Politics

Politics is big right now in the UK.  We have a General Election being served up soon, with something called Brexit as a dessert course later on.  So it may be perspicacious to re-read my thoughts from 2005.

Though not on Brexit as I didn’t foresee this in 2005.  Sorry.

All now published under Archive/Politics

Red Cross Bee

The UK Elections are in full swing.  Swinging from right towards left and back again dependant on the strategies playing out by the main party forces.  And very interesting it is proving to be.

If you follow the machinations you would often have heard of a possibly shadowy Australian figure called Lynton Crosby.  A beknighted man, his is a name associated with the Conservative Party and I refer to him as shadowy purely because he is a behind the scenes political adviser and strategist and not an electable representative.  If the Conservative Party wins well he will be quietly congratulated by many in the party.

But at the time of writing the Conservatives and their leader Theresa May have not been conducting a powerful and effective campaign.

Conversely the Labour Party appears to be doing the opposite.

Despite many early criticisms, an earlier perceived unelectable shambles has matured into an apparently viable and challenging force, much due to the improving presentation of the Labour Leader.

Has Jeremy Corbyn planned and strategised all this himself or in conjunction with his team or does he have a back-room Lynton Crosby.  If so, who is this genuinely shadowy Red Crosby?  And why is he/she/them never mentioned.

Just asking.

Guilt Ridding

Silence is said to be golden.

But it doesn’t help move things on much so I’m busting the guilt and will be shortly issuing a few key posts.

But you will have to read them aloud, as they will be delivered by page not noise.  And if you don’t add the sound they will remain silent.  And this cannot be so as they are key matters.

But not as in door latches.

Soon.

The Dinger Show

You may have heard of Schrodinger and his pussy.  It wasn’t an actual cat of course but an imaginary one because potentially bad things are only allowed to happen to theoretical felines.  Schrodinger attempted to simplify the notion of a belief in something being in both one state and another by postulating that if you trapped a cat in a box containing a radioactive poison and then didn’t open it, at one point the cat would die.  But at any point up to then, because it is as yet unobserved, it may or may not have been an ex-cat and therefore must be considered during this period both dead and alive.

Schrodinger clearly didn’t use a dog because the actual time of canine demise would be marked by a sudden but obvious silence from all the previous barking and this would give the game away.  But Schrodinger assumes the cat wouldn’t meow.

Perhaps it should’ve been Scrodinger’s tortoise all along.

White cat on kerb
“Mrs Schrodinger, have you let that cat out again?”

Schrodinger did all this to help partly explain quantum mathematics.   Which is clearly unnecessary as we are obviously all familiar with those theories.   And partly because he fantasised about tabby torture.

But apart from explaining complex molecule movement we could apply his findings to business.  I suggest that any powerful business person, or engineer, or specialist may have a bit of Schrodinger about them.

When in such a position you are trusted, respected, admired.  And you have probably earned this air of actual belief.  Either through training, study or experience.  And it is easy to embrace these feelings.  However, if you have ever been in this position you will know that in truth the powerful often also have feelings of being a bit, shall we say incompetent.  A bit fraudulent even.

So are all Managers Schrodingers?  Discuss.

Schrödinger’s theorem states there only two possible outcomes.  So in conclusion you either understand what I’m saying or you don’t.

Or maybe both.  Or any combination in between.

Communist Capitalists

It has been widely reported today that by lunchtime [Wednesday 4 Jan] the average CEO had earned as much as an average yearly UK salary.

It is less reported that I will have earned as much as the average salary by August 12th.  Next year

So, how do I feel about this?  The CEO stat, not my situation.

This feeds partly into concerns over globalisation and the inequality of wealth that this supposedly fuels.  On this matter I am vehemently opposed but perhaps without the vehemence bit.

Generally, I think we should be happy with globalisation and all the benefits it brings our first world lifestyle but we should also be concerned about inequality of pay.  The sheer difference between the highest earners and me.

Maybe what we desire is to have communist companies in our capitalist world.

And on the matter of CEO remuneration I don’t think this is a problem.  They have probably worked hard and maybe risked all to be in their enviable position.  But they could have waited until Christmas dinner had been fully digested before earning what we do in the whole of our year.

Tempus Fudgedit

Whoa!  What happened there?  Just as I was tucking into the breakfast of 2015 it’s all of a sudden way past the midnight snacks of 2016 and 2017 has begun.  Did I miss anything important?

I do hope that Britain hasn’t voted for something daft, that America has elected a calming President, my Volkswagon will pass it’s MoT and no one I knew died.

But it’s no good dwelling on the past. We’ve got some right here and now to attend to.  So, let’s check up on how I did with my 2015 promises.  Well, in a word – bloggerall.

And for 2016.  Err.. Can I pass on that one?

So I better let bygones be neverwasses and concentrate on my plans for 2017.

I have broken out a new WordPress theme and looked at ways of expanding my site to a faux website with all my previous content stuffed into various pages and lists on drop down menus. However, this would be unyieldly and I can’t work out how to use tags within the pages to aide category searching.  So I have to resort to the olde worlde method of individual posts.

So the plan is… No, I’m not going down that route. You know what happens if I do that.

“I may be back.  Possibly.” To misquote a terminator.

A Resolution

Hello blog readers, Happy New Year.

Time has just turned into 1995, or 2012, or 2015, that’s it, it’s recently become 2015.  I hope you are ‘aving a luverly one.  Me, I’m doing my usual at this time of year and thinking about the future and what it will bring.  Or more importantly, as required by inspiring American Presidential speeches, what I can bring to it.

As is traditional at this time of the year many thoughts are turned to the ideology of making brave promises, such as getting fitter, travelling more, being sarcastic to fewer Black Rhinoceroses, that sort of thing.  So, who am I to buck this trend?

Yes, I kinda want to do these things but more importantly I want to do more stuff.  I want to do more content creation.

You will already be aware that I’m that type of soul.  A giver.  A provider.  A right old show off.

You know I occasionally blog and that I have started a podcast, plus if you’ve scanned the page you’ll know I have a reasonably active, non ‘RT’ing Twitter account and a public Instagram photo feed and you might also have been inquisitive enough to discover that I have put a limited number of videos onto YouTube.  All good content creationy stuff so far.  But I want to go even further and I’m using this very public notice board to declare an interest in getting more stuff out there.

So, a resolution for the year, which as it’s in writing and on pixels etc won’t be able to be broken at all.  In the forthcoming twelve months I plan to… sorry, hope to… sorry may…

Do at least twenty more blog posts

Write, record, then re-record because I fluffed a word or two, then publish six more podcasts

Write, create and publish six comedy videos or vodcasts or maybe even videocasts then publish these to my YouTube account

Be sarcastic to no Black Rhinos whatsoever, no matter how much they goad me

Turn one of my ‘songs’ into a real song with actual music and stuff, written and recorded to match the lyrics I’ve already done so that at least one doesn’t just look like a lame poem

Finish the book I started writing in November 2014 year which was abandoned in November 2014  by which I mean do all the chapters and not just turn it into a Novella.  Then get it published in the iTunes bookstore for proof and actual purchase and stuff

So, That is the plan.  How I’m going to achieve all this, what with all my getting fitter and travelling more, nobody knows?  But there is no going back now.  No, seriously, there isn’t.  Time doesn’t work that way.  So onto some writing, recording, videoing, novelising, singing and more.

I just hope the singing doesn’t threaten the Rhinos.  Thankfully they do have a tough skin.

Podcast 17

Hi guys, Just a quick note to apologise for not issuing a podcast yesterday. In theory I should have been able to do a dozen or more as I’ve taken a week off work to spend more time with my tech. However the process of bringing a new laptop into the world whilst simultaneously decommissioning an older model plus doing the same for my phone and tablet has put my content creation skills on hold for a while. I may blog about the experience some day. I may not. I think you know me well enough by now to know that nothing is predictable. Including now, when the next podcast will come out. Please bear with me or alternatively use a subscription service to get notified of release. Either via this site, or via iTunes (search ‘vinceunlimited’ and laugh out loud at the other options they give before settling on the one actually called vinceunlimited). Either that or email me direct. Or post me a letter. Or kidnap my daughter. Or hire a light aircraft with a message tied to its tail and buzz me consistently until I surrender and issue the next instalment. Now I’m seeing the clearer picture. It’s in your hands not mine. It’s not my fault at all. Cheers, Vince

Pod 016 Ingreedyents

Tah Dah! Another episode of the ingenious podcast from the stables of the vinceunlimited branding corporation.

In this audio log Vince gets bored and dissects the detailed ingredients list on the back of a packet.

Any resemblance to reality must of course be tempered with the historic facts previously issued in this series.

But fun all the same.

Just press play to enjoy this latest podcast written and performed by Vince because if you just sit there staring at the screen it won’t do it for you

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Pod 015 Chidehood

Welcome to another episode of the vinceunlimited podcast.

In this episode Vince recalls a childhood fraught with danger, jealousy and achievement. And explains how he could be in a zoo right now

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Pod 014 Nine2Five

Welcome to another episode of my podcast.

In this episode Vince puns his way through a life of work.

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Pod 013 Alphacar

Welcome to another episode of the vinceunlimited podcast.

In this episode Vince tells a tale of all the cars he’s had using the medium of artistic dance. Only verbally.

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Pod 012 GeekLife

Welcome to another episode of the vinceunlimited podcast.

In this episode Vince talks about growing up as a Geek then issues an appeal for help

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Pod 011 Newsish

Welcome to another episode of the vinceunlimited podcast.

Have you ever wondered what it was like if Vince was let loose as a news gatherer and reporter.

I doubt it. But this would be the result.

The transcript for this episode is in the landfill.

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This podcast was written and performed by Vince, recorded on an iPhone via the Mobile Podcaster App and uploaded direct to WordPress from within the App to vinceunlimited.wordpress.com The episode is available on iTunes where you can subscribe or rate. The original version is at vinceunlimited.co.uk where it sits with all it’s brethren accompanied by little pictures. Ahhh, sweet

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Pod 010 iCinema

Welcome to another episode of the vinceunlimited podcast.

In this tenth episode Vince returns to the subject of cinema and amusingly ponders on the current experience then offers ideas on how to possibly improve it by looking back at the past.

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