Yesterday was a bit of an ordeal.
To my amazement [and delight] masks were few and far between at the opticians. It all went well, apart from nearly being blinded by having very bright lights being shone into my eyes.
The outcome seems good. Yes I have a cataract but it is so minor it will be quite a while before surgery is necessary. Everything else is grand and I pick up my new glasses in a fortnight.
The only problem I had was in the car park. On the way back I shoved the ticket into their machine. It thought about it for a while and eventually I was asked to dab my debit card on the screen. I did that and the machine made some funny noises and eventually spat out my ticket to use on the exit barrier. Grand. I drove to the exit barrier and stuck my validated card in the slot. The fucking thing rejected it and told me to go back to pay the money and get the ticket validated. It spat out my ticket. At this point a queue was forming behind me and I was stuck.
I shoved in the ticket again. It announced that there was an error somewhere and it swallowed my ticket. At this point people behind me were getting a tad impatient. I pressed the Help button. The machine made a series of burping noises and eventually a voice asked me what was wrong. I’m not used to speaking to barriers but had no choice. I explained my predicament. Without another word, the barrier lifted. I went home.
Later in the day I came across a little piece on the BBC News site, Apparently they are talking about building massive solar panels in space that will beam electricity back to Earth. It sounds feasible if a little expensive but never mind. A thought did cross my mind though. Suppose the beamed energy drifted slightly so it misses the collector on the ground? Someone is going to get fried. A few Gigawatts of power beamed onto the unsuspecting public?
I wouldn’t fancy that.
But I suppose it would be quick…..