delirium happy

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delirium happy
Today, I got a new mobile phone. It doesn't tell me the ambient temperature in Burkina Faso, and I can't play quake on it, but it does allow me to make and receive calls, which is better than my last one. It's also noticably smaller (and, I suspect, noticably better) than my last one, which is also a plus. For people who know or care about that sort of thing, it's a Nokia 2100. (the last one being a Phillips Savvy, or something like that.)

The entire mobile phone industry continues to baffle me no end. After some fairly high degrees of general confusion, it transpired that we could buy a handset only for some price, or the same handset with a pay as you go sim card and £15 worth of calls for something like £30 less. This makes no sense. I can understand that they'll give you cheap phones when you're going on a sell-your-soul tarif with a minimum contract length of 42 eons, but with pay as you go? Barmy. Still, I'm not complaining.

So I have a new sim card too. £5 of the calls are on that, so I've not yet decided whether I'm going to switch over to that, or keep the old one for the convenience of not having to change number. If I do change number, then it will no doubt be forthcoming in a friends only post some time soon.

I also got a new rucksack today. This was equally as badly needed as the new phone as my old one was, quite literally, falling apart at the seams. This is entirely unsurpising considering that I've had that bag for something like 10 years now. A lot of you have probably seen it. It's the purple and green one with the concentrated sulphuric acid holes in it from A-level chemistry. It's travelled with me a lot. It definitely went to the USA with me, and I think it's also been to Spain, Russia, France and probably Italy. I don't think it went with me to Iceland though, although I may be wrong. And it's certainly been all over the UK. RIP, old purple bag.

In entirely unrelated news, I finally read Preludes and Nocturnes (the first Sandman graphic novel) the other day. I say finally, because I bought it years ago (summer 2000, I think) after being told by several million people that I really should read it. Since then, every time I've been told that, I've been saying "yes yes, it's in my 'to read' pile. I'll read it soon. No, really..." and my verdict so far is "not bad". Nothing overly special yet, but probably worth at least getting hold of a copy of the next one to see where it's going.

Which reminds me. I did a great big amazon order of many of the books about religion that you guys recommended to me ages ago. See, I knew that I'd get back to it eventually, even if it did take me 3 months. So thanks to everyone who commented there, or to me elsewhere. I also ordered the DVD of Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the same time, because I watched it last Monday and decided that I need to own it.

And I'm sure I had a couple of other things to say here, but i've forgotten them. They can't have been that important, right?

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It doesn't tell me the ambient temperature in Burkina Faso

Dammit, that's just not good enough! You never know when you'll need that kind of information at your fingertips! Knowing that answer could be the difference between life or death!

This is the "just think what could happen if you were captured by a deranged serial killer who demanded you tell him the temperature in Burkina Faso or he'd shoot you" school of thought, isn't it? Well, it could happen...

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The reason why pay-as-you-go phones are around the same price as sim free phones is that you could buy the phone, then not bother topping up and get a new phone for peanuts - how do the networks get the money back? Compared to contract - you have to pay a fixed amount for 12 months in which the network gets their money back.

Though things confuse me somewhat - the O2 SIM card only contract plan, charges £15 a month, but with a free phone, it's £20 a month which means £5 a month for the phone itself, and multipiled by 12 gives only £60 - which I wonder how the networks get say £163 (for a 5100) back? They probably hope to get the money back in call charges, but I don't use my phone for calls at all ;)

Preludes and Nocturnes is about as representative of Sandman as Colour of Magic is of Discworld... not very.

Although the Death story stuck on the end would be a good first chapter.

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