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Oct. 6th, 2011

09:27 am - A question for naturalists (not to be confused with naturists)

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What does snail wee look like? I think I might have been weed on by a snail. It was on one of my plants and I noticed it crawling up the dashboard of my car on the way in this morning. I didn't want to leave it there because it could end up anywhere and despite my reputation of being hardcore, the idea of this poor snail starving to death in my car or being fried in the heating system made me go *gnng* so I took it out and let it go. And as I was carrying it out of the concrete jungle to somewhere where there is actually greenery, it started to exude bubbly stuff and then a bunch of drips fell out of the side of its shell and all over my hand.

Now I'm curious. Naturally.


On Tuesday I contacted my solicitor about this business with bodycorp guy, asking how long it's likely to take for this notification to go through and outlining my questions and why I needed them resolved quickly. I figured going through solicitors might expediate the process, and it did. The got onto bodycorp guy who phoned me yesterday as I was sitting in the Auckland airport waiting for a plane.

He then proceeded to be extremely helpful, to the point of going to my new apartment and putting the new cards under the door for me, explaining a whole bunch of stuff I needed to know and sending several emails' worth of information. Yes caycos, I managed to act like nothing had gone before, although it turned out he had investigated the answers to those questions in the meantime and answered those as well.

So there you go. As it turns out, the rules about bikes etc in the public areas aren't particularly strongly policed and as long as my plants make things look nicer not worse and don't get in anyone's way, I'm good. Someone will come to check next week. Turns out said someone also has a heatpump so I can pick their brains about what sort of installations work. Nice.

Yesterday's trip to Auckland meant I didn't get to my carload of stuff until 6:30pm. It normally takes about an hour to unload the car and take everything up, empty the bags and get on my way, but I'm getting faster at it - last night it only took 40 minutes. Nearly all my plants are shifted, tonight's load is shed stuff (including several bags of polystyrene balls from Weird Science that I need to make art out of), sports gear and, apparently, snails. Tomorrow will be kitchen stuff, then Saturday will be burly men lifting heavy things and then I'm done.

I'm kind of exhausted with doing this every day after work but I'm getting a lovely feel for my new house and despite the icky weather the last few days, it was warm in there last night. And the lovely pombagira took pity on me when I arrived home at 7:45pm and still had to load up my car, and cooked tasty tasty chicken for dinner. And the Youth of Today did the dishes and packed some of his stuff up too, and so far things are going relatively smoothly.

I will also have all day Sunday to get sorted, and Monday off work to finalise the old house and recover.


One thing - the apartment intercom only works if you have a landline phone, which I hadn't bothered with. Now wondering if it'd be worth it to change from naked (which requires a different modem) or whether I ought to wait and see how much of an issue it is in this world of cellphones. Hmm..

Apparently the marches in which the unions join forces with #occupywallstreet are about to start happening. I'll be watching..

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From:downwardlashes
Date:October 5th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
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It's a reaction to an injury, like a crack in the shell. I have discovered this because my daughter is merciless with snails. None of the books we got from the library about snails explained it though.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Oooooohhh... I hope I didn't hurt it! It didn't seem to have a cracked shell.. yikes.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:October 5th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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They can heal though, if the crack is little. At least I seem to recall reading that. The kids went through a snail phase this summer.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I found this which makes me feel a bit better - apparently they bubble when they're stressed, especially if they're being handled because they think they're about to be eaten.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:October 6th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
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Interesting!
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:October 5th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I've run across people like this before... if you're 'out' then they will be cold and unhelpful as a wall, if you are 'in' they are the sweetest people ever. (Shrug) Just one of those things.

Tomorrow is the Occupy Portland protest downtown. I don't think I can make it, but I have some friends (lovely middle-class housewife types) who are going. That makes me very happy!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
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That is awesome.

Aunty Maizy's Auxiliary and Protest Movement is starting to take shape as well. ;-)
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:October 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I really like the declaration they collectively put together. It's long, but it effectively lists a number of grievances and puts them all under the header of runaway corporate power. I hope it will be able to bring together people of disparate concerns and backgrounds (environmentalists, pro-unionists, food system critics, and individuals concerned about the death of the middle-class dream) together.

http://nycga.cc/2011/09/30/declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-city/
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
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People are criticising that too, and I'm coming to the conclusion that some people will criticise pretty much anything.

I would have done it slightly differently, but I think they've done a pretty good job of bringing a bunch of disparate threads of "This is wrong" together into something reasonably cohesive.
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From:polychrome_baby
Date:October 6th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
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Most of the criticism I've heard has been about it not being eloquent enough and all I can say is that unless you've done or been a part of the Human Mic, you probably don't see that that is in fact some eloquent writing.

One of the things that people are missing is how fucking difficult it is to actually be fucking eloquent over the HM. Especially when working by freaking consensus.
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From:clashfan
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm going. Not sure how long I'll stay, and I'm not camping, but I'll be there.
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:October 5th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I'm eyeballing my schedule and thinking hard about at least joining the waterfront at lunch (this would have been much easier when I worked downtown). I expect only the hardcore will camp.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
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YAAAAAY! And yay new neighbours next month!

Also, I've met some of the other people as I've carried stuff in and they seem quite friendly. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
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#occupywellington is having a general assembly this weekend..

copy pasted from their fb..



Why Occupy Wellington?

Because of pike river mine, because of legislation falsely passed under urgency without public due diligence, because of the way our elderly are treated, the way our physically disabled are treated, the way our mentally disabled are treated, the way victims of sexual assault are treated, because of our child poverty, because of the incredible and ever increasing divide be...See more
Mission

WELLINGTON INFORMATION:


Preliminary meeting to plan occupation: Saturday 8th October, 2pm, St. Johns Convention Center on Dixon street. This will be used as an open democratic forum to plan the Occupation on the 15th; where it'll be, what we'll do, and how we'll do it. All welcome.

The Occupation itself; Saturday 15th October, location and exact time still to be finalized. Stand in solidarity with thousands of others across the world on Global Unite for Change Day: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177904738955637

Twitter hash tag is #occupywellington

*coughimightberesponsibleforthehashtagcough*

do be do
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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The only thing I'll be occupying on Saturday is my new house. However, I'll be following the planning with interest. Please encourage the Facebook event/group to crosspost to Twitter for those of us who don't use FB.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
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on it.. a lady named sophie said she is setting up a twitter account for it.. so will keep you posted..

*beams*

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From:rynhaiiro
Date:October 12th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)

Things other than facebook

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There's a discussion group/emaily list thing on http://www.coactivate.org/, you need an account to access the occupy wellington group. There is also an email list... lots of email from it currently email strypey@disintermedia.nezt .nto be added.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 13th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)

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Huh. The coactivate group tells me I don't have sufficient permissions to see the group. No info on how to get sufficient permissions, no 'join' button. That's a bit pants because I probably have something to contribute there.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 13th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)

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Aaaand, the email you give up there failed permanently when I tried it. Is it correct?
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From:rynhaiiro
Date:October 13th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)

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Aha! Got an email:
"Kia ora koutou

I have changed the settings on our CoActivate project so that anyone
who is interested can see it, and join, without having to be invited:
http://coactivate.org/projects/occupywellington/summary

I'd also like to change the email list settings so that anyone can
subscribe using the page, instead of waiting for one of the moderators
to add them. This would also allow people to follow our discussion
through the archives without having to be subscribed.

I'm aware some people may have concerns about security. Here are my
thoughts. Because we are open to the 99%, we don't all know each
other, and anyone we might want to hide our discussion from (police,
media etc) can easily send people to our meetings, and get them to
join the CoA project, and this email list. There is no way to stop
this. The only thing that closed communications achieves is to
alienate people, and create a sense of an organising elite who hold
themselves separate from the wider group, which I don't believe is
what we are, or want to be percieved as.

Does anyone object to my opening up the list archives for public access?

Kia kaha
Strypey"
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From:tatjna
Date:October 13th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)

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At the moment, the site admin is telling me that the group has its archives on coactivate set as the home page, and also have the archives set as viewable to members only.

The result of this is that when you try to join, you click the button and it tries to direct you to the home page but because you're not a member yet you get rejected with a 'you don't have permission' message.

He needs to either set a placeholder homepage and move the archives away from there, or change the permissions on the archives so that non-members can see them - otherwise nobody will be able to join.
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From:caycos
Date:October 5th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Yay for useful outcomes :)
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From:friggasmuse
Date:October 5th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Pictures of your new pad, pls!
I used to keep my mountain bike in my old apartment stairwell (locked) but stopped after it was stolen. ;)

I'm pretty envious that you get to take day trips to Auckland, sigh.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
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There will be pics once I'm in and not just running up and down the stairs with bags of stuff and the bags of stuff are in cupboards instead of all over the floor. ;-)

Auckland would be more fun if I didn't spend the entire day each time in a grey conference room talking about roof truss detailing.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 6th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
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I think you should stay "naked". Just saying.

Actually, I really miss an intercom in my current place. E.g. If you ever get deliveries (mail or food). Or you are expecting someone and their cell phone doesn't work, or you are not near it.

But it's more a convenience thing... since I'm getting on well enough. But my building also has a doorman to let people in ;-)

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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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I was thinking I'd use the time between now and when you come back as a test period to see what it's like, and if it turns out frustratingly inconvenient we can talk about changing it when you're here, since we'll probably have to change things to increase our internet cap anyway. ;-)
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From:bekitty
Date:October 6th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
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Just a note about the intercom -- it's the main way that people at street level let you know they're there, so you can let them in. Kind of like a doorbell. So it might pay to have a landline after all.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 6th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
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Yes, that's how it normally works. However, almost all of my friends have cellphones as well, so there are other ways of handling it. Landlines cost extra per month so I need to see if it's worth the extra money to reduce the inconvenience depending on how many visitors I get and whether it makes a difference to them. The only way to find this out is to try it without one and see how well it works.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
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I'd back that resolution. I think it's dumb too.
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