Happy Beltane!

Beltane went rather smoothly, I thought... there again, I wasn't organising in any way, shape or form! Do wonder whether the Neid Fire was lit with a Zippo this year...

Swiiiiiiiine fluuuuuuu!!! )
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( Jan. 27th, 2009 09:26 pm)

Instead of a bulb in our kitchen, we have an array of halogen downlighters. This is a nuisance, because they are always blowing and having to be replaced. So this month I went on to yourwelcome.co.uk and bought a selection of energy-saving bulbs. I plumped for a classic compact fluorescent ("energy saving") bulb, a faster-activating cold cathode version, and, with some trepidation, an LED-based lamp.

Today I plugged them all in, and compared them:

Results )

So, somewhat to my own suprise, I end up recommending spending the extra money and getting the LED lights. Don't be tempted to cut costs, though — most of the cheaper LED lights are no good for anything except mood lighting.

(Another option would be to mix LED and CFL lights — they complement each other quite nicely.)

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( Nov. 18th, 2008 09:07 pm)

Recording a narrative verdict, Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire coroner David Horsley said: 'At no stage following the injury to his foot did Russell Jenkins or anyone else on his behalf seek or obtain conventional medical advice or treatment for his condition. In consequence, Russell Jenkins's condition was inappropriately and ineffectively treated by himself and by others and led to his death.'

Healer dies after failing to treat a foot wound, The News, Portsmouth, 17 Nov 2008

A box of poppies appeared at work yesterday. Exactly a month too early. The security guard is already wearing one.

Come on, people! This is just silly. It's called Remembrance Day, not month. It's political correctness gone MAD.

However, this does have the plus side of reminding me about white poppies, which I might actually attempt to get hold of this year. (Last year I gave up and wore nowt.) Anybody getting a load in, or shall I order them myself?
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( Sep. 4th, 2008 10:54 pm)
I appear to have been roped into being an organiser for the Stewards this Samhain. I'm feeling a little out of my depth here... is anybody else willing to share some of the responsibilities? Am especially looking for somebody who's good at motivating (or just shouting at) people. I'll freely admit to not being a "people person", so if it's all down to me we'll end up with about half a dozen stewards...

(8 weeks to go)
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( May. 1st, 2008 03:35 am)
If you survived that Beltane, you'll survive any Beltane.

Congratulations to our organisers; C, [livejournal.com profile] fenland, O and [livejournal.com profile] leila_child for pulling that off despite loads of hassles and emergencies. Congratulations also to my very own [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, who had to deal with a grand total of three first aid emergencies, and still managed to get back in time to get handfasted to me!

Hurrah! I have been hippywedded and now have a hippywife.   8^)

Edit: Edinburgh Evening News article on it. Complete with mis-labeled photo, natch.

Edit 2: C = [livejournal.com profile] decomposingsoul, O = [livejournal.com profile] tehblahhh
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( Nov. 23rd, 2007 08:45 pm)
http://www.freerice.com/

Wouldn't want to speculate on how effective it is in actually getting rice to hungry people, but am totally hooked on the vocabulary challenge. Also makes me realise that about half these words I only know because I've seem them in one fantasy novel or another. Funny where things come in handy...
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( Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm)
Just a quick reminder to everybody to go to Beltane!

(Well, those of you in Edinburgh, anyway!)

Tickets are £5 in advance, and can be purchased from the Forest Cafe (on Forrest Road), or from Ripping Records. Otherwise, it's £7 on the door, and they might sell out.

Come see fire, dancing, nekkidness, and all manner of hippy silliness. I've got a small role this year, too!
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( Mar. 1st, 2007 10:36 am)
I have an interview on Tuesday! For an Analyst/Programmer position at the Forestry Commission in Corstorphine. Looks to involve mostly Oracle databases and Java. And for a decent salary — yay salt!
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( Mar. 6th, 2006 07:31 pm)

I recently saw this series of messages on the FreecycleEdinburgh mailing list. They made me giggle:

Messages... )
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Humour me... 8^) )
slightly long )
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( Sep. 16th, 2004 01:50 am)

From the leaflet handed out by the Aikido society:

The founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, felt that the true spirit of aikido aimed to create a world without enemies. "This world was designed by our creator", he said, "there is no need to fight against its natural harmony. With true mind of love and compassion we can go back to the original principles of creation, end establish noble and pure world. [sic] This is what we are obliged to achieve and this is the purpose of our life".

Okay, non-violent martial art: good. Talking like a freaky cultist: bad.
From the next page:

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the founder of aikido, was possibly history's greatest martial artist. Even at 80, Morihei could disarm any attacker, repel multiple opponents, and pin a man with a single finger.

Ummm... the first two claims were stretching credibility. The last one's just silly.

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