Sunday, November 09, 2008

Now it's time for a change

The problem with democracy is that people who don't agree with me get to vote. I hope three years of a National/ACT government will show them the error of their ways.

10 good things about the election
  1. I live in a democracy where I have the right to vote, I can vote without intimidation, voting is easy, accessible and popular*, and I am confident that all votes are fairly counted.
  2. Winston Peters is finally out of parliament \o/
  3. I voted in H & K's classroom surrounded by their, and their classmates, art.
  4. There'll be at least two more Green MPs in parliament.
  5. A fairy queen and a fairy princess came with me to vote.
  6. I am now represented by an openly gay MP.
  7. The way the National party got in was by backing most changes Labour have introduced.
  8. I'm told there is a better quality of political comedy under right wing governments.
  9. MMP continues to encourage diversity in parliment. For the first time there will be a Sikh MP.
  10. I got to use a big fat orange pen.
* 78% turnout of registered voters.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

Last night we huddled around a laptop and watched Obama make political history in America and then went outside and let of fireworks to mark political history in England. It's not that it is so much a small world as that we are at one end of the binoculars and the USA and UK are at the other.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Treating tricks

A couple of updates:

I have been to the neurological ophthalmologist (because I couldn't get an appointment with a neurologist [backstory here then here]) and he says that my jerky eye tracking is "asymptomatic" and I should only worry if it starts to cause me problems, e.g. nausea. Given that my concern is that it is a symptom of something else this is only partly reassuring. I am trying hard to be reassured as there is no advantage in worrying. He is also going to chat to a neurologist about it and let me know what they say.

My plan for world domination is progressing, this year we lured 99 trick or treaters to our door. Last year we had 70. I think next year I should cater for 130.