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In which I am a creepy stalker and ramble about books some - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 29th, 2011

10:02 am - In which I am a creepy stalker and ramble about books some

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Dear world, I do not have high blood pressure. I also do not have a problem with too much blood. So please explain to me why I'm having this sudden rash of blood letting? Also, my kiwifruit-peeling-with-a-knife skills? Not so great ackshully. Practice, right? Hopefully I won't bleed to death in that time.

In other news, there is no absorbed twin attached to my cochlea. As expected, the answer to why I'm deaf in my left ear is "Fucked if we know". So I guess I just deal, and buy a hearing aid when it becomes bad enough to negatively impact my life.




This was taken on 25 November last year. I like it partly because it's Dr Wheel and partly because he has this pensive look on his face that's just appealing. Yes it's a screenshot. I've been taking one every time we talk on Skype since he went to Hong Kong. Yes I know that sounds weird and stalkerish but don't you be judgin' unless your partner's thousands of miles away for an extended period of time. You do whatever makes you feel closer and for me, this helps. What it does mean though is that I've quite a number of these somewhat candid shots now - around 60 or so of them. And since he's about to be back in the flesh I won't be doing this any more, but I've got this portrait pictorial that spans a year and I'd quite like to do something with it. No idea what though. A time-lapse gif would be ok but because the shots are candid the positioning would make it kind of jumpy I think, and I know nothing about such things. So any suggestions for arty ways to collate my 60 Weeks Of Joel's Head would be awesome.

Also, friggasmuse gave me questions!

1. What attracted you to Dr. Wheel? See above photo! ;-) Actually, we were friends for a really long time before we got together so, in chronological order, here's what attracted me to him: his sense of humour then his delicious tasty brain then the way we clicked then his fun loving nature then his cuteness then his sense of adventure then his hot body then his courageous communication style then *censored*. Now, it's the whole package - what's not to love?

2. What work of literature has impacted your life the most? The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. I read these when I ran out of horse books in the school library and for me, an expat English girl in New Zealand, they assuaged my sense of a lack of culture by providing me with a mythology to explore that actually related to my own history and ancestry. They introduced me to the concept of magic as a force of nature and of the way good and evil are simply constructs applied by people, and this has shaped my spirituality (although these days it looks nothing like what's in the books, the basic foundations are still there). Anyone ever wondered why I have a solar cross branded on the underneath of my right forearm as a representation of the element of fire? Read The Dark Is Rising.

3. What were your first political afiliations? Probably the same as my parents. I have always voted because I believe that to not vote is to allow others to choose for you and I've never been big on letting other folks decide how things will be for me. My first vote was for the McGillicuddy Serious Party (a no-confidence vote in the middle of the most disempowering political period of my life), and the next was for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party for the same reason. Even though I survived the Great Neoliberal Leap Backwards in the 90s, even then I realised my choices were to hold hands with my fellow people or to step on them, and I chose sharing because we're all in this together. I've voted Green ever since.

4. When you want to wind down and chill out, what do you do? Determinedly go about winding down and chilling out in a productive and efficient manner! SRSLY. Actually I'm getting better at this - lately I've managed to couch out with media without feeling I should also be spinning/knitting/sewing at the same time. But really, I like pottering about doing little things. Gardening, making things. Also, Plants vs Zombies for mindlessness. But my favourite form of chilling involves Dr Wheel, morning, coffee, a bed, and *censored*

5. Do you ever wish you lived any where else? Hell yes. Here:



Actually, pretty much anywhere that's isolated and has a combination of open grassland and trees, and is not flat. My Dad had a saying "Flat country breeds flat personalities." I'm attracted to the wild places and eventually I will move back to the wops and live out my days pottering. In terms of countries, I'd like to live in Finland, England (shut up Happy) and somewhere on the Mediterranean for a while, but NZ is my home. I also enjoyed the attitude of the South Africans I met over there.

If you want five questions, please ask.


Since I'm getting more work done and there will probably be pictures, I figured I should fill the new folks on my flist in on the scarification thing. Here are some photos of the process (warning, blood). Here's one from a week later, and here's one from the dermal punching session. So far it's been two hours of tattooing, a 6 hour session of cutting, an hour or so of dermal punching and 2 sessions of laser treatment to remove the leftover tattoo lines. This weekend I go in for the final touch-ups to the parts that have not scarred as fully as they could have (mostly right between my shoulder blades). It's been nearly a year since we started and several years since the idea first germinated*. I am looking forward to it being finished and will celebrate by making the dress that I've also been cogitating about, that I can wear to show it.

* One of the fun things that happened when I was preparing to have this done was that some wanker (on LJ) accused me of cultural appropriation. I found that.. ignorant to be honest. Anyone who thinks that scarification is a purely African practice and that if I do it I am appropriating because I'm white, needs to go read some fucking history. Just saying.

Last night I added to my garden again - this time some silverbeet and more basil (you can never have too much basil), and a purely decorative pot of hot pink impatiens with a large purple coleus in the centre. In DIY news, I added a caddy to the corner of my bath/shower so the soap doesn't do that gunky thing on the edge of the bath. It's amazing how much more homey the shower looks with one of those. And now I'm considering attempting to grow bamboo indoors. Anyone know anything about this?

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From:vernacularity
Date:November 28th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
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you've got lots of wall space, 60 pix is only a 10 by 6 grid, print them all on 8x10 or A4.


... then start pasting them up all around wgtn!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 28th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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"HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?"
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From:tatjna
Date:November 28th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I want to go live in England for a while because it's got stone bridges.

You know me better than that.
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From:pombagira
Date:November 28th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
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me questions pls.. *smiles*

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From:tatjna
Date:November 28th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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1. Who was your first crush?
2. What would you do with a million dollars?
3. Where were you living and what were you doing when you were 25?
4. Are there any famous people who have influenced your life?
5. What was the first thing you sewed for yourself (outside of school sewing classes)?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:November 29th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
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If anyone else was collecting pictures of my head I'd be disconcerted, but when you do it it's cute. ;-)

I also have an idea for it, but I'll chat to you about that later...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 29th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
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Have I embarrassingly and publicly told you that I love you lately?
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:November 29th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
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I can has questions? I'm plague-riddled and bored, and I think NyQuil may yield some interesting answers! lol
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From:tatjna
Date:November 29th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
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1. How did you get into car racing and what style was your first love?
2. Your SO is another absent one, and from what I gather for you it's been longer apart than together. How did you meet and what keeps you together?
3. I keep getting the feeling you have a kiwi connection. Why do I think that?
4. Who would you invite to dinner if you could only have one guest?
5. You're going to write the great modern American novel. What would it be about?
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From:empresskylon
Date:November 29th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
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oooo questions sound like fun - can I have some pretty please? with cheese on top
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From:tatjna
Date:November 29th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
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1. Cheese! If you were actually going to put cheese on top of something for me, what cheese would it be and why?
2. From the way you describe your family, they sound quite conservative, yet you aren't. How do you think that came about?
3. The apocalypse is coming, you can pick three LJ friends to start a brave new world with. Who are they and why?
4. Describe your perfect house, including its location.
5. What skill do you not have but intend to learn?
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From:helianthas
Date:November 29th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
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1. Someone taught me to peel kiwifruit with a spoon, where you cut off the ends, then stick a spoon in then twist 'round and the skin just magically peels off in an oval. I have never gone back! Do you know this method?

2. I now say kiwifruit and not kiwis. Thank you!

2b. Kiwifruit is deliciousness with pomegranate seeds. If only there were easy-peel pomegranates...

3. Questions please. :-)

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From:tatjna
Date:November 29th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
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I am totally trying this method! Thank you! ;-)

1. You seem to travel a lot. Where was the first place you went outside the US and what was it like?
2. Name an author that you'd like to invite for dinner.
3. I know there are a lot of things you'd like to change about yourself, but what's one thing you'd keep?
4. When you are attracted to someone, what is the first thing that makes you go "Phwoar"?
5. History time: who was your favourite teacher when you were 13 and what subject did they teach?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 29th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
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Questions please!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 29th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
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1. You take fantastic pictures of fantastic ladies in costume, but I've never picked up whether it's also you that makes the costumes. Are they also your creations?
2. How are you enjoying life sans troublesome flatmate?
3. What do you consider to be a defining moment of your life?
4. If you had unlimited funds to be a lady of leisure, would you be? How would you spend your time?
5. Is there anything that you are unreasonably stubborn about? What does it take to rile you up?

(yes I know that last one is actually two questions)
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