Structure

This is one of those posts where I don’t know how to really start or what it is what I want to write about.

I’ve had a weird couple of days and it’s confusing the crap out of me. I usually have certain things that I do on certain days but that’s not the way things have gone. I do my best to not be a creature of habit but it transpires that I’m someone who actually likes structure. One of my favourite quotes about this is by Oscar Wilde:

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

I’m cooking my dinner at the moment. It’s a chicken pie with mashed potatoes. My wife is at work so I have to fend for myself. Ahe doesn’t like pies or mashed potatoes so I have a little treat when she works late. I don’t like it when she works late.

It’s weird but I miss her when she’s not around. I saw her a matter of hours ago but I miss her on a daily basis. She holds my world together. She’s part of who I am. We’re like a set.

Got a bit mushy at the end.

This post represents my current mental state. All over the place.

First day of campaign week

I have just got back from the first campaign day of the Labour campaign week that my wife and I signed up for (and which she did some organizing for). It always feels good to be out campaigning as it’s nice to be able to stand up and say “You know what? I care about this enough to go out there and talk about it!”.

We had a load of volunteers outside on the High Street to get people to sign a petition to call for the local UKIP Councillors who defected to the Conservatives to resign and stand again as Conservatives as part of a by-election. They then pointed people towards our temporary drop-in centre at the library where I was making teas and coffees and to chat with people about what it is we’re trying to do.

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We had a few non-members come up and chat to us about things and it was very pleasant having conversations about what mean a lot to us.

There’s a few more things planned for next week, culminating in more of what went on today. I feel good about it and can’t wait to take part more!

Negative perception of things

I often say that our experiences in life is down to our perceptions of what is going on around us. I believe that. I think that most of the problems we have in life is down to us perceiving things in a negative way.

If we look at things and not judge them in of themselves and just treat it as something that’s happening we’d be a lot happier.

I’m not being nihilistic here. At least I hope not.

I do lots of thinking. Sometimes I have to get those thoughts out.

I’m reading another book by the Dalai Lama at the minute. He’s got an amazing brain.

Caving into brain impulses

As I sit here I am feeling pretty good. I’ve had a bit of a mentally rough week. I think it’s because of how tired I am and because the days are getting darker which effects me.

I’ve had an alright day so far today though. I’ve been listening to music, thinking about stuff and playing Minecraft. All the stuff that adults need to do to unwind.

I’ve found myself overwhelmed by social networks again. I go through these phases. I become addicted to them and then I find that the connection is too much for me to deal with. Feeling out of control of my own behavior because of a stupid addiction to notifications isn’t a great feeling. It doesn’t make sense does it? We let brain impulses decide what we do, even if deep down we don’t want to do it.

It’s why I practice mindfulness because it helps train the mind to not give into to those impulses so much and if anything, put them into perspective.

Someone in France hacked my Netflix account

Yesterday I received an email to say that my Netflix email account had been changed. I didn’t change my email account. Turns out, someone was able to hack into my Netflix.

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By Taro the Shiba Inu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve no idea how it happened but through some investigation I found that the person was watching Rick and Morty and were French and were watching in France with an iPhone 6s. I tried contacting the customer service through Twitter, through their live chat but nothing. No response. I changed my email address, password and then chose the “Log out of all devices”. I then found that the person was still watching my Netflix account. I rang their helpline. Were they helpful? Well I guess in a sense since I did all the steps they would have recommended.

I woke up this morning and found that the person still had access to my account as they started to watch “Trollhunter”. What the Heck?!

The person hasn’t watched anything since this morning but I’m shocked at how much Netflix doesn’t care about their security. Am I alone in this?