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Friday July 28 2006

Tomorrow, assuming all goes approximately to plan, I will be recording a conversation between me and Adriana Cronin-Lukas.  Many of my readers will know exactly who this person is.  (She’s the one kneeling and Billion Monkeying here.) To those who ask: who she? I reply by copying and pasting the following:

Someone who left a very strong impression upon me, even before we got to know one another more, was Adriana Cronin-Lukas. There are few people in life with whom you connect on very intense levels, and know that your meeting was not a coincidence. Adriana is one of those people, to me (and others, of that I am sure). In addition to speaking at industry events - as she did the next day at Vloggercon on Net Neutrality - Adriana is making marks in the world as a Sherpa of social media, and then some.

When I met Adriana it was a coincidence.  But despite that, i.e. despite me being not only a devout atheist about God, but also a devout atheist about most of the God-substitutes that do the rounds these days (destiny, fate, California, manifest destiny, it was meant to be, etc. blah blah), we immediately became friends as if God Himself had deliberately introduced us.  It will be extremely interesting to see what kind of conversation we have, once my little podule machine is switched on.

As to that Sherpa reference, this insufficiently describes Adriana’s intentions towards the universe.  Although I suppose it is relevant that a Sherpa was equal first to the summit of Everest.

The only reason I mention this is that I just had an hour on the phone with Adriana by way of preparatory chitchat, which left no time for me to say anything much else here this evening.

I wonder what Adriana would think of this.  Maybe I’ll ask her.  I suspect she wouldn’t be totally hostile, because what Adriana C-L and Alice B-S have in common is an extreme dislike of dishonesty.

Tragically, as a result of communing with Adriana, I will probably miss the recorded highlights on the telly of day two of this, which today was really good:

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You know, I’m still all rather scratching my head about how it came to pass that none of the terrestial television companies in the United Kingdom thought that televising domestic Test cricket was worth their while.

Out here in the wilderness, such nonsense would never be tolerated for a moment, of course.

Posted by Scott Wickstein on 28 July 2006

Nice trailer. Looking forward to the podcast…

Posted by Adam on 28 July 2006

God, you’re one pathetic, self-interested, BORING, WEIRDO wanker!

Posted by Wanda Watkins on 28 July 2006

Are you talking about Brian or I?

If Brian, bit harsh.
If I, fair comment.

Posted by Adam Tinworth on 28 July 2006

I’m guessing she means me.  So, she should stop reading this.  She should certainly stop commenting.  No more comments. Wanda, if you can’t be civil.

Good to see that I am getting on some nerves.  Always a good sign with writing, I think.

Boring is the classic denunciation of writing that gets under the skin, one way or another, which is why a certain kind of person says it so often about pornography.  I wonder what Wanda so especially dislikes about me.  Could it be the politics?  I do hope so.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 28 July 2006

Indeed. The sheer act of commenting suggests some form of engagement, positive or negative, whereas boredom tends to provoke surfing away and never returning.

Posted by Adam on 28 July 2006

God, you’re one pathetic, self-interested, BORING, WEIRDO wanker!

Hey Brian, you have arrived!  Your first bonkers commenter!  Still, she must be very brave… she addresses her comment to God and then insults him.

Posted by Perry de Havilland on 28 July 2006

Would David Beckham really be that much richer sweeping the streets for a living?

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 29 July 2006

Commented on the wrong post.  Ugh.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 29 July 2006

Patrick

Good point.  I have transferred it to the correct posting, and answered it, basically by surrendering.

MLNM does not apply universally.  Or perhaps I mean that in certain parts of the economy other laws swing into action, such as that it only takes two rich idiots to be quarrelling about you working for one of them or the other of them for you to get rich yourself.  But you knew that.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 29 July 2006

By describing Brain as a “pathetic, self-interested, BORING, WEIRDO wanker”, we must assume that Wanda is claiming that:

a) she isn’t self-interested.  Well maybe that’s because there’s nothing within herself that interests her.  Poor girl.

b) she doesn’t masturbate.  Maybe she should try it.  It might make her less highly-strung.

c) she’s not a weirdo.  In my experience, “weirdos” are what shallow people call those with intense interests.

d) she not boring or pathetic.  I disagree—I refer her to points a - c.

Posted by Charles Pooter on 30 July 2006
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