On the fiddle

There are daily reports about MPs' expenses. Someone may have had his moat cleared out at the public expense. Why don't I have a moat? I plan to become an MP just so that I can claim expenses to get one dug.

But how important is it to know that someone fiddled a few thousand? Almost nothing gets said about the billions to be spent on ID cards, or on the lives still being lost in Afghanistan and Iraq (see pie chart). And let's not forget the money given to the banks that caused the credit crunch. It's almost as if someone were trying to divert attention from the real issues.

Paint the meadows with delight

It's been warm this weekend. The guinea pigs have been out on the lawn. We've eaten outside and played table tennis at the bottom of the garden. Lilac is blooming, oak leaves and katkins are fresh and bright, and several unidentified bushes are in flower. The children are happy to be away from games consoles, at least some of the time. Mostly they're just happy.

Sometimes life is good.

Why are Bad Things allowed to happen?

I posted a version of this in reply to one of cynnerth's posts recently.

God (gods, goddesses, whatever) could have created any one of an infinite number of universes. Unfortunately he (she, etc) realises that all of them involve Bad Things happening. Fortunately he can tell which possible universe is the Least Bad. This is the one that he creates. He doesn't interfere in the day-to-day (or eon-to-eon) running of the universe because he already knows how it plays out. There are plenty of bigger problems to which to apply his infinite omniscience.

Or the universe happened all on its own at random.

Either way, humans (during breaks between eating and reproducing) try to grasp What's Going On. The finite contemplates the infinite. Unsurprisingly, this does not go well. We don't get it, and we hate that we don't get it. We can do all those clever technological things and appreciate the arts and be kind to small animals and make scientific discoveries, but none of this stops the nagging feeling that there's something bigger going on that we don't understand, which might explain why earthquakes and terrorism and disease happen (please?). Some people codify their intuitions about What's Going On into religious beliefs, and others deny that there can possibly be anything "going on".

I'm no nearer knowing What's Going On, but I can see why it's hard to know.

Cat video

The entire purpose of the web is funny cats. I haven't posted nearly enough (any) of these. Time to put that right.

It's not my cat (I think it's a Japanese cat). I didn't even find the video (I got a link from the free newspaper). But I did watch the cat playing with the big box, and it's good.


Cocteau Twins

I'm still excited about Spotify. I've just queued everything they have by the Cocteau Twins. I don't know much of their stuff, so I don't know how much I'm going to like it, but I can listen to it all for nothing. It's like Napster used to be, but without the legal problems. Whoopee!
  • Current Music
    Blind Dumb Deaf - Cocteau Twins