Nickname: Styxx (childhood). Ming (work).
Birthday: November 16
Sexuality: I’m a Scorpio. Look it up.
Height: 6’3 & shrinking
What time and date is it there: 21:40, 26 August
Average hours of sleep I get each night: 4, maybe 5 if I’m lucky
The last thing I Googled was: valley lay boards. Yes, seriously.
First word that comes to mind: Dendrochronologist. There’s a reason for that. Ask me if you’re interested.
What I last said to a family member: I fixed the Dyson. Have you eaten?
One place that makes me happy & why: The Western Highlands in Scotland, because it’s the only place where I’ve truly felt at home and at peace.
How many blankets I sleep under: What are blankets? I have a vague recollection of something scratchy from the time when dinosaurs roamed the planet.
Favorite beverage(s): Green tea, especially Genmaicha.
The last movie I watched in the cinema: I can’t remember. It was horrific. So loud it was painful. I’d rather put up with a small screen, a fatter wallet and volume I can control.
Three things I can’t live without: If people count as things - my wife, my kids, and I’m stumped for a third. I would have said my dog, but she’s gone. Maybe the mountains, but it’s been a while and I’m still here, so I guess it must be water.
Something I plan on learning: How to finish building my house. How to play guitar properly, if my arthritic fingers will let me. How to speak Japanese. How to relate to people, if it’s not too late.
A piece of advice for all my followers: The best things in life are free. Get yourself out into the big wide open and experience them for yourself.
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Yah, but most of the time I need a lot of Pink Floyd.pink floyd never bettered
… my Dyson sucks, and I mean that most sincerely.no loss of suction not any more anyway
…but it never ceases to amaze me that there are people out there who make videos about how to fix this, do that, or build the other.
I’m genuinely glad they do so, and even more thankful that they were wiling to donate their time and effort. They’ve helped me build my home. Seriously. The best roof framing video I saw showed a guy with a deep southern drawl. a beaten up old truck in the background and chickens running around his feet. None of that detracted from the sheer quality of his knowledge.
So, when our Dyson vacuum cleaner’s motor self destructed, I went to Youtube, not Dyson. I just replaced the motor in ours for less than £15/$25. That’s pitched against £380/$630 for a new one, or some indeterminate figure for an engineer to visit. (But you can bet your shirt that would have been well over £100/$165, plus parts.)
Notwithstanding, I find myself worrying a little when I realise I spent more time watching a guy called Kevin taking apart a vacuum cleaner than I usually do watching anything on TV….i guess i'll just leave that there home repairs diy must be an age thing
…it occurs to me that the laws here in the UK are so fundamentally different to those of the US that the likelihood of incidents like the tragic death of Michael Brown are almost infinitely lower. (Poor grammar I know, but bear with me.)
The simple fact is that our gun laws are very tight. Always have been, and please, they should stay that way. As long as legal gun ownership remains as low as it is, there is a strong case for the police to remain unarmed.
Don’t get me wrong. I have the greatest admiration for the work that the Thin Blue Line does on our behalf. They have to wear stab-proof vest at all times in order to stay reasonably safe. They routinely place themselves at levels of risk that are, quite frankly, wholly incommensurate with the relatively meagre wage they earn.
But that doesn’t mean they should be armed. The risk of escalation is preposterous. If our police routinely bore arms, so too would the criminal fraternity. The huge risk that our police already face would increase exponentially, as would the risk to the general public,and not just from the criminal fraternity.
There is little doubt that, given the protection (or Dutch courage) afforded by a loaded gun, innocent bystanders would become victims. Sadly, I have no doubt that, in many cases, those innocents would belong to ethnic minorities. Thus, in my view, racial tension and militancy would increase and stability in society would correspondingly decrease.
I watch in dismay as the news of avoidable situations like the killing of Michael Brown unfold. I worry about how our society may progress (or degenerate) given similar levels of “freedom”. Ask the law abiding citizens of Ferguson about how freedom feels. Take the sting out of the media frenzy, and ask yourself how much was stirred up by one-sided, even bigoted, reportage. Ask yourself how much freedom you actually sacrifice in the name of freedom.
I live on a ridiculously overcrowded island. Overcrowding leads to all sorts of social ills; you only have to look at rats. (Google it, if you don’t believe me.) Tell me I’m wrong, by all means, but as much as the lure of the wide open spaces calls me, I don’t think I’d really want to swap the security of what we have here.ferguson michael brown police gun laws security freedom shooting