Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson. Sort of dystopian SF by a mainstreamy author. Great concept: the UK is split up into four different kingdoms based on medieval theory of humours. Angry people are transported to the Choleric quarter, depressives to the Melancholy, passive to the Phlegmatic and calm people to the Sanguine.
The sanguine protagonist, full of suppressed trauma at being separated from his parents, goes on a journey that unsurprisingly takes him through every quarter, as well as with a group of mute wanderers.
It's a nice idea, and there are good, subtle depictions of life in the various quarters. Also has some creepy moments as the wanderers get abused. However, there's no real plot: I was unsurprised when the quest went nowhere and he apparently completely forgot why he cared about it. The characters aren't particularly interesting. The allegory doesn't really seem to go anywhere either: it's a bit weak to be a metaphor on ethic cleansing and a bit bland to be a message that diversity is good.
Had a day off work, so I went to buy an Iphone as threatened. They won't let you buy a new one online in the UK, so I went to the Apple store in the new Westfield centre. However, while I brought a bill along, a kid with a trendy haircut told me I also needed to bring my passport as ID, and it would be a very long process as they had to check my credit and so on.
So I went home and ordered a Google Android G1 phone online instead. They'll probably give me just as much bullshit and fuck up the delivery, but I least I can eat their shit in the comfort of my own home.
US election prediction
Actual results according to
Obama (64,908,616) 52.5%
McCain (57,083,284) 46.2%
Other (1.589518) 1.1%
It was pretty fine, but late results just pushed Obama up to 52.5229535% of the vote, making me accurate to the nearest percent for everything.
Note that I also managed that in Bush vs Kerry 2004.
Misc. Hitler's library. Online syntax highlighting. North Korea's hovering leaders. Bjork explains television. Some days, Rorschach's mask just refused to look scary. Test scores by field, physicists top.
US election web
Onion video Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are.
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