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Dictated a few hundred words of a new story tonight. So far so sucky. But if it works enough to finish I can always revise.

I've also been playing Taipan by voice command. We used to play Taipan as kids on the Apple IIe; I remember reading Tom Sawyer while pressing F-F-F-F-F-F-F to keep shooting hostile vessels. 20+ years later I've got an Apple IIe emulator on my MacBook, and have taught Dragon Dictate the necessary commands so I don't hurt my hand. Instead I scritch my cat, saying, "Fight. Fight. Fight. Fight."

On weddings and royalty: I like having a Queen. I say this as someone with extremely liberal views. I feel that, given that a democratic government's job is to appeal to populism in order to retain power, it's really important to have an extra layer of government independent of all that who could, if necessary, provide a veto.

Nevertheless (and despite my deep respect for the Queen) I don't really care about our royal family more than I do about any other random family, nor about their wedding.

On the gripping hand, I have an amused total lack of sympathy for USans complaining that this totally irrelevant-to-them wedding is taking over their social network conversations. Whatever, folks, we have to put up with your election talk for months, you can cope with a day or so of wedding. (Text fails at tone. Please read benign irony, not snark.)

--Ditto for other citizens of the Commonwealth. I put up with rugby talk; no doubt everyone has talk that they put up with. Now we just add a wedding to the list, what's the fuss?

Date: 2011-04-30 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
I was in England a couple of weeks ago. It was quite far away from London, which may explain why I saw and heard nothing about the coming wedding. I didn't think about that at the time, but people have asked me about it afterward, and it does seem a bit odd.

Lots of Finns watched the wedding, even though it was a normal workday Friday. I caught a glimpse of it while having a light changed in my car (the garage had a big TV in the waiting area).

(In any discussion about monarchy, I first think of Charlie Stross's recent pontifications on the subject.)

Sorry, pointless comment :-)

Date: 2011-04-30 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] heleninwales
we have to put up with your election talk for months

Oh, heavens, yes! And it's all starting again. :(

I have slight republican sympathies -- until I think of what they might put in place instead of the Queen. The thought of President Thatcher or President Blair is just too horrifying to contemplate. And how exactly would we choose a president if we didn't have some elder statesman? Some sort of celebrity?

Besides, we already vote for enough layers of government what with the EU, Westminster, The Welsh Assembly and local councillors. Who wants to have to vote for a president as well?

Date: 2011-04-30 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] heleninwales
PS By "your" their, I was of course referring to the Americans.

Date: 2011-04-30 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Becky here. I found the whole wedding bit rather nice, and it was grand to have some -good- news for a change, as this year has been the pits. It was nice not to have to fret over disasters for a day (well, maybe what Beatrice and Eugenia were wearing -- what were they thinking!?)

Date: 2011-05-01 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I haven't heard any Americans complaining; I've heard Americans arguing about whose hat is the best, and wondering how soon the knock-offs of the wedding dress will appear, and so forth. (But one thing's certain: no matter what's in the news, someone somewhere will complain about it!)

Mary Anne in Kentucky


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