# A note to readers, especially Distant Relative – two things.
Firstly, you may have seen the caravan brochure snippet as a post. I usually open and schedule a new post in a ‘slot’, giving it a name and then plan to return to beef the post up later, as material comes in and call it by the name day [as above].
However, if something happens, e.g. a bad night, being ill etc., it doesn’t get done and goes out as the sole topic. Most people feel there are way too many topics [from my previous asking of various people] and the problem at N.O. has always been how to keep the number of posts down to manageable levels.
This, in turn, has meant posts at 6, 8.30, 11, 13:30, 16 and 18 [six posts], which is not only too many for you but is heavy on the site back end and clashes with RL commitments I’d sooner do without but they’re there. For now, I’m going to reduce it to maximum five.
Regarding Distant Relative, I might be quite wrong but methinks I may have offended with the redheaded jibes some days back. I always see such things as banter and that egregious post in orange with all the ginger pics was under the heading ‘humour’ or should have been stated as such. See, there’s a testimonial I once received which went:
The Higham fellow is a pathetic, sick individual. He embodies every bit of superstitious belief, ritual, taboo, violence, viciousness, exploitation, and ignorance of any creed known to man. What an ignorant philistine he is. Imprecate vocabulary always is.
I quite liked that. Methought as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb and I set out, in a Wallace and Gromit. Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged or Don Quixote way, to fulfil each charge in there. As far as redheads go, I’ve no real opinion either way but any chance at putting something prejudiced, without discrimination as to what it is – and I’m in there.
The things yours truly does take seriously are the ones returned to over and over and there are two of those coming up later. So DR and any other regular reader – it really wasn’t personal, sorry.
There’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” about the kind of person who owns a caravan, isn’t there? So you would expect the sales brochures for a caravan to be a little more … let’s say colourful than your average marketing material. In fact, they’re kind of a blast. I’ve spent just about my whole afternoon trawling through an online caravan museum– my new happy place.
# Haiku notes: “HIV infections in Russia reach record-high and account for almost two-thirds of new cases in Europe,” which gives one pause in thinking of going back and meeting old flames again:
But the boats really set sail when it comes to relaying information to their human overlords—and to each other. During this latest demonstration, when an unknown vessel approached, they collaboratively determined which of them would approach the ship, determine whether it was harmless or suspicious, and pass the info along.
While the Navy didn’t elaborate on the specifics of how its autonomous vessels would identify and engage an intruder, multiple strategies could be in play: cross-checking the vessels visually against databases of boat types to help flag them as hostile or friendly, syncing up maneuvers to block a boat’s path toward the protected ship and nudge it out of the area (that’s the “swarming” functionality), communicating with human security forces, and presumably even physically engaging the targeted ship if it doesn’t alter its course.
[H/T Chuckles and haiku]