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Body stuff and some rambling about documentaries - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 12th, 2013

09:45 am - Body stuff and some rambling about documentaries

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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..

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From:pixiebelle
Date:February 11th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I think you should cut your hair if that's what you want to do. Hair grows back if you regret it. I usually always go back and forth between long and short because when it gets a certain length, it annoys me and I just want to cut it off. Then I forget how annoying it is and want to grow it out again until one day... I remember and cut it off.

But it's all good because it's hair and we can do that.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 11th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
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That's true, although mine's very slow and the length it is now represents three years of going through that 'in-between' stage, so it's not a decision I'd take lightly.
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From:nick_101
Date:February 11th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Get a haircut that fits your style. I've had days when I needed a haircut myself.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 11th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that by the time I'm ready for eventual hardware, I will be able to get something that's about the same grunt as my current gaming pc, that you can only see with a magnifying glass.

Don't get me wrong, tieke is utterly awesome, but being constantly mistaken for someone else (especially someone you admire as much as I admire her) is kind of self-esteem crushing. I'd rather be recognised as me, you know? Maybe you don't.

PS I am still at the stage where all the Unos look more or less the same to me, but I'm going to assume that since the one I have only came last week, it's probably the latest version. I'll check when I get home.

Edited at 2013-02-11 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From:wildilocks
Date:February 11th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
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what pixiebelle said: if you want to do it, do it! Doing a more solid style would be a nice change too as you've had it layered and texturized for some time. And if you do't like it, it always grows back!
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From:tieke
Date:February 11th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
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bwahaha! I'm totally going to cut my hair to match yours!


(actually, no, no I look awful with short hair)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
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Then we should get a perm, because that would look awesome, right?
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From:tieke
Date:February 12th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to post a pic of me with a perm in the 80s. But can no findy. Instead, have this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2yfVycl4j0
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
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OMG that is so much better than 80s hairstyles!

I have also systematically destroyed any evidence of my perminess as a teenager.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
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I quite like it too, but I'm keen to try something new as well. I can always cut more off later, right?
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
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Hey, we just watched that Pirate Bay documentary last night!

Also, I think you might appreciate this: http://madartlab.com/2013/02/11/slave-leo/
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
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That was an interesting read, thank you.

I thought it was pretty apt when the Pirate Bay guys were found in contempt of court - not for continuing to operate TPB, but because contempt was exactly the vibe I got off them as they went through the process. Turning slowly to resignation that they were going to take a fall.

Also, I don't know if this was intentional, but I found Peter to be the only sympathetic 'character' - and he seemed the one most internally affected by what happened.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'd agree with that. Really though, that is kind of what happens when a couple guys start a business from an IRC chat room, eh? They were not running things in a traditional business sense and even had they been a bit more...polished in their ability to speak, they still would have had a very hard time conveying that point. The amount of conflicts of interest was pretty staggering too. Basically, I think the cards were stacked against them the whole time no matter how they presented themselves. I do agree Peter seemed to be the only one really taking it seriously though!
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
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Yeah. I actually support what they do and agree about the conflict of interest thing - I also found the lawyer for the Warner Bros etc group* (Monique) to be astoundingly ignorant and somewhat smug in her ignorance of how the internet works and just how many people believe that current business models are outdated.

NZ has a lot of pirates, because we don't have the population to support the kind of profits companies want to make using current models. We simply don't have Hulu or Netflix, and we often wait several months for things other people get to see straight away, because again, there's no money in making it available to us. Also, our internet's crap - there's only one pipe and it's slow as.

I would definitely pay for movie downloads if I could access them, but I can't. So NZ has a lot of pirates, and a lot of people who support The Pirate Bay.

* I have a beef with Warner Bros anyway over their treatment of NZ in the filming of The Hobbit.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
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Canada has a lot of pirates too, for similar reasons. One of the biggest drivers of piracy here is that it is often very difficult to even buy legit copies of things when you only want the media and not a physical disc or boxed set. Or if you want things that are older they can be very hard to track down legally! David Attenborough documentaries from the 50's and 60's spring to mind. I'm watching these currently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo_Quest
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
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OMG all of David Attenborough's stuff should be freely available to everyone simply because it would make the world a better place through sheer power of awesome.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 12th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes, yes!
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:February 12th, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
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I've always loved that default icon of yours and that looks as if you have short hair. Even the very short hair in the picture looks quite good on you - and I like the multi-coloured highlights. I say go for it.
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:February 12th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I find that the optimal haircut is the intersection of "flattering" and "easy to care for." I look good in a bob, but longer hair is much easier to deal with than shorter because my hair is ill-behaved and does ridiculous things when shoulder-length unless I apply all sorts of fascist oppression. Now my hair is longer than it could be (it would be easier if I chopped off a foot) but really long hair is impressive. So it's that balance between the two.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 12th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Hahahahaa fascist oppression!

Mine is also a bit wayward, but also sufficiently floppy that at long-bob length, most of its waywardness is able to be incorporated into a 'style'. I've given up on it ever being tidy though.
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From:neverminetohold
Date:February 13th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Go with the hair cut, I think it would suit you very well. I only let mine grow over shoulder-length again because I needed extra-warmth in winter XD
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