(actually, moar scalpel is what's next)
The pain level was about the same as the cutting but the whole process lasted just under an hour (instead of 6 hours) and the skin wasn't broken so it came with less shock/body trauma. The machine makes a weird clicking noise like a repetitive electrical spark, that I think someone should sample and remix. It's left red lines where the pigment lines used to be, with some subdermal pinpoint bleeding. From what I understand it'll be difficult to see how well it's worked for a couple of weeks because the ink is broken up by the laser and then expelled naturally - but I can already see the lines are less defined and I suspect it'll be overall a success. Today I feel like I have a sunburn, and overall I'm pleased with how easy it was.
The upshot of all this is that in 4-6 weeks I'll be able to go back to Scott for the touch-up work and he'll be able to see clearly what needs doing and where. I plan to get it done in small pieces so I can really work at them to make sure it comes up even. Apparently you have to wait that long with laser treatment because the subdermal layer is damaged by the heat of the laser and breaking the surface can cause it to pop open while it's healing, creating an uneven scar. Folks wanting to get tattooed over a removal be warned.
Seems I have a high pain threshold. I'm also getting intimately familiar with where the nerves are in my back. I know just where to poke you to make you twitch. O.o
Last night I tweeted this:
"Dear geeks, please make the connection between the anti-filesharing law and the #tppa. Small part of a bigger picture. #blackout"
It was retweeted a bit. This has happened some lately, and every time it happens I get followed by all sorts of weird and wonderful people. This morning I woke up to discover I've been followed by a man with a conehead icon who claims to be 43, Christian and living in Mt Eden with his wife and 2 kids. Well that's nice dear. I do wonder why folks feel the need to declare their religious beliefs when introducing themselves. It's kind of like declaring your sexuality in that it's not something I really need to know on first meeting (unless I'm trying to sleep with you, then both your religion and sexuality might be important).
Anyway, this tweet was the result of going to a meeting about the TPPA, in which I was surprised by the age range of people there, and disappointed by the complete lack of geeks. Most folks at the meeting were older people, and (possibly quite rightly) most were more concerned about the privatisation of state owned assets and the sale of NZ land to corporate interests and the impact that the US's imposition of patent law might have on health costs in New Zealand. And the gasps of surprise when I brought up the connection between the filesharing law and the US demands regarding intellectual property in the TPPA told me that this is an area that hasn't been explored enough as part of organised action against the agreement.
This feeling was exacerbated when discussing over cookies (come to the dark side!*) afterwards, and pombagira asked one of the main organisey people if the TPPA Action Group have a Twitter account. This person didn't seem to grasp the significance of using Twitter as a network. So essentially, the people opposing the TPPA need more People From The Internet to get involved. Last week's filesharing bill upset A LOT of geeks, yet the same group of geeks doesn't seem interested in following up that upset with tackling this problem where it really sits - and the absence of geek involvement is really showing in this group.
The thing is, nobody has yet been able to explain to me specifically how the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will benefit New Zealanders. There's a lot of ideological wank out there about free trade and the so-called efficiency of the private sector vs the state - but I have not heard a single solid example of how the TPPA will make my life, or the lives of my fellow Kiwis, better. I've heard a lot of evidence-based examples of ways in which folks who've taken this very road in the past have suffered. Hello, Ethiopia! Hello, AirNZ! Hello, railways! Hello, fucking USA who are actually quite a lot worse off than us, standard-of-living wise!
So again, how is this good for us? And what about these unspecified good things makes them worth the sacrifices in lifestyle that evidence shows us we will make should we sign this thing?
And why the hell are Kiwis, especially smart, informed Kiwis like the geek community, not standing up and going "FFS STOP THIS BULLSHIT!"
So yeah, more geeks needed. Stat.
* I actually said "Come to the dark side" and the only person who got it was the priest-person (sorry I'm crap at religious titles) who was cleaning up the church hall after the meeting. *meep*
Meanwhile, I am hoping that today's lovely sunshine will help Dr Wheel get better. We have dinner tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. Because we're that social-butterfly-ey. Even when he's all sick and only operating on some cylinders, he's still awesome. And multidimensional. And warm. <3