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In which I realise I'm not a survivalist - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 12th, 2011

09:36 am - In which I realise I'm not a survivalist

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This weekend I was Productive. This included:

Sorting out the firewood stack and cleaning around the area, giving away all the bits that are too big for us to burn; sorting the shed into Things To Keep (yay snowboard!), things to dump, and things to go to other Illuminati for storage. Turns out most of the stuff in the shed was Kiwiburn stuff being stored on behalf, and now it's someone else's turn. All my shearing gear is now in one toolbox (except the grinder plates which I'm hoping to leave with the grinder next time I grind).


Got rid of 5 Woolies bags of clothes, and sorted the family history stuff down to one box. Last time I did this I was still too close to Mum's death to be truly objective about it, this time it was much easier to part with things. I also did all my holiday washing and cleaned the house, and found some time for socialising. And the lovely bekitty brought a bunch of boxes for actual proper packing to start.

I don't think I've ever been this organised about moving house before. Speaking of which, does anyone want one of those large dalek-style compost bins? They are bloody good and come apart for transport and I'd love to keep it, but that would be silly given that I won't be needing one for at least 5 years. I guess if nobody wants it I could donate it to a community garden, but I'd prefer one of my friends got some use from it. Free to a good home.

Meanwhile, I need a new mattress and the Youth of Today needs a whole new bed. He's all "Don't spend lots of money on me" and meanwhile I'm all "Bloody hell you're turning into a giant do they make beds for giants?" I know they do, but do they also make SHEETS for giants? Because this is relevant to my interests. I'm also trying to convince him not to part with everything he owns in the move - he seems to be taking the idea of moving being an opportunity to lighten your load to the extreme.

I'm looking forward to what he comes up with in decorating his room. I've given him some parameters of what's acceptable (no "BLOODDEATHSKULLBLACKLIKEMYHEART" scrawlings on the walls, no tagging, no punching holes) and inside that he can do whatever he wants. It's the first time he's had a room of his own that hasn't been in a rented house.

Attention wildilocks! Apparently a post-it war is raging in France. Clearly Wildilocks is ahead of the times - this appeared on Friday in the window of Wildilocks@Cuba:



lalala

OK, the votes went to Anonymous as the topic for my next essay. Speaking of which, funny how all the so-called 'leaders' that haven't been (supposedly) arrested are considered to be males living in the US. This is in line with the work I started on Friday, going through the "Why we fight" forum on WhatIsThePlan, and coding people's reasons for becoming involved. In fact, it ties in with everything I've read on that forum - there's an assumption that everyone there is male.

There was also a thread on there saying something like "How can we get old people (over 40) to get involved?" 13 pages later it had been firmly established that quite a considerable amount of 'oldies' had already found their way there, and the assumption that everyone was under 40 was, frankly, bollocks. But the amount of 'my brothers' crap I'm having to read, the amount of assumption that I don't exist, does rankle with me and I'm having to restrain myself from making it an issue in a forum I'm mostly just observing. And since my essay will be ostensibly about identity politics, that could be an interesting angle to write about.

On the reasons themselves, I have 30-odd pages at 25 posts a page to code. So far the main themes that are emerging are as follows:

1. Tired of being a slave to a corrupt system.
2. Want to make a better world for our children.
3. Want to educate people about the truth.

Each of these have a variety of levels of depth, including the um.. more interesting reasons which fit the categories above, but go something like this before coding:

1. "Get a gun, move to the sticks, kill anyone who comes too close."
2. "The earth can talk to us and Gaia is screaming, man."
3. "THEY are out to GET US and I KNOW THIS because the ALIENS TOLD ME."

But mostly it just seems like normal everyday people who want to do something to change things. Is this useful? I don't know yet. Also, when I revealed my 41f-ness to some Wellington anons, they were not phased at all and had assumed that 'it takes all sorts' - so I wonder if this 'my brothers' thing and the young-centrism is just another online assumption. Hmm..


We got to the end of Game of Thrones. Moar plz. Also, in case those of you not in New Zealand are wondering, so far I have yet to find any indication that this show will be aired on TV here. Until it's aired on TV, it's unlikely it'll be available for us to buy on DVD/Blu-Ray, and Netflix is not available here.

Dear fucking stupid broadcasting/copyright protection people/MPAA/whoever the fuck else makes decisions about such things: How the fuck do you expect kiwis to obey your fucking backwards laws when your even more backwards business models make it impossible for us to access media legally and actually pay for it? This page has a list of countries where the show will be broadcast. It includes Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bangladesh - but not New Zealand. Meanwhile, Season 5 of Supernatural only just became available to buy here. And you wonder why people pirate? Fuck you.

Gosh, that was vitriolic. Check me out with my first world problems!

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From:russiandolls
Date:September 11th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Not free-to-air or anything, but: http://www.skytv.co.nz/media-releases-current.aspx
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From:tatjna
Date:September 11th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Two things I'm curious about with that:

1. Will having aired on Sky make it possible for kiwis who don't subscribe to purchase series on DVD/Blu-Ray?

2. Will this channel retain its integrity or go the same way the other Sky channels (which started off on the same premise) have?

Time will tell I guess.
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From:bekitty
Date:September 12th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
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Sky TV is owned by Murdoch. You be the judge.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 12th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
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I am ok for moving help because I've hired burly men for the job, but I think if you asked Polly the same question she wouldn't say no. And any boxes still intact afterwards shall have your name on them!

I bought a new bed in 2008, but at that point my mattress had a couple of good years left in it. Now those years are up. It's still a good mattress comfort-wise but the ticking has worn through.

Was contemplating one of those memory foam ones - I'm told they are amazing.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
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We have a memory-foam mattress topper you are welcome to borrow if you'd like to try one out before making the investment? It's only a couple of inches thick but makes a HYOOGE difference - and we'll be away til early December and thus have no need for it til then at the earliest.

I ADORE my memory-foam mattress-topper like whoa.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
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Oh and ALSO we have been looking after Jodi & Will's bed base, which I'm sure could also happily have a new temp home if the Youth of Today would be interested (it's a very very nice bed base.) It's a standard queen I think, we have been using Allyn & Bex's spare mattress but our own mattress topper... we fly out Wednesday so ideally if you are keen grabbing both of these Tues night would be really kewl... and would be great to not have to try and squish them into our already packed storage cubby-loft area in the back room at the shop (*googley-eyes* you WANT this bed base & mattress topper... yes, yes you do.)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 12th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
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I'm all good thanks - the offspring wants a single bed for room space, and since I'm in the middle of house moving I don't really need to be doing extra furniture shifting - I'll just do my research and have the new stuff delivered to the new house!

But thank you very much for the offer. ;-)
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
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I cannot imagine ever wanting a single bed! ... o_O

But no worries :) We got our mattress-topper from this place: Greenpark.co.nz (we have the 40mm UNCOVERED Intelligent Topper® and it seriously rocks, almost a little too much as I often really don't want to get out of bed now...)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 12th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
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I didn't realise you could buy toppers - that sounds like a good option to combing memory foam-y goodness with mattress protectiness.

*goes to investigate*
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 12th, 2011 07:02 am (UTC)
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hey. so am i. with trail0rz
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From:pombagira
Date:September 12th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
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me me please, i would love some help moving in stuff!! *smiles*
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From:pombagira
Date:September 13th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
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yay thank you.. its the weekend of the 8th of oct.. ??

*smiles*
Polly
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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If you followed my personal Twitter you would see I had tweeted about the Great French Post It War on 25 Aug, way ahead of the NZH, muahahaha! It took me a couple of weeks to gather the required ammunition to begin the first Wellington salvo ;)))
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From:tatjna
Date:September 12th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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Frankly I think the Wellington salvo wins purely because it's in Wellington.

I'm also going to show my offspring this as a potential Living Art type thingy for his room.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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Fantastic :))) It's quite easy and lots of fun!
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 12th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
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If you haven't already seen it, the nyan cat in minecraft is awesome.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 12th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
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Minecraft is a thing I have not dabbled with...
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From:tyellas
Date:September 12th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
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For extra long sheets, they don't seem to be widely available in NZ, but you can order them from here and the shipping's not an arm and a leg.

http://www.landsend.com/ix/index.html?store=le&action=newSearch&search=extra+long+sheets

Ebay could set you up, too.
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 12th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)

Re: Sheet for giants?

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hell yes re sheets. did me fine until buying a kingsize bed :-/

as far as beds go, "king single" might be worth a look.
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