March 17th, 2003

Illuminati

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It;s been brought to my attention that some people have housewarmings in the afternoon and this there might be some confusion as to when my one is occuring.

The answer is: the evening. That way you can all hang around until 3 in the morning and then stagger home/fall asleep in puddles of your own drool.

I'm thinking 8pm, but I'm not averse to people turning up earlier or later than that.
Illuminati

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More on Iraq, I'm afraid. I've realised why I'm conflicted. I feel that
a)Saddam Hussein should not be ruling Iraq.
b)George Bush is completely untrustworthy.

This leaves me defending peaceful methods against Adam (who believes that war is the answer to everything) and invasion against Gordon (who believes that if America wants it, it must be wrong).

Thankfully, there's a fantastic article here which explains why the US has no friends at the moment. And it's largely down to Bush being unilateralist.

FOR MORE THAN 25 years he has sought to acquire chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and has, in several documented cases, succeeded. He gassed 60,000 of his own people in 1986 in Halabja. He has launched two catastrophic wars, sacrificing nearly a million Iraqis and killing or wounding more than a million Iranians. He has flouted 16 United Nations resolutions over 12 years that have warned him to disarm or else, including one, four months ago, giving him a “final opportunity” to do so “fully and immediately” or face “serious consequences.” But in its campaign against Iraq, America is virtually alone. Never will it have waged a war in such isolation. Never have so many of its allies been so firmly opposed to its policies. Never has it provoked so much public opposition, resentment and mistrust. And all this before the first shot has been fired.
Illuminati

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I'm fed up with people demanding instant success. It's symptomatic of both modern culture and of youth (who don't understand why they can't be successful now.

There's a fantastic quote in an article I just read on why books that claim you can "Learn Java in 7 days" are nonsense.

Researchers (Hayes, Bloom) have shown it takes about ten years to develop expertise in any of a wide variety of areas, including chess playing, music composition, painting, piano playing, swimming, tennis, and research in neuropsychology and topology. There appear to be no real shortcuts: even Mozart, who was a musical prodigy at age 4, took 13 more years before he began to produce world-class music. In another genre, the Beatles seemed to burst onto the scene, appearing on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. But they had been playing since 1957, and while they had mass appeal early on, their first great critical success, Sgt. Peppers, was released in 1967. Samuel Johnson thought it took longer than ten years: "Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price." And Chaucer complained "the lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne."


Most 'natural talent' is obsession mixed with lots of hard work. Sure, you need to have a little basic talent in the first place. But without honing it for years, you'll never be more than a dabbler.
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My head does not feel good. The whole world is spinning slightly.

I have at least 30 things I could be doing on the computer, but I'm damned if I can summon the enthusiasm to do any of them.

I wonder if cooking will help.
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Housewarming update

Anyone that's coming by vehicle and has any kind of seating stuff, please bring a beanbag or similar. Erin's just reminded me that we have a seating shortage. Personally I'm happy lying on the floor, but that's a personal perference.