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The day my life changed forever (today)

There are things in life that come along and change you. They make you a different person, as instantly as… instant mash. These things are unavoidable and inevitable – you cannot get away from the fact that, at some point, you will encounter something that irrevocably changes your entire life. Today was one of those days for me.

I was all set to write a blog about something different, to chat shit about nonsense and chit chat about nothing at all. I was happy to fill hundreds of words with inane wordage, as I usually do. But then I was shown something. I was shown something bad. I’ve seen it, I can’t un-see it.

As a result of what it was I saw, my mind wandered away from the task at hand. Whereas initially I had a vague idea of the topic I would cover in today’s entry, not five minutes after I saw the thing I had forgotten entirely what I wanted to scrawl. Not only had it wiped my mind, though, it had changed me as a person.

Immediately I felt it, and since seeing it just a few hours ago I haven’t felt the same. I haven’t felt like Ian Dransfield. I haven’t even felt like an Ian. It’s a good job there’s no one else around right now, as they wouldn’t be able to recognise me as me.

I hope I will recover, at least in some small way. I hope I can return to my usual nonsense by tomorrow, or that I can even concentrate on my work that needs doing during the day. I hope I can end up back in control.

But I know I will never be the same again. And it’s all because of this.

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The review scores confusion: SOLVED

Reviews are not a fine art, so I’m not going to introduce today’s entry with a claim otherwise. They’re sometimes eloquent, they sometimes are as ham-fisted as Hammy the Fist but they all serve one purpose. I like them, I like reading them and I like disagreeing with them more than agreeing with them. That’s pretty simple. Then someone has to go and put bloody scores on things.

It’s one to a hundred, or one to ten, or one to five in general – there are other, rogue, scoring systems but they’re far too off the rails for people to take notice. And it doesn’t seem like anyone in the world understands them. Myself included. And it leads to all manner of thrilling debate on whether or not a certain score means a certain thing. Even on Amazon, where I just read a reader review comment on something that stated “Why only four stars? Because nothing is perfect…”

So according to that person, the only reason something could ever get a five on Amazon is if it were literally perfect. If it were the best thing that had ever existed. I smell some bullshit in that logic. As such I will now re-educate on scoring systems so you all know what each number at the end of a review means:

1/10, 1-10%, 1/5: Not perfect

2/10, 11-20%, 1/5: Not perfect

3/10, 21-30%, 2/5: Not perfect

4/10, 31-40%, 2/5: Not perfect

5/10, 41-50%, 3/5: Not perfect

6/10, 51-60%, 3/5: Not perfect

7/10, 61-70%, 4/5: Not perfect

8/10, 71-80%, 4/5: Not perfect

9/10, 81-90%, 5/5: Not perfect

10/10, 91-100%, 5/5: Not perfect

Hope that clears it up for you.

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