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January 2018

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down in the dumps

Why is it, I wonder, that when I run a query as a select to see how many rows it will update it takes 15 secs and now that I'm trying to run it as an update it's taken an hour and it's still running?!*

I've applied for my OU course this lunchtime. I decided on Understanding Society in the end. As well as being interesting in itself I thought quite a few of the other courses in this area sounded good so hopefully this will give me a taster of what they're like as I can imagine them being very interesting or kind of buzzword-y.

Speaking of buzzwords, I'm warning you, the first person to use the phrase "hearts and minds" where I can actually reach them rather than on the radio is going to get a sock in the mouth! It just drives me crazy! It's just trotted out constantly and it's become meaningless. I suppose it's not so much the concept as the fact that it's never backed up by anything that indicates they've actually thought about what that might mean that irritates me. Anyway, consider this fair warning.

As you can see, I am in a snippy mood today. I have that "I'm not quite ill feeling going on where my muscles ache and I have that odd pre-cold head feeling. Who knows whether this will develop into a day under the covers or just go away on its own. I'm hoping for the latter actually as I've a busy weekend ahead. Plus we get a day of non work at an unspecified future point when our new desks arrive because we'll have to spend the day moving our old desks out and putting the new ones together. Yes, I don't know why they're doing it either. Just another part of the glorious mystery that is my workplace.

* This is a rhetorical question.
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sock in the mouth

Hand knitted or shop bought?
Depends on whether I can persuade one of you knitters to donate one to the cause :)

"Hearts & Minds"

It is used so often in the military context that I have long felt that an appropriate "culture-jam" would be a WW2-style poster with a bleeding heart and brain on a bayonet under the caption "Winning Heart & Minds"
"the first person to use the phrase "hearts and minds" where I can actually reach them rather than on the radio is going to get a sock in the mouth!"

Would it not be more apposite to, in some sense at least, get 'em by the balls?