What is your group?

Isn’t it weird how we divide ourselves into groups? I am not talking political groups this is not going to turn in to a political debate. Actually come to that I want and don’t want to talk about politics. OK…fine… that had been the plan but I think that this is something I should discuss. The word of the age… Brexit. The politicians have managed to make a complete pig’s breakfast of the whole thing.

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I voted remain back in the 2016. I stand by that and still believe that it is the best thing – even if I do not have that many facts to back that up. Looking at the news and the way things are going it looks like I am in the minority in that regard – or maybe it is just that the powers that be are not listening.

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There are questions that need to be answered about how the campaign was conducted. For some reason the irregularities in the leave campaign have not been enough to get the referendum declared null and void. Maybe we will manage to stay in the EU – maybe not.

Satire at its finest.

This seemed appropriate in the current situation. If there is one thing that is quintessentially British it is the ability to laugh at ourselves.

I agree with this completely.

First and foremost I consider myself Welsh. That comes before anything else and now for the controversial part…

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I don’t see much of a difference between Brussels and London. They are both far away places that I have little connection with and frankly I would rather decisions, those that are not made by the Welsh Assembly, be made in Brussels than in London. I like the diversity of the EU and there is a lot we could learn from the other countries. We could even learn something as simple as getting the trains to run on time. And the Scandinavian countries are frequently shown to be amongst the happiest in the world.

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I would one day like to see an interdependent Wales as part of the EU. That may just be a dream of course. Maybe all this comes from growing up with Star Trek. The idea of the Federation is wonderful. I would even like to see an end to borders. To live in such a way that country is much less relevant – maybe only in connection with competitive events.

So, will our next Prime Minister be our eminent Chancellor or our distinguished Foreign Secretary?

That’s what I wanted to ask you, which do you think it should be?

Hmmm. Difficult, like asking which lunatic should run the asylum.

Sir Humphrey and Sir Arnold (Yes (Prime) Minister

Yes here in the UK we will be getting a new Prime Minister before too long. The favourite is Boris Johnson which sounds like a joke. Anyone who has seen Mr Johnson on Have I got News for You will know exactly what I mean. For those of you who do not Mr Johnson has a reputation for being very gaffe prone.

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I want to end this post by referring to what I had originally planned this post to be about – the more trivial ways in which people group themselves. And the far more important grouping. Are you a nerd? Are you a jock?

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This is the classic grouping we see in high school. This maybe more of an American thing than a British thing but I think it is worthy of mention. This type of division is trivial and thus easier to dissect. In the real world a person can love football and Star Trek equally. They can know all England’s world cup rankings since it began and know that Worf was the son of Mogh.

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Divisions continue all the way down the line. Star Trek fans even have a bit of a debate going about what they call themselves. They have debates over who is the best Captain. And I will admit if someone said Archer I would think they were very wrong but everyone is entitles to their opinion. Now I am going to attempt to wrap this all up.

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The point of my ramble is how much humans have a predilection for division both in trivial matters and in more important matters. Science fiction fans can all be united in their love of the genre. And more specifically Star Trek fans can be happy together despite wildly different opinions. This maybe something I will discuss next time. (Unless I can’t find enough to say or I forget.) Division in fandomes is interesting and infuriating – on the whole though I think people can have calm discussions about their differences. (Your millage may vary) Politics is a little different.

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You might be thinking that Brexit is an all or nothing thing and that remain and leave cannot co-exist. That might be correct but I think there must be some way of reaching a compromise. We need something more than just repeated that ‘brexit means brexit’ – I don’t know what that compromise could look like but then I’m just a blogger not a politician.

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I wonder what discussions are going on behind closed doors at the moment.

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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Eurovision – 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest is a uniquely weird annual event that has been going since 1956. Nowhere else would you see such a wired mix of costumes, peoples, and strange presenters. It might be unfair of me to say this but sometimes in seeing the presenters the phrase: ‘Where do they find these people?’ Comes to mind. If you have watched the show you will know what I mean. Then it comes to the spokesperson for the voting. All these people have to do is to read out three numbers – with them all I can think of is: ‘Don’t bury yourself in the part!’

…and the winner is.

The winner was The Netherlands. In my family we have the tradition of eating the food of the host country. So next year it will be edam and gouda. Those being the only dutch foods that come to mind – other than the chocolate sprinkles they have for breakfast.

This was my favourite.

This song from Denmark was nice and simplistic. While I am not completely sure about the ladders it was a good performance and, as an aside, being able to sing while climbing a ladder is quite impressive to me.

I voted for this one too.

This entry from Australia was interesting too. Such a wonderful unique idea for the staging. All it all it was a good year. I enjoyed most of the songs and the UK entry certainly didn’t deserve to have so few points.

I actually rather liked it.

Perhaps the weirdest thing about this contest is that despite it having representatives from so many countries there are always a few that are in contention for the victory. I am surprised at this degree of agreement on what is a good song. I would expect the votes to be a bit more spread out. Still it was a very enjoyable yeah and I will be watching again next year.

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Tabs and Boredom

When was the last time you had nothing to do?

Marcus Cole (Babylon 5: Voices of Authority )

On my computer I typically have far too many tabs open. Recently it was 22. So why so many?

Fascinating.

Mr Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series: – Various.)

Well the reason is obvious. I like to overload my processor and see how long it takes my computer, Majel, to go bang!

Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

Westley (The Princess Bride)

Actually the reason is because of all the stuff I seem to find myself interested in. This post has been in draft for a long time so it is finally time to start to use it. I have been posting a lot on Quora so I have tabs from that here is one of them. I cleared this a while ago but who is counting?

Question the First: What are your 10 favorite Star Trek: Next Generation/ Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes?

TNG (In no particular order)
1) The Best of Both Worlds
2) Darmok
3) Yesterday’s Enterprise
4) Measure of a Man
5) The Drumhead
6) All Good Things
7) Ensigns of Command
8) The Defector
9) The Inner Light
10) The Pegasus

DS9 (In no particular order)
1) Duet
2) The Way of the Warrior
3) Far Beyond the Stars
4) Triles and Tribulations
5) What you Leave Behind
6) A Call to Arms
7) The Jem’ha’da
8) Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang
9) The Visitor
10) In the Pale Moonlight.

The More things change the more they stay the same.

Quark (DS9: What You Leave Behind)
If you like Star Trek you should check this out.

I watch a lot of YouTube and this is one of the best.

I really need to actually travel and not just watch these great vlogs.

When I was young I remember my dad telling me that boredom was a luxury. At the time I thought he was mad. Now I know better. I don’t think I have experienced boredom in a very long time. Sometimes the things I need to do are dull but that is not the same as having nothing to do. There is always something to do as an adult. Even if it is just the laundry that is overflowing from the laundry tub.

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Sleep

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Isn’t sleep a weird thing? To be a healthy and effective being it is required that we spend a third of our day unconscious. I say a third but how many of us truly get that amount?

Another question could be do you sleep?

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with sleep. I would like to get more of it but that would mean not doing something else. For some reason my brain only decides it is bed time at around midnight.

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It is also important to not use electronic devices before bed. The light from a mobile phone can badly effect a person’s ability to sleep. This too is not easy and I am sure almost everyone reading this feels the same. In fact you might even be reading this now when you should be trying to sleep.

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I think the midnight thing is the same as the human attitude to almost any problem. We do not deal with a problem until it is upon us. Like the problem of climate change – changes could have been being made for the last twenty years – maybe longer – we didn’t – so now we are running around like crazy trying to stop the end of the world. And so my body only thinks it is in desperate need of sleep now that it is tomorrow.

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So after having successfully linked lack of sleep to the end of the world it is time to conclude this post. A couple of years back I had a friend in America and we spoke often online. She was so sweet though that she kept an eye on what time it was for me and when 2300 came around she refused to talk to me any more – and you know what? I did actually go to bed.

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I miss her – and not just because of that sweetness. Talking to her meant I was focused on one person rather than on the endless void of social media. I think the main reason I go to bed so late is loneliness. I think if I wasn’t living alone then I would talk to that other person instead – and we would both be aware of the time. While conversations might go on into the night it would be far more full filling than the time spent on YouTube or Facebook.

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Even as I right this (It is Saturday) I know that I will not be getting enough sleep tonight. At least this time I have the excuse of being on a late shift at work.

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Do Less to do More

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I had a week off a few weeks back. I had leave to take rather than going anywhere. I really should have gone somewhere – that is a different story of me having the planning capabilities of a gnat. Instead I was following my ridiculously detailed to-do list. I made a useful discovery though. I am trying to do more things than I have time for. In short my list would only work if the days were longer than 24 hours. I am moving to Bajor!

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I have spoken many times about my attachment to my to-do list, my attempt to get things done, my feeling of never doing enough, and in general managing to stress out about stuff that only I care about. I discovered I was trying to do over twenty hours – a struggle on a week off – impossible on a normal week. Well maybe not impossible but you are forgetting my proclivity for procrastination – so much procrastination. Perhaps a more accurate statement would be that I suck at prioritising.

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I didn’t just ineffectively follow my list. I say ineffectively because I never did get the feeling of a good thing done. What was the other thing I was doing? Binge watching Bones. That counts as productive, right? Right?

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In other thoughts… These blog posts are always written over several sessions. It takes a while and doing otherwise might mean I didn’t do something else – things like meditation, my diary, and Duolingo. The apps I use keep track of progress and therefore I don’t want to miss a day. The problem is the ebb and flow of my metal state.

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I may start a post on a bad day and thus the post is morose and unhappy. Then I come back to it on a good day and suddenly the hopelessness previously shown makes no sense. Meaning it is difficult to pick up where I left off.

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It is like playing with Lego as a child. Perhaps you are building a space rocket and then mum tells you to go to bed before it is finished. When you wake up the next day you want to make a submarine. So you take apart the rocket but bed time happens before the sub is finished and the cycle goes on and on.

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At the moment I am okay. I am not feeling the hopelessness I sometimes feel it is more of a resigned feeling. More Puddleglum – less Marvin the paranoid android. Are those two characters too similar for this example to work?

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Here is a picture of a lion because Puddleglum is a character from the Chronicles of Narnia – and Pexels didn’t have a wardrobe in their collection.

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And here is a beach because I like beaches and walking along one on holiday always has a calming effect. Whoever you are reading this now – thank you and I hope you are doing well.

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And happy Star Wars day for yesterday.

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I’ll Make this Brief

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An alternative title could have been: Oops, I did it again. Did what you may ask? Left this to the last minute.

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

My mind is all jittery at the moment. I am trying to do about three things at once and thinking about the things I am not doing. I have been in work today (Saturday) and we were busy. So much to do in work and a mind all a jumble. It is confusing and distracting. The mind needs to be quiet. The mind needs to be quiet.

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I want to write but what? So many projects like a sculptor chipping away at several stone tablets – but adding new ones too. In an endless cycle of unfinished work. I want to yell stop. So my head stops spinning. I want to exist outside of time and get things organised. So I can exercise and otherwise improve myself, so I can get stuff done. Time marches on though and pushes me with it. All I can do is try to work things out. I am crumbling a little at the moment – but little things help. Such as a co-worker asking how I am doing because she is experiencing some of the same and understands. That is something that helps.

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Seduction

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I bought an iphone. I had it for about two days. Got it at about 1800 on Monday. I had returned it by 1000 on Wednesday. I was seduced by the idea of the iphone. They are very shinny.

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If you love Apple products then that is great. I am not writing this to criticise anyone’s choices. I have an ipad which I am happy with – even that though might have been bought owing to a lack of imagination on my part.

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I didn’t buy the iPad on a whim I spend some time considering. I knew I wanted a tablet computer and the only options seemed to be Samsung and iPads. Since the reason I was making the purchase was because my Samsung phone was having some issues an iPad seemed logical. There were, it turned out, other options they just weren’t immediately apparent to me. I am a bit dim when it comes to technology. So an iPad it was and it was expensive. I not convinced it is worth it but I do like it.

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When my poor little Samsung started to show its age even more I knew I needed a new phone but which one? That choice is rather a bewildering one. There are so many options and, for my needs at least, almost anyone would do. The phone I now have is a Huawei and cost me £199 in an outright purchase. So why then did I initially get a phone that would have cost £1,224 (including minutes, texts and data) over three years?

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I have no idea. Well maybe not no idea. iphones are smart – some might even say sexy. Then the slippy slope of bad decisions started. First I thought about a second hand iphone, then I thought about an older model but bought new, then I settled on an iphone 8 – which is also an older model but not as old. That is how the slope works. Each step seems reasonable just like ordering the large instead of the regular at a cafe – only a little more.

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The thing of it is I don’t know what happened. As I was going into town to buy a phone I said: ‘I don’t need one with all the bells and whistles.’ and yet came home with an overly priced phone. Maybe this is a serious sign of a complete lack of self control on my part and that might be something I need to address.

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Actually there is no maybe about it. For now though I can celebrate I dodged a bullet and was able to exchange the phone without fuss. Only spending £199 on a phone eliminates the worry. I could almost afford to replace it every month if I needed to – rather than it costing nearly a month’s earnings to do the same with an iPhone.

I write this post as a cautionary tale for any purchase you might make. My Huawei does all that I need. It might not be as special by some metrics but it does the job and, at the end of the day, that is the important thing.

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