In view of the almost incessant onslaught of negative news stories related to vaping I thought that maybe we could do with a sneak peak at the positives to come to light over the last seven days. As part of the ongoing semi-serious Thursday pieces it is very easy to get sucked into the super-serious hole but let’s be honest – there’s more important things in life…like, life.
Do you sometimes make lists? As a frequenter of forums and groups since the introduction of the 1200-baud dial-up I’ve contributed to one or two in my time. People may moan about how unkind the Internet can be these days but I remember when Flame Wars were the kind of thing to reduce butch men to tears.
Admittedly, the most butch you could be in those days was to have 20/20 vision what with it being a haven for geeks. It was a time when phreakers found a whole new outlet for their talents, their blue boxes and H/P culture was born. I still remember my excitement when I bought my first 28K modem – “How could computers get better than this, especially the floppy disk?” I asked myself.
I’m beginning to wonder if 2014 was designated as the International Year Of Corruption by the same anonymous group of people who decide when National Left-handedness Day, Month of the Moth and other such events should fall.
Following on from my ‘accident’ with my Macbook I faced the prospect of transferring over a wedge of data. Fortunately I kept all of my important stuff on one hard drive tucked away for just such a crisis, my music sat on a second.
If you live in a stress-free, news-free bubble you will have missed the huge waves created by Clives Bates and 53 scientists this week.
Constructing an open letter to the Director General of the World Health Organisation, they called for a shift from a no vaping/nicotine stance to one of harm reduction. The letter recounts how the majority of the predicted billion deaths can be circumvented by encouraging the adoption of the safer forms of nicotine use rather than (effectively) banning it.
At the moment I have Bush’s ‘The Chemicals Between Us’ blasting out in an effort to raise myself from the fug. One minute I was wide awake and cuddling my daughter as the breakfast news played. The next I’m suddenly aware that I have a space where my daughter used to be, a cold cup of coffee in front of me and someone has moved the clocks forward four hours.
In this week of all weeks the tune seems rather apt as 53 highly respected scientists call for the World Health Organisation (and their paid lackey, Stanton Glantz) to start respecting good science and to tell the truth about the chemicals in electronic cigarettes…as much as I hate that term. I vape, I use mods and attys, I don’t use an electronic cigarette.
Some are past masters, some have never needed to, others dream of the day they can afford to and there are those who think the whole process is ridiculous.
F5 refreshes the browser screen for those on the hunt for limited quantities of vaping goodies, by which I do not mean Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill (just a little bit) Oddie. Special launches, high prices and ridiculous demand.
But what do you do if you don’t have an F5 button on your keyboard.
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“A little bit of politics!” was, for anyone old enough to remember, Ben Elton’s catchphrase on Friday Night Live. For a large number of people now a little bit of politics is a little bit too much – and so this will attempt to be as apolitical as it is possible to be.
As vapers (or however else you elect to term yourself) I’m sure that very few of us are unaware that legislation of some form or other is heading our way. The lengths to which it will impact upon us may vary due to how you vape, what you vape with, where and when. All that we can hope for is that the decisions made are based on sound science, fair and reasonable.
As an ex-primary teacher you get used to seeing fads come and go. One minute the playground is awash with marbles and games of tig, the next everyone is playing Call Of Duty and rifle butting their friends in the face with sticks. Things come into existence and vanish with the rapidity of atomic particles at CERN.
Some things remain constant. Tycho Brahe mapped out the movement of the stars and planets in ream upon ream of measurements (in-between his daytime job of sword-fighting to resolve mathematical disputes). Those measurements were honed by Johannes Kepler into three laws of planetary motion that hold as true today as they did in the 17th Century.
I’ve been vaping for around 18 months now and throughout that time fashions have come and gone. Currently, it seems that every mod being made in the Philippines is then produced in two different types of metal before being released in a black coating that has all the durability of butter in the sun.
I can still remember the feeling of dread washing over me the first time I dismantled an Evod with the intention of doing my first recoil and wick. I can still recall the fear of shorting the battery or flooding or dry hitting. The worry of not being able to do something I’d never attempted before, despite knowing what it was I was embarking on and that I had my Vamo still didn’t help.
I think sometimes we lose touch with that as we proceed through our vaping journey, reaching a level of comfort that stops us exploring further. Clearly some people are natural born tinkerers (a title for a story Quentin Tarrantino rejected) and relish this aspect, for others of us it remains a daunting task.