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October 24th, 2008

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01:35 pm - The City Wakes
I've been really tired and listless all week. I was worried that it might be anaemia coming back - it's horrible. But today my chest hurts and I've got a cough, so that provides an alternative explanation which I don't really mind too much. If it doesn't go soon I'll get some antibiotics.

I have made more typos on my blog today (I think I've caught them all now) than usual, and I'm feeling really sleepy. Still, it's the weekend so who cares.

My daughter asked me to take her to The City Wakes tribute to Syd Barrett in Cambridge, but I don't think I'll be up to the drive. It's on for a couple of weeks so we might go next weekend.

I'm re-reading the Dead Zone by Stephen King at the moment, because it reminds me of what is happening right now in the USA. Here is an interview with Stephen King where he says the present day reminds him of his own story too.

"The Dead Zone" is a political novel. There's that scene in "The Dead Zone" where Johnny Smith sees Greg Stillson in the future starting a nuclear war. Around my house we kinda laugh when Sarah Palin comes on TV, and we say, "That's Greg Stillson as a woman."

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Date:October 24th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
That was a great King interview.
Hope you're feeling better soon.
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Date:October 24th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
(Thanks, I think now it's come out as a chest thing I feel better about it)

I can relate very much to what he says about being brought up religious and feeling the effects as scars. Also this:

"There are days when I get up and say, I cannot believe, I cannot fucking believe that it's been more than 50 years since (a nuclear bomb) got popped on an actual population. There are too many out there. One will get away, or someone will make one from spare parts."

I get that feeling too. Perhaps a generational thing.

Edited at 2008-10-24 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Date:October 25th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
A corollary to the Anthropic Principle: we are living in one of a small set of alternate timelines in which the human race didn't wipe itself out in 1983.
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Date:October 25th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
It is funny that you say that, because I do sometimes wonder about that. The set of chances that brought us here are so unlikely.

ETA Seven close calls of the nuclear age - was on metafilter just now

Edited at 2008-10-25 05:36 am (UTC)

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