There is some more Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality up – go get it now (ht: Paul).
Ha ha, fooled you. This is actually a post about rowing :-). Today was the H2H or Head to Head: 2000m, a brief break (well, 20 mins wating by the bank in the rain, yummy; and lets not mention the brief altercation with the marshall over our spinning :-), then 2000m back. We took 14:22, which is quite passable… I’d be happy to do that on an erg. It was also a very clean row and enjoyable. We got stuffed by various 1st Mays crews (winner: 12:48). But in the rowing and running theme, it is interesting to compare that to a running time. I’m doing the Coton 5km fun run tomorrow, and converting 14:22 to 5 km gets me 18 minutes, and I bet I don’t even get close to that. 25 mins is my guess.
[Update: 23 something, it seems. Maz won, just back from the Charge of the Light Brigade. In the 2.5 km, D got 15 mins, E 16, and M 17 -W]
That was in div 1. I’d volunteered to cox M2 in division 2, which was exciting, because the turn-around time was rather short, and our 2-man was coxing the ladies in division 1… so we ended up rowing down the river with 7 to meet them and exchange, all the time hassled by the fear we’d miss our division. But we didn’t. M2 was quite a bit slower (16:55) and somewhat ragged, and Paul hadn’t even been to bed on thursday night due to reporting the election. But we got by. My coxing was OK I think; my course was acceptable (I reserved clipping the banks with blades for the row home, so that was OK) and I didn’t wiggle too much. I still need to get my patter down a bit pat-er; must study The Master more carefully, instead of tuning him out. Oops.
Meanwhile, the election. Still all up in the air, it looks like. Labour would give the Lib Dems their hearts desire, which is to say PR, or at least Broon is offering it – but could he deliver. But Lab+Lib doesn’t a majority make, and not all Labour MPs would vote for it anyway. Plus (I think) the Libs are rightly cautious about being too blatant about putting electoral reform above all other problems. The Tories are offering not very much, really, and it isn’t clear that they and the Libs agree on enough to form a govt. If I was the Libs, and *if* I thought Broon could actually deliver it, I’d go for Labour and take nothing more than electoral reform in exchange. I’m sure the Greens would sign up for that too. It could come down to things like what the SNP think about PR. Back in the real world, it is hard to see what could be an acceptable result. Perhaps that is the cunning Lib plan – wait for it becomes obvious that there is no good result, then the public will accept them doing a bad result? Stay tuned folks, something is bound to happen eventually.
Incidentally, has anyone else noticed that the Lib-Dems have started naming their people after porno mags?