Samhuinn yesterday, and with the clocks going back on the same day too.

This morning's journey into work was hindered by a would-be suicide on or around the Forth Road Bridge. He was eventually talked down and sent home to his girlfriend. The journey home, on the other hand, was hindered by the blanket of darkness that descended an hour before home time. Oh, and the pouring rain, and wind.

The seasons have turned, and it's time for us to start being easier on ourselves, and kinder to others. A gentle melancholy is starting to settle over me, but not an entirely unpleasant one. Time for warming foods, time for wrapping up against the cold. Time to nest down and await the eventual return of the light.

Happy Samhuinn, everyone.
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( Jul. 1st, 2007 06:58 pm)
Doctor Who Spoiler... and angst (?) )
And on a more humorous note... (YouTube)   8^D
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( Mar. 15th, 2007 10:02 pm)
Yesterday I managed to laze around all bloody day, which was not impressive. And consequently I woke up this morning with a mixture of dread, guilt and good old-fashioned stress.

However, today I have been working at university from 9:00 to 6:00 (no lectures, just programming.) I also cooked dinner (home-made burgers, and rather tasty if I do say so myself), made muffin mix for tomorrow, hung out all the washing, and checked the appointments page of the newspaper for jobs (there were none). In fact, this is pretty much the first time today I've been able to slack off, so I think I bloody well deserve it, for a change.

My life seems to go in cycles, from (balanced workload) -> (slacking) -> (working like a maniac).

Here's hoping that I'll eventually learn how to stay in the first of those stages!   8^P
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( Dec. 14th, 2005 08:30 pm)
Went to juggling today, for the first time in yonks. Unfortunately the whole thing seemed to bring up some negative associations. Got paranoid and ran off. Walked home feeling slightly pathetic and sorry for myself.   8^(

Somewhat better now, though. I guess it just shows that no matter how much better you might be feeling, emotional baggage has a habit of lurking in the corners of the mental attic.

Of course, I can't just run away from everything that I was; it's unhealthy, and anyway, I have friends that I don't want to lose. But "slowly, slowly" seems to be the way to do it.

On the plus side: got hugs, and proved to myself that I haven't forgotten how to juggle.
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( Dec. 5th, 2005 11:34 am)
Five questions from digitalraven )

Right. Anybody who wants questions in return, comment. I will (eventually) get round to asking them. (I'm still thinking of questions for [ profile] gominokouhai for the last one.)

...why the Make Poverty History campaigners freak me out so much.... )
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( Jun. 29th, 2005 01:53 pm)
There's a lovely rainy smell coming from outside my window. I don't even know what it is that makes that smell, but I really love it. It reminds me of Germany. (After Germany I lived in Egypt, where rain was a once-or-twice-a-year phenomenon, so it kind of picked up a nostalgic association.)

I shall make myself omelette and read a book. I shall also indulge in an approximately ten-minute session of whinging about my lack of a job and refusing to take any personal responsibility for this state of affairs.   8^)
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( Jun. 28th, 2005 10:44 am)
I am sickeningly cheerful today. I do not know why this is.
I have a theory that it involves sunlight, skin, and vitamin D.
If I get too bad, somebody had better give me a good slapping around.

P.S. Any thoughts on OpenID, anybody?
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( Mar. 28th, 2005 08:16 pm)
Questions from batswing and kisin: )

Woohoo! I love this meme!
Post a comment on this entry asking to be interviewed, and I'll ask you five questions.
Then post this meme to your own journal with the answers.

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( Feb. 28th, 2005 05:36 pm)

Urrgh. Head hurts. Body hurts. Psyche hurts. Short-tempered. Moods all over the place. I have decreed that today does not exist. I shall stay in and read 'Watchmen' instead of trying to get anything done. But I'm starting to take control of my life again, so I'm optimistic.

The Big Read meme )
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( Feb. 7th, 2005 02:24 pm)
Your scores were:
  • Visual: 6
  • Aural: 1
  • Read/Write: 4
  • Kinesthetic: 6
You have a multimodal (VRK) learning preference.

The VARK test

Hmmmm... I entirely disagree. I'm certain that I have a strongly visual learning preference. What form I use knowledge in is a different matter. But if you look at my lecture notes, you'll see things highlighted, underlined, bordered, and copied out in alternative fonts and different colours. I use flowcharts, drawings, tables, venn diagrams, mind-maps, annotated scales, relationship diagrams... It's through this sort of visual exploration and representation of ideas that I remember stuff. Otherwise it just goes "in one ear, out the other".
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( Dec. 15th, 2004 04:08 pm)
I had interesting dreams last night. The first dream was rather abstract and in the third person, involving a guy escaping from the loony bin, going round blowing stuff up with large guns while trying not to get caught, and finally dying after coming across somebody with a grenade launcher. (My dreams aren't usually this violent, honest!)

Then, as dreams are sometimes wont to do, it repeated along slightly different lines... this time it was more obviously myself, and I was at least trying not to kill anybody as I blew stuff up. As it neared the part where the character died in the first dream, I noticed the similarity and realised that I was going to die at this point. (Eek). I was blown up as before, but upon continuing to exist, I realised that I was dreaming, forcibly took control of the dream and altered it.

I had several more dreams, and in each I spotted similarities to the previous dream and managed to take control of it at this point. This is probably the most successful session of lucid dreaming I've had. (Lucid dreams being those where you are aware that you are dreaming.) Anyway, for the interested, here's a basic guide to training yourself to gain lucidity:

Lucid dream HOWTO )

Finally, on a rather silly note, my acquaintance also said that everybody he's met that can lucid dream has a second toe longer than the first. How he figured this out I'll never know. Any counterexamples among you lot?
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( Dec. 1st, 2004 06:37 am)
A few nights ago, while I was walking across the meadows, I noticed the sky was clear enough to see the stars. I can't remember the last time I'd seen them. Only a few stripes of wispy ice cloud hung in the sky. Staring up at it, I felt like gravity had lessened, and that if I focused my mind enough I could fly up and into that sky. I love it when you look up and you realise that a full half of the outside world is above the horizon; it's like suddenly noticing an old friend.

Every time I see the stars I think of the incomprehensible vastness of the universe. Cubic lightyears of it, and most of it is empty. Still, could there be other intelligences out there? It would be conceited to imagine ourselves to be the only ones, I think.

I thought then of aliens on other planets looking up at their skies, and wondering about us. Different skies, different minds, but the same question. What would their worlds be like? I want to write about them or draw them. If only I had some real ideas... or time... or talent.   8^)

And now to return you to my regular LJ fare:
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( Nov. 14th, 2004 04:09 pm)

Karate was ridiculous today; far too much running around for a Sunday morningafternoon. After two consecutive nights of partying, I just couldn't take it, and had to sit out for half an hour to catch my breath again and wait for the room to stop moving. Pah! It's way too much work for a form of self-defence, anyway. I think I'll learn to summon bears instead.

Silly memeage )
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( Sep. 13th, 2004 03:34 pm)

Vaguely remembered from a documentary I saw ages ago. A professional magician was being interviewed, and it came up in the conversation that the last performance he'd done had been to some party of scientists. The interview proceeded something like this:

INTERVIEWER: That must have been difficult, with all those skeptical minds trying to discover the tricks in your acts!
MAGICIAN: Actually, I've found that scientists are some of the most gullible people I've ever performed to. You see, the average person is happy to live with a lot of mysteries in their life. But a scientist is so used to having an explanation for the world around them, that as soon as they come across something that they can't explain, they'll grasp at any explanation you give them. I've had scientists come up to me after a show and ask if there really is a trick, or if I'm doing real magic!

I found myself recalling this when thinking about my own gullibility. I often find myself, when confronted with a mysterious event, wanting to believe all manner of kooky explanations, from aliens to psychic powers to secret conspiricies. I have to make a conscious effort to remind myself that though there may not be any other straightforward explanation, that the world is complex and largely unknown; the best position to hold is that we simply do not have enough information about many events to make any sort of final decision about their cause. It's tempting to want to have a theory for everything, but some things, sadly, must remain mysteries.

Anyone else want to admit/deny being gullible?   8^)
Anything else to add?

Memed from [ profile] ramakesava.

Your Type is
Strength of the preferences %

Jungian Typology Test

longer description and commentary )
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( Aug. 12th, 2004 12:59 pm)

Back in Edinburgh since yesterday! Some of you may have caught me at the pub last night, getting seriously drunk.

And now the continuation of a meme: Five quessies from [ profile] peerietrows:

5 Questions meme )

Questions by [ profile] gominokouhai:

Snippetty! )

Leave a comment, and I'll ask you five questions, thereby perpetuating the madness. I promise not to be too mean!   8^)



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