28/10/2021

2021/10/28#p1
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We've moved Jac to a different vet and signed up to a payment plan to keep everything more manageable. It was only his first check-up this morning but we couldn't be happier with how welcoming, polite and cheerful the staff were and how accommodating. No wonder they have a waiting list and get 5 star reviews.

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2021/10/28#p2
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Two of our friends drove home to Blackpool last night but the other stayed over, living much further afield. That meant we could have a fun day showing him round some of the sights and places we like, such as Pendle Hill and the Trough of Bowland.

We always count our blessings to live within easy reach of such places, they reaffirm our decision to move every time we see them.

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2021/10/28#p3
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Liked: Intermission: The Machine Stops? - by Paul Kingsnorth - The Abbey of Misrule...

"Cannot you see, cannot all you lecturers see, that it is we that are dying, and that down here the only thing that really lives is the Machine? We created the Machine, to do our will, but we cannot make it do our will now. It has robbed us of the sense of space and of the sense of touch, it has blurred every human relation and narrowed down love to a carnal act, it has paralysed our bodies and our wills, and now it compels us to worship it."

E. M. Forster, The Machine Stops, 1909

Well worth a read and subscription. As Paul says: "Well, Halloween is supposed to be frightening."

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2021/10/28#p4
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So, Facebook's new corporate name is 'Meta' — is that seriously all they could come up with? I understand they want to be associated with the metaverse but ... come on.

The logo is nice though.

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Chris Lovie-Tyler says:Reply to Chris Lovie-Tyler

Yeah, I was pretty underwhelmed when I heard it. Would've been more exciting, too, if the social network itself changing names. (Not that that would've made me go back.) Most people are not going to care about the corporate name.

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"if the social network itself was changing names"

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