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Jan. 25th, 2015 01:17 am
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From <lj user=pseudomonas>: "Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):"

(most liked)
Wifi
Twitter

Steam locomotives
Running away from zombies
Porridge
Maths
Gin
Tidying

Eating paper
Thermal underwear
Undercooked Aubergine
Getting up early
Migraines
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Hunt

Jan. 24th, 2015 04:43 pm
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Today, the hunt was in town.

I knew that they were going to be about, but was quite surprised when I heard them and, popping upstairs to see, saw a load of hounds spilling out of the woods and a chap in a red coat riding along the road. I was less than pleased when he carried on up the road, leaving a load of the hounds behind to charge around Next Door's field, winding up the horse, and to come running into our proto-orchard. Not sure what went wrong, but I suspect that they were supposed to be in the Forestry Commission woods and had found an actual scent trail that took them through the woods belonging to the people at the top of the hill, who won't have given them permission to ride through, so some of the riders came down here to try to round them up, unsuccessfully.

(Mrs Next Door had, unfortunately, chosen this morning to have her first hack in about six months. She was less than impressed when she had to walk half way back (down the very steep hill) because she couldn't go on towards the route she'd planned.)

Later, we took Jo out for a walk a little way off, just in case. I'm glad we did because as we got back three (illegal) quad bikes came into the valley, full of blokes with their faces covered: "Oh dear, it's the sabs," I thought, but actually it was hunt staff, come to round up a couple of dozen dogs who seem to have decided that they prefer TWWOTV's garden to their day job.

(Turns out that the sabs were also out, also on illegal quads and a few trail bikes. Our not-very-near neighbour's had quite a day.)

I've asked them several times to let me know when they're going to be around, and they've completely ignored me. This time, I sent them a far more stiffly worded email than previously, so we'll see if it gets any response. I have no objection to the hunt, and we're very lucky that the boys just stood and watched all the excitement (although GB was twitchy when he came in this evening), but I really think that they should let people know. The hounds are bloody good jumpers, if nothing else: would they take a moment to have a quick snack on a duck? I really don't know. What if I'd been riding in the school when a mass of wolves appeared streaming out of the woods and heading straight for it?
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Spotted on my way to work yesterday.

You can't make this shit up.

Alice temporary tattoo chain

Jan. 24th, 2015 01:14 pm
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http://www.litographs.com/ are running a temporary tattoo chain with the complete text of Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass and I was lucky enough to get a place! So here is my photo:

Through The Looking-Glass temporary tattoo

And here's the link to my place in the chain if you'd like to see some more photos:
http://tattoos.litographs.com/through-the-looking-glass/chapters/1/pieces/2657

They're still taking sign-ups for no-shows from the first round, if you're interested.

2015 - #10, "Zero-sum game", SL Huang

Jan. 24th, 2015 10:42 am
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Previously unread.

I was reminded by reading someone else's review of the sequel that I had meant to try to pick this up earlier. So I spent some effort finding it and eventually did. Then I read it. And, on the whole, I liked it.

Our protagonist is Cas Russell, a relatively young mathematical prodigy (who at one point calculates Riemann's Zeta mentally, as a distraction) who works as a retrieval specialist. That is, finds and rescues people (I got the impression "people") for quite a handsome sum of cash, while occasionally killing every single non-captive in sight.

Which, on the whole, is brilliant. What's even better is that our almost super-human protagonist have some interesting weaknesses and quirks, so manages to avoid the "perfect hero" schtick.

I think, of all the things, the only thing that bothered me is that I think "slued" should have been spelled "slewed" (I think you slew from lane to lane, rather than slue, don't you? well, ideally neither, but...).

I give this about 4 hand grenades shot out of the air, of 5.

"Make the right thing the easy thing"

Jan. 24th, 2015 01:08 am
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Yesterday I told my therapist that I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious, with a physical sensation in my shoulders and back of carrying a lot of heavy things around. We talked through the various obligations in my life and figured out what I could cut back.

Today I put theory into practice )

I'm really glad I used today's energy to make tomorrow easier on myself. You're welcome, FutureRose!

Things

Jan. 24th, 2015 07:01 pm
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My eye has been playing silly-buggers this week. Dry, a little light-sensitive, sometimes itchy. Enough that I can work for maybe an hour before I have to give it a rest. So it's not been super-awesome-productive-time.

Seeing the ophthalmologist on Tuesday. Taking lubricating eye-drops in the meantime.

Had dinner with A. on Thursday night. Fish and chips in a random park somewhere around Ivanhoe[0]. We're not dating. And I don't mean "not-dating". But we get along, we could both use more friends, so that's all good.

Watched "The Mule" this afternoon. First rule of John Noble: don't fuck with John Noble.

For tomorrow I have "The Little Death". It looks pretty entertaining from the trailer. Romantic-comedy but not quite the usual, and it looks to have a decent cross-section of people and relationship types (at least one gay couple, and a deaf guy) though it's about as white as you'd expect an Australian movie that isn't set in the middle of the continent to be.

(Yes, two Australian movies. Call it my nod to Australia Day if you like.)

For those who aren't locals, think "Canada Day but much more obnoxious with a soup├žon of racism if you stumble into the wrong part of town".

Seeing Walter again made me want to re-watch Fringe. So I have the box set on order now.

And now I am off to eat bread. With double the usual amount of honey in it, so that should be interesting. Fantastic crust.

~~~

[0] I took a photo of a magpie while we were there, so I have GPS co-ordinates if I really wanted to look it up. Selection was however random on a "drive around until we find a park" basis.

Shuffle things meme

Jan. 24th, 2015 09:04 am
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Via [personal profile] tim, here.

Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Handknit scarves
Steam locomotives
Tidying
Thermal underwear (personal note: only if wool)
Getting something in the mail that isn't bills
Getting up early
The Mountain Goats
Firefox upgrades
Nessie Ladle
Celery in a stir-fry
Undercooked Aubergine
Eating paper
Porridge
Twitter
Uber
(most disliked)

waking up to ash and dust

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:50 pm
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WHY THE SHIT DO I EVER THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO GET ON THE SCALE? WHY THE SHIT DO I THINK IT'S A BAD IDEA AND THEN FUCKING DO IT ANYWAY?

Ahem.

Moving on.

It appears I was counting chickens when it came to the hot flashes. They are back like woah. I am now playing the sweater-comes-off-sweater-goes-on-sweater-comes-off game multiple times a day. I'm currently clocking them at one every couple of hours. This stage can sincerely fuck right off any time.

The freakiest part is that my sweat smells completely wrong. I attribute this to the steroids I'm on to treat the virus that took over the upper third of my body last week. It makes me smell like nicotine which... can't be right, but that's what my nose is registering. It's disconcerting as hell.

An interesting thing about the angry cycle, it seems to really damp down the voices in my head that tell me I'm worthless and contribute to all the crippling anxiety and panic attacks. No more brain weasels. Very much brain honey badgers. Brain wolverines[1] maybe. Whatever the current gold standard is for the asshole of the animal kingdom. (Really it's a good thing that mind-reading isn't a thing, it gets stupid in here. I promise to hie my ass to a doctor before I start actually smacking strangers in the street.) I don't remember that from prior cycles, but I really only just figured out that it's a regular part of my mental illness. Whatever, it's better than feeling like offing myself all the time, so I'll take it.

It has also contributed to some physical restlessness. Which I am liking very much even though I am occasionally at a loss as to what to do with it. It's been a while since I noticed I had a body in anything but a bad way. No worries. I'll get the hang of it again. And that's probably what inspired me to weigh myself this morning, in your daily installment of Bad Ideas 'R' Us. Less good, it's messing with my sleep. (Although that might also just be the result of playing throw-the-duvet-off-pull-the-duvet-on-throw-the-duvet-off several times per night.)

So...mostly yay? I guess? For now. I know there's a cliff coming, but maybe I can get in some groundwork to reduce the splatter zone. Not that it's ever worked before, but I keep telling myself I learn more each time I do this.

Forward.


[1] Until I told him, Axel didn't know that Wolverines were an actual animal. He thought the comic book character was named by playing on the word "wolf". Apparently they don't have wolverines in England.

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Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:11 pm
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Died on this day in 1698 aged 68 Elector Ernest of Brunswick-Luneburg(my toy,wikipedia). Ernest married his second cousin once removed Sophia and was the father of George I (Sophia's mother Elizabeth, the Winter Queen, was the daughter of James I&VI hence George's claim to the throne after Anne died with no living children). Sophia's father was Elector Palatine.

Born on this day in 1378 Louis III, Elector Palatine(my toy,wikipedia). Louis III was another Elector Palatine, but from a rather earlier... he married Blanche, the daughter of Henry IV.

"Elector" means that the person got to vote in elections for the Holy Roman Emperor. The County Palatine of the Rhine is in German Pfalzgrafschaft bei Rhein from which I have no idea how we get to "Palatine" ... it existed from 1085 to 1803, although not always the same place. Looking at the map on wikipedia it seems to have been non-contiguous, which is a bit odd and leaves me feeling that I really don't understand German history or geography.

Klutz

Jan. 23rd, 2015 03:00 pm
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I've been a bit of a klutz, lately. In the last week, I've bashed one elbow cleaning the fish tank (spectacular bruise) and the other one on a bolt sticking out of the tack room door (whilst moving sacks of bedding). This afternoon, I got the sticky-out bit of my ankle on the dishwasher door while I was emptying it. Ouch. Enough now.

Fortunately, none of those was likely to cause me any problems at Pilates this morning. Unfortunately, Pilates this morning was boooooring. She seems to be determined not to let me do anything other than stretches; if I happen to be there when no one else is, I'll speak to her about it, but I think I'm just going to use up the sessions I've paid for and then stop. I think the problem is that it's got to the stage where everyone who goes to her session was there because they have something broken, except for me. Then my shoulder was bad, so now I'm broken too (even though it's absolutely fine now - I do keep an eye on it!) and thus must do granny exercises, which is not what I do Pilates for. (Whether or not I am just very slow to realise this is an open question: it might explain why the non-broken people have drifted away since she took over the class, although it may just be that the old instructor is teaching somewhere else now and they've followed her!)

This afternoon in the woods, Mike asked what that red stuff on Jo's face was. I had a look and realised it was blood: I carefully wiped it all off, and determined that it wasn't coming out of Jodie, which was a small mystery. Which was solved shortly after when I realised that my hands now stank of badger.... Washed the blood off in a puddle, and dried them on my jods (needed washing anyway) but had to do the rest of the walk without putting my hands into my pockets to avoid contaminating my coat. (I guess she was sniffing in a hole that an injured badger had gone through.)

Saudi royal succession? Boggle.

sorting meme

Jan. 23rd, 2015 03:11 pm
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  • The Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfic "Advice and Trust[1]"'s version of Ayanami Rei
  • Nessie Ladle
  • Maths
  • Steam locomotives
  • Undercooked Aubergine
  • Saying positive things about myself
  • Twitter
  • Getting up early
  • Eating paper
  • Running away from zombies
  • Having my brain eaten

[1] Shinji x Asuka, very WAFFy.

Shuffle things meme

Jan. 23rd, 2015 02:44 pm
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Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Thermal underwear
Nessie Ladle
Steam locomotives
Maths
Twitter
Porridge
Undercooked Aubergine
Eating paper
Running away from zombies
Getting up early
Tidying
(most disliked)

(from http://damerell.dreamwidth.org/87540.html)

ETA: I have tried to add things which are not *universally* loved/hated; I feel putting "Orgasms" and "Genocide" on there would be kinda boring...

shuffle things meme

Jan. 23rd, 2015 02:19 pm
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Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Steam locomotives
Nessie Ladle
Maths
Twitter
Eating paper
Running away from zombies
Getting up early
Undercooked Aubergine
Oilseed rape in hayfever season
(most disliked)

(from http://wildeabandon.dreamwidth.org/238730.html).

Shuffle meme

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:19 pm
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This is silly and amused me.

Original rules
 (reorder, add one new item at the top and one at the bottom)
mutated rules (reorder, remove one item, and add three more, one at the top, one at the bottom, and one somewhere in the middle)

(most liked)
World of Warcraft
Maths

Nessie Ladle
Running away from zombies
Twitter

Undercooked Aubergine
Getting up early
(most disliked)


Meme!

Jan. 19th, 2015 12:51 am
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Stolen from [personal profile] liv, here.


I'm going to list three things in order of how much I like them. If you see this, and if you feel like playing, repost the list in your own journal. You can change the order if you disagree with my judgement of how likeable the things are. The rule is that you need to add one new thing that's better than anything in the parent list, and one new thing that's worse than anything on the parent list, and one new thing somewhere in the middle (doesn't have to be the exact centre). Include a link back to where you got the meme from. And then we can follow the list around various journals, seeing how it mutates. I am still friends with some of the people I met playing this a decade ago; let's see how it works now.




  1. wombats

  2. Nessie Ladle

  3. Tumblr

  4. Twitter

  5. gender essentialism

  6. depression


(Oops, forgot about the thing I was supposed to add in the middle.)
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Four year old-ish kid holding Mum's hand, visibly shy but wanting to ask me something. We're waiting for the pedestrian lights to cross so I said "hi". She's looking with big eyes at my large reclining power wheelchair, as most kids do.

Eventually she plucks up the courage to speak up, "Is that your iPhone?" pointing to the iPhone that sits on the mount so it's right near my hand and clearly visible, "It's RIGHT THERE for you!"

We had a lovely conversation about how I could watch movies on the bus and everything.

Kids are so awesome!


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Jan. 22nd, 2015 05:20 pm
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Random thought on the news: in NI there is a problem with people not having water, because the water-company employees are on a work-to-rule. It strikes me as very odd that the water-company is so short-staffed that it is reliant on the good-will (and overtime-working) of its employees to manage to provide even a basic service!