On procrastination and the smoking ban

Mar 25th, 2006

I really need to post here more often. All to often I get a vague idea when I’m out and about, only to never post, whether due to laziness, second thoughts, or forgetfulness. Usually a combination of all three. For example, recent ditched blog topics:

  • A comment on an article discussing the general perceptions of scientists
  • A review contrasting Psychonauts and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • A discussion of the importance of preserving media
  • Thoughts on the restrictions DRM places on genuine consumers
  • Various discussions of scientific concepts and ideas
  • An ode to the SanDisk Cruzer Micro

And with the amount of procrastination I’ve been doing in other fields you’d think things like this would flow naturally. Of course it doesn’t help that my readership is probably at zero, but then again who can I blame for not checking out a blog which is updated less than once a month and largely full of the author complaining that he hasn’t updated. It’s exactly the self obsessed inane waffling that give blogs a bad name. (For good examples of blogs please check my blogroll on the left hand side.)
But enough of that. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the smoking ban in Scotland. Of course, it’ll probably take a while before its truly in place, and I’m sure there will be the odd few places that risk the fines, but essentially over the next few weeks the majority of pubs will become smoke free. Now for me this is wonderful news. I don’t smoke and will greatly welcome the fact that a night out will no longer mean coming home smelling of cigarette smoke; Febreeze must hate moves like this. But it will also avoid the irritated eyes and sick feeling that I get in really smoky atmospheres (While some may ascribe the latter to the alcohol it occurs even when I haven’t been drinking.).
In other news I’ve just finished another section of my Masters course, and have already arranged my return to that lab for the PhD proper. This means that for the next few years this place will be full of vague mumblings about Yeast.

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