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In which we take Buddha for a drive - Tactical Ninja

May. 21st, 2012

10:39 am - In which we take Buddha for a drive

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You folks who are looking for something interesting to read, you should go have a look at Supernova Condensate. He's an astronomer who writes about mostly astronomy in a really accessible and interesting way. Today's post is a graphic he made of all the spacecraft created by humanity to date, complete with handy colour-coding to show which ones are still active. From this, I have deduced that I want a Skylon (when they've finished developing it) because they are the coolest shape.

*cough*

Why yes the colour was a factor when I bought my car. What of it?


Literally, in fact. Y'see, Mum Wheel has the Biggest.Buddha.EverTM. OK maybe not quite as big as this one:



But big enough to weigh about the same as me. And this buddha, along with everything else she has, is moving house. We are getting more Wheels on this side of the hill and on Saturday, Dr Wheel and I helped her to do the big stuff, which included the buddha, a large potted bay tree, the creepiest anatomy doll known to man, and, um.. these:



And also a bunch of actual household normal stuff. Colour me impressed that this tiny woman was quite willing to take on driving a 3-tonne truck full of furniture over the Rimutakas:


Pic of the Tuks for those not familiar.


This shows the Wellington side - the Wairarapa side is steeper and more twisty. It's a climb of approximately 450m and back down again in 14km, and not for the faint-hearted. Also, the weather was wet and windy on Saturday. Not nice at all. I know plenty of other people who would baulk at the idea but not Mum Wheel. We followed with Buddha and the bay tree and some bikes (for alliteration) on a trailer, and by the time we'd unloaded on the Petone side it was dark. But Pak n Save was right there and we had the car, so $300 later we shouldn't have to buy meat again for about 6 months and we have QUINOA! and AMARANTH! and BUCKWHEAT! And also the bulk version of just about everything.

Yes, I am getting excited about grain. Sue me.

Yesterday I put labels on our jars, because it used to be that there were two - one had pasta and the other had rice. Now, there are quite a lot, and they contain various things of different sizes, shapes and colours that I can remember right now but will probably forget in a few days, so labels are more necessary.

Y'know, ideally I'd like to have one of those open shelf storage thingies for this stuff - the jars are so pretty with their various grains of different colours - but alas we have a cupboard and so they are hidden away. Next time you visit you should check out our cupboard. *nod* Yes I know everyone else has these things and probably always has, but for me it's New and Exciting and I expect everyone else to be excited along with me!

I also went through my drawers and finally chucked all the holey socks and undies with broken elastic, and hard-heartedly filled a bag with things I don't wear often enough to justify their cupboard space. Did you know the only pair of jeans I own is the really really ugly ones I wear for shearing in? I used to live in jeans. Hmmm..


I am quite enjoying this business of not having to write essays. I could get used to it. Weekends feel more like weekends when I get to spend at least part of them crawling around the floor sticking pins in myself.

And this morning it was 3 degrees. WTF Wellington? I know it's a stunning day today but 3 degrees? In May? NOOOOOoooooooo....

Oh yeah, the Youth of Today has email. Apparently he was taken to Dargaville despite his objections and is now staying with his ex-stepmother and his sister, and is concerned that he'll miss the plane home on Wednesday. He has a night class on Wednesday that he doesn't want to miss, and I would not like to be the person that caused this to happen. I really hope it works out for him.

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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
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True, but it'd make it faster to send people to London as well. And possibly too expensive for them to get back.

Also, COOL SHAPE. (it's important)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
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There is probably a gigantic and somewhat wanky philosophical discussion about form and function in here, that my architects' working group would enjoy a great deal.

And because they would enjoy it so much, I'm just going to pretend we didn't even start, mmk?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
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Gosh really? Who would have thought that the most important thing for a spaceship was its engineering not its aesthetics? Thank you so much for ensuring that point is made clear.

Kind of makes me feel like appreciating the form is for uneducated heathens or something.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
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And in a slightly less knee-jerk response:

Yes, form follows function. Basic tenet of, well.. pretty much everything, even wanking architects. Or was it something else you were trying to say?
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 20th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Back in the dim dark ages of the 1990s, some Bostonian colleagues of mine got in one those (american compact sized) cars we call normal, and attempted to drive to the Wairarapa. They gave up as it was too scary - we figured they were within a couple of k of the summit when they abandoned the attempt. Cue much chortling from the locals...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
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My first trip over the Tuks was from the Wairarapa side, in the dark, in an old Mk 1 Cortina. I had no idea what was happening, but having grown up driving on the metal roads of Northland I found it bizarre that such a road was tar sealed.
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From:pombagira
Date:May 21st, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
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thehehe.. Hulk Hands..tehehe.. did they make noises when you boxed with them?? *ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
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They did. A kind of El Cheapo Tiny Speaker version of earthquake noises. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:May 21st, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
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wheee... tehehehe
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 21st, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
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Ahhhh that road, we did it in a moving truck with three of us in the front seat on the way over (were helping a friend move).

It's a little....adventurous
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 21st, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
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My introduction to NZ roads was a trip over the Akatarawa Rd, with someone else driving - I nearly puked in the back seat...

Now, driving it is a light relief, particularly at night when one can see the headlights of approaching vehicles long before one is liable to collide with them. At one stage I was doing evening maintenance on a project in Palmy, and would come over the Akkas as a relief from the tedium of SH1 - at 2am it was way faster than going around SH58 to Totara Park, and way more fun!
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From:helianthas
Date:May 21st, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
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Pics of the labeled jars, please!
And, what do you make with amaranth??
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Not the best pic in the world but here you go:



Also, not sure yet. I'll probably start with using it similarly to how I'd use couscous and get more adventurous as I learn more about it. If you have a recommended recipe for me to try, that's be awesome! ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:May 21st, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
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pro tip for the quinoa: when it's done cooking, fluff it with a fork like your life depended on it. It lets the steam out so that you have grains of quinoa rather than a mushy glop of quinoa.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
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That's good to know, thanks. The cooking guide I read said to add a little olive oil to stop it sticking together, too.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:May 21st, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
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HULK HAAAANDS!
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