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Unfocused free-brain rambling - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 15th, 2012

09:30 am - Unfocused free-brain rambling

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Sent to me by a lovely friend, this here link is really interesting. Artist takes a different drug every day for 45 days and makes a self-portrait while under the influence. Contrary to likely assumption, most of the drugs he uses are not illegal drugs, they are prescription drugs. There are some illegal ones there (I particularly like the psilocybin portrait), but it's mostly stuff I hear people talking about on my flist, like Ambien and Zoloft.

These aren't things I've heard of outside LJ - I think that's a combination of NZ not having the same Medication Culture that exists in the US, and also we probably have different brand names. Plug for the anti-TPP brigade (among whom I'm included): if the US gets its way in TPP negotiations both of these things will change as US pharmaceutical companies with have open slather on the NZ market. Right now we have a regulatory body that decides subsidies and approves medications, which keeps the cost to us down and limits the hard-sell marketing. I like it that way, just saying.

But yeah, check out that guy's pictures. It's eye-opening. Although taking a different psychoactive substance every day for 45 days isn't something I'd recommend if you want to keep your brain chemistry from turning into turnip soup, eh?


Last night I did my first proper hip roll-up. On of those looks like this - the bit where your feet come off the floor and your spine goes from curved to straight. Getting your legs up to handstand from there is easy, but that bit - it makes me grunt. It takes a lot to make me grunt, but I did it! Let me just repeat that. First.Time.Ever.

OK it was in cathedral and not standing on my hands but that's more or less just standing on someone else's hands and realistically, his arms are longer than mine so it was harder than it would be doing it myself. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now I just have to work out my balance for the rest, and train my muscles so I can do it without grunting. It helps that now I actually know what it feels like to do it, right? And that was after training with DoomBoy too.

Tonight I have handbalance class (last night was partner acro, hence the cathedral), in which I expect to do it again. And again. And again. Cos Zac is like that. And tomorrow I will likely have to roll out of bed and crawl slowly across the floor because nothing between my neck and knees will be working properly. But this is four weeks in and I've got that far and I'm over here going SQUEESQUEESQUEE!

In OMG We Are Such Consumers news, we are looking at buying a giant TV. Our current one, which I inherited from Mum, is losing it's mojo in the speaker department, and nowadays for the price Mum paid for that one, you can get a 46" LED one, which we can then hang on a wall and free up a bunch of space in the lounge.

"Why do you need a TV, Tats?" I hear you ask. "You're forever moaning about the crappiness/propaganda of broadcast television and you hate ads and just.. why?"

Three reasons: X-Box (even though I don't play console very often, 2/3 of my household does). Media (just cos we don't watch broadcast TV doesn't mean we don't watch media *cough*). Dr Wheel loves him some gadgetry of the "OMG you can see every blade of grass" variety, and I'm happy to indulge that.

It's part of the plan for converting the lounge from Old Ladies R Us into something that suits our personalities. This also involves more couches and less rocking chairs, and a more inclusive sitting environment. Eventually it'll include things to climb on too. Step one of this is getting the media screen on the wall and the media gadgetry cabinet out of the way. So yeah. Giant TV, incoming! This is quite exciting - I'm also excited about the double glazing we're getting installed in the bedroom, but I understand you probably aren't.

So yay, house-improvement budget is worthwhile having!


Yesterday I finished my essay. It came in at 2168 words which is good enough for me. This means I have a couple of weeks of brain freedom before I have to get on with the next one. As a constructivist I think I want to write about how labelling theory is still relevant in the 21st Century - I just have to think of a reasonably recent event I can analyse for this. But first, 2 weeks off.

In celebration, I bought *cough* Mass Effect 2 and Skyrim. Check me out with my cutting edginess actually buying a game within a year of its release! Last time I did that was with DA:O. Speaking of which, I joined a fan community. *hangs head in shame*. I wasn't going to but then amongst the fanfic and the icons I found someone who'd written an essay comparing Foucault's theory of the asylum with the Circle of Magi and I was hooked. Fuck it, I make no apology. I want to write on a similar topic relating the use of magic to the use of drugs, and maybe those folks will appreciate it so you don't have to be subjected to it. I realised something. I'm a social policy/criminology wonk with a weakness for magical fantasy and sarcastic Englishmen. Of course this series is going to suck me in - it's almost as if they made it just for me. So yeah - no apology.

Well, maybe a little one..

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From:dreadbeard
Date:August 15th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
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I too would read this.
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From:pombagira
Date:August 16th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
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me three please, i am very interested.. *beams*
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
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If I were to explain here in a way that is relevant to my audience, certain members of my audience would go ARGH SPOILERS FUCK and I'd feel bad.

Essentially, I'm waiting for you to get a new laptop before I splurge my theories all over my LJ.

You're welcome.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
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Umm.. ew.

But sadly, not really, because a lot of this stems from my identification with a character whose story is intrinsic to the plot. At least in terms of my thoughts on the game and the way it deals with magic, anyway.

However, magic as a metaphor for drugs in popular culture is a pretty non-spoilery theme I guess.
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From:helianthas
Date:August 15th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
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Thing is, some of the drugs, like buspar, zoloft, geodone, abiligy, for the most part aren't going to alter one's mood in any noticeable way taking just one pill. The effects are cumulative, and often so gradual that folks don't attribute any positive change to the meds (and go off them, affecting a spiral.) So, it's interesting, but I wonder how much was the actual drugs vs connotations associated with the drugs that was affecting what he drew in some of the cases...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
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.. or if he stuck to the recommended dosage. Interesting indeed.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:August 15th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
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Fan communities can be fairly awesome things and you really shouldn't have to apologise for enthusiasm that happens among consenting adults.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
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True. I've never had a lot of time for fanfiction but at least now I understand why people write it I guess.
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From:cynical_ghost
Date:August 15th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
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so you don't have to be subjected to it -- Subject me to this, please!

Edited at 2012-08-15 05:31 am (UTC)
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From:meathiel
Date:August 15th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
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And after the 45 days he was admitted to hospital? It doesn't really sound like a healthy experience to me ...

Yay for big TVs ... though mine is only 42" ... I'm jealous!
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From:elven_ranger
Date:August 15th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
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Yep, now my thesis is almost done, I am starting to think about book writing as my next thing, I have several half-finished books I have been writing, and put on the backburner this past year.
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:August 15th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
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Those pictures are... all at once amazing and a little scary. The Dilaudid one is really strange. Thanks for sharing, it's really fascinating.

Also, double glazing is very exciting - I lived without it for two years, and that was a couple of cold damp winters. Brr!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm mostly looking forward to the reduction of noise from outside - our house backs onto a service alley and occasionally drunk people get lost in there and feel the need to sing the national anthem.

The warmth will be a bonus! ;-)
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:August 16th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
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Haha, yeah we had an alley behind the non-double-glazed flats too. People would have parties down there - rock up with cars, turn the radio up loud and drink out of little plastic cups. It was surreal - not least because it was really gross back there.
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