2008.11.19 01:00 - 'Good' vs 'Bad' news

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    Gaya was the guardian on call for this session and comments are hers.

    I was a few minutes late due to ‘technical’ difficulties and found Becka already sitting serenely on a cushion when I finally logged on.

    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Becka Finesmith: Hi Gaya
    Gaya Ethaniel: How are you Becka?
    Becka Finesmith: Mmm I made the mistake of waking up with the radio on the news :(
    Gaya Ethaniel: mm...?
    Becka Finesmith: Not really very good news these days
    Gaya Ethaniel nods...
    Becka Finesmith: I gave up reading newspapers for that reason.
    Gaya Ethaniel: I only glance at the headlines once per day online mostly
    Becka Finesmith: yes. I tend to look at a news website but only parts these days (THe science parts). There is rarely bad news there :)
    Faenik: could be
    Becka Finesmith: I'm not avoiding the bad news it's just it give the impression of so many people in the world taking advantage of others instead of some of the good people around
    Becka Finesmith: I'm sure there are many :)
    Becka Finesmith: Normally based around Territory or Money
    Gaya Ethaniel nods... yes the portrayal is somewhat imbalanced...

    General news vs. science stories

    Becka Finesmith: Look for real science stories and often they are good news and balanced
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Gaya Ethaniel: Any good science news you came across today?
    Becka Finesmith: yes. Stem cell research providing a new Larynx for a cancer patient
    Gaya Ethaniel googles 'Larynx'
    Gaya Ethaniel: What a great news for singers ^^ perhaps we would hear Julie Andrews again
    Becka Finesmith: That's the story
    Becka Finesmith: yes. But it is a step towards proper organ replacements :)
    Becka Finesmith: It potentially can save many lives
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Faenik: could be
    Becka Finesmith: So I'm uplifted and happy for the recipient then......
    Becka Finesmith: I hear about serving staff in restaurants being paid under minimum wage and having to make up the difference with tips purely because the employer doesn't want to pay tax on thier salary
    Becka Finesmith: I hear about energy companies making us pay for Carbon licences that they got for free

    Wizz joins us and I go through the introduction of PaB.

    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Becka Finesmith: Hi W1zz4rd
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg waves a paw =^.^=
    Gaya Ethaniel nods...
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Ezazel Mini Angel  Wings4.0 whispers: W1ZZ4RD tickles Gaya playfully with his wings.
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: erm what ya recording?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Allow me give you a notecard Carlberg-sama
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: k
    Gaya Ethaniel: We post logs onto the group page, http://playasbeing.wik.is/
    Gaya Ethaniel: Please let me know if it's ok to have your comments posted
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: my comments?
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles. yes anything we say here ^^
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: i dont have an issue with it if its said in open chat
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles. Thank you Carlberg-sama ^^
    Gaya Ethaniel: And the Listener is for recording the chat
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: curious

    Becka picks up the thread again.

    Becka Finesmith: We were talking about bad news
    Becka Finesmith: and the imbalance with good news
    Gaya Ethaniel: Bad news seem more 'interesting' perhaps
    Becka Finesmith: Maybe. I don't think we should be protected from it. Bad things would not be put right otherwise
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: im afraid im slightly odd in the sense that all news is good news to me in the sense i would rather know than not no matter how bad
    Becka Finesmith: but it would be nice to see that sometimes, those that have the authority to change things think the same way as the rest of us
    Faenik: why not?
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah...
    Becka Finesmith: Yes, I would rather know too, but I would also like to see that good things happen to
    Gaya Ethaniel ponders... 'bad' and 'good'...
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: i just think it would be nice to be able to stretch the scrotums of the idiots in charge of the country n tell them to stop meesing about n do things properly n stop lining there pockets
    Becka Finesmith: Not sure I would want to touch their scroyums but I agree with the latter statement
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: where gloves ;)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles at Carlberg-sama
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg idly looks into the pool to see if there any fishies in there
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Becka Finesmith: lol - I'll leave that kind of thing to people who enjoy it ;)

    Quel joins us.

    Quel Karillion: Hi Gaya, Becka, Wizz :)
    Becka Finesmith: Hello Quel
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg waves a paw =^.^=
    Gaya Ethaniel looks over the fountain... no, nothing there
    Quel Karillion: over the fountain?
    Gaya Ethaniel: into*
    Quel Karillion: oh
    Becka Finesmith: W1zz4rd is looking for fish
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg sulks at the lack of fish in these parts n settles for a can of tuna he brought with him for breakfast
    Gaya Ethaniel: Too early to speak English ^^
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Becka Finesmith: :)
    Quel Karillion smiles.
    Faenik: indeed?
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: i speak to languages
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: two*
    Faenik giggles. that tickles.
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: english
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: & bad english
    Becka Finesmith: I can feel a joke coming
    Becka Finesmith: d'h
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    Becka Finesmith: D'oh I mean
    Quel Karillion speaks three... well ok, four if you count bad english :)
    Becka Finesmith: You speak Kitty?
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: thats more a combination of purrs n meows but i suppose it counts as a language
    Becka Finesmith: I speak several, English, Fortran, Java, C++ and jibberish
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Ezazel Mini Angel  Wings4.0 whispers: W1ZZ4RD flutters his wings and releases an intoxicating scent.
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg sneezes =^.^=
    Gaya Ethaniel: Bless you Carlberg-sama
    Becka Finesmith: bless you
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: thankyou
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: LOL
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: damned hayfever
    Becka Finesmith: OK - I have to leave :( I have a long drive this morning :(
    Becka Finesmith: Thank you for the company :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy your day Becka
    Becka Finesmith: And you too Gaya. Bye everyone
    Quel Karillion: See you later Becka :)
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg smiles n waves a paw =^.^= .... "Have a safe journey"
    Becka Finesmith: Thank you - Bye......
    Faenik: could be

    We then sit silently for a little while.

    Gaya Ethaniel: Carlberg-sama, we are also reknowned for companionable silences ^^
    Quel Karillion: Yes, that's a specialty of the group :)
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: LOL
    Quel Karillion: I mean, how many can sit in a meeting and not say a word for even 10 minutes?
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: quite alot i should imagine
    Quel Karillion: yes, but combine that with everyone else doing the same :)
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: im just trying to get my head round the point of these convo's being recorded
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah...
    Quel Karillion: you could try reading some of them :)
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: well this is my first time here everytime i try to read something off the website i miss the convo hoing on
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Quel Karillion: well, that's true :)
    Quel Karillion: but you could try the excerpts section for some selected parts.
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: hmmm maybe l8r
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: im more here as a guest of gaya
    Quel Karillion: Sure :)
    Quel Karillion: 1AM sessions tend to be more quiet here :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Faenik: indeed?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Euros (incl Pounds) are a minority in the group
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg dreads to think what it would be like with many people here
    Gaya Ethaniel: So 1 am sessions tend to be quieter
    Quel Karillion: and Euros tend to be at work at this time :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: And so many newbies... it can get hectic yet fun at times ^^
    Quel Karillion: Dollars are asleep and we just don't have too many Yens yet :P
    Quel Karillion: yes, right next to welcome area gets quite some traffic here.
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg smiles
    Quel Karillion: mostly weekends and 1PM meetings though, it seems

    Quel tells us about his gerbils ^^

    Gaya Ethaniel: Do you have any PaB related topics to discuss Quel?
    Gaya Ethaniel tries to be a good guardian
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Quel Karillion: Well, not sure how related it is but I was having a problems with my gerbil's last night :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh
    Quel Karillion: for a while before I decided to put the lid on top and leave for bed.
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg perks his ears up at the mention of small rodents in case one may be on offer for a light snack
    Quel Karillion: they suddenly all started crowding on their "bridge" when I was near the box they live in.
    Quel Karillion: the bridge being a piece of newspaper folded several times that's used to block one hole in the box.
    Faenik: why not?
    Quel Karillion: they can use that to stand on the edge but it's 1.6 meters to the ground
    Quel Karillion: I played with them for a while and when I stopped, they were all crowding there at once and if I put my hands close, they just ran right into them.
    Quel Karillion: I was having slight problems making sure they don't fall :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Gaya Ethaniel: Sounds like handful those Quel ^^
    Faenik: indeed?
    Quel Karillion: Yes, they haven't been that desperate for my attention before last night :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah... haven't played with them much recently?
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg thinks to himself that it sounds like a mobile buffet
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    Quel Karillion: no, I've played with them quite a bit but they usually tend to not mind me so much.
    Quel Karillion: Well, I'd rather not leave them alone with a cat though :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles. perhaps not
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg =^.^= Purs Contentedly =^.^=
    Quel Karillion: but as for mobile buffet ... much easier to carry something readymade. gerbils need a bit bigger boxes than they themselves are :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg sniggers ... not when ive had hold of them
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: =^.-=
    Quel Karillion: well, then they wouldn't be fresh anymore, would they?
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: oh theres ways of keeping them alive n not moving about to much if ya a smart kitty
    Quel Karillion: The food has right too :P
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg grins evilly .... not where im concerned
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    Quel Karillion: Oh well, arguing with a cat about food ... I know how it will go already :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: XD

    Wizz lets out this amazingly spooky laugh ^^

    Gaya Ethaniel: wow... what a laugh you have Carlberg-sama
    Quel Karillion: that's quite a laugh, yes :)
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg grins
    Quel Karillion: Well, time to head for work.
    Faenik: indeed?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Have a good day Quel
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg: kool kool
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg waves a paw =^.^=
    Quel Karillion: see you later, Gaya, Wizz :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: alas... RL calls here too
    W1ZZ4RD Carlberg smiles have a nice day
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy your day also ^^

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