Body stuff and some rambling about documentaries - Tactical Ninja
Feb. 12th, 2013
09:45 am - Body stuff and some rambling about documentaries
I'm thinking about cutting my hair off. Partly because it's getting close to the length that our family hair gets to before stopping growing and just getting ratty, and partly because yesterday I had it up all day and when I let it down it settled into a shoulder-length bob look that actually quite suited me. And if I'm honest, I'm also kind of tired of being mistaken for tieke by people who don't know me. I'm me, goddamnit. It didn't happen when my hair was pink, but I had to lose that for the sake of being taken seriously by the judgemental. And I quite enjoyed having shorter hair before, although I don't think I'll go that short again.
Anyway, what say you, flist? I'd lose about 6 inches off the bottom and it'd be all lightweight and easy to care for and shit. I'm sorely tempted.
Is what Alexander Shulgin calls his chemical diagrams for the various compounds he synthesises. Last night we watched a documentary about his work. It's very interesting, and brought home to me that he is almost unique in that he combines a fascination with playing with molecules, tweaking one thing at a time to see what happens, with an interest in psychedelic exploration, and finally, a willingness to experiment on himself. There are not that many folks out there like that. He's also only 3 years younger than my Dad.
If you're interested in that sort of thing, the movie Dirty Pictures is worth watching. It follows a similar format to the books PiHKAL and TiHKAL, in that it intersperses technical and factual documentation and interviews with scenes of the Shulgins' home life, creating that 'chemical love story' theme over again.
Incidentally, Ann Shulgin will be at the MAPS conference in April, talking about her work on psychedelic therapy and the shadow. I'm very much looking forward to that.
We also watched TPB AFK, a documentary about The Pirate Bay's notorious court case after Hollywood giants got together to take it down. It follows the three main guys as the court case progresses and is interesting viewing for anyone with an interest in how that turned out and what happened to those guys.
Our copy was downloaded through The Pirate Bay, completely legally. Heh.
Boring tech talk:
Yesterday went as I had hoped, and my favourite geeks got together in the comments and hashed out their advice and recommendations - at least some of them. Based on previous experience and training in qualitative analysis, what I normally do when given lots of advice from different people all at once, is to look for themes and things that they all agree on. From that, I've concluded that:
1. C++ is the language most likely to meet my needs, even though nobody will ever be completely happy with any language ever.
2. When it comes to programming the Arduino, I'll use the Arduino IDE. Cos everyone agrees that that makes sense.
3. I'm going to stick with Windows at this point because I'm familiar with it. This will mean sacrificing some utility in terms of Dr Wheel's ability to help, but on the upside it will force me to not rely on the aforementioned help, and thus learn for myself. If I find that Windows is too *insert whatever your beef with windows is here*, I'll change, and people will be allowed to point and laugh for a short time only. ;-)
Any last minute advice before I commit to this path?
The jury was out on which IDE I should use for practice, mostly because I imagine that's very much a personal preference thing, and they most likely all do the job one way or another. And I have one that seems to works, so job's a goldie, I reckon. Let the serious brainfarting begin.
Today I plan to demonstrate for DoomBoy my newfound ability to straddle L. I attempted it again last night and can still do it, albeit in a wobbly and non-gymnastic looking way. It also gives me cramp in my thighs quite quickly. Cramp is an ongoing problem for me, I find myself getting it in my feet (and sometimes calves) when I try to get a good point as well, and it's frustrating because I end up doing everything Charlie Chaplin style to avoid the cramps. You'd think my muscles would get used to it, but apparently not. And yes, my diet is pretty balanced.
In other news, I weighed myself this morning and I've now dropped below my ideal weight. ;-/ This despite eating copious quantities of ice cream on a relatively regular basis. I am not very good at this..