Archive for the ‘Gripes’ Category

5th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

George Bush5 years after the initial invasion of Iraq, the Guardian has an interesting video and article on ‘an uncompromising speech’ by George Bush regarding the event.

In the video, Bush says:

“Five years into this battle, there is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth fighting, whether the fight is worth winning, and whether we can win it,” he said. “The answers are clear to me: removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision – and this is a fight Americans must win. Because we acted, the world is better and the United States of America is safer.”

He then goes on to say:

“The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage, the battle in Iraq will end in victory.”

Which is great, but I can’t help but wonder: in which middle-eastern country the war will continue?

The war in Iraq was about large bombs. When it transpired that, actually, there weren’t any, it became the war against al-Qaida. Now its more generically ‘The War Against Terror”, which conveniently can never be won as you can’t fight battles against fear and emotion. The terrorists will be replaced by freedom fighter ‘terrorists’ at war with our ‘good guy’ permanent bases established in Iraq. Meanwhile the US government will continue to ‘fight the good fight’ against other ‘evil’ far-away lands whilst unifying and numbing its patriotic citizens and systematically removing their rights via such chestnuts as the ‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism’ (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.

It would not be constructive of the USA to return to peace after Iraq, as it would bring into question the fairly recent legalization of the USA spying on its own citizens and unifying them over a common effort over which they ultimately have no control, and allow its citizens to concentrate on problems back home.

So, where next? Iran? Syria?

Edit:  Oh, and here’s a nice story following the Guardian article on how the USA has made the world a safer place 🙂


Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

You would think that loitering around my computer until gone twelve night after night would be a good indicator that work is getting done.  The fact that I’ve acheived little of any real consequence over the past week, therefore, is somewhat alarming.

I am a prolific procrastinator, you see.

Whatever I plan, something more pressing always seems to crop up.  Or, rather, something presents itself as a more worthwhile pursuit.  Sure, I have notes due, coursework deadlines, notes to be handed in for checking prior to the January exams… but there are much more interesting people on MSN, important phonecalls to make and text-messages to send, and people to invite round and to entertain.

I think one of the problems is that I am still, despite my efforts, surrounded by distraction.  Ironically, removing distractions is self-destructive.  The organisational system that I made part of my life can consume me.  Minimalising and simplifying has become an obsession.  I have allowed myself to become so tied up with the processes and systems that I’ve lost sight of the purposes and outcomes.

And here I am blogging, when I have pages of work due for tomorrow.

Welcome to Ibiza

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Our holiday was canceled and we were transferred to a Thomsons Gold hotel.

Some background information for those of you who don’t know me personally: every year my family goes to Es Cana, Ibiza, for the last two weeks of season. Variation is nice, but we know all of the bar staff around here so we get free drinks. I know my way around the resort – and increasingly those neighboring it – like a second home. We’ve always been to family-style hotels. For the last five or six years we have been to the hotel Cala Nova and stayed in the premiere, double-sized, sunrise-facing and sea-surrounded rooms, from the balconies of which it is possible to steal wifi from nearby apartments

The flights have changed this year though, and the Cala Nova is apparently closed for the two extra days that we’re here. Thomson tried to send us to the Hotel Cala Llonga in, well, Cala Llonga, but we declined as Cala Llonga is a barren land consisting of a beach, a tack-shop and up to two bars (subject to season).


WordPress 2.3

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I updated my blog’s platform last night.  It was a seamless transition, and there is now tagging support for me to implement.  Apart from that, there doesn’t really seem to be anything different.

Also, these bugs are starting to really irritate me.  In Internet Explorer 6 the post headers are in weird places, and run away from the cursor when hovered over.  The submit button for the comments form is the same.  If anyone would like to debug this for me then I’ll provide some linkage.

When things don’t run smoothly…

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

I’m not entirely sure how, but in attempting to add a search box to the top of I’ve managed to disable the header links and retard my headings. I’d take the time to fix them now, but to be honest I feel like shit, so it will have to wait.

I caught this cold off this girl I was fooling around with. She’s excellent, but she did sort of give me a cold and then got herself a boyfriend before I could return the favor. I swapped my summer duvet for my much denser winter duvet around the same time – imagine waking up with the realization that some large mammal – say, a cow – had keeled over and died on your chest as you slept. Such was the sensation this morning of waking up buried under an avalanche of duck-feathers.


Selling the Warranties

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

As part if my job as salesman at Comet I have to sell warranties. The total value of the warranties I sell during the week is inputted into my sales matrix. In theory, if I meet my average-sales-per-hour target, and of my total at least 8% is essentials such as cables and tables, and another 5% is made up of warranty sales, I get a per-hour bonus. In reality bonuses are scarce but you do still get a rollicking for missing your targets.

Essentials are easy… “unfortunately the manufacturers don’t include memory cards, Sir, and the supplied cartridges only contain enough ink for fifteen or twenty sheets”… but warranties are a little trickier.