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Coffee as a hair product and other fine tales - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 3rd, 2010

10:18 am - Coffee as a hair product and other fine tales

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I got home last night after planting plants on teike and happyinmotion's roof, to find the toaster sitting outside on the dog kennel and my computer in WTF mode.

Seems the toaster has something wrong with it - something that trips out the power to the whole house when you try to make toast. And of course, this included Aristotal. Weirdly, as part of the 'forced reboot', it had somehow set the defaults in BIOS not to recognise the keyboard. I couldn't see anything else that'd changed (although tbh I wouldn't really know), but yeah - 'recognise USB keyboard' was set to [disabed].

The bootup sequence was freezing on a screen that required me to pick a 'repair' or 'continue' option, and without the keyboard I couldn't tell it what to do. Consequently I was proud of myself for finding and fixing this issue and getting my machine (my machine! my shiny only-a-year-old machine! wah!) going again, all by myself. And all my geek friends are probably glad I did too.

No idea what's up with the toaster though. I guess we need a new one. Damn thing's less than a year old. Stupid planned obsolescence.


Yesterday I updated my CV and sent it to a few people to critique. It's been a while since I did a CV (five and a half years to be precise) and last time I wrote one, it was designed to say "Here is a list of my many and varied experiences in employment! I am not highly qualified but as you can see I can learn stuff! Please give me a go at this job even though I've never done it!"

Now, I want it to say "Hi, I'm a professional and I'm awesome. I can do a lot of things to a very high level and here's a list of some of the things I rock at, in your language so you will find a job to suit me because it's obvious you need me."

And I've no idea how to do this so I've sent it to some people in its raw state (complete with green bits copypasted from my job description) in the hopes that they will help me take it from country-girl-makes-good to super-professional-expert. No pressure, guys.

So I'm still on track for this week's list of goals. I haven't made a mix yet but I am thinking about it, I'm working on the CV and I've sorted one box of photos and organised some albums to put the family history in. This weekend is the last weekend I'll have free for a while because shearing starts in earnest next week, then it'll be solid for four weeks and if the weather behaves, hopefully there'll only be tailenders after that. *crosses everything*

Yes I have wondered what my clients will do if I move to Hong Kong. They will find another shearer is what they'll do. Or *shock horror* one of them could learn to do it themselves! Where there's a will there's a way right?



*cough*


This morning I fell over my own feet and came a cropper with a full cup of coffee in my hand. Now I have coffee in my hair. Mmmm...

And this: apparently the government is abolishing gift duty. While I can definitely see the point about making it easy for rich people to avoid tax, I figure that rich people are already pretty good at avoiding tax and for less-rich people, it will make it easier to pass on any wealth you might have to your loved ones. I find it hard to see this as a bad thing.

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From:tieke
Date:November 2nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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That sheep is reminding me of the time I clipped my own horse ...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 2nd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha, yes. One of those things you generally only try once - like cutting their forelock with scissors..
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From:pythia
Date:November 3rd, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
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*snort* I remember doing that...
Poor pony.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
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Why oh why does a blunt cut fringe look so good on people yet so bad on horses?
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:November 2nd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh my god that poor sheep.

Randomly, at my old flat if you put the toaster in any socket except the one in the kitchen it would blow the fuses when it popped. We accidentally shut the power off three times like that.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 2nd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
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When I was a kid my folks had two angora bunnies which used to get a bi-annual haircut with the scissors. They looked a bit like that when they were done. O.o

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From:opheliastorn
Date:November 2nd, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Oohhhh that poor sheep D: I hope there is some local talent your current clients can hire to replace you, because - poor, poor sheeps.

Good luck with the fancified CV!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 2nd, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
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The sheep don't seem to mind walking around like that, and whoever did that sheep up there seems to have taken great pains not to cut it, which is nice - but yeah. Best we don't show them a mirror, eh?
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From:opheliastorn
Date:November 2nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
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The lack of cuts is good, but ... oh, the altenrating dangly bits and nekkidness XD
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From:rivet
Date:November 2nd, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm embarassed on that sheep's behalf!

Also, I've cleared out a chunk of my afternoon to write some feedback for you.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 2nd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
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<3 you are Teh Orsome!
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From:Bill Parkin
Date:November 2nd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
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fuses - in the course of assisting a young friend into a new flat I coached the landlord into replacing a nail with fuse-wire in the appropriate holder.

sheep shedding - there has been research into a drug to constrict the fiber growth, producing a weak point that grows out. The effect looked very like the photo when poorly managed, better had a cover on the sheep to keep the wool together until it grew out enough.

gift duty - this abolishment seems so sensible, but why am I fussing about an elephant in the room that I'm just not noticing?
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From:helianthas
Date:November 3rd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
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Today, my English-as-a-Second-Language 3rd grader living in downtown San Francisco learned the following words in a reading passage:

Sheep
Shear
Shearing
Herd
Herder
Graze
Open Range
Cattle

Homework Q: "Why do you think the herder shears the sheep when the weather is warm?"

Felix: "Um, uh, um, I dunno...."

Dina: "Well, the herder is cutting off the sheep's wool. Wool is used to make sweaters."

Felix: "Oh. OK..."

Dina: "When it's really warm out do you like to wear sweaters?"

Felix: "No! Oh! Because the sheep feels warm!"

Fun. :)


OK, this now also reminds me of how, when I was in France as an exchange student as a 16-year-old, I could say "Look! There is a shepherd!" but I couldn't say "I have my period, I need a tampon." Who writes these ESL books, anyway?
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
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Joel's 'learn Spanish' tape taught him how to ask someone else to buy him a beer.

;-)
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From:caycos
Date:November 3rd, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
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Something I noticed about CVs when I was a manager hiring people - don't just list your jobs. I'm interested in (First) what skills you have and (second) what things you did in your recent work that enhanced those skills.

No idea how the HK market looks at CVs though!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 4th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
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it will make it easier to pass on any wealth you might have to your loved ones. I find it hard to see this as a bad thing

Given that everything under $27K was already tax free, I'm struggling to understand your definition of "less rich".

And there's an argument that the tax money might be used for something that contributes more strongly to the public good - say a hip operation - than the loved one of a rich person being able to enjoy some extra unearned wealth.

I mean really, if your approach to tax law is informed by the idea that rich people will just evade taxes anyway so there's no point taxing them, I'd question very strongly your oft-stated commitment to better healthcare, elder care, infrastructure etc etc.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 4th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
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Wow, for someone who seems to enjoy criticising my thinking so much, you sure can be obtuse. Obviously when I talk about the rich evading tax, I'm talking in context, ie evading gift tax - which, according to the article I linked (did you read it?) is something that's been happening. Please do try to keep up.

As far as less-rich goes - my family is very much working class, but my mother was good with money and had a small amount of savings and owned a house freehold. Assets totalling ~$200,000. Not rich by govt standards - she still qualified for subsidies for hospice care - but by our family standards that's a lot of money. She wanted to pass it on to us without us being penalised with tax, and as a family we jumped through a bunch of hoops to do that. Not the sort of hoops rich people use - it'd take a lot longer than 6 years to transfer the kind of wealth rich people have - but it would have been nice for her to be able to just say "Hey, I have two kids and this much in assets, it's theirs" and not have to worry about how to make sure we actually got what she was trying to give us. I'm sure there are other folks in such situations.

And finally, I don't understand why you're still bothering to try to hide your identity.
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