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Up, Down, Up. Down. Up? [Apr. 15th, 2010|01:35 am]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Sparta]
[mood |melancholymelancholy]
[music |Massive Attack - Paradise Circus]

It's funny. When I get sick, it strips off some of the layers of stoicism and balance and reserve. Makes me do weird things like listening to songs obsessively, opening up to people, telling incoherent (as opposed to merely terrible) jokes, and, strangest of all, posting on El Jay.

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In hope and despair,

-Me.
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*Pokes head through broken window* [Mar. 28th, 2010|04:42 am]
squire_lachlan
*Climbs inside gingerly*

*Scrapes away cobwebs*

There. That's better.

Wow has it been a long time since I was here. What, two or three years? Seems like an age. I actually thought my account might have lapsed or some such. Oh well. I'm back. After an exciting, strange, wonderful, terrible, significant, futile, and above all, overly-adjectived couple of years. So, after all that time, what am I going to do now, you ask?

Go back to posting rarely (if at all), usually about inane crap!

Lots of love,
Me.
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England - Day 1 [Jan. 14th, 2008|05:17 pm]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Bath]

Well, I'm now in the Bath (no, smartarse, I'm not about to electrocute myslf with the power cable - I mean the TOWN). Trip was long but not too bad, all things considered. England makes me feel horribly provincial: the main thing that strikes me about the place is the sense that if you shook it, the new-looking things would kinda fall off and you'd be left with 19th century England, and if you shook it some more after that, you'd be left with 18th century England, and so on and so forth until you'd just be left with pubs, churches and stone fences, which seem to have been here forever. Also, the colours of the landscape. There are two: green (and I mean every green under the sun), and a kind of rusty silvery pale brown. Everything else is greyscale, except the sky, which is blue.

Which brings me to the point that people who say England has only bad weather are full of shit. It was beautiful and sunny today, and I have the photos to prove it. Hell, it was sunnier on the bus from Heathrow to Bath than it was in Sydney when we left. I even got a photo of a rainbow in the sky near Reading. It was a pleasant ~10 degrees, too.

There's so much I want to do, but at this moment I'm particularly keen to see four things (listed in the order I'll probably do them in).

1) See Maiden Castle, the MASSIVE pre-roman hill fort near Dorchester. It's less tourist-y than stonehenge, and the site of a genuine Ancient period battle. Yeah, I'm a geek, but damn it, I'm not a cliche'd geek.

2) See some classical Greek artifacts in various London museums.

3) See Avenue Q, which is on in London ATM (and even has cheap weekday tickets being advertised).

4) See West Ham v Liverpool (live), which is on one day before we fly out, in London (dur). I really realy really hope we can get tickets to this one, as we couldn't get tickets to Liverpool v Ason Villa.

Also, I won a beer and amused myself greatly today by programming the time into L's Mum's microwave, which is in Greek. It took 30 seconds, and they've been trying to do it for years. I rock. So does GTranslator.
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The internet wins again. [Jun. 1st, 2007|08:52 am]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |would wake up sleeping wife...]

Well, it's funny, eh, how there's this huge hullabaloo about the censorship stuff going on in LJ at the moment.

Essentially, from what I've seen, a bunch of fucking fundies (doesn't it just roll off the tongue?) called "warriors for innocence" (small oxymoron there don't you think?) tried to pull the same sort of pressure tactics that other Christian groups have pulled all over the US to get large commercial organisations to bow to their agenda, which is essentially the censorship of what they'd call offensive material. The excuse they used this time was a "clampdown" on incest and pedophilia "interests" among LJ users.

The long and short is, it hit fanfiction communities (things that I see as intellectually cowardly and corrupt, but otherwise pretty harmless - have the balls to write your OWN damn stories, with your OWN damn characters, people!) who were writing porn. Which is often tasteless (especially when involving underage, non consensual sex and torture - not to mention the above as slash and (almost always) written by women, but that's a whole different rant), but not actually illegal.

All in all, it pitted my least favourite people (fundies) against people who annoy the fuck out of me, and who I look down on from an intellectual point of view, but are mostly harmless (fanfic communities).

Of course, the attempt at censorship has failed. I mean, other than the fact that it sought(by it's own logic) to punish pedophiles by removing their LJs - wow, that'll stop them fucking kids! - it was doomed from the start by moving a decade too soon.

You see, in maybe ten or twenty years, if people get complacent and secular law keeps getting eroded, these fucking fundies will be able to hit ISPs and web communities' owners so hard that they might just have a chance of winning. But now they've started immunizing these communities, by hitting them just hard enough to get them scared and angry, without cutting them down. And these communities are just smart and coherent enough to learn how to fight back, using effective pressure tactics to make any strategist proud. Intellectually corrupt they might be, but we secularists need all the powerful allies we can get if we are to stop the new counter-reformation that's coming out of the American Midwest and the Middle East.

So the long and short of this post is to say that while "fanfic" communities may not be tasteful, they *are* useful. They are a next-generation case study in how internet communities can beat censorship in the open, without resorting to PTP formats. And they will be useful allies in turning back the darkness that is emerging more and more rapidly from churches, temples and mosques the world over.

So, for once, huzzah for fanfic communities. I may not like, or even respect you much, but damn it, your enemy is my enemy. And THAT is worth putting our differences aside for.
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Caught another meme. [May. 4th, 2007|02:36 pm]
squire_lachlan
Comment and I will:
1.) Tell you why I added you to my FL.
2.) Associate you with a song / film.
3.) Provide a random fact about you.
4.) Share a first memory about you.
5.) Associate you with a character / pairing.
6.) Ask you something I've always wanted to know about you.
7.) Tell you my favourite user pic of yours.
8.) In retort, you must post this in your LJ...
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mmm, food. [Apr. 28th, 2007|06:55 pm]
squire_lachlan
[Tags|]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |fullfull]

Well, I have just proved that you can do a meal for 3 people for less than a dollar a head. And it's tasty. So, for public benefit, here it is:

R's tasty Mediterranean pasta:

Take:
1 500g packet of pasta (50c at Aldi)
2 medium sized mushrooms (~50c-$1)
1 medium Onion (~50c)
50g Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil (~50c if you buy a 200g jar for $2ish at Aldi)
Dollop of garlic (negligible price if you buy 2kg jar for $5ish which lasts for months)
Basil, 6-8 leaves (free from garden, or negligible if you substitute dried)
Dollop of Wholegrain Mustard (negligible if you buy large jar)
Splash Balsamic Vinegar (negligible if you buy a large bottle)
Decent splash of olive oil (Again, negligible if you buy bulk.)

You should have all the negligible things in bulk in your kitchen, it's like $30 to get them all and they'll last months. Total cost of all the negligibles is probably about 50c-$1.

So,

Chop onion and mushroom finely. Set aside.
Put pasta in lots of salty water to boil.
Combine onion, garlic, mustard, Sun dried Tomatoes (and a good splash of the sun dried tomato oil), oil, basil and Balsamic Vinegar in medium sized frying pan on medium heat. Stir lots.
When onion is turning translucent, add mushrooms. Again, stir lots.
When pasta is al Dente (~8mins), drain.
Toss through yummy sauce.
Serve.
Eat.

Takes about 10-15 mins. Is very tasty, and good for students. Also, apart from the mushrooms, none of this stuff goes off easily, so you can have most of the ingredients handy easily.

Yum.
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300 [Apr. 21st, 2007|01:25 pm]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Plane overhead.]

About the most awesome violence-for-violence's sake, comic (in both senses of the word), and utterly bullshit-filled film I've ever seen. But it was still great fun. Artsy-wanker that I am, I was impressed by the cinematography - they didn't overdo any one of the cliche'd "oh lookit the violence" techniques, but actually got a bit clever about it. Also, good sense of humour, and classy acting.

Completely unhistorical, glorifying the idiots and ignoring the less noble but smarter and far more successful Athenians. But that only matters to an ancient history addict like me, not the millions in it for the ride.

Anyway, there was much with the hanging out-ness with Ursulans afterward. Was fun.

Since then, I've been working (fun, but also somewhat tiring at times), watching DVDs with L, teaching Cat some fighting stuff, cooking (mmm, ad-libbed tomato-ey pasta sauce with onion, mushroom, bacon, red wine balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and various herbs and spices.), reading interesting peoples' blogs, gaming a little, and sleeping rather a lot.

Must work on thesis. After work this arvo sounds good.
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Ah, Festival... Again. (Whingeing and bitching warning) [Apr. 3rd, 2007|07:32 pm]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Well, I go to Festival on Thursday morning. And I'm full of cheery news.

Now, I usually get very little sleep at festival (aside from the last night before the drive back up). Add to this the fact that today, I drove for 4 hours (and it's not over yet - one more errand to run). On 5 hours sleep. Yesterday, I drove for 4 1/2 hours, on 5 hours sleep. Tomorrow (on an estimate) I'll drive for 5 hours. On Thursday, I'll probably drive for 4-5 hours. And on Friday, I could get roped into driving for 2 hours. All up, ~18 hours driving, in cars with seats that fuck my back/knees up (damn being too tall for Chick/Japanese cars...), in 5 days. The oil companies love me, I'm sure.

On the bright side, Festival will be awesome, providing the flu that I have at the moment doesn't make me pass out too many times on the tourney field.

Speaking of which, my body hates me fighting at the moment in all new and exciting ways! At the Gold Tourney final, my knees were fine (yay!). However, both my hammies cramped badly in the middle of a fight and I had to withdraw. This sucked. Possibly was to do with the fact that I had spent the previous 3 days helping prepare for Newcomers' feast until ohfuck-O'clock in the morning, and was consequently buggered.

Also, apparently I have developed mild Astigmatism in my left eye. I hadn't noticed, but yeah. Another ray of sunshine.

Seriously on the bright side, the Kiwis we picked up at the airport this morning seem to be good sorts - it's funny, in my experience Kiwi SCAdians seem in general to be awesome. Australian ones are more of a mixed bunch (but with plenty of chunks of awesome tossed through).

It'll all be better at Festival...
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I'm getting married in a week. [Feb. 3rd, 2007|01:45 pm]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |amusedamused]

It's funny, people keep asking if I'm nervous. I guess they have not the faintest idea what the wedding means to me. I think it will be grand.

Things are coming together nicely - helped a great deal by the fact that 2 of my best mates from school are coming, when one lives in Canberra now, and the other just came back from a year overseas a week ago. It means a bunch that Vinay called me the day he got back, and is re-arranging times for an old friend of ours' 21st (on the same night. What are the chances?!) so he can be at the wedding as long as possible. Nice to know that some old friends stay good people no matter what.

It's also nice to be looking forward to my first real, going-away type holiday in 4 years.

So yeah, things are good.
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2007|02:03 am]
squire_lachlan
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |awake]
[music |Quasi meowling for gooshyfood. Which he's not getting.]

Well, I've been told I should post on this thing, since much has happened since last time I gave a general update...

So, we've moved. On the whole, I like Hornsby. Pleasant, if small, house, nice block with much tree-ey shadedness, wildlife, decent proximity to ubershops (hornsby Westfield is HUGE), ok public transport, quiet street, good people inhabiting said house, etc. House feels much more like a home with 4 in it, as has been the case for the last week. Says a lot about the people that such a small house feels cosy rather than choking with 4 people in it (or more or less in it - while Lyndsay is "living" in the shed, this essentially amounts to using it as a sleeping-den at this stage). Though it's also nice on occasion when it's only L and myself, in a "place of our own" kinda way, I've really enjoyed the extra company and socialness.

Anyway... Otherwise, things are not too shabby. I'm more or less recovered from the moving-flu, as is L. We're doing much wedding prep this week. Also, I'm poor. Gah. However I am surrounded by awesome people who make me feel far less poor/stressed than I would otherwise, so it could be a lot worse, I guess...

12th Night was fun - I fought (and thus qualified for the Gold Tourney final through participating in all three qualifiers - mmm, an ounce of gold...), was owned by most of the fighters I picked out in the melees, but didn't feel too bad. Fought Blaeney twice and did OK, legged him both times but wasn't fit enough to push through his defences while he was on his knees. Need more core body strength - more fighting for me... Company was good, and I found out that by default I am royal household because I am the king's squire... If someone had TOLD me this beforehand it would have helped.

Tomorrow I go in search of new, black walking boots and a dark green buisness-type shirt. If the latter is impossible to find, I'll need to have one made. If the former is impossible to find, I'll probably settle for grey or dark brown, but black would be better.

So yeah, that's all for now, folks...
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