In which I realise I'm not a survivalist - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 12th, 2011
09:36 am - In which I realise I'm not a survivalist
This weekend I was Productive. This included:
Sorting out the firewood stack and cleaning around the area, giving away all the bits that are too big for us to burn; sorting the shed into Things To Keep (yay snowboard!), things to dump, and things to go to other Illuminati for storage. Turns out most of the stuff in the shed was Kiwiburn stuff being stored on behalf, and now it's someone else's turn. All my shearing gear is now in one toolbox (except the grinder plates which I'm hoping to leave with the grinder next time I grind).
Got rid of 5 Woolies bags of clothes, and sorted the family history stuff down to one box. Last time I did this I was still too close to Mum's death to be truly objective about it, this time it was much easier to part with things. I also did all my holiday washing and cleaned the house, and found some time for socialising. And the lovely bekitty brought a bunch of boxes for actual proper packing to start.
I don't think I've ever been this organised about moving house before. Speaking of which, does anyone want one of those large dalek-style compost bins? They are bloody good and come apart for transport and I'd love to keep it, but that would be silly given that I won't be needing one for at least 5 years. I guess if nobody wants it I could donate it to a community garden, but I'd prefer one of my friends got some use from it. Free to a good home.
Meanwhile, I need a new mattress and the Youth of Today needs a whole new bed. He's all "Don't spend lots of money on me" and meanwhile I'm all "Bloody hell you're turning into a giant do they make beds for giants?" I know they do, but do they also make SHEETS for giants? Because this is relevant to my interests. I'm also trying to convince him not to part with everything he owns in the move - he seems to be taking the idea of moving being an opportunity to lighten your load to the extreme.
I'm looking forward to what he comes up with in decorating his room. I've given him some parameters of what's acceptable (no "BLOODDEATHSKULLBLACKLIKEMYHEART" scrawlings on the walls, no tagging, no punching holes) and inside that he can do whatever he wants. It's the first time he's had a room of his own that hasn't been in a rented house.
Attention wildilocks! Apparently a post-it war is raging in France. Clearly Wildilocks is ahead of the times - this appeared on Friday in the window of Wildilocks@Cuba:
OK, the votes went to Anonymous as the topic for my next essay. Speaking of which, funny how all the so-called 'leaders' that haven't been (supposedly) arrested are considered to be males living in the US. This is in line with the work I started on Friday, going through the "Why we fight" forum on WhatIsThePlan, and coding people's reasons for becoming involved. In fact, it ties in with everything I've read on that forum - there's an assumption that everyone there is male.
There was also a thread on there saying something like "How can we get old people (over 40) to get involved?" 13 pages later it had been firmly established that quite a considerable amount of 'oldies' had already found their way there, and the assumption that everyone was under 40 was, frankly, bollocks. But the amount of 'my brothers' crap I'm having to read, the amount of assumption that I don't exist, does rankle with me and I'm having to restrain myself from making it an issue in a forum I'm mostly just observing. And since my essay will be ostensibly about identity politics, that could be an interesting angle to write about.
On the reasons themselves, I have 30-odd pages at 25 posts a page to code. So far the main themes that are emerging are as follows:
1. Tired of being a slave to a corrupt system.
2. Want to make a better world for our children.
3. Want to educate people about the truth.
Each of these have a variety of levels of depth, including the um.. more interesting reasons which fit the categories above, but go something like this before coding:
1. "Get a gun, move to the sticks, kill anyone who comes too close."
2. "The earth can talk to us and Gaia is screaming, man."
3. "THEY are out to GET US and I KNOW THIS because the ALIENS TOLD ME."
But mostly it just seems like normal everyday people who want to do something to change things. Is this useful? I don't know yet. Also, when I revealed my 41f-ness to some Wellington anons, they were not phased at all and had assumed that 'it takes all sorts' - so I wonder if this 'my brothers' thing and the young-centrism is just another online assumption. Hmm..
We got to the end of Game of Thrones. Moar plz. Also, in case those of you not in New Zealand are wondering, so far I have yet to find any indication that this show will be aired on TV here. Until it's aired on TV, it's unlikely it'll be available for us to buy on DVD/Blu-Ray, and Netflix is not available here.
Dear fucking stupid broadcasting/copyright protection people/MPAA/whoever the fuck else makes decisions about such things: How the fuck do you expect kiwis to obey your fucking backwards laws when your even more backwards business models make it impossible for us to access media legally and actually pay for it? This page has a list of countries where the show will be broadcast. It includes Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bangladesh - but not New Zealand. Meanwhile, Season 5 of Supernatural only just became available to buy here. And you wonder why people pirate? Fuck you.
Gosh, that was vitriolic. Check me out with my first world problems!