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Feb. 27th, 2013

09:40 am - Unexpectedly validated on my gardening skills. Gosh.

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It arrived! OMG YOU GUYS IT ARRIVED!

Yeah yeah, what arrived?

THIS ARRIVED! *squee*

This is what I was moaning about not being able to track yesterday. Now I know exactly where it is, mwuahahaha! So what if I haven't yet got the skills to make it do anything? A mere trifle, easily addressed! More exclamation marks! !!! !

*ahem*


OK folks, tell me honestly - what do you make of this? It's the Isocracy Network, a group of people who are interested in spreading the idea of isocracy as a form of government.

Reason I'm asking is that I've been asked if I want to become involved, partly in a 'writing stuff in my subject area' context, and partly in a more official way. I'm happy to write about drug reform, but I'm unsure whether aligning myself with a political organisation is a wise move for me at this stage (she says, as a card-carrying member of the Council for Civil Liberties, the Amalgamated Workers' Union, and the NZ Drug Foundation). Isocracy says it is not a political organisation, it's more of a movement - however, I doubt that's the perception most people would have if I stood up in public and said I was part of it, and that might just colour the perception of anything else I had to say - especially when what I have to say goes so against the grain of what most people think is true and right. As it is I risk being accused of being a screaming libertarian, a hippie, a stoner, a chardonnay socialist, and any one of a number of other things that are less complimentary. Activist is a dirty word in this country, and while I'd like it to not be, I'm not sure that's a fight I want to be in. I have other fish to fry - ones that would fry better if we lived in an isocracy no doubt, but in the current climate I'm unsure whether linking myself to it would help my cause or not.

So yeah, opinions appreciated.

Meanwhile, I've also been asked to take on a project involving the beautification of the floor I live on in our building. Our floor is open to the sky and has been designed to imitate a street - so instead of a hallway lined with apartments, we have a walkway that looks kind of like a path, with front doors and alcoves and windows and .. planter boxes. Vis:



That's actually our front door you can see in the back there. Since we moved in, I've put a lot of pot plants around it and got some geranium cuttings going in that planter box that's in the middle with the small trellis, which are now flowering and looking pretty. Some other neighbours have added a couple of paintings, and it's starting to take on an 'outdoor cafe' kind of look. Sometimes people drag their tables out and have dinner in it too. Anyway, the point is it's become a nice area to be in and people are noticing.

So now I've been asked if I'm keen to beautify the rest of it. A lot of the planters are neglected and have nothing in them, others just need a bit of new soil and some refurbishment. So I'm about to meet all my neighbours while I go round asking them if they want their planter prettified. Gosh! o.O I've been experimenting for a year or so and have found that ferns, geraniums and day lilies all seem to do quite well in this environment - it basically needs something that can cope with only getting a few hours' sun a day but that sun being of the blasting in kind, and with irregular watering. Hmm.. maybe bamboo - mine's doing ok in its little corner anyway.

So, um, yes. I agreed to that one. I'm aware that this will give me a sense of responsibility for looking after the planters, so it's up to me to make sure they need minimal looking after. And, I get to make my surroundings pretty!


This morning I cut the long tendrilly bits off the back of my hair. They were nice but it bugged me that they didn't all sit the way I wanted them to, so they're gone. Now my hair is short enough so the top of my scar is visible.

Also, I worked out how to disable the Facebook app on my phone. Now I don't have to deal with it trying to update every 5 minutes even though I never use it. Techno-win!

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From:pombagira
Date:February 26th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
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i can't help thinking that an isocracy would work best in small communites, of, maybe 10,000 or less? of course that is just at first look....i am not sure that it would work for a country full of large cities.. mind you... *ponders this*... also i am not sure the world is quite ready for an isocracy ... it is quite left field, so to speak.

err yeah a little off topic

so as to if you should join... umm.. i would have to say, i don't know.. on the one hand it is like i said quite left field, which into days world has the potental to colour anything you write about drug policy in a bad light, because look a werido saying everyone should take drugs, and oh look she is a part of that isocracy occult crowed...

but on the other hand, given the way and style of your writing, with clear infomation and good reference.. it could give creedence to the isocracy movement...

but still.. yeah.. tricky that

maybe if someone from the isocracy movement, could review and write about the stuff that you write on drug policy? so a kinda meeting in the middle?


*ponders this to*

also yay shiny things
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From:tcpip
Date:February 26th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
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i can't help thinking that an isocracy would work best in small communites, of, maybe 10,000 or less?

Certainly Isocracy has argued that political representative sizes need to be reduced and that federalism has scalable advantages. cf., http://isocracy.org/node/39
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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like you might be building a bit of a community in your appartment block as well=)

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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
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It's kind of weird because none of us really talk to each other, but there seems to be a shared desire to make the outside bits prettier, and everyone's benefiting from that.

I guess I'll get to meet everyone now.. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 26th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if something like Freecycle might be able to provide you with some kind of commmunal outdoor furniture?

I've just been reading Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman mysteries, and while they're completely unrealistic and silly (as are most cozy murder mysteries), her descriptions of a set of convivial appartment dwellers have left me with somewhat romantic notions of inner city appartment life.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, there's conviviality, then there's the dinner party the other night that led to some (drunk, I expect) young gentlemen making what can only be described as gorilla noises to each other for half an hour right outside our front door while we were trying to relax.

Nice idea, but I suspect outdoor furniture would just draw the noisy smokers and drinkers to our doorstep on a regular basis. ;-/
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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 26th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Point =)

Maybe some light furniture that could be rolled away when not in use?
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From:bekitty
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Plant bamboo! Because then you can string fairy lights in it, and it'd look awesome!
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I do like bamboo, and in planters it's not going to take over the world either.
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From:helianthas
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
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"alyssum" grows pretty well with periodic full sun ( snow crystal variety especially) and are super pretty when they drape on over the pots. Check out Pothos and Spathyphylum (spelling), too, though they may be more houseplants than outdoor plants.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Alyssum is an outdoor plant here, and yeah - the hanging baskets on the streets often have it. I think it's an annual in Wellington, but I'm not sure. I'll check it out.
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From:helianthas
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
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It's outdoor here, too, and I *think* it's an annual but mine just sprung back to life after being dead for a few months over the winter. Possibly it just reseeded itself-- I'd continued to water the dirt left in the pot since I had water left over from watering the non-dead plants...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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My main concern about isocracy is that it appears very idealist, and it seems to me that some of the ideals make assumptions about the consensus of 'ideal' - and I suspect that if I drilled far enough down into that, I'd find the reason it hasn't taken off.

The gardening thing doesn't have to be scaleable, nyah. Unless other people start asking me to beautify their planters, which seems unlikely.

As for maintainable and resilient to changes in personnel, seems to me that the best way to do this is to plant stuff that won't die even if nobody does anything to it ever. Which doesn't take into account the folks that just want to use their planter as an ash tray. Which is why I'm asking them first.
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From:tcpip
Date:February 26th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
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But those rigid positions are themselves political choices, so it is a political system where some facets are not up for political discussion.

That is somewhat correct. Individual rights do require protections, as the historical experience of minorities and the disenfranchised as shown. Public discussions are best suited to the res publica. In other words liberalism for the individual sphere of life, democracy for the social.

why haven't there been isocratic governments

All liberal democracies are, to a degree, isocratic.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
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i uninstalled the nokia "social" from my phone, which includes a twitter and a facebook app: even though I had never used them (and when i tried, they don't work properly) because after an update to Social all of a sudden something started hogging, and my emailing of photos from the camera were taking up to minute to start, etc. plus the web browser crashing.

during uninstall it told me of a running app process, while none were showing up in the "currently running apps" list. therefore, i conclude that it was in the background monitoring and recording all my "social type" activity EG taking pics and browsing the web. which is pretty much the thing I was all paranoid conspiracy about personalised phone services in the first place. uninstalled, and suddenly my browsing is fast and my emailing of photos works as before.

'Social' includes a feature of automatically synching your "social content" with the nokia central service, (including texts!) so I don't think I am being paranoid. I would suppose that any phone platform's "official" facebook app would include a monitoring function given fb's hunger and demonstrated arrogance over data. how would you know?

basically, fuck 'em
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Ew, that's creepy. My phone doesn't seem to have anything like that on it, although I know they are insidious and I haven't had a really good look.

But yes, fuck 'em.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 27th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
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my understnading is that any FB app on the phone, if it is an "official" facebook app any way, collects all sorts of info.

for example, the facebook app that I downloaded thru nokia store, officially released by facebook, when (if) you first use it, and log into your account on FB, it sends a copy of your phone contact list to facebook, so that it can "enhance your personalised experience" by storing it (indefinitely) and any time anyone on that list joins Facebook they get suggested to you (and vice versa) as friends. this is/was in the terms and conditions of the app.

notably, the Nokia-produced Facebook app (rather than the Facebook-app-for-nokia produced by FB) is no longer in the list of available apps for you to enable on your FB account. in other words, FB prevents you from using it any more though it used to be usable, and I would guess because using a non-FB-produced app allows you to get out of sending them your phone list, among other things. though as noted it was perhaps part of a group of phone apps sending your various "life-event" items to a Nokia server instead.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
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It's all just a bit icky. My phone list is synced to my gmail, which means that if I were a FB user, I'd be linked to folks I've only ever emailed once, or dealt with on TradeMe. Fuck that for a game of soldiers.
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 27th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
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hell yes.

I use the internets for facebooking on my phone.

the mobile site is just fine thank you very much.
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From:siobhan63
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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"I've put a lot of pot plants around it"

You must be very popular with your neighbours...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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... but they keep disappearing....

mwuahahaha
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From:kehleyr
Date:February 26th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
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the neighbours or the plants?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
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From:kehleyr
Date:February 26th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
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*giggles*
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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Yay! It'll probably involve about 10 bags of potting mix, a bit of lugging, and some plant shopping/digging in/watering, but after that I'm hoping it'll be mostly self-maintaining. All help appreciated.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:February 27th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
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I really like the courtyard of your building. That's really cool looking.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
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It's quite neat eh? It does look better with plants though. I should take a photo of that some time.
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From:meathiel
Date:February 27th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
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Oh - I like the idea of making it look like individual houses ... nice. I'm sure it'll look great with some more flowers etc.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Sure, I'll submit a projected budget to the bodycorp next week.

The following week, I'll buy 2 bags of potting mix and steal some geramium cuttings from up Aro Valley with the budget that gets approved. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 28th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Digging the outdoor area there!

Some other suggestions to go with the excellent ones you have posited would be iris and herbs too. Things like sage and savory are shade and sun tolerant and can handle the odd dry spell. Plus they are easy to propagate.
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