Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Abyssea - Sea, Sand and Stress

Instead of proactively approaching the new expansion of Abyssea, the esteemed leadership circle of my current HNM ls have instead sat on their hands about it and decided to get upset with the ls population when other people provide the framework for runs and it interfers with ls activity as a result.

I have no sympathy for them. Really they should have been more on the ball.

Abyssea is a surprisingly varied and rich environment that appeals across the board, you can do things solo, you can do things in groups, you have to do other things as a team.

It is so varied and there is such a wealth of gear and opportunity that it can be VERY difficult to police it effectively as a group. Again, it challenges the traditional concepts of how you run and divide rewards up in your linkshell.

It has definately been high stress trying to figure this out for our little bunch. Finding a middle ground where if you can't please everyone, then at least you can aim for merely surly rather than outrage and indignation. hehehe.

I think it is always like this at the start of anything new though. Everyone angry and upset and at loggerheads with each other. After its been around awhile and there is a familiar pattern, people deal with it a whole lot better.


Eating carrots will let you see in the dark!

I have been reading this FANTASTIC book called Bad Science

Its written by a very entertaining columinst for The Guardian newspaper in England, well versed and accessible, it casts a bright light on the dark spots of medical science and research that certain people and companies would rather you didn't see.

If you are too cheap to spill for the book but still want a taste of this excellent insight into the world of research myth and fact, he does have his own website that you can peruse and is kept regularly up to date.

The Bad Science website!

Anyway! lol, the reason I decided to write about this is because of an intriguing little fact buried away in the book as an annecdote which I found highly entertaining.

We are all familiar with old wives tales. Things that apparently have no logical sense behind them but people swear by. One of these was the things parents told their kids to get them to eat their vegetables! "Eat your carrots up and you will be able to see in the dark"

If you ever wondered where these things come from, in his book he tells you.

It was a story invented by the British in the 1st World War and spread to the Germans to hide the invention of radar from them. Their explanation for the accuracy of the targetting at night was, our pilots were eating lots of carrots.

I thought that was brilliant!