind the bar.  For someone at my level it's not a lot of cash, the VP's have cough up a lot more, but then they earn a fair bit more so I guess it's all fair in the end...

It's not a real promotion... more of a receiving the grade that actually reflects the level of work I've been doing for the last five years... even if I say so myself.

It was Jenny's maternity leave lunch today... and it's BD5... and I overslept by about an hour this morning.  BD4 was a complete failure as the data warehouse fell over and needed "a reboot" and I left at 6:00 anyway as I had a dive.  I'm surprised I still have a job.

I'm a little disappointed about the whole "Super Tuesday" thing... From a knowledgeable outsider's point of view I was expecting a bit more of an actual result... but nothing has really been decided at all.  My favourite quote from the UK coverage: US candidates run for office, UK candidates stand.  I think there's a whole host of truth there.

Another interesting point was the quantity of coverage in the rest of the world.  (Isn't reporting about how much you are reporting a bit meta?)  The article suggests the reason for the UK and Europe following the race so keenly is rooted in their despising the Bush administration so much.  As the guardian put it: "When America sneezes, the world catches a cold."

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wan1 From: wan1 Date: February 7th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Had insomnia cracked?"

So, who was the lucky recipient of one of your all night calls then? So glad it wasn't me!!

Hope your feeling OK, me darlin' boy.

Loadsa love. xxxx
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 11th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Had insomnia cracked?"

*I* was the recipient of the call!
wan1 From: wan1 Date: February 12th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Had insomnia cracked?"

OK clever dick. Explain!! xx
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 13th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Had insomnia cracked?"

Someone... who shall remain nameless... called me.
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: February 7th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
At one time nations compared us to sleeping dragons, and were warned not to wake us.

Now we're snotty six-year-olds.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 11th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
haha! The mighty always fall. Once the sun couldn't set on the British Empire and Britannia ruled the waves... now we can't sell the bananas we've imported because some bureaucrat in Brussels says they're too bendy.

If it's any consolation - I still think you're a sleeping dragon - and I wouldn't dare wake you! ;)
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 8th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Things are usually much closer to being decided by now. Technically it isn't done until the delegates vote in the convention. This is an exciting one. I just hope that in continuing to run this race the Dems don't ruin each other.

On the GOP side the house it's pretty much over.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 11th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just watched Barak Obama’s speech from the South Carolina victory party... (I know - it's a bit old now) ... and if I was a voting American - he'd have my vote.

He has summed up what is wrong with politics on both sides of the Atlantic, political parties concentrate more on pulling the opposition apart than getting anything done. I am still cynical - but I look on with increasing interest.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 13th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The system is set against everyone. You have to be willing to lose elections in order to do what is right.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 13th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I were a truly cynical man... as opposed to the trainee cynic I currently am... I might think Douglas Adams had it right.

Elections and all that go with them are just a distraction, making sure that the men who could really make some difference are kept as far away from power as possible... because those are the most dangerous people in the universe!

seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 14th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
But wait, they weren't kept away, they just appeared to be.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: February 8th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
There was a pretty interesting article in the FT today on how the UK and Europe are keenly watching the election, but they shouldn't get so excited. Europe isn't the area of concern for the US that it used to be, no matter who wins. It was an interesting perspective.

I however, will always love you lot.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: February 11th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww... bless your cotton socks! ;)
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