Monthly Archives: September 2019

Shaking

Thinking about what you can’t control only wastes energy and creates its own enemy.

Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation – Coming Of Age

This is one of my favourite quotes and is a good way to think about life. I know it is good advice but that doesn’t mean I am easily able to follow it. In fact at the moment of writing (Friday) my mind is preoccupied with something I can’t control. I am concerned and feel as though I am shaking and, what is worse, it is for a very stupid reason.

https://www.pexels.com/photo/wrecked-iphone-1388947/

My phone is still being repaired. I handed it over on Sunday (2019-09-08) and it has yet to come back. I know it can be fixed and I have now acquired a case for it so that this will not happen again – yet I can’t stop thinking about wanting it back. I am using my old phone at the moment and now I am remembering why I got the new one in the first place. I also realised that the photos were not backed up. If they are lost it is actually not a big deal as there is nothing much their but it would still be a shame. I actually thought they backed up automatically. Which shows what little I know about technology.

https://www.pexels.com/photo/nature-red-forest-leaves-33109/

This has been a learning experience for me though. The most obvious is the necessity of having a phone case. The less obvious is the importance of disconnection from time to time.

Photo by John Tekeridis from Pexels

I realise the irony of that statement. I am writing this on my laptop, Majel, while listening to Emma Blackery on my Google Home, and my ipad has a timer running. However when I go out I am not checking Facebook all the time – I haven’t bothered to set it up on my other phone. And I don’t want to use the other apps much until the real phone is back in my hands. It shouldn’t be too much longer now.

https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-working-girl-sitting-133021/

Worry seems to be a near constant companion for me. I am trying to get it under control but it is a constant enemy. Today it is the phone, when the phone is back it will be something else, and through it all there are the daily concerns – some are trivial and some less so – but most are things I can’t control.

I hope that you reading this are having a good day. I hope you find the time every day do do that thing that makes you smile

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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A Smashing Time

https://www.pexels.com/photo/wrecked-iphone-1388947/
Not the actual phone.

So on Thursday I smashed my phone’s screen. I tried to put it on the counter next to the sink, misjudged it, and it slammed on to the floor with a crack. Can I blame this one on my dispraxia? Maybe.

It is funny I see a lot of people with smashed phones and, until now, I have always wondered how they managed it. I have dropped my phone before and only ever ended up with a nick or two in the casing.

It didn’t even fall that far but ugh now I have a problem to deal with. That is the down side. On the plus side I have something to talk about here.

https://www.pexels.com/photo/view-ape-thinking-primate-33535/

When something like this happens my brain turns it into a bigger deal than it really is. It is annoying. It is not the end of the world. The phone still works, I have not lost any data, and I can always get another.

Poor Captain Sisko. I believe he was quite found of that ship.

Weyoun (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Changing Faces of Evil)

It is a funny thing though. I have money set aside for just such an eventuality. It is a fund for the future, for emergencies and for accidents – and yet it still feels like a big deal. Why is that?

https://www.pexels.com/photo/bank-notes-1791583/

It might be because even if it is affordable it is still money that I shouldn’t need to be spending. It could have been avoided by acquiring a case. So why no case? I never got around to it. There is no other explanation and have never felt the need. (Also stuff I don’t put on my to-do list doesn’t tend to get done.) Now I know better. So today I will see how much it will cost to replace the screen and maybe I’ll need to get a new phone. I am more glad than ever that I did not go for the iphone back in may. Although had I gone for such an overpriced phone I would have been more likely to get a case. Funny that.

With this action I have embraced what humans are very good at… only dealing with a problem after the problem. Titanic didn’t have enough life boats, it sank, ships that followed did have enough. (At least I hope they did.) For a more up to date example fossil fuels have been known to be an issue for a long time and only now, at the crisis point, is stuff starting to happen.

So from now all my phones will have cases. And perhaps yours should too.

Here endeth the lesson.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This…

Does anyone else see a worrying parallel here?

Today I am going to talk about politics. Which is about as clever an idea as calling Worf a coward.

…a really bad idea.

For the last three years, yes that is right, there has been almost nothing in the news but brexit and now we are on the cusp of it finally happening and the UK is incredibly divided on the subject. Some people believe that the action of brexit will lead us right over a cliff.

Photo by Tatiana from Pexels

Before I say my bit I want to say two things. Firstly I know nothing I have only my opinion and a gut instinct. Secondly I grew up on Star Trek and I am forced to wonder if seeing the exploits of the United Federation of Planets makes me want the UK to be part of some great alliance.

Too many videos? This will not be the last!

I voted to remain in the EU as I believed that was the best thing for the UK. I have not changed in that belief. The thing is I believed it and had little in the way of facts to back that up. It is my opinion that this was true of a lot of people no matter which side of the debate they fell on. The reason to have politicians is so that they can make the decision we would have made if we had time to look at all the details of an issue. A referendum was a mistake from the start – and I am not just saying that because my side lost. I don’t believe either side was completely sure what they were voting for. One thing is certain there was no plan for if they won.

Too much?

Maybe that clip is over the top, no pun intended, but I am going next. (And it is really only here because Baldrick had a plan!) Brexit has me deeply concerned. There seems to be an undertone of prejudice in the UK now and even some Britons who live abroad want to see a decrease in immigration and seem incapable of seeing that they themselves are immigrants. A very dear friend of mine left the UK recently and I think that was, at least in part, because she didn’t feel welcome here any longer.

Have we become so… fearful, have we become so cowardly, that we must extinguish a man because he carries the blood of a current enemy?

Captain Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Drumhead)

I have seen signs up in shop windows and at work that offer meetings and advice to EU citizens after Brexit. It makes me sad that we are facing the idea that people may be removed from the country for no other reason than there national identity. Also, and I debated putting this in, it feels like the small shadow of much worse things that have happened in the past. That maybe hyperbole but there it is.

I am not completely naive I understand the need for control of boarders. However the point that seems to always be missed is that it works both ways – a British person has just as much right to live in an EU country as they do to live here. That reciprocity makes it work and I don’t see any issue with it – none at all. I would love to see a world without boarders where the country you are from only has relevance at a sporting event or during Eurovision but beyond that has little relevance. Not an idea I expect to happen – I like the thought though.

Photo by nicholas hatherly from Pexels

Boris Johnson has prorogued parliament which sounds like a circumvention of democracy to me. Like I said though I know nothing. I only know one thing all of this has me worried. I will leave you with some words of wisdom.

…each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us.

John Sheridan (Reading G’Kar’s Words) (Babylon 5: Wheel of Fire)

…we must be kind to one another.

G’Kar (Babyon 5: Wheel of Fire)

I hope that the predictions of doom fail to materialise but I am concerned about the future. I hope that you reading this are well, happy, and most of all safe. See you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


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