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Hangin out with mah frendz - Tactical Ninja

May. 6th, 2011

09:48 am - Hangin out with mah frendz

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Allie Brosh is writing a book!. What I learned from this blog post: dreadbeard must have been growing his beard for a really really long time. Enquiring minds would like to know if he's ever actually shaved. He's quite the enigma of a man - we have no idea how old he is and I only found out his name through analytical deduction random chance after knowing him for four years.

China Mieville on the true nature of sheep. I am wondering if he found out about the elite sheep psyops squad through Wikileaks.

Last night I went and hung out with tieke and happyinmotion at the Awesome House Of Awesomeness (ahoa for short). Literally.


Because hanging out at this house, while occasionally involving bean bags, can also involve cables, pulleys, carabiners and unitards. For those who don't know, this house has been in the making for several years, starting with a bush gully and a bunch of naivety. Thanks to a variety of building professionals, plenty of bloodsweatntears, an undisclosed amount of money, some massive community effort and even more effort by tieke and happyinmotion themselves, it's almost finished. If you said that to them they'd probably yell at you but to my mind, remembering chainsawing logs in the muddy gully in 2007, they are now living in it and that counts as nearly finished.

Anyway, the house was built to include a two-storey aerials space. The rig went in recently, a cunning setup that includes a ladder for counterweighting but can also accommodate trapeze, tissu or sling. And probably a number of other things I haven't heard of. We were just mucking about on a low sling the other day and I had fun so they said "Come round one night and we'll have a proper play."

The first thing I discovered is that this isn't like climbing or routesetting. In this carry-on, you actually turn completely upside down in your harness. Consequently to avoid chafing, a unitard is actually the most practical option. I don't have one, so this one was loaned for the occasion. As you can see it goes brilliantly with my hair *cough* - I have taken this one home to take a pattern off because this does seem like a brilliant item of clothing but I'd like one in not-orange. With Happy on the other end of the wire, I got to go up and down quite a lot. He has about 25kg on me so by jumping off the ladder he could make me go up really fast!



Please note the delicately and gracefully pointed toes. Not. In my defence, my feet automatically go into climbing mode when I point them, which scrunches the first three toes into a sort of hook. And because I'm out of practice, my feet cramped like that every time I pointed them. But really I was mostly just thinking about other things, like "WHEEEEEE!"

We could also reach each other!




However, hanging upside down isn't actually that good for you (in fact you can die) and being in a sit harness, putting pressure across your kidneys and spine where the main blood vessels to your legs are, exacerbates this. About a minute was enough for me before having to do other things at a more normal angle.

Then I had a go at counterweighting tieke. She's about 9kg lighter than me so it was more even. I could still make her go up fast but it required arm-assisted falling on my part. Without this it was a very sedate ascent for her. This is her going "Faster faster!"


credit for photos goes to tieke for the ones with Happy in and to Happy for the ones with tieke in


tieke also tried counterweighting me, but it was effort for her having to toe-hook the rungs of the ladder to pull me up. She'd have to wear a diver's belt or some such to make it a comfortable exercise. Likewise neither of us can effectively counterweight Happy. But as he points out, there are plenty of other fun things that he can do on this rig so he's not really missing out.

I want to do more of this. It's fun!


I should be getting my 23andMe results fairly soon. I'm a little trepidatious but also quite curious to see what stuff my cells are made of. And disappointed that the ancestral location thing only works on the maternal line for women. ;-/

Finally, it's Friday and I've been without Dr Wheel for four days. I have lovely fluffy cushions on my bed but they pale by comparison. I have my own little Joel appreciation society going on here and I just keep adding things to the list: Warmer and fuzzier and better to cuddle than a giant fur cushion! is today's.

<3

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From:bekitty
Date:May 5th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I met dreadbeard before he started growing the beard. In fact, I attended his 21st. :D

(Brief mental calculation: I think I met him in 1995 or thereabouts. That's sixteen years ago now. Jeebus.)
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From:cjy420
Date:May 5th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)

hanging

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you guys are very interesting people. i think your house is going to come out lovely. i love that motif, rustic kind of. off to check on more of your entries. thanks for sharing. chris aka cjy420
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)

Re: hanging

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Thank you for dropping in and saying hi! ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:May 5th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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We could talk Will into counterweighting Jez.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I approve of this plan.
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From:rivet
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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The big question is whether Jez would approve...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
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I think he would once he finds out how fast someone who outweighs you by 20kg can make you ascend.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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uh...

*sidles away quickly*
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From:dreadbeard
Date:May 5th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
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The last time I was clean shaven was my 19th birthday.

Then I grew a goatee, which I used to trim at a socially normative length. At some point in mid 1998 I stopped trimming it. Unexpectedly, it kept growing for many years. I don't think it has grown for years though. Sort of like the hair, which I haven't cut since '94, just found its length one day.

Having a zero g room would be fun.
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From:tieke
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
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I would dearly love to install one of these in our lounge:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_wind_tunnel
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From:tatjna
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Doooo eeeet!

(or get someone else to)
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From:thatgirljj
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Want, want, want, want, want!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to step in before they do and recommend you buy one already built instead of building it yourself. ;-)

But yes, its all about the want! I have a low-ceilinged normal house, boo!
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From:thatgirljj
Date:May 7th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Apparently two of the teachers at our circus school have a 2 story rig like that in their house. My friend Erin and I were discussing what it would take to retrofit a house with an open second story portion (both her uncle and my mom have homes that qualify)... I can't really imagine what the contractor would say when you rang them up and asked about adding reinforced beams, but hey.

Yeah... building my own house has not ever been on my list of things to do. It's fun to help out others, but no one I know who's done it had an easy time.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I dunno - I think the unitard looks quite nice. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 5th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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I plan on making several of them because I can see their value in other contexts too. Would you like one? ;-)
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From:wildilocks
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
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I have no desire to play, as I'm not much good upside down and fearfully unfit and I'm sure look terrifying in a unitard. But you look great, even if pink might suit you more ;)

I also note the floor looks great, but clearly there is some painting to be done. I hope there is still some painting & other stuff to be done after we get back to Welly as I would love to help out more than I have so far... which has been some, but not nearly enough!
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From:wildilocks
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Also, I forgot to squee, ALLIE BROSH IS WRITING A BOOK? With 50% NEW MATERIAL?

I may has to purchase this. Her way of comparing the wait makes it seem hilariously SO LONG though, I assume that was the point ;)
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From:optigon
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks for bringing up 23andMe, I had not heard of it previously. I didn't get in on the "free" event on 4/11, but the cost is worthwhile.

Once I get some extra cash, I'm purchasing it. :)

A good friend of mine, who is African-American and has wanted to do this sort of thing for a while (Particularly in light of Henry Louis Gates' African-American Lives) had no idea it could be a reasonable price.

I'm a little unnerved at the disease stuff, but simultaneously excited to see if the "Native American Great-Great Grandfather" was really Native American.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure how detailed the ancestry information is. People I know who've done it (I don't have mine yet) have information that places their maternal and paternal lines to large areas such as Northern Europe or Mongolia rather than specific ethnicities. Women can only trace the maternal line due to the lack of a Y chromosome, and all women's paternal line ends up going to one man in Africa a lot of years ago. But like you, I'm interested in gleaning what I can from it. ;-)
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From:optigon
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
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I think it depends on how recent the data is. For instance, with me, any variation for me will be a serious surprise. My mother's side is French. My father's side is Welsh. We come from an area of Kentucky with towns named Glasgow, London, Bowling Green, Edmonton, Lancaster, etc. If there's much else beyond British and French DNA, I will be surprised. Although, to be fair, we've been settled in the area for 150-200 years, so who knows who has passed through!

Though, for my African American friend, slavery has robbed him of any data he may have. He has some small tales about his family in the past 2-3 generations, but that's the end of it. Having even information that suggests specific areas of Africa would be something new.

I looked at this and it was a pleasant insight into what can be gleaned from it.

I've also seen suggestions to pair your DNA information with GEDMatch which seems to lean a little more on the ancestry side.

The thing I have going for me is a pretty extensive genealogy, so this can fill it out a little more. My friend I'm excited for because he has little data beyond having relatives in Kentucky and Mississippi.

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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that prospect must be quite thrilling!
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