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A reminder

Posted by skenasis  Icon, 02 June 2007 - 03:48 AM

Just as a reminder - no, I haven't suddenly become inactive, my blog has relocated to MySpace. The link is in my previous entry, so I ain't gonna bother reposting it.

In other news, I preordered Diamond today. I rule the world.


Posted by skenasis  Icon, 17 May 2007 - 11:09 PM

No, I don't mean houses. I mean to MySpace. I'll be blogging there. And if anyone who knows how could let me know if I can set this thing to redirect to it, I would appreciate it. This is the link, for y'all to follow until I get this all figured out.

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Posted by skenasis  Icon, 17 May 2007 - 07:16 AM

As the title suggests, that's what I'm doing. Rather than trying to figure out what the hell I'm supposed to be doing for this stupid Java assignment, I'm sitting here in my plushy dressing gown, AFI blasting from the stereo connected to my Nano on the couch next to me. On the same couch, on the cushion next to me, my silly little kitten sits, watching her big brother wander around and complain, since he wants dinner. He knows he doesn't get it until 6:30pm, and yet every day without fail he persists in whining.

I meant to get me some grape juice when I went and put my dressing gown on, and now that I've gotten comfortable, I've just realised that I forgot to get said juice. Not cool. And Endlessly, She Said just came on. I love that song. I mean, I love every AFI song I've ever heard, but I just wanted to point that out. I'll probably go absolutely nuts when Girl's Not Grey comes on. I woulda gone on about The Interview too, but that's already played. I think that part at the end where it's Davey and Jade singing is gorgeous. It looks adorable in I Heard A Voice, cos Davey goes over to where Jade is and they sing right next to each other.

Moving on. My playlist on the Nano which is being played through the stereo is completely AFI. It has, in order:
- The Last Kiss, from Black Sails In The Sunset
- All of Decemberunderground
- Director's Cut of Miss Murder
- All of Sing The Sorrow
- Morningstar, from The Art Of Drowning.

In happy, happy news, the same guy from reenactment who gave me the maille links with which to try knitting also gave me a CD, which, having put in my laptop less than an hour ago, I discovered has (as far as I can tell, I didn't browse that intensively) most, if not all of their albums in a folder. Each folder has all of the songs plus album cover pictures. Awesomeness. Next time my Nano battery goes splat, I shall put all the songs I don't already have on, and shall then proceed to revel in the godliness of AFI.

So, I know that I procrastinated in here for a reason, only I got sidetracked by AFI and now can't think what it is. Looking back at the paragraph in question, I procrastinated and realised that I didn't have juice sad.gif

Miseria Cantare! Whee! I love that song too! And next is The Leaving Song Pt 2, which I love just as much! Y'see, I've got my playlist set to play in order, so how it's listed way back where is exactly how it plays.

I've just realised, a lot of my blog entries these days have turned into novels. I guess I have a lot to ramble on about. Most of which, as I've noted, is something to do with either AFI or historical reenactment. But that's alright. My blog is for me to post about what I want to post about so people can read it if they want to. As in, if they don't want to read my novel-like entries, they don't have to and can go elsewhere. My blog is for me - it just happens to be on the internet where anyone can read it. The only stuff that doesn't go into my blog is the stuff that I prefer to keep to myself grnwink.gif As in, personal stuff that's personal enough's personal. As in me only.

I want juice, but I don't wanna bother getting up to get it, cos I'm comfy. And DEAR GOD I love TLSP2. So much so that I bothered to lean over to the other couch, pop open the top of the stereo, pull out my Nano, press the back button, replace my Nano in the space so thoughtfully provided for it, close the top of the stereo, and return to my previous position on the couch. And while I was typing all of that out, the song's half finished.

So, I've been wondering recently about switching my blog over to a MySpace, and setting this blog to redirect there. Cos they can do that, or at least they're supposed to be able to. My only question would be whether or not it would automatically update this whenever I post in the external blog, or if it's a case of people actually having to go to the page to see if I've updated or not. I dunno, waddya want from me? Although if anyone knows, it would be helpful if they comment with the answer. And actually comment. Not like they commented on my maille wristbands idea like I so nicely asked. Actually commenting would be good. And I'm gonna wander off to MySpace and see if I think it's decent enough to bother with.

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Posted by skenasis  Icon, 16 May 2007 - 12:19 PM

Yep. Guy at reenactment remembered to give me the links on Monday night.

But before I go on with that, I'll go to my previous entry for a moment. I did indeed remember to bring up the issue of attitudes at the meeting, after I'd spent the past half hour ignoring the club's president (he was one of the offenders, y'see). Everyone suddenly realised that yes, they were indeed jackasses, and the issue needed to be addressed. So, after two hours after fighting had gotten underway and the president STILL hadn't given everyone a verbal whipping as he'd said he would, I asked him if mentioning something meant saying nothing about it, after which he sheepishly apologised and proceeded with said verbal whipping.

And I haven't typed anything for over and hour and lost track of my thoughts, so I'll finish this when I can be bothered.

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Piercings, plates, maille and tears

Posted by skenasis  Icon, 13 May 2007 - 11:49 PM

So, as some of you may or may not know, I finally got my oversized labret ring changed to a smaller (size and guage) one. And I don't have the old one, so y'all miss out on seeing it bluetongue.gif If I can be bothered taking a picture of the current one, along with my other ones, I shall do so.

OH! And I forgot to mention, I had the wrong name for my cartilage piercing. Because of the placing of it, it's actually called helix, not pinna. Thank the lord for BMEzine. That ain't the home page, but it's got the main menu for lookin' up stuff. Be warned though - most of the pages on piercings have pictures, and not all of them are pleasant. Really.

So, my ones are: earlobe. I have only one in each side.
Helix. I have only one, in my right ear. The top ring in the top right picture is roughly where mine is, although I have an amethyst stud in at the moment that I seriously doubt I'll ever change. And finally, what quite possibly could be my favourite one: labret. It's done with a CBR, though mine is smaller than the one in the picture (yes, I can tell). It looks to be smaller, but about the same thickness as my old one. The old one was blackish and the current one is silver. I've only had the labret in for a week and not quite a half, but so far it's coming along well, with no signs of infections.

My problem, as I may have mentioned, is when the ring tears my lip slightly and starts bleeding. The fortunate thing is that it doesn't hurt, and I generally only notice when I can feel the blood going down my chin. The crusties aren't nearly as bad though, which is a blessing. They also seem to be less prone to ripping off skin than the crusties from the old one were. Despite that, I've found myself taking a packet of cotton tips and a small airtight container of a sea salt and water mixture, in the likely event that I find myself needing to clean off the crusties when I'm out. For instance, even though I cleaned it about three hours ago, I can already feel that there's some crusties a-lurking. Hopefully it'll clear up in a week or two. In the meantime, it isn't too bad, so I'm not worried about it. That doesn't stop it being painful, though.

So, in other news. The fruits of the my three weeks of labour is finally visible - I have an almost complete coat of plates! Or, in other words, plate mail. Looks nothing like in the games and movies, trust me. I've done everything that I needed to go to the workshops for, and all that's left is a minor bit of gluing material to canvas so it'll stick and stay stuck. It's certainly usable until I get around to fixing it, fortunately, so I'll be able to use it tonight at reenactment. It's funny - I've earned a few nicknames. 'Hobbit', because I'm a shortass bluetongue.gif 'Grape', because my gambeson and arming cap are red, with a hint of purple. Wait 'till they see that my coat of plates is red too bluetongue.gif

I hopefully get to learn how to knit maille tonight! One of the guys at reenactment (the one person who actually responded positively from the get-go - see below paragraph) is giving me all of the links he has for me to knit the maille that's gonna go on the backs of my gloves (oven mitts, actually bluetongue.gif), on the condition that if I figure out how to do it properly, I'll do his too. Since I like crafty sorta stuff (although I completely and utterly suck when it comes to art, like drawing and sculpting), I'm hoping that I'll enjoy knitting maille. If I do, it would be a useful hobby, since folks at reenactment will pay to have someone knit them maille stuff since they hate it so much bluetongue.gif The only problem with it is how long it takes to do. If I enjoy it, though, it'll never become a problem for me. And if I do end up enjoying it enough to make a hobby out of it, I'm thinking of experimenting with small linked maille wristbands. See, there's different colours of links, though silver and black are the most common of them. Using them, I'd incorporate designs into wristbands, using small clasps to keep them on while being worn. I think they'd look awesome. And even better, they'd be completely unique! Y'all need to lemme know what you think of the idea.

Although, I have to admit. I was considering not turning up to reenactment tonight, maille or no. Not because I'm getting bored of it. The likelyhood of me getting bored of it is about the same likelihood that I'll come to hate Pokemon with a vengeance. It was because of the overwhelmingly negative response I got about my labret piercing last week. Now, I'll admit that I had the stupidly oversized ring in at the time, but that's beside the point. Keeping that in mind, along with the fact that everything said at reenactment has to be taken with a large dose of proverbial salt, I managed to keep composed all during reenactment, going outside when people were going at me. Afterwards, when I was heading home, I broke down into tears. Really not useful when you have to drive along a highway and a freeway at night. But anyway. Once I got home, my mum instantly noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong, causing me to promptly break into tears again as I was recounting the general response of the reenactment folks. Folks I talked to on msn may or may not to be able to attest to how upset I was, I don't know. Mighta been a 'you have to see it to believe it' kinda deal. See, I really like the folks at reenactment, for the most part. So to have such an overwhelmingly negative response with the most polite (I won't say positive, cos it ain't so) being that I looked like I'd had an accident with a nail. Make no mistake though, I'm sure as hell gonna bring it up at the general meeting tonight. I'll probably get laughed at or told to build a bridge. If so, I'll not mince words, believe me. Not that I mince words as a general principle anyway, but I would really let them know what I think of them if they dare.

And since I have to slowly start heading over to a lecture theatre over at the edge of the campus for my first lecture of the day, I shall toddle off now.
And I just realised I already mentioned pretty much all of this yesterday. Oh well, too bad.

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Posted by skenasis  Icon, 12 May 2007 - 09:01 AM

Well, yesterday I got my lip ring changed. No longer is it stupidly big and heavy, but nice, small and shiny. It's the same design (ball ring), just smaller. I don't have the old ring (it's not like I'm ever gonna put it back in anyway), so noone ever gets to see it. If I can ever be bothered taking a picture (I found my camera yesterday while searching for an unrelated item), I'll post it so y'all can see it. This new ring is so much better than the old one. I can eat and drink again! I no longer need to worship straws!

Today was another armour workshop. My plate is finished except for a few minor parts involving fixing the canvas and cotton. It looks really good, and I'm really proud of it since (for the most part) I made it myself. The bits that I didn't do were bits that I tried to do and either couldn't do properly or couldn't do at all.

Hopefully on Monday I get to learn how to knit maille. If I hate it, then I'll just do enough for my gloves. If I enjoy it, I might make a hobby of it. It would be a time-consuming hobby, but at least I would be able to sell the stuff I'd make.

And in other news: If God exists, s/he/it has an inordinate love for beetles. This is going on scientists' estimates that there are more species of beetles alone than there are species of every other creature on earth. Combined. Go figure.

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Posted by skenasis  Icon, 08 May 2007 - 09:37 AM

Well, if you read the thread in general discussion, you would know that I was on campus when the stabbing occured this morning (La Trobe, Bundoora campus). I also said that I wasn't in the library, and it was the first time all year I haven't been to the library during that particular break. I also said that I would say here why I wasn't there.

Friday just gone, I got my lip pierced. Labret, off-centre towards the right. Look it up if you don't know what it means. So obviously, yesterday was the first chance (excepting four people) folks had to see it, including those at historical reenactment. Now, those of you who either read my blog or know me IRL know that I love reenactment. Thus it was more than a bit upsetting when the most positive of the non-rude comments I recieved was 'you look like you've had an accident with a nail'. Most were downright rude and as such I won't mention any here. Consequently, I was feeling pretty anti-social today. The library is one of the most social places in the uni, thus I steered clear.

So there you go.

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Expansion of more ouch.

Posted by skenasis  Icon, 03 May 2007 - 11:56 PM

So, a lot of you are probably wondering how in the world I managed to get an angle grinder burn. Quite simple, really. I was cutting metal to be used in my plate armour for historical reenactment. Keep in mind that before then, I'd never used an angle grinder in my life. The massive shower of sparks is really quite spectacular, and really painful when it gets directed onto your leg. So yeah, go figure.

In other news, I went without the internet at home from Friday night to yesterday (being Thursday) because the old modem went splat. So, consequently, I now have a shiny wireless LAN modem. I can finally use my laptop on the couch without having to worry about the modem falling on the floor, 'cos it's across the room! It's very exciting. My mum and I had been thinking about getting a modem like that ever since we moved about 9 months ago, but couldn't really afford it at the time. Obviously, the old modem going splat meant we had to buy one anyway (since Optus refused to supply a new one), so the opportunity to get a wireless-style one was taken. Mucho coolo.

And in other other news, it seems like my ear is well-shot of any infection. I've kinda forgotten so spray it over the last week and a half to two weeks, and nothing's happened. I got it...either 4 or 5 weeks ago tomorrow. So that's pretty good, considering it was done with a stud gun. And I shall disappear now, because I need to make a phone call.

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More ouch.

Posted by skenasis  Icon, 03 May 2007 - 09:31 AM

So, not only did I get a sword in the hand, I discovered that what I thought was a group of 3 mozzie bites is, in fact, a burn from an angle grinder. Go figure. And I have dinner now, so I'll sign off on my shortest entry ever bluetongue.gif

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Posted by skenasis  Icon, 01 May 2007 - 01:06 AM

Last night, I acquired my first reenactment bruise. That is, I took a sword to my left hand. Said sword hit me right where the thumb joint is, then scraped along my hand and off the knuckle of my index finger. You wouldn't be able to tell with how small the bruising is, but it still hurt like hell when it happened bluetongue.gif Ironically enough, I did have a maille-covered glove on...on my right hand, that is. Go figure. We put a glove on our sword arm to prevent it from being hit, and then I go and get hit in the one hand NOT being protected by said glove. And by the way - I do mean a metal sword.

Oh well, such is life. It's not like I thought I'd never get hit or anything, cos I knew it would happen, reenactment being what it is. I'm just glad that it was such a minor injury it's not a bother unless it gets pressed on.

And since I'm only allowed 15 minutes on this computer, I need to bugger off now.

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