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Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 2012 | 9:59pm - Volcanoes gonna volcano
leyendecker - check with carnation
So on Monday night I had the sudden urge to read about Mt. Tongariro, look at photos from people's trips to the summit, and so on.

I was looking at the GeoNet cameras for Ngauruhoe and Tongariro when the pictures went all grey. I thought the camera was broken or it just suddenly got REALLY cloudy. Nope, it turns out Tongariro decided to erupt, for the first time in a century, right when I am looking at it.

Okay, then.
Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 2012 | 11:05pm - Rarrrrrghkghdshkl
leyendecker - check with carnation
You know, for all that Wellington likes to pride itself on being ~the arty liberal open-minded Capital city~, it all seems pretty fucking hollow when the major daily paper thinks it's cool and appropriate to publish an article which refers to trans men as "men" in scare quotes, not to mention "an apparent man", "he/she", etc.

I mean, for fuck's sake, how is this at all acceptable:

"makes him/her a woman who may shave in the morning and have short hair and a deep voice"

"looking like a rather plain woman, which in fact let's not beat about the bush is what he/she is."

"if it's happening today in California, it'll be happening here next week. We pick up on all extreme trends, and then defend them heatedly as if we invented them"

...just the whole fucking thing is so horrible. I can't even think what to type, I am just very very goddamn angry. Angry and disgusted and honestly quite alienated. It's really not fun to be reminded of what the general public thinks of people like me.
Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 2011 | 10:49pm - Go that local sports team or whatever I suppose
renfield madness
So I assume by the extreme levels of shouting/shrieking/vuvuzelas/assorted noise from every other house in my neighbourhood, the NZ just won the RWC.

I wonder what cacophony of drunkenness will be keeping me awake tonight? Last night it was mainly the one drunk man with a very flat voice singing Tutira Mai Nga Iwi outside my house until 10am.

Oh, and I can already hear the screaming hordes approaching. It's going to be like a zombie apocalypse out there.

EDIT: Oh, hahaha — the biggest national online news website is comparing this to Edmund Hillary climbing Mt Everest. NZ, ever hyperbolic about "our" rugby.

One of my FB friends summed up the intensity and obsessiveness of the media coverage and general attitude towards this RWC pretty well, I thought:
I gosh darn hope humanity wins against these aliens with acid for blood who want to... ...steal our odd-shaped pigskin doll.

EDIT 2: Hahaha, seriously, look at this melodrama:
Moments from now, when battered captain Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup aloft, he will also lift off the weight of 20 miserable years of dashed hopes and expectations.

More than 60,000 at Eden Park celebrated as New Zealand regained the Holy Grail of rugby, last claimed 8892 days ago.

It was a night for celebration as all the pain, all the angst, all the national soul searching of the intervening years poured out into a black-clad celebration as the All Blacks swept aside France, as they had in 1987.
...It's just a game, bro.
Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011 | 4:44pm - Slight overreaction there, maybe
leyendecker - check with carnation
My cat is afraid of things which make loud humming/whining noises, like vacuum cleaners, leaf blowers, hair dryers, etc.

A loud blow-fly just flew in my window and she freaked the hell out, ran to the door (closed), cowered there a bit, then ran and hid behind/under my bed. All because of a fly.
Friday, Oct. 14th, 2011 | 4:35pm - Okay, then...
leyendecker - check with carnation
A feeble old man, [Pope Innocent VIII] had become subject to lethargic or cataleptic trances, which had several times already deceived those in attendance into believing him dead. He grew weaker and weaker, and it became impossible to nourish him upon anything but woman's milk. Towards the end came, Infessura tells us, a Hebrew physician who claimed to have a prescription by which he could save the Pope's life. For his infusion he needed young human blood, and to obtain it he took three boys of the age of ten, and gave them a ducat apiece for as much as he might require of them. Unfortunately he took so much that the three boys incontinently died of his phlebotomy [...]

The Life of Cesare Borgia, Rafael Sabatini, 1912.

(Emphasis mine.)
Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 2011 | 6:47pm - Writer's Block: Killer Queen
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What's your favorite Queen song, and why?

Why? It kicks arse, that's enough of a reason.
Saturday, Aug. 21st, 2010 | 12:57am - Down the Garden Path
buster keaton can't sleep
Right now I'm reading Down the Garden Path, by Beverley Nichols. I've been wanting it for a while, and found a copy last week for only $2. The book was published originally in 1932, this edition is from 1933. Green cloth binding, with gold embossed text. It's in really wonderful condition. It smells amazing, too - I love the smell of old books!

I'm not all that interested in gardening, but I'll read anything if it's written well. Besides, this book is really about more than just gardening.

Some favourite quotes, so far:

It is a very beautiful map. Two cherubs, in the last stages of elephantiasis, spread gilt and bloated limbs over its pale parchment. A crown, a turtle, a stork, a dragon, a bunch of pears ... and many delicious scrolls and devices, touched with blue and scarlet, are scattered over the widely painted acres. In the right hand bottom corner there is a lion, rampant ... oh, most exceedingly rampant, with a scroll that comes from his mouth, on which are written the words Pestis Patria Pigricies. If you have the faintest idea what that means, you are to be congratulated.

... rabbits, which are legion. In the spring there are many young ones, so pathetically innocent and silly that sometimes it is necessary to stop the car, dismount, and speak quite rudely to them before they are so obliging as to run away.

On the subject of a caretaker/gardener who, among other failings, slept in late and then went back to bed:
'You must give him notice at once.'

'But suppose he stays in bed and refuses to get up at all?'

'How could he?'

'He could with the very greatest ease,' I replied warmly.

'But what does he do in bed?' asked Mrs. M.

And then suddenly she realized that her question was 'one of those things which might have been phrased differently.'

Following this, the author's Jeeves-like servant is sent to the country to give the aforementioned caretaker his notice:
I still allow myself to dream about it, now and then, to visualize the slim disdainful figure of my servant picking his way delicately through the country lanes ... to imagine him entering the kitchen, sniffing at the dirt and confusion of it all, knocking peremptorily at the bedroom door, entering, and haughtily ejecting the loathsome occupant of the bed.

Book Fair tomorrow!! I should be in bed already, but I'm brimming with anticipation, like a child. Who knows what books I will find? Nothing good, perhaps? Or a whole pile of titles I've wanted for years? I'll just have to wait and see!

Friday, Jul. 30th, 2010 | 11:19am - Just what I always wanted! How ever did you know?
leyendecker - check with carnation
My cat brought me a dried out, yet still smelly, dead mouse. Thaaaaaanks.

She clearly didn't even kill this, just found it somewhere. It's all curled up like it died naturally. I suppose she could have fatally wounded it some time in the past but even so.
Tuesday, Jul. 20th, 2010 | 9:00pm - Well gee, I don't know.
leyendecker - check with carnation
Today in school I had to do the following thrilling and mentally stimulating activity:

Consider the following array and the data that it contains show in Table 5-7.

name[1] Lisa
name[2] Steve
name[3] Mike
name[4] Isabella
name[5] Peter
name[6] Lauren
name[7] Stephanie
name[8] Rod

Show the value of the following:

name[3] _____________
name[5] _____________
name[6] _____________
name[8] _____________
name[1] _____________

Thursday, Jul. 15th, 2010 | 12:40pm - ROFL
leyendecker - check with carnation

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

This meme is totally scientific, okay.
Monday, Jun. 14th, 2010 | 5:58pm - New books make me happy.
leyendecker - check with carnation
I just bought, finally, two Siegfried Sassoon books I've been wanting for ages. For only $2 each!

What's more, they're very old editions. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is, according to the flyleaf, the seventh impression, published December 1928. That's just a few months after the original publication. And Memoirs of an Infantry Officer is the SECOND impression, published September 1930.

The covers are in very poor condition, with a lot of fading and the joints are torn. However, the binding inside is still very good! It all seems to be holding together very well.

I'm pretty chuffed with this find, really. My whole day seems suddenly a lot brighter.
Wednesday, Apr. 28th, 2010 | 5:12pm - Sometimes...
renfield madness
My school is RIDICULOUS.

That is all.
Saturday, Apr. 17th, 2010 | 1:02am - I'm the chairman of the bored
buster keaton can't sleep
I bought some Bulgarian Пазарджик Chardonnay for $4. Surprise! It tastes pretty bad. Couldn't see that one coming.
Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2010 | 12:45pm - Lorem ipsum etc
leyendecker - check with carnation
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