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there was a smh article today, asking why we recognise the achievements of great athletes and sports people, but not, for example, those of great mathematicians.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/nerds-geeks-superstars/2008/01/12/1199988640627.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

personally, the answer is simple. because it is far harder to understand the achievements of great mathematicians. or scientists, or the majority of artists. and it is getting harder, as the work of those who stand on the shoulders of giants is getting further and further away from those who do not have the time and/or ability to climb up the giants in the first place.

Sport, on the other hand, is generally easier to understand. especially sports we have competed in at some level. we apply an understanding of how far our best efforts take us in order that we can be amazed by the efforts of those at the top of their game. Even when we have no direct experience with a sport, if we understand the basic skills that make it up, it can still serve to amaze us. This works far better in sport than it ever would with appreciating science or maths or art, since excellence in sport is often a matter of simply applying the same basic set of skills, just with a measure more of speed or strength or willpower.

Thats my thoughts on the matter anyway.
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"The kind of Unitarian
Who having by elimination got
From many gods to Three, and Three to One,
Thinks why not taper off to none at all. "
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1. What curse word do you use the most?
Bugger. I'm not allowed to say Cunt in nearly as many situations, and those are the two swear words that I nearly always say multiple times any time that I have occasion to use them (I rarely just say "bugger", its usually "Bugger bugger bugger bugger. Bugger!". occasionally the really emphatic "Bugger!" goes at the start instead of the end)

2. Do you own an iPod?
Yep. it gets used about 20% for music and video, majorly for extra HDD storage. will change once I finish travelling

3. What person on your Flist do you talk to the most?
tuiredan.

4. What time is your alarm clock set to?
800 ish. it often gets moved when I'm setting it at night. I'm trying to start getting up with the sun, since winter is really doing a number on my brain.

5. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
Yup. I actually have a short list of different milestones, like first "quick peck" type kiss, first snog, first shag. Interestingly, first shag came well before first snog. Get me drunk and you might even find out the story of how that happened.

6. Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01?
I was at my parents house, chatting on #atbuffy, my brother called me into the tv room and showed me the news, and I went back online where we started betting on the number of casulties. I won.

7. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
well, at the moment the standard pic in my collection is a pit of english scenery, and my bike helmet.

8. What was the last movie you watched?
If double episode/TV movies count? Graduation (kim possible finale). TV movies? A sitch in time (also Kim possible). download pirate stuff? superbad. At the cinema? I have no idea. its been ages.

9. Do any of your friends have children?
Yes.

10. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
Oh hell yeah. I regard myself more as excellent at procrastination, blessed with a poor attention span, and with a poor ability to find goals which adequetly motivate me. Which comes to about the same thing, but means I've got three problems to tackle instead of one. Biggest problem is my tendency to settle into a rut, both in my hobbies as well and in my work.

11. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
Not specifically. I have drunk to excess, and I have torn up half a house trying to find pain killers so I could go to sleep despite my headache

12. What CD is currently in your CD player?
MP3 is the only way I listen to stuff. Currently listening to the Cruel Sea

13. Do you prefer regular or chocolate?
Regular? what the hell is wrong with the word vanilla? And the answer is choc mint.

14. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Nope.

15. Do you sleep on your side?
Yes. Usually. depends on the available bedding. I require a stack of good quality pillows to sleep in the manner I am most comfortable with.

16. Do you watch the news?
I mainly read it.

17. How did you get one of your scars?
The first girl I had a proper crush on turned me down, decided she was a lesbian, and moved to another state in the couple of months after I asked her out. whats that? physical scars only? The scars on my face (and the busted teeth) are all from mistaking my it for an appropriate set of brakes for a bike going full speed downhill.

18. Do you have any siblings, how many, sex?
One sister (who has been a great freind the whole time I've been in a different country to her) and three brothers (one has the energy to counterbalance my lazy, one reminds me of most of the things I don't like about myself, and one who keeps astounding me by how well he is doing)

19. Do you have any children?
No. Well, none that I know of.

20. What is the last thing you purchased?
Cigarettes. I fell of the wagon, but I regard it as self medication. I'll try again when there is more sunlight.
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this is for all children who live at home, and all parents who have their children living with them.

Yes, the house belongs to the parents, and yes, they can enact the "my house, my rules" system. But usually, the rules have to change as the children get older. The thing is, most parents do it by changing the rules whenever they get around to thinking of it, or by some sort of strict age thing.

I think there should be more negotiation to it. figure out what living at home provides them, and how it restricts them, and be prepared to negotiate one thing away for another. allowances have to be made for the capabilities of their age, but try and start early on. And try to keep as few non-negotiables as possible.
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(you can read the preamble, or skip to the bottom for the question)

preamble/rant )

So, Question time. Advice you'd give to a young person. (anything up to and including university student). Advice based on things you wish you'd done differently. If it only applies to a small group of personality types, make a note.
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well, I've fallen off the wagon again. will try again once I'm back at work
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1. First name? Michael
2. Were you named after anyone? shrug. it is my dad's middle name.
3. When did you last cry? Also shrug. I'm a guy, with that ground in "no emotional outbursts thing"
4. Do you like your handwriting? nope. its shit.
5. What is your favourite lunch meat? ham. but proper ham
6. What is your birthdate? 10 aug
7. What is your most embarrassing CD? I dont got CD's at this time in my life, all mp3s
8. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? probly, if I got to know me. although I'd get really annoyed at me from time to time.
9. Do you have a journal? hmmm. yes. but I dont post much. and when it was written, I didn't write much
10. Do you use sarcasm a lot? yeah
11. What are your nicknames? ish. mick. 's about it these days. and I'm shedding the ish one on a rapidish basis. I've got online ones, but skunkboy is the longest term one of those, and I'm not using it for anything except the journal these days
12. Would you bungee jump? yes
13. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No. not unless they're boots with laces.
14. Do you think that you are strong? nope.
15. What is your favourite ice cream flavor? vanilla, for eating with pie.
16. Shoe Size? 7. I think. not sure which system thats in
17. Red or pink? red
18. What is your least favourite thing about yourself? my procrastination.
19. Who do you miss most? in no particular order, my parents. my sister. my brothers. andrew, daniel, malachi, aimee, sharon, bonnie.
20. Do you want everyone you send this to, to send it back? send?
21. What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now? stripy fluro thermal pants, no shoes
22. What are you listening to right now? the ticking of my alarm clock
23. Last thing you ate? reheated leftover nachos.
24. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
25. What is the weather like right now? cold. overcast.
26. Last person you talked to on the phone? some guy from a recruitment company
27. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? hair.
28. How many countries have you visited? 3. Australia, sweden, england.
29. Favourite Drink? really expensive red wine.
30. Favourite Food? varies from craving to craving. A good steak is great, but I'm all about the stews at the moment
31. Hair Colour? brown, darkish
32. Eye Colour? blueish
33. Do you wear contacts? sometimes
34. Where were you born? newcastle. aus
35. Last Movie You Watched? So the drama
36. Favourite Day Of The Year? Either all days are sacred or none are. I haven't decided yet.
37. Scary Movies Or Happy Endings? I'm generally against horror movies. otoh, the wrong happy ending can actually do a real number on my mental state for some reason. shrug.
38. Summer or winter? coolish summer. with a decent ice rink to play hockey at.
39. Hugs or Kisses? just keeping physicial contact with someone as you drift off to sleep, or watch TV or engage in some other lethargic activity. then kisses. then hugs. in order of lowest rated preference
40. What Is Your Favourite Dessert? a good fruit crumble of some kind is great.
41. Who Is Most Likely To Respond? gah. filler
42. Who Is Least Likely To Respond? as above
43. Living Arrangements? me. one room in a suburban terrace house shared with two housemates who are away at the moment.
44. What books are you reading? just finished Making Money. Pynchon's Vineland.
45. What's On Your Mouse Pad? mouse pad?
46. What Did You Watch Last night on TV? no TV. did download some of season 4 of Kim possible
47. Favorite Smells? girly shampoo. fireworks
48. Favorite Sounds? soothing music. kickarse explosions. sultry voiced women promising sex
49. What's the furthest you've been from home? sweden? i think. depends what I count as home
50. Do you have a special talent? procrastination. moping. I could mope for Australia.
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Accordingly, if you love me, you will send me photos of yourselves. those of you who have provided photos recently are excused, but photos would still be nice.

I have done some damage to my bank account this weekend. pictures of the results will be available soon.
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I have;
Obtained my L-Plates for Motorbikes
Sent off to get a working holiday visa for Canada
Helped out with dog-sitting for my landlords friend.
Got my boss to agree, in principle, to getting me a work permit to stay in this job until march.

I'm planning to;
Get two tattoos
get more certifications (linux, Cisco (ccsp + ccnp), MCP)
if ( get work permit ){
get a bike
get a full bike license
get a HSMP
visit canada
return to england, work some more
}
if (! get work permit){
get full bike license
go to canada
apply for HSMP
return to england, work some more, or stay in canada and work
}
go to comic convention today, get rather drunk
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Ask me one question, And I shall give you an honest answer.
(answers take 1-4 days to arrive. your answer may settle during shipping)
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I've decided, after reading discussions of the exercise potential that the Nintendo Wii has, that if I ever get one, I'll have to add something strenuous to to playing it, like wearing wrist weights. Essentially, I want to make sure that I can feel the burn when I wii.

I'll be here all week.

Try the veal.
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Every once in a while you realise how close you have flirted with disaster. I awoke about 15 minutes ago with a godawful hangover and looked towards my desk. items present were as follows. one half full bottle of Irish whisky, one glass with a measure of scotch in it, one laptop computer, logged into my email account.

And it all comes back to me. I rolled in about 1 in the morning, with about a dozen glasses of scotch working their drunken magic on me (plus the starter drinks, but I didn't drink all that much before starting the scotch. I grabbed the bottle from downstairs with the intent of getting drunker and went upstairs and turned the computer on and logged into my email account with the intention of writing drunken emails. the very words still make my blood run cold. fortunantly, it took to long for my email to load (it takes around 10 or 15 seconds usually). so I went to bed.
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Q: Why do communists drink herbal tea? )

I has a teapot. this is partly cause I'm a wanker and partly cause I could only get Russian Caravan tea in loose leaf. It also means I've got a stock of earl grey and Kenya teabags to drink before restocking them as proper tea. But I have no English breakfast, so i can get that legit.
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lyrics. Cause I'm emo )

I have the music off two Tex, Don and Charlie CDs. I can't get my hands on Monday Morning Coming Down. I can't find my brother's copy, and I can't find Bird On A Wire or Sing Me Back Home on the internet anywhere. Tis agony.
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potter review. by [livejournal.com profile] mightygodking. yes, the name is crossed out. for posting a spoiler heavy review a couple of days before the book was on sale, and for running a community which provided highly entertaining Archie parodies, his account has been suspended. I dug the original review up. The rest of this post is [livejournal.com profile] mightygodking's he owns the copyright and all that. I hope he doesn't mind me posting it.

Spoilers. Harry Potter 7 Spoilers. Lots and lots of Spoilers )
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I'm unmotivated at best on weekends. Suggest something I should do, bearing in mind I have a London bus pass, a new camera and not much money.
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stand back , I know spoilers!

Harry potter stuff, dont read unless you've finished it or plain don't care

Read more... )
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Bugger. Bugger bugger bugger bugger bugger. Bugger, bugger, bugger!
I was all packed to go and swing a stick tonight, for which I have to leave work strictly on time. I started doing some serious work at 16:00 and just looked at the time now. 17:40. Bugger.

...

Yes, I count bugger as swearing. Don't judge me. Fuck off you judgemental cock brained donkey shagger.
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