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Posted by Harry Hayfield

Canvey Island East on Castle Point (Canvey Island Independent Defence)
Result: Independent 389 (39% +23%), Canvey Island Independent 323 (32% -16%), Conservative 208 (21% -2%), Labour 76 (8% -5%)
Independent GAIN from Canvey Island Independent with a majority of 66 (7%) on a swing of 20% from Canvey Island Independent to Independent

Sandsfield East on Neath and Port Talbot (Lab Defence)
Result: Labour 641 (61% +8%), UKIP 361 (34%), Conservative 47 (4%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 280 (27%)

North Coast and Cumbraes on North Ayrshire (SNP defence)
Result: Scottish National Party 2,021 (39% -6%), Independent 1,190 (23% +7%), Conservatives 1,125 (22% +4%), Labour 691 (13% -6%), UKIP 192 (4%)
SNP lead of 831 (16%) on the first count on a swing of 7% from SNP to Independent, SNP HOLD after complete count

Ironbridge Gorge (Lab defence) and Newport West (Con defence) on Telford and the Wrekin
Ironbridge Gorge
Result: Labour 325 (44% -9%), Conservative 276 (37% -10%), UKIP 136 (18%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 49 (7%) on a swing of 0.5% from Con to Lab

Newport West
Result: Independent 264 (40%), Conservative 179 (27% -37%), UKIP 157 (24%), Labour 63 (10% -26%)
Independent GAIN from Conservative with a majority of 85 (13%)

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (Lab Defence)
Result: Labour 74,060 (50% -1%), UKIP 46,883 (32% +20%), Conservative 18,536 (13% -2%), English Democrats 8,583 (6% -10%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 27,177 (18%) on a swing of 11% from Labour to UKIP

Local Area Results
Barnsley: Lab 51% (-5%), UKIP 31% (+20%), Con 12% (-1%), Eng Dems 6% (-8%). Lab HOLD, 14% swing from Lab to UKIP
Doncaster: Lab 45% (-4%), UKIP 34% (+24%), Con 14% (-2%), Eng Dems 7% (-14%). Lab HOLD, 14% swing from Lab to UKIP
Rotherham: Lab 43% (-9%), UKIP 40% (+26%), Con 11% (-3%), Eng Dems 6% (-10%). Lab HOLD, 18% swing from Lab to UKIP
Sheffield: Lab 57% (+6%), UKIP 25% (+14%), Con 12% (-2%), Eng Dems % (-8%). Lab HOLD, 4% swing to Lab to UKIP

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Posted by Tim Worstall

It’s entirely true that Ireland is never really likely to face an out and out shortage of water. It’s not known as the Emerald Isle for nothing. However, treated water, water fit for human consumption or bathing, is still something that needs to be rationed in some manner. Simply because someone, somewhere, has to pay for it to be treated. And as economists like to continually point out, if you’ve got to ration something then rationing by price is the best way to do it. On the other hand there’s a strong idea that having access to potable water is more akin to a right than some frippery that can be left entirely to capitalism to provide. So, generally the best system is one where a basic allowance of water is provided for a small and fixed fee, or even perhaps free, with higher charges for those who use more water. And that’s just what Ireland is introducing: which opens the question of why people are so up in arms about it that they’re threatening citizen action up to the point of being willing to go to jail over it.

If it’s this difficult to bring in good public policy then what does that tell us about how likely we are to get good public policy?

Ireland is facing mounting anger over controversial moves to introduce water charges, with street protests against the measure likened to the revolt against the poll tax in Britain.

Weeks after the first bills were sent out, the unprecedented water charges, which can cost households more than €500 (£390) a year, have provoked a ferocious response from citizens that is threatening to destabilise the ruling Fine Gael-Labour coalition in Dublin.

Tens of thousands are expected to gather at 80 different locations across the republic Saturday, forcing the coalition to rapidly draw up plans for partial relief from the new charges.

The thing is, looking at the actual charges being proposed, they seem very sensible indeed.

Irish Water is installing water meters at present. Your meter will measure the amount of water supplied to your home. The amount of wastewater discharged is assumed to be the same as the amount of water drawn from the supply.

In general, your quarterly bill will be based on your metered usage, less the relevant water services allowances for your household type. If you don’t have a meter, your bill will be based on assessed charges.

Assessed charges are calculated on the basis of a single-adult household using 66,000 litres of water per year. Another 21,000 litres is calculated for each additional person in the household – adult or child. There are water services allowances for each household and for each child – see ‘Water services allowances’ below.

It’s not the very simplest system in the world but it does seem sensible when taken as a package. There’s an amount that they expect a household of various sizes to be using. That’s the assessed amount. There’s also a minimal amount (around 50% of that assessed amount) which is a deduction for what will be charged. And then there’s a payment for each unit of water being used.

That assessed amount looks about right: it’s a little higher than average usage in the not dissimilar SW of England for example. If someone is using bang on that assessed amount then they will pay for each unit of water they use: minus that minimum amount. And if a household is very cautious with its use of water then they might well pay nothing at all. And of course there are allowances for people unemployed and so on.

It all sounds very sensible: it’s also very much like the system used where I live in Portugal. The marginal cost of providing more water to a household is pretty much nothing. It’s the capital cost of having a system at all that hurts. And we’d like, as public policy, to make sure that everyone has access to both clean water and sewage services (that everyone does is one of the great triumphs of public health over the past two centuries) thus we want to make sure that a minimal amount is provided to all, for free. And those who are using more water can then be charged to pay the costs of the entire system. As I say, it all makes good sense: so it’s a little odd seeing people planning street protests about what is so obviously good policy.

Seriously, if decent and good public policy brings the crowds out into the streets in a display of public resistance, what hope have we got for having decent public policy around the place?

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Posted by Phil Plait

My friend and astronomer Amy Mainzer sent me a funny picture the other day. Amy is the top banana for NASA's NEOWISE mission, which scans the sky, looking for near-Earth asteroids in the far-infrared part of the spectrum.

The Spitzer Space Telescope was a similar observatory, taking more detailed pointed observations of various targets. One such object was NGC 6888, the expanding cloud of gas and dust blown out by the star WR 136:

Amy claims it looks like a jack-o‘-lantern. I can agree, kinda. But if pressed, I’d say it looks a lot more like ceiling cat.

I guess it’s scary either way.

In real life it’s even scarier. The central star, WR 136, is a massive and feisty beast. It was born with at least 30 times the mass of the Sun but shed a lot of that material in an epic solar wind when it turned into a red supergiant star (like Betelgeuse) a quarter of a million years ago.

It then turned into what’s called a Wolf-Rayet star, an incredibly luminous blue supergiant. Its wind switched from slow to fast, plowing into the previously ejected material, slamming into it and sweeping it up. The star emits a lot of ultraviolet light, which causes the shell to glow.

The rippling you see in it is due to the lower density stuff slamming into the thicker stuff. This creates fingers or ripples of matter called Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities, which are common in such objects.

By the way, did I mention that the entire nebula is about 250 trillion kilometers across? 

WR 136 is still a beefy star, and doesn’t have much longer to live. Eventually, it’ll explode, a ginormously powerful supernova blast that will scream outward, catch up with the material in NGC 6888, and scatter it into the galaxy. Happily, the star is 5,000 light-years away, so we’re in no danger from it. But what a show that’ll be.

Because an octillion tons of superheated plasma barreling into space at thousands of kilometers per second disintegrating everything in its path is about the best Halloween treat I can give you.

Boo!

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Posted by Caron Lindsay

To me it had been clear that Fiona Woolf should step down as Chair of the Inquiry into historic sex abuse ever since it became clear that she had been on dinner party terms with Sir Leon Brittain. It’s not that she had done anything wrong, but it was clear at that point that it would be very difficult for everyone to have confidence in her impartiality. Once the victims had said that they didn’t support her continuing in the role, it was only a matter of time before she resigned, as she did this evening.

Back in July, Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child. Tonight, she discussed Fiona Woolf’s resignation and what should happen next on Radio 4’s PM programme.

You can listen to discussion on the whole issue here from the start of the broadcast, or go straight to Tessa at 36:50.

Sad it’s come to this, but it might have been anticipated. She supported a lot of things that the previous interviewee, representing the victims, had said.

She was asked where she thought we should go next.

Tessa suggested that the pubic should have a role in choosing the next Chair. She suggested using social media to get potential names and then allowing people to express concerns which could then be investigated before any appointments were made. She said that we shouldn’t entertain the idea of people’s reputations being trashed on Twitter, but if people had serious concerns, they could be looked into. There needed to be a lot more transparency in the process.

She talked about the need to make sure that we find someone, and a process, for this “Leveson of Child Protection” that’s trusted.

Tessa had suggested to Theresa May that she looked to the Commonwealth to see if anyone there would be suitable. She said:

This is something that has gone very, very wrong. We have got a deeply entrenched social problem within our culture. We need to expel this evil and make sure we can start again. We have a Governor of the Bank of England who is a Canadian. Why on earth should we not choose someone from another country who certainly will not be on dinner party terms as was criticised with the previous occupant.

These seem like pretty reasonable suggestions. The one comment I’d make is that the victims’ groups want a Judge in charge who can compel people to give evidence and take action against them if they refuse or tell lies. That would make the pool of potential chairs very small. Would a judge from, say, Canada have the authority under English law to do that?

Also on Radio 4 yesterday, Lord Ken McDonald, Liberal Democrat Peer and Director of Public Prosecutions, said that the opportunity should be taken to review the terms of reference of the Inquiry:

I don’t want to add to the feeding frenzy, but I think the bigger problem here is that this process has all the makings of an inquiry into everything everywhere. It’s looking at the professions, the armed services, the health service, the education system, social services, prisons, the churches, the BBC, political parties. I think expectations are being raised by the breadth of this, but the breadth of it may make it simply undeliverable.

* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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Posted by robinince

Now that it is edited and there is nothing I can do about it, I sit and wait for the fury or indifference or venom or multiple corrections I will receive for the documentary about comedians and unhappiness I have just made with Alex Mansfield.

This is a human trait I see in many comedians I know, and other humans too. Should you make the error of a vanity search on the web, you will not stop until you have found the person who hates you. When you are on stage, even if the laughter is regular and joyous, one corner of your mind thinks about the people who aren’t laughing. Out of the corner of your eye, you can see that man in the front row whose face has never been more miserable than it is now. New facial muscles have been discovered by him to demonstrate just how upset and disgusted he is that your mind should create such sentences. Back in your hotel room, you obsess over that one routine that was precarious, or that joke you think you told that town before, and you become certain that even those who left happily have unpicked their evening with you by the time their bus reached their street.

I think I pitched a documentary about comedians and unhappiness for self-interested reasons. I love stand up comedy. I have spent more than half my life in it, and most of my life obsessing about it. I can think of nothing else I could be. I also hate it, and wonder if my discontentment with what I am comes from the years of seeking the attention and laughter of strangers, or if that discontentment just comes from the fact I am me and there is nothing I can do about it. My work ethic comes from the knowledge I am lazy if I am not run ragged, also, it is a “descent into busyness”.As long as I am examining existence for the purpose of shows and creativity, then anxiety has purpose beyond, “what’s the bloody point”. The “bloody point” is to mull over “what’s the bloody point”, while people hopefully enjoy looking at your absurdity.

This year has been the wobbliest year I can remember. I think my tour show has frequently been the best I have done, with much room for improvement obviously, but it has been the wobbliest and most wretched in terms of motivating myself to get out there and do it, as well as having sometimes released the choke chain on my emotions after gigs I have been disappointed in. That said, it is all under control and I am functioning. Don’t most humans go through ups and downs and confusions about being self aware and existing, whether computer programming or baking french sticks? (this is one of the reasons I am giving up stand up for a while…if I can manage it – an experiment)

(also, though there have been wobbly moments, there have been more great bits probably. The propensity to highlight the grey must have come from my refusal to let go of a teenage frame of mind imbued with Morrissey and graveyards)

I have been frequently worried while making this documentary that it did not become self-aggrandising and romanticising – “we comedians feel so much more deeply than others, oh pity the fool and their wisdom that brings no profit to the wise”. There is also a danger in belittling real mental health issues. While interviewing Jo Brand, I toyed with the idea that stand up can be a self-inflicted bipolar, though I did not mean to the depths that the real clinical condition takes people. Metaphor is tricky when using such terms. It was about the daily, hectic change from 10 hours of solitary travel and existence, to two hours of frenetic showing off, then, with maybe a few drinks at the bar with audience members and still showing off, a return to a room on your own, edgily walking through drunken streets, with your head held low for fear that the rambunctious boozers will jeer your speccy face. (I notice the first comment under the Chortle article questions use of mental health terms. I have a knack for living in a many worlds state where nearly all possible criticisms are imagined).

Simon Amstell, one of the most fascinating stand ups working today, and a brilliant self-analyst, talked of using every stand up show to work out who he was. Others, including Alexei Sayle, talked of stand up being the ability to create a version of who you are that you might wish to be, the romanticised image of the rebel or romantic that cannot exist in the humdrum everyday, but arrives near fully formed in the spotlight.

For many stand ups, there is a need to scrutinise yourself and your view of humanity, but this act of dissection can lead to too much prodding and tearing until you become a loose bag of paranoid offal. I am what I am, and you are what you are, because of so many experiences, a vibrant mix of nature and nurture, and, in the end, you just have to get use to it and work out the best way forward.

Jason Cook talked of his use of therapy, and the horror when one therapist suggested she could cure him of all the ills he carried with him. “Oh no”, he said, “you mustn’t make me totally well. I use some of this sickness to make a living”.

Darryl Cunningham, author of Psychiatric Tales, considers that Spike Milligan, someone who suffered from frequent bouts of crippling mental illness, created despite, not because of his mental illness. Is there a danger that some comedians may try and drive themselves to a place of unhappiness believing that extreme melancholy and dissatisfaction with life is where comedy is? There are those that feast on drink and drugs, believing the great poets did, so they can be a great poet via the act of cirrhosis. I don’t believe in utter contentment.

The idea that you can be happy all the time seems to go against being the sort of creature that recognises itself in the mirror. As Josie Long, someone I frequently talk to during highs and lows of touring, said, and I concur, despite everything else, there is “a natural, joyful propensity for showing off”. I imagined being something else, and I didn’t like it.

I hope that the documentary is neither too flippant nor too po-faced. It was a tough edit, and could easily have been three hours rather than one.

It will be broadcast on Radio 4 this evening and is then found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n20v4

I can be found, with my support act Grace Petrie most of the time, in Newcastle, Canada Water, Bordon, Totton, Manchester, Goole, Barton on Humber, Belfast, Exeter and many other towns in the UK (and then the US and Australia next year) Details here http://www.robinince.com


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...but we all know what happened to him, or, if you don't, try Luke 10:25-37.

I imagine everyone who's interested knows my views on the Samaritans Radar application and if you haven't heard them, you're lucky. Short version, suppose you imagine a committee of well-meaning Pharisees sitting at the top of the temple with a box, saying "Drop a note in here with your address if you want to be informed when travellers set off down to Jericho, so you can offer assistance with their robbery prevention strategies. Since we know all you prefer doing good by stealth, no other details about you will be taken by us, and no travellers will be informed their journeys are being monitored, so as to make the nice surprise when they find out all the greater."

But anyway, when various people pointed out (in great detail and with citations) that SamaritanRadar was pretty dubious legally as well as ethically,it got picked up by the likes of Slashdot, and a whole bunch of US based techno-libertarians came barrelling into the comments of people like Jon Baines to explain that none of us have understood how the internet works, DUMMY!

Whereas, to be honest, it's that the techno-libertarians simply don't have a clue about the legal and cultural background over which they are trampling rough-shod. Data Protection laws in Europe don't seem to have an analogue in the States and for a very good reason. Of the 28 Member States of the European Union, a frightening majority of them have been governed as actual, full-blown police states within living memory (a good many of them within my living memory) and that's leaving out worrying stuff like GCHQ and suchlike over here. Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Ceaucescu, Franco, Salazar...the list goes on.

So when the European Union wrote its data protection directives and regulations, at the back of their mind is the figure of the guy in the trench-coat, sitting at the cafe table in the corner, making notes and remembering. Which is why they focus not upon the inherently confidential nature of the data, but on the processing of that data - that is, what's been done with it. And if you look at the exhaustive and specific list of sensitive personal data which requires extra safeguards before it may be processed at all, you will note that a ready reckoner as to whether something's sensitive personal data or not, is "Have people been sent to prison camps [re-education centres, vanished, whatever] on the basis of someone knowing that type of data about them?"

Here's the list:

(a)the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject,

(b)his political opinions,

(c)his religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature,

(d)whether he is a member of a trade union (within the meaning of the M1Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992),

(e)his physical or mental health or condition,

(f)his sexual life,

(g)the commission or alleged commission by him of any offence, or

(h)any proceedings for any offence committed or alleged to have been committed by him, the disposal of such proceedings or the sentence of any court in such proceedings.


Look at (e). What the Samaritans Radar app does is scan the twitter feeds of people who are being followed by the people who've signed up for it (there are 1.6million twitter feeds being scanned at present) and, if an algorithm is triggered by a key word which suggests the person being monitored might be sub-clinically depressed or, as a psychiatrist would put it, stark raving bonkers, it sends out an email to everyone who's monitoring that person wherever in the world they may be* and suggests that you DM or email (if you have the email or DM access) or if not tweet the person some concern. If the person ignores you, the Samaritans suggest you also contact their friends or family.

If that's not processing personal data by automated means (s.12 DPA) in a manner likely to cause substantial damage or distress (s. 10) colour me orange and call me a carrot.

So, please, anyone wanting to bob up and tell people concerned about this pestilential app that it's doing no more than draw attention to information the person reading it could easily have seen anyway, remember that guy in the corner table at the cafe, in the trench coat.



*Apparently there's been a big influx of Brazilians signing up to the app recently. That sound you heard was the eighth data protection principle being shattered into tiny little pieces.
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Posted by Mark Pack

Liberal Democrats Party President Election 2014 - ballot paperThe ballot papers sent to Liberal Democrat members to elect the successor to Tim Farron as Party President have started arriving through the post today (and note the revised party slogan being used on the ballot paper).

This contest is carried out by an all-member postal ballot (with an option to vote online, but all voters get a posted mailing).

The elections for party’s federal committees, also taking place now, have a different electorate – voting conference reps (although that is due to change in the future thanks to the vote in favour of OMOV at the Glasgow conference). For those elections, electors for whom the party has a working email address will get an email with a link to online voting and those without such an email address will get a voting pack through the post. The dispatch of the ballot papers for that contest has been delayed (further). They’re due any time soon.

 

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I'm still kind of amazed that I spilled all that A Moment In Time all over everything (my office still smells like it) and yet I bought another bottle because I liked it so much and was so bummed I'd spilled the leftovers.

Behind the cut, reviews of: Muilearteach(*), A Moment In Time(*), Embalming Fluid, Smokestack, Strangler Fig, Evil, Nyarlathotep, Scherezade, Dragon's Blood, Autumn Cider (*), Stage Blood (*), Samhain (*), Magnificent Autumn (*), Visions of Autumn VII (*)

(*): discontinued or limited edition scents

Behind the cut: 14 reviews )
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Posted by ALDC

ALDC Master Logo (for screen)Five principal council by-elections were contested yesterday in England, Scotland and Wales. In Telford & Wrekin (UA), by-elections were held in Ironbridge Gorge and Newport West. The former contest resulted in a Labour hold although they saw a decrease of 8.9% in their vote from the ward’s 2011 election, after UKIP had polled 18.5% despite not fielding a candidate in 2011. In Newport West an Independent candidate gained a seat from the Conservatives to become the second Independent representative on Telford & Wrekin council. The Conservatives saw a 37% decrease in their vote finishing 85 votes adrift in second place.

There was also good news for an Independent Candidate in Castle Point who polled 39.1% to gain the seat in Canvey Island East ward from the Canvey Island Independent Party. The CIIP, who represent the second largest party on Castle Point DC after the Conservatives, saw their vote share decrease by 34.4% from the 2014 contest.

The SNP held their seat in North Coast and Cumbraes in North Ayrshire (UA) after receiving 2021 first preference votes.

In Wales, the Sandfields East contest in Neath Port Talbot (UA) saw Labour poll 41.1% in winning with a majority of 280 votes. UKIP finished second with 34.4% of the vote having not contested the ward’s 2012 election.

In the South Yorkshire PCC by-election, Labour held the post winning 50% of the vote.

No Liberal Democrat candidates were fielded in yesterday’s round of by-elections.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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Posted by Mark Pack

Tower of London - second visit
Paul Cummins’s display of red poppies outside the Tower of London, marking the anniversary of the First World War, has been a remarkably popular piece of art – and rightly so given the importance of what it commemorates and the brilliance of the poppies.

This weekend (1st/2nd November) is likely to be one of the busiest for people visiting it, and yet Transport for London has decided that this is also a good weekend to close the neighbouring tube station (Tower Hill) for engineering works.

As Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, says:

It is an appalling decision by Transport for London to close Tower Hill station during half term week and just a week before Remembrance Sunday.

The stunning Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display has caught the imagination of literally hundreds of thousands of people who desperately want to see this display before it comes to an end.

In other areas Transport for London do a great deal in recognising Remembrance Sunday and supporting the poppy appeal, but in this instance their actions are simply wrong.

On First Look and Matt Taibbi

Nov. 1st, 2014 08:54 am
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Posted by Tim Worstall

Interesting stuff here.

And there’s a line from an old management book (Robert Townsend’s “Up the Organisation”). About how a great salesman gets promoted to being a sales manager and is left there in the central office not knowing what the fuck he’s doing. Great at charming the customers but not as a manager of those who do (akin to the lesson of that other great management book, The Peter Principle).

Taibbi can, on his day, produce prose of the most remarkable wonder. I still recall a piece of his in The Exile (in fact, I think it was the one before that, the one that went spectacularly bust) from the mid-90s where the central set up is Yeltsin waking up after a cocaine binge and wondering what the hell has happened to the Soviet Union?

His economics isn’t so hot but no one has everything.

But his ability to do that isn’t necessarily an indication of his ability to manage an organisation and a budget. Which is what seems to have happened here. The assumption was made that because he can write that he can manage.

Timmy elsewhere

Nov. 1st, 2014 08:36 am
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Posted by Tim Worstall

At the ASI.

Given British history we’d rather expect the children of people with degrees to make more than the children of those without degrees.

There’s a simple answer to this

Nov. 1st, 2014 08:33 am
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Posted by Tim Worstall

And how about those women, eh? Expecting to be “handed” equal prize money, just because they won the same tennis tournament!

Have them actually play in the same tournament and then see what the distribution of prize money is.

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This, in fact, is Halloween.

Nov. 1st, 2014 02:00 am
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Choose no more than two of the following: quick/convenient, inexpensive, Friendly Neighborhood Establishment. Which is to say, it was time for Vash to get his oil changed, and work vs. my sleep schedule vs. the need to either schedule or walk in hella early at the Friendly Neighborhood Establishment was not a good thing. So we went for the Not Actually Cheap place.

It was raining, which was lovely, although it did not give pause to the intermittent banging of various construction in and around my building.

I arrived in time for lunch. It was a smallish group, and fairly subdued. lb was home with what we hope isn't a broken butt; he had a bad fall while skating yesterday afternoon and one of the #adventuresofstnono crowd took him to the ER. (He's not part of Purple's regular lunch group, as he has a regular lunch group on his own floor.) So regardless of the rain, he wouldn't be out skating today.

Mr. Zune reported a hella awkward thing going on yesterday; I'll have to ask for an update at some point.

A lot of people were out, either working from home, on PTO, sick, or supervising small children partying hard.

I got the package from [personal profile] synecdochic! I have not fully explored it, but OH MY GOD THAT IS A LOT OF IMPS. HELLA DECANT CIRCLE IS HELLA. I can't remember just now whether I ordered the Pumpkin Spice Everything or whether it was an extra, but it plays rather better as BPAL on my skin than it does as variously edible confections. Clearly those spices are something I should look for in other blends. This is night and day vs. that one cinnamon one which smelled like hellfire and yelling on me. Also, All Saints was the perfect choice for a sniffie empty bottle in addition to the ordered imp -- it is exactly the kind of white florals which my skin loves so much. And the combination of adjacent All Saints and Pumpkin Spice Everything is something I'd like to explore further.

When we got to the possibly-social portion of the evening, I pinged IRC to see who was up for social. The only one who seemed to be around was Purple. I wrapped one bit of stuff, and wandered over with things. He'd been called into a nearby office. I left stuff on his desk and headed back to get a few more things done. Once he re-emerged, I came back over. We had popcorn, and rum in soda. Eventually his regular Friday night dinner buddy (a friend from his last workplace) called. He declared that he wasn't trick-or-treating (at which point I launched a well-timed, well-aimed bit of candy). He asked if I'd like to come along. Yes, I would.

It was good to meet his friend. She seems quiet, but really damn awesome, has the right kind of terrible sense of humor, and great at either not noticing or ignoring on purpose a host of irrelevant distractions. (Purple: "... wouldn't notice if a whole bunch of clowns marched into the workplace." Her: "I would notice; I would simply ignore them.") Knowing the likely size of the dessert, I asked for two spoons. Purple was still not up for dessert. I therefore took the other half home for later. (Yum.) (He would have claimed it for later had I not, however.)

Chatting on the side of the street between our cars is a somewhat different vibe than chatting in the cozy work parking lot. No hug, but that was all right. There doesn't always have to be a hug.

I had a candle quietly lit for a while after I got home.

Somewhat after midnight, I opened the traditional new text file for NaNo. Not sure what I'm doing this year, but it is what I do in November.
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