Nothing says "you're not normal" more than the little things. Like a bank teller telling you that there is a big note attached to your file specifying that you are not, ever, to get a credit limit increase on your credit card, and that the card that you have was given as a special favour and even it can be revoked if I start pressing the issue.
Support: Hello, Bluebean* credit card division, how may I help you?
Paul: I need more money
Support: Certainly what is your card #?
Support: Ah, Mr. Watson. What can I do for you?
Paul: Like I said, more money please.
Support: First you will need to pay off your current balance, then we can increase your limit.
Paul: So would I be phoning asking for more money if I was able to pay off my current balance?
Support: I guess not.
Paul: Can I transfer some money from the budget account?
Support: No, first you need to pay off you...
Paul: Yes, current balance. Great budget feature.
Support: You can always get another card with us.
Paul: You mean you can't give me more money on my current card, but you can let me have another card with lots of money on it?
Support: Certainly! And because you have a good credit history, the new card can have a bigger credit limit.
Paul: How long?
Support: Couple hours, we have all your details already. How much do you want?
Paul: How much can I get?
I did not take it, but thought it all a bit bizarre.
Chris... Where exactly do you live??? Seriously... I know it's supposed to be Toronot but it sounds like some weird out of this world place where humans aren't exactly humans and people sleep with hockey sticks.
I appreciate, that MS develops user-friendly applications - but you can't deny that M$ misuses its monopoly in operating systems to force their own proprietary "standards". Many applications only run under a special Windows-Version.
I'm reading the book 'Faster than the speed of light' by Joao Maghueijo, which lays out his theory of a variable speed of light. I've been reading this book everywhere - in elevators, walking along the street, in subways.
So Friday night I'm sitting in the subway train reading voraciously, occasionally looking up to catch air and let the brain spin back down to normal when this quiet spoken middle aged asian gentleman next to me grins at me and says "good book". "Very good book" I agreed. We tentatively started mentioning bits we liked the best - and within a minute we were into a full scale discussion on Cosmology vs Budhism and the value of speculation vs. theory based on empirical results. I come from a background in Mathematical Physics where I was taught to let go physical reality and images in order to free the mind of preconceived ideas and allow the mind to embrace the mathematics in order to perceive a reality outside everyday experience. He comes from an Eastern upbringing which teaches that speculation without an empirical basis or method of testing will invariably lead to dead ends instead of truths.
We soon came to a compromise that allowed for potentially testable speculation based in reality but not necessarily directly relatable to any specific physical process. At the next subway stop he got up, bowed slightly and walked away grinning.
Well, if you want to make it to the Mid-West, stop in Iowa[^] (can you find the binary on our state website?), I'm sure Heath and I (and others) would be able to meet with you and we could have CP get-together.