July 7th, 2005


A certain amount of sense

I as hoping to get a decent amount of work done today, after the disruption of the last few days.  Sadly, just as I was settling in, someone decided that bombing London was a good idea.

I spent a fair chunk of the morning either checking that various people were still alive (via LJ, and specifically london_070705 - which did a great job as a central clearing point), phoning parents to make sure they weren't travelling into London (Dad's meeting was thankfully in Redhill, not central London), and reading the BBC.  Fortunately, things calmed down after a bit, and there was nothing horrendous this afternoon, so I was able to get some work done.

I hope that all of you are safe, and are spending the rest of the day with someone you care about - personally I'm off out to play boardgames, but my heart goes out to the people who were caught up in the terrible events this morning.

I'm gratified that I've seen almost nobody declaring war on anyone so far, and that people are being fairly reasonable.  I don't trust the Al-Quaeda announcement that's been made - and while it may turn out to be true I'm not yet convinced.  I hope that we deal with this well, and that the people responsible are brough to justice, but I think the worst thing that could happen now would be for this to inflame people and make life worse for any innocents.
running lego man

And just to lighten the mood

A rich oil-baron hires a veterinarian, a statistician and a physicist to develop a method for predicting the outcome of a horse race.

The three scientists disappear for a week and each returns with a different method;

The Vet states "I have studied the form, health and blood-lines of all the horses for the next race and can confidently say that number 7 is the best of the lot. Whether he wins on the day, is another question".

The Statistician boasts "I have studied the race histories of all the horses in the next race and all the races ran on this track and can definitely say that horse number 3 has a 85% chance of coming in the top 3".

The Physicist then strides up to the baron and boldly proclaims "I have developed a way to predict the outcome of any race with 100% accuracy! First, one assumes that the horses are perfectly spherical and moving   
through a vacuum...".