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Michael Danton
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It's customary I give you guys the bad news first, it's surely more entertaining. Failure has a name and that's what I call my latest experiment regarding solar buoyancy. All this time I was working from numbers I had worked out, checked, rechecked and checked again and everything worked out, hypothetically it made sense and it was those numbers that goaded me on. Today when my grand experiment was nearly completed, I took a step back and thought... How could this work?

I rechecked the numbers precisely the same way as I had the first time and time before that and to my horror, the numbers changed, they changed to the point where the whole experiment wasn't even worth finishing. The time and effort I put into it, it's going to be truly heartbreaking to smash it to pieces and throw it away like the dreams of many. I think of it as somewhat of a metaphor for life- yet I am undeterred in my search for greatness in whatever capacity, it's just not this one. Still, it's not all doom and gloom. Now I can devote myself to other speculative pursuits such as this site and writing that musical with 'Writer's Block'. I don't even have to share my time with my education anymore, at least not for the moment.

Michael Danton. DipEd

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Oh well, at least you tried. I often wonder with things like this: if the idea was so great, wouldn't it have been done already?

After all, there's all these companies in the world trying to save money, full of experts who probably sit around waiting for the big ideas like this to come...

Must be nice getting paid to think up names for perfume, and new designs for cans of Tango. Wow! Limited edition upside down packaging!
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I meant to edit to say congratulations on making your name a few letters longer! Now you need something on the front... Sir usually looks good and the requirements seem way diluted at the moment...
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Michael Danton
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That's true, these days a knighthood its reserved for people who manage to get their mugs on TV and not a lot else. It's a bit like the giving Al Gore a Nobel prize... I have no faith in any of these institutions anymore.

I know what you mean, if it's such a great idea, then why hasn't someone already done it? It's an important sentiment but I think it does more harm than good... In my case, it was about 50 bucks worth of plumbing parts, plastic and a good deal of grief... Yet, now that it's been done, I feel I have learned a great deal from the experience. Not enough to do it again, but certainly worth the chance that the idea is as you imagined... unfortunately my other ideas aren't so simply fabricated but that won't stop me. It hasn't stopped the other ballooning pioneers, just recently I saw a guy on youtube who was picked up off the ground by a balloon made entirely of garbage bags and no internal heat source. Inspiring stuff.

Yessir, the name is a bit longer now, it doesn't mean a lot on its own but for me it's my only shot at getting into uni. I couldn't have gotten in otherwise. I haven't ACTUALLY got my papers yet though, need to log some hours at the front of the class first. I hope I'll get my chance soon, A School in Moscow and one in central China seem to have taken my application rather seriously.

How are you doing?
M.

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Michael Danton wrote:

How are you doing?
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Can't complain, still polluting the planet with BP's finest hydrocarbons and polluting my body with Tennant's finest alcholic compounds on Fridays.

Still hoping to apply to the police soon, I've started going to the gym nearly everyday and hope to get some cycling done over the next few weeks.
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Don't worry about polluting the air, there's no proof that greater carbon emissions have any effect on the temperature of the planet. I actually did my own research on the subject and came to the conclusion independently that the absorptive wavelength of carbon is so small, it really has no effect in comparison to water vapor. In fact some scientists believe that massively increased CO2 in the atmosphere would have no more effect than what is there now.

I'm worried about the ozone layer though. I digress.

Good on you for pursuing a career in the police force, I'm certain you'll enjoy it a great deal. I'm also sure you'll have an easier time getting in... Just remember not to tell any porkies on your application, they banned my brother from applying to the force after he said he didn't have a police record, when in actual fact he has extensive speeding tickets etc,. Also, don't lose faith, I know this guy who has been threatening to join up for years but he never did and probably never will, don't be like that guy.

I'm trying to get a job too except it's like pulling teeth, I'm applying for everything everywhere and having little success in the process. Still, there are lots of jobs and my qualifications should put me head and shoulders over the grand majority so it's only a matter of time.

Now that you've read all that, isn't it time for another drink? Crazy Scot Smile
M.

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Oi! I'll have you know I only drink on weekends, if Friday night counts. And Sunday night... probably shouldn't be all three nights. Hope you're not missing the Fosters too much...

I'm really hopeful I can keep up the gym going, I also want to leave the current job since I managed to annoy some people. It's a tale of woe, including drug deals in my shop, secrets that were poorly kept and vaguely worded threats about how I "won't stand a chance". So there's another reason to get to the gym as often as possible - might need to be able to absorb a beating.

And if I was in the police when/if it happened, it would be classed as assaulting a police officer, rather than just plain assault. So they might actually catch the bastards Very Happy

In all seriousness though, I doubt it will come to anything. The only iffy area is the coming weekend. I won't be working with friends.
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Michael Danton
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Fosters? I haven't had a Fosters since I tried one as a novelty at least 10 years ago. Aussies don't drink Fosters, I'm sure they did once but now it's merely an export market. Around here you'd have to go to a specialist bottle shop to find it. When I go to the RSL I always get a "Toohey's Old"

All I can say is keep going to the gym and don't be put off in your efforts, I've heard that it takes about 2 months for an activity to become habit so give it at least 2 months, same for police study. It sounds like having a bit of police influence at work could help you a great deal, then again if it's dangerous then you should just get out of there completely. Doesn't the police force have full time live-in campuses?

M.

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Michael Danton wrote:
Fosters? I haven't had a Fosters since I tried one as a novelty at least 10 years ago. Aussies don't drink Fosters, I'm sure they did once but now it's merely an export market. Around here you'd have to go to a specialist bottle shop to find it. When I go to the RSL I always get a "Toohey's Old"


Well, I can safely say I have no idea what that is, but I'm half surprised about Fosters. I knew it wasn't really that popular Down Under, but is it really a specialist drink? Crikey! Whorra shocker! (I'd fit right in at any Aussie pub, me)

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All I can say is keep going to the gym and don't be put off in your efforts, I've heard that it takes about 2 months for an activity to become habit so give it at least 2 months, same for police study. It sounds like having a bit of police influence at work could help you a great deal, then again if it's dangerous then you should just get out of there completely. Doesn't the police force have full time live-in campuses?

M.


After you pass like 27 interviews and 48 fitness tests, there is one facility in the UK up at Tulliallen, or something like that. You spend something like 6 weeks there, though apparently due to cutbacks, a 14 day course can be completed in 2 days and you have to shower in the dark. Shows how seriously we take policing...
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You'd be star mate, you aught to come down to Australia- I think you'd really enjoy the change. Try some of the local delicacies like VB, Carlton and Tooheys. We actually have a good variety if you look around although Fosters isn't sought out here, even we buy it like it's a import... I've only had one in my life- it's just that scarce, there's no demand for it.

I wouldn't be too worried about all the interviews and such for the police job, one should really be sufficient but they're obviously trying to sort out the half-hearted applicants from the dedicated. I'm sure if you're relentless and study up your books then they've really got no choice then to give you a badge, a blunt object and a head to thwock.

What's the deal with showers in the dark?
M.

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Michael Danton wrote:

What's the deal with showers in the dark?
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Well, apparently due to spending restrictions and the credit crunch and all that, money saving was top priority, hence the lack of electricity and shortage of instructors.

Good to see you back, I was checking the forum everyday and watching the spam spread... shame that looky-typy picture does nothing to thwart it.
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I'm really glad that you did too, otherwise this site would have been pretty-much wholesale abandoned. The truth is, the last time I entered into the world of programming, all I received after a "week" of "work" was that disgusting, ineffectual piece of crap you see in the new account section... And paid a lot of money for it too. That's why I feel compelled to find someone who can actually do the job and I can be there to see it happen. Or at least nearby so I can turn up occasionally and put the boots on when necessary.

If the police force over there is looking for instructors, that sounds like something to aim for- no mess, no fuss and you won't get some yob trying to drive a syringe full of his own piss into your eye.

Now... I have a shitload of spam to clean up. Expect a new news post soon describing the nature of my absence and some rather interesting news. Thanks for checking in, it means a lot to me.

M.

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