May 5th, 2003


New World Order

In case you were wondering about the people behind the war with Iraq, here's an article about the neocons and their ideologies.

I have to say that I agree with at least some of their ideas. I think they might be being a tad idealistic though.

Why I love English

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
-- James D. Nicoll

Stuff. And, erm, other stuff!

Brain now working fairly reliably, although I'm still tired too much of the time. Two weeks after Adam infected me I'm still reliably waking up in the middle of the night to cough up phlegm, although less of it every day. Last night I actually fell asleep fairly easily, although when Erin woke me later on to get in with Nathan and Rob I had problems getting back to sleep.

Party last night was good. After two weeks of minimal carbohydrates I really couldn't resist all the fantastic cakes and biscuits that Tara and Sana had produced. So I indulged quite heavily. Ginger biscuits coated in chocolate are the most fantastic thing ever.

I left at 10:45-ish, when Erin got out of Darius and her partner in taste-crime gave me a lift home. I wish that I had been feeling well enough to make it worthwhile taking today off, but I'll just have to cope with the day anyway.

It was dead nice seeing Nathan last night, especially with puppy (the name for his 4-year-old dog) in tow. I even got to talk computers for a bit!

Gah - rereading this I feel pitiful - I obviously can't string a thought together for more than 3 seconds and my brain obviously isn't up to coherent thought. I may force myself to do some more updates later, in the interests of brain-training.

Ow, my head

Just did the IQ test that the BBC used for their "Test the Nation" show and scored 130, which will do me just fine, especially the way I feel right now.

You can take a look here. The averages IQ by salary is particularly amusing.

Oh, good lord - just checked the "age adjustment tables" and it turns out I couldn't have scored over 137 (which is where my results usually place me). If you take a look here and I tell you that I scored 63/70 that it's just not feasible for me to score as well as people who are older or younger than me.

End of the line

Nicked from Volokh:

According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward . . ., [Prince William] shows all the signs of being tired with his royal role already. She says one of his most vivid childhood memories is of Diana voting 250 times in a TV phone-in poll for the abolition of the monarchy. And when the show asked whether William should take the throne instead of Charles, it was William's turn to pick up the phone -- he dialled the "No" number again and again.

X2 redux

Right, so far I have Bekka, sana, Erin and myself for X2. Hal's pulled out as he's busy tomorrow.

I'm buying tickets tomorrow at lunchtime - does anyone else want to come along???